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Matahari Bungalows
Ranked #103 of 129 Speciality Lodging in Gili Air
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73 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Everything provided for...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

I travelled to Gili Air to check it out as I didn't manage to get to this island when visiting Gili Meno. Reading that the west side of Air was more quite than the east side I decided to check out the bungalows without making a reservation. My first choice after research was Matahari but after I arrived decided to compare with other places. I came back to Matahari and rented the large bungalow facing the beach. The only thing that I found a problem was that there is construction next door which does not make for a peaceful environment. From what I was told there is a good size resort being built (and swimming pool being dug). The beach restaurant/hangout place was very popular particularly with travelers from the east side. I spent two nights at Matahari. Ajis checked me in and was very helpful with providing me with anything that I needed. Great experience overall! (There is no pool - a bit of false advertising.)

Room Tip: The bungalow on the beach was nice and large. No a/c but small fan.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

Matahari is on the other side of the island from the boat landing and main tourist "stuff." This is the best thing about it. The beach in front of matahari is peaceful and gorgeous. No cement retaining wall like on the east side of the island.

Food here is really good and cheap. Restaurant has terrible service even for Indonesia, but you'll know the people quickly and can just walk over and make your order at the kitchen.

Bungalows are good. Quite cheap. Cold water showers like all other budget places. You will have to ask to have your room cleaned. Towels are included.

Staff tries to bring other happy travelers here so all of the people staying here were great. Staff is also very nice and helpful. They actually do care about you.

I see a picture of a pool in the listing. There is no pool, but the ocean is very inviting at this spot. Pools on the west side looked like they weren't maintained that well anyway.

Love this place. Will stay here on the next trip to Gili Air.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

great place right at the beach, you can see the sunset, every night it is different. the bungalows are cheap, basic and clean; toilet and shower outside but what do you need more. owner, family and staff very friendly and easy-going. lot of laughs and people getting together, local and tourist, sometimes far into the night. harmony. kind of hippie hang-out at a beautiful location. note: management photo was not taken at matahari.

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2014

These bungalows are very basic. Just a bed and a fan and a bathroom. The draw is the beachfront. You can literally spend an entire day lounging on the thatch roof raised platforms, ordering food when you're hungry, beer when you're thirsty, taking a dip when you're hot. It's the perfect location for watching sunset, which is a major event every day. The staff are friendly and helpful. They helped us book our boat, car, and hotel for the next part of our trip.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

The thing I'm remember the most are the family who owns matahari!! There are truely terrific! You feel part of the family and on such a small quiet island it really is nice :)
The bungallows are cheap and super cute, the fairy tale kind... Really comfy and with a roofless bathroom, showing while watching the stars in the evening is something I will surely miss. The beautiful clear ocean is on your doorstep with lots of shaded gazebos to chill and eat in.... And do eat there as the food is great real homemade local Indonesian food :) and also inexpensive

My friend and I went for 2 days and needed up staying 7 as we opulent bear to leave !!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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148 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Returned to Matahari for 3 nights after a gap of 2 years. It was good to be back in Gilli Air. I stayed a newer bungalow facing the sea and it was quite big and clean. The shower area was open and quite spacious as well.And it was quite reasonable on the pocket considering the prices have remained more or less the same. Food was good and we had ordered freshly caught grilled fish on a few occasions. Service was attentive as always. Look forward to going back soon. Also this time twice ventured out to snorkel and the reef off the Bungalow is nice and doesn't become deep till about 300-400m in.

Room Tip: Get a bungalow on the beach. Rates can be negotiated between 150K-200K Rupiah/night
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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melbourne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

Everything about these bungalows is fantastic except that there is a beachside bar next door called Space Bar which plays impossibly loud psychedelic trance sometimes until 5 in the morning. We moved after 2 nights even though it is probably one of the best locations on the island. How can a place like Space Bar, which is destroying the serenity and disturbing tourists and locals alike, be allowed to exist?? We were on the main stretch of Gili Meno a couple of weeks later and were kept awake by the music from across the sea - amazing!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Matahari Bungalows
Address: Jl Legian, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Air
Hotel Style:
Ranked #103 of 129 Speciality Lodging in Gili Air
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Matahari Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Matahari Bungalows are located on the Sunset side of Gili Air island, with seven bungalows and a guesthouse Matahari caters for a variety of budgets and requirements. We have our own restaurant serving local Sasak food and Western food to indulge everyone's taste buds! We also include breakfast with the price of the room. Only a few minutes walk to local restaurants and bars we are located away from the hussle and bustle but close enough to enjoy a night out. Join us at Matahari for complete relaxation and comfort at an affordable price. ... more   less 
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Matahari Bungalows Hotel Gili Air
Matahari Bungalows Gili Air, Gili Islands

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