Le Pirate Beach Club is an absolute dream of a boutique hotel on Gili Trawangan (Indonesia’s famous little party island next door to Lombok). When it comes time to check out, the staff may just have to drag you out kicking and screaming. And if that’s the case, you certainly wouldn’t be the first to leave against your will.
So what makes this darling beachside resort so whimsical? Quite literally everything. But because that isn’t nearly specific enough to convince you to book your accommodation there stat, I’ve created a list.
REASONS TO LOVE LE PIRATE BEACH CLUB (GILI TRAWANGAN)
No detail, even those seemingly small, are overlooked here. Every element is so chic, so Instagram-worthy, it’s ridiculous. Just look at their Instagram account for the drool-worthy proof.
Oh, and check it out – they reposted our photo 🙂
The intimate and cozy “Beach Boxes” (aka bungalows) are decorated in a clean white minimalist manner with bold turquoise accents. The outdoor washrooms feel very tropical with their bamboo privacy walls. The drinking water in your room is kept in old Sailor Jerry’s bottles.
Right down to the music they play, everything is on point. They carefully curate custom playlists for each portion of the day. Like I said, they put thought into each and every detail here.
In fact, I think Le Pirate may be the most picturesque place I’ve ever seen.
When we booked our stay here we hadn’t the slightest inclination that breakfast was included in the price. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised come morning.
Coffee, juice, fruit and a fresh fruit salad are all up for grabs at the self-serve bar while you wait for your (free) delectable breakfast to be prepared.
There’s a lengthy list of tasty options they offer. So if you’re having trouble deciding what to order, I can say with certainty the white omelet is ah-mazing. As for the hubs, he was all about their eggs benedict.
There are only 22 Beach Boxes, so it feels very intimate. Though there are other guests around, you’ll think you’ve stumbled upon a secret spot of your own. The exclusivity only adds to the charm.
But this also means there’s a high risk of selling out. Booking well in advance is an absolute must to secure your spot!
IT’S A DESTINATION IN ITSELF
Warning: You’re going to fall in love hard with this eco-hideaway and likely won’t want to venture off the property. That’s more than okay.
The best part of our whole trip to Gili T was that we didn’t need to leave the hotel grounds if we didn’t want to. Everything we could want for a relaxing and wondrous getaway was within our reach right at Le Pirate.
The two pools are on the smaller side but somehow never crowded. You’ve got the picturesque one that faces out onto the beach. The poolside bar is full service and happy to bring your artisan cocktails and appies right to your deck-chair. The second pool is set back a bit, nestled in amongst the bungalows, surrounded by sand and coconut palms.
Right next to the ocean you’ll find a beach bar and grill. With ample seating in white woven hammocks, bright blue beanbag loungers, and wooden lawn chairs.
The open concept restaurant serves amazing food any time of day. Not just breakfast! And the vibe is just right, with a nice selection of games to play.
Fancy a bit of island exploration? You can rent bikes in 24-hour increments right from the lobby.
If you’ve had enough sun for the day, chill out with a book on the shaded hammock on your own front porch. And if you’re looking for some non-alcoholic entertainment after the sun goes down, settle in for a movie on the beach cinema projector.
Although they specialize in simplicity, they sure provide an abundance of amenities to keep you entertained and blissed out for days.
You want to stay on the sunset side of Gili Trawangan. Trust me. Over on the South/East end of the island, it is noisy and packed with hoards of young and eager backpackers ready to party all night and consume copious amounts of magic mushrooms.
If that’s your cup of tea, all the power to you. We’re at a point where we seek less hedonistic holidays, however.
Here on the North/West end of the island, you are removed from the endless racket and constant smell of feces. The streets a quieter with far less bike and horse buggy traffic.
And if you’re staying in an area with a name like “sunset side” you know what sort of sights you can expect come nightfall. (Hint: the good kind).
The staff, all matching in their pirate scrub deck shirts, are so beyond helpful and accommodating. By the time you check out you’ll be thinking of them as your friends.
Ok, Now For the Cons…
Le Pirate is perfect in nearly every way. But, in the spirit of full disclosure, I feel I must also inform you of the not-so-perfect aspects.
- Getting there. I’m not talking about the ferry ride from hell you might have to endure, depending on which ferry operator you have the misfortune of sailing with. No, I mean getting to Le Pirate from the Gili Trawangan ferry port.
There are no motorized vehicles on the island, and walking all that way with your luggage under the blazing sun is less than ideal. So the option you are left with is taking a horse buggy (cidomo).
This seemed like an adorable means of transportation at first. But it soon became clear that the horses on Gili T are not treated very well, nor are they always provided with sufficient amounts of water. It was a very sad, really.
- The beach. The beach is beautiful, don’t get me wrong. The only downside here is that the sharp coral goes out for miles (and becomes quite visible in low tide) and the water is very shallow for a long ways out.
This is not the resorts fault. In fact, it’s not really a fault at all. It just means that if you want to take a dip in the ocean, you’ll likely have to walk up or down the shore a bit until you find a section of sea that looks easier to wade into.
- Checking out. Leaving this place sucks no matter how you slice it. But if you (like us) charge everything during your stay to your room, you’re going to have to pay that upon checkout.
Again, the hotel surely can’t be blamed for this one. I suppose we should have better thought about the price of putting 20+ craft cocktails, 20+ Bintangs, and more meals and snacks than we can count on to our room tab. Oops.
Even if you aren’t impressed with Gili Trawangan as a whole, you’re sure to be blown away by this simplistic boutique resort. I bet you’ll find yourself wondering how to convince Le Pirate to allow you to become a permanent resident.
Just do me a favor and don’t book this place up solid for when I come back. K thanks.