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Pondok Santi Estate
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 reviews
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“Great hideaway in Gili Trawangan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

Great accommodation and location. The staff were very attentive and the hosts Georgie and Baz were delightful. The rooms are well furnished and looked after. The kids loved the easy access to the beach. Overall a very pleasant experience. Sohrab

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Hi Sohrab,
Thank you for coming and bringing your delightful family to Pondok Santi.It was our pleasure to have such a relaxed happy family with us.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us.
I have been looking hard at your photo to see if that was you climbing Rinjani?!
I hope you had a great climb.
We hope we may see you again one day.
Best Wishes from
Georgie Baz and all the Staff at Pondok Santi
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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Why am I begrudgingly writing this review you may ask? Well with only 6 villas Pondoc Santi is special, it has an intimate and welcoming environment with great staff who make you feel like you’re in a luxury home away from home. And if that isn’t enough Pondoc Santi is situated in a great location with a beautiful beach, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main bar/restaurant strip so that have a peaceful night sleep. I am going to be selfish and ask all travellers to avoid Pondoc Santi because I want to keep this place all to myself for my next visit!!

A big thank you to all the staff for a great experience and we can’t wait to return…

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Stephanie B
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, January 11, 2014
Hello Stephanie,
Your review made me laugh. I know what you mean when you find a wee patch of paradise and you do not want to share it!
Thank you for your homely comments .We will endeavour always keep Pondok Santi the way it is and never extend into the plantation, which is enjoyed by so many guests.
Glad you enjoyed the beach as well...we love our special little beach and saw a stunning sunset from it last night.
Thank you again also for mentioning our staff who are dedicated to making our guests holiday a memorable one, I will pass on your compliments. We hope you can come back one day to check your wee spot of paradise!
Best wishes from Management and Staff at Pondok Santi
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Amazing property with great staff- what a wonderful holiday. Pondok Santi is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Gili Trawangan perfectly situated in a nice spot with great restaurants just around the corner. The rooms are clean and the outdoor bathroom concept was a hit with the kids. The grounds at the property are everything that their website states them to be. The day bed on the balcony of the rooms is a perfect place to laze away the day. We spent 4 nights there and enjoyed every bit of it even it the weather was not in our favour. Our kids (8 and 4) had plenty to do around the resort on on the beach with another perfect spot for a bit of R&R. The resort offers a great breakfast which is a perfect way to start the day- the hosts are lovely and warm. THere are plenty of reataurants nearby, we particularly enjoyed Pearl and Scallywags. We will certainly be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank nik001248
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Hello and thank you kindly for your review. it was a pleasure having such a delightful family with us. I was so excited when you wanted to return and would have shifted coconut palms to fit you in , but it just wasn't possible!
I hope we see you again some time.
Best wishes from Georgie and Baz and all the staff.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Beautiful property with a nice, secluded private beach with a wonderful view of the sunset.

The managers and staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. We felt we were more like guests staying with friends rather than at a hotel. Our room and outdoor bathroom were always clean and enjoyed the fresh fruits and pancakes for breakfast. Would definitely stay there if we go back to Gili T and highly recommend to anyone planning to visit.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Harry_Reviews
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Georgie_Newton, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Hello,
Thank you for your prompt review and compliments. I am glad you enjoyed your diving experiences here and you still had a little time to relax at Pondok santi.
It was a pleasure having you with us.
Thank you again and best wishes
From the staff and management at
Pondok Santi.
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

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!

Room Tip: We had room 6 - closest to the beach so you can hear the sea. Idyllic!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Hello Happy Honeymooners,
You have the same values and thoughts as we the mangers and staff feel about the beach, Gili Trawangan and Pondok Santi.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write the review.
We hope you can return one day also.
Best wishes from
Georgie, Baz and the staff.
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank laura t
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hi Laura,
Thank you for your review. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at Pondok Santi. Great to have another kiwi on board.
I hope we see you again sometime.
Best Wishes
Georgie Baz and Staff
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London
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed at Pondok Santi in September after an extremely hectic week in Bali getting married. We were quite exhausted by the time we got to the Gili Islands after a lengthy boat ride, but once we arrived at Pondok Santi after our horse and cart ride we were able to start relaxing.

We stayed in bungalow 3 which was a great room with a beautiful outdoor shower and very quiet. After our first night we were offered breakfast in our bungalow on the verandah which we did almost every day - - just delightful! The staff are incredibly friendly here and breakfast was a treat, with fresh fruit juices, large fruit plates, eggs however you like and the tastiest pancakes all on the menu.

You can walk to town from Pondok however the best way to see the island is to hire bikes which can be organised for you - recommended trips are out to the Sunset point, around the island and into the centre away from the tourist strip to see how the locals live.

Finally we'd like to say a massive thanks again to the managers of this fabulous property - Georgie and Baz. Unfortunately my partner got food poisoning on the final night we were in Gili T and we had to move our flights home to Australia. This would usually be quite difficult when staying on a remote island however Georgie and Baz opened their work office to me to use for hours, to make sure that I had whatever I needed to sort my travel arrangements. Their consideration for us in this stressful time was more than we could have asked for, and shows the truly genuine interest they have for their guests.

We loved staying here, this would be the only property we would stay in Gili T if ever returning to this corner of the world.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank London999
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Georgie1903, General Manager at Pondok Santi Estate, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Hello happy Honeymooners.Knowing how busy you would be when you got home I was not expecting such a prompt review ...thank you so much.I do hope your "husband" has recovered and you got home safely and no hold ups with APEC.It was the least we could do to help you out with changing flights etc.I was very impressed at how calm you were! I bet you were exhausted at work on Monday.
Thank you again and all the best for a long and happy life together.
Georgie Baz and 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 228 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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