Experience the best of the island at Mad Monkey Gili Trawangan! This beachfront resort boasts a 12 meter infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a sandy beachfront area where guests can enjoy the vibrant Gili T sunsets. With triple bed dorms and private teepees, this gorgeous property offers travelers the vibrant atmosphere and social scene Mad Monkey is famous for! Dine at our restaurant for both local and western food, join our tours to explore the Gili islands, and stick around for our daily and nightly events!
Would definitely recommend this place, very clean & spacious rooms, friendly staff, great food at the bar and the facilities there like the pool, bar and volleyball Court were great way to meet people. Music was off by 10:30 every night which is great for a good night's sleep or you can go out if you wish. The only thing that needs work is the toilet/shower facilities, taps were always broken and leaking/not clean and the showers had awful water pressure but overall great place!
This hostel was great! The staff were a highlight, super friendly and always keen to help out with anything. Especially Billy! Such a legend, he made everyone feel right at home. The rooms and bathrooms are the tidiest I’ve seen in a hostel. Food at the hostel restaurant was delicious could happily eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there. I absolutely loved my time here, would stay again and recommend to others! Keep it up team 😊
I run many hostels and i strongly feel about this opinion; and have been following mad monkey's online presence for a few years, was quite excited to be there, finally came and had a sheer disappointment:1. For the price we paid, 800,000 for a night for a tent with shared bathroom it's totally not worth it.2. We were 2 people, and we didn't get 2 glasses of water for free, with a clear no even after we came sweating in bad heat. I was surprised to see the cold response from the staff for basic services like water.3. Food, they don't have a lot of menu and are located in a far away location from the main gilli market too and whatever is available, it's like over priced with the kind of services they have, dirty, uncleaned tables for hours.4. Fake warmth from the staff. It didn't feel authentic.5. It's known as a party hostel, which is not different from any other hostel, people are busy drinking on their own tables and no curation for social activities without money6. Even the beer pong is charged for 1,20,000, and they keep over selling all the time.7. A sheer disappointment for the price and over-all experiencePros:1. A beautiful sunset from the beach
This is a really great Mad Monkey, friendly and fun staff, nice clean air conditioned rooms, and many toilets. There's always something happening so it's easy to make friends, it's also right in the beach. The one downfall for some, would be that the location is on the other side of all the action. But in other ways, it could be nice to be able to escape to mad monkey to go to sleep. Over all 5 stars!
Staff was amazing, pretty much the only reason the stay was worthwhile. We stayed on a Saturday, and based on other reviews we expected more of a party vibe. However, the entire place was extremely dead, and everything was shut down at ten pm. People weren’t even allowed to go in the pool anymore (saltwater btw). The location is also extremely secluded, and definitely isn’t worth the bike ride. Save your money and just come for a little bit to hang out with the staff.
The vibe of the hostel is nice. The pool is saltwater unfortunately. They have a happy hour, but when I asked for three different cocktails for the price of two (the sign literally says "buy two, get three") they were to lazy to make three different ones, instead they actually give you the same cocktail three times, which doesn't really make sense to me, since other people also order other cocktails so they have to make different ones and the bar wasn't even busy so they would have had the time to make them, but they didn't care. Drinks were still okay though. Also the showers lack pressure and aren't really hot. We came back on a Saturday night and the hostel was already dead around 1pm. No party nothing. But now comes the annoying thing. The aircon and fan is so loud at night plus you can't turn off the light (see picture) so you can't really sleep good. Not being able to switch of the light is just annoying and switching it just changes the brightness, so no dark room at night. All in all 3 Stars makes it an okay experience. I think there's definitely more valuable hotels.
Really loved staying there. Wanted to stay for 2 nights but extended 3 more.It is not located in the party area which is nice because it’s calm and you can just rent a bike and go everywhere in 15 minutes.Its also perfect if you are traveling alone, staff there is amazing and will help you with anything and will always be so polite & friendly. They organise parties and really take care of their customers.Thank you!
I highly recommend this hostel. Very friendly staff who will make you feel home instantly. Especially Andy is an amazing guy.We stayed 3 nights in a 3 bed dorm with airco which was perfect. Also the food is really good. Sometimes the music is a bit loud, but that’s why we came to Mad Monkey anyway. 100% would come back!
5 stars, because the hostel is what it's marketed to be: a party hostel. I stayed in room with 3 beds and it was quite comfortable. There are plenty of showers and toilets for everyone to use. There was always hot water except for Friday night, when there was NO water at all for about half an hour. Not a big deal but it annoyed me a bit at the moment. I met great people in this hostel and the party atmosphere was on point at any point of the day.However, the wifi didn't work in the rooms, only in the bar area 🙃I guess that's fine if you only want to party, but for me as a digital nomad, it was very annoying. The staff tried to help me figure it out, but at the end suggested that I go to a café somewhere and work from there. They denied to give me a compensation for the money I would spend on a beverage while I'm there. The bar area has loud music playing constantly so working from there was not an option either. Consider this of you need to work while at this hostel.Another thing to consider is that the hostel is on the "wrong" side of the island if you want to go partying and clubbing.Every Friday they organize a foam party which was so much fun!Overall I had a pleasant stay and the staff was very friendly.
I had a great weekend at Mad Monkey in Gili T. I stayed in one of the TeePees and it was pretty cool! The whole vibe of the hostel made me feel like I was at a beach club with the pool, beach and DJ. The food is great and affordable with a great happy hour! The location is right in front of the beach but you'll probably want some water shoes if you want to get in the water when the tide is high. It’s in a great location on the sunset side of the island but it's not near the boat harbor. You’ll need to get one of the TukTuks to take you to the hostel, you can’t walk. Once at the hostel you can rent a bicycle to ride around the island. Overall, I had a great time and would definitely return!
Good food, personnel speaks very good English, nice vibe!However, when I asked for an espresso, the bar tender tried to serve me a coffee previously left in the machine, by sneakily adding a little shot to make it hot. It happens that for some reason I noticed the cup and watched the bar tender! Good job.
Amazing hostel the staff were very friendly and accommodating. The room was lovely, the place was very clean and kept up to standard. Andi and Buddy were particularly welcoming and made our stay very special. They were both very friendly and constantly made sure we were having fun and recommended the best places to go out which was very helpful. Couldn’t recommend the place more.
Such a great hostel would definitely recommend staying here on the island! The staff are all so welcoming and bring a great atmosphere! Perfect location and the food is amazing you could eat there every day. Shout out to budiman for the great vibes and energy you bring to work everyday! 🙂
The staff here are so friendly! It was a cool mix between chill & party vibes. The pool / bar area is great for lounging in the sun, drinking, eating & chilling in the pool. The tents & bathrooms were clean and well maintained. Pretty cool hostel experience overall.We did the snorkeling tour with Mad Monkey & it was one of the best experiences we had in Gili T! Andi & the boat crew were so fun but made sure we were all safe which was good!
I love Mad Monkey Gili T. The best hostel and definitely the hostel I’ve stayed at the longest. Initially planned to stay for just 2-3 nights, but ended up staying for almost 1.5 week, all because of the amazing vibe to meet people, great party atmosphere and with its location on the best spot to watch the sunset. The staff is absolutely great and go the extra mile. Andi, Devi and Kiki are so nice and especially Budi who gets everyone in an enthusiastic mood and made sure everyone had a great time. It’s located on the other side of the island, but it’s definitely worth the nice bike ride there. If you like a good party I would 100% recommend this place. Rrrrrrr
I had such a good time in Mad Monkey.Met so many great people and made friends for life.The staff is the best with my brother Budi being the greatest solo entertainer I have ever met. He always makes you laugh, a real mad monkey.If you're looking for some peace and quiet you should probably steer clear of this place.But if you're looking for lots of fun, party and are willing to #jointhemadness, then this is the place to be! 🐒
Mad Monkey is by far the best hostel on Gili T. Special shout out to the team. Devi is the happiest person I have ever met and Kiki is so lovely. Budi is always fun to be around getting everyone involved in beer pong, drinking games, quiz nights and dancing. It is the perfect place for solo travellers as it’s so social. Andy is a credit to the team as well. I can’t recommend this place enough.
I meet wonderful people in this place and nice staff. They were so helpful, kind and fun.Especially Budi Mentos, the soul and the energy of this place , he was a very nice guy and barmen Abi, he is also so kind and nice guy.I will definitely go to Mad Monkey again!
Our stay in Mad Monkey was amazing, all the staff were incredibly friendly especially Budi who went above and beyond to make sure we were always having a great time. Great games and parties were thrown throughout our stay would highly recommend for anyone to join the madness if in Gili T!!
Mad Monkeys was one of the best places I stayed in Bali!! Such great vibes, nice pool, chill area, right off the beach, the rooms are awesome (only 3 beds in each- none of that bunk bed rubbish) spacious and air con.!!The staff was amazing, always getting everyone involved in activities. Shoutout to Andy for our bicycle and snorkeling tour, was so much fun. Thanks to the boss Steve for everything! The other staff also- thanks for always being so cheerful and happy. Miss u allGreat place and epic party on the Saturdays!! 10/10
Completely destroying the peaceful vibes of the area with absolutely overtuned music. All neighboring villas and resort have to listen to this trunkard music. Super sad. (Edit: I stayed at villa gili bali directly next to Mad Monkey)
Music way too loud. I stay in Villa Gili Bali 100 Meters from Mad Monkey and had to listen to this drunken people party music and screaming from 11am - 11pm. Really bad for this beautiful quiet area. They should move to the harbour area…
Had the best time at Mad Monkey! 24/7 good vibes and the best parties! The staff is also very lovely and fun to be with. They make sure you’re having the best time possible! Ps. Make sure you beat Andi in beerpong
One of the best hostels i have ever stayed is (considering having travelled all over Europe).The vibe is amazing and the staff tries their best to engage people in various activities and ensures everyone has a good time. If you want to meet new people and have a great time definitely stay here.Unfortunately was here only for one night.Will definitely stay with them again next time I visit Gili T.
Great facilities that were very clean. The staff were also very friendly and helpful. Pricing is also very reasonable. ALSO, THEY HAVE KITTENS!The only downside is that its location is on the other side of the island from the port, clubs, and restaurants.Overall, would highly recommend!
Fun hostel on Gili T. It’s on the opposite side of the island from the main bars & restaurants, & is a long hot walk into town to get food or drinks - that’s the only con of this place. Amazing staff & great vibes all day long. Great happy hour deals, & yummy food!
Great Hostel. Very friendly staff, the menu was a reasonable price and tasty. The pool is amazing and the rooms have good air con. They have some events on during the week which are fun. The only downside is the the location but if you are happy to walk then there is nothing to worry about.
If you want a party and if you want to meet people - Mad MonkeyIf you want to have an awesome time and enjoy the beautiful views - Mad MonkeyIf you’re an antisocial person and just want to be alone - probably still Mad Monkey.We all loved our stay here at Mad Monkey in Gili T and I would definitely go back here soon!An extraordinarily thanks to Sofie and Sam for making my stay amazing. Great people and fantastic vibes because of these two stunning reps!!- Robin
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Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country, so visitors should always be respectful and wear clothing over swimsuits when not at the beach.
Tipping isn’t expected, but always appreciated! Round up your bill!
Gili T is very environmentally-conscious, so do your part!
WHAT TO EAT
Nasi / mie goreng
Gili Trawangan is a small island off of mainland Lombok, just an hour and a half east of Bali. “Gili T” is 3 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide — the perfect little slice of paradise! There are no motor vehicles allowed on the island so most visitors walk or cycle around.
To get here, you must take a boat from either Lombok (30 minute ferry) or from Bali (90 minute speed boat). For more details on how to get here, read our guide on how to get to the Gili islands HERE.
We recommend getting the EkaJaya boats, as they are the most reliable. From Padang Bai Fast Boat Harbour in Bali, the boat takes about 90 minutes.
From the Gili Trawangan pier, head north up the coast for 750 meters. Turn left onto Jalan Vila Kelapa (look for Blu d’a Mare) and head west for 1.5 kilometers. When you reach the beach, turn right. Mad Monkey is 2 minutes up the road.
Single bed in a 3-bed mixed dorm. Room has air conditioning and access to shared bathrooms with hot showers. Each beds has a personal reading light, outlet + USB, and secure locker (your own lock is required).
Mad Monkey Cancellation Policy Your booking can be cancelled for free if you cancel with a minimum of 24 hours notice before your check-in time. If you cancel within 24 hours of check-in time, you will be charged the balance of your first night stay.