Getaway from the crowds

Martin Jenkins raves in the Jakarta Post about the wonderful Gili islands - three coral ringed islands off the northwest coast of Lombok. For him they make the perfect getaway from the crowds of Bali. Here there are dazzling white sand beaches that outdo Bali, with crystal clear aquamarine waters to boot.
The furthest of the islands from the mainland, Gili Trawangan, is also the largest of the three. Even so, it still takes less than three hours to walk around the whole island.

Hotel Villa Ombak - the best place on the Gilies

But he continues: Be warned, if you have sensitive skin and do not relish the prospect of seawater showers (fresh water is a rare commodity here and has to be brought in from mainland Lombok), your only option may be to stay at the island's upmarket resort hotel, Hotel Vila Ombak.
Gili Islands from above.