Gili Trawangan has often been labelled as the ‘party island’, but there is so much more to it than late night bars and cheap Arak shots. Filled with cosy restaurants and boasting some amazing snorkelling spots, it is also a great family getaway.
Here I have put together my selection of the best airbnbs in Gili Trawangan from luxurious beachfront villas to quiet private bedrooms within resorts. With the travelling family and solo island hopper in mind, I have chosen something for everyone’s style and budget.
Grab your snorkel, and get ready for an unbelievable island visit!
Villa Gili Bali Beach – Luxurious Family Villa
If you love brilliant white decor and a lavish modern design, stop scrolling, Villa Gili Bali Beach is the ideal Gili Trawangan airbnb for you. Unlike anything else on the island, this ultra-deluxe villa is the perfect setting for a grand family and friends extravaganza. The large villa oozes decadence and luxury, yet still remains homey. Spend long days soaking in the enormous lap pool and tanning on the beach just meters from the villa, all before heading out for a night exploring the restaurants and bars.
The Gili Resort – Ultimate Beachfront Getaway
What’s that I hear? Oh, it’s the ocean calling my name.. The Gili Resort is the picture perfect example of a beach escape with white sand leading from the ocean to the villa doorstep. Taking island living to the next level, this wooden villa is filled with cosy furnishings and breezy spaces to spend quality time with your loved ones, all while looking out to the beach. What could be more perfect? With the waves as your nightly lullaby, The Gili Resort is one of the best Gili Trawangan rentals available.
Insana Villa – Beautiful Family Escape
Isana Villa is a comfortable and tropical island getaway perfect for a small family looking to spend a relaxing time together. The sprawling gardens are filled with lush greenery and a huge private swimming pool. You can spend long days basking in the sun, playing with the kids and simply unwinding from your regular day to day life. The villa is ideally located just a short bicycle ride from the cafes and beaches where you can sip delicious coffees and fresh coconuts.
Coral Flora Villa – Rustic Island Home
This is one of my favourite Gili Trawangan villas for its rustic simple design and beautiful concept. It gives me a real island home feel with cosy furnishings and elegant bedrooms. I would love to spend a long weekend here with my friends relaxing around the pool and venturing to the seaside for colourful sunsets. It remains peaceful but is only a 15 minute walk from one of the best beach clubs on the island – in my opinion – Le Pirate Beach Club.
Kuno Villa – Trendy Javanese Joglo Villa
A trendy take on the traditional villa, Kuno Villa is one of the best airbnbs in Gili Trawangan for its peaceful location and beautiful lavish design. Based around an authentic Javanese joglo, the villa features open living areas that lead out into the lush gardens. It’s the perfect place to spend cool evenings with your loved ones, enjoying delicious meals and sunset cocktails. They also offer free bicycles, what more could you need? Bagsy the poolside room!
Joglo Jade by Kuno Villas – Lavish Joglo Getaway
Brought to you by the same owners as Kuno Villa, Joglo Jade is another trendy Javanese joglo surrounded by luscious gardens and towering palm trees. A larger and more lavish version of its sister property, Joglo Jade is a 3 bedroom masterpiece featuring cosy wooden bedrooms and open living areas. The perfect mix of comfort and style, it is a relaxing and peaceful place to spend an island adventure. Just a short bicycle ride from restaurants and beach bars, explore all that Gili Trawangan has to offer with your own paradise to return to.
Rumah Desa – Rustic Bungalow Villa
The private villas in Gili Trawangan range from luxurious modern homes to quaint rustic getaways and Rumah Desa falls into the latter. The collection of cosy bungalows is a relaxing intimate getaway for a family or group of friends looking to spend quality time together in a memorable setting. Accommodating up to 12 guests in the 4 homey bedrooms, this would be ideal for a large group on a budget. The private pool and open living areas make lazy days around the villa comfortable and relaxing.
Gili Tenda – Tropical Island Glamping
I’m not a big fan of camping, but tropical glamping I can definitely get on board with. Gili Tenda is a unique island resort filled with, well, tents. But not your regular poles and pegs, argue with your family tents, these are luxurious bungalow tents. Complete with cosy beds and en-suite bathrooms. Located around a shared swimming pool, it is the ideal place to spend a fun few days with your loved ones. Plus, it is only a short bicycle ride from the restaurants and cafes of Gili Trawangan! Perfect!
Santorini Beach Resort – Cute Bungalow Escape
From the Greek islands to the Gili islands, Santorini is a well-known style and inspiration. With bright blue hues and brilliant whites, Santorini Beach Resort perfectly captures the vibe but adds a tropical edge. The resort features quaint bungalows around a shared swimming pool just meters from the sandy beach. I would recommend this accommodation for the more up-market island hopper who likes their own space but doesn’t want to fork out for a private villa. Relaxing, peaceful and convenient, it is the ideal place to enjoy a Gili adventure.
Tropical Resort – Ideal for Partygoers
Bungalow bedrooms are definitely popular on the island! Much like Santorini Beach Resort, this Tropical Resort is another property featuring bungalows around a large shared swimming pool. On the East side of the island, among the hustle and bustle, the resort is a perfect spot for a group of friends looking to enjoy the famous beachfront nightlife. Just a short walk from the harbour and popular bars, Tropical Resort is a cool place to unwind and nurse your hangover.
The Lumbung – Cosy Peaceful Retreat
Now for something a bit more romantic. The Lumbung is a cosy paradise to escape to with your partner. The simple muted style makes a relaxing special place to enjoy each other’s company, within a private enclosed space. Just meters from the white sand beaches of Gili Trawangan, you can enjoy basking in the sun on the shore before returning to your own peaceful getaway. I would love to stay here solo, spending time alone and catching up on my reading.
Serene Beach Villa – Ideal Shared Villa
A grand shared villa on the ‘quiet side’ of the island, Serene Beach Villa is one of best Gili Trawangan rentals on my list for the solo traveller or a couple on a budget. Not only are the private rooms spacious and comfortable, the gardens are filled with cosy furnishings for a relaxing day in the sun. Only steps from the beach, you can soak on the sand and explore by bicycle to find delicious restaurants and quaint cafes.
Eco Gallery Resort – Calm Relaxing Escape
Made up of multiple traditional Javanese houses, Eco Gallery Resort appeals to those looking for a more authentic Indonesian retreat. Calm and peaceful, it is located beside a quaint yoga studio where you can take part in early morning classes or stretch it out at sunset. Just a short walk from the harbour and beaches, you can wander the island with a tranquil serene home to return to. The antique houses are filled with traditional furnishings and are home to 2 shy cats, this is where I will be heading when I need to escape.
Mango Dive and Bungalow – Tropical Bungalow Resort
Here I am again with another bungalow, but when in Gili right? As with the others, this resort features cosy and comfortable bedrooms within private bungalows among lush gardens. Right on the beach, you can enjoy spending long days on the sand and venturing the island to find the best snorkelling spots. But unlike the other resorts, Mango Dive and Bungalow can also offer you scuba diving lessons. Explore the ocean floors with the trusted and friendly instructors. An experience of a lifetime!
Serenity Beachfront Villa – Beachfront Paradise Villa
And with all those amazing options, I don’t want to forget about Gili Air, by far my favourite Gili island for a serene relaxing getaway. And serenity indeed.. This villa couldn’t be more peaceful and tranquil if it tried. The stunning design and decor compliments its outstanding location. I recommend setting yourself up with an evening drink on the balcony to watch the unbeatable tropical sunset. Grab a bicycle and explore the small idyllic island filled with cute cafes and beach bars. Serenity Beachfront Villa will quickly become your paradise home from home.
15 of the best Gili Trawangan airbnb options (+ a little touch of Gili Air) all rounded up in less time than it takes to circle the island.
Whether you were taken by the luxury of Villa Gili Bali Beach, or prefer something more low-key like Eco Gallery Resort, the stunning beaches and scenery will make it a memorable trip.
I will be booking in for my stay at Coral Flora Villa soon, see you there!
And remember, don’t cycle over soft sand.
Featured image: Joglo Jade by Kuno Villa