Photo: Early morning on Gili AIr.


West coast

This is the least developed part of Gili Air with terrific sunset views over Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan.

Villa Casa Mio
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
West coast
T: (0370) 646 160

This expensive but charming beach property has a handful of individually done out lumbungs facing one another on a compact block. Rooms are air-con and are oversized within, with fresh water showers and terrace verandas. Each interior is different; the one we were shown had a beaded divider and an oversized teddy bear in it. Memorable. The restaurant picks up the beach flotsam theme and runs with... Read our full review of Villa Casa Mio.

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Island View Bungalow
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
West coast
T: (0878) 6524 4736

Tucked away within a coconut plantation on the west coast of Gili Air, Island View Bungalow offers excellent value for Gili Air. It has two chalet style rooms with air-con, hot water showers and good, comfortable bedding and a handful of A-frame bungalows that are equally well decked out. The restaurant is little more than a shack and the food isn't anything to get excited about — at all —... Read our full review of Island View Bungalow.

Kai's Beach House
Toprange - 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
West coast
T: (081) 917 232 536

This new option is a lovely looking house just over the path from a pretty stretch of beach. We weren't able to see inside as it was being rented while we were there, but it looked to be done out in an eclectic, shabby chic style, with an open-air living space and kitchen downstairs, and bedrooms upstairs. This would be a great spot to hang out with friends for a few days or more — there's a... Read our full review of Kai's Beach House.

Lucy's Garden
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Off the beach, west coast

Run by a Norwegian/Gili Air couple, Lucy's has just three quaint and well designed A-frame bungalows in an off-beach location just a five-minute stroll from the sand. Cute gardens obviously get lots of care and the hammocks in the lawn garden looked comfortable but don't forget the sunscreen! The pebble-encrusted decorative facades were something a bit different for a Gili Air property and within... Read our full review of Lucy's Garden.

Matahari Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Northwest coast

Set on the northwest coast of Gili Air, the very popular Matahari Bungalows has a bunch of huts just off the beach with a gaggle of beachfront salas filling out the deal. Rooms are adequate — they are not the best value on the island — but there is plenty of shade and the staff a friendly mob. It's convenient as it's set at the end of one of the trans-island roads, making everything else a... Read our full review of Matahari Bungalows.

Sala Bose
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
West coast

This is a good backpacker option for the west coast. These are typical large but rustic beach bungalows of wood and rattan with thatch roofs, creaking floors and shaded balconies with ample hammock space. Sunken bathrooms at rear are functional — nothing more. The beach here looks to be having some retention issues and it isn't the best section of beach on Gili Air. For beachside huts of this... Read our full review of Sala Bose.

Sunset Homestay
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
West coast

Walking around from the boat landing, Sunset Homestay is pretty much first budget spot off the rank on the west coast of Gili Air. It offers a handful of bamboo, rattan and wooden bungalows set behind a small warung beside the around island trail. The huts are basic no-frills deals, but are clean, and there are a few salas over on the beach side of things where you can relax. This is a functional... Read our full review of Sunset Homestay.

East coast

Gili Air's east coast is the most congested, with dozens of places to stay along with many restaurants and bars.

7 Seas Backpackers
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
Near the boat landing

7 Seas Backpackers is a dive business on the southern coast of Gili Air that offers middle of the range accommodation along with more affordable backpacker fare. The main offerings here are fan-cooled and air-con bungalows that are set in a fenced off row on the opposite side of the road from the main office. At the end of this row is a laneway that leads to the backpacker accommodation, really... Read our full review of 7 Seas Backpackers.

Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
Half way up the east coast

Kaluku has a bunch of A-frame bungalows in a shaded setting looking out to sea about half-way up the east coast of Gili Air. The bungalows are simple A-frame in style, with slate verandas, and are set in a couple of staggered rows back off the beach. Even in high season the rates seems to be quite negotiable. Guests also have access to the swimming pool next door which sweetens the deal... Read our full review of Kaluku.

Segar Villages
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
East coast
T: (0813) 3953 5387

Segar Villages has two main styles of accommodation, with the best in a single row running up the south side of the block. In something we've never, ever, seen before, the bungalows have rough pebbles for much of the floor inside (and the bathroom) and we're not convinced that this is a good thing. Bathrooms are half outdoor, with salt water showers. Rooms are tastefully decorated (aside from the... Read our full review of Segar Villages.

Sejuk Cottages
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
East coast, off the beach
T: (0370) 636 461

European-managed Sejuk Cottages sits a five-minute walk back off the Gili Air's east coast beach, nestled in a very shady grove. They offer a range of rooms from simple freestanding, fan-cooled bungalows through to pretty elaborate air-con affairs. Facilities include TV and minibar. There is a compact restaurant on site and, more than compensating for the distance from the beach, a swimming pool... Read our full review of Sejuk Cottages.

Abdi Fantastik
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Towards the northern end of the east coast

What a name! While fantastic probably isn't the first word that springs to mind when wandering through this place, Abdi Fantastik is still pretty good value. The fan-cooled rooms come in two main flavours with the northern bungalows being the cheaper, more beaten-up affairs, and the southern ones newer and a bit more solid. Rooms are pretty well looked after and are spaciously lined up in a... Read our full review of Abdi Fantastik.

Banana Bungalows
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Half way up the east coast, off the beach

A little under halfway up the east coast of Gili Air, 50 metres back off the beach and reached by a narrow dirt trail, sits Banana Bungalows. These bright and airy freestanding bungalows were one of the newest spots we looked at and are quite smart affairs — so new in fact the bedheads were still wrapped in plastic. Solid construction, firm mattresses and clean bathrooms make this not too bad a... Read our full review of Banana Bungalows.

Gusung Indah
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Northern end of east coast

Gusung Indah is towards the northern tip of the east coast accommodation strip and has a range of fan-cooled and air-con rooms in a few different configurations. The cheapest fan-cooled rooms are older beach bungalow style with creaking floors and generously sized verandas, while the newer ones are of a bigger size and are not as weathered. Not a bad deal for the... Read our full review of Gusung Indah.

Juliantos by the Sea
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
East coast
T: (0370) 622 179

This is the only two-storey property we saw on Gili Air (aside from Kai's), with a collection of three two-storey buildings each with four rooms (two fan-cooled up, two air-con down) and then, like an afterthought, a handful of single-floor chalets in a staggered longhouse-style setup. It feels like there should be a swimming pool on the way and as it stands the whole thing feels a bit exposed.... Read our full review of Juliantos by the Sea.

Orong Villages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
East coast
T: (0818) 0500 6492

Orong Villages kind of lost out on the shade stakes — this is one very sun-exposed property — but the rooms themselves are fine. Both air-con and fan-cooled rooms are available as is TV, but note the showers at rear are not fresh water. Be sure to check out the shark driftwood atop the shower that is bizarrely placed at the centre of the... Read our full review of Orong Villages.

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