We had a brief stop in Singapore where I caught up with two Scrap Around The World girls - Jelissa Mei and Priscilla Lim. Unfortunately, I was struck down with a tummy bug - as I was heading to the cafe to meet them! I had a very helpful taxi driver who found convenient locations to stop so I could throw up. For all our planning, it really wasn't much of a catch up which was really disappointing. Still, we did get to meet, even if I couldn't stay for long. Jelissa and Priscilla are such lovely ladies and I hope that next time we meet, we will have much more time!
Oh gosh, I do look pale!
This was the chill-out island. Not much to do but just soak up the sunshine, ride a bicycle around the island and go snorkeling. (I was feeling much better by this stage.) It was heaven. Amazingly, we were thousands of miles from home but happened to bump into one of our son's school teachers! We also met Cande and Arnoud, two other people travelling around. The six of us had a great time!
Sunsets and moonrises were all amazing.
The staff at our accommodation were fantastic.
There were plenty of turtles.
There are no cars or motorbikes allowed on the islands so if you need to carry anything heavy you catch a horse and cart.
This is the party island. It's heaps busier than Gili Air and is full of 20 year old sun-worshippers and party-goers. We stayed away from the main strip though which worked out perfectly.
There's a turtle breeding programme running which is why it's so easy to find turtles nearby.
Every restaurant had a perfect backdrop......
Shopping isn't a high priority on the Gili's but these bracelets were everywhere. I bought one bracelet at each of the three islands (we visited Gili Mena briefly one day).
Ever sunset we watched was with a cocktail in hand, while sitting in a restaurant on the beach. Heaven!
Well that's a brief summary of our wonderful holiday. Expect to see some tropical layouts coming to a website, blog or magazine near you soon!