My Wife and I stayed for four days at the Pondok Santi Estate for our honeymoon. We read the reviews on tripadvisor and booked accordingly. What this hotel lacks in luxury it makes up for in friendliness of the manager and staff. The outdoor bathrooms were amazing though the hot water ran out very quickly, when it worked at all. The 14 staff were extremely nice though we felt they spent more time looking after the huge grounds than specifically making sure the guests were looked after. For two out of the four days we stayed the complimentary tea and coffee wasn't put out for us. We ended up eating breakfast outside of the hotel most of the time as the choice of only fruit and eggs was very limited. We also preferred the privacy of breakfast for two rather than sitting with all the other guests at the same table. For the high price tag of these huts we were surprised that they charged extra for another egg at breakfast! The rooms were always immaculately cleaned the towels fluffy and soaps nice smelling. The wooden blinds at night became see through so my wife had to change in the outdoor bathroom the whole time. Curtains needed perhaps? Power cuts were daily though we could hear the music from the other hotels which was strange. Unlike many other guests unfortunately we did not sleep well in the huts as the beds were hard and the pillows even harder. A thin sheet is provided which is adequate if no air conditioning is switched on but we froze when it was switched on! There was little to no hanging space in the huts which meant you are living out of a suitcase. I guess the disappointments were more obvious to us as we had been staying in similarly priced hotels in Bali (200 to 300 USD per night) which offered much more comfort and personal service than Pondok Santi did. We were surprised to have to rent bikes to get around the island when for some reason we thought the hotel would provide them...it would have been a nice touch? Their private beach is amazing, though on our first day we went around it picking up the litter. Also, it is not possible to swim on this beach as it is a long stretch of coral. A plunge pool at Pondok Santi would be very welcome. There is no pool. As a new Kiwi owned and run hotel the managers do try hard to get things to work and to make the guests feel happy and comfortable. We believe that it won't be long before they get some better systems in place (such as electric showers and not battery operated ones) and perhaps dedicate a member of staff to each hut to make sure that all of the guests' needs are met. There are only six huts after all. On Gili Trawangan luxury hotels are springing up all over the place and the ones that are there offer pools, restaurants and many other creature comforts that you would expect at this price point. What you will not get from these other luxury hotels is a private beach and a hut with a beautiful outdoor bathroom. Overall... Gucci camping without the Gucci unfortunately.
- Also Known As:
- Pondok Santi Estate Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pondok Santi Estate is an 8-hectare property, making it one of the largest and most manicured pieces of land on the island and only a 5-minute walk to the main restaurants, cafes and bars. Large open grass areas, day beds, Palm and Frangipani Trees are scattered throughout the property allowing you to find your own piece of paradise. The beauty of Pondok Santi is the share size of the grounds and small number of bungalows available. This is by far the most unique and natural eco friendly property on the island. The Estate houses 6 quaint one-bedroom one-bathroom Balinese bungalows positioned within 20m of the beach. Each Bungalow has an outdoor covered front deck, day bed overlooking the gardens, queen size bed, air conditioned, complete with a beautiful traditional outdoor bathroom. Princess Margaux was designed and hand built in neighboring Lombok Island. The traditional outrigger boat can comfortably accommodate 20 people, has a downstairs and upstairs level, built in ice boxes, an MP3 music system, toilet and an oversize day bed for those romantic or sunset cruises. The boat is very special and is the perfect boat for cruising around Gili Trawangan or Island hoping. The boat is exclusive to Pondok Santi and can be rented anytime demand permitting. Due to the small number of rooms available, bookings in advance are highly recommended. We look forward to making your holiday to Gili Trawangan the most amazing island experience you have ever had. Georgie & Baz. ... more less
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