We are regular visitors to the south of Bali, having our own place there, and often take trips to Lovina, which we love. Beautiful quiet ocean, friendly people, loads of places to eat, cheap Bintang, and nearly always fantastic weather. We have stayed in a number of different Lovina hotels, and discovered this gem on our visit in July 2014. It has a lovely vibe, the owners are very friendly, helpful and fun. The first night we stayed we ate dinner by the beach and listened to the live music followed by tradiional Balinese dancing. A truly magical night. The food is different from any other you will find in Lovina (Lovina food is generally fairly average with a few exceptions), and totally yummy. The cocktails are great (never imagined my big Scottish hubby sipping on a cocktail containing a coconut popsicle). Hotel breakfast is often poor in Bali, but not here, fresh pastries, baked eggs, tea, coffee, fruit etc.
There is no communal pool, but each room has its own splashpool, and a swing, its a great place just to chill out, or you can walk for miles along the beach. There is a spa on site for massage, manicure, pedicure,that kind of thing, and good value in comparison to some Bali hotel spa prices. When you are used to paying 80k for a massage out in the sticks like we are (about £4 for an hour) it stings when some hotels like to charge 300 or 400k, but Lilin was pretty reasonable.
The hawkers are always an issue in Lovina, you just need to say Tidak Mau in a strong tone. indonesian for don't want. Don't start to chat or negotiate, don't buy anything thinking they'll leave you alone, will just be back for more. And don't do what one lady staying did - pay 400k for sarongs. If you want a sarong 20k will get you a many as you like! Its a good walk from this hotel into central lovina, but there is a car and driver operating up to 9pm (unless you are in Kuta or Seminyak Bali pretty much goes to bed after 9pm anyway)
There are some things here that could be improved - the ACU in the room was a bit noisy, but we don't like it on all night anyway so wasn't a problem for us. The shower worked fine but wasn't brilliant, but everything you needed was there, fridge, hot and cold water dispenser, comfy beds etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lilin is a unique beachfront retreat on Bali's north coast. Private villas feature plunge pools, courtyard gardens and in-room spa treatments. Rooms have both AC and fan cooling, TVs and DVDs on request, free WiFi internet. Guests enjoy beachfront lounges for sunning, reading and relaxing with butler service for meals and drinks. Savour the delight of Bali outdoor living and the comforts of home in these beachfront villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel Bali