Where to Stay in Nusa Penida? Complete Guide for Your Stay

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida? Your Quick Guide!

Post by Nacho

June 5, 2024

If you’ve already decided that Nusa Penida, the neighbouring island of Bali (Indonesia) with some of the best beach and nature environments in Asia, will be your next holiday destination, now you only have one vital step left to complete the experience: choosing the best hotel according to your needs and budget!

In this article, we select the best options based on the area where you wish to stay. One thing is certain, Nusa Penida will not disappoint you.

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida? Plan Your Trip!

Although much smaller than Bali, Penida has an area (around 200 square kilometres) large enough to identify different accommodation areas, which are not too far apart whether by motorbike or even bicycle.

We have included 3 main areas where most of the accommodations are concentrated, and added a fourth one belonging to the small island of Lembongan, located a short distance away and accessible by boat, speedboat, or ferry.

Crystal Bay

Crystal Bay is famous for its beautiful sunsets and excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. It is a quieter and less developed place compared to other areas, ideal for nature lovers.

Cristal Bay

Here you will find a selection of bungalows, such as Penida Bay Village, and boutique resorts near the beach, such as Astiti Penida Resort & Spa, which includes an interesting restaurant, spa, and pool in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Toyapakeh

Toyapakeh is one of the most developed areas of Nusa Penida and is known for its good diving facilities. The area has a vibrant local community and several restaurants and shops, as well as a wide range of accommodation options with different price points; from cheap hostels to resorts with all kinds of services.

Toyapakeh in Nusa Penida

We highlight the Coco Resort Penida, located very close to the port with modern facilities, and the Manta Cottage Seaview Plus, with spectacular panoramic views in a strategic location for accessing the most popular dive sites.

Atuh Beach

Atuh Beach is a picturesque and little-visited beach, known for its natural beauty and rock formations. Access can be a bit challenging, but it is worth it for the stunning views and the sense of adventure involved in reaching the area. Accommodation options are therefore more limited and rustic.

Atuh Beach

We recommend the Atuh Garden Bungalow, which offers some dreamlike beachside cabins, and The Gamat Bay, classic bungalows located on a hill with views of Atuh Bay that will allow you to connect with the wildest nature.

Jungut Batu (Lembongan)

Although Jungut Batu is on Nusa Lembongan, it is a popular option for those visiting Nusa Penida due to its proximity and transport connections. It is a lively beach with a wide range of water activities and nightlife.


Lembongan

There are also numerous resorts such as Indiana Kenanga Boutique Hotel & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel by the beach with all the services, and Lembongan Beach Club & Resort, more focused on families and travellers who want to do activities around the island.

Types of Accommodation in Nusa Penida

Bungalows and Cabins

These are single-storey structures, usually made from local materials like bamboo and wood, with essential services, sometimes with shared bathrooms, which offer a more authentic experience and connection with nature.

Bungalows and Cabins in Nusa Penida

Boutique Hotels and Resorts

More elegant and smaller accommodations that offer personalised service and an exclusive atmosphere, with well-equipped rooms, services such as spas, pools, and gourmet restaurants.

Private Villas

Independent properties offering privacy and exclusivity, often with multiple rooms and full kitchens, private gardens, pools… Definitely an ideal option for families or large groups.

Hostels and Dormitories

Budget accommodation options with shared or private rooms, popular among backpackers and young travellers, with common areas for socialising and affordable prices.

Guesthouses

Simple accommodation run by local families, offering a more intimate and cultural experience.

Eco-Lodges

Accommodation that focuses on sustainability and environmental respect, often in remote locations, consisting of eco-friendly structures integrated with nature.

Glamping (Luxury Camping)

Combines the camping experience with hotel comforts. You can stay in luxurious tents, with comfortable beds, sometimes with private bathrooms.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Accommodation

Selecting accommodation when you go on holiday to any destination is not a minor matter. Numerous factors need to be considered to get it right. We summarise them below.

Location

If you plan to visit specific places like Kelingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, or Crystal Bay, consider staying near these areas to save time on travel. Keep in mind that some areas of Nusa Penida have difficult roads, so it may be useful to stay near a port or a main road if you plan to move around a lot.

Budget

Define your budget for accommodation. Nusa Penida offers options for all price ranges, from budget hostels to luxury resorts. Consider possible additional costs, such as transportation, meals if not included, and activities.

Activities and Personal Preferences

If you plan to dive or snorkel, choose accommodation close to the best dive spots. If you prefer hiking or exploring hidden beaches, choose accordingly.

Availability and Season

During the high season, such as summer holidays and public holidays, availability can be limited and prices higher, so it is advisable to book in advance.

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

If you care about the environment, look for accommodations that practise sustainability, such as using renewable energy and waste management.

Tips and Recommendations for Choosing a Hotel in Nusa Penida

  • Read reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, or Google Reviews to get an idea of the quality of the accommodation and customer service.
  • Ask friends or look for recommendations on travel blogs and traveller forums.
  • Some popular accommodations can sell out quickly, so make sure to book well in advance.
  • Consider accommodations that support the local community and use local products and services.
  • Make sure the accommodation offers services that you consider essential, such as Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and breakfast included.

Now you know the best options for staying in Nusa Penida, you just have to decide on one! Write to us and we will be happy to provide you with personalised advice!

Nacho

Scuba Instructor in DPM Nusa Penida.

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