This is home to the pricier east coast digs along with many of the bars. Busy during the day and light sleepers should note this area can get extremely noisy at night.
You can't be more more central than Gili T Resort, and while it won't win any design awards, this is a good value functional choice. Rooms are on the off-beach side of the road and while the cleaners need to check their cleaning fluid dosages (fumey!), once you air the room, you've got a decent deal with air-con, cable TV, fresh hot water showers and a good sized swimming pool. We also found the... Read our full review of Gili T Resort.
Pesona is a smart and welcoming setup in the centre of things on Gili Trawangan. The deluxe air-con bungalows come with TV, DVD and air-con and are furnished with a solid four poster bed. Bathrooms are a good size and immaculate, with the trimmings missing in so many other places on the island -- toiletries and a bamboo ladder for towels for example. Verandas come fitted out with both an axe... Read our full review of Pesona Resort.
Expat favourite Scallywags is one of the better known mid- to upper-range hotels on Gili Trawangan, located towards the southern end of the main party and not far north of some rather good beach. Immediately behind the popular restaurant you hit the swimming pool, with the rooms running behind from there. Each has a gardenette out front with a small terrace with deckchairs, then the room and a... Read our full review of Scallywags.
The Beach House has a range of accommodation on offer, with their four-bedroom villa now somewhat worn and tired-looking piece de resistance, and selections smaller and less expensive from there. The villa has two bedrooms up and downstairs, all of which are, amazingly, lacking windows — perhaps to keep the party noise out (you can still hear it, but it's slightly muffled). But you'll likely... Read our full review of The Beach House.
Gili Trawangan village is the heart of the island's budget accommodation scene. There's little to differentiate one place from another, and at least a dozen to choose from. Just take a walk.
We couldn't find any staff here, but one of the guests, who was quite obviously rapt in the place, showed us through her room and we have to agree, this is quite a good deal. Rooms are clean, the bathrooms immaculate and the small garden isn't fenced in, meaning you can watch the goings on from your veranda. You're a five-minute walk from the beach and, like many places in the village, discounts... Read our full review of Alexyane Paradise.
Set in the backblocks of Trawangan village, this struck us as one of the better homestays in the area, with a pretty little frangipani-littered garden and quite sharp and clean fan-cooled rooms in a green and yellow finish. Koi Gili looked to be fairly new and if they look after it, should remain a reasonable off the beach option. You're a five-minute walk from the beach and bars here. A good... Read our full review of Koi Gili.
Hidden away in the back blocks of the main village on Gili Trawangan, Martas offers a better standard of accommodation than many of its neighbours, with a good little swimming pool and a garden overhead. Given you're a bit of a walk here from any of the good swimming, the pool is a welcome addition but it doesn't quite justify the high season priceline. Staff are friendly, if somewhat confused... Read our full review of Martas Hotel.
Pomodoro is another of the clutch of homestays in the back blocks of Gili Trawangan village. There's close to a dozen very similar places to this one, offering modest yet functional rooms, close to the school and a short walk from the night market and the boat landing. There's no garden to speak of — the rooms open pretty much onto the dirt road out front, but they're clean and get the job done... Read our full review of Pomodoro Homestay.
This is Trawangan's flashpacker scene: overpriced mostly, but with good beach out front. The southern end will hear the mosque, the northern end the generator.
Nestled among a huddle of overpriced flashpacker bungalows, Italian-managed Danima Resort is a breath of fresh air with cleverly designed and spacious rooms and bungalows in a couple of configurations back from the pool. Plush bedding, WiFi, air-con, TV and hot, fresh water showers in immaculate bathrooms -- it is all here, though mind you this doesn't come cheap! The moderately-sized swimming... Read our full review of Danima Resort.
This is a backpacker-orientated spot, set a little off the strip and run by a bunch of friendly young guys. Bungalows are simple and clean and run back through the property with the cheapest rooms right at the back on the far side of the dirt road that runs parallel to the beach road. The fan-cooled rooms out back are in a longhouse setup and have cold water showers, while the pricier rooms are... Read our full review of Gili Smile Bungalows.
Just about next door to Gii Deli, Abdi Homestay is a good option for budget travellers wanting to stay near the pier and night market without going back into the backblocks of the village. The fan-cooled, green A-frame rooms here are quite a bargain for the standard and are well maintained. There are still cheaper rooms on-site, more or less opposite the lumbungs, but we were told we wouldn't... Read our full review of Abdi Homestay.
We've a soft spot for Blue Star Bungalows even if there isn't a skerrick of shade in the place. The handful of A-frame bungalows (three facing the road and beach, the balance just out back) are clean and well maintained, though this style of room is quite small inside. The big asset here is the restaurant/bar on the beach side with salas and deckchairs all overlooking one of the better... Read our full review of Blue Star Bungalows.
Italian-run Dream Village has quite luxurious lumbungs on offer — the name refers to it being the owner's dream to have a place like this and he's certainly gone the extra yards in putting this tempting little village together. Rates are high — especially for a property without a pool — but the rooms have generously shaded verandas, semi-open bathrooms and are very well-sized... Read our full review of Dream Village.
Good Heart has a handful of lumbungs facing onto the street and beach beyond. They're a good size, surprisingly spacious within but don't have a balcony to speak of, which means you'll need to do your relaxing on the beach — oh the pain! Rooms are air-con with hot, fresh water showers and are of a good overall standard for the area. This is a pretty busy part of the strip, so expect some... Read our full review of Good Heart Bungalow.
Set pretty much straight behind the turtle hatchery tanks on the beach, Turtle Bungalow has three main styles of rooms, two-floor lumbungs, single-floor lumbungs, and, right at the rear of the property, budget rooms. The best value are the single room lumbungs that sit immediately back from the two-storey ones. These are better sized that the two-storey ones, which feel quite cramped and, if... Read our full review of Turtle Bungalows.
Villa Unggal grabs attention thanks to the fair-sized freeform swimming pool that faces onto the street and beach beyond. Despite the building overlooking the pool seemingly having rooms, we couldn't get a straight answer out of the staff regarding them, so they remain a bit of a mystery, but they were happy to show us the very spacious, air-con duplex chalets scattered through the leafy gardens... Read our full review of Villa Unggal.
Despite the name, Beach Bungalow is just off the beach and offers what appears to be a fairly scruffy lot of rooms which turn out to be clean and acceptable inside. All the rooms we were shown had both a double and a single bed, making this a reasonable possibility for those travelling in a group or perhaps for families. We thought the air-con room was a bit fumey and stuffy and the fan are... Read our full review of Beach Bungalow.
Keep an eye out for the large secondhand bookshop, pingpong table and a few guys laying around hollering cheap room at passersby and you'll have found Beach Wind Bungalows. For the price, this is a good backpacker option, with reasonable fan-cooled rooms in a longhouse setup towards the rear of the property. As with many of the places in this area, expect a bit of a racket come the evening, but... Read our full review of Beach Wind Bungalows.
Brother has concrete bungalows in a peachy hue staggered back through a garden that is getting the TLC is deserves. Rooms are big enough for an extra bed, though probably not for the football game that the staffer suggested could be fitted in. The bathroom has a fresh, cold water shower and the room we were shown had air-con — when we asked after fan rooms the staffer became evasive and it... Read our full review of Brother Bungalow.
This small mix of mostly older rooms is very basic but does the job. The upstairs room has two larger single beds, making it a decent choice for families on a budget, particularly with a large outdoor balcony area as well which is a great vantage point for people watching — it also has a decent hammock from which to do the watching. The brackish water is however cold and the sarong-curtains... Read our full review of Flush Bungalows.
You'll pay a premium for digs along this coast, but the sunset is free -- as is the racket from the generator. Popular with families.
Quartered away in the northeast corner of Gili Trawagan, Alam Gili is an old-school resort offering family-friendly accommodation in a quiet-ish location. Rooms are mostly of a free-standing chalet variety, with large verandas (with mosquito-covered day bed), good-sized beds and even better sized well-designed bathrooms. There's a freeform well-shaded swimming pool on site, but, as long as the... Read our full review of Alam Gili.
There's a Swiss hand in Desa Dunia Beda and it shows via a sharp attention to detail that helps to make this one of the most attractive properties on Gili Trawangan. The traditional wooden joglos were all originally family homes around the Yogyakarta area on Java and were shipped here to create their own village on the north coast of the island. The heavy-on-wood fitout within is evocative,... Read our full review of Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort.
Dutch owned and managed Karma Kayak is one of the last spots on the north coast of Gili Trawangan before a long stretch of nothing but sand and dust, and it's a good note to finish on. Chalet-style lodging runs back from a small but charming restaurant and is quite a good deal for the area. Rooms are spacious and well looked after, with simple furnishings and comfortable decks. Karma Kaya... Read our full review of Karma Kayak.
Windy Bungalows is a pretty good hideaway on Gili Trawangan. Very well finished bungalows and rooms are of a good size and not bad value for the area. All come with air-con and fresh water showers with pebbly floors. There's a more rustic restaurant and bar area with bamboo lazy chairs right by the water and well-worn salas off the beach that make for a decent spot to while away the middle of the... Read our full review of Windy Bungalows.
There's a scattering of places in the interior of the island, these are our pick of the bunch.
A handful of places are hidden away in the northern interior of Gili Trawangan, and Australian-owned Trawangan Oasis is our pick of the bunch. Appealing to those who are really looking for a hideaway, Trawangan Oasis has a half-dozen wooden and concrete rooms overlooking a lawn garden (yes grass!) and a small freeform swimming pool. All rooms have decking, air-con and come with TV, DVD player and... Read our full review of Trawangan Oasis.
We were shown two main styles of lodging at Gili Hideaway: the main rooms which have access to the swimming pool and rooms in a second enclosure the staff simply referred to as umbrella, with no pool access. The lovely rooms are tastefully designed and fitted out, with good sized bathrooms and firm beds. The pool, for those at the grander property, was also very tempting. Staff unfortunately... Read our full review of Gili Hideaway.
Home Sweet Home is a curious place. It has a single fan-cooled Lombok-style lumbung as the centrepiece, with some fan-cooled rooms at rear. They're terribly different in style, but all go for the same price. The interior of the lumbung is very dark, with furniture consisting of an ornate bed and cabinets with mother of pearl-esque inlay — it's roomy and the bed is good. The door then leads... Read our full review of Home Sweet Home.
If you're a budget traveller looking for a budget shack (and we emphasise the word shack) within spitting distance of the beach, then these are indeed the cheapest beachfront digs we found on the island. Don't be tricked by the pretty colours, as these cheap beach bungalows have most definitely seen better days, but at this priceline for Gili Trawangan, they're a steal. The beachside bar runs... Read our full review of Trawangan Bintang Bungalows.