Best hotels and hostels in Indonesia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Raja Ampat Islands

    Cove Eco Resort

    Centrally located from many of Raja Ampat's finest diving spots and land-based excursions, this year-old, intimate private-island resort simply has it all. Dreamy oceanfront villas? Check. Best meals in Raja Ampat? Check. Spectacular, knowledgeable staff. Check. And the actual cheque? Very reasonable, considering that boat transport and an excursion to Pianynemo and the Fam Islands are included.

  • Lodging in Wanokaka

    Nihi Sumba

    Formerly Nihiwatu, few luxuries are excluded from this celebrity-favoured resort, where you might bump into the Beckhams. Hefty price tag aside (we've listed the low-season rate), you can understand the draw to this stunning accommodation, where every detail is considered and there's a virgin beach crashing with surf that folds into turquoise barrels on Sumba's ruggedly beautiful coast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ambarawa

    Mesa Stila Resort

    Nestled in a 22-hectare coffee plantation, the Mesa Stila Resort is one of Indonesia’s most magical hotels. At an altitude of 900m, the forest gives way to inspiring vistas from the villa-style rooms and a classically conical volcano looms over the neatly trimmed lawns and red-tiled joglos. It's some 12km southwest of Ambarawa; a taxi from town (60,000Rp) passes beautiful rice terraces.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Coast Road to Kusamba

    Hotel Komune

    A resort in the true sense of the word, Komune offers everything needed for an active and enjoyable holiday. The surf here is among Bali's best, although not suitable for beginners. Other activities include yoga, meditation and kids movie nights. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, and the beachfront Beach Club (restaurant/bar/pool) has a party vibe at every time of the day.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Karimunjawa Islands

    Breve Azurine

    With a private beach, this gorgeous hillside resort offers a genuine island welcome. Rustic cottages with open-air bathrooms have magnificent sea views or there's a main lodge with a hardwood verandah that serves as the common area. The restaurant is nested above a tropical garden and candlelit suppers can be arranged under the rustling palms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ubud

    Mandapa

    Set in a spectacular river valley enclosed by rice fields, this stunning Ritz Carlton resort is the size of a small village. It's replete with facilities – the luxe spa and Kubu restaurant are particularly impressive. Guests are offered a programme of 17 complimentary daily activities including yoga, aqua aerobics and a kids club. Suites and villas are large and gorgeous.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Borobudur

    Rumah Boedi

    Set in a magnificent garden of mature hardwoods, abundant creepers and outrageous sprigs of orchids, this boutique hotel (3km east of the monument) offers a magical rural retreat and spa. Contemporary rooms with water features are set within their own secret gardens while the lounge occupies a giant open-sided pavilion. The restaurant offers authentic local dishes cooked by the village chef.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yogyakarta

    Phoenix Hotel

    Right in the heart of the city, this historic hotel is easily the best in its class and is a Yogya landmark. Dating back to 1918, it’s been sensitively converted to incorporate modern facilities. Rooms are gorgeous, and it's worth paying a little extra for those with balconies overlooking the pool. There's an excellent bar and restaurant with Indonesian-themed buffets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ekas

    Heaven on the Planet

    The aptly named Heaven on the Planet has units scattered along a cliff's edge, from where you'll have spectacular bird's-eye views of the sea. Others are down at the idyllic beach. Each is utterly different. Heaven is primarily a posh and idiosyncratic surf resort, but kitesurfing, scuba diving, yoga and snorkelling are also possible. Meals are bountiful and creative.

  • Lodging in Pulau Bunaken & Pulau Siladen

    Bunaken Oasis

    This new addition to Bunaken is in a league entirely of its own. Each embarrassingly comfortable villa protruding from the lush gardens has commanding views and a breezy porch. The gleaming pool is what other infinity pools aspire to be. The staff is professional and attentive, and the dive shop immaculate.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kaliurang & Kaliadem

    Vogels Hostel

    Housed in a faded but charming art deco structure built in 1926, Vogels is a backpacker institution that's barely changed since it opened in 1978 – even the prices have stayed pretty much the same! Rooms have retro furnishings and lots of character and this is undoubtedly the best address for hikers. There are cosy bungalows at the rear.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in West Java

    Lodges Ekologika on Portibi Farms

    Set on the terraced slopes of Gunung Salak (2211m), this organic farm and gourmet kitchen has developed a reputation for imaginative meals crafted from ingredients grown on its 14 hectares. Most guests stay in charming rooms and bungalows built from reclaimed teak, glass and polished concrete, and blessed with magnificent views (with cheap and simple bamboo huts available for backpackers).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Alor Archipelago

    La P'tite Kepa

    Upon arriving at the airport, drivers shout, 'La P'tite Kepa?' – thus is the popularity of this French-owned, solar-powered dive resort. There are 11 bungalows, three of which are traditional Alor home replicas with shared bathrooms, relaxing open decks and beds in the roof. Fresh and memorable meals are eaten family-style, but bringing cheese and chocolate is playfully encouraged by staff.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tambolaka

    Maringi Eco Resort by Sumba Hospitality Foundation

    Where to start with this incredible complex: that it's a not-for-profit NGO where students from Sumba learn the art of hospitality before landing top hotel jobs in Indonesia? Or the brilliantly designed bamboo pavilions with giant glass oval doors and outdoor bathrooms? Maybe its sustainability, reusing water in the garden and harnessing solar. This is so much more than accommodation.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pantai Bungus & Sungai Pinang

    Rimba Ecolodge

    Rimba Ecolodge is an intimate French-Indonesian-run place reachable by boat. Monkeys (both silvered leaf and red leaf species) come to explore the beach where the breeze-cooled bungalows are situated and there’s a timeless, tranquil air to the place. The pricier rooms (350,000Rp) have hot water, while wi-fi is an additional 10,000Rp per day.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Malang

    Hotel Tugu Malang

    For a real flavour of what Java has to offer, this remarkable luxury hotel, loaded with local character and genuine hospitality, sets the standard. It manages to be both laid-back and elegant.

  • Lodging in Raja Ampat Islands

    Sorido Bay Resort

    Sorido offers top diving standards along with Western-style comforts, such as air-con, camera workstations and hot showers in spacious, well-equipped beachfront bungalows. The tucked-away location fronting a divine beach is superb, and the operators are good stewards of the environment.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Danau Toba

    Horas Family Home

    Horas Family Home is perfect for those wanting a homely space with cooking facilities, and is a unique option for those seeking something different. Best is its gorgeous, renovated traditional Batak house, with original furnishings and self-contained modern facilities. Dutch-Indonesian hosts Berend and Mian are exceptionally helpful and knowledgable about Batak culture.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Maumere

    Pantai Paris Homestay

    Run by an environmentally and socially conscious family, this tropical garden setting beside the sea is our pick for budget accommodation. There are four private rooms with bamboo furniture and mosquito nets and the spacious, nine-bed dorm shares a lovely, semi-outdoor bathroom. Join in a Sunday beach or snorkelling clean-up or support locals with disabilities by buying organic, homemade tea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in East Sumba

    Wera Beach Resort

    About 39km east of the airport, this French-run slice of heaven is a peaceful oasis with two houses. Interiors are pristine white, decked out in rattan furniture and have kitchens; they're available as one-or two-bedroom stays and the two bedder can sleep five. There’s also a neat, bamboo bungalow on the beach. The open-air restaurant (mains 45,000Rp to 220,000Rp) serves French food while wind chimes tinkle in the breeze.