BALI PHOTO DIARY PART 1

12 Oct BALI PHOTO DIARY PART 1


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Despite only spending a week in Bali, it felt much longer (in a good way!). I was lucky enough to get to stay in 3 completely different but equally amazing places courtesy of The Asia Collective. Because of this, it felt like we had 3 different holidays in the space of one week. I’ll be breaking down my travel diaries into 3 separate posts for each different place. This post is all about Gili Trawangan. I hope you enjoy!
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The last time I went to Bali 2 years ago, I didn’t get to make it to Gili T, so I was determined to make it there next time. When I was planning this trip, a few nights in Gili T was at the top of my priority list.
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We arrived at Denpasar airport late at night and were able to grab a few hours sleep at an airport hotel before our boat to the Gili T early the next morning. We were tired and grumpy when we finally arrived on the island after midday, and the heat smacked us in the face after 4 hours in an overly air-conditioned boat. We staggered up the beach with our luggage in tow, and before long, we were trundling along in a horse-drawn cart to our hotel (there are no cars on the island, and everyone gets around on bikes or horse carts).
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Arriving at our quiet and beautiful hotel/resort, Le Pirate Beach Club, after the heat and craziness of the harbour was such a relief. With tall palm trees, a cobblestoned walkway and charming little white cabins, it felt like an oasis.
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The staff at Le Pirate instantly made us feel at home, and we were amazed that they all seemed to know our names after only having been there a few hours. We dropped our bags in our cabin and had an amazing lunch (and Indonesian ciders) at the resort. We ended up eating 90% of our meals at the resort during our stay, the food was just that good!
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Our 2 day stay on the island was so lovely and relaxing. It was mercilessly hot during the day, so we would get up early and explore on our bikes (Le Pirate provides them for hire) for a few hours until the heat got too much. Then we would retire to the pool or have an afternoon nap, venturing out again before sunset.
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We didn’t leave the resort much, because there was just so much to do.  There were 2 pools, a table tennis table, bikes, and the stretch of beach in front of the resort turned into a volleyball court in the afternoon.  Then when the sun set, it turned into an outdoor cinema, with a huge screen set up on the sand with beanbags and a popcorn machine.  We could even sit up on the deck and have dinner while watching a movie.  It was so cool!
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Stay tuned for part 2!
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