Ainaro

Ainaro municipality, in the southern part of the country, has spectacular scenery from the central mountains to the wild south coast and provides wonderful opportunities for exploring and hiking. This area includes Timor-Leste’s highest peak – Mt Ramelau (2960m) which is sacred to the Timorese and known at Tatamailau (grandfather). The towns of Maubisse and Hato Builico have very spectacular hill settings and the larger town of Ainaro is located at much lower elevation in a lush river valley midway to the Timor Sea.

This is definitely scenery where you want to keep your camera close at hand. The panoramic views from the Maubisse pousada on its promontory are especially impressive, as are the views from Mt Ramelau at dawn after a guided climb from Hato Builico. Looking out over the mountain ranges of Timor-Leste bathed in the early morning light is an unforgettable and very rewarding experience.

A lot of coffee is grown in the Ainaro area and vegetables are cultivated in between rocky screes on what often seems like impossibly steep slopes. Ponies are still commonly used for carrying produce and other goods between the isolated villages and markets. They and other livestock are seen grazing on the mountain sides.

The majority of the local people speak Mambae and their villages with characteristic thatched circular, conical roofed houses are scattered across the municipality.

Popular Locations: Mt Ramelau & Hato Builico, Maubisse

Adara
Simple thatched accommodation with shared bathroom, located besides a beautiful white sand beach on the remote west coast. All meals are included. Access is by boat or walking from Beloi. Guided walks, boat trips and snorkel gear hire. Relaxing place with fantastic sunsets.
Dili
Accommodation has beachside location. Air conditioned apartments feature kitchenettes, open plan living, bedrooms (1-2) and bathrooms. Restaurant, bar, swimming pool and tour desk. Breakfast included. Free wifi and airport transfers.
Beloi
Small personalised eco-resort beside Beloi beach with thatched bungalows and shared bathroom. Specialised scuba diving centre onsite. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Great sunrises and very peaceful. Activities include diving, snorkelling, swimming and of course lying in a hammock.
Balibo
Boutique hotel with restaurant and small museum built within a colonial era fort. Sweeping views across forested hills, Balibo village and out to sea. Air conditioned bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Local walking guides and cave visits can be arranged. Free wifi. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement.
Beloi
Eco-resort with spacious open air restaurant, thatched bungalows and shared bathrooms in tropical gardens beside the beach. Very relaxing. All meals included. Organizes activities/tours and rents snorkel gear/bikes/kayaks/fishing rods etc.
Dili
Hotel has swimming pool and fitness centre. Air-conditioned bedrooms have private bathrooms. Apartments also available. Onsite restaurant, tour desk and self-service laundry. Free wifi, parking and buffet breakfast. Free airport shuttle service (longer stays only).
Oecusse - Arbiru Beach Resort
Dili
Hotel with sea breeze and ocean views beside the beach. Bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and some have kitchenettes. Breakfast included and wifi. Onsite café and gift shop. Swimming and beach walks. Sensational sunsets. Free parking.
Beloi
Small hotel overlooking the ocean with restaurant/bar and swimming pool. Rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms. All meals and motor-launch transport from Dili included. Organizes activities/tours and rents snorkel gear/bikes/fishing rods etc.
Maubisse
Guesthouse set in garden has small lounges and balconies. Bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement.
Liquica
Beachside resort with 6 spacious villas and Black Rock International Restaurant.Good beach for swimming, expansive ocean views and fantastic place to enjoy the sunset. One hour’s drive from Dili. Resort can help organize transport and airport pick-ups.
Dili
Backpacker accommodation – shared dormitory rooms with single and bunk beds. Breakfast included and free wifi (public areas). Small restaurant onsite.
Dili
One bedroom air conditioned bungalow with private bathroom right next to the beach. Balcony has sea views. Onsite restaurant and bar. Breakfast included.
Beloi
Camp-style full-board accommodation on beachfront properties located in both Adara and Beloi. Island transfers, snorkeling, diving, dive courses, and dolphin-spotting cruises can be arranged.
Baucau
Guesthouse with beautiful ocean views and large veranda. Air-conditioned bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included.
Dili
Air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms. On-site restaurant and small fitness centre. Free wifi and airport shuttle service.
Dili
Air conditioned dormitory rooms and share bathrooms. Lounge, kitchen and tour desk. Free breakfast and wifi. Onsite bar and gift shop. Bike and motorbike hire available.
Dili
Charming small air-conditioned hotel with restaurant and bar. Breakfast included. Bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Onsite gift shop. Free airport shuttle service and wifi.
Dili
Dive Timor Lorosae - Guest house & apartments has choice of air conditioned studio apartments and guest houses available with lounge/kitchen, bedroom(s) and private bathroom. Swimming pool and free wifi. Dive centre and Castaways restaurant/bar on site.
Dili
Air conditioned suites and bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Restaurant and swimming pool. Free buffet breakfast and wifi. Conference facilities also available. Free airport shuttle (longer stays only).
Dili
Air conditioned apartments with bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. Swimming pool and fitness centre. Free wifi, parking and airport shuttle service. Bike hire is available.
Maubisse
Eco-accommodation located in countryside near Maubisse. Beautiful views and peaceful setting. Bedrooms with thatched roofs and share bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Hiking guides and village visits can be organised.
Loi Hunu
Guesthouse in the countryside on the banks of the Loi Hunu River. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Activities nearby include guided trekking on Mundo Perdido, caves exploring, cooking lessons in local village and learning about resistance history.
Dili
Beachfront location, restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Air-conditioned bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Free parking and wifi.
Pante Macassar
Inur Sacato Oecusse Villas has air-conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast included and onsite restaurant.
Dili
Air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Onsite restaurant. Breakfast included, free parking and wifi.
Lospalos
Accommodation has restaurant and bar onsite. Bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included.
Dili
Hotel features tennis court, fitness centre and a swimming pool. Restaurant, café and lobby lounge and bar. Breakfast included. Air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.
Dili
Hotel has restaurant, café/bar, swimming pool and arts and crafts shop. Air-conditioned suites and bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free wifi and airport shuttle.
Same
Hotel has air conditioning, restaurant, attractive swimming pool and garden area. Most bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Trekking guides can be organised.
Dili
Property includes a garden setting, swimming pool and fitness centre. Free wifi and parking. All air conditioned units have a kitchen/living room, bedroom(s) and private bathroom.
Dili
Air-conditioned accommodation with private bathrooms. Some units include kichenettes. Restaurant, BBQ and fitness centre. Free airport shuttle and wifi (some rooms).
Dili
Accommodation includes restaurant, café and on-site travel agency. Free buffet breakfast, wifi and parking. Air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.
Dili
Our guesthouse is a basic homestay / lodage facility located in the city welcoming short / long term guests. In the safe area just behind the US Embassy in Dili, Timor Leste, our Portuguese style home is in a quiet, private environment near the beach in Pantia Kelapa. We offer facilities that include private bedrooms and a choice of shared bathroom or private bathroom (Bess Room only). Our guest house has 0 meals upon request and made to order focusing on quality ingredients and primarily gluten free, vegetarian cuisine. Drinks are also available.
Valu (Jaco)
Guesthouse is set amidst shady trees besides a beautiful beach. Choice of bedrooms with private bathrooms or share bedrooms/bathrooms. Camping sites available. Breakfast and other meals by arrangement. Boat transport to Jaco Island, hiking guides and caves visits can be organised.
Liquica
Beachside resort, good for relaxing, swimming and sunsets. Air-conditioned rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Camping spaces available and onsite bar/restaurant.
Maubisse
This accommodation and restaurant facility serves as the first model of village-based eco-tourism in the country, showing rural communities that it is possible to generate income and make a living through leveraging their natural environment - the only resource available in the countryside. Situated in the heart of Maubisse, known for its stunning natural beauty and soothing mountain air, it is now a must-visit destination for tourists. All profits are reinvested in the Green School and Women’s Organic Farming Cooperative.
Dili
Air-conditioned accommodation with private bathrooms. Outdoor swimming pool and gardens. Onsite restaurant, breakfast included and free wifi, airport shuttle service and parking.
Vila
Accommodation ranges from thatched huts with shared bathroom, to larger rooms with private bathrooms. Restaurant specializes in Italian food with pizza and freshly made pasta. Breakfast is included. There is a good beach nearby, just a few minutes’ walk away.
Baucau
Small guesthouse with open deck offering good ocean views. Bedrooms, fan or air-conditioned, have private bathrooms. Breakfast and other meals can be arranged. Small gift shop onsite.
Dili
Waterfront accommodation includes private rooms and backpacker share dormitory accommodation. Free parking and onsite restaurant and gift shop. Bike hire available. Breakfast included (some rooms).
Dili
Modern air conditioned hotel on waterfront with swimming pool, spa pool, fitness centre and spa/wellness centre. Bedrooms/suites have private bathrooms. Restaurant, café/bar and conference facilities. Free wifi and airport shuttle.
Dili
Restaurant & Resort by the beach facing Atauro Island. Aquatica DIVE centre is a sister company that located right at the heart of the resort.
Pante Macassar
Guesthouse with restaurant/bar located opposite beach. Air conditioned bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Hiking guides and snorkelling can be organised.
Hato Builico
Bedrooms with private bathrooms and dormitory rooms with share bathrooms. Breakfast included. Other meals by arrangement. Trekking guides can be organised.
Dili
Air conditioned rooms have private bathrooms. Swimming pool and sun terrace. Breakfast included and free shuttle service and car parking. Free wifi (public areas).
Dili
Air conditioned suites and rooms with private bathrooms. Onsite restaurant, bar, function facilities and a business centre. Breakfast included and free parking.
Hato Builico
Guesthouse with private bedrooms and dormitories with share bathrooms. Lounge/dining area and viewing deck. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Trekking guides can be organised.
Baucau
Charming flamboyant pink hotel in the old part of Baucau. Air-conditioned bedrooms have ensuite bathroom and balcony. Restaurant/bar with garden terrace specialises in traditional Timorese and Portuguese dishes. Conference room and wifi included. Large swimming pool nearby.
Maliana
Guesthouse set on top of hill overlooking Maliana. Air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast included.
Maubisse
Guesthouse set in gardens within old stone walls (Portuguese colonial era). Hill top location offers expansive views. Bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. On site restaurant/bar.
Tutuala
Pousada Tutuala has a stunning location set within stone walls of an old Portuguese fortress atop a coastal headland. Air conditioned bedrooms have ensuite and share bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement.
Maliana
Guesthouse set amidst rice paddies in the countryside on the outskirts of Maliana. Air conditioned bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement.
Dili
Air conditioned bedrooms have private bathrooms. Free parking, free wifi and breakfast included.
Com
Guesthouse next to beach has sea breeze and views. Bedrooms have fans/mosquito nets and shared bathroom. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement. Beautiful sunsets.
Baucau
Colourful air-conditioned accommodation with restaurant/bar. Bedrooms have private bathrooms. Breakfast included and other meals by arrangement.
Dili
Air conditioned rooms with private bathrooms. Outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and BBQ area. Onsite restaurant, breakfast included and free wifi.
Dili
Air Conditioning, Own Bath Room, Satellite TV, Hot Water, Fridge, Own Cooking Facilities,Coffee Making Facilities, Serviced Daily, Washing, Meals Available,Off Road Parking, Linen provided, Back up power, Internet.
Tibar
Hillside retreat overlooking bay includes spacious bungalows with private bathroom. Onsite restaurant and bar. Beautiful ocean views and fantastic place to enjoy the sunset. 10-15mins drive to Dili. Resort can help organise transport and airport pick-ups.
Dili
Air conditioned accommodation units. Onsite restaurant/bar, BBQ area, swimming pool and fitness centre. Free wifi, parking and airport shuttle. Breakfast included.
Dili
Air conditioned ensuite bedrooms and self-contained apartments. Restaurant, café, bar, meeting room facilities and large viewing deck. Buffet breakfast included, free wifi, airport transfers and parking. Tour desk and luggage storage.
Dili
Air conditioned apartments with bedroom(s) and bathroom. Swimming pool and children’s play area. Free wifi, parking and airport shuttle service.
Dili
Beachside bungalow (one room) with a terrace and views of the sea. Onsite bar.
Beloi
Thatched bungalows with shared bathrooms shaded by coconut trees. Breakfast and other meals by arrangement. There is a good beach nearby, just a few minutes walk away.
Vila
Small guest house offering rooms with shared bathrooms. Breakfast and other meals by arrangement. There is a good beach nearby, just a few minutes walk away.
Dili
Air-conditioned self-contained accommodation with a private terrace and garden views. Lounge, laundry, dining area/kitchen, bedroom(s) and bathroom. Free wifi. Close to beach.

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