Top Hotels of Bali & Lombok

Oct 11th, 2011, in Travel, by

Lonely Planet - Bali & LombokThe 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”:

our pick TOP CHOICE
The words may have changed,
but the meaning stays the same

Without further ado, here are the Lonely Planet nominations for “Top Choice” hotels in Bali and Lombok:

Oberoi Hotel, Seminyak

Oberoi Hotel, Seminyak


*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.


  • Swasti Cottages, Ubud
  • Sayan Terrace, Ubud
  • Puri Lumbung Cottages, Munduk^
  • Sanda Bukit Villas & Restaurant, Sanda
  • ^Puri Lumbung, Munduk was previously an “our pick”.


  • Pondok Wisata Lihat Sawah, Sidemen Road
  • Hotel Uyah, Amed
  • Meditasi, Aas^
  • ^Meditasi, Aas was previously an “our pick”.


  • Taman Sari Bali Cottages, Pemuteran
  • Qunci Villas,  Senggigi

    Qunci Villas, Senggigi


  • Pondok Pitaya, Balian Beach

  • Qunci Villas, Senggigi
  • Tugu Lombok, Sire
  • Cendrawasih Cottages, Tetebatu
  • Yuli’s Homestay, Kuta
  • Karma Kayak, Gili Trawangan^
  • Shacks 58 & 59, Gili Meno
  • ^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”:

    Bloo Lagoon Village, Padangbai

    Bloo Lagoon Village, Padangbai


  • Tandjung Sari, Sanur, South Bali
  • Oka Wati Hotel, Ubud, Central Bali
  • Bloo Lagoon Village, Padangbai, East Bali
  • Cilik’s Beach Garden, Yeh Sanih, North Bali

  • Sunset Homestay, Senggigi
  • Sejuk Cottages, Gili Air
  • Sunset Gecko, Gili Meno
  • Seger Reef Homestay, Kuta

  • 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:

    Hotel Lombok Raya, Mataram

    Hotel Lombok Raya, Mataram


  • Villa Kresna, Seminyak, South Bali

  • Hotel Lombok Raya, Mataram
  • 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?

    Two thumbs up

    Or, to put it another way, which places do you think deserve “Two Thumbs Up”?

    Please add your recommendations and opinions (including disagreements) below.

    7 Comments on “Top Hotels of Bali & Lombok”

    1. Chris says:

      I forgot to mention also that it is also possible to leave more detailed reviews about the hotels on their booking page.

      If you’re wondering what to write, some examples are below. Actually, there aren’t so many review of Balinese and Lombok hotels, so there are also reviews from other locations:

      Champlung Sari Hotel, Ubud

      Shangri-La Hotel, Central Jakarta

      Majapahit Hotel. Surabaya

      Reviews don’t have to be positive to be published. If the place is no good, you can tell it like it is as David Tan did here:

      Sanno Hotel, North Jakarta

    2. Oigal says:

      Just back from Bali and for the life of me I will never understand the attraction.

      Overpriced, crooked cops, dirty Beaches, hustlers, bogan drunks and scam merchants (both foreign and local). If you manage to escape the underlife then the dreaded mungbeans are only amusing the first dozen times or so.

    3. stevo says:

      Just back from Bali and for the life of me I will never understand the attraction.

      For me its the Aussies in all their Bintang fueled glory. You should have stopped and asked them ( your country men) instead of being such a snob Oigal. At least you will never be short of transport and massages there. I find that such a problem in Germany and are often walking miles with stiff sore tense muscles.

      The Champlung Sari is fun, especially when those wretched little Monkeys come and raid the tables at the restaurant and indulge in lewd acts outside your room. I love animals but those little buggers need a good boot.

    4. HeavenlySword says:

      All, this is unrelated. I’m planning to visit Indonesia for about 2 months (business trip), and I need an unlimited internet connection while I’m there and most of the time I’ll be mobile. I have an unlocked Mifi and all I need is just a sim card. Do you guys know any good and reliable provider in Indonesia that provides unlimited data service?

    5. Chris says:

      Hi Heavenly Sword,

      It might be difficult for a visitor (not a resident) to get an unlimited data package.

      Here are some possible solutions:

      1. INDOSAT BROOM (Pre-paid 3.5G)

      2. Perdana Telkomsel Flash Unlimited – Website is in Indonesian only, but you should be able to understand enough to know how it works.

      3. XL Internet Monthly Unlimited

      When choosing the package, check there is coverage where you are – it varies a lot between different providers.

    6. Chris says:

      Hi Oigal,

      Just back from Bali and for the life of me I will never understand the attraction.

      Some people love it, some people loathe it. I have been to Bali a few times and can understand both perspectives.

      Maybe one reason is that it has the best tourist infrastructure and you can do everything within a short trip. Surfing, Hiking, Mountains, Nature, Culture, Diving, Beaches, Nightlife – you can go all over Indonesia for the best places, or you can save a lot of time and energy doing the next best thing in Bali, often as a day-trip.

      By the way, speaking of “bogan drunks”, I noticed a statistic recently that the number of Australians visiting Bali has increased sharply. There were more in the first eight months of 2011 than all of 2010.

    7. Oigal says:

      Probably drop off a bit now…heaps of bad press in Australia

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