A German lady friend of mine visited Gili Air a couple of years ago and loved it. She didn’t love the stray cats (in the Gili’s there are no dogs, but many cats), or the local young men, who are like a pack of pole cats, but the island itself is quieter than Gili Trawangan, and closer to the mainland.
A map of Gili Air indicates most of the accommodation is on the west and south coasts. There is also a mosque on the south coast, which may be one of the reasons the local population, of 1,000 Muslims, keep a tight lid on the partying activities. I haven’t been to Gili Air, but have heard late night fun is limited to 3 times a week for bars.
Most of the accommodation in Gili Air is budget. Here are some options.
•Nusa Tiga – Located slightly inland, on the SE coast. Simple bungalows, attached bathroom, cold water.
•Matahari – Located on the north coast, you will have a long trek to get to the main centers of activity, but for people wanting peace and quiet, this could be it. On the beach, decent quality, cold water.
•Legend – on the NE coast, has attacjed warung, simple rooms. The warung has a once a week party.
•Coconut Cottages – located on the NE coast, pleasant bungalows, varied room grades. Hot water, interent access.
•Hotel Gili Indah – located on the south coast, to the west of the ferry launch, has a variety of room grades. AC, hot water available.