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​Gili Air

Gili Air is one of the three small Gili islands in front of the north-west coast of Lombok. It is the closest one to Lombok and a layed-back and chilled place. You’ll find less party then on Gili Trawangan and more life than on Gili Meno. There is everything a person needs to relax, from good food to yoga classes, diving and massage, but no cultural sightseeing or nature on the island.

Since we were here before, about three years ago, we saw big changes on the island: many more restaurants, shops, hotels – everything got bigger and bigger. And those who already existed were somehow upgraded. It looked like the layed-back-chilling-care free-holidays-relaxing vibes even got stronger, or simply part of the islands marketing strategy… At the moment there are still many backpackers coming, but the tourists coming here are changing with the growth of standards.

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Diving and relaxing at the western end of Cuba

Maria la Gorda is only one hotel and a beautiful beach. There is nothing else, no town or shops or anything. Since there are no buses to get here and it takes 3 hours by taxi from Vinales, not many people come here. It´s a quite and relaxing place. The hotel is nothing special, but the beach is great (besides the sandflys).

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