Clear blue waters, stunning ocean vistas, long stretches of sandy beaches, happening beach parties,hopping islands, tropical waterfalls, organic cafes, and picturesque hotels, it’s no wonder Indonesia has gained so much popularity as a tourist destination in the recent past.
The country’s prime attraction is the island of Bali which is among the most visited and photographed places on the planet. While Bali is truly all the rage in the mainstream travel enthusiasts, those that prefer their holidays to be more private and quieter often look for offbeat destinations.
Luckily, Indonesia has a secret island that boasts all the natural beauty one can find in Bali, without the glitter of beach bars and fancy cafes, or the crowds. This island is called Nusa Penida and lies just a short boat ride away from Bali. An ideal trip to Nusa Penida can last upto 2-3 days.
Hotels In Nusa Penida
In this article, we will talk about the top hotels on the island to make it easier for you to find a place to crash, as you explore this hidden gem of Indonesia.
1. Semabu Hills Hotel
Located near the Crystal Bay, the Semabu Hills Hotel is one of the more expensive hotels on the island. With that said, the picturesque setting, variety of facilities available, and personalised service justify the price very well. The Semabu Hills Hotel is easily one of the best located and constructed hotels in Nusa Penida. However, the hotel’s speciality lies in the amazing views one can witness right from the comfort of the rooms.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 7800
Location: Jalan Raya ToyaPakeh-Ped, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Pool, Bar/Lounge, Minibar in rooms, wi-fi, concierge service, free parking, vegan food options
2. Hotel Arsa Santhi
A budget hotel that offers all the basic facilities one needs, along with a pool. The visitors regularly describe the rooms at Hotel Arsa Santhi as squeaky clean and spacious. The hotel is incredibly close to a couple of popular diving spots, making it an ideal choice for diving enthusiasts, or for those that are visiting the island only to try their hand at the activity. The hotel is also close to a couple of great restaurants, and even features an in-house restaurant that boasts a remarkable international menu. The staff at Arsa Santhi speaks English, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese, and the service is described as courteous and prompt.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 2800
Location: Jalan Raya ToyaPakeh – Ped, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Pool, Bar/Lounge, Minibar in rooms, wi-fi
3. Ogix Cliff Paradise
Another extremely picturesque hotel in Nusa Penida, the Ogix Cliff Paradise is aptly named, to say the least. The most salient feature of the hotel has to be it’s dining area, overlooking a spellbinding ocean vista. The rooms are spacious and cleaned to perfection. The staff is described as extremely helpful and prompt. The hotel is situated a short walk away from one of the main attractions on the island, the Cave Temple. For tourist spots that are a bit distant, the hotel staff will help you make arrangements for bike rentals. The Ogix Warung, the inhouse restaurants at the hotel, is one of the top seafood restaurants in the area.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 4200
Location: Jl. Raya Angkal Sauna village, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Pool, Bar/Lounge, Minibar in rooms, wi-fi, free parking
4. The Umah Prahu
A cozy hotel in the heart of action in Nusa Penida, The Umah Prahu is one of the most in-demand properties on the island. There are two reasons behind the popularity of this hotel- one, the hotel is incredibly close to some of the top attractions on the island including the Saren Cliff Point, and the Wisata Bukit Tinggian. Two, the hotel is situated right next to the beach, and offers exactly the kind of vibe one expects when visiting Indonesia. The hotel staff are known to be courteous and helpful, and will be more than happy to assist you in making the most of your time in Nusa Penida.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 2300
Location: Br. Batumulapan, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Pool, Bar/Lounge, Minibar in rooms, wi-fi, free parking
5. Coastal Inn
Another hotel close to major attractions on Nusa Penida, the Coastal Inn offers great budget accommodations. The hotel is known for its clean rooms and friendly staff. Equipped with all the basic amenities, the hotel also provides access to the beach, complete with lounge chairs and even a sun terrace. The hotel rooms overlook the ocean and the sound of the waves lapping at the shore can be clearly heard inside the room, as you drift away in slumber after a tiring day of exploring Nusa Penida.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 2400
Location: Jl. Ped- uyuk Kabupaten Klungkung, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Wi-fi, free parking, access to beach
6. Sunrise Penida Hill
If staying on the beach is not an absolute must for you, then we strongly recommend the Sunrise Penida Hill. The hotel offers arguably the best sunrise view on the island, and offers an incredibly personalised service. The hotel is a family run business and only serves homemade Indonesian food. The hotel may not be close to a beach, but houses a small pool that is perfect for spending a lazy afternoon, overlooking the remarkable views from the Penida Hill.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 2000
Location: Jln. Banjar Anyar, Desa Sakti, Toyapakeh, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Wi-fi, free parking, local cuisine, swimming pool
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7. MaeMae Beach House
One of the best budget hotels on Nusa Penida, the MaeMae Beach House is centrally located, and is a locally owned business. This means, you can expect a personalised service at the hotel, without the attached price tag. The hotel is equipped only with the most basic amenities, but the warm service, along with the picturesque views, are sure to make you feel right at home.
Average Night Tariff: Rs. 1300
Location: Jl. Pantai Kutampi Desa Kutampi Kaler, Nusa Penida
Facilities: Wi-fi, free parking, bar, access to beach
The little island of Nusa Penida has no dearth of places of interest, or places to stay while you explore the picturesque secret of Indonesia. The best part is, most hotels on the island are not as busy as their counterparts on Bali island. As a result, you can expect more better personalised service, along with cheaper accommodation options, without having to compromise on the quality of your trip to Bali.
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Got questions about visiting Nusa Penida? We’ve answered the most common questions in the FAQ section below:
Frequently Asked Questions About Hotels In Nusa Penida
A. Although Nusa Penida can be covered in a day trip from Bali, we strongly recommend staying on the island for a couple of days and explore it without a feeling of haste.
A. Yes. By all accounts, every kind of accommodation, be it a 5 star or a budget hotel, it is cheaper on Nusa Penida than on Bali.
A. A number of ferries operate between the two islands. The ferries start functioning at 8:30 AM in the morning.
A. Renting a bike is perhaps the best way to get around in Nusa Penida. However, if you aren’t an experienced rider, you can also rent a car on the island.