Photo: Meno beach scenes.

Accommodation

Gili Meno

Gili Meno has a fraction of the accommodation of either of its neighbours which helps to give it a relaxed vibe.


The Sunset Gecko
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Northwest coast
T: (081) 3535 66774

We were very impressed with this lovely Gili Meno resort. If you're a travelling family and this fits your budget, look no further. The standout rooms here are two-storey, with a master bedroom upstairs and twin beds in the room downstairs. There are ample layaround spots both upstairs and down and the standard, for the money, is excellent. The on-site restaurant is absolutely outstanding —... Read our full review of The Sunset Gecko.

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Adang Adang
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
North coast

The Swedish mind behind Adang Adang obviously has some pretty grand plans but they hadn't quite come to fruition when we visited. Affable barman Adi at the Adang Adang beach bar was the only person we could find and according to him the place was going to open up pretty shortly. It looks promising, with longer term plans calling for a swimming pool (not that you'd need it with the great stretch... Read our full review of Adang Adang.

Amber House
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
North of pier

It's a long trek north from the pier and boat landing area to Amber House, which is last call before Gili Meno starts to curve westward. Amber has straight up wood and rattan thatch bungalows with a table setting and bamboo blinds on the deck and mosquito net draped beds with sunken bathrooms behind. There's a small restaurant on site and a good stretch of beach out front. It's a functional and... Read our full review of Amber House.

Biru Meno
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
South coast
T: (0813) 3975 8968

Set on the southwest corner of Gili Meno, this comfortable, family-orientated resort is one of the best placed on the island. There is quite good snorkelling offshore, the beach is lovely and the sand is ideal for extensive sand castle construction projects. Rooms are oversized, each with a large (cold salt-water) bathroom, terrace and an interior that lends itself to an extra bed. The beachfront... Read our full review of Biru Meno.

Gili Kontiki
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
South coast
T: (0370) 632 824

The name is a bit of a giveaway here, with Gili Kontiki keeping everyone busy taking a steady stream of tour groups. We saw three different groups checking in on subsequent days, so you're almost guaranteed a steady trickle of custom here. Given that, the rooms are surprisingly good. We were shown an upstairs room (they have a bunch of freestanding bungalows along with a handful of... Read our full review of Gili Kontiki.

Jepun Bungalows
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
In the village
T: (0819) 1739 4736

This is the fanciest of the off-beach places that line the cross island road near to the port. Jepun's bungalows are sharply finished with a good interior — certainly of a higher standard than some of the other places on the island — and are available in fan-cooled and air-con flavours. There's also a good little restaurant on site. Prices are high given the off-beach location, but that... Read our full review of Jepun Bungalows.

Mallias Child
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
South coast
T: (0370) 622 007

Mallias Child is your classic thatch and rattan beach-view bungalow setup. A half dozen or so good-sized bungalows are lined along the beach pathway here and, for the money, this isn't too bad a deal but you are paying a premium for the beachside situation. Rooms have comfortable terraces overlooking the beach and there is a small and quite good seafood restaurant on site towards the pier end of... Read our full review of Mallias Child.

Tao Kombo
Midrange - 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
South of pier
T: (0812) 372 2174

Tao Kombo is located a five-minute walk back off the beach in a rambling, well-shaded compound. The bungalows are scattered quite far apart helping to give a bit more privacy than other spots and we noticed a few with prams parked out front. The rooms are not that different to others on the island, but you should have a quieter experience as the waves and boats are a very distant hum from here.... Read our full review of Tao Kombo.

Diane Bungalows and Cafe
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
West coast and lakeside

Diana Bungalows and Cafe has two sets of lodging, one overlooking the lake and the other beachside. Of the two the lakeside ones are the better deal, with thatch and rattan bungalows with bathrooms at rear and comfortable balconies out front. This is a bit of an isolated spot though, and we'd venture one of the cheaper places on the east coast may be a better... Read our full review of Diane Bungalows and Cafe.

Good Heart
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
Northwest coast

Popular Good Heart faces straight across the water to Gili Trawangan and in both vibe and price, it feels like a bit of an extension of Trawangan. Accommodation comes in the form of two rows of facing lumbungs. Facilities include fan cooling and fresh but cold water showers. There's nothing especially wrong with the place — it's very popular, but just struck us as a bit charmless and there... Read our full review of Good Heart.

Omah Bamboo Bungalows
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
In the village

Omah has a handful of cute and shiny bungalows at the rear of his property and this was the best of the handful of places at this priceline around here. Rooms are clean and functional — fan-cooled with salt water showers and a small terrace out front. It wasn't clear if there were plans to build more or perhaps work on the gardens a bit (not a bad idea) and it looks like a bit of a work in... Read our full review of Omah Bamboo Bungalows.

Rawa Indah Cottages
Flashpacker - 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
In the village

Rawa Indah has a small collection of A-frame cottages just off the cross island road. They're clean and well looked after inside, but the gardens were threadbare and there's little in the way of shade, so we'd expect these to get pretty darn warm in the middle of the day. One staffer told us they have salt water showers, another fresh water, so we're not sure on that point. All are fan cooled.... Read our full review of Rawa Indah Cottages.

Royal Reef Resort
Backpacker - Under 150,000 Rp
North of pier

This is the first joint immediately north of the pier and we imagine they do a fair trade because they are the first place you come too. Bungalows and thatch and rattan jobs, in a varying state of repair (or disrepair — a step broke as we walked into one), with large sunken bathrooms at rear, soft mattresses and a few sticks of furniture. Bring your own... Read our full review of Royal Reef Resort.

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