by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 22, 2019
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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:
- Sea Breeze Lovina – Candlelit tables on the beach at the end of the street. The most romantic setting in Lovina. 2-minute drive (1.2km).
- Akar Café Lovina – Adorable, vibrant green décor, and focus on nutritious food and drinks. 3-minute drive (1.4km).
- Zigiz – Pleasant bar with bizarre décor and live music most nights. 3-minute drive (1.4km).
- Jasmine Kitchen – Popular hangout featuring cushions downstairs and tables on the upper level. Authentic Thai food. Just up a side-street. 3-minute drive (1.5km).
Shops & Markets
- 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.