Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel in Lovina, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 22, 2019

Review of Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel in Bali.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – Cluster of beachside bungalows; chic, convenient, and popular.

These fashionable and tastefully-decorated one and two-bedroom bungalows are cozy, but some are behind rather stark grey walls. Each features a private pool and many also face the sea. The gardens and beach can be noisy from traffic but the bungalows are sheltered from the noise. Although the sand is grey and gritty, a common feature of the beaches in the area, the views are superb, especially from the café facing the sea and main pool. Lilin is located where the main road almost touches the sea, southwest via the road or beach from Lovina’s best range of shops and cafés at Kalibukbuk, and an easy stroll to the classy Spice Beach Club.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Raya Kalibukbuk, the main road through Lovina and along the north coast of Bali.
  • Area: Faces the beach where the road comes closest to the shoreline. About 1.5km southwest via the road or beach from the limited facilities at Kalibukbuk, the main tourist area within Lovina, which stretches about 7km along the coast.
  • 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.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Overwhelmingly focuses on couples of all ages and secluded enough for honeymooners.
  • Beach: The sand is dark grey, which is typical of Lovina beaches, but the staff makes some effort to keep it clean and suitable for sunbathing. Calm water for swimming and ideal for sunsets and walks.
  • Views: Almost all bungalows face the beach but some are secluded behind walls which obstruct sea views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Each villa features a private plunge pool.
  • Extras: Free shuttle service to Kalibukbuk. DVD rental.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: There is abundant free and secure parking 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 41670
  • Email: Send a message through the website lilinlovinabeachhotel.com
  • Website: lilinlovinabeachhotel.com

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Each bungalow features a private plunge pool, a communal pool faces the beach (although it suffers a little from traffic noise).
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a small boutique resort in Lovina.
  • Activities: Rental of snorkeling gear and paddle-boards.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The Cabana has an idyllic beachside setting and appealing décor, perfect for a cocktail at sunset. Also, hearty portions of Indonesian food, grilled seafood, and salads.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of 7 am to 8.30 pm.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Beach Bungalows with 1 or 2 bedrooms.
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted inside the rooms but OK anywhere else.
  • Best Room: Bungalows are very similar, only varying by number of bedrooms. Those further from the pool, lobby, and road would be quieter, and the ones without walls in front offer sea views.
  • For Families: Some bungalows have 2 bedrooms, but the overall vibe is ‘romantic getaway’.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Lovina is about 7km long but there are enough facilities within walking distance from the hotel 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, 4.5km northeast (8-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.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

The hotel is a little distant from the action but 2 places are within a 1km-walk towards Kalibukbuk.

  • Kedai herbal Santhika – Funky place along the road with healthy snacks and drinks, including Balinese jamu potions. 5-minute walk (450m).
  • Spice Beach Club – Very classy. Dangle toes in the pool while snacking on tapas, relish a cocktail in a beanbag, or boogie the night away on the sand. Better via the beach. 12-minute walk (1km).

Otherwise, take advantage of the hotel shuttle service and try these places along Jalan Binaria, the closer of the 2 main streets within Kalibukbuk:

Shops & Markets

  • There are a few minimarts along the main road, and otherwise only a few places to shop anywhere in Lovina. About 900m towards Kalibukbuk, Pepito Supermarket sells a tempting range of fresh food and pastries along with decent coffee. 11-minute walk.

Attractions

  • 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.
  • Banjar (8km) – 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. 12-minute drive.
  • Singaraja (11km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. Easily accessible by public transport. 19-minute drive.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in Lovina on the north coast of Bali.

Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel is located in a more remote section of Lovina, along the north coast of Bali.

The hotel offers plenty of parking.

One attraction for some is the huge parking lot alongside the reception.

The on-site Cabana restaurant offers a stylish beach-side setting.

The Cabana is the hotel restaurant and it provides a stylish and intimate setting.

The hotel bar is by the main pool and the restaurant.

A bar is attached to the restaurant, alongside the main pool.

The hotels offers several covered areas for guests to relax in.

There are plenty of covered areas facing the sea for relaxing.

The beach in front of the hotel is clean and well-shaded.

All beaches along this stretch of coast are gray and often gritty but the sand is cleaner and shadier in front of the hotel.

The beach is perfect for walking and enjoying the sunsets.

While the beach may not be as appealing as those in southern Bali, it’s still perfect for sunsets and walking.

All bungalows come with private plunge pools.

Each bungalow features a private plunge pool.

The spacious bungalows have a contemporary design.

All bungalows are spacious and contemporary in design.

The well-stocked Pepito Supermarket is within walking distance.

About halfway to the main area of Kalibukbuk is the well-stocked Pepito Supermarket.

Santhika nearby serves a good range of healthy food and drinks.

Along the main road within a short walk of the hotel, Santhika provides a funky décor and range of healthy food and drinks.

The excellent Spice Beach Club is located about 1km from the hotel.

About 1km from the hotel, via the beach or road, is the excellent Spice Beach Club.

The stylish Spice Beach Club features a pool, cocktail lounge, and all-day dining.

The Spice Beach Club is very stylish and offers a pool, all-day dining, and a cocktail lounge.

Jalan Binaria is 1 of 2 streets through the tourist area of Kalibukbuk.

Jalan Binaria is the closer and shorter of the 2 streets through Kalibukbuk, the main tourist area about 1.5km from the hotel.

Akar Cafe in Kalibukbuk offers health food in a bright setting.

In Kalibukbuk, Akar is a delightful café with bright décor and healthy food.

Jasmine Kitchen nearby serves authentic Thai food.

Near the Akar, Jasmine Kitchen has been serving authentic Thai food for many years.

The Sea Breeze Lovina restaurant has an amazing romantic setting.

The most romantic setting in Lovina is the Sea Breeze Lovina restaurant at the end of Jalan Binaria in Kalibukbuk.

Funky Zigiz is popular for its drink specials and live music.

Zigiz is a funky hangout in Kalibukbuk and features drink specials and live music.

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