Gili Air is pretty much perfection. It’s the idyllic island paradise that you can imagine when you close your eyes. Only it’s more beautiful than that.
Located in Indonesia, Gili Air is one of three Gili Islands nestled together along the north-west coast of Lombok.
It is the second Gili Island I have visited, and my favourite.
The first time you see the unnaturally clear water, it will take your breath away.
The thin white sanded beach with overhanging trees and a range of laid back beach bars and restaurants separating it from the shaded dirt path is picture perfect.
Even if Gili Air wasn’t home to a surreal underwater wonderland, a snorkeler’s wet dream, and even if the food wasn’t fresh and delicious, it would still be the perfect place to relax and be very happy.
Gili Air is a tough place to leave. In fact, the painful tearing oneself from this island dream seems to be the trade off for living in such dream-like surroundings.
A few days turn to more. For us, eight days passed in a blink of the eye, and we would have easily stayed for eight months, or even eight years, were it not for the noose-like flight waiting for us in Bali.
When you’re staying on Gili Air, you can’t help but talk of coming back as soon as possible. Of setting up home here, and of how it is the perfect place for a honeymoon, a place to escape from it all, and a place to visit again and again.