Luxury holidays in Gili Gede
Part of the so-called Secret Gilis, a string of 13 islands off the coast of Lombok’s Sekotong peninsula, Gili Gede is the ultimate antidote to mass tourism. While the better-known Gili Islands further north have long been shouted about on the tourist trail, Gili Gede and its surrounding Southwest Gilis exist in quiet whispers – the stuff of travelling myth for would-be Robinson Crusoes. Not quite car-free (but almost), with only a handful of bars and restaurants, it’s the ideal base for an island-hopping adventure, or for those seeking ultimate privacy. Boat trips to neighbouring Gili Rengit and Gili Layar provide a gateway to pristine snorkelling territory, with dolphins and turtles resident in the islands’ coral reefs. A 10-minute speedboat ride away, two of the world’s top 20 most-coveted surf breaks – Desert Point and Bangko Bangko – await.
When to go
A benign climate makes Gili Gede a year-round prospect, with minimal rainfall and balmy average temperatures of 28 degrees.
PlanesBali’s Ngurah Rai airport is the main international hub. From here, flights to Lombok take 30 minutes.
BoatsThe fast boat from Bali departs each morning from Serangan, taking 90 minutes to reach Gili Gede direct. If staying at Villa Selalu, a 90-minute transfer from Lombok’s airport to Tembowong before a 10-minute speedboat ride across to Gili Gede, is included.
AutomobilesCheck your car keys at the shore… motorised transport is kept to a minimum on Gili Gede, with two feet and two wheels the preferred forms of transport.