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Welcome to 5 Star Villa Holidays, the No.1 website for renting 5-star villas in the Gili Islands, Indonesia, with a select choice of dream family holiday villas.
Just off the northwest coast of the larger island of Lombok are the magical Gili Islands.
These three small coral islands really are a vision of tropical paradise come true with turquoise water, white sandy beaches and vivid green palms.
The Gili Islands are fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations in Indonesia as the world catches on to what was a relatively secret slice of paradise until recently so be sure to visit soon.
Each of the islands have their own distinct character. The largest, Gili Trawangan, also known as Gili T, is the largest and most cosmopolitan with a buzzing party scene.Gili Air is quieter but still has a great atmosphere while tiny Gili Meno is a blissful laidback getaway.
All three have fantastic beaches, great options for accommodation, and crystal clear waters for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the region.
The islands can be reached in around two hours by boat direct from Bali and it is incredibly easy to get a boat from nearby Lombok.
Looking forward to helping you choose the best luxury villa rental on the Gili Islands
All the best,
John Paul Donnelly
P.s. There are no cars and the only way to get around is by horse and cart, bicycle or on foot.
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Gili T, as it is known, is the largest and most popular of the three Gili Islands. It has a reputation as the party island but there is so much more to Gili T.
Once a backpacker mecca in the 90's the vibe has moved distinctly more upmarket in recent years.
There is still a party vibe if that is what you are looking for from your trip, but it is also increasingly a luxury 5-Star family holiday choice as well.
With no cars anywhere on the island and local regulations preventing building above the tree line the island exudes a chilled-out atmosphere and almost feels as if you are stepping back in time.
In addition to the stunning beaches, one of the biggest reasons to visit Gili Trawangan is the incredible diving from the island. There's as much to see underwater as there is out of it.
There are a number of professional dive centres offering options for beginners and experts alike no matter what your ability. There is also great snorkelling, particularly from the north of the island.
A must visit on Gili T is the popular night market. The food is fresh, cheap and cooked in front of you. It is famous for a reason.
There are horses to suit all ages and abilities at Stud Stables where you can take a guided tour through Coconut groves to the white sand beaches. This is a unique way of exploring the island at a leisurely pace.
Take a guided sea kayak trip and explore the waters just off the island. You'll probably see turtles and countless other wildlife. Kayak trips to neighbouring Gili Meno can also be arranged with lunch on the beach as well.
The instructors at Freedive Gili are competitive freedivers but offer courses for complete beginners and experienced divers alike. You'll learn to conserve oxygen as you dive into the underwater world. With a bit of practice you could be getting to depths of more than 20 metres in no time.
Treat yourself to a soothing and relaxing session at one of the hotels or independent spas on the island. Gili Spa and Azure Spa both come highly recommended.
Set in a wonderfully serene spot on the island this is a great place to have a cocktail and some light bites as you watch the sun set over Bali.
Authentic Italian pizza baked in a stone oven to perfection. There's also a delivery option if you don't want to leave your 5-Star luxury villa.
What better way to finish off a day lounging on the beautiful white sands than with a glass or two of sangria and a great variety of Spanish and Indonesian tapas dishes.
Gili Meno is the smallest and quietest of the islands but it is as close as you can possibly hope to get to a true tropical paradise.
The stunning white beaches and relaxed atmosphere make this a favourite location for honeymooners as well as families looking for a low-key luxury stay.
A mile long and less than that wide, meaning you can walk around the entire island in about two hours.
There are plenty of casual dining options with bbq fresh fish on the beach always a favourite.
If you can drag yourself from the sand or hammock then there is great diving and snorkelling on offer. Don't miss the chance to swim with sea turtles, a truly magical experience.
There aren't a huge amount of activities but that is one of the main attractions of this piece of paradise. Grab a hammock and a cocktail - this is what island life is all about!
The best diving and snorkelling spot. During the day you'll see turtles and giant gorgonians and, at night, divers can see huge moray eels.
Put your waterproof camera cover on and take a selfie among the 48 life human sculptures at this cool and unusual art installation.
There are more than 300 birds in a natural and free environment. See Hornbills, Eagles, Pelicans, Macaws, Parrots and much more.
Learn about the valuable conservation work being carried out to care for these beautiful reptiles.
In the north of the island, Balenta specialises in local Sasak cuisine. And you'll be awed by the dramatic backdrop of Mount Rinjani and Lombok.
Part of Villa Nautilus, there is a good mix of western and Indonesian cuisine. Reportedly the best pizzas on the island are to be found here too.
Right at the harbour, this is a great spot to grab a bite, listen to hip music and take some after dinner drinks.
A beautiful blend of the other two Gilis. Almost the same laid back vibe as Gili Meno but with some of the facilities and entertainment on offer on Gili Trawangan. There's not the same party scene, but there are monthly full moon parties.
The waters just off the beach are teaming with marine life and snorkelling equipment is available for hire and there are also two professional dive operations as well.
Like the other Gilis, Air is car free but you can easily get around by hiring a bicycle locally to see the island.
There's a very friendly local population and some great warungs - local restaurants to try the Indonesian cuisine. There are also plenty of options for international cuisine at the beachside restaurants.
Hold on tight to the Subwing as you are pulled underwater by boat. You move up and down like a dolphin racing through the waves with just small hand movements.
Try kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking or wakeboarding. The wave conditions make it a particularly great spot to try kitesurfing for the first time.
Try a range of classes in the Hatha and Vinyasa style at Flowers and Fire Yoga on Gili Air in the stunning outdoor location.
Scratch at the Grand Sunset Hotel offers modern twists on Asian Cuisine along with classic international dishes.
Fresh food smoothies and juices right on the beach. A healthy option with a view on the north side of the island.
Whichever island is the perfect one for you, you'll find fabulous places to stay in this paradise location.
John Paul's deep love for travel inspired him to turn his passion into a business and 5 Star Villa Holidays was founded in 2011. He is one of eight children and loves spending quality time with his larger-than-life family. In his spare time he loves immersing himself in different sporting activities around the world; skiing, surfing and football. He is always seeking new adventures and his philosophy is simple; love the journey of life.
Currently travelling the world and working remotely, it's no surprise that Helena is the author of 5 Star Villa Holidays' collection of travel guides. She loves exploring new countries and experiencing new cultures. If you need some holiday tips, look no further! In her spare time she loves going to the gym, compiling her 'Living the Dream' travel blog and enjoying fine wines!
Living in Ireland, Joe is a family man with 2 beautiful daughters and a mischievous dog called Bruno. He is a very skilled chef who loves hosting dinner parties for family and friends. He is passionate about sport and boating. Joe is a keen golfer and loves nothing more than playing 18 holes on the best golf courses Europe has to offer. Joe has worked in the travel industry since 2005 and prides himself and his team as trustworthy travel experts.
Born and raised by the beach in sunny Australia, Suzanne carries a deep-seeded affinity with the ocean and loves nothing more than exploring beautiful seaside destinations around the globe. As our travelling Creative, she is currently doing her best to experience and capture all that this incredible world has to offer, while living on a steady diet of coffee and art gallery visits.
Wilter's desire to see and experience the world took him from his home country of Brazil all the way to Vancouver, Canada, where he now lives and works for 5 Star Villa Holidays. He is an avid lover of the great outdoors and volunteers for the Canadian boat race committee. Wilter is a man of many talents, with a persevering passion for technology, programming (of course!) and science, as well as being a talented musician who likes to unwind by playing the bass and piano in his spare time.
In 2005, John Paul Donnelly, began his luxury villa journey. He spent three years building resorts and holiday apartments in Alanya, Turkey, along with his brother, Joe. The concept was to create the most luxurious villas on the Turkish coastline and provide clients, along with their family and friends, the opportunity to enjoy exclusive holidays together.
By 2008, after the successful development of 3 resorts, JP had well and truly fallen into the world of villa rentals. With a portfolio of 6 villas and a desire to explore new places, he decided it was time to take the villa rental business outside of Turkey. He wanted to give his clients access to beautiful holiday rentals in destinations across the globe.
The expanding villa rental company was rebranded in 2011 to 5 Star Villa Holidays, and today 5 Star Villa Holidays offers over 4,000 luxury villas around the world.
JP and his partner, Helena are currently travelling the globe, devoted to hand selecting the best villas and property management companies, and giving them their stamp of approval! 5 Star Villa Holidays' ambition goes beyond being an ordinary holiday rental company. It is a marketplace for luxurious and exclusive villas around the world.
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