Along the stretch of coast from Singaraja in the east to Seririt in the west, villages offer a wide range of accommodation options from cheap and cheerful to tranquil luxury. Be it ocean views from high in the hills, absolute waterfront or a short walk to the sand, the black-sand beaches and sunsets across over the sea are draws for many.
Kalibukbuk is the epicentre of the action in Lovina. Backpacker-style digs and sprawling older midrange resorts predominate, but in the mix there’s something for all.
For a mid- to top-range chunk of change you could stay in a cookie-cutter resort or at Lovina Beach Houses, a selection of two- and three-bedroom traditional teak houses with private swimming pools, some with direct beach access. For a one-bedroom, they simply close other rooms and offer the whole house at a heavily discounted rate. Located in a small fishing village at the eastern end of... Read our full review of Lovina Beach Houses .
Comfortable, well-appointed Balinese-style wooden houses of varying sizes pepper a lush tropical garden at Rumah Kita. Ideal for a longer stay, the houses provide a fully equipped kitchen and wonderful open living spaces. Rumah Kita means “our house” in Indonesian, and you’ll feel right at home in this charming small hotel. Each house is different, but the general layout has the... Read our full review of Rumah Kita.
If the basics are all you need, spartan yet spotless Harris Homestay should be your first port of call. This neat and friendly homestay faces a pretty flower-filled garden, hidden down a quiet lane a little back from Lovina Beach. Simple, good sized light-filled and airy rooms offer solid wooden beds with foam or lumpy kapok mattresses (much more comfortable than they sound) and mosquito... Read our full review of Harris Homestay.
We can safely guarantee that you probably won’t find another hotel quite like Hotel Rattan Resto anywhere else in the world. It’s the quirkiest hotel we’ve ever encountered. Not to everyone’s taste, the novelty value alone makes this bizarre shell-encrusted wonderland worth a stay. Located on the main road in Lovina, we almost walked past Hotel Rattan Resto, as it looks more like a... Read our full review of Hotel Rattan Resto.
Smart, simple, modern and exceptionally clean, Ju’blu Hotel is one of Lovina’s newer offerings, having opened in July 2015. The boutique hotel is tucked away on a quiet lane close to the beach and has just four rooms, two up, two down, in a large block edging a spacious manicured lawn with frangipani trees, all overlooking a fabulous pool area. Generously sized, minimalist air-con rooms... Read our full review of Ju’blu Hotel.
A sparkling clean inviting pool and simple neat-as-a-pin rooms make Pondok Wisata Villa Jaya worth seeking out. Rooms overlook the pool in a double-storey brick block, not really a ’villa’ as such. A choice of fan-cooled or air-con rooms provide matching dark wooden furniture and the beds sport snazzy blue sheets that almost match the crystal-blue pool, brightened with runners and... Read our full review of Pondok Wisata Villa Jaya.
Sprawling, older (read slightly dated) local-style hotels seem to be a bit of a thing in Lovina. Rambutan Cottages, although fitting into this category, is well maintained and the best pick of the bunch. The extensive grounds with two swimming pools, pretty gardens with ponds and a spa are among the draws. An assortment of rooms are on offer, from basic fan-cooled to multi-roomed villas, and... Read our full review of Rambutan Cottages.
Gorgeous colourful, traditionally carved wooden doors with stone features plus a small swimming pool and friendly cheeky staff — you know you’re in Bali at Hotel Elsa 2. The central yet quiet location down a small lane is a five-minute walk to the beach. The small hotel comprises two rows of single and double-storey brick bungalows facing each other and offers fan-cooled or air-con rooms.... Read our full review of Hotel Elsa II.
Staff are really very, very friendly and we get the impression you’ll be well looked after staying at Sari House. Not near the beach, but tucked away in the suburbs on the lower hills of Lovina, Sari House is a quiet older-style small hotel, with some rooms having good views of the surrounding hillside. A large double-storey brick building houses four rooms, two up two down, and a separate... Read our full review of Pondok Wisata Sari House .
If you’d like to experience village living in simple digs and some genuine local hospitality, Suriana Ketut Homestay offers three basic air-con brick cottages in this family compound in a quiet back lane for an excellent deal. Two smaller cottages, and one larger with living room furnished with a couple of chairs, all provide a simple kitchen with a fridge and gas cooker. Tiled rooms are... Read our full review of Suriana Ketut Homestay.
East of Central Lovina, running up to Singaraja, the fishing villages of Banyualit, Anturan Tukadmungga and Pemaron are less crowded and more relaxed. A decent selection of good value hotels and restaurants exist here. The further east of Kalibukbuk you go, the more spread out the options; you may need your own transport.
If you don’t mind being a little away from the action, for the best flashpacker value in all of Lovina head straight to Kubu Beach -- in fact, it’s a better deal than some midrange joints. Built in December 2014, it was in immaculate condition when we visited in mid-2016. Twelve rooms sit stacked in a double-storey longhouse block with rice fields on either side absolute beachfront at Kubu... Read our full review of Kubu Beach.
A quiet calm descends when you enter the spacious and peaceful grounds of Puri Bagus Lovina, one of Lovina’s oldest and best maintained four-star hotels. It boasts beach frontage with wide manicured lawns, mature fragrant trees, and flowering orchids, along with water features, stone carvings and traditionally styled thatch-roofed bungalows. The voluminous high-ceilinged rooms may be a... Read our full review of Puri Bagus Lovina.
Renovated in early 2015, Hotel Melamun offers a row of duplex style cottages facing the restaurant, pool and a tempting chocolate spa. The tastefully modern, air-con rooms are spacious, spotless and serene and much more appealing than they appear from outside. Although fairly simply styled, the rooms feel luxurious with quality furnishings and finishes, large comfy beds and a muted colour... Read our full review of Hotel Melamun.
Janur Guesthouse really doesn’t look much from the road, but hidden behind an unpretentious streetfront restaurant, sits a sweet and friendly family-run guesthouse with a small swimming pool. Two small fan-cooled rooms and two slightly larger air-con rooms overlook the deep blue pool and tiny courtyard garden. The neat simple rooms are spick-and-span — everything is orderly, comfortable... Read our full review of Janur Guesthouse .
Tucked away in the ’burbs in what looks like a housing estate, Odika Lovina offers four excellent value smart modern rooms surrounding a great courtyard swimming pool. A small group of two-bedroom family villas across the road are part of the same business, and guests staying here have access to the pool. The tiled bright white interiors are spotless, and funky design touches and... Read our full review of Odika Lovina.
Hidden behind their beachfront restaurant, Starlight offers a row of neat cottages running along a fruit-tree filled narrow block. Built in 2011, the bright clean tiled interiors showed no wear when we visited in June 2016. Rooms are airy with modern-styled, golden-coloured wood furnishings including comfortable mosquito-netted beds, and warm cream walls, which add to the sunny ambience.... Read our full review of Starlight Restaurant and Bungalows.
If you’re on a budget and have your heart set on beachfront and a swimming pool, Mandhara Chico Bungalows have got you covered. This simple family-run place is tucked away at the end of a laneway about 3.5 kilometres east of central Lovina. A choice of fan-cooled or air-con basic rooms don’t offer much but are clean enough, and some have sea views from the balcony. Showers are warm,... Read our full review of Mandhara Chico Bungalows .
To the west of central Lovina is the village of Kaliasem. The road runs closer to the coast and good accommodation options thin out a little, but it’s still walking distance to the action.
A semicircle of cute individually styled bungalows each with their own plunge pool grace the beachfront at Lilin Hotel. The glass-fronted air-con rooms are individually styled using cool refreshing sea tones with bamboo, recycled wood and rustic elements. The look is fresh and fun with a bit more thought than the average bland bungalow. Rooms are smallish, but light and bright, perhaps too... Read our full review of Lilin Hotel.
Padmasari Hotel is a fairly standard modern-style beachfront resort with a sensational large infinity pool looking out to sea, and the pick of a row of similar resorts along the strip west of central Lovina. Forget the poor value superior rooms which are small, roadside and have no view. Go instead for the deluxe or better, if your budget stretches. Rooms are mostly housed in a simple modern... Read our full review of Padmasari Hotel .
Santhika is one of the most hospitable little guesthouses we’ve ever encountered, with a great boho atmosphere. Walking in is like stumbling into a funky antique junkyard — there’s so much going on you don’t know where to look: overgrown plants, wooden carvings, canopied daybeds, chill-out music. Then you are greeted by the extremely welcoming staff and owner who offer cinnamon-infused... Read our full review of Santhika .
In a prime position, right on the beach and only a five-minute walk from central Lovina, Jhon House is a relative bargain. In a double-storey brick block with two rooms up, and two down, all have unobstructed sea views. Set up more like an apartment than a hotel room, each has a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious living / dining room, with separate small bedroom and bathroom behind — no sea... Read our full review of Jhon House .
You want views? We’ve got views. Peppering the hillside villages sheltering the coast above Lovina some excellent accommodation options await, including one of Bali’s best luxury resorts. Bring your wallet.
High above Lovina, Damai offers secluded and luxurious bungalows in lush tropical jungle grounds. Classically elegant with hardwood furniture, rich fabrics and textures and local antiques plus all the mod-cons needed for a comfortable stay, this high-end boutique hotel has got it just right. Widely spaced and varying in size from quite large to enormous, some rooms enjoy spectacular sea... Read our full review of Damai.
High on the hills above Lovina with a jaw-dropping infinity lap pool, the small and friendly family-run Puri Tugu Belanda not only offers excellent views, but free transport to Lovina whenever needed is part of the deal. The “Tugu Belanda” in the name refers to a nearby historical Dutch monument (Tugu Belanda) built to commemorate the Banjar War (1868). It can be seen from the hotel but... Read our full review of Puri Tugu Belanda.
Up, up, up, and up the hill again — it’s a long drive to The Hamsa, but you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view and a terrific infinity swimming pool. An arch of octagonal light-filled bungalows circle the large pool and have endless views too. The comfortable tiled air-con bungalows are surrounded with windows to enjoy the scenery from every angle. Bamboo and wooden furniture was a... Read our full review of The Hamsa.
Between the more touristed areas of Lovina and Pemuteran, the tiny town of Seririt is the main junction from the north coast heading south to Munduk and the central mountain area of Bedugul. In the small villages along the coast northwest of the town centre, you’ll find a handful of relaxing mid to top-range resorts and private villas, several with a meditation or yoga focus.
In a quiet oceanfront location and overlooking sea-edged rice paddies, eight traditionally thatched bungalows at Ganesh Coral Reef Villas offer a range of decor themes based on the islands of Indonesia. With either sea or garden views, the high-ceilinged interiors are light-filled and generous. We like the Irian Jaya and Timor rooms, both with wooden floors, while others are tiled. Teak... Read our full review of Ganesh Coral Reef Villas.
Hidden behind the rice paddies and vineyards (yes grapes) near Seririt, Mayo Resort is an intimate boutique resort offering vast sea-view rooms plus a couple of larger family rooms on a private corner of coast. A large double-storey block overlooking the swimming pool and sea houses the hotel-style rooms, with the family rooms and villas in separate structures. A palette of turquoise, white... Read our full review of Mayo Resort.