If you are looking for Gili Air Accommodation, than a great option is the Turtle Beach Hotel Gili Air. This is a beautiful small resort along the beach on the eastern side of the island.
Location / Getting There
Once you arrive at the Gili Air harbour turn right. The Turtle Beach Gili Air is located approximately 1 km along the beach road – a 10-15 minute walk. Whilst the path is sand – it is highly compacted so it is very easy to wheel a suitcase along the path, or better still carry a backpack on your back.
There are no roads on Gili Air, in fact any of the Gili Islands. There are also no cars or motorbikes. They only from of transport is horse, bicycle or foot.
The Turtle Beach Hotel restaurant is located along the beach side, whilst the accommodation is located on the other side of the path.
The hotel is located in the “main” part of Gili Air so there is plenty of restaurants and shops in the area.
The Turtle Island Hotel Gili Air is set among thick beautiful tropical gardens. It is only a small property with the pool the centre of it and all the bungalows surrounding it.
Rooms & Price
There are 2 room types at the Turtle Beach Resort Gili Air– either the individual bungalows or the family rooms.
The individual bungalows are gorgeous! There are 16 of them and they all have a nice big deck looking out to the pool. Inside there is a large bed on the ground floor and then in the loft (accessible by ladder) there is a single bed. The bungalows also have an outside bathroom which is a nice exotic touch. These rooms are suitable for 3 people although they can arrange a cot for a small child as well. At the time of publishing this article rooms start at 990,000 IRD (approximately $99 AUD) during low season and 1,400,000 IRD (approximately $140 AUD) in peak season.
There are 3 family rooms which are all located in a 1 large bungalow. These rooms have a large veranda with day bed looking out to the swimming pool. Inside the room there are 2 large beds and a massive bathroom. The family rooms are suitable for 4 people. For larger families you can have 2 interconnecting family rooms. At the time of publishing this article rooms start at 1,190,000 IRD (approximately $120 AUD) during low season and 1,700,000 IRD (approximately $140 AUD) in peak season.
All bungalows and family rooms have a good sized fridge, TV and plenty of storage space to put away your belongings. All look out to the swimming pool.
Rooms can be booked on Agoda or directly with the Turtle Beach Gili Air.
Turtle Beach Hotel Restaurant
The Turtle Beach Gili Air hotel’s restaurant looks out over the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Indian ocean and has fantastic views of Lombok’s mountainous coast line. On the water’s edge are bamboo lounges with small tables where you can laze about or a bit further back in the restaurant are tables and chairs.
The restaurant serves local and western food at really great prices. In fact prices here are some of the cheapest you will find along the beachfront. Meals start at 55,000 IRD (approximately $5.50 AUD) and the most expensive item is 95,000 IRD ( approximately $9.50 AUD).
In the mornings the view is breathtaking as this is the side of the island where the sun rises. Most mornings we enjoyed our breakfast whilst watching fisherman cast their long nets. The breakfast is pretty good to with guests choosing from bacon and eggs, cereals or pancakes. Fruit juice, coffee and tea as well as fresh fruits are also included with breakfast.
In the restaurant in the evening, you can hear the waves lapping at the foot of your table and see the lights of Lombok in the distance.. The restaurant is lit by colourful lanterns and you will also see the silhouette of the fisherman boats.
The restaurant serves a great variety of cocktails and we tried a few of them including. Late in the afternoon we even had cocktails poolside which was a nice way to finish off a day of exploring. Cocktails are around 85,000 IRD (approximately $8.50 AUD) each.
In the centre of the grounds is a mid-size swimming pool with plenty of sun lounges around it. One of my favourite things to do during our stay was to lounge around the pool, and write this article in fact. The pool has 2 depths, with a shallow end and a deep end. The shallow end also has a few steps which are big enough for a toddler or baby to splash around on. Myla could easily stand up in the shallow end of the pool.
You can hire snorkels and bicycles directly from Turtle Beach resort Gili Air. The hotel will also arrange any transport you need for getting to other islands including Bali and Lombok as well as snorkelling tours.
The service at Turtle Beach Hotel was fantastic! All the staff are super friendly and very attentive. Every time you walk past someone they always smile and ask how you are. They even knew all the guests names including the varying kids staying there.
If you are looking for affordable Gili Air Accommodation in one of the beautiful Gili Air bungalows, in the heart of everything than the Turtle Beach Hotel Gili Air is a great choice. It is a great choice for families looking for comfortable, modern and simple accommodation.
Our stay here was fantastic. We were super comfortable in our room and the pool is a great size for kids. We would highly recommend this hotel looking for a very comfortable hotel.
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