The Best Hotels to Book in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Pearl of Trawangan embraces rustic charm, with views to die for from the open-air restaurant
Pearl of Trawangan embraces rustic charm, with views to die for from the open-air restaurant | Courtesy of Pearl of Trawangan / Expedia
Leyla Rose

Gili Trawangan, nicknamed Gili T, off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia and the biggest of the Gili Islands, is everything a tropical paradise should be, with palm trees and white sands. Also, motor vehicles aren’t allowed, so it’s a very relaxed place, complete with great food, friendly locals and the perfect balance of a vibrant nightlife scene in a tranquil setting. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Gili Trawangan – bookable on Culture Trip.

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1. PinkCoco Gili Trawangan

Hotel

Terraces and balconies face a long, slim pool and loungers at PinkCoco Gili Trawangan
Courtesy of PinkCoco Gili Trawangan / Expedia

You won’t be able to miss the bright pink exterior of PinkCoco hotel. This Balinese chain is popular for its colourful interiors and top beachside locations. Drink cocktails at the seafront restaurant or tuck into small plates at the tapas bar. If you opt for a Grande room, you’ll get an outdoor tropical shower. Book the Sweet Air for living-room space and a private balcony. It’s committed to sustainable tourism too – opting not to serve beef, saying no to palm oil and recycling and reducing all plastic usage.

2. Martas Hotel

Hotel

A rectangular pool surrounded by traditional-style buildings at the Martas Hotel Gili Trawangan
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Martas is a family-run affair and it shows. The food here is delicious, authentic Indonesian cuisine that you’ll struggle to find in Western places elsewhere on the island. Families, or large groups, will enjoy the two-storey bungalow, which sleeps five. It’s in a perfect location, too – set far enough back off the beach to mute the thumping music at night, but still only two minutes from the sea.

3. Ponte Villas

Hotel, Villa

Bungalow-style holiday homes face a long, slim pool at Ponte Villas
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Trailing off towards the quieter south of the island, Ponte Villas is a new kid on the block. Despite the fancy rooms and private nature of the site, it’s very reasonably priced. The two-bedroom villa with a private pool is a draw, but the real highlight is the warm and welcoming staff who are always on hand, ready to help solve any issues and answer your questions.

4. Pearl of Trawangan

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

A villa on stilts at the Pearl of Trawangan
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If the term “hidden gem” makes you recoil, why not try a hidden pearl? The breakfast here is superb, perhaps made even better by the sea view from the open-air restaurant. All the rooms embrace the rustic charm of Gili Trawangan, with free-form bamboo roofs and suar wood furnishings. Choose from a wide range of options, including Lumbung suites with private sunbathing terraces or ocean-view rooms with large rain showers.

5. The Trawangan Resort

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

A small, secluded, shady pool at The Trawangan Resort
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The Trawangan Resort offers stylish rooms and villas that are tasteful and elegant. Like Ponte Villas, it’s towards the south of the island and therefore a little quieter. Families wanting more privacy can book a villa. Rooms are beautifully decorated with traditional Indonesian artworks. You can take it easy lounging by the pool all day and bathing in the sea – which is almost on the doorstep. That’s what Gili T is for.

6. Ko-Ko-Mo Resort Gili Trawangan

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel, Luxury

A living room with a pool view at Ko-Ko-Mo Resort Gili Trawangan
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Ko-Ko-Mo Resort is a chic villa resort that boasts luxurious boutique accommodation. While the sea views and private pools will draw you in, it’s the bed linen that wins the day – and night. Honestly, the Californian king-size beds are truly sumptuous. Enjoy a breakfast on the beach of banana pancakes with honey and lime and berry coulis. Book a boat trip, through the resort, to one of the neighbouring islands for a snorkelling session or even a romantic picnic.

7. Natya Hotel Gili Trawangan

Hotel

Natural light floods a seating and dining area at Natya Hotel Gili Trawangan
Courtesy of Natya Hotel Gili Trawangan / Expedia

It’s hard to find accommodation that isn’t on or at least within two minutes of a beach on Gili Trawangan. However, it doesn’t get any more beachfront than the Natya Hotel, with the white sand and clear-blue sea practically at the end of your bed. It’s also in the busiest part of the island, something to bear in mind if you want to avoid the nightlife.

8. Kuno Villas

Hotel, Villa

A rustic pool and veranda at Kuno Villas
Courtesy of Kuno Villas / Expedia

At the top of the island – far from the crowds – the mission here is simple: a luxurious stay, coupled with a low-impact, sustainable footprint. The palm tree-lined freshwater pool has sun loungers submerged on the edge, so you can dip your feet in the cool water. Perks here include a free-floating breakfast, as well as complimentary use of the snorkelling gear and GoPro Hero 8.

9. Gili Nyepi

Bed and Breakfast

A shady veranda at Gili Nyepi
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Gili Nyepi is another small, family-run business with four private bungalows set in a tranquil tropical garden. It’s just a minute’s walk down to the popular Gili Trawangan night market – the one place you simply must eat at while you’re here. The food carts offer delicious, cheap and authentic cuisine including ikan bakar (grilled seafood), pecel ayam (fried chicken) and much more.

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