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Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok)
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Desa Dunia Beda, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 hotels in Gili Trawangan
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“Gili T Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Travelling around the island, we felt very lucky to have chosen Desa Dunia Beda. At the quieter end of the island (but not too far from the action), this place was our favourite accommodation when compared to anywhere else we stayed in Indonesia. The rooms were stunning, the salt water showers invigorating, the pool area so relaxing, the service friendly but not intrusive, and the sunset view beautiful. One other tip - the tapas and sangria at Karma Kayak, a few hotels along - superb!

Room Tip: We stayed in both the garden and beach front rooms, AC and fan rooms. Both were excellent! Authentic...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DesaDuniaBeda, Propriétaire at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Smoodge,

Thank you for your great comment about our resort, and we are so happy that our resort was for you the best place you stayed during your holiday in Indonesia.

Happy to know also that you did like our Eco bathroom with (as you mention) invigorating shower.

We hope you will be back to us to enjoy the great sunset from the beach in front of our resort.

Sincerly your
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed in one of the beachfront Joglos and I highly recommend. Filled with Antiques, gorgeous big comfortable bed and a really cool outdoor bathroom.

Beautiful and comfortable accommodation...and a much better value than any of the other places we researched along that quieter coast. Also loved the pool....and I'm very opinionated on pools.

Only downside was that the showers are salt-water....i can't do that and then lay down in bed so I showered by the pool. I guess other people are ok with it, but I don't like the way I feel with salt on me.

Free snorkel gear at the bar and bikes for rent.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DesaDuniaBeda, Propriétaire at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Jessica,

Thank you a lot for staying with us and for your great comment about our resort.
We are really happy to know that you enjoyed your stay and specially the pool.
About the shower, yes we still use the water from the well and it's a bit salty, by the way may be you miss the jug in the bathroom which is supplied with fresh water and that you can use to rinse you to make sure you will have a great sleep without any salt on your body.

Hope you will use it next time to make your stay perfect.

All the best and we hope to see you soon again
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Bondi, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is a beautiful property! It's located on the quieter side of the Island, this is an Island you can walk around in 1.5-2 hours so it's not like it's too far from the hustle and bustle, we preferred this as the other side is full-on busy. We rode our bikes to the other side for Dinner & Drinks though and it only took 10-15 minutes so it was perfect for us. Really beautiful Villas, the fresh water bowl has a tap so it was a lot better than I was expecting given the reviews on this place I read before going! It's no problem at all and It felt kind of rustic showering in salt water then rinsing off with a ladle anyway! I loved it, the service was great, location was beautiful, peaceful breakfast on the beachfront with not too many people around was blissful. Also very good value for the price, thank you Desa Dunia!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DesaDuniaBeda, Propriétaire at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Dear Beth

Thank you for staying with us in our Resort.

We deeply appreciate your comment about our concept

Thanks to mention the system we use for the fresh water, it will help others customers to understand better our vision and we hope they also will enjoy it as a natural/ traditional way of showering.

We wait you for an other peacefull breakfast on the beachfront.

Sincerly yours
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We had 7 fantastic days at this resort , everything was great ,the room was large the bed comfortable and sitting on the front verandah watching the sun go down with a nice cool drink was very relaxing. Breakfasts were included and you get a nice choice, the service at all times was first class,nothing was ever to much trouble for the staff, they are always happy and cheerful.The food was good and had a wide selection to choose from. Loved the pool it's nice and big.This resort is the perfect place to relax !! We organised through the resort to go snorkelling and the the 2 guys that took us out were great, from our first snorkel we saw turtles! The resort can also organise to have a person come in and give you facials and pedicures , my wife loved this and the price was very good as well. Thank you to everyone at the resort for giving us a very relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didik H, General Manager at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Warmest greetings from the most exotic island of gili trawangan .....

Dear Headchef57,

Thank you very much for your nice comment and review.
We are so happy that you loved and enjoyed your 7 fantastic days with us.

We've shared this to our staff and they send the warmest greetings to both of you.

We missed to welcome you back on Gili Trawangan to watch the sun go down with a nice cool drink on the front verandah .

Have a wonderful seasons ....

Best regards,
Desa Dunia Beda Team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Having just spent 11 days at Desa Dunia Beda with my wife, I can't recommend this resort highly enough.

It's in a beautiful location (well away from the noisy bars on the other side of the island), with excellent sunset views. The rooms and grounds are kept to a very high standard, the pool area is similarly well maintained, and the bar and restaurant facilities were also very good. The staff were excellent and couldn't have been more frindly or helpful across the entire stretch of our stay and we were genuinely sad to leave, but look forward one day to making it back to join Yan, Rocky and the boys in this little piece of paradise.

Room Tip: Rooms nearer the beach have better sunset views, although they are also close to both the beach and...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didik H, General Manager at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Kingofthebongos,

Wow, .... thank you very much for your lovely review.

We are so happy that you loved and enjoyed our place and concept.
11 days at Desa Dunia Beda is quiet a long stay,....

We've shared this with our staff and they send the warmest greetings to both of you, especially Yan and Rocky .

Once again thank you for stayed with us.
We missed to welcome you back on Gili Trawangan.

Have a wonderful seasons ....

Best regards,
Desa Dunia Beda Team
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had 3 perfect nights at Desa Dunia Beda; we found it while walking the island in search of the perfect hotel and loved the peaceful north side location- it's a secluded escape, and we fell in love with the concept of this property when we saw it. It's a paradise if you love architectural beauty and the great outdoors (we do!). It's truly fine open-air living!

We have traveled a lot, and this is easily one of the most extraordinary places we have ever stayed. The restored antique joglo is memorable both as a beautiful construction and an amazing experience; we left our doors and windows open to the ocean breeze, letting waves and millions of stars lull us to sleep at night and birds wake us in the morning. One of the best things about the location, beyond the sheer beauty of the beach and the sea, is that you can see both the sunrise and the sunset from here...needless to say, we hung around for both breakfast and dinner. They have a gorgeous beach-front setup of loungers, tables, a teak deck, and even a private candlelit hut that you can reserve (we did, and we loved it!). It has a small, intimate feel due to the limited number of rooms and the wonderfully attentive staff.

As others have mentioned, this lovely beach has a lot of coral so may not be your ideal swim spot (but great snorkeling area from a boat). We enjoyed riding bicycles to the other side of the island to swim and get cocktails in the afternoons, and going for a run along the north path. We also took a private day-trip snorkel/boat excursion guided by two local boys, whom the hotel arranged to take us one morning; we saw a rainbow's worth of fish as well as 4 sea turtles! The personal one-on-one experience was awesome. (We saw many other tourists in huge boats of 20-40 people and were very grateful that's not the kind of trip our hotel arranged. Being just 2 visitors and 2 guides out island-hopping on a wooden catamaran is a very cool thing.)

What else can I say? Has there ever been a more comfortable bed or a more beautiful pool, a more romantic design? We thought the outdoor saltwater shower was fun and exotic, and enjoyed the fresh-water rinse from our large clay pot and coconut-shell scoop, too. Who doesn't like bathing in a cool wash of seawater under the stars?

Very impressed; we hope to come back again. Thank you for giving us such a special vacation and wonderful memories.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didik H, General Manager at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear KristinCarlson,

Warmest greetings from all staff of Desa Dunia Beda ...!

Thank you so much for fell in love with our concept of property.

We are so glad that you had an amazing vacation and wonderful memories during your stay with us in a natural and peaceful environment on the quiet side of the island of GILI TRAWANGAN. We are providing both salt water and fresh water to preserve authenticity of the island.

It's a perfect escape to get away from the crowded and a great spot for snorkeling in Gili Trawangan. It would be better to use plastic shoes to walk on the reef during low tide and enjoy a wonderful snorkeling to see the colourfull tropical fish and turtle.

We wish to see you again to hear the gentle and soothing noise of the waves and the sound of birds to woke you up in the morning...

Once again, thank you for enjoyed our natural and eco concept.

Kind regards,
Desa Dunia Beda Team
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San Francisco, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We chose to stay on the quieter north end of the island at Desa Dunia Beda ($115/night) for a jogolo with a huge king bed with mosquito netting (although not many bugs, I appreciated it since if there is one mosquito in the room, it will find me), well thought out layout (plenty of hooks and racks to dry bathing suits), and an outdoor bathroom (the only catch is the shower is salt water with a small reservoir for fresh water ... you get used to it).

They have beach towels clean and ready for you in the morning. The staff is friendly and always greets you but otherwise kind of stays out of your way. They have a flat deck with lounge chairs, 8 other recliner chairs on the sand, and two cabanas. But the place is rarely full given they are on the quiet side of the island. I loved feeling like I had the place to myself with just a few other people. You can get food and drinks all day at a very reasonable price while you relax in the sun or shade which makes relaxation very easy.

There is one not so perfect part, the beach is very coraly so can be difficult to walk at times - but totally doable. The tide seems to go out at night while we are there and soon the beautiful blue waters is replaced with a dry coral reef which is very difficult to walk out on - so don't! Enjoy the snorkeling during the day -one of the best reefs is right outside the hotel and you see all the snorkel tours coming by throughout the day.

We loved Desa Dunia Beda, the rooms, the staff, their beach - we were very sad to leave and hope to return within the next 5 years.

If you're not a guest but ride around the island one day, this is a great spot to hang out, grab a chair and drink and enjoy the chill atmosphere.

Room Tip: We were in room 5 which we loved. Honestly they all look like good rooms and locations.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Didik H, General Manager at Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok), responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear trips12435567,

Warmest greetings from all staff of Desa Dunia Beda ...!

What a great pleasure to read your excellent review and comments. We are so glad that you loved our place.

We are located on the quiet and peaceful side of the island. It's a perfect place to relax and get away from the crowded. All villas are completed by a mosquito net and an open air bathroom with a salt water shower and fresh water in a large clay pot with coconut-shell scoop. We are providing both salt water and fresh water to preserve authenticity of the island.

It would be better to use plastic shoes to walk on the reef during low tide and enjoy a wonderful snorkeling to see the colourfull tropical fish and turtle. It's a great spot for snorkeling in Gili Trawangan.

We are also welcome for other guest to enjoy the chill atmosphere at our beach bar.

We missed to welcome you back on Gili Trawangan
Thank you very much for enjoyed our natural and eco concept .....!!

Best regards,
Desa Dunia Beda Team
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Address: Desa Dunia Beda, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Desa Dunia Beda Beach Resort (Gili Trawangan - Lombok) 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most quiet resort on Gili Trawangan.We are on the north part of the island and we have the longest private beach (170 mtr). You will enjoy it having a romantic time on our deck facing the indian ocean.With only twelve villa on our fifteen square meter property your privacy will be respected at any time.#################Honeymoon Package#################3 Nights/ 4 Days Package:=========================USD 885 nett (including airport transfer)USD 895 nett (including fast boat transfer)Inclusive:==========3 Nights accommodation at Javanese JOGLO Villa.Daily breakfast for two persons.Welcome drink and fruit on arrival.Return transfer from Lombok International airport or return fast boat transfer from Bali..3x Romantic dinner for 2 persons.2x Lunch for 2 persons.1x around the island trip by Cidomo(horse cart).1x snorkeling trip by private glass bottom boat including lunch box.2 Nights/ 3 Days Package:=========================USD 685 nett (including airport transfer)USD 695 nett (including fast boat transfer)Inclusive:========== 2 Nights accommodation at Javanese JOGLO Villa.Daily breakfast for two persons.Welcome drink and fruit on arrival.Return transfer from Lombok International Airport or return fast boat transfer from Bali.2x Romantic dinner for 2 persons.1x Lunch for 2 persons.1x around the island trip by Cidomo (horse cart).1x snorkeling trip by private glass bottom boat including lunch box.*High season surcharge of USD 60 is applicable from 15 July to 15 September and 20 December to 15 January. ... more   less 
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