On a recent trip to Indonesia in September, my partner and I were absolutely blown away by our experience at Pondok Santi on Gili T. After a week of Bali and Lombok, we kicked back and soaked in the tropical atmosphere for 3 nights at Pondok Santi.
The main strip in Gili T is flooded with backpackers, Touters, horse carts and Indonesia chaos. Just around the southern end of the island, a mere 10 minute stroll from the hustle and bustle, is the very private, very peaceful, retreat of Pondok Santi. Private bungalows amongst everything the tropics is about- coconut palms, hammocks, couches in outdoor huts, and beautiful plants and flowers. The grounds are huge, and the 6 bungalows spotted along the path are private and spacious.
The managers and staff at Pondok Santi were very considerate, and were a pleasure to deal with. This was the highlight of our trip, and would highly recommend to anyone visiting Gili T! Don't miss out on this- a unique treasure in paradise.
- 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