Pulau Weh at the northwestern tip of Indonesia finds a great balance between being basic and unspoiled but having enough infrastructure to keep a typical visitor happy. If you like your tropical paradises simple, Pulau Weh fits the bill. The following is a selection of our favourite places to stay on Pulau Weh – click on the links to see our full reviews. Not too shabby. Freddie’s Santai... Read our full review of Where to stay on Pulau Weh.
Accommodation is spread across Pulau Weh, but the largest cluster is in the village of Iboih near the best dive sites. Here most guesthouses are basic beach shacks, although more solid structures are being built each year.
Erick's has evolved from a big green house with a communal feel to the bungalow style-accommodation so popular everywhere else. These bungalows are slightly above average, however, because they come with a fridge. Rooms come with standard beds with clean sheets, decent pillows and less-destroyed nets than some other places. If you want a cheap place, those rooms in the big green house are still... Read our full review of Erick's Green House.
Olala is extremely popular primarily because of the fantastic restaurant located on the jungle track which acts as the main thoroughfare for backpackers looking for a room. Bungalows here are much the same as most other bungalows in Iboih, but feel slightly more neat and tidy. The best shacks are down by the water, but are almost always full. Of course, bathrooms are cold water, shacks are made... Read our full review of Olala Bungalows.
If you're looking for a cheapish room, but something a little better than the Iboih norm, Yulia's is a top choice. Located right at the end of the jungle track, Yulia's has bungalows with share bathroom, with private bathroom and private bathroom with ocean frontage. The paths leading from the bungalows to the fabulously located waterfront restaurant are well-paved and generally well-lit when... Read our full review of Yulia's Bungalows.
Wawa is located just up the hill from O'ong, towards the far end of the jungle track. This small cluster of rooms doesn't come with a sea view, but each room does have its own private bathroom which may well be the best in town. The rooms are duplex style, with pairs of rooms unfortunately sharing a thin wooden wall which does nothing to prevent sound from carrying from next door. Beds are a... Read our full review of Wawa Bungalows.
Fatima's is located about half way down the jungle track to the north of Iboih and is one of the less popular options along the strip. This is mainly due to the bungalows giving a feeling more akin to camping than some others. Steps leading to the waterside bungalows are broken, uneven and unlit at night, fittings are broken in rooms, bathrooms have a lot of mosquitoes and there's a slightly... Read our full review of Fatima's Bungalows.
Iboih Inn pitches itself as being the premiere lodging in Iboih and it's not far off the mark. The reception and restaurant area is perched right over the ocean and commands spectacular views across to Pulau Rubiah. It's a fabulous spot to read a book, have a few drinks and relax. The rooms, however, are slightly underwhelming. They're much the same as other bungalows in Iboih except that the... Read our full review of Iboih Inn.
Set a few kilometres from Iboih on the northwest "arm" of Pulau Weh, Gapang may appeal to those looking for more isolation.
If you're into all-in-one resorts managed by Westerners, particularly those with a diving focus, then Lumba-Lumba is about as good as they get on Pulau Weh. Located in Gapang, a few kilometres from Iboih, it's just across the road from the village's lazy beach. The bungalows here are a step up from anything you'll find in Iboih and include wonderful verandas with hammocks, great spring beds with... Read our full review of Lumba-Lumba Diving Centre.
This is a more isolated locale on the eastern side of Pulau Weh.
Located on the less popular east coast away from the majority of dive sites, Freddie's is a bit of a surprise. Owned by South African Freddie, it's a breath of fresh air on an island full of rustic shacks. For very reasonable prices you can choose between a standard or family bungalow, both of which include water cooler, fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, fan, decent beds with clean sheets and... Read our full review of Freddie's Santai Sumur Tiga.