It was our first time to the Islands and Bali altogether and this place was the best we stayed at during our trip. The welcome drink was a mixed fruit juice so good that we kept having at least 2 times a day also the staff is friendly and always ALWAYS smiling. We also had a different experience from what other travellers have had as the kitchen roof was being renovated so breakfast at our veranda was the way to go (for those of you that are not keen to share your breakfast at the big table this might be an option), Pancakes are nothing else but yummy and the fruit was as fresh as it gets.
The place is far enough from the main strip to be quiet but not far enough to be a long way, walk or ride your bike to town and stop at the neighbor "The Trawangan" have a drink on one of the tree house style tables
Georgie and Baz are lovely and would do everything they can to make you feel home, the place is no nice we decided to extend our stay one more night and Georgie helped us organise our way out of the island in a blink of an eye without any stress. The hot water does run short a bit from time to time but seriously hot water when it is 32 degrees out and you are having a shower in your outside bathroom? and surprisingly enough water pressure is better than some places in main Bali. The beach is nice and the water is shallow even when the tide comes in but you can still walk or float your way to deeper waters about 50 meters from the beach line, wear water shoes as there is coral everywhere and this applies for many beaches in the island
Only little drawback was a division in the middle of the mattress that sometimes felt uncomfortable (sorry Georgie forgot to mention it when we were there as we were having a nice time)
If we ever go back sure will book our stay at Pondok Santi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pondok Santi Estate is the ultimate getaway retreat featuring twelve beautiful bungalows set in lawned grounds on an ancient coconut plantation. Each traditional bungalow has a beautiful open-air bathroom, safe, air conditioner, mini bar, fan, lovely front terrace and day bed overlooking the manicured grounds. Private Pool Bungalows also include their own plunge pools, sun lounges and king size outdoor daybed. There are several day beds around the pool, on our beach and on the grounds, which are the perfect place to chill out, sleep or read. During the day, get together around the large 25m central pool where snacks and cold drinks can be ordered, listen to music or just relax on the sun lounges. The resort offers a boutique restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner while the main beachfront strip starts just 400m away with dive shops, restaurants, and beach bars, so you're never short of somewhere to eat. Cooling white stone paths link the areas of the estate, and coconut palms provide welcome shade in the heat of the day. In fact, everything has been designed to make sure your stay is comfortable and hassle-free. The island, with its coral reefs, is a favorite destination for divers, and one of the best dive spots is right outside Pondok Santi. There are plenty of dive shops on the beachfront where you can hire equipment, and arrange a boat trip. You don't need a boat for snorkelling as there's plenty of colorful coral and marine life to discover from the beachfront, including turtles, clown fish and many more! If surfing is your thing Pondok Santi is the perfect place, with a surf break right off the beach. For a couple of hours either side of high tide, you can paddle out and enjoy the waves. Most days and evenings 'Princess Margaux', the resorts luxurious traditional outrigger is available for sunset and snorkeling cruises, the boat can also be hired privately for island hopping adventures throughout the day. The island also offers riding and kayaking, and there are numerous spas on the island, where you can enjoy facials, massage and other beauty treatments. Lombok is just 20 minutes way by boat - a great destination for a game of golf, exploring the markets or a hike up Mt Rinjani. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pondok Santi Estate Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan