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“A little piece of heaven!”

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Pondok Santi Estate
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“A little piece of heaven!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

We found this place right of the street. Oh it is soo beautiful! Only six bungalows at huge estate..so peaceful.
The manager, Georgie, is the sweetiest lady who takes so good care of all her guests.
The bungalow itself is modern with everything you need and gorgeuos outdoor bathroom.
We would love come back here again and we recommend the place to everyone:-)

  • Stayed July 2013
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Georgie1903, Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, August 2, 2013
Hi Gemma,
Thank you for your review. I am sitting at the breakfast table now, eating my fresh fruit platter...thinking of you and your kind words about our breakfasts.
You were both such lovely friendly guests the staff remember you with fondness.
I hope we see you here again one day.
Best Wishes from
Georgie, Baz and ALL the Staff
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Melbourne
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Pondok Santi is just amazing. This review won't do it justice! The location is fantastic as it is out of the main strip but walking distance to most attractions. It is also a 5 min walk from Pearl Beach Lounge which is a great place for a meal or drinks by the beach.
The bungalows are beautiful and comfortable, and the outdoor bathroom is a real treat. Not dark or damp like some of the others I've seen on Bali.
The grounds are huge and it's a real luxury to have all that space to wander, or just sit on the daybed and appreciate them from your private bungalow. You feel like you're a world away from the hustle and bustle of the backpacker joints on the main strip.
The staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful, and the managers Georgie and Baz really make you feel at home. The breakfasts are delicious and cooked to order. Always fresh, tasty and healthy.
I can't say enough about Pondok Santi! I only wish we'd stayed longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in Bungalow #1 and it was lovely. It's the closest to the main area but far enough awa...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Hello G and T,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is really wonderful reading about how much you have enjoyed your stay. We are so lucky to have such delightful guests!
Also good to hear you enjoyed your breakfasts, I will pass that on to Afni and Sonya. Thanks
Best wishes to you both
From Georgie Baz and ALL the staff.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

This is such a lovely place. I really enjoyed staying here. It is expensive but worth it. All the staff are extremely lovely and it is 10 metres from the beach. It is away from the loud party music that happens 3 nights a week. I felt very safe, in fact the grounds felt separate from the rest of the Island. Lots of open space and many things to do. I would not bother looking to stay anywhere else when I go back.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Georgie1903, Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Hi Rob,
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful descriptive review.
It makes us all feel so happy when guests write like you, saying how much you have enjoyed everything from complimentary crackers and dips to coconut drinks. We always say how lucky WE are to have such relaxed delighful guests, who enjoy Pondok Santi as much as we all do!
It is a long way to come from the UK and we are glad you found Pondok Santi.
Thank you again.
Best Wishes to you both.
From
Georgie Baz and all the staff
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Kent
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This place is so good I’m almost tempted not to write a review and to keep it quiet!!

Baz and his wife run a tight ship here and you can see the results: beautiful well maintained accommodation set within a pristine, manicured coconut plantation.

The place is gorgeous – the best on the island in my opinion. The staff are impeccable and really add to the peaceful and serene atmosphere. The complimentary handmade crackers with hummus in the evening was a lovely unexpected bonus, as was the fresh coconut we were served (we watched it being cut from the tree next to us). Just lovely after a day on the beach – relaxing there on the day bed on the veranda, reading a book and nibbling crackers in the fading tropical light. We brought a bottle of champagne with us from the UK and chilled and drank it there one evening. Bliss.

The breakfast is lovely and can be served on your private veranda if requested the night before for no extra cost.

The Pondok Santi own their own solid teak boat (it’s easily the most beautiful boat of its kind on island) with which they run evening “sunset” cruises around all of the Gilis Islands. We did this and were glad that we did. Lovely, relaxed cruise with a bit of unrushed snorkelling in a quiet area watching surfers close by, drinking cold Bintang and just soaking it all in. Again, BLISS!!

A horse and cart from the “dock” will cost IDR 50,000 and is well worth it, as is hiring bikes (it really opens up the entire island). The Pondok Santi is on “ouskirts” of the developments which is a very good thing as it is far less affected by the music from the bars and the regular calls to prayer.

This place comes highly recommended. Thank you all – we will be back… one day!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Hi Rob,
Thank you for your comments and compliments. It was a pleasure to have you both here with us. Your good positive energy and appreciation for all we offer at Pondok Santi left us all feeling happy and rewarded after your departure.The staff enjoy getting coconuts for guests( and still find it strange that most guests have never had coconut drinks straight from the palm tree before!)
I feel you have summed us up in a nut shell( or coconut shell!) very well and we appreciate the way you have written from the heart. Thank you again, I will pass your compliments onto the staff.
Best wishes from,
Georgie, Baz and ALL the staff.
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

pondok santi is by far the most beautiful place to stay on the island. nice setting of only 6 stylish und very authentic bungalows with plenty of space around them. located in the southeast corner of the island with short walking distance to the more upscale restaurants like kokomo, pearl beach and scallywags but far enough away from the busy and noisy main strip. the friendly staff and the very kind managers georgie & baz made our stay very pleasant and uncomplicated - almost like at home. the sunset-cruise with the resortowned boat was just amazing and made the stay complete. we definitely recommend this place to everybody who's looking for something special and autenthic! nicole & marco

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank watermelonmojito
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Georgie1903, Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, June 30, 2013
Hello Nicole and Marco,
Thanks so much for your review. Always appreciated by Baz, myself and especially the staff who strive to please.We are off on another sunset cruise this afternoon...we will have a bintang for you!
Glad you enjoyed it so much.
Best wishes from us all at Pondok Santi!
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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

Beautiful, peaceful, relaxed, comfortable, great staff!! Baz and Georgie, what a great couple. We will come back to check that it was real. As discussed, I will look for the chair on the verandah?!
Breakfast was a great start for the day -- good to mix and mingle at one table.
Really enjoyed the sunset cruise.

Room Tip: ps The pool is the ocean and I love it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Selemat Pagi Mr Villamu7
Many thanks for the review.Great to have you all with us and I too enjoyed the morning coffee and chats around the big table.Good to meet fellow kiwis. Also a great viewing point for observation of wedding set up for the blokes!
Yes we are looking into the purchase of chairs now and hope to have special one for you , should you return!
Kind regards to you both,
Georgie Baz and All the Staff.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

Such a stunning resort, the grounds are absolutely beautiful, I felt like I was in another world. The bungalows are very tasteful and just gorgeous.
The staff were amazing, so helpful, friendly and kind. I would go back to stay just to say hi to them all again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Olivia S
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Hello Olivia,
Thank you for your review. it was our pleasure to have you and all the other guests here for wedding of the year! The early morning antics certainly provided some entertainment for us!
Good to hear you all enjoyed the simplistic beauty of Pondok Santi.
Kind regards,
From Georgie Baz and all the staff.
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Property: Pondok Santi Estate
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 239 Specialty Lodging in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Pondok Santi Estate 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pondok Santi Estate is the ultimate getaway retreat featuring ten 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 10 beruga palm-thatched day beds in the grounds and along our private beach, 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 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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