by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 20, 2019
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Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – Luxury without extravagance in an irresistible setting.
One in a chain of relaxed resorts across the island, this resort is designed like a Balinese village. Deluxe Cottages overlook rice fields or dense foliage (which offers some limited privacy). All are attractively designed with Balinese-style carved doors, thatched roofs, and tiled verandas/balconies, but are a little dark inside. The appealing Superior Rooms are designed like old-fashioned homestays, with rooms facing a shared, partitioned veranda. The beach is gray (not white) sanded, but the seaside pool is inviting. The resort is just off the main road and within a short stroll (via the road or beach) of Lovina’s best selection of shops and cafés at Kalibukbuk.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – The Location
- Address: Jalan Raya Kalibukbuk, the main road through Lovina and the north coast of Bali. The entrance is about 150m down an access lane.
- Area: The resort is beach-facing, about 10 minutes’ walk via the road or beach from the limited facilities at Kalibukbuk, the main tourist area within Lovina, which stretches about 7km along the north coast of Bali.
- How to Get There: No metered taxis or chartered cars from the airport will come this far (3-4 hours). Check under Local Transport below for other ways to reach Lovina. Ferries from Java arrive every few minutes at Gilimanuk. From there, take a bus to Singaraja and get off at the traffic light in Kalibukbuk after about 2 hours.
- Handy to: Dolphin tours.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: With nothing particularly set up for families, most guests seem to be older couples.
- Beach: The sand is dark gray, which is unappealing and typical of Lovina, but less gritty and better maintained than elsewhere, ideal for enjoying walks and sunsets. Calm water for swimming.
- Views: All accommodation overlooks the path through the gardens. None face the sea.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not really expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Lovina.
- Wi-Fi: Available free in most rooms but depends on the type of booking.
- Parking: No shortage of free and secure places to park on site but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)362 41121
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: anekalovinabali.com
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Facing the beach, the pool is sizeable and particularly inviting.
- Spa: The Aneka Spa offers the usual array of massages, facials, and scrubs.
- Fitness Center: Not really expected or provided at a midrange resort like this in Lovina.
- For Families: Tiny playground.
- Activities: Water-sports, dolphin tours, and courses in Balinese dance.
- Other Facilities: Minimart. Moneychanger.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Balimoon Restaurant – The main restaurant is under a traditional-style roof. For breakfast and a tempting selection of meals all day. Seafood and pasta are specialties. • Seafood Grill Restaurant & Bar – Cozy beachside setting for magical sunsets, cocktail happy hours, and mouth-watering seafood.
- Breakfast: Substantial buffet breakfast often included but depends on how the room was booked.
- Room Service: Available from 7 am to 9 pm.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Deluxe Cottage Twin • Deluxe Cottage Doubles • Superior Double Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms but permitted anywhere else.
- Best Room: Deluxe Cottages feature a more traditional design and are more secluded.
- For Families: No space within any room for an extra single bed but some rooms have connecting doors.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Lovina is about 7km long but there are enough facilities within walking distance from the resort via the road or beach. The main road is flat, reasonably wide, and comparatively unhurried, making it safe for cycling, especially around the backstreets. Ask the hotel about renting a bike.
- Public Transport: Decrepit buses and bemos (minivans) ply the main road, linking all places within Lovina, and also connecting Lovina with Pemuteran, Singaraja, and the turnoff to Banjar. Hardy travelers could also take a ramshackle bus from Singaraja to Denpasar for connections to Sanur, Kuta, and Ubud.
- Shuttle Buses: Once or twice a day, the main island-wide operator, Perama, offers shuttle buses to southern Bali via Ubud but none to Amed. Tickets are available from agencies around the streets. Insist on a hotel pickup because the Perama office is in Anturan, 2km northeast (4-minute drive) of the resort. Other local shuttle bus companies offer similar services, which may include Amed.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis, so for trips outside of Lovina, arrange a car with a driver from the hotel. A few agencies in Lovina rent cars but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended. Motorbikes are easy to arrange and a terrific way to explore the north coast.
Aneka Lovina Villas & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Bakery Lovina – Open early for a caffeine fix, baked goodies, and light meals. Also a classy bistro with wine. 750m via the road towards Kalibukbuk. 9-minute walk.
These places are within a short walk along the beach:
- Starlight Restaurant – Tables right on the sand and under shady trees. Popular for wood-fired pizzas and grilled seafood. At the north-eastern end of the resort beach. 1-minute walk.
- Beach House Restaurant – Another terrific beachside setting offering the usual pizzas and seafood. Next to the Starlight. 1-minute walk.
- Mentari Lovina (0)811 3948 869 – New and stylish beach club, with beanbags on the sand and tables as close to the water as possible. 50m from the south-western end of the resort beach. 3-minute walk.
- Warung Kunyit Bali – Open all day, featuring a long menu focusing on seafood. Just past the Mentari. 5-minute walk.
Shops & Markets
- There are a few minimarts along the main road, otherwise only a few places to shop anywhere in Lovina. The morning market spreads onto the main road, about 10 minutes’ walk towards Kalibukbuk.
- Dolphin Tours – These much-hyped (and sometimes disappointing) trips leave daily at dawn. Tourists are often approached by touts and boatmen. Otherwise, book through the hotel.
- Singaraja (9km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. Easily accessible by public transport. 18-minute drive.
- Banjar (10km) – Delightful village with fantastic hot springs and Bali’s largest monastery. Take a public bus/minibus west to the turn-off and a motorbike taxi from there. The walk down (3km) to the main road from either place is very pleasant. 19-minute drive.