Finding best Gili Islands hotels is not easy — there are so many to choose from! Save yourself some time by trying one of our picks of the best places to stay on the Gili Islands, from the ultra budget to the extra luxurious.
What’s in our guide to Gili Islands Hotels?
2. What Types of Hotels Do We Recommend?
3. Gili Trawangan Hotels, Hostels, & Bungalows
4. Gili Air Hotels, Hostels, Homestays, and Villas
5. Gili Meno Hotels, Hostels, and Resorts
6. Why Did We Write This Guide to Gili Islands Hotels?
There is a dizzying selection of Gili Islands accommodation available at every price range.
You can find Gili Islands hostels starting from around $12 per night. For the mid-price traveller, there are plenty of bungalows and villas between $25 and $80 per night. If you want to splurge, go for one of the luxurious Gili Islands resorts that will set you back hundreds of dollars per night.
Also note that on the Gilis, many accommodations don’t have air conditioning, hot water, or fresh water showers. These are more eco-friendly, of course, but if any of those amenities are deal-breakers for you, make sure to check before you book.
Because we booked last minute during high season, our hotels in the Gili Islands left a lot to be desired. We stayed in a few OK places but none of them were good enough value for us to recommend.
So we’ve done the research and put together our wish list of Gili Islands hotels. These are the places we want to stay next time we visit (budget permitting).
Gili Trawangan → La Cocoteraie Ecolodge
Gili Air → Slow Gili Air
Gili Meno → Gili Meno Eco Hostel
Which is the Best Gili Island?
There are no cars on any of the Gilis. Travellers get around on foot while locals might ride an electric scooter from place to place — it’s a huge relief after the traffic and noise of Bali! You might have to dodge a horse cart or two but other than that, the Gili Islands are just chill.
The Gili Island you choose completely depends on what kind of traveller you are.
Gili T has the most accommodation, the most restaurants, and the most people! If you want to party, or just having a lot of amenities available, Gili Trawangan is probably the right island for you.
Gili Air is smaller, but still has a lot of choice when it comes to hotels and restaurants. The vibe on Gili Air is pretty chilled compared to Gili T but you can definitely find lots of things to do.
Gili Meno is the least-visited island of the three and therefore has the fewest amenities and the most tranquility. If you truly want to get away from it all, Gili Meno is the right choice.
If you still can’t decide, check out our guide to choosing the best Gili Island for your travel style.
What Types of Hotels Do We Recommend?
When at all possible, we stay in hotels, hostels, or guest houses where our money makes a positive impact in the community and the hotel minimizes its impact on the environment.
To keep our money local — instead of funnelling it into international hotel chains — we try to stay at small, family owned hotels and hostels whenever possible. These small hotels tend to be more mindful about food, water and electricity waste and are usually less expensive than their corporate-owned counterparts.
We also focus on how a hotel might impact our own mindfulness.
We like to find places where we can feel completely relaxed — safe, clean, and welcome. Having a comfortable place to sleep every night helps us to roll out of bed in the morning as the best possible version of ourselves.
Finally, for us, hotels get a few bonus mindful points for having enough space to roll out a yoga mat and practice a little Adventure Yoga.
The Best Gili Islands Hotels
Ratings come from Booking.com. Prices are approximate. In high season, Gili Island hotel prices can increase considerably. If you’re travelling in high season, book ahead to snag the best hotels.
Gili Trawangan Hotels, Hostels, & Bungalows
Rating 9.1, $14 dorm bed, $44 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
M Box has stylish 3-bed dorms, modern new bathrooms, and a pool to relax in. It’s also close to the ferry dock and the main strip of Gili T.
Rating 8.7, $26 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
This place has beautifully decorated rooms inside traditional teak bungalows, each with a private modern bathroom. It’s brand new and centrally located just a few minute’s walk from the boat harbour. If only it had been available during our trip, we would have stayed at Villa Kecil.
Black and White Cottages
Rating 8.8, $28 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
The cute little cottages here feature simple black and white decor and are arranged around a long narrow pool. Our favourite part is the open-air bathrooms – don’t worry, they still have four walls. These cottages are in the centre of the island, so you’ll have a bit of a trek to get there, but the bonus is, you can’t hear the mosque loudspeakers this far from town!
Rating 9.5 ,$37–50 double room/bungalow, breakfast included, with aircon
Havana Hideaway offers a little patch of paradise, surrounded by beautiful gardens (each bungalow has a balcony with a garden view). It’s just a short walk to the beach, and a 7-minute bike ride, which you can hire there, to the turtle snorkelling spot. Even without a bike, everything you need is within walking distance.
The bungalows are clean with modern and fresh interiors. The staff are very friendly and helpful, and they even have two resident cats to play with. Havana Hideaway can arrange activities for you, from cooking classes, to snorkeling, diving and more.
La Cocoteraie Ecolodge
Rating 9.2, $55–75 double tent, breakfast included, with aircon
If you fancy a bit of glamping, La Cocoteraie is your perfect place. The luxurious rooms are housed inside canvas structures that can only loosely be called tents. And don’t worry, you won’t have to sleep on the ground. The tents feature rustic wooden furniture, luxe bedding and bathrooms, air conditioning and WiFi. Talk about roughing it!
Gili Eco Villas
Rating 8.8, $100-120 one-bedroom villa, breakfast included, with aircon
A solar-powered resort on the beachfront, Gili Eco Villas has a gorgeous pool deck with a view out onto the ocean. They also provide lounge chairs right on the beach if you prefer to swim in the sea. The villas are furnished with recycled teak wood and feature large patios where you can have a meal or sit and watch the world go by.
Pearl of Trawangan
Rating 8.7, $100-150 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
The Pearl of Trawangan is a luxury resort which features astounding bamboo architecture, a spacious garden, and a ridiculously beautiful pool with its own waterfall. If you’re celebrating something special or just want a romantic getaway, consider the Pearl.
Gili Air Hotels, Hostels, Homestays, and Villas
Fantastic Bamboo Hut
Rating 8.1, $9 dorm bed, breakfast included, no aircon
Built inside tall bamboo huts with grass roofs, this is one of the most exotic hostels you may ever stay in. The 4-bed dorms are simple, no-frills affairs and each bed is equipped with a “mosquito tent”. There are also comfy hammocks and bamboo tables to hang out in.
If you’re looking for a chilled out Gili Air hostel, this is your place. For something more party oriented, try Begadang Backpackers.
Rating 8.9, $22 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
Expect large clean and simple bungalows, featuring comfy beds and each with its own front patio. The breakfast is very good and staff are friendly, making Firda a solid choice if you’re looking for a budget Gili Air hotel.
Rating 9.0, $23 double room, breakfast included, no aircon
Beranda Ecolodge offers a memorable stay with great value for money.
The grounds are modelled after a traditional Indonesian village setting, with wooden and bamboo furniture. The not-so-traditional large swimming pool is a nice added touch. The Ecolodge is located just a short walk away from the main village on Gili Air and there are lots of restaurants nearby. The wooden villas are minimalistic and clean, with comfortable beds looking out over the garden.
Rating 8.9, $43 double room, breakfast included, no aircon
There’s something extra-special about the clean and modern bungalows at Nanas Homestay. Each of the four stylish bungalows has its own private deck with a hammock to lounge away the day, plus a modern indoor-outdoor bathroom. If you’re tall, the extra-long beds are the perfect selling point.
Wake & Baked Escape
Rating 9.5, $51-75 double room with pool view/balcony, with aircon
Wake & Baked Escape is a relatively new hotel, located in the heart of the island towards the north end. It is currently the only hotel in the area, so it feels like a true oasis. It is surrounded by lush paddocks, allowing you to relax away from the touristy bustle of the harbour. It’s only a 5-minute walk from Sunset Beach and everything else is within walking distance.
The rooms are in small villas surrounding the pool and garden. The staff are extremely friendly and always go to extra effort to help you out where they can. They also have no problem catering to a variety of diets.
Jago Gili Air
Rating 9.8, $60-66 double room with pool view, breakfast included, with aircon
Everything about Jago Gili Air screams paradise. From the luxurious large swimming pool, to the spacious, open-plan hang out area and the generously sized rooms. They only opened in early 2019 so everything is absolutely brand new and sparkling clean. Jago takes an environmentally friendly approach, offering refills for your reusable water bottle and having no single-use plastic onsite.
It’s just down the road from a great yoga studio and is only a 5-minute walk to the port. The owners are extremely warm and friendly and do their best to arrange amazing day trips at a great price. They also offer cheap bike hire, so you can make the short ride to beaches and restaurants.
PinkCoco Gili Air
Rating 9.7, $102–149 double room or $191–262 for cottage/villa/suite, without breakfast, with aircon
If you’re looking for a glamorous stay and like the colour pink, then PinkCoco may be the place for you. You can expect to be pampered, as they have an onsite spa and also bring you free fruit appetizers and lemonade while you’re relaxing by the pool or at the beach, which is right in front of the hotel.
The rooms have a quirky beauty, with bright pink bedspreads and colourful murals. There are lots of other thoughtful touches, like rosewater scents, candles for your room, and complimentary cookies at turndown. The pool is lit at night and you can swim 24 hours a day. It’s a great location which offers a whopper of a sunset over the beach.
They really have thought of everything to make your stay as extraordinary as possible!
Slow Gili Air
Rating 9.1, $229 double villa with private pool, breakfast included, with aircon
What’s not to like about a luxurious contemporary villa, complete with its own private pool? With the addition of an onsite spa, private kitchenette, and office space… well, I just want to move in and never leave.
Gili Meno Hotels, Hostels, and Resorts
Gili Meno Eco Hostel
Rating 8.4, $7 dorm bed, $17 double room, breakfast included, no aircon
This might just be the best deal on the Gili Islands! Featuring comfy dorm beds inside bamboo stilt houses, the Gili Meno Eco Hostel is right on the beach. Expect a sort of Castaway meets Robinson Crusoe vibe, with better food.
Turtle Gili Meno Bungalows
Rating 8.8, $16-25 standard suite/double room, breakfast included, with aircon
Turtle Gili Meno Bungalows offers a great stay for an amazing price.
Just a 3-minute walk away from the harbour (next to, arguably, the best beach on the island), you’re in the perfect spot for snorkelling, diving, and day trips.
Despite the low price, you’ll get top-notch treatment, even being greeted with swan-folded towels on your bed. The bungalows are large and nicely decorated, set in a garden bursting with tropical flowers. Turtle Bungalows has a super friendly and helpful staff, and they rent snorkel gear and bicycles to explore the island.
Exotic House Gili Meno
Rating 8.9, $26 double room, breakfast included, with aircon
This brand new homestay has stylish double bungalows with grass roofs and handmade wooden furniture. The front patios look out onto a lush garden where you can sit and while away the day. The beds are big and comfortable and the property is just two minutes’ walk from the beach.
Rating 8.3, $26 bed in bale hut, $62–80 double room, $94-112 bungalow, includes breakfast, aircon in all rooms except bale huts
Seri is a luxury resort, with beautiful rooms and bungalows overlooking the ocean. But, the coolest part is that they offer open-air bale huts (think grass roof with your bed on a bamboo platform) for budget travellers. Bamboo screens and mosquito nets protect you from the night but by day, you can lounge on your bed in the open air or sit by the luxurious pool, all for a flashpacker price.
Meno Dream Resort
Rating 9.0, $66-88 double room/bungalow, breakfast included, with aircon
The name Meno Dream Resort says it all!
The resort is hidden in a peaceful spot, surrounded by nature and a 2-minute walk from a beach with great snorkelling. The rooms are clean, spacious, designed in a modern Balinese style. They have a swimming pool in the garden perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
They also have talented chefs on site who can make an amazing traditional Indonesian curry. The free breakfast also offers a wide choice including freshly made banana pancakes.
Gili Meno Eden
Rating 9.6, $106–139 bungalow/villa with pool, breakfast included, with aircon
Gili Meno Eden is an oasis in the centre of Gili Meno, surrounded by immaculately maintained gardens. Eden offers tranquility where you can laze by the central pool or take a short stroll down to the beach.
The villas are thoughtfully decorated and furnished, in a fusion of Indonensian and French style.
The owners Marie and Eric are wonderful hosts and make you feel extremely welcome throughout your stay. Couples highly recommend staying at Meno Eden and they are happy to host honeymooners. So you’re looking to treat someone special, this might be the place for you.
Why Did We Write This Guide to Gili Islands Hotels?
We write comprehensive posts about hotels in places we’ve visited because we want to share the hours of hotel research we do — we know that most people just don’t have the time to explore every hotel option out there!
We also know that online reviews can be misleading and confusing. Our experience has helped us learn to spot the fake reviews (and the crazy ones) a mile away!
Finally, the links in this post are our personal affiliate links which means that if you use one of them to book a hotel, we’ll get paid a small commission (at no extra cost to you!). Think of it as a GREAT way of saying thanks for all our hard work.
I hope you found our guide to the Best Gili Islands Hotels useful.
♥ Happy transformational travels, Jane & Stephen
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