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Pondok Sari Beach Bungalow Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 9 Hotels in Pemuteran
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 8, 2011

We stayed in a Deluxe Bungalow for 7 nights - and it was certainly worth the extra $40/night to have the large lounge room area downstairs (which opened onto a large semi-secluded garden area) plus an entire 2nd floor with a huge table and double day bed. We loved the abundance of drawers, carved wood everywhere, outdoor bathroom with mirrors extending along 3 walls, and the (surprisingly deserted) hotel swimming pool. We had no problem with noisy neighbors, as the one common wall connects at the bathroom not with the living or sleeping areas.
Our A/C was not working on the first night. When we reported the problem the next morning, it was re-gassed and then worked perfectly. To their credit, the staff continued to check our A/C for the next few days to make sure that it was still OK. When we reported that our shower water-pressure had dropped to a dribble, it was immediately and effectively restored. For us, the sign of a good hotel is how quickly an issue is resolved. We could not have been happier with our accommodation.

We agree with the other reviews here - snorkeling off the beach front - over the 'electric coral' - is spectacular. The Pondok Sari Dive school is unjustifiably expensive. Head over the road to YOSDIVE. For significantly less cost you get a friendlier attitude, the same dive/snorkeling sites PLUS a great meal and bottled water.
Whilst the Pondok Sari's free breakfast did the job, the restaurant was usually empty because the food is plain and uninspired. Strangely, they do not offer room service.
BADINI Restaurant - a 2 minute walk down the road - was always busy because their food is DELICIOUS (and cheap!). We also recommend the RARE ANGON SPA - 5 minutes walk away - support the locals and have an incredible 90 minute massage for $15.

PLEASE be warned - the Standard Rooms are cheaper because they are TINY. You can expect noise and privacy problems. On the other hand, if you book ahead and secure a Deluxe Bungalow you should have a luxurious holiday accommodation experience.

Room Tip: Better diving, food and massage are available off site, but this is one of those rare cases where &q...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

My wife and I stayed for 3 days at Pondok Sari and we loved it. We had a room close to the pool, restaurant and beach lounges so we didnt have to go far to cover most of our daily activities. This was the most expensive hotel we stayed in during our Bali trip so it was a bit of a splurge but at 600000 rupiah per night incl a great breakfast it wasnt exactly a budget breaker. The staff were consistently helpful and polite and got to know our preferences in just a couple of days. The beach area in front of the hotel is protected by huge trees and the combination of almost full shade and steady breezes from the placid sea made it an especially good spot to spend a lot of time. The aircon in our room wasnt too efficient but after asking about it there was some improvement made. We would very happily return to this hotel.

Room Tip: A room down by the pool area is a good idea as the resort is quite large and the area you are most l...
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3  Thank Alan B
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We stayed 2 nights at the Pondok Sari, in a standard room bungalow no 8. We did not have a problem with noise like some of the reviews. The room was a bit dark, but clean and good enough for the price that we paid. Outside bathroom was different !! Staff were not over helpful or friendly, breakfast was pretty average and we had one evening meal there which was ok. We ate at the Frangipani restaurant over the road which fairly expensive by Bali standards but the food was good. Took a snorkeling trip with Yos dive shop opposite the hotel, good price for a trip to Mengjan (sorry for spelling) Island, which was great included lunch of noodles and chicken and transfers to and from the hotel. The beach was clean and reef in front of the hotel they are constructing is coming on and good to snorkel over. Overall not bad for the price.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank jan497
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Very beautiful resort with nice restaurant. We had a room with thatched roof, really very nice but walls were too thin so neighbours were not happy with our kids waking up at 7...

  • Stayed: August 2011
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2  Thank Jerenmar
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

We stayed five nights at Pondok Sari as a family of four, with two small children. We really enjoyed our stay there.

Although occupying a standard type of bungalow (we actually occupied two different bungalows during our stay due to problems of availability), we mostly liked it. The first bungalow was maybe a bit dark and a little old-fashioned but the second one, with higher roof and brick walls, was friendlier. As often happens in Bali, the cleaning could be performed in more depth (e.g., dusty mosquito net, do not watch under the bed…), but overall the place was clean. Also, in the first bungalow we could hear the conversations of the neighbours so we probably disturbed them more than they did with our two young children… This was not the case in the second more recent bungalow.

All the rest is to be praised.

The traditional Balinese style of the restaurant building as well as of the reception office is beautiful. The restaurant is located in front of the sea. The breakfast is good and generous and a choice can be made between 3 or 4 options. The staff is friendly and helpful. A cheaper lunch or dinner can however be served in a local warung or restaurant on the main road.

The Buddha pool is beautiful and gives a peaceful and charming atmosphere to the place. The black sand beach is nice; water is very warm and clean. You can easily go for a nice walk in the morning following the beach along the different resorts.

We did not experience the diving centre attached to Pondok Sari nor did we snorkel the sea.

One unique experience of our stay was at sunset when local kids came to “challenge” the waves on our beach. We did the same and so did many of the hosts… We had great fun there as if we were kids too…

The price we paid was overall good value for money.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank jcd52
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Reviewed June 14, 2011

Pondok Sari bungalows are very well situated along the beach in the little bay of Pemuteran. Bungalows are large with an outside bathroom and shower. You found a little pool in the garden along with a shop and a massage center. The bar and restaurant are next to the beach and to the well known seadiving school. Lots of German and swiss people (divers)

3  Thank Paddy069
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

Lovely hotel in nicely undeveloped side of Bali - rooms, hotel, staff all perfect, with plenty of space.
Also a great, truly professional and friendly dive centre on lovely beach.
We stayed a couple of nights in a 'standard' room, which was fine - but the rest of the stay in an even better 'superior' room, with loads of locally carved wooden furniture and a great balcony room...

Room Tip: go for the 'superior' room.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank aarrgg
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Additional Information about Pondok Sari Beach Bungalow Resort & Spa

Address: Gerokgak-Singaraja, Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Gerokgak > Pemuteran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Pemuteran
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Pemuteran
#6 Family Hotel in Pemuteran
Price Range: $51 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pondok Sari Beach Bungalow Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pondok Sari is well known for its tropical garden, its traditional architecture and its shady trees on the sandy beach next to the calm sea. The Pondok Sari is built with love to artistic details with a relaxing flair and charming coziness. ... more   less 
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