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“Beautiful but ruined by noise”
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Matahari Bungalows
Ranked #118 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
Reviewed September 24, 2011

Everything about these bungalows is fantastic except that there is a beachside bar next door called Space Bar which plays impossibly loud psychedelic trance sometimes until 5 in the morning. We moved after 2 nights even though it is probably one of the best locations on the island. How can a place like Space Bar, which is destroying the serenity and disturbing tourists and locals alike, be allowed to exist?? We were on the main stretch of Gili Meno a couple of weeks later and were kept awake by the music from across the sea - amazing!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

This island is absolutely magical with one of the best sunsets i have seen anywhere in the world. Food is cheap, bunglows are decent and its 20ms from the beach. Food is authentic Indonesia with the local flavours. Loved the staff since they were very friendly and formed a bond from the first day i was there. Spend 4 nights there. Mark was my man at the bar. Love to go back and never leave. Paradiso!!!

Room Tip: Just ask for a villa closest to the beach and the resturant!!! And Mark for service.
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank SandeepBalaji
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Inexpensive spot in paradise. Food is delicious. Service is nice. My room was facing the sea. The only problem being the fact that, standing in front of a coral reef, it's hard to go for a swim during low tide. Wonderful nonetheless.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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1  Thank nununo
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

This spot is pure paradise. Full stop. Look no more for beachfront cottages on the most beautiful beach on Gili Air. This place is magical. The family who runs it are genuine, kind and exude Indonesia hospitality. The food is cooked by a lovely lady who makes the best Gado-Gado and traditional Indonesia rice, egg, and chicken.

The bathroom is outside - not an outhouse but rather a roofless bathroom. So you can imagine the view from your evening shower or morning pit-stop.

Heaven on earth.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2010

We stayed at The Matahari Bungalows for 7 nights.
The service was very nice with all the staff saying hello and in some cases they will remember your name witch i thought was great.
The first room we were offered was not to the best of standards.The air conditioner did not work and the room had a moldy odour to it. We were then offered a new room witch was comfortable clean and really all you need if your staying in Kuta to shop and party.
The bathrooms were ok nothing flash.
The staff will come around to your room about 9am or so to service it and there are no do not disturb signs so if you dont answer your door they will walk in.
The gardens were very nice.
Watch out while swimming in the pool because the tiles need replacing and could cause small cuts while your walking or playing in the pool. I only ate there once and i would not recomend it there were flys and bugs around the breakfast fruit and buns.
There is a bar called Heven its just outside the hotel lobby. The staff are very friendly and will sit and chat to you. Great music and free wi fi internet.
The hotel is close to everything clubs pubs shops beach.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JackcatSydney
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

We stayed 3 nights in room B3. It was a comfortable bed with a fan and garden bathroom. The only minus is that there was no hot water. The cold water is not freezing though, so it's ok. It was excellent value and we also ate and drank there several times. Make sure you ask for the fried fish - really fresh, just depends on what was caught that day.
The owners are friendly and helpful. They organised a snorkelling trip for us, well worth doing and cheap too. Saw sea turtles and giant clam.
Make sure you take a torch as the path to the other bars and restaurants is dark at night. There are mosquitoes here, so buy coils.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jenannmacd
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Reviewed March 25, 2010

I had 3 nights at Mataharis in marts 2010 and it was great
the Bungaloves is very nice with "open bathroom (no roof) so you can see the stars while taking bath)
The people there (and everybody I was talking to on the Island) was so friendly
The food at Mataharis is very good and I recoment everybody who's on Gili Air to stay at that place.
I will for sure be back.

All the best to Matahari Bungalows

Henrik (Denmark)

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank monpezat
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Address: Jl Legian, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Hotel Style:
Ranked #118 of 144 Specialty Lodging in Gili Air
Price Range: $18 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Matahari Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matahari Bungalows are located on the Sunset side of Gili Air island, with seven bungalows and a guesthouse Matahari caters for a variety of budgets and requirements. We have our own restaurant serving local Sasak food and Western food to indulge everyone's taste buds! We also include breakfast with the price of the room. Only a few minutes walk to local restaurants and bars we are located away from the hussle and bustle but close enough to enjoy a night out. Join us at Matahari for complete relaxation and comfort at an affordable price. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Matahari Bungalows Hotel Gili Air
Matahari Bungalows Gili Air, Gili Islands

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