Once again, we must apologise for the radio silence over the last week... I'd like to say we have a good reason for holding out on you, but it's purely because for the last seven days we've been having a fab time in the Gili Islands, a group of three small islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air) to the east of Bali in Indonesia. Gili T is the largest and most populous of the three, with around 3,500 permanent inhabitants, and it was here that we chose to base ourselves for a week of island-living R&R.
After a fairly appalling ferry over from Bali (think torrential tropical rainstorms, choppy water and delayed journey times), we arrived on the island, and, bypassing the calls of the horse and cart taxi drivers (there are no cars allowed on the island), made our way easily on foot to our hostel. This was one of the best aspects of our stay : Gili T has a bit of a reputation locally for being a "party island", and prior to arriving we were a bit concerned that the hostel would be very noisy all the time and that we wouldn't sleep for a week. What we actually found at Deep House Bungalows was an oasis of welcoming hospitality, where yes, there was music playing most of the time, and a vibrant hostel bar area which was lively until the early hours most nights, but a place that really came to feel like a home from home, and where we met so many fantastic and interesting people- not to mention the myriad excellent leisure and dining recommendations from the charismatic proprietor Kenny!
Our upper-floor room was clean and beautifully air-conditioned, with a lovely outdoor bathroom, and built in traditional style with a thatched roof which really lent it something special and different from the other run-of-the-mill hostels on the island.
To describe what we did for the rest of this week, we'll let the pictures tell the story in the main- suffice to say, Gili T proved itself to be an excellent destination for under-watersports (snorkelling, diving), land-based diversions (cycling, yoga... shopping), playing host to a fantastic food scene and the most wonderful reunions- both planned and surprise! Enjoy :)