by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2019
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The Lovina Bali – Luxurious, tranquil, convenient, and ideal for families.
This resort is within a massive property facing the sea, away from the busy main road. Suites open out to the main pool; secluded villas feature a massive kitchen/dining/lounge area, sizeable private pool, and sea views. The palm-filled gardens are spacious and the two beachfront pools are particularly enticing. It caters very well for families, with a kids club and range of activities such as yoga and dance lessons offered free. The Lovina is only a short distance along the road or beach (or in the free shuttle bus) from Kalibukbuk, with the region’s best selection of shops and cafés.
The Lovina Bali – The Location
- Address: Jalan Raya Kalibukbuk, the main road through Lovina and the north coast of Bali. The entrance is about 300m along an access lane.
- Area: Faces the beach and is among rice fields about 10 minutes’ walk via the road or beach from the limited facilities at Kalibukbuk. Kalibukbuk is 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.
The Lovina Bali – The Basics
- Guests: Caters very well for all – from couples on honeymoon to families.
- Kids Club: The only place in Lovina with a kids club. Smaller than those in the southern regions of Bali but still loads of fun, offering engaging activities and well-trained supervisors.
- Beach: The beach is typical of Lovina. The sand is grey but less gritty and better maintained than elsewhere. Ideal for sunsets and beach walks.
- Views: Most accommodations are in buildings that overlook the gardens and paths, while most villas offer decent sea views.
- Kitchen: All suites feature a kitchenette, villas contain a larger kitchen with an attached dining area.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas have a private pool.
- Extras: Free shuttle bus to Kalibukbuk and anywhere else in Lovina.
- Wi-Fi: Available throughout the resort for free.
- Parking: Many free and secure spots at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)362 3435 800
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: thelovinabali.com
The Lovina Bali – Amenities
- Pool: The 2 pools are very enticing. Always sparkling and facing the sea.
- Spa: Body Tonic Spa provides a range of treatments to soothe the body and mind in a tranquil, tropical setting.
- Fitness Center: Small, but perhaps better than expected.
- For Families: Kids club, baby-sitting.
- Activities: Best range of activities in Lovina, including classes in yoga and Balinese dance. Any number of regional trips, as well as dolphin tours and scuba-diving, can be arranged at the reception.
- Other Facilities: Gift shop.
The Lovina Bali – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Heliconia Restaurant – Open all day from breakfast onwards, with the freshest seafood possible as well as wood-fired pizzas. • Beach Bar – Perfect for sunset cocktails, with tasty snacks and soothing background music.
- Breakfast: Often included in rates, but double-check when booking.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
The Lovina Bali – Rooms
- Room Types: Grand Beach Villas • Terrace Beach Villas • Garden Pool Villas • Penthouses • Beach Suites • Deluxe Villas • Deluxe Studios • Deluxe Suites
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or public areas but is allowed elsewhere within the resort.
- Best Room: Terrace Beach Villas have the triple benefits of a private pool, uninterrupted sea views, and direct beach access.
- For Families: Some villas feature a massive kitchen/lounge/dining area, private pool, and 2, 3, or 4 bedrooms. A few suites also contain a kitchen and 2 bedrooms, each with an attached bathroom.
The Lovina Bali – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Lovina is about 7km long, but there are a good amount of 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, 3km northeast (5-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.
The Lovina Bali – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Bakery Lovina – Open very early for coffee, baked goodies, and light meals. Also a classy bistro with wine. Only 700m towards Kalibukbuk via the road. 9-minute walk.
Places listed below are within a 5-minute walk along the beach in either direction:
- 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. Just 100m, away from Kalibukbuk. 2-minute walk.
- Starlight Restaurant – Tables right on the sand and under shady trees. Popular for wood-fired pizzas and grilled seafood. Just past the Mentari. 2-minute walk.
- Beach House Restaurant – Another terrific beachside setting offering the usual pizzas and seafood. Next to the Starlight. 3-minute walk.
- Warung Kunyit Bali – Open all day, featuring a long menu focusing on seafood. About 200m towards Kalibukbuk. 3-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. 17-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.