If you’re tired of the overcrowded beaches in Bali, and are looking for somewhere near with similar culture, yet adorned with the clearest blue sea and untrodden idyllic white sand beaches, Gili islands in Lombok is your answer.
But untouched beaches also comes with a heavy price tags attached to those beautiful and luxurious beach resorts.
It’s a fact that resorts on Gili islands can be expensive, with the average nightly rate at some of the big chain hotels running at hundreds of dollars. And when you find one within your budget, there’s usually a caveat — the beach is more than 20 minutes away.
Here, we’ve collected some of the rare gems in Gilis – nice, decent resorts that boast of beautiful views of the ocean, are right on the beach itself, and cost only less than USD $90 a night!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Paradise retreat on a quiet beach: Seri Resorts – Gili Meno (From USD $76)
At Seri Resorts, you can stay in stylish and spacious beach bungalows with stunning ocean views, and you can step out onto the white powdery sand and the palm-fringed gardens directly.
Compared to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno is a quieter island, great for retreats for couples or close family and friends seeking to reconnect and bond with one another.
At their luxury beachfront pool, you can chill with splendid a sea view and watch the world go by.
You can even enjoy free yoga classes in an eco-friendly bamboo hut.
And here, you’ll also be able to get direct access to a perfect diving spot in the beautiful turquoise bay with coral gardens.
With everything, it’s next to staying in paradise itself!2. Overlooking the ocean and Mount Rinjani: Natya – Gili Trawangan (From USD $82)
Inspired by the concept of a modern building dynamic, Natya Hotel is located on the tropical island paradise island of Gili Trawangan.
Overlooking Mount Rinjani, you will get a magnificent view from your balcony.
Their spacious rooms are tastefully furnished with craft work and classic wood furnishings.
Even the shady pool has a unique wood furnishing interior. Just perfect for your Instagram photo.
At their restaurant, you can enjoy the finest gastronomical menus with a breathtaking sea view.
3. Fall in love with white and blue in Gili Eco Villas – Gili Trawangan (From USD $86)
Going to Gili Eco Villas is like entering a new dimension where everything is just white and blue. This beach-themed villa with unique architecture backed by the latest eco-friendly technology offers you a refreshing experience.
Indulge in a truly relaxing remote island experience inside one of their classic teak wood residences individually designed and tastefully decorated with a view that overlooks the sea.
Even the lobby is Instagramable!
The bedroom is white and blue too.
Take long, slow and deep breaths to enjoy the freshest sea breeze. You can stroll along the pristine shoreline and listen to waves lapping on the white sandy beaches.
4. Sleep with the symphony of the sea at Avia Villa Resort – Gili Meno (From USD $70)
For a truly memorable experience, opt for one of the exotic Beach Villas at the postcard-perfect Avia Villa Resort.
Picture yourself relaxing there after ‘roughing it out’ with water sports and activities – doesn’t it feel just like the holiday of your dreams?
When you stay at this bungalow, the orchestra of the waves will lull you to sleep.
Built with a stunning mix of unique contemporary architecture and traditional craftsmanship, each property has its own garden. And you can even top it off with sexy open-air private pool if you opt for their private pool bungalow at USD$144.You can also spend the evening in this eye-candy café. Perfect for bonding with your travel buddies!
5. Movies by the beach under the stars: Vila Ombak Hotel – Gili Trawangan (From USD $80)
At Vila Ombak Hotel, you can stay at this Superior Lumbung Terrace.
As its name suggests, each Lumbung Terrace room includes its own furnished terrace. It features an indoor bathroom, welcoming interiors and is a perfect no-fuss retreat for those seeking the comforts of a cosy and homey accommodation.
Surrounded by a green garden and coconut trees, their pool is what summer paradise looks like. Here, you can relax your mind from the bustling days in your hometown.
Complement your Lombok holiday experience with evening movies under the stars at Vila Ombak Hotel. The floodlit rocks, star-filled sky, and gentle lapping waves provide a unique backdrop to enhance the experience of watching modern and classic movies.
Surrounded by its own house reef, you can spend your afternoons snorkelling away. What a blissful way to spend your day!
6. The white sand beach is just one look away: Pearl of Trawangan – Gili Trawangan (From USD $90)
Have you ever dreamed of waking up to a cloak of fine white sand beach and surrounded by pristine azure waters?
Pearl of Trawangan is better than your dream. With this affordable budget, you will be able get direct access to a quiet, beautiful beach on Gili Trawangan.
If you want to enjoy a bit more luxury and an expansive view of the ocean from your room, you can spend a night in their ocean view room for USD $200.
Laze the afternoon away as you sunbathe by the beach with the mild summer breeze and a beer (or two) in hand.
You’ll love to splash around in their exclusive shady pool too.
What’s more, you can even enjoy all your meals right on the beach itself! Can life get any better than this?
7. Wake up to summer paradise garden pool: Oceano Jambuluwuk Resort – Gili Trawangan (From USD $55)
Nestled in a picturesque coconut grove on Gili Trawangan, Oceano Jambuluwuk Resort is a tranquil, luxurious retreat.
In addition to its stunning pool and lush tropical gardens, the villa stands out with its stylish interior, which combines elegant Asian design with inspiring artwork and modern comforts while flowing seamlessly onto the outdoors.
There’s even a shady traditional hut from which you can enjoy the best view of the ocean.
You can also enjoy fine cuisine while taking in the mild sea breeze.
8. This is how the dining room in heaven looks like: Villa Julius – Gili Trawangan (From USD $68)
Nestled on the northwest coast of Gili Trawangan, right on the beach with breathtaking views, Villa Julius is only a short bike ride from all the action.
Villa Julius is a unique villa resort, combining luxury with boutique accommodation. It offers a perfect balance between splendid seclusion, and being stranded on a tropical island.
You won’t be able to finish your food before taking a hundred photos here. This place is just perfect for your romantic adventure.
The Balinese-style hotel is designed to take advantage of the magnificent views the location offers – white sandy stretches of tranquility. Its tropical garden is full of palm trees and Japanese bamboo, and you can overlook the beautiful beach from the sunbeds by the pool.
You’ll be able to feel the sea breeze from the seclusion of the private terrace. The room is furnished with modern amenities and specially designed for honeymooners.
If you’ve always dreamed of holding a beach wedding party, you can do so here, with the tropical breeze and spectacular smoldering sunset.
9. Welcome the magnificent setting sun at Aston Sunset Beach Resort – Gili Trawangan (From USD $82)
The name speaks for itself – Aston Sunset Beach Resort offers you the most stunning sunset view on Gili islands.
Spoiler alert: Your eyes will catch a sunset view better than the most expensive camera.
Remember to savour mouthwatering cocktails in the beautifully crafted Bar at Aston Sunset Beach Resort – a perfect way to end a magical evening. The bar also offers sweeping views of the Indian ocean.
And do check out the pool too – it has a fascinating futuristic design.
Do you miss your childhood days where you can just swing away in the breeze?
Here, you’ll be able to enjoy the beach view from a different perspective, and spend some time to chat and bond with your travel partner too!
10. That famous golden sunset swing: Ombak Sunset Hotel – Gili Trawangan (From USD $72)
Nestled on the peaceful west of Gili Trawangan, and featuring traditional and intricately carved woodwork from around Indonesia, together with unparalleled sunset views of Bali’s Mount Agung, Ombak Sunset Hotel is home to the famous “Datu Swing”.
Here, a picture of you and your partner on the swings in the middle of the sea at sunset is priceless.
You can also get an awesome beachfront experience at this resort. Who needs Kuta beach when you can have all this view to yourself?
Do also spend time to relax and chill at their tranquil pool.
Blend with nature in this stunning green village: Desa Dunia Beda – Gili Trawangan (From USD $104)
Desa Dunia Beda means a village of a different world.
If you’re tired of the mainstream beach resorts all over Gili islands, this is the perfect place for you.
Here, you will accommodated in a typical Javanese house, elegantly decorated with traditional furnishings and artifacts, just like in a traditional village. Some of these houses boast of views of the sea too.