Think you’ll need a vacation from your vacation? The villas on Bali’s neighboring islands are definitely worth a stay. Nusa Lembongan is located in the cluster of islands just east of Bali and can be reached via a 30-minute boat ride from Sanur. Seen as a version of what Bali was like 30 years ago, staying in Nusa Lembongan means less people, less noise and more beach to yourself.
Travel further east and you will hit Lombok, a large, lush island with long stretches of white sand beaches and seafront villas with views back to Bali. From Lombok, the Gili Islands are just a stone’s throw away… almost. Offering a place where cars are nonexistent and horse drawn carriages are the norm, the Gilis are an idyllic destination for getting away from it all.
Your villa on these offshore islands are just what you’d expect of a tropical retreat: stunning coastal views, picturesque garden with private pool and breezy indoor-outdoor living spaces. And like any luxury vacation rental, impeccable service is guaranteed - from housekeeping to cooking and laundry, all your daily needs will be taken care of so you won’t have to lift a single finger.
Nusa Lembongan is known for its excellent surf. The waves are good, but the coasts can get crowded. To escape the crowds, grab your surfboards and head off to lesser known beaches further south, like Dream Beach or Sunset Beach. Diving enthusiasts will appreciate the variety of renowned dive sites in the vicinity, such as Crystal Bay, Manta Point and Blue Corner. Spotting the rare mola mola is the highlight here, but with the cold waters and strong currents, these sites are best explored by experienced divers.
With white sand beaches, great surf, dense forests and hiking trails snaking through emerald rice fields, Lombok offers something for every villa traveller. Families will enjoy a relaxing day spent on the coasts, and your best options are the beaches of Tanjung Aan, Selong Belanak and Mawun.
Planning a day trip? Must-see attractions to be included in your itinerary range from the mystical temples of Pura Suranadi and Pura Meru, to the cascading waterfalls of Sendang Gile and Tiu Kelep. Get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals with a visit to Ampenan, where you’ll find Dutch colonial-style buildings, Balinese temples and a bustling traditional market. The highlight for nature lovers is a hike up to the peak of the majestic Mt. Rinjani - the second highest volcano in the country.
Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno are the trio that make up the Gili Islands. Of the three islands, Gili T is the most sought-after destination with its postcard-worthy beaches, numerous attractions and vibrant party scene.
Water sports enthusiasts will appreciate the variety of activities here - from surfing, to freediving, scuba diving and snorkeling. If you’re in the mood for rest and relaxation, unwind with a leisurely beach stroll, join in a yoga class (studios on Gili T include Gili Yoga and The Yoga Place) or chill out with sundowners at beachfront venues like Pearl Beach Lounge or Paradise Sunset. For ultimate privacy, nothing beats an al fresco dinner by the poolside in your villa.