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“home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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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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2 reviews
“home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Hi there Barb & Steve, and Gede, Mede, Putu Wayan, and everyone else, (wayan pool man) Gustu our new driver... and even the guy with the dodgy bike seat.. gardener (Benno, please please maybe give him a new seat)


Great to see all again... really like revisiting family and to meet Barb and Steve was great...


always great staying there, this would be our second time but not our last... as always we were all loved and pampered breakfast at any time you wake up even at 7am when the kids woke up, and ferried anywhere in Bali for a great price. and free in Sanur,

had given some suggestions to Barb while we were there, and I am sure they will get us what we want for next time :) but love your place Barb and steve... hope to see you soon'


Steve

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2010

This is my home away from home. The staff are fantastic and really go out of their way to make sure the guests are happy and comfortable.
The rooms are gorgeous and clean and cool.
The breakfasts are delicious.. I feel so safe when I am at Pondok and get the chance to unwind with a massage, facial, body scrub.. They will come to you upon request and the prices are cheap.
Even the taylor will come in and consult. My new garments were returned in a week and the quality was great.
My mum and dad and friends just returned from celebrating Dad's 80th at Pondok.
They haven' t stopped laughing and look so well.
They had a suckling pig party at Pondok with young Balinese Dancers to entertain.
The other guests all joined in.
There is no place like Pondok ....don't hesitate just go.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2010

Thank you to all the staff at Pondok Gede, Made, Putu and others you are wonderful.
It is very small just what we like, have stayed there twice now and hope we can go back one day. I love the way you all sit around one table at breakfast and chat.
You do have about a ten minute walk to the beach but we put up with that as everything else is so nice.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NORTH WALES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

Not a lot to say about the Pondok Ayu that has not already been said before. The place is wonderful and the staff are superb. Despite the fact that Pondok Ayu is a little way out of the main Sanur "strip" ( no more than a 5 minute walk ) you feel like you have an exculsive apartment all to yourself as the location is so quite. Don't let this aspect of the report put you off and in any case there is a driver that will run you around locally if you can face the walk in the heat.
Can not recommend the place highly enough and I would stay here again without hesitation.
Thanks for a great stay in Bali.
Only think I would ask is that the WIFI service provided by the hotel should be reduced in cost, as in Bali terms it is very expensive especially considering most places locally provide the service for free.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2010

The only hesitation I had in booking Pondok Ayu was the distance from shops and beach. This wasn't really a problem though as the driver will take you there and pick you up when ever you ask for no cost, plus the walk is only about 10 - 15 minutes and is very safe and easy.

Lovely big room with nice veranda. It felt like I had my own private villa as only a couple of other guests. Nice pool. DVD player is nice addition and you can buy cheap dvds in town. Really appreciated the pick-up from the airport and the option to eat breakfast at the beach. My only recommendation is to get some better bread - not the white stuff they serve all over asia!

I also hired the driver (Gede) to take me up the coast for the day. I wanted to go to artist village and he took me to a local house - no commissions involved, just a nice look at a local's work. Padang Bai was a lovely day trip - beautiful beach.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds. Egland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

We stayed at the Pondok Ayu for the first week of our 5 week stay in Asia and what a start! We loved the whole experience from the minute we were met by a smiling Gede at the airport we felt completely at home. The hotel is just perfect and every last detail has been thought about, the staff are amazing and can't do enough for you.
It's great fun to swap stories over breakfast with the other guest staying there and we met lots of lovely people.
The distance from the beach didn't bother us as we hired a motorcycle and the are also pedal bikes available for hire.
Our experience at Ponduk Ayu slightly spoiled our stay at other hotels on the rest of our trip. We were constantly comparing it to them and none of them came romotely close when it came to comfort and service standards.
We had the pleasure of meeting the owner Barbara during our stay and what a lovely lady she is. She takes great pride in the hotel and is constantly looking for ways to improve things.
I would just like to say thank you to Barbara, Gede, Made and the rest of the staff for a wonderful start to our holidays, we will definately return.
Julie and Mike

  • Stayed November 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2009

Been a bit slck with posting a review but stayed at the Pondok Ayu with my wife and our friends in June 2009 and it was very special. We had the most wonderful time. Despite the out of the way location this place is a little gem. The staff are lovely, so helpful and pleasant and we felt right at home there. Everything about the place was first class. Had the opportunity to meet the owner Barbera and what a lovely lady she is. We felt it was so good we booked our son in for the 3 nights of his honeymoon there. Would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the place to anyone but we would like to keep it a secret :) Looking forward to our next stay there.

Tony and June Barnett

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
#1 Family 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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