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Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga
Ranked #4 of 24 Tabanan B&B and Inns
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“Can't beat the location on the beach at Balian...”
Reviewed July 27, 2011

Great location on beach at end of the road in Balian. Surf is steps from unit. Great pool and common area. Excellent food, mahi mahi is incredible. Service is good, but reactive (just be patient or ask). Units are comfortable, no hot water but otherwise fine. This place was a great value.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We spent 5 nights at Pondok Pitaya in July 2011. We stayed in the "Happy House". The layout is a bit odd, but was very comfortable.
The kids had a blast, at the pool and on the beach. It's was convenient to be within spitting distance of the surf.
My concerns around a previous post aon trip advisor about the swimming pool, were unfounded, and the kids spent most of the time in the pool.
The restaurant service was good, the food good and all in all, in rest spect sew should have stayed a little longer.
Will certainiy return when we come back to Bali.
Malcolm
South Africa

  • Stayed July 2011
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perth
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

This place has potential to be the perfect holiday for family. The accomodation is basic but comfortable and clean. Note, no hot water, air cond or tV facilities in rooms that did not bother us but could be a problem for others. We had a fantastic house with great views, lots of room and fabulous spacious green lawn in front of us.

The bid downfall was the swimming pool. With 3 children under 4 the swimming pool was essential. When we arrived it was murky green but unfortinately the kids wanted to risk swimming in it. They lasted 5 minutes before exiting the water crying with red welts and itching. After a solid rinsing with fresh water they calme down and did not got near the water again for the duration of our stay. By the end of our 7 days the pool water was black and the pool had a sign on it saying "no swimming". The pool guy had NO IDEA what he was doing. He was in desparte need of some training as his response to solve the problem was to throw in buckets of chlorine and blame being near the beach. We spoke to the staff about the issue (no sign of the American mgn in sight the whole time we were there!) who were beside themsleve with what to do and said their Mgn did not care. To resolve the issue I resorted to walking the kids 10 minutes up the road to another resort who were kind enough to let us swim in their pool as long we bought food each day. Iwas extremely grateful.

A few other little things, restaurant was supposed to open at 7 but could not get served until 8am, ran out of water one morning, bali salt crytals like shards of glass turning up in pureed baby food. Little things that could be easily fixed with good mgnt that cause real headaches when you have children. Oh yes, and when we arrived, there was absilutely no record of us coming. This resulted in a 3 hr wait for hour room etc.

Otherwise location wise, accomodation fantastic place. My husband would love to go back and so would I - they just need to get more of thee detail right AND the pool. Until these issues are resolved, and I hope they arem this place is best for surfers travelling without children.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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north devon
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

I run a big longboard surf club in the uk and organise a surf trip every year, we have been visiting morocco for quite a few years but this time wanted warmer water.
We took 17 people in total and it was a big job to organise which was made easier by a sorting the flights through a travel agent friend locally.
the accomadation took some sorting especially with the group forever changing but we got there in the end.
the staff were fantastic and nothing was to much trouble, polite and very helpfull.
the pool needs a bit of attention, as i see it, it needs more maintenance and less chlorine blocks. but hey coming out of the sea and into a pool is a big bonus.
the food was superb and ok on the pocket,cold water showers were ok for most of us but the older guys wanted a hot shower now and again.
a few more fans in the bigger houses would be good and maybe a bit more lighting.
I was very impressed as a whole, it was my first trip to indo and loved it, we went water water rafting which was fantastic, a def must.
we visited kuta, not my cup of tea at all but worth the visit if never again.
As a whole i went to surf which i did plenty of at balian, i enjoyed the food , the storms and as a whole i slept like a log, the rooms were superb and the cleaners very thorough.
My daily routine went like this....
6am wake up and surf for a couple of hours.
breakfast and chill , afternoon surf , chill , shower , food and a few bintans.... sleep...
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  • Stayed February 2011
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2011

I spent two weeks at the hotel and throughly enjoyed the laid back and rustic feel of the hotel. The rooms are all old homes from Java . Service is warm and hospitable and your right on the beach

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga
Address: Lalang Linggah, Balian River, Tabanan 82162, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balian Beach, Located in west Bali, 90 minutes drive north of Seminyak. Balian Beach: Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel is located on the edge of a natural volcanic black sand beach and beautiful cliff crafted by nature itself. The beach is perfect for long walks and has all year round waves for surfing. Many Yoga groups are starting to looking into Balian Beach as an alternative training spot other than Ubud. All rooms have been reconstructed from indigenous houses imported from Java, dating back to the 1930's. Rooms include twin share Surfer Suites and large houses that can sleep up to 8 people. One of the best place in Balian Beach for Surfing and Yoga.Experience a world of limitless adventure and sun-filled days in Balian ... where you can live out your dream of being a surfer or enjoy a family holiday with few rounds of ice cold Bintang beers. Sample the freshest Indonesian and Western cuisine. 45 min from the Tabanan Mountain area for a coffee plantation hike and fresh brewed Balinese Coffee. Or slip into a waking dream with clear sky, millions of stars blinking at night and accompanied by tropical sea breeze. Some say Pondok Pitaya is a hotel, but some say its home. ... more   less 
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