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“A Wonderful Experience”
Review of Pondok Ayu

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Pondok Ayu
Ranked #10 of 79 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 20, 2010

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Gede (hotel manager) and all the staff at the Pondok Ayu. We stayed there for 10 days this August with our two children age 7 and 10 years. We stayed in the villa (the owners Barbara's when she stays) which was so spacious and on par with five star. We had a large sitting area, a large bedroom, dressing area, mirrored basin area, a sunken bath and large shower all in marble. The best thing was being able to open the curtains in a morning and step straight out onto the poolside. This proved invaluable when we had a day that our son wasn't feeling well and he could lie on the sofa in the air-conditioned lounge while we were on the terrace or in the pool but could still see and hear him.
Gede was a wonderful guide on trips around the island and always looked after us and made sure the children were enjoying themselves too. He was always very accommodating with our numerous requests to stop and take photos!!! We learnt so much about village culture through him too.
We also ate most nights at Bennos, their restaurant by the sea- the food was delicious and as well as local dishes they also catered for our sometimes fussy daughter! Yes there is a road to cross on your way down to the seafront but we enjoyed the walk seeing the school pick-ups and locals going about their daily lives and if you walk down towards MacDonalds before you cross it wasn't that bad at all! However, there was always someone at Pondok Ayu available to drive you down there if you wanted.
The breakfast was very tasty every morning and our son is missing the pineapple pancakes!
If you want an extremely good value for money hotel, very clean accommodation, friendly staff and a little piece of tranquility then Pondok Ayu ticks every box!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

Pondok Ayu is a wonderful hotel. The staff and setting are superb. We have stayed there for many years, and would not wish to stay anywhere else. Sanur is a beautiful location in Bali and a major cultural centre. Pondok is very special and, as it's name suggests, a Beautiful Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank steph_jock
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

We stayed here for 4 nights and had a lovely time. The rooms were spacious, very clean and well appointed. The balcony was private. We enjoyed our time at the pool (especially the night swims). It was a lovely, safe and cosy place for us and our young children. We had a cheap, relaxing massage by the pool. The sweets on our turned down bed were a joy for the kids. Only down side for us was the busy road we needed to cross to get to the beach, but we actually liked the neighbourhood which was had a nice local feel to it. The staff were always very helpful and friendly. Laundry was very cheap. Many thanks to the staff there. We organised a day trip with one of Gedes drivers which was reasonably priced and in a lovely deluxe car with mini tv for the kids!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Thank macsat130
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

I use Trip Adviser a lot, but am always confused about gradings as there seems to be an absence of "benchmarks". Ponduk Ayu advertises itself as a "luxury, boutique hotel". It is neither luxurious nor boutique, but it is a good 2.5 to 3 star comfortable family, intimate hotel set down a narrow alley in a built up area just over 1 km away from the beach. To reach the beach, one has to cross a very busy four-lane highway. If walking is not a strong point, then one is reliant on the shuttle service or taxis. The staff are charming and helpful. A good family hotel, but not if you are seeking peace and quiet. On the same trip we stayed at the Ubud Village Hotel (very good 3 star) , Nefatari Villas, Ubud (verging on the luxurious)

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank tankie1
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

Small, quiet, relaxed boutique hotel with very friendly staff giving excellent service. Large clean and comfortable rooms with a very good shower, but beware of the SCALDING water!
Slightly off the beaten track, about a good 10 minute walk to Sanur beach across a very busy 3 lane main road, but this does make it quiet both in the day and at night.
Good, extensive, freshly cooked breakfast to order provided. Reasonable sized & clean pool adequate for the number of guests it can accomodate.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Thank sherlock1411
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Reviewed August 14, 2010

This was our third trip to Bali and again our third time staying at Pondok Ayu. We have 2 young children and were travelling with my sisters family also. We feel very lucky that we have found this little piece of paradise and will continue to come back time and time again.

The service is outstanding, immaculate gardens and pool area, huge comfortable rooms and importantly the beds are so comfortable too. The little details like fresh flowers in the rooms, the beds turned down each night, a welcoming smile and the staff are the friendliest in Bali for sure!

Having young children it is great to have the pool literally at your doorstep so no need to make that trek to the pool each day and have to go back to the room for something that is always forgotten.

We always feel at home here and as others have said it really does feel like family. Gede and Made you do a fabulous job and to Barb and Steve - it's a gem!! Thank you again for a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank vaitecat
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

We were amazed by the beauty of Pondok and the amazing staff there. The owners were so welcoming that we almost felt we were part of the family, and it felt that we had known them a long time. Pondok and the staff have something special that makes you feel so welcomed and special. 100% 10 out of 10. I cannot praise the quality of our stay high enough. Thanks to the staff and the Benno's

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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Thank PlymouthSurfer
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Additional Information about Pondok Ayu

Address: Jl. Sekuta Pudak no. 3, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, 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 Family Hotel in Sanur
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Price Range: $64 - $114 (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 
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Pondok Ayu Sanur, Bali

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