The new Lonely Planet guide to Bali and Lombok recently hit Indonesian bookshop shelves, and is currently retailing at e.g. Periplus for Rp239 000 ($27, € 20).
Like in the guide to Indonesia, once again the best hotels and restaurants receive a special logo of distinction. However, the new Bali and Lombok guide has unceremoniously dumped "our pick" in favour of "Top Choice":
Without further ado, here are the Lonely Planet nominations for "Top Choice" hotels in Bali and Lombok:
*Four Seasons, Jimbaran is also famous as one of the world's best hotels.
**Alila Villas, Ulu Watu was also recently voted Indonesia's Best Villa Hotel.
^Puri Lumbung, Munduk was previously an "our pick".
^Meditasi, Aas was previously an "our pick".
^Karma Kayak, Gili Trawangan was previously an "our pick".
Curiously, over half of the 13 "our pick" hotels in Bali and Lombok were not considered "Top Choice" one year later.
The following "our pick" hotels still received positive reviews, but were not classed as "Top Choice":
The following hotels were "our pick" hotels last year, but this year do not appear in the Bali/Lombok guide, despite its greater focus on the Bali/Lombok area:
As a point of contrast, some hotels (e.g. Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay) were not reviewed in the guide to Indonesia, perhaps due to size constraints or the more budget-conscious orientation of the Indonesia guide.
Do you agree with these "Top Choice" hotels? Which hotels, hostels and resorts do you consider to be "Top Choice" in Bali and Lombok?
Or, to put it another way, which places do you think deserve "Two Thumbs Up"?
Please add your recommendations and opinions (including disagreements) below.