We had a wonderful time here, and were very sad to leave!
Peaceful, picturesque and idyllic, this was the ideal space to spend time on our honeymoon, particularly after a pretty hectic week in Bali. From our warm welcome, to the delicious communal breakfast (which, if you wish, you can have sent to your verandah - great to have two options), to the gorgeous bedrooms with outdoor (but private!) bathrooms and hours spent lounging on the private beach, this was our favourite part of our three-week honeymoon.
I note that some have complained about the coral on the beach making swimming difficult - this seems odd; tides are hardly easily controlled. Anyway, we were able to swim from the beach until about 2pm and the island is small enough that it's easy to find another spot if you want a later dip.
For us, the absolute highlight of our trip were the two voyages we took aboard the Princess Margeux. The first, the sunset cruise, was an opportunity to chat to other guests, and we took in some stunning snorkelling spots - masks, snorkels and flippers are provided. The sunset was stunning. We enjoyed the boat so much we booked a day trip with other guests which again was wonderful - huge thanks to Bam, who not only took us out on the boat, but even went diving with us to help us spot turtles; this was such a wonderful experience and we were so grateful.
We were really pleased with the prompt and reasonably priced bike-hire, and just loved cycling around the island, stopping off at different beaches and cafes en route. A top tip is to stop at the Coral Beach cafe where, although the food is a tad average, the pontoon tables out in the sea are just great. If snorkelling is your thing, look out for day trip boats anchored up, swim out to those as they are the best spots.
Breakfasts were delicious and all of the staff were just lovely - it was great to meet them. I really hope we're able to return one day!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pondok Santi Estate Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan