Tropical Islands are what dreams are made of, especially when it’s one of the famous Gilly Islands. The Gilly Islands are made up of three small idyllic islands off the coast of Lombok, and an hours ferry trip from mainland Bali, Indonesia. I spent a few days exploring Gilly T, the slightly larger and livelier island of the three. Here’s my take on the beautiful Kaleydo Villas and the delicious local vegan hangout Pituq Cafe…
This part of the Bali adventure was dedicated to Birthday celebrations for my best friend. We stayed at the suitably luxurious Kaleydo Villas, a hidden gem consisting of a small set of villas just off the main strip with the most friendly and helpful staff. The pool is so inviting, as soon as you arrive you can’t help but leap in!
I took a million photos of this place, because I didn’t want to miss anything. I had to keep pinching myself at how gorgeous and tranquil it was. Absolute Heaven! There really isn’t a leaf or petal out of place. I’m not even sure these photos fully do it justice, every little detail is perfect.
Our bathroom was gorgeous, with carved stone sinks, a rain shower and soft cozy towels. A welcoming luxury after a hot sticky day exploring island – the villa is your own private spa. It’s an amazing space to unwind and let stress melt away. Face masks at the ready!
As Kaleydo Villas are just a couple of minutes ride from the main strip, the cycle down to morning Yoga is a breeze. There’s nothing quite like starting the day with some heart-opening Yoga in a tropical garden to get you feeling fabulous!
On Gilli T everyone explores the island by bike, as there are no cars, only horse and carts. Theoretically, you cancycle around the island in half an hour. However, there are so many tempting views to photograph, juices to drink and massages to stop off for along the way that it easily becomes a chilled half day of exploring.
We cycled up to the North of the island in search of the best sites for snorkeling. The coral, fish and ocean wildlife are mesmerizing. You can hire a snorkel and flippers from the local dive school for a very reasonable price. Don’t forget to go mad on the suncream though…Bali sun is seriously fierce!
Pituq Cafe: Gilly’s best Vegan cuisine
As food obsessed travellers, we had done our research and knew exactly where we wanted to fuel up. Our favourite place to fill up with amazing Vegan grub was Pituq Café, where the food, smoothies and juices were seriously delicious. It is pretty difficult to find, but so worth the persistence.
Below is a photo of a delicious butternut squash, salad and tempeh wrap… plus an incredible dragon fruit smoothie in the background… foodie heaven!
We ate here at every opportunity and even got takeaway for our ferry journey back to the mainland, determined to try everything on the menu!
As it happens Pituq Café is right around the corner from Kaleydo Villas, a match made in heaven. We wound down after our action packed day by cooling off in the pool. In the evenings, the stars are mesmerizing, a star gazer’s dream!
If Gilly T is on your bucket list, I’d recommend adding Pituq Cafe and Kaleydo Villas too. I can safely say that I have never slept anywhere more relaxing, or been met with a more charming, hospitable welcome!
I honestly had the time of my life at this place!
For more Bali travel reviews keep an eye out , I’ll be posting some more soon…
Find out more about Kaleydo Villas here