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Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga
Ranked #2 of 22 Tabanan B&B and Inns
Santa Monica, California
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“Cool place”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

I actually hate to recommend Pondok Pitaya because it should remain a glorious secret. The truth is that it's a great place, especially if you surf. Only problem is the music they play in the restaurant - uninspired, whiny rock. I'd prefer to just listen to the ocean.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear King Rick,

Thank you for your feed back!! we will try to keep the music low and give more variety.

until next time, send our regards to the family.

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

My friend and I chose Pondok Pitaya as our last stop after a 500 km motorbike ride around the island of Bali. We definitely chose the right place to stop and relax for a couple of nights.

Amazing location! Pondok Pitaya is nestled in a quiet spot with amazing waves for surfers by the beach and a clean and calm river delta by the side. Very friendly staff, great choice of food both western and local - I'd highly recommend the yellow curry!

I'm really looking forward to another trip to Balian next summer!!


Ps. Ask for the secret homemade cider!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear Dwikster!!

Thanks for your kind words!! too kind!! next yellow curry is on the house!! and cider!!

Place is not the same without you!! haha

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Heidelberg, Germany
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

perfect stay, would repeat, perfect beach, strong currents, black sand, cool surfer suits, relaxed place, friendly staff, great location, food too western oriented, saturdays party in neighboorhood ...

  • Stayed August 2013
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Hi Shakabra,

Thank you for your testimonial!! next time you are here, we promise you there will be more Indonesian cuisine...and more party???!?!?

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

My boyfriend and I have been to Balian in either June/July/August for the last four years and stayed at Pondok Pitaya every time. We can't go to Bali without going up to Balian because the waves are so fun and our whole experience there is always amazing. Pondok Pitaya is hands down the best accommodation in terms of location; you can see the surf from your window, as well as when you're in the pool or eating breakfast. Although the price reflects this (we have noticed the prices have gone up each year), it is still not an expensive place (and I'm a student!) and definitely worth what you pay...especially when it's a matter of $10 or so extra compared to other places. The rooms are spacious with large beds and a nice stone bathroom. The one annoying thing we found was the dimness of light; I can't remember having this problem in previous years so maybe it was just the bulb running out, but we had to use a phone torch a lot of the time.
Each room has it's own little porch which was great after coming back from a surf; dumping our boards and hanging out all our wet stuff before feasting. The food at this hotel is fine however check out Deki's warung which has really nice food and is just up the hill overlooking the water so has a great view too, and Pondok Pisces has amazing banana pancakes! If you walk in to town between 5:30-7 pm (I could be wrong about this time; best to check with someone else) there are local markets which have really cheap, delicious food.
I've never stayed with a group here but I remember being shown the wooden house/hut that groups stay in and it was awesome! Also I'm not sure if the yoga is a new thing to the hotel but I have never noticed it or been told about it, I'm definitely keen to give it a shot next time I come up though :)
The atmosphere at Pondok Pitaya is great, everyone is really friendly (both staff and visitors) and always smiling. The music they play is generally pretty good (apart from one night when hectic club music was being played) but the rest of the time made up for that! One night an Aussie dude that lives in Balian (I forgot your name sorry!) played live music which was amazing!

I would definitely recommend (and have recommended) Pondok Pitaya and Balian in general to anyone! Its a great place and it would be extremely hard to go there and not have an amazing time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Hi Jess,

Thank you for your detailed testimonial, apology for the music hehehe must be one of those nights. we will put your input into the hotel's feed back.

We hope to see you next year!!

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Amazing place to stay if you just want to relax in paradise. Right on the beach front, great staff, food and not to mention massages!!! Resort is a must as it has its own looks and is not just for surfers but beach lovers.

  • Stayed March 2013
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Dear Biggsy,

Thank you for your kindest testimonial, we look forward to have you for your next trip.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Just great!
The staff was really friendly without being intrusive, the food was good, the view and the sea amazing, and the small surf bungalows were simple but charming and very clean.
The sounds of waves during the night reconnect you with the nature.
Not so crowdy, the beach is really clean and special with this black sand.

I would objectively recommend definitely this place, but in the same time would like to keep the secret of this ocation for me as my little paradise :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank 385marie
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, September 29, 2013
Hi Marie,

Thank you so much for your feed back, we are constantly improving and upgrading Pondok Pitaya to be a better place to stay.

and again thank you and we look forward for your next stay.

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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Your sitting in prime location to eat,drink while viewing all the surfing action. Top location for a reasonable price. The gardens are well maintained, pool very clean, staff all friendly & helpful. My wife & i had a surfer suite for 4 nights & very happy with it. Clean & comfortable room with huge bed, the bathroom also very clean.Met Darius the new manager & he took time out to show us around & explain future plans, which sounds like the resort will only get better. Only gripe was the uncomfortable patio chairs. Would definately stay here again if ever back in Balian. Tip for food & outlook up high over overlooking surf is Deki"s Warung. No hesitation in recommending to family & friends.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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DariusSadeli, Manager at Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing and Yoga, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Dear Michael and Dianne,

Thank you so much for the lovely testimonial, that is very nice of you. We are happy that you left Balian with a big fat smile. We already ordered chairs for all the small rooms..so we look forward for your next visit. The staff said hello.

Thank you for the cherry tomato tip.

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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 #2 of 22 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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