Well located, cheap and cheerful
We’re reluctant to share Little Pond Homestay in case it’s full next time we head to Sanur: It’s our go-to budget spot. The excellent location is about one minute from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main drag; five minutes' from the beach (via a shortcut) and less to Pasar Sindu night market.
Set back behind the shops in a quiet corner, it offers a mix of fan-cooled or air-con rooms facing a shady garden and lap pool, the “little pond” of its name. Tiled rooms are basic, bright and clean. They're a bit worn at the edges, however beds are extremely comfy and showers are strong and hot. Bed linen is thin to the point of almost see though, but clean. Some rooms have bedside tables and lamps and others provide a small desk. Cable TV only comes with the higher priced rooms. You also have a choice of twin or double beds. A wardrobe and small safe keep your possessions safeguarded. Clean ensuite bathrooms are all hot-water: we are a fan of a ceiling fan, but also like a hot shower, and it’s often difficult to find the combo. Towel racks, hooks and a small shelf do the trick when it comes to bathrooms storage, however the mirror is tiny.
Furnished verandas are divided every two rooms, and house chairs, a small table and drying rack; some have beanbags, a perfect spot for a cold Bintang (available from the fridge in reception) and chatting with other guests, many of whom are regulars. Carved and painted Balinese wooden characters guard your room entrance and add a bit of local flavour.
The pool is clean and not at all like a slimy pond, however it’s narrow, and you wouldn’t want too many swimmers in it at the one time. Fallen frangipani flowers from overhead trees add fragrant tropical delights. Two shaded sun lounges are available for the first up. Be careful on the mossy slippery paths, or you may end up having a swim unintentionally.
WiFi is included, but can be a bit slow or non-existent in the rooms further from reception. Breakfast is not included in the rate, but a discounted breakfast is on offer at the lovely beachside Beach Cafe. If you’ve come with your own transport, off-street parking is available too. Staff are very friendly and efficient if there’s a problem, but your room won’t be serviced daily unless you request it.
We think Little Pond Homestay offers excellent value and so do many others, so it’s wise to book well in advance. Little Pond is a good choice for travellers who like a quieter, but friendly place; it's not for party types or loud kids (unless you book the whole place out). If Little Pond is full, Agung and Sue Watering Hole II at the other end of Sanur offers good value older-style rooms, or for smart modern digs, D’Astri Guesthouse or slightly pricier Semarandanaare good options.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 12th February, 2017.
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