Lovina Beach Hotel – Convenient and unpretentious mid-priced option that welcomes families.
First built in 1953 and extensively renovated and extended since, but still retains 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 7 km 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 to 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)812 3841 6830
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: lovina-beach-hotel
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 nearby.
- Breakfast: Breakfast is included in most rates, but check when booking.
- Room Service: Not available.
Lovina Beach Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Room with Partial Sea View or Garden View • Superior Bungalow • Family Bungalow
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms but permitted everywhere 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 living areas and 2 bedrooms.
Lovina Beach Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Lovina is about 7 km 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, 4 km northeast 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?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
- Funky Place Lovina – Apt name for affable hangout serving cheap food among a bizarre collection of junk. About 200m towards Kalibukbuk via the road.
- Spice Beach Club – Classy, with a pool bar, cocktail lounge, beanbags on the sand, bistro, and live music. 350m southwest. Best accessed along the beach.
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:
- Sea Breeze Lovina – Candlelit tables on the beach at the end of the street. The most romantic setting in Lovina.
- Akar Café Lovina – Adorable, vibrant green décor, and focus on nutritious food and drinks.
- Jasmine Kitchen – Comfy hangout featuring cushions downstairs and tables on the upper level. Authentic Thai food. Just up a side street from the Akar.
Nearby 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.
- The morning produce market spreads out onto the main road, about 10 minutes’ walk to the northeast.
- 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 (9 km) – 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 (3 km) to the main road from either place is very pleasant.
- Singaraja (10 km) – Bali’s second city features a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. Easily accessible by public transport.