Jungut Batu faces onto Lembongan's longest beach. This is where the majority of the island's accommodation is.
For flashpackers looking for a homely place right near where the boats come in, this is a good option. Romanticists need to get in early to grab the front upstairs room, which enjoys great views and is, by far, the best room here — ask for the honeymoon suite. The rooms are otherwise typical Balinese fare — they're clean, if a bit tired, and there's also a waterfront restaurant and bar to... Read our full review of Bungalo No 7.
Tarci is attached to the popular Shipwreck restaurant midway along the main beach. The beachfront area is given over to a swimming pool, deckchairs and a restaurant and catches the full brunt of the afternoon sun. The two best rooms here are immediately behind the swimming pool, with the upstairs room in particular enjoying terrific views (and a lot of sunshine). Facilities include free WiFi and... Read our full review of Tarci Bungalows.
This cute beachside bungalow operation has a gaggle of rooms in upstairs and downstairs flavours scattered through the pleasant garden grounds. Rooms are very clean, all white with deep blue details, firm beds and bathrooms that look like they get an extra scrub to keep them that little bit cleaner than some of the neighbours. The beachfront cafe and restaurant is homely and comfortable and a... Read our full review of Linda Bungalows.
This tiny place has just four rooms (two upstairs, two downstairs) in two wooden buildings right on the beach footpath and not far from where the speedboats arrive. The rooms are a good size and the upstairs ones have a good terrace and a surprising amount of space inside. Bathrooms are aged but reasonably clean. What stands out here though are the views — just terrific — and the upstairs... Read our full review of Rama Beach Inn.
We'd imagine Agung's Bungalows and Restaurant is a bit of a throwback to old school Nusa Lembongan. It has a dozen or so cute little rattan and wooden rooms in two-storey huts and a slightly more solid building towards the rear of the compound. While the rooms look cute with their bright paint jobs (notably pink) these are old rooms and the downstairs options, with their low ceilings, were not... Read our full review of Agung's Bungalows.
This is a bit of a rambling property with a range of rooms in different configurations. The best value are the ones in the three-storey building (that's a veritable skyscraper by Lembongan standards) as the top floor gets some cracking views towards Gunung Agung. Rooms vary a little in quality — some of the bathrooms are a bit tired but overall this is pretty good value and there is a large... Read our full review of Puri Nusa.
Back off the main beach you'll find some fabulous budget deals to be had, especially at the northern end of the stretch.
Yes, it is an odd name, but there's nothing odd about the value for money here. Bunda 7 represents excellent value for Nusa Lembongan. Located towards the eastern end of the big beach, it offers a mix of lumbungs and good-sized Balinese style rooms in a longhouse with a shared veranda. There is a small restaurant on site along with a swimming pool, all within a compact garden compound. You're... Read our full review of Bunda 7.
Shipwrecks is built in the style of a Balinese compound, with individual pavillions in a leafy garden setting. It's a small set-up, housing two double rooms connected by a gantry to the main pavillion and another 'master bedroom' which is a stand-alone pavillion with king-size bed and outdoor shower. The main pavillion has an AV room with satellite TV and DVDs, along with couches to sit and read.... Read our full review of Shipwrecks.
Set more or less opposite Secret Garden, midway between the beach and the main road, Jepun Lembongan Villas has a bunch of oversized rooms overlooking a central but unshaded swimming pool. Rooms have a lot of space so if you're travelling with kids, this is a good option as there is plenty of space to swing a kid (or stick an extra bed in). Likewise the bathrooms are well sized and clean, though... Read our full review of Jepun Lembongan Villas.
Pondok Baruna has three separate properties: a beachside location, one mid-way between the beach and the road, and a roadside restaurant. The section between the road and the beach is the most noteworthy with clean good-quality and sized rooms in a garden compound and with a well-shaded, multi-depth swimming pool (often used by dive students, for whom guests are asked to give priority to) with... Read our full review of Pondok Baruna.
Hidden down a dirt pathway running back from Puri Nusa and the beach, Rama Garden was a pretty new arrival as at mid-2011 and with the rooms still gleamingly new, this was really great value. They've got both concrete cottages and lumbungs, though they oddly wouldn't tell us the prices for the cottages! This is a compact property, well suited to those on a budget who don't need or want a swimming... Read our full review of Rama Garden.
Like nearby Jepun Lembongan Villas, Pondok Jenggala has a bunch of oversized new bungalows built around a moderately-sized, unshaded swimming pool. The rooms here are big — the one we were shown could have easily fitted two more beds into it, so this could be a good choice for families. This is a newish spot (as of mid-2011) and while the finishings are not as good as say Pondok Baruna (here... Read our full review of Pondok Jenggala.
This marks the beginning of the trail to Coconut Bay and has a mix of flashpacker through to quite expensive private villas and hotels. Great views but not always the best value.
Another of the 7 conglomerate, Oka Bungalo 7 is perched on the headland next to Ware Ware and offers good value Balinese-style cottages that are well positioned to get the most out of the view. There's also a small swimming pool down near the trail, but it would be a pretty crowded little pond when the place is full. Oka Bungalo 7 has the cheapest rates along this headland strip and, of the... Read our full review of Oka Bungalo 7.
Set a little way out along the headland, Ware Ware covers the middle ground between Oka Bungalo 7 and Playgrounds. Rooms are an unusual hexagonal style with alang alang roofs, staggered up the headland two by two. As with many places along the headland, the views from the bungalows are exceptional. There's a deckchair-lined swimming pool (open to non-guests for 50,000 rupiah) for all your midday... Read our full review of Ware Ware.
This place bills itself as five-star resort and though we think they're flattering themselves with that description, this is definitely a with-frills spot for Lembongan. The 23-room resort clinging to the headland wouldn't show us a room on our first visit and instead directed us to their website. On a return visit a couple of days later it was fully booked out by a wedding party (though the... Read our full review of Batung Karu Resort and Day Spa.
Named after the nearby surfbreak, Playgrounds has a mix of fan-cooled and air-con rooms along with a whole swag of villas running up the embankment from the trail. At the base there's a tempting swimming pool and restaurant, with the air-con and fan rooms in the two-storey block behind the pool. Rooms are a good size, with generously sized terraces — the upstairs rooms have fabulous views —... Read our full review of Playgrounds Resort.
This beach is mostly given over to large private residences and villas. While there are a couple of places to stay, we thought only one was worth mentioning.
We thought Nanuk Huts was by far the best option on Tamarind Bay. Smart lumbungs look over the garden, swimming pool, restaurant and down to the ocean. This isn't a beachfront property, but the sand is about a minute away down the road, and with most of the other properties here either private villas or dire, this is easily the best bet. Very friendly staff, we quite liked the vibe here. The one... Read our full review of Nanuk Huts.
Mushroom Bay has a good selection of beachside accommodation and some great value deals back off the beach.
With just four lumbung-style rooms a scant few minutes from Mushroom Bay, this is simply excellent value. It's a compact site run by the affable Ketut, and it's well cared for, with pretty and lush gardens offering plenty of shade around the rooms, restaurant and attached spa. Rooms could do with a bit more lighting, but they have large beds with bedding you'd expect in a far higher standard... Read our full review of Alam Nusa Huts and Spa.
Set on the eastern headland overloooking Mushroom Bay, this large bungalow operation has the best vantage point of all the beachside properties here. Rooms come in a few varieties, with lumbungs and Balinese-style cottages representing the bulk of the options. The lumbungs are the pricier option, but the one we were shown had a near vertical staircase leading into the bathroom — really not... Read our full review of Mushroom Beach Bungalows.
This place, the first you'll reach upon entering Mushroom Bay village, is absolutely cracking value for the budget traveller. The compact block behind their Balinese restaurant has a handful of lumbungs facing one another over a small garden. As elsewhere around Mushroom Bay, the rooms are very new and well kept, though the open-air bathrooms could do with a bit of shielding for extra privacy.... Read our full review of Adi Bungalows.
At the higher end on Mushroom Bay, the Waka Nusa struck us as the best and most memorable choice. Rooms are set well back from the beach and are large, grass-roofed spherical cottages which, while not enjoying sea views, are nevertheless comfortable and relaxing. Each has a fair-sized terrace and the interiors are tasteful and well-cared for — if a little tired. There's a well-placed swimming... Read our full review of Waka Nusa.
The Mola Mola Hotel is a brand new place that was so new they had neither phone nor business cards when we visited in mid-2011. What they did have was three brand new lumbung cottages with ocean views right by Mushroom Beach. Room quality wise there is nothing to separate here from any of the other lumbungs on the beach, but they were a little cheaper than the nearby Lumbung Bali Huts and a good... Read our full review of Mola Mola Hotel.
Sharing the same owner as the beachside Mushroom Beach Bungalows, Mushroom Garden Villas opened in June 2011 and has two rows of Balinese-style, thatched roof villas overlooking a mid-sized swimming pool. Rooms are oversized with big bathrooms and comfortable beds, but they felt a bit empty — perhaps not all the furniture had been delivered. This is the only place in the village with a pool and... Read our full review of Mushroom Garden Villas.
Rambling back from towards the western end of Mushroom Bay, Tanis is somewhat of a peculiar property, with a bunch of different room configurations but with their cheapest in a two-floor building right at the back of the resort. The Garden View are on the ground floor and the Sea View upstairs and while you can see the sea, it's a fair walk away. Rooms are large and could easily fit an extra bed... Read our full review of The Tanis.
This area covers a series of small bays and beaches set on the western extremity of Nusa Lembongan. The standards are high, but bear in mind these are quite isolated spots.
Dream Beach Huts is just about as far west as you can stay on Nusa Lembongan. Perched on the rim of the very pretty same-named beach, Dream Beach Huts has two styles of lumbung-style bungalows scattered across their lawn enclosure. The bigger ones are worth the extra 50,000 rupiah as you get a lot more space and headroom. As with most lumbungs, they're quite dark inside, but have good bedding and... Read our full review of Dream Beach Huts.
Certainly one of the flashest digs we saw on Lembongan, The Point Resort sits on the pinnacle of Sanghyang Cape on western Nusa Lembongan, and is quite a spectacular little hotel. The alang alang-roofed rooms are oversized and all have fabulous ocean views. The all air-con rooms are fitted out with large flat screen TVs (just in case you get sick of the view) and each has a small furnished... Read our full review of The Point Resort.
Sort of north as the crow flies from Dream Beach, Sunset Villas and Cafe has quiet, spacious lawn grounds on a peninsula off western Nusa Lembongan. It isn't right on the water's edge as there's a very flash villa development between them and the water, but a reasonably sized swimming pool on site somewhat compensates. The very spacious, high-ceilinged rooms are duplex-style in individual... Read our full review of Sunset Villas and Cafe.