It’s here! Our long promised GiliMeno travel guide.An island we fall in love with over and over again. Below we curated our best tips and places to stay for your next trip here!
We visited the island for a tropical getaway last July with our friends Yenny and Anne and to shoot our new Take me to Bali collectionfor our online shop The Islandlife Store (if you haven’t seen it yet, have a look here:).
So, let's do this! Our curated mini guide:
Gili Meno is the middle one of the three Gili Islands. Known as ‘the honeymoon island’, cause it’s SUPER romantic, laid back and a secluded slice of paradise. Perfect for all day cuddles and smooching away into the sunset while tanning, relaxing and being spoiled. You’ll notice absolutely nothing of the outside world, exactly what you need in life some time.
Gili Menoand Gili Air are the two smaller islands next to Gili Trawangan. This last one we all know as the party island. Where you can boogie all night long in the sand between backpackers, beachbums and ‘masroom’ bars (note: on the west and north side you’ll still find the serene island vibe! See our Gili Trawangan Guide here). Gili Air is similar to Gili Meno, also a truly laid back, slowmode vibes kinda island.
Regardless of its lovers only image, Meno is not only perfect for the lovebirds, but perfect for anyone looking for their own blue lagoon days, filled with nothing but sunkissed hours, the sound of the ocean, salty feet and tropical memories. Whether you’re solo traveling, a group of friends or young family (super kid friendly!). We don’t wanna choose faves, but secretly, we do. Gili Meno we love you, hihi.
// How to get there
There are 2 options to get to Gili Meno. The first is to book a boat to Gili Trawangan from Sanur or Serangan, get off board and book a local boat to Gili Meno at the harbor. Go for Gili Getaway, great service and free pick-up from your hotel in Bali.
What we did this trip to make it as easy as possible: we took a direct boat from Padangbai to Gili Meno Ekajaya. It departs from Padangai, which takes about 1,5 drive from Seminyak and then another 1,5 hours by boat to get to Gili Meno (it does do a little stop at Trawangan to drop passengers of). It includes arranging your pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Bali. Padangbai harbor can be quite hectic though, and the boat is quite big, so watch your belongings, and be on time, Sanur is a way more relaxed departure harbor.
Tip: Seasick easy like us? Take the seats in the back, it helps. And go for the window seat or upper deck to spot Dolphins.
// Getting around
Bicycles! (At this part we Dutchies go crazy of excitement hehe). There are no cars and motorbikes allowed on the island, so biking is your way to get around. Cruising around the island's coastline takes about 1 hour. We rented the bicycles near Avia Villas, but you can rent them anywhere on the island.
// Where to stay
Absolutely every place looks incredible on this island, so you can’t really go wrong. Most stays are basic and cheap. But there are a few resorts that offer a bit more upscale experience. We stayed at 3 different places this time on Gili Meno, each of which we LOVED and will definitely go back to in the future and would recommend to all of you.
Stay 1: AVIA Villa Resort
Tropical bungalows and villas with private pool right on the beach. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa with our own pool, where we literally stepped out the door on the sand, in the ocean. The staff is all smiles and super kind and helpful. AVIA Villa Resortis filled with colorful Bougainville’s, it’s so so so beautiful. There is a poolside and beachfront restaurant, on the beach you can relax all day on the sun beds and sip on coconuts. Perfect place for little ones too!
Stay 2: Seri Resort
A little piece of paradise on earth! If you’re reading this and planning a little upscale getaway, romantic adventure or honeymoon, this is your place. Think white sand beach, basking in the sun all day, dipping in the pool, snorkeling with turtles out front in the turquoise ocean, friendliest people, dinner on the sand underneath the stars. Islandlife is truly good at Seri Resort!
Stay 3: This breathtaking Gili Meno beach house on Airbnb!
We spotted this incredible ocean front house on Airbnb.The only house on the island actually ON the beach and looking at nothing but the infinite horizon of the sea and the sky. It’s one room, with a sun deck and the most incredible bath room we’ve ever seen. The pictures will say it all, haha. From the bed you can watch the sun rise (yup, pretty romantic hey!).It’s located next to Karma Reef Resort, and a few minutes’ walk from the harbor. Owner Sam came to meet us and hand over the key, super friendly and kind! We must say, this has been one of the most unique island stays we’ve ever been and if you have the chance to stay here, do!
And, if you’re with a bigger group of friends or family, we spotted this incredible house next to Seri Resort: The Robinson Crusoe House, from The Island Houses. It’s on our bucket list to stay here next time for sure!
// To Eat
When on Gili Meno, you have to make yourself it as easy as possible. Go with the flow and eat don’t move too much :). It’s not a real foodie kinda island, you’ll find great local food and each bungalow, resort or villa restaurant offers great fries. And that’s about it haha. So that’s exactly what we did.
// To Do
That's it, hope you loved! Enjoy our photo diary and dream away with us :))
PS. Also planning a trip to Gili Trawangan? Check our Gili Trawangan travel tips here.
Island jalan jalan in Cantik Swim
The small Gili Meno harborAirBnb Beach House
Hope you loved our tips! Are you planning a tropical getaway to Gili too? Let us know your questions or any other tips in the comments!
-x- Eve & Pris
PS. For Gili Trawangan trips. check out our Gili Trawangan travel tips here!