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“WONDERFUL HOLIDAY”
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Pondok Ayu
Ranked #8 of 78 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
sydney
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“WONDERFUL HOLIDAY”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Pondok Ayu is a beautiful resort. The rooms and gardens are immaculate. The staff are very helpful, friendly and welcoming. Breakfast around the table was great because it gave us a chance to interact with the other guests. A very relaxing holiday, would not hesitate to recommend it.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

What a find this place was- Thank you Tripadvisor!! Selfishly I didn't want to review this one as I fear it will get harder to book for my next visit, but thats not how tripadvisor works and without finding Pondok on this site I would never have experienced such a great place myself so.......

So many people have rated Pondok highly and have articulated everything thats great about Pondok so well I am at a loss what more to add.
So I will just say that whilst in Bali we stayed at several hotels some of which were four times as expensive as Pondok and (with the exception of the wonderful Damai which is a unique hotel) Pondok was far better in every aspect, from communications when booking,to the upkeep and high standard of the grounds and rooms right through to the amazing service provided by Gede and his family.

We will be back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

What a fabulous place for a quiet break. Made, Gede, Putu, Wayan & Kade (& the massage ladies) made us feel like part of an extended family in a slice of paradise. Nothing was a problem & they were always so happy to help out if needed. Rooms are large, spotlessly clean & first class. Being a small hotel, interaction with the other guests is friendly & comfortable, but not intrusive. Breakfasts were a great opportunity to share the previous days discoveries or discuss plans for the coming day. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone considering a break in Sanur.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

10days at this peaceful resort, staff friendly and helpful always smiling .. Clean on arrival and upkept during our entire stay .. Value for money ... Lots of advice and attractions .. Breakfast was enjoyable and great to catch up with other guests..

  • Stayed October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

This is our second stay at Pondok Ayu within 12 months. Ayu in Indonesian means (I was told) beautiful and Ponkok is just that. This year we travelled as a family. My 14 yo son loved having the pool mainly to himself. Is a very safe, quiet property. Shopping, restaurants, beach are all but a short walk away. Hospitality wonderful. Thank you to ALL the staff. We have already booked again for September 2013. We have attached some of our photos.

Room Tip: All rooms are much larger than we have previously experienced. Suite is very large and we just love...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We stay at the Pondok so often, it feels like our second home. The staff are all lovely and so welcoming- it's SO nice to be greeted at the airport by Gede's BIG smile and SO good to recognise all the same familiar faces. I think a good indication of a happy work environment is the stability of the staff and in all the time we have been to the Pondok, the staff have only ever left to go on maternity leave. Everyone seems to be SO happy there- a true indicator that the owners, Barb and Steve, must treat their staff really well. fEach time we come, we book it out so that the entire place is all ours and we share it with friends or family. This time, everyone we brought with us have never stayed there, but I think they will from now on. It was the first time to Bali for a few of our family members and they all LOVED it without fail. The beauty of the gardens, the gorgeous swimming pool, the big spacious rooms, the cleanliness, the fresh linen everyday, the little extras like mosquito spray and night torch in your rooms, the sunscreen and mosquito repellant next to the pool, just ensures that your stay will be as comfortable as possible. I told Barb beforehand that my niece Emily was turning 1 whilst in Bali, and the staff arranged a little party for her complete with a soft toy bunny rabbit almost bigger than Emily and a beautiful birthday cake and balloons all around her cot! This is just an example of how thoughtful Barb and her staff truly are. I almost don't want to write a good review (but I promised Gede and Barb I will) because I'm afraid it might make it more difficult for me to get a booking again- the Pondok will become too popular!!!!!

Room Tip: The suite is the largest room and beautiful with its own lounge room and sunken bathtub. Book it if...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Stayed at Pondok for 4 nights after staying in Ubud. We had the suite, which was beautiful and exceptionally roomy, with all mod cons and masses of storage. There is free wi-fi, a small fridge and 2 lockable compartments for valuables. We were given 2 complimentary bottles of water each day. The only downside was the water pressure, which ages to partly fill the enormous bath, before the hot water ran out. OK for the walk-in shower, though. The staff are lovely and cannot do enough. Gede picked us up from our hotel in Ubud, and suggested a couple of places to stop off on the way to look for souvenirs, for which we were grateful. The shuttle service was really helpful when we were tired and didn't want to walk to or from the beach area. However, on the occasions we did walk back after our evening meal we felt perfectly safe, but just sometimes had to play Russian Roulette with the traffic on the dual carriageway. We often simply enjoyed relaxing on the terrace outside the suite, which was always comfortably shaded throughout the day. Breakfast was basically fresh fruit, orange juice and toast, with freshly-cooked eggs any way you like, plus bacon and tomato - or you could have pancakes. Laundry is washed on-site, is very inexpensive, and comes back the same day beautifully folded. Loungers and parasols are plentiful, and everywhere (including the pool) is kept scrupulously clean. We wished we had had longer there, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Pondok to anyone (except it might mean we couldn't get in on a future trip!)

Room Tip: The suite is well worth the little extra.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pondok Ayu
Address: Jl. Sekuta Pudak no. 3, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, 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
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 5 (2011-2016) 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 
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