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Pondok Santi Estate
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

The highlight of our honeymoon was our 3 nights at Pondok Santi. We were able to completely relax and just lounge around the property on various hammocks and day beds, soaking up the beautiful views and sunshine and enjoying the peace and quiet. Close enough to the main restaurants and shops on Gili T that you can walk to dinner, but far enough away from the noise and activity that you can believe you are in your own little world. The villas are perfect, from the wide front balcony with day bed, to the spacious bedroom with thoughtfully provided DVD collection, to the open air bathroom - a surprisingly addictive setup. Georgie and Baz (managers) were welcoming and full of information about the area and the staff are lovely and never intrusive. I can't recommend this accommodation highly enough. My husband and I are already discussing our next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2013

Hi G and W, Thank you for taking the time to write a review and add the super dopa photos!
Great to have part of "the team" here. Glad you were able to relax and refuel on the last leg of your journey.
Great to meet you both.
Best wishes from
Georgie Baz and all the staff

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This would easily rate as one of the best properties I've stayed in. Me and my wife stayed at Gili Islands for 2 nights, and there was no better choice than Pondok Santi, going by the reviews.....and Bingo! Every word of it was true.
This is a truly enchanting, peaceful, huge yet immaculately maintained property on the biggest of the 3 Gilis. Situated only a couple of minutes away from the "nerve centre" (so to say) of Gili Trawangan, it's got only 6 fully equipped cottages on a sprawling estate. There are two great aspects about the cottages: the tranquility of the environment and ironically, the roar of the sea!
They also have a private beach just across the estate, loaded with recliners. The beach is clean and a great place to chillax though not ideally suited for a dip-in-the-sea. The best part is the service, which is extremely efficient - prompt and responsive. The outdoor shower concept is innovative and amazing (only to the discerning ;)). This property and indeed the entire island is representative of a true island living - a relaxed pace of life amongst nature and clean, green air. It was a treat to wake up each morning amongst the sound of birds and stunning views on this property.
Gili itself is a great place to relax. Motorised vehicles are not allowed on the islands and it's so small that you can cover the entire stretch within an hour and a half on a bicycle (the preferred medium of transport). You will also find some of the best seafood on this island, don't miss it.
Thank you Pondok Santi and Gili for a truly memorable experience.
We shall be back soon!
Nidhi & Debayan
India

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2013

Hello Lovely Honeymooners,
Thank you for taking the time to write such an accurate review!
I am so pleased you enjoyed all our wee island and Pondok Santi had to offer especially as you travelled so far....all the way from India.
Also glad you enjoyed our beach scene with the new hammocks and Baruga day bed there.
It has been a busy place lately!
I hope you had safe trip home and all the best from us all at Pondok Santi.
Georgie Baz and the Staff

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights in April and had a marvellous time. Santi is about 50 metres down the road from the closest resorts or restaurants and several hundred metres from the beginning of 'the strip' - not too far to be isolating, but enough to escape the chaos and notice down the road. The hectares of trees and quiet beach are so serene.

The rooms are beautiful but can be quite dark (I.e. not much natural light in the early mornings and late afternoon), although the day bed on the front of each porch is fantastic. Loved the outdoor showers and the fresh water!

The service was faultless and so friendly, we felt like VIPs. I did miss the lack of a pool but will be back in heartbeat anyway :)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Rhylh
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2013

Hello Rhylh,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review.Glad you appreciated the out door showers and fresh water. You may be interested to hear we are about to replace bathroom walls so decided to push them out another 2 meters all round and fill with beautiful tropical gardens. They will be extremely spacious then.
Also I took on board about what you said about the rooms being a little dark. I wonder if you may have had our brand new roller blinds down as in the day time they would darken the room a little. Also I will get staff to pull up the outer bamboo blinds and see if that helps. You have to be able to find your things don't you!
I hope you and your sister enjoyed the rest of your stay in Bali.
Kind Regards,
Georgie Baz and Staff

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

My two day visit to Gili Trawangan was a plan hatched on the spur of the moment during a trip to Bali in November 2012. I have to say this turned out to be an inspired decision. From the moment I wandered into Pondok Santi, I was enchanted by the whole atmosphere and experience of true Island living (with all the natural luxuries you could possibly need). For those with a spirit of adventure, or just seeking something that is a little different, but special. The sunset island cruise on Princess Margaux was truly memorable. A huge thank you to AJ and Nigel for looking after me so wonderfully. For those of you in any doubt if this is the place to visit...what are you waiting for? THE highlight of my 6 week tour of Asia & Indonesia. My only regret was not staying for longer!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Thank BethSUK
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

Hello Beth,
Thank you for your review.I am very pleased you enjoyed Pondok Santi and the Sunset Cruise, which is a fav of mine also. I am glad you had a good time with AJ and Nigel, they are heaps of fun. Also thank you for referring your friends who are with us now. We all had a great S/S cruise last night...they are so much fun also...love having them here.
Kind Regards,
Georgie Baz and Staff

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Pondok Santi is such a lovely place to stay ! Before we arrived Gili Trawangan we didnt know about this place anything. After short walk in the island we found Pondok Santi and no doubt we found a right place to stay. At first we booked a bungalow for 2 nights but after 2 days we were sure that we want to stay longer :-) Its fantastic to wake up in the morning and have a breakfast on a deck when birds are singing and enjoy a wonderful view. Bungalows room and a bathroom outside was really beautiful and staff so nice and friendly. We really enjoyed our stay and there is not enough good words to say about Pondok Santi !! Thank you all for everything and hope to see you soon again :-)

Olavi & Eleri from Estonia

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgie_Newton, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2013

Hello Olavi and Eleri,
It was lovely to get your very quick review, it felt like you we're still here! We are so glad you enjoyed Pondok Santi, the morning bird song and the breakfasts on the verandas are a nice way to start the day. Great to have our second lot of guests from Estonia ...and that you knew the first lot!,
Best wishes from ,
Georgie Baz and all the staff.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

My new husband & I booked into Pondok Santi for 6 nights but ended up staying for 10 nights! We loved Pondok Santi so much we never wanted to leave!!!
Pondok Santi has the best beach on the island, the most beautiful grounds, stunning traditional bungalows with outdoor bathroom, really friendly staff & attentive service, delicious breakfasts with friendly banter & chats, private boat trips, fresh coconuts on demand!
It really is a hidden gem. Georgie, Baz & their beautiful staff made this stay so special for us & we will never ever forget it. It really is the perfect honeymoon location. Thank you all for everything
Lots of love, Claire & Alan, Ireland
PS sorry we took so long to write our review Georgie, hope you are well xxx

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank frecklesireland
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2013

Hello happy Honeymooners, thank you for your review. I always read them to the staff and it is a great "feel good" start to the day for us all, thank you again.I am so glad you enjoyed your stay so much, it was a pleasure having you with us....and it was good knowing you were here when we had to leave in a hurry to return to New Zealand, the staff reported you were very good managers!!
You had the perfect weather as the wet season reappeared with vengeance while we were in NZ and the place was still suffering on our return...flooded lawns, weeds going crazy etc. But the sun is shinning again , lawns done and Pondok Santi looking its pristine best again!
Best wishes to you in Ireland
From all the staff and Georgie and Baz

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We had a truly wonderful stay at Pondok Santi. Our bungalow was absolutely lovely. Huge green grounds dotted with shaded day beds and a stretch of private beach made for great surroundings.

We would start our day with a French Press coffee on our bungalow's deck and then move over to the dining area for a delicious breakfast to order and chat with Georgie, Baz and some of the other guests. Most places in Trawangan don't have fresh water, so it's a much-appreciated amenity to have fresh, hot water showers. Free wifi in the rooms was also much appreciated.

If I had any suggestions for improvement, it would be some supplementary windows shades and something to better address the mosquitoes that seem to inevitably invade (they seem to slip through the closed doors and windows and the mosquito netting for the bed is a bit unwieldy to wrap around the head of the bed which is against the wall). But those are just minor nits.

But the staff and service were what truly made Pondok Santi special. Warm smiles and attentive service all around. Georgie, Baz and the staff really went above-and-beyond when I told them I was planning to propose to my fiancé during our stay. Because it was the rainy season they helped to arrange for multiple backup plans for our special night--starting with a sunset jaunt on the Princess Margaux, a beach proposal or failing all that due to weather, decking out one of the other bungalows with candles, flowers, music and champagne. And in the end, it was lucky we had the use of the other bungalow as a late afternoon rain washed away the other possibilities.

They helped make our stay truly special and memorable and we look forward to returning to stay with the wonderful folks at Pondok Santi.

Like some other reviewers expressed--one's almost reluctant to tell people about Pondok Santi because there are only the six bungalows and you want to keep this gem to yourself. Thanks again to Georgie, Baz and Hussein. We really had a great time!

Room Tip: We viewed bungalow #s 1, 2, and 6. I thought they were all equally good. #1 is furthest in, and clos...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Georgie_Newton, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2013

Hello Happy Couple. thank you for your review....it was so much fun to be part of your special occasion . The staff and I get such a buzz working on secret surprises like your engagement, it was our pleasure to " dress " the bungalow accordingly.
You will be pleased to hear we are in the throws of getting new blinds for the bungalows and looking at improving the nets so those elusive mossie can not get down the back wall.
We are so glad you " found" us and enjoyed your time at Pondok Santi and hopefully we will see you again.Thank you.
Best wishes from Georgie Baz and all the staff!

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Address: Pemanang, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 260 Specialty Lodging in Gili Trawangan
Price Range: $137 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Pondok Santi Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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