Arriving on Gili T and I think you could’ve put me in a garden shed and I would’ve been happy. This place blew my mind once I stepped off the boat, and immediately knew island life was totally my scene – no shoes, limited wifi, lots of happy, smiley people… oh and corn on the cob on every corner!
However, far from a garden shed it was. Cocotoa is nestled in the middle of the island, just a few rows back from the main strip. In all its white glory, it welcomed me in with open arms.
Ideal for keeping away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip, but close enough to walk everywhere. It’s more secluded than most hotels in the resort, but remains on the ‘busy’ Eastern side of the island.
Cocotoa provides bikes (IDR 50,000 per day – about £2.50) that will do the job at getting you everywhere with ease, or feel free to use the feet we were blessed with and amble around at your own pace. Just take time to remember you’re on an island, go with the flow, don’t hurry it away.
Cocotoa offers 5 types of room of varying sizes, from their deluxe room to their king suite. I stayed in their ‘luxury’ room, which was more than enough. Quite honestly, I think opting for the deluxe would be plentiful on this island where you’ll spend most of your time away from the room.
All rooms are large, with bathrooms plenty big enough. They’re decorated with a modern flair (not sure how I felt about the colourful lights under the base of the bed, however, nothing a switch couldn’t resolve.
Honestly, the breakfast isn’t worth sticking around for. There’s fruit on offer with every choice, whether that be eggs, toast, pancakes or noodles. It’s FINE (yes.. I hate that word too). It was enough to keep me fuelled for the one day I tried it before my scuba diving, but I wasn’t keen to rush back. There’s plenty of delicious spots to try on the island, so I’d recommend heading elsewhere if you’re a bit of a breakfast aficionado – I highly recommend The Banyan Tree.
In terms of facilities, there’s the onsite restaurant (not somewhere you’d hurry too). The pool is perfect, it’s a great size for Gili T, with enough space around the pool. Of all the snooping into other hotels I did, it’s definitely on the larger side. Other than bikes on offer to rent, as with many other Gili hotels, there’s not a huge amount of facilities.
If you’re interested in keeping fit whilst you’re away, GILIFIT (the only gym on the island) is a short 3min walk from Cocotoa, it’s basic, but will suffice if you’re a stickler for routine.
I didn’t have a huge amount of interaction with the staff, but when I did they were all lovely and very helpful. One thing I did notice is that as I took my key with me every day my room didn’t get cleaned? Not entirely sure why this was, as you’d presume they’d have a spare. I’ve emailed the hotel for clarity on this – so I’ll get back to you!
The Habit Hunter x