About eight years ago when I lived in Asia, I visited the Gili Islands (just off the island of Lombok in Indonesia) and I LOVED them! Pretty much deserted and unspoiled, we jumped off our little boat and found a lovely (although basic) bungalow for £2 a night (including breakfast). All generator powered (no mainland electricity) and no fancy built up hotels – it felt wonderfully remote.
Two weeks ago, I was back in Lombok and excited by the prospect of revisiting these wonderful islands (and showing them off to Kevin and the girls). I could not have been more disappointed. Huge telecom towers take away the desert island feel, and the vast numbers of diving/snorkelling boats certainly do not give you a feeling of remoteness. Even the snorkelling, which I remember being fantastic, was immensely disappointing – the coral reef appearing dull and very damaged.