A growing port city on the Bali Strait, Banyuwangi is a popular jumping off point for travellers coming by ferry from Bali to explore the spectacular, volcanic landscapes of eastern Java. The Indonesian city is an ideal base from which to hike the Ijen Crater, one of the most otherworldly landscapes on earth, where you can witness the ‘blue fire’ phenomenon. Check out our guide below for where to stay.
Traditional Indonesian design meets modern luxury at the four-star eL Hotel Royale, situated in downtown Banyuwangi. Facilities include two spacious lounges and Ijen restaurant with its wood-beamed ceilings, where you can tuck into local favourites including rujak soto (a traditional Indonesian salad) and nasi tempong, a catfish and steamed rice dish, served with boiled vegetables, tofu and tempeh.
If space is what you’re after, you’ll get acres of it at Ketapang Indah Hotel. All rooms come with their own terrace or balcony. If you’re after more privacy, opt for a Garden Suite, set within a tranquil garden of coconut palms. One of the most popular features of the hotel is the swimming pool, where you can do laps or just chill by the bar with a salt-rimmed margarita and take in the sea views.
Opened in 2020, the 137-room Illira Hotel is brand new on the Banyuwangi hotel scene. With sea views and a minimalist design, including turquoise accents and indoor fauna, it’s a stylish base from which to explore the sights of eastern Java. The rooftop Blue Fire Lounge and Bar is where you’ll want to spend your evenings. Listen to laidback tunes with a cocktail in hand and watch the sun descend over the Bali Strait.
Situated five minutes from the city centre, Kokoon Hotel Banyuwangi guarantees a luxurious yet homely ambiance from the moment you arrive. The hotel makes the most of the panoramic views – the best is found at the 16th floor rooftop lounge, which boasts 360-degree vistas. Watch the sunrise from the Bali Strait side and the sunset overlooking Mount Ijen.
An upmarket and elegantly-designed hotel – renovated in 2012 with input from renowned Indonesian architect Andra Matin – the 24-room Blambangan Hotel is a serene space that blends in beautifully with the surrounding nature. Its location is the big selling point for travellers looking to explore Eastern Java, situated just 10 minutes from local train stations and an hour from Ijen Crater and Baluran National Park.
You’ll feel immersed in nature at Ijen Resort and Villas, with views of the surrounding jungle and verdant rice terraces at every turn. After a day exploring Mount Ijen, just half an hour from the property, you can enjoy sunset by the outdoor pool or read a book in your own private villa. Deluxe rooms feature large four-posters, outdoor jungle bathrooms and balconies where you can enjoy your morning coffee.