Typical Gili Trawangan beach, Lombok, Indonesia.

Where to Stay on Gili T


There are lots of good places to stay (and things to do) on Gili Trawangan, although do watch out for the twin noise perils of mosque and clubs.

If you’re in a group and have money, villa stays can be an amazing way to get the best out of your time on Gili T. The north and west coasts of the island boast some stunning villas, one of which we’ve featured here.

In early September 2015, Gili T’s powers-that-be decided that no more than three people were allowed to share a room. This may have been Indonesian or local law all along – who knows? Anywise, at time of writing, most hostels are closed, while a handful have changed their configuration to three-bed rooms.

Poolside at Wilson's Retreat, Gili T.

Where to Stay on Gili T – Top End

Wilson’s Retreat


Set on a lovely white sand beach on the quiet north-west coast of the island, this super-stylish island retreat features enormous, airy rooms with outdoor bathrooms, exposed brickwork and giant daybeds.

The best rooms are two lovely two-bedroom villas with private pools. It’s excellent value, and if it feels a little far out, hiring a bike will help work off all that fab food from their French chef.
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Coral Flora Villa

On the quieter north coast, but still in easy reach of the action, this is a lovely, laidback four-bedroom villa with a pool, set amid shady pines. Lowkey colonial style – painted woods, floaty curtains, its own beach bar — make this a stunning retreat if you’re looking to spend time with family.
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Kokomo

This all-villa resort in the south of the island is brilliantly positioned for strolling to Gili’s top-end nightlife and food options, and safely out of the thick of the action, although it can be noisy at full moon. All the villas are spacious with private pools – albeit only plunge pools for the one-bedrooms – and there’s a main resort pool as well.
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Ombak Sunset

Set on Gili T’s quiet west (sunset) side, this is the sister property of Villa Ombak, complete with slick infinity pool and beachfront dining. It actually feels like a hotel, not bungalows, which could be a pro or a con depending on your attitude. The modern, vaguely Balinese rooms and bungalows can be excellent value outside high season.
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Le Pirate Beach Club - cute chalets in the woodland - Gili T.

Where to Stay on Gili T: Mid-Range

Le Pirate Beach Club

On the quiet north-west coast, set amid conifers and white sand, we LOVE these adorable little painted beach chalets, complete with hammocks. You’re a fair schlep from most of the action – but perfectly positioned for a game of Castaway.
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Tanah Qita

Towards the north of the island, and well-positioned for both north coast lounging and east coast partying, nine cool lumbungs sit in a lovely shaded garden right on the front. Four posters, open-air bathrooms, balcony loungers and A/C make these a steal.
+62 (0)370 613 9159
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Casus Dream

Far enough back from the beach to avoid the high season through traffic and noise, these friendly, spacious rooms, all with verandahs, are central enough to meet your needs for both partyage and sleep. Though some rooms are a little tired, the pool is very well sized for the price point.
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The four rooms of Villa Rika, Gili T.

Where to Stay on Gili T: Budget

Villa Rika

Guests in these four fresh, modern rooms a few hundred metres back from the beach towards the north of the island can share the pool at Gili Palms Resort next door. Outdoor bathrooms are pristine, spaces are bright and airy, and there’s A/C and fresh water (but no hot).
+62 (0)821 4501 6419 (Gili Palms)
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Ricel Homestay

Deluxe (A/C) rooms are outstanding value at this quiet garden cheapie in the village north of the night market: fan rooms can get hot. Friendly staff will make tea and coffee at almost all hours of the day and night, while the rooms feel stylish for the price.
+62 (0)818 0576 1026
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Gili Backpackers

Equipped with swimming pool, climbing wall and buzzy bar, this hostel looked a great bet for dorm fans. As of September 2015, following an abrupt change in the law, it was closed. Their website does not currently reflect the situation: check their Facebook for the latest.

Last updated September 2015.