The Gili Islands in Indonesia are a vision of paradise. Or rather, three visions! Made up of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno, the Gili Islands are known for their pristine beaches lined with palm trees and their incredible coral reefs. I don’t need to tell you why these places are so popular, but they each offer so much more than the obvious.
For a complete island getaway, head to Gili Meno where you can swim with sea turtles at Turtle Point. Gili T is the place to go for a vibrant party scene and the best wreck diving points. For an island escape with a great social buzz, Gili Air is perfect for you to get to know the locals. To help you in planning your trip, here are our top picks for the best places to stay in the Gili Islands for hotels and hostels.
- Gili Trawangan
- Little Woodstock Homestay
- Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Gili T
- Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Gili T
- Gili Air
- Best Budget Places to Stay in Gili Air
- Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Gili Air
- Sunrise Resort
- Putri Home Stay
- Seri Resort Gili Meno
- Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Gili Meno
- Les Villas Ottalia Gili Meno
- Travel Safety and Transport around Indonesia
Best Budget Places to Stay in Gili Trawangan
Little Woodstock Homestay
Near: Gili Trawangan Art Market
Price Range: $15-35 a night
There’s a reason why Little Woodstock Homestay is in high demand from budget backpackers. Actually, there’s three! A comfortable bed to sleep in, a big hearty American breakfast to cure the hangover and a pool to chill in all day. I think the staff waiting knowing you by name has something to do with it too! The rooms are very simple but do the job, and each comes with a terrace and seating area. Get up early one day and walk to Sunrise beach for the views, there’s nothing like it. (Prices start at $15 a night for a budget double or twin room)
Top Rated Budget Hostels in Gili T | Hostelworld
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Gili T
Near: Diversia Diving
Price Range: $40-70 a night
If you’re keen on doing activities and exploring the island, you can do almost everything from M’adison Gilli. Perfectly located, the resort is only a 5-minute walk from the island’s best snorkeling spot! You can arrange to do snorkeling, diving, island hopping, cycling and horse riding all from your hotel.
The bungalows in M’adison Gilli are situated around the outdoor pool with private terraces and hammocks. The rooms themselves are spacious and comfortable, and just a walk away from the main strip of bars and restaurants. (Prices start at $40 a night for a basic double room)
Near: Aquaddiction Dive
Price Range: $25-45 a night
The Resota Twins accommodation has recently taken on new Italian management. Apparently, this has resulted in a really cozy and family-like atmosphere, as well as highly maintained rooms and modern furnishings. Again the location is ideal, just 5 minutes away from the main street, Gili T’s white sand beach and the Gili Harbour.
You can rent bicycles and snorkels for free (so take advantage!) and book island hopping, kayaking or horseback riding from reception. Rooms are an adequate size with comfortable four-poster beds and a terrace facing the garden. (Prices start at $25 a night for a basic room with a balcony)
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Gili T
Pearl of Trawangan
Near: Gili Trawangan Art Market
Price Range: $130-350 a night
This four-star hotel is perfectly located at the end of the main strip, away from the noise but close enough to the bars, restaurants, the market, and boutiques. Featuring two outdoor swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar and the other with a hot tub!) and a beachfront restaurant, it’ll be difficult to leave this place! We’d recommend trying though as there are so many water sports activities you can do.
The highlight is supposed to be the speedboat transfers to Teluk Kodek in Lombok. The stunning tropical scenery extends into the rooms at this resort, with their rustic design and semi-open en-suite bathroom. You can choose between garden or sea views. (Prices start at $130 a night for a superior double room)
Near: Gili Trawangan Harbour
Price Range: $115-680 a night
For a true Indonesian island escape, Vila Ombak is a great luxury option located right on the beach. The resort is beautiful with Lombok-inspired architecture, immaculate gardens, and a large outdoor pool. The Indonesian-style rooms are big with modern wood furnishings, and views overlooking Mount Rinjani.
Although it offers the usual on-site facilities, the resort is highly recommended for the food at its beachfront restaurant. They also often have outdoor cinema screenings which just adds to the novelty of the place. (Prices start at $115 a night for a superior terrace)
Best Budget Places to Stay in Gili Air
Near: H2O Yoga and Meditation Centre
Price Range: $15-27 a night
When you look for a place to stay on a budget, you expect the basics. However, in Andin Bungalow, for a reasonable price, you get a simple yet comfortable room and clean bathrooms with powerful showers. Compared to other budget stays on the island, Andin Bungalow is highly recommended for its cleanliness and friendly staff. However, it is the breakfast that makes people stay! Who wouldn’t love banana pancakes served on the porch outside their room? I know I would. (Prices start at $15 a night for a standard double room with a fan)
7 SEAS Cottages
Near: 7SEAS Dive Gili
Price Range: $7-300 a night
7SEAS Cottages might not seem like your first choice for a budget stay. However, as it is a 2-star resort, you get the cleanliness and service all for a much cheaper price! Opt for a mixed dorm room or private double room, either way, the cozy cottages will have private terraces overlooking the sea.
Breakfast is said to be huge with a lot of drink options and fresh fruit, and you can eat it on your terrace while staring out into the stunning ocean views. Located on a good stretch of beach just meters from the sea, expect to see a lot of snorkeling and diving facilities around! (Prices start at $7 a night for a bed in a mixed dorm)
Top Rated Budget Hostels on Gili Air | Hostel World
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Gili Air
Near: Blue Marlin Dive Centre
Price Range: $30-60 a night
Located right next door to the Blue Marlin Dive Centre, Salili Bungalow is a perfect choice for accommodation if you plan on doing watersports. The bungalows are found on the ‘quieter’ side of the island, but as the island is on the tiny side, you’re never far away from a good bar or restaurant. The beachfront bungalows are adequately sized with cozy rooms and an outdoor bathroom.
The highlight of your stay is the free breakfast. Served right on the private beach, you can start your day by relaxing with amazing views. (Prices start at $30 a night for a standard double room with a fan)
Near: Gili Air Beach
Price Range: $35-60 a night
Just a 1-minute walk from Gili Air Beach, Bambu Cottages takes full advantage of its views. From its beachfront cottages and outdoor pool to the beach bar and restaurant and beachside spa, you can enjoy the island vibes wherever you are. The bamboo cottages are pretty minimalist but comfortable nonetheless, with each one equipped with a terrace and garden views. The resort itself is very social, offering a big communal lounge and private beach area with free snorkeling and bikes to rent. If you love the friendly environment, you can eat at the Bambu Beach Restaurants. If you want to explore, there are plenty of good food places near by. (Prices start at $35 a night for a bungalow with a fan)
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Gili Air
Grand Sunset Gili Air
Near: West Beach
Price Range: $75-140 a night
As the name suggests, Grand Sunset Gili Air is one of the best places to view the sunset on the whole island. Try some of the amazing food in one of the beachfront restaurants. Not only do you get amazing local dishes, you get unobstructed and picture perfect views of the sun setting over the sea. Sounds perfect to me! Only 6 yards away from the idyllic white sands of West Beach, you have a range of water sports at your disposal. If you’re not up for an adventurous day, you can opt to enjoy the views from the outdoor infinity pool or relax with an in-room massage! Rooms here are spacious with comfortable beds and a partially open en-suite. (Prices start at $75 a night for a standard room with an ocean view)
Near: Pemenang Market
Price Range: $55-180 a night
You guessed it, Sunrise Resort is the place to go for the best views to wake up to! Imagine yourself rolling out of bed in the mornings and heading down to the lounge chairs on the beach. You watch the sunrise over Mt Rinjani, lighting up the beach with an orange glow, before enjoying your complimentary breakfast buffet. Sounds like the best way to start the day!
The resort also offers sunrise rooms full of bamboo beds and hammocks, or you can watch from your private balcony. The rooms are very stylish, taking on the calm and beachy feeling from its surroundings. As well as the amazing views, you are only a walk away from the Pemenang Market and most popular snorkeling beach where you can arrange to do a PADI Open Water Certification course. (Prices start at $55 a night for a standard double room)
Best Budget Places to Stay in Gili Meno
Near: Gili Meno Divers
Price Range: $10-15 a night
Pondok Anjani is a great budget accommodation option if you want your value for money. Purely for its location alone, it is worth a stay. Just a walk away from the pier, you can get here really easily from the airport, and once you’re here, you are close by to the beach and popular bars and restaurants. Snorkeling, fishing, and cycling are big in this particular area, so expect to see loads of places to hire gear.
For the price of a room, you get a nice wooden bungalow, a comfortable double bed, and private bathroom. The breakfast is supposed to be great too, so you literally have everything you need for a bargain price! (Prices start at $10 a night for a budget double room)
Putri Home Stay
Near: Sasak Cafe
Price Range: $17-23 a night
Another great budget choice for accommodation is Putri Home Stay. Located in the middle of the island, you get your pick of the best snorkeling locations all the same distance away! You are also close to the harbor which is ideal for island hopping and arguably the best cafe on the island. Sasak Cafe serves great Indonesian and Western dishes!
As well as the local food, Putri Home Stay is praised for its clean and spacious rooms, each with private bathrooms. The highlight of the stay, however, is the hospitable and extremely helpful owner. (Prices start at $17 a night for a standard double room)
Top Rated Budget Hostels on Gili Meno | Hostel World
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Gili Meno
Meno Smile Cottages
Near: Gili Meno Divers
Price Range: $38-65 a night
For a peaceful island retreat, book a stay at the Meno Smile Cottages. Even the name is soothing! Just a walk away from the island’s best diving and snorkeling spot, you can spend your days having adventures.
Once you’ve had your fill of diving trips and beach kayaking, you can then return back to your cozy cottage, have some delicious food and indulge in a traditional body massage. The cottages in the resort are very simplistic with stylish furnishings, a private bathroom, and a patio. (Prices start at $38 a night for a one bedroom suite)
To see prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com
Seri Resort Gili Meno
Near: Amber Yoga and Wellness Centre
Price Range: $30-190 a night
With an amazing location right on the white sandy beach, Seri Resort is the perfect place to wake up to. Watch the sunrise, spend the day snorkeling, cycling or horse riding, and walking over to the west side of the island to watch the sunset. You can also take a 15-minute boat ride to Gili T Island if you’re feeling more adventurous!
With plenty of food options on-site and great local restaurants nearby, you have so much choice every day. Just make sure to try the resort’s lime soda, it’s been recommended by guests as the best refreshing drink! Rooms here are very spacious and modern with the best views of the beach in front of you! (Prices start at $30 a night for a bale hut with a shared bathroom)
Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Gili Meno
Kebun Kupu Kupu Gili Meno Eco Resort
Near: The Gili Meno Salty Lake
Price Range: $75-115 a night
Kebun Kupu Kupu Eco Resort is a great choice for a luxury stay on Gili Meno Island. Surrounded by white sands lined with palm trees, each eco-friendly guesthouse is elegantly furnished with your own private entrance and terrace. The resort itself boasts a modern outdoor pool, comfortable lounging areas and restaurants with such amazing food you’ll need to book early!
As well as the decor, what makes this place luxurious is the service. When you stay here, you will never have to lift a finger and the staff will arrange everything you can think of for you. (Prices start at $75 a night for a one bedroom luxury bungalow)
Les Villas Ottalia Gili Meno
Near: Amber Yoga and Wellness Centre
Price Range: $65-150 a night
Les Villas Ottalia may be further away from the beaches, but with free bike hire, you get to enjoy a stunning scenic ride to any beach of your choice. Being slightly offshore, you also get the benefit of lush tropical gardens. Each luxury bungalow is complete with a thatched roof, spacious rooms with natural furnishings, and an outdoor seating area that faces your own private pool.
If you can bare to leave your grand bungalow, the restaurant and terrace are also pretty fancy. Unlike many other resorts on the island, you can arrange for airport transfer and a handy shuttle service. (Prices start at $65 a night for a one-bed bungalow)
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Travel Safety and Transport around Indonesia
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