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Where to stay in the Gili Islands

Tropical island with tropical beach and crystal ocean, aerial view. Gili islands

So you are headed to Indonesia for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Bali and Lombok look pretty good, but then there are the Gili Islands. Three sandy islands, surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Bali Sea. Known for a laid-back beach vibe, the Gili Islands are the perfect tropical escape in Indonesia.

The problem is, with three islands to choose from, how do you choose where to look for the best Gili Islands accommodation? Luckily, we’ve pulled together a guide to Gili Islands hotels to help you find the island and hotel that is just right for you. Once you choose the best island for you, remember there are no vehicles, so you can stay pretty much anywhere on any of the islands and use a bicycle to get around town. 

We will cover off all types of Gili Islands accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Gili Islands hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Gili Islands, the best Gili Islands hotels, best places in Gili Islands to visit, the best places to stay in Gili Islands, hotels near Gili Islands attractions, Gili Islands neighborhood guide and many more.

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Gili Trawangan – Where to stay in the Gili Islands for tourists

Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three Gili Islands and the one furthest west, closest to Bali and farthest from Lombok. Although it’s the largest of the islands, it’s still quite small. Gili means “small” after all, and you can walk around the entire island in just a couple of hours. It does mean that Gili Trawangan has the most options for travelers: whether it’s Gili Trawangan accommodation, restaurants, bars or dive schools.

With so many choices that include Gili Trawangan hotels on the beach, this is the best area for tourists who would like a variety of activities beyond just a relaxing beach vacation. It’s also the best choice for travelers planning a family-friendly Gili Islands trip. With accommodation that ranges from luxury to budget-friendly, the best place to stay in Gili Trawangan is the one that fits your budget!

Where to Stay in Gili Trawangan

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gili Trawangan
Compass Divers Hostel
M Gili
M Box

Budget Hotels in Gili Trawangan
Kusuka Bungalow
Moana Guesthouse
Puri Hondje
Malino Homestay

Mid range Hotels in Gili Trawangan
Pearl of Trawangan
The Lakshmi Villas
Hotel Vila Ombak
Scallywags Resort

Family Friendly Hotels in Gili Trawangan
Natya Hotel Gili Trawangan
The Beach House Resort
The Trawangan Resort
Little Coco Hotel & Villas

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gili Trawangan
Ponte Villas
Pondok Santi Estate
Kaleydo Villas
MAJO Private Villas

TRAWANGAN, INDONESIA : Swing at the beach on Gili trawangan.

Gili Meno – Where to stay in the Gili Islands for couples

The middle island, Gili Meno, is the least developed of the Gili Islands and Bali. With little to do other than relax on the best beaches in Indonesia, Gili Meno tends to attract the low-key crowd looking for romantic getaways. Accommodation on Gili Meno is generally more exclusive, with fewer budget-friendly options.

With upscale resorts and beach villas plus a few restaurants, it may not be the best choice for many travelers to spend the night, but you can always take one of the fast boats from another island to take a day trip to Gili Meno. It’s worth it just for the chance to explore deserted white sand beaches that you’ll likely have all to yourself. In short, Gili Meno is the best area for tourists who just want to relax and unwind, with no specific activities in mind. 

Where to Stay in Gili Meno

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gili Meno
Gili Meno Eco Hostel
Sari Laut Homestay

Budget Hotels in Gili Meno
Rust Mimpi Manis Bungalows
Jepun Bungalows
Dea Gili Cottages
Meno Colanta Bungalow

Mid range Hotels in Gili Meno
Kura Kura Beach Resort
Meno Mojo Beach Resort
United Colors of Gili
Les Villas Ottalia

Family Friendly Hotels in Gili Meno
Tropicana Bungalows
Amigos Bungalows
Biru Meno Bungalows
Sunsethouse Gilimeno

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gili Meno
Sari Laut Homestay
Seri Resort Gili Meno
MAHAMAYA Gili Meno
Mahogany Cottage

Gili Meno, Indonesia. Woman freediver with fins dive near underwater statues. Underwater tourism in the ocean.

Gili Air – Where to stay in the Gili Islands for relaxation

If Gili Trawangan is too busy and Gili Meno is too quiet, then Gili Air is just right. The island nearest to Lombok has fast boats that arrive from Lombok, Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. While Trawangan has the backpacker party scene and Meno has the honeymooner scene, Gili Air is just a chill place to kick back and relax. There are activities like watersports and just enough restaurants and watering holes to occupy your time during your visit, but nothing over the top.

As diving schools are popular in the Gili Islands, there are a few dive schools on Gili Air. It’s also quickly becoming a yoga hot spot to compete with other yoga destinations in nearby Bali. Being in such close proximity to Lombok also means you can easily make a day trip to other nearby islands, including the Flores Islands and Komodo National Park. 

Where to Stay in Gili Air

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Gili Air
Rumah Amel
Fantastic Bamboo Hut
Beranda Hostel
Begadang

Budget Hotels in Gili Air
Banana Cottages
Gita Gili Bungalow
OYO 1132 Yo.land Guesthouse
JW Homestay

Mid range Hotels in Gili Air
Turtle Beach Hotel
Salim Cottage
Bel Air Resort and Spa
Manta Dive Gili Air Resort

Family Friendly Hotels in Gili Air
Tangga Bungalows
Manta Dive Gili Air Resort
Omah Gili Accomodation
Sejuk Cottages

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gili Air
KyGunAya Villa
Ke Rensia Villas Gili Air
Anahata – Tropical Private Villas
Slow Private Pool Villas

Beautiful tropical island with crystal ocean, aerial view. Gili islands

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Where to stay in the Gili Islands

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Where to stay in the Gili Islands

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!