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“Simply beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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Pondok Ayu
JL. Sekuta | Gang Pudak, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 63 hotels in Sanur
France
1 review
“Simply beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

A peaceful haven away from the hustle of Sanur beach. This little boutique hotel is so charming, well-run, and spotlessly clean and we are so glad that we stayed there for 6 nights during our whistle-stop tour of Bali.

A personalised service, great breakfast and beautiful rooms - a must for anyone who doesn't want to stay where "all the tourists go" in Sanur.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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brisbane
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2009

We stayed in this hotel in June 2009 becuase it was well rated on this website. We were so disappointed! the location was terrible - you have to cross the main bypass highway to get to the beach and then another very busy street (abount 25 mins walk or more). Both the hotel and swimming pool are VERY small, so one noisy family has the potential to toally monopolise the entire outside area and ruin it for everyone (which is what happened when we were there). don't go here if you are after a quiet holiday. There was no engligh channels on the television and there is no resturant (although they do servce limited lunch) so you are obliged to go out (over the bypass road) every night for dinner - not very relaxing!!!! The staff however were lovely. rooms very average.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Perth
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2009

This was our first trip to Bali and when I found Pondok Ayu on Tripadvisor knew I had found the perfect place for a holiday with our two girls aged 2&4.

We stayed for 2 weeks in late April/early May and it became our home away from home. We were in a standard room and with a kingsize bed, a rollaway single bed and a portacot the room was still spacious! There was plenty of storage space and the kids loved their nightly bath in the big bathtub. The lollies on the pillows when we returned each night were thoroughly appreciated by our 4 year old.

All of the staff are so lovely and the girls keep the rooms absolutely spotless. The garden and pool are also tended to daily. Breakfast by the pool each morning was
so convenient and freshly cooked for each guest. Putu would often come and feed the 2 year old which for me was priceless! On days when we stayed in we would order a light lunch to eat in the breakfast room.

Being back from the beach was not a problem for us, Gede would drop us off in Sanur and although he insisted he was happy to collect us it was just as easy to grab a taxi and very cheap. You can organise longer trips with Gede too for a very reasonable fee, we organised a driver for a couple of days before we went but we need not have bothered.

The best thing about this place is it is small and intimate for a family with young children - our 2 year old even invited herself in to Gede and Mades place to play with their little daughter! Being a small compound and all enclosed supervision is easy.

The only hiccup was a lengthy power cut on day 3, from 6am till midnight. Gede assured us that though short power cuts are not unusual in Bali, he had never experienced such a long one and was suitably mortified.

We were sad to leave and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

This was our second time staying at Pondok Ayu and once again it was absolutly brilliant! The service was second to none thanks to Gede, Made and all the other friendly staff who were so lovely. Rooms were immaculate and the gardens beautifully manicured. The pool has just been re-tiled and looks great and there are new sun lounges too. We had massages by the pool and my daughter had her hair braided. The location is a short walk from the beach but thats no problem as Gede will drive you anywhere in the sanur area for free. He will also take you on day trips around Bali. The little touches like folding down the beds for the evening, lining up the kids toys on the bed each morning, fresh flowers in the bathroom and a lolly on the pillow each evening were really appreciated. Also included in the price was a huge breakfast including eggs and bacon, banana pancakes and fresh fruit. This place was perfect for us having small children and being able to supervise them while in the pool but still able to have access to our room. All 5 rooms are on each side of the pool and the whole area is totally enclosed. A little piece of paradise in Sanur! We will be back again next year for sure!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gosford Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

My wife and I had a fantastic week staying at Pondok Ayu and were blown away by the friendliness and quality of this Hotel in Sanur. From the moment Gede picked us up from the airport we knew that this was something special , the room was perfectly clean and very comfortable and all staff made us feel very welcome !! Dont be worried that Pondok Ayu is situated back from the main beach strip as the free local transport with Gede is great to get around Sanur. The breakfasts each morning were fantastic and Made cooks up one of the best omelettes I have ever had. Do yourself a favour and experience Pondok Ayu !! We loved it there and have already booked for 2010.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

Well, the other reviews here on Trip Advisor were correct - this place is a gem! We booked in to Pondok Ayu due to Trip Advisor and I am very glad that we did.

From the outset, we were made to feel extremely welcome at Pondok Ayu. The staff were amazing and went out of their way to make us feel at home. Nothing that we asked was too much trouble, and Gede even took us for a wonderful trip to Uluwatu one night - fantastic people!

The rooms themselves were extremely clean, large and comfortable. There are only 5 suites so they are cleaned rigorously every day, with amenities refilled and towels replaced without question.

Breakfast is taken in the communal dining room which is a great pleasure as you look out over the perfectly maintained gardens and plunge pool.

The only negative would be the location - whilst the hotel is located in a quiet area, it is a 10 minute walk to the beach and restaurants. This may be a problem for those with mobility issues or small children. However, I should say that Gede is more than happy to drive you to the beach if he is available (and we didn't have any issues with the walk ourselves).

It's difficult to describe the friendly atmosphere that surrounds Pondok Ayu except to say that you truly do feel like part of the family during your stay. This place really does deserve number 1!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gold Coast
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2009

Pondok Ayu is owned by an Australian couple, Steve and Barbara who treat you as part of their extended family. At no time however, do you feel encroached upon or uncomfortable. Whilst the location isn't ideal being tucked away in a residential area, it is within an easy walk of the main action and a free shuttle service to anywhere in Sanur makes up for this as do the quiet sleep filled nights! I would definately stay again and would recommend Pondok Ayu to you as a good value alternative to the tourist strip.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Pondok Ayu

Address: JL. Sekuta | Gang Pudak, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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
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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