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“Home Away from Home”
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Pondok Ayu
Ranked #9 of 78 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Home Away from Home”
Reviewed April 8, 2009

We stayed here for a little over a week: 2 families each with 2 young kids each. We had 2 rooms each so essentially had the place booked out for ourselves and except for the odd night here or there when couples would use Barbar's house , it was just us- which was SO GOOD! The staff are lovely and since we were the only guests there, we were able to use the kitchen to store our drinks/ fruit etc, and to cook instant noodles for the kids when they wanted food less exotic than the takeaway Gede got for us a couple of times.Gede is a marvel and ask him to take you to some of the local warung to buy really cheap sate and little packets of local food wrapped up in banana leaves-so cheap but great tasting and perfectly clean! The massages from Made's sister inlaw and friends were SUCH good value and fabulous! We are all planning a return trip next year with more friends!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 8, 2009

I stayed here for five nights including Christmas day 2008 with my husband our two children aged 10 and 13years and other family members including two older teenagers.
We booked out all four rooms so felt like we had a villa rather than a hotel, the rooms are large and very clean, all four rooms are exactly the same all have queen beds. The rooms are in a single large two story building with a central staircase that ensures the rooms don't have any common walls and they all over look the pool towards the single level villa on the other side. The grounds are not that big but very well set out to give each room optimum privacy and the pool although not huge is more than enough for the four rooms.
The hotel is surrounded by high walls so it feels very safe and secluded and they have a night security man that stays in the hotel grounds during the night.
Breakfast was really nice at the hotel or if you let the staff know the night before you can have breakfast on the beach at Bennos where the table are in the sand, really nice at no extra charge.There is a limited menu you can order from in the hotel, but only until 5pm after that you can get take away delivered no problems, or the staff will drive down and pick up from Bennos (the hotels restaurant), the bar fridge in the room was cheaper than the local supermarket.
Most people state that it is an easy walk to the beach, we found it was further than we were prepared to walk along the busy bypass road. The hotel has a free driver but we were not always comfortable ringing him for a lift it didn't feel right having him at our beck and call, to get a taxi was very cheap anyway.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 16, 2009

We spent 5 months travelling on an extended honeymoon staying in a range of accomodation including 5 star hotels. The Pondok Ayu was simply a superb experience. The staff and 'accomodation-value for money' are simply outstanding. NOTHING is too much for G'Day (sorry about the spelling) and all the staff. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming - much better than much of the 5 star service we experienced elsewhere. The rooms are light, airy, spacious and spotless, with big and very comfortable beds and a very reasonably priced minibar. Breakfast was great, the pool area very pleasent and complimentary airport transfers offered. Don't be fooled by the very very reasonable price, it is that good. On top of that we were lucky enough to stay in the suite on our second stay (Thank you Barbara), which was wonderful and made our trip to Bali, coinciding with Diwali, a very special experience. The hotel's location is very quiet but only a 10 minute walk to the beach and a reasonable taxi ride to Kuta or Seminyak. If you think this is an excellent review, it probably doesn't do the Pondok Ayu and its superb staff justice. It is that good. Thank you Barbara, G'Day and all the staff that helped make our stay so special.

  • Stayed October 2008, 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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