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JL. Sekuta | Gang Pudak, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 66 Hotels in Sanur
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“One of the best in the world!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We recently had the pleasure of staying 12-nights at Pondok Ayu, Sanur in Bali.
It is without doubt one of the best hotel stays my wife and I have enjoyed across the planet!!
More like visiting and staying with a friend in their home, we were made to feel very welcome from the moment we were picked up at the airport - and the ever smiling and happy, Gede there to great us and transfer to Pondok Ayu.
With only 5-rooms, the hotel is a very relaxed style and the location could not be better - no passing traffic; an easy and pleasant 10-minute walk to the beach and always the option for a car transfer by Gede or the team, if required.
The staff provided the best breakfast options every morning and welcomed us with those ever smiling faces and pleasant conversation.
Lunch - if we stayed in - was a great selection - as was dinner - and the ever present "what can we do to please?" a real joy to experience!!
I hesitate to go on - bookings I understand are starting to be a year out or more - but suffice to say, with over 30-years of corporate travel across the globe, I now consider Pondok Ayu the best hotel to relax in, of any I have stayed in - PERFECT IN EVERY SENSE!!
A big thank you to all the staff - Maureen and Gordon look forward to visiting with "our family" again, soon!

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent - with only 5 to choose from - all excellent!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Just having spent 5 nights at Pondok with my husband and 3 kids in a king sized room we found that it was very relaxing, enjoyable and very safe. The 5 of us conquered the by-pass with the lights at McDonalds. Thanks to all your lovely staff for their amazing hosptality. Definitely a place to return and holiday at again! Thankyou!

Room Tip: Absolutely any! All beautiful!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Warnbro, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We recently stayed at the Pondok Ayu in Sanur after reading its reviews on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. The hotel was great and well maintained.The staff were lovely, very friendly and always smiling and we had a really relaxing stay. It was great to share breakfast with the other people staying there too. As the hotel only has 5 rooms, we all shared the one table so you got to talk to meet and talk to everyone there. The staff even introduced us to the other guests when we first arrived. Highly recommend you stay there.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

I almost don't want to say how much we love this place, because everyone will want to stay here and we won't be able :) if your looking for a large impersonal resort where there are multiple pools, bars and cafés this probably won't suit you. If you want to stay at a great small villa style resort, with a family type atmosphere you've found nirvana.
From the time you are picked up from the airport or other accoms, you are treated like part of the family, Gede, Made and the team go out of their way to make your stay comfortable. Great rooms, central pool, secure location and great home style bali food.
Breakfast is great, you can sit down with other travellers and chat about the past days adventures and compare notes over a great feed, and plan what else you want to do.
We like to walk into town and the beach because you get to interact with the real locals, but there is usually a car ready to take you most of the day, if not, your talking about a $2 cab fare. (Which they will gladly refund)
In short it's our favourite Bali location, and we've stayed at many, and here a few times as well. The staff are nothing short of sensational, and we had the pleasure of meeting Barbara the owner on this trip and you can tell why the staff are so great :)
Do yourself a favour and experience this great place for yourself, we are already booked in for November. (Written sitting on my balcony on our last night, looking over the gardens and pool, Bintang in hand)

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was a great stay right from the start! I can't write more than what the other contributors already have...Pondok Ayu is just fabulous.

Very friendly staff, Gede - thank you so much for taking us around on our trips. The food was lovely - my daughters looked forward to their pancakes every morning - a big thank you to Made and the girls. Everything was clean and immaculate, the room we had (King Sized Room) was so large that it had a huge bed and space for a double mattress and still we could walk around!

Yes, it is a 10-15 minute walk to the beach and yes, we had to cross that big road to get to the other side, but it's not impossible. Having said that, there's a free shuttle service to anywhere in Sanur, provided Gede and Ketut are available.

We truly enjoyed our stay in Pondok Ayu and would go back without any hesitation. A big thank you again to all the staff - you made us feel very welcomed!

Room Tip: For a family of 4 - king sized room or suite. Enough space to accomodate parents and kids on a mattr...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My wife & I really enjoyed our 7 night stay in villa 5 at Pondok Ayu, lovely villa, beautiful gardens & peaceful picturesque complex, all immaculately kept by the wonderful dedicated family of staff. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Skuancy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

we have just spent 10 nights in Pondok Ayu. It is always a wonderful experience when we stay there. and it must be our 3rd stay in Pondok. When we arrived in Bali airport, we are always greeted by Gede's smile and arriving at Pondok just gives you a sense of homeliness. All the staff at Pondok are sooooooooo wonderful and accommodating. Gede, Made, Putu, Kadek (thanks for cooking me the bak-mee goreng :).. Gede always have some wonderful culinary adventure he can take us on... this time it was grilled fish at the fish market... PHEW the smell was amazing at the markets, but for the price heavenly... when we had bought the fish, we then proceeded to the griller and paid a few bucks for them to grill it for us... this was after we had lunch but upon Gede's insistence we ate and was wonderfully amazed... amongst all the meals we had in Sanur and all about... this was the most memorable... thanks Gede and team... Kuannies...

Room Tip: all rooms are good... just got to book at least a year in advance
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: JL. Sekuta | Gang Pudak, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Sanur
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pondok Ayu is a little piece of heaven located in beautiful Sanur, Bali. We are a small boutique hotel that provides very personalised service by our wonderful friendly staff. Pondok Ayu can be booked on a room by room basis or you can book the entire hotel for a group or family holiday, this can be done direct with us or through a travel agent. We are surrounded by splendid gardens and a wonderful peaceful setting. As we fell in love with Bali many years ago I am sure you will do the same thing with Pondok Ayu and the atmosphere here. Sanur is in a very good position as it is at the start to most of your tours and central to Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua and Denpasar. ... more   less 
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Pondok Ayu Hotel Sanur
Pondok Ayu Sanur, Bali

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