The Best Places to Stay in Nusa Lembongan, Bali (for all budgets)
Just a short boat ride from Bali, is a hidden tropical island oasis surrounded by crystal clear blue waters called Nusa Lembongan and it’s quickly becoming one of the best places to stay in Bali.
When deciding where to stay in Nusa Lembongan you should know that this tiny island is actually part of a group of 3 islands that include Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan that lie just off the southeast coast of Bali called the Nusa Penida district.
You can explore Nusa Ceningan by crossing the cute yellow bridge and the there are many boat trips and tours to Nusa Penida so you can easily explore all the islands from your base in Nusa Lembongan.
I spent a month on this island and did a yoga teacher training course here and Nusa Lembongan quickly became my new favourite place in Bali!
If you’re planning a visit and looking for the best places to stay and recommendations for the best Nusa Lembongan accommodation then hopefully this blog post will help you.
Why I loved Nusa Lembongan
One of the best things about Nusa Lembongan is that it is also a lot less touristic than mainland Bali, which means that the authenticity of the daily life of locals is still intact.
Many villagers on the island still make their living by fishing and seaweed farming and it’s quite a cultural tour to pass through villages on the island. The island itself is covered by an abundance of coconut palms, luscious tropical jungle, and mangroves.
The island is surrounded by picture-perfect white sands, crystal clear blue water and world-class reefs that offer some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.
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Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan
Even though this island may seem small, there is still quite a variety and abundance of areas to explore, things to do and accommodation options, so it really pays to do your research when determining the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan.
The main, and in my opinion, best place to stay in Nusa Lembongan, is Jungut Batu beach – this is where the boats from Bali come in and is the area with the best and longest beach strip.
This area has the biggest selection of accommodation in Nusa Lembongan for all budgets as well as the biggest choice of restaurants and shops located within easy walking distance from each other.
Jungut Batu is also home to the best sunsets on the island and you won’t need to rent a scooter to enjoy this area. It’s simply the most convenient area to stay in with the most facilities. The hillside above the beach also has a good selection of resorts with stunning views.
Other good areas to stay in Nusa Lembongan include Mushroom Bay, Sandy Bay, Dream Beach, Tamarind Beach, and Coconut Beach but you’ll probably want a scooter to explore if you’re staying in these paces unless you just want to relax in your resort.
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Here is my pick of the 5 best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan for all budgets
Backpacker – Nyuh Gading Hostel and Home Stay
Situated in a prime location just steps away from Jungtubatu Beach and within walking distance to the boats, Nyuh Gading Home Stay is one of the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan for backpackers.
There is a plush dormitory as well as private rooms available. Dormitory beds, bathrooms and all facilities at Nyuh Gading Home Stay are surprisingly on par with high-level hotel standards and quite impressive!
There’s a beautiful pool and commons area and cafe and a lovely, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The couple who own and run this guesthouse are also super friendly and accommodating, and will happily book you in for activities on the island or sort out anything you may need.
There’s also really good Wi-Fi and A/C, which is always an added bonus when staying at hostels! Click here to see their top reviews and make a booking.
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Budget – Mushroom Beach Bungalows
These beautiful Balinese style, thatched roof, wooden bungalows are situated high on the hill, overlooking the whole of Sanghyang Bay and Mushroom Beach.
The location is also very close to Ceningan Batu Melawang, a well-renowned surfing spot, and Devil’s Tear’s water blowhole. Mushroom Beach Bungalows on Nusa Lembongan, is the perfect tropical hideaway spot, where you can wake up in your own slice of paradise.
There’s a beautiful infinity pool with a stunning view to kick back and enjoy, and room service from the in-house restaurant if you don’t feel like leaving your hammock. Rooms also have beautiful outdoor bathrooms, which adds to the tropical vibes!
Mushroom Beach Bungalows is the best place to stay in Nusa Lembongan if you’re on a budget but still want that resort style getaway. Click here to check reviews and book your stay!
Midrange – Playgrounds Wave Lodge
Great location, spectacular views, luxurious rooms, social vibes, what’s not to love about Playgrounds Wave Lodge!
Rooms at Playgrounds are of a modern design, with ultra-comfortable beds and linen, spacious bathrooms and private balconies. The on-site restaurant called Thai Pantry has also become very popular for the area and it won’t take you long to see why!
The pool and commons areas have breathtaking views of the ocean, beach below and all the way out to Bali in the distance. There’s other great inclusions such as wi-fi available throughout the hotel, tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms and a daily maid service.
Playgrounds Wave Lodge is definitely one of the best value for money places to stay in Nusa Lembongan. Click here to check out their reviews and make a booking.
Boutique – Aqua Nusa Boutique Lembongan Villas
This gorgeous boutique hotel is one of a kind with stunning world-class views all the way out to Mount Agung that just have to be experienced!
Every luxury villa is new with a modern design and has everything you could possibly need and more, though the best part is each villa has it’s very own private plunge pool! The villas are very conveniently located a short distance to many great restaurants and bars and some of the best beaches on the island.
Other great mentions would be the super reliable Wi-Fi access throughout the property, an inclusive daily maid service and the free luxury toiletries and tour booking services.
If you’re looking for a resort that stands out amongst the rest, then this is one of the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan. Click here to read the reviews and book your stay.
Luxury – The Tamarind Resort
The Tamarind Resort is an exquisite hotel perched on the heights of this beautiful island, with superior views of Mount Agung in the distance and the stunning Jungut Batu beach below.
The resort is composed of twelve luxurious suites, all with private balconies that overlook the ocean and three prestige 3 bedroom villas, each with its own private rooftop area. There are two picture-perfect infinity pools, both with ocean views, and one with a pool bar.
If you’re a foodie, then you will absolutely love their in-house restaurant, not only is everything on the menu absolutely to die for, but also often presented in a very cute & stylish way. There’s even a really great gym if you’re keen to exercise whilst on holiday!
The staff at the resort are also super attentive and friendly, and will go above and beyond to ensure you have the most amazing stay! If you’re looking for ultimate luxury then The Tamarind Resort is absolutely one of the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan.
Click here to read their 5-star reviews for yourself and make a booking.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan
Getting to Nusa Lembongan is super easy and quick. Most boats go from Sanur about 3 times a day. You can book your boat ticket in advance online at 12goAsia or you can book this return fast boat ticket package which includes hotel pick up in Bali and drop off in Lembongan for the ultimate easy travel!
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