Photo: Your private patch of paradise at Kolonial.

Kolonial House

Character-filled, calm retreat

20 Jalan Sekar Waru, Sanur T: (0878) 6153 4535 (0361) 270 796 (0815) 2908 6387

Kolonial House

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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.

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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.

Ticks the charm and romance boxes.

Ticks the charm and romance boxes. Photo: Sally Arnold

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.

It's all about the details.

It's all about the details. Photo: Sally Arnold

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.

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Walk-in rates at Kolonial House

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
600,000 rupiah
600,000 rupiah
Superior double room
700,000 rupiah
700,000 rupiah
Private pool villa
800,000 rupiah
800,000 rupiah
Apartment: 900,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 600,000 rupiah, high season 600,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 700,000 rupiah, high season 700,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Private pool villa, low season: 800,000 rupiah, high season 800,000 rupiah. Notes: Apartment: 900,000 rupiah

Where is Kolonial House

Kolonial House
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
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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