Secluded sophisticated retreat
Set in a sumptuous tropical garden, traditional architecture and a fabulous pool at Pondok Sari help create a secluded and sophisticated retreat. A forest of carved teak features heavily in the decor, and traditional stone carvings punctuate the lush grounds.
Running from the main road down to the beach, the double-storey deluxe rooms here are the pick of the bunch, and are really worth forking out the extra euros (yep, rates here are not quoted in rupiah). Spacious rooms are arranged with the air-con sleeping areas and alfresco bathroom downstairs with a fantastic airy open living area above. Large mosquito netted-beds and antique furniture offer a more than comfortable stay, with beautiful teak panel details everywhere.
More contemporary facilities include a minibar and safe. Upstairs a canopied daybed and dining area allow you to enjoy the tropical breeze as you look out over the dense foliage. Probably the only real anomaly is the bright white tub sitting in what is otherwise a very attractive outdoor bathroom.
The cottage-style brick and tile standard rooms are less opulent, but perfectly comfortable. Meandering paths lead to the especially beautiful swimming pool with adjacent lotus pond. A stone Buddha calmly graces centre stage of the salt-water pool as birds and butterflies are attracted to the flower-filled lagoon.
Dine beachside directly on the shady shore or in the open teak restaurant. The resort offers a spa, professional dive centre and a small gift shop. Staff are friendly and obliging. WiFi and breakfast are included.
Pondok Sari has a minimum four-night booking policy, although some booking sites allow you to reserve just two. We think this tranquil and beautiful resort is superb, but if your budget doesn’t quiet stretch, Taman Selini Beach Bungalows offers traditional styling for a lesser hole in your pocket.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 15th September, 2016.