Character-filled, calm retreat
A character-filled visual feast awaits in this calm and private retreat, set away from the main strip in south Sanur. The small guesthouse houses nine uniquely styled rooms, some in the main “kolonial” house, others in separate small houses and wooden villas, all set amid manicured gardens, two pools, water features and relaxing bales.
A pond-lined boardwalk leads to the reception pavilion where you’re greeted by an antique wooden lady in sarong and kebaya (no, she’s not the receptionist). Through the lattice you can see to a small paved courtyard edged with a smaller building with wooden French doors in the same colonial style, and through the other to a tinkling fountain-fed koi pond. Past the lobby, a roomy open-style and welcoming antique-filled living room leads to several rooms and “appartments”, opening to the decked pool area.
Beyond the pool, a gate reveals the double-storey wooden “villa” and “exotic room” along with the second swimming pool. Rooms are spacious, bright and airy, and stuffed to the rafters with understated charm. High ceilings, with both ceiling fans and air-con, and cement-tiled (or wooden in the villas) floors keep the rooms cool and breezy. Mosquito-netted antique four-poster beds add to the romance.
It’s comfortable, neat-as-a-pin, and invites you to unwind and make yourself at home. Mod-cons include free WiFi, cable TV, a small fridge and a safe. Spotless ensuite bathrooms provide hot-water showers (we were half expecting tubs, but not the case). Private terraces offer a quiet spot to read a book from the large library.
If you’re sick of eating out at one of the umpteen nearby restaurants, apartment rooms add an open kitchen and dining area, however it isn’t particularly private, and other guests can watch you stir and chop from the pool. Other rooms have access to two share kitchens but you won’t have to make brekkie, as a simple breakfast in included in the rate.
Staff were a little abrupt when we popped in, but they were busy checking in guests, and everyone has the occasional off day. Kolonial House run The Power of Now Oasis Yoga Studio in a huge bamboo structure 600 metres away on the beach near the Mercure Hotel, and guests are offered discounted classes. Yoga retreats include accommodation at Kolonial House, so it’s often filled with yoga students. We love the comfortable yet elegant style of Kolonial House, and the welcoming communal areas make it easy to meet other guests. This is a great pick for folk who are after a peaceful space to relax, contemplate the fish, and mingle with like-minded travellers. In a similar vein, check out Gardenia Guesthouse and Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe.
Address: 20 Jalan Sekar Waru, Sanur
T: (0878) 6153 4535; (0361) 270 796; (0815) 2908 6387;
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'10.56" E, 8º42'27.61" S
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Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||600,000 rupiah||600,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room||700,000 rupiah||700,000 rupiah|
|Private pool villa|
Apartment: 900,000 rupiah
|800,000 rupiah||800,000 rupiah|
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