We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Enjoyable first trip for relaxing in Sanur, Bali”
Review of Pondok Ayu

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Pondok Ayu
Ranked #12 of 82 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 3, 2011

We stayed here for 6 nights in May/June 2011. The hotel is good six large rooms (one of which is very large with sunken spa bath and ideal for couples or those with small children (kids could sleep in the lounge as it is very large).
The staff are excellent and can't do enough for you - very helpful, kind and lovely smiles.
Rooms are all air conditoned, breakfast is included and can be eaten either in your room/on your balcony or at the communal table (which provides a chance to chat to other guests).
The pool is small but adequate size for the hotel and sunlounges are very comfortable.
There is a small food/snack menu for lunches or evening meals that is prepared by the hotel staff. Supermarket is 5mins walk along the road, however if you are looking to go to the beach it is 15mins walk across a very very busy road (so we would suggest using the driver provider to drop you off and collect you at your preferred time).
You can book the entire place out for friends/family gathering or special occassions.
We would say that if you are a couple and after some quiet time (ie.no screaming kids!) - check first if there are any families with kids staying before you make your booking.
We can reccommend Warung Pregina in Sanur for evening meal, lovely baliense food and very cheap.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
4  Thank Woochy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (424)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

311 - 317 of 424 reviews

Reviewed June 28, 2011

Pondok Ayu is perfect in every way. The staff are friendly, the rooms are lovely, the grounds and garden are beautiful. Best value for money in Bali.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank a1bobcatandtipper
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 28, 2011

Once our driver found Pondok Ayu at the end of a narrow lane and after a couple of wrong turns we felt we were almost stepping into another world as we were greeted warmly near the courtyard pool by friendly staff and shown immediately to our spacious and spotless room.
Pondok Ayu comprises 2 ground floor and 2 upstairs rooms with large fully-marbled bathrooms, an ample pool, and a community dining area where a cooked breakfast is shared with other guests (and the owners who might also be there). Also a light lunch and evening meal is available; however, some of the huge selection of beachside restaurants about a 15 minute walk away are a must to try.
On our stay we had the pleasure of the company of the owners as well as an eclectic mix of guests which made the stay more like a family gathering. For a quiet not-too-far out-of-the-way place to stay in Sanur Pondok Ayu is a winner. If you have active children who need constant external stimulation then look elsewhere...but if you want an extremely quiet and comfotable base for your stay in Sanur then look no further.
If you happen to have the luck to share some time with the owners then you will have every right to think you have seen Pondok Ayu on television before in a program called Fawlty Towers - you have Basil (Steve), Sybil (Barb), Polly (Made), Manuel (Gede)...but where Fawlty Towers had problems Pondok Ayu is utterly and totally faultless.

Room Tip: No elevator to first floor rooms
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank tappy43
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 22, 2011

I along with three other girlfriends have just come back from 9 days at Ponduk Ayu....and what a wonderful place to stay....The intimate setting was peaceful and relaxed...rooms and grounds were immaculately cleaned...and the staff were just so friendly and helpful with any of our requests or information...

Our tours were made more enjoyable with the Manager/driver "Gede" who has such great local knowledge and never tired of our questions on life and points of interest..even suggesting some extra stops along our trips which were unexpected but became some highlights of our sightseeing.

Many meals were enjoyed at Bennos restaurant....food was great, cocktails devine and price was so reasonable...

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank rmpettitt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 20, 2011

This small boutique hotel has very friendly staff and is immaculately kept. Being small with only four rooms you have the opportunity to meet and exchange tips with all the guests over breakfast each day. Coming home to relax in the pool every night over a cocktail is just perfect before heading out for dinner. It is a little remote but ever friendly Gede is happy to transfer you to and from where ever you wish to go. Di & Alan Bishop, Sydney, Australia

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely and overlook the pool
See more room tips
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank peakhursttraveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 17, 2011

The perfect place to stay. So peaceful and private. The rooms are spacious, clean and bright. The staff are wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. If you choose to walk to the beach, It's a pleasant ten to fifteen minutes depending on who you meet for a chat! The locals enjoy a good chat. It seems as if you always see someone interesting on the way to the beach - perhaps the children getting out of school or a local person carrying something huge on their motor scooter!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank jenal51
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 15, 2011

I stayed here with my partner in January towards the tail end of our holiday.

We needed a place to stay in close to the airport for our final two days, and my partner found this hotel once again on TripAdvisor.

As with all transfers in Bali, a taxi had been arranged by the picking up hotel, which in our case was the port on themailnad for the Gili Islands to Sanur.

When we arrived, we were amazed by the luxury on offer. After 5 days of 'open air' showering and fan "A/C", it was great to have a hot shower and good A/C. Our room was fabulous with a comfy double bed and a bonus of a DVD player with the TV.

Below us was a small, but clean pool and close by was the dining area, where breakfast and some meals can be made to order.

The staff, like all Balinese, are very friendly and helpful.

One thing to be aware of is that the hotel is not on the 'surfer's strip' of other brand hotels. It will take you 10 to 15 mins to walk to the beach from the hotel and yes, you will have to cross a busy dual carriageway, but hey, as long as you know how to cross a road, you'll be fine! Just don't dawdle when crossing, as the motorbikes are fast!

There is a restaurant on the 'strip' which is recommended by the hotel, but there are other bars/cafes/restaurants you can go to.

One final important point- if you want to stay out into the evning and need a ride back to the hotel- just get the cafe/bar/restaurant to call Pondok Ayu and they will get a driver to pick you up for free. The driver will take you anywhere you want in the daytime and pick you up in reasonable hours. If it's after midnight, I reckon ordering a taxi is better, as the driver/staff have to sleep too!

All in all, this is a great hotel, and if we stay in Sanur again for a longer period of time, we would definitely stay here!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Deepbluc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Sanur
0.4 mi away
Kejora Suites
Kejora Suites
#9 of 82 in Sanur
554 reviews
0.1 mi away
Grand Palace Hotel Sanur Bali
0.8 mi away
Maison Aurelia Sanur, Bali - by Preference
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
13.2 mi away
LUXE Villas Bali
LUXE Villas Bali
#1 of 200 in Ubud
303 reviews
0.6 mi away
Griya Santrian
Griya Santrian
#19 of 82 in Sanur
1,593 reviews
1.6 mi away
Puri Santrian
Puri Santrian
#22 of 82 in Sanur
2,381 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Pondok Ayu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pondok Ayu

Address: Jl. Sekuta Pudak no. 3, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, Indonesia
Phone Number:
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
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Price Range: $34 - $107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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. Winning Trip Advisor travellers' choice awards for 6 (2011-2017) consecutive years and the honour of being in their hall of fame, also a second best budget hotel in all of Asia makes Pondok Ayu Sanur Bali a perfect place for your next holiday. 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 directly 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Priceline so you can book your Pondok Ayu reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Pondok Ayu Hotel Sanur
Pondok Ayu Sanur, Bali

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing