Kalibukbuk is what locals refer to as the centre of Lovina and as a result there is an abundance of accommodation choices to suit most budgets. It is located on a pretty stretch of beach and has some good eating nearby.
In a town with an abundance of locally-run operations that pay little attention to maintenance, Rumah Kita stands out as a beacon of hope. It's owned by a Javanese man with Dutch connections and contains four big two-storey villas capable of sleeping two or four. The downstairs section of the villas is where the well-equipped kitchen, massive open air bathroom and large sitting area are located.... Read our full review of Rumah Kita.
The small, clean rooms at Harris Homestay don't come with a top sheet, soap, toilet paper or towel. In fact, the only comfort you do get is a couple of bedside tables, a mosquito net, a big lumpy bed and some outdoor furniture — not too bad for a cheap place, really. This is actually quiet a smart and very central budget spot. The main attraction at Harris Homestay is the peaceful homely feel,... Read our full review of Harris Homestay.
The sprawling Rambutan Lovina just keeps going and going and going, which is a good thing as the standard rooms in the first enclave after reception are mediocre and not worth considering. Ask to be taken to the second enclosure, which has both the better gardens and the resort's second swimming pool, and choose from one of the very generously sized deluxe rooms. These are organised in two level... Read our full review of Rambutan.
About 350m along an unnamed dirt road off Jalan Rambutan in central Lovina is the Danish-owned Villa Jaya with six affordable rooms situated right in front of a crystal clear blue swimming pool. Both fan-cooled and air-con rooms are available and while the bathrooms don't get a lot of natural light, they still feel incredibly clean and this is probably due to a combination of regular use and... Read our full review of Pondok Wisata Villa Jaya.
To the west of central Lovina is the village of Kaliasem where the beach gets muddy and the hotels are both underutilised and mediocre. This is the best of a very average bunch.
Three km to the east, Banyualit is like a mini-Kalibukbuk but less crowded and more relaxed. A decent selection of hotels and restaurants exist here.
Set in a long narrow block running along side the same-named Jalan Starlight all the way down to the beach front, the very smart Starlight Restaurant and Villas offers excellent value for Lovina. We were shown around by a very chatty staffer who walked us back through the fruit-tree garden to a very smart bungalow-styled room with a modern finish. The interior was spotless with comfortable... Read our full review of Starlight.
Hotel Melamun has quite smart rooms in a compact manicured garden sitting about a third of the way down Jalan Laviana towards Lovina beach. The superior and deluxe rooms are air-con throughout, clean and set in a row running back to the swimming pool. The rooms here are better decorated and furnished than some of the older joints in Lovina and represent quite good value. WiFi is also available on... Read our full review of Hotel Melamun.
This property (previously Sartaya I) features the same facilities as the newer Sartaya II, except that it doesn't have a swimming pool and the rooms are much older. Each of the Balinese-styled bungalows comes with air-con, hot water and clean older-style bathroom. There's also a generously sized terrace and a very ornate facade to the bungalows. The entire operation feels quite well run and... Read our full review of Shri Ganesh.
The weird smell is the first thing to register when entering the standard rooms for the first time. After the weird smell, one notices that the rooms aren't particularly bright and the bathrooms pitch black without the fluorescent light on. The features are good with air-con, hot water and fan and decent beds. The main reason to come here is for the deluxe rooms built in mid-2010. They are big,... Read our full review of Suma Beach Hotel.
Set up in the hills behind Lovina, if you're headed up this way you're either on the way to a private villa of the rather luxurious Damai. Whichever it is, you'll be needing your own transport.
Up in the hills, approximately 5km south of the main intersection in Kalibukbuk is the village of Kayuputih and the stunning Damai. Fourteen villas varying in size from quite large to enormous are situated within these stunning grounds high above the coastline of Lovina. Each villa is beautifully appointed with hardwood furniture, comfortable beds with quality linen, flat screen TVs with... Read our full review of Damai.