Lovina Beach Hotel in Lovina, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2019

Review of Lovina Beach Hotel in Bali.

Lovina Beach Hotel – Convenient and unpretentious mid-priced option that welcomes families.

First built in 1953; extensively renovated and extended since, but retaining its genuine original charm. Rooms are removed from the constant traffic and many face the sea. The gardens are delightful and the decent-sized pool never feels crowded. Standard Rooms only offer fans but the more comfortable and secluded bungalows feature air-con, traditional rattan furniture, and appealing patios. Family Bungalows are bright, surprisingly spacious, and a particularly good value. The beach is grey sanded (not white), but in front of the hotel, unusually clean, shaded, and picturesque with swaying palms. The hotel is a short walk (via the beach or road) from Lovina’s best selection of shops and cafés in Kalibukbuk.

Lovina Beach Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Raya Kalibukbuk (also called Jalan Seririt), the main road through Lovina and along the north coast of Bali.
  • Area: Faces the beach about 200m (via the beach or road) west of 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.

Lovina Beach Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all and actively encourages families, though most guests seem to be couples under about 40.
  • Beach: The beach is typical of Lovina – grey and gritty – but cleaner and shadier than most others along the nearby coast. Ideal for sunsets and beach walks.
  • Views: Many rooms and bungalows face the sea but most views are blocked by the café and other buildings along the beach.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of low-key resort in Lovina.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking in front of the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)853 3912 5706
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: lovinabeachhotel.com

Lovina Beach Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: A decent size that would rarely get crowded.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of hotel in Lovina.

Lovina Beach Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The restaurant faces the sea. It serves breakfast to guests and is open all day to the public, but competes with more appealing seaside cafés.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast is included in most rates, but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Not available.

Lovina Beach Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms with Partial Sea Views or Garden Views • Superior Bungalows • Family Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms but permitted anywhere else on the grounds.
  • Best Room: The air-conditioned Superior Bungalows offer the best possible views and are furthest from the main road.
  • For Families: Family Bungalows are spacious and excellent value, featuring a lounge area and 2 bedrooms.

Lovina Beach Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Lovina is about 7km long, but there’s a good amount of 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, 3.5km northeast (7-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.

Lovina Beach Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Funky Place Lovina – Apt name for affable hangout serving cheap food among a bizarre collection of junk. About 180m towards Kalibukbuk via the road. 2-minute walk.
  • Spice Beach Club – Classy, with pool bar, cocktail lounge, beanbags on the sand, bistro, and live music. 350m southwest. Best accessed along the beach. 4-minute walk.
    Places listed below are along Jalan Binaria, the closer of the 2 main streets in Kalibukbuk, and within 500m of the hotel via the beach or road:

Shops & Markets

  • There are a few minimarts in Kalibukbuk but not much else to spend money on. Only 300m southwest along the road, Pepito Supermarket is very well-stocked, and also serves coffee and pastries. 4-minute walk.
  • The morning produce market spreads out onto the main road, about 10 minutes’ walk to the northeast.

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 (9km) – 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. 15-minute drive.
  • Singaraja (10km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. Easily accessible by public transport. 20-minute drive.

Lovina Beach Hotel – The Hotel

The resort commemorates its founder with a statue.

The statue within the hotel grounds commemorates the founder who built this hotel – one of Bali’s first – in 1953.

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

The hotel is along the main road through the extended area known as Lovina, which is on the north coast of Bali.

The hotel is located away from the main road.

The hotel is set back from the main road which helps offset traffic noise.

It has a second foot entrance from the beach.

There is also an entrance from the beach.

The clean and well-shaded beach has grey sand.

The beach is grey but the sand is cleaner and shadier than almost anywhere else in Lovina.

The beach is often lined with fishing boats.

Other parts of the beach nearby are often lined with jukung fishing boats.

The small hotel offers plenty of space.

For a smallish hotel there is plenty of space.

The on-site restaurant is decent but not as appealing as others nearby.

The hotel restaurant is decent enough but fails to compete against others with a more appealing position on the sand.

The bungalows offer reasonable seclusion.

Bungalows that are semi-detached are still reasonably secluded.

The bungalows have a lovely garden setting.

The detached bungalows often feature more of a garden setting.

The spacious bungalows feature understated but comfortable furniture.

Bungalows are spacious with understated but comfortable furniture.

The bungalows are pretty spacious.

There is plenty of space within each bungalow.

Upper-level rooms offers better sea views.

Some rooms are on an upper level, offering finer views of the sea.

Family Bungalows have 2 bedrooms.

Family Bungalows feature a separate room with 2 single beds.

Family Bungalows come with comfortable lounge areas.

Family Bungalows also contain a simple but comfortable lounge area.

The decent-sized pool is seldom crowded.

The swimming pool is a decent size and rarely gets crowded.

The well-stocked Pepito Supermarket in only a few minutes walk southwest of the hotel.

Pepito Supermarket is well stocked and only 300m southwest of the hotel (i.e. away from Kalibukbuk).

Funky Place Lovina is just 150m down the road.

Along the main road, only 150m towards Kalibukbuk, is the aptly named Funky Place Lovina.

The classy Spice Beach Club is also within walking distance.

Accessible along the road or beach is the very classy Spice Beach Club, 350m walk away from Kalibukbuk.

Kalibukbuk has several places to eat, drink, and shop.

Kalibukbuk is the main area in Lovina for places to eat, drink, and shop.

Akar Café is located along Jalan Binaria in Kalibukbuk.

Along Jalan Binaria in Kalibukbuk is the adorable Akar Café.

Jasmine Kitchen near the Akar serves authentic Thai food.

The Jasmine Kitchen, just around the corner from the Akar, serves authentic Thai food.

The romantic Sea Breeze Lovina restaurant is on Jalan Binaria street by the beach.

Where the beach meets Jalan Binaria street is the romantic Sea Breeze Lovina restaurant.

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