We spent 3 days at this beautiful resort. The staff were so helpful and friendly, they tried to make our stay as nice as possible, there was some construction work going on while we were staying at Pondok Sari however it didn't bother us at all, the workmen were pleasant and brought life to the sleepy little Pondok Sari village! I can imagine how silent and quiet it could have been had the construction work not been going on! However as most of the resort was under construction we only saw a small part of it, its seemed to be quite big.... I doubt I would like to stay there in high season when every bungalow is full!! Low season was just fine even with the sound of work going on!
As most of the resort was shut off, the only bungalows available were those near the pool and beach, which was great! Im sure in high season you would have to book months in advance to get one of these well placed rooms! We would have liked to stay in one of the deluxe bungalows as they are just incredible with detail but unfortunately as we hadn't booked in advance we missed out!! That will teach us to book ahead next time! despite the deluxe bungalows not being available we did find the basic bungalow had everything we needed.. it was very clean and comfortable and at night it was so peaceful and quiet! it was also lovely to come back to our bungalow in the afternoon after it had been cleaned to find new bottles of water and fresh flowers everywhere.. even on the bed! The outdoor bathroom in both kinds of bungalow are lovely.. its so nice to be able to shower outdoors and hear nature around you!! The only off putting feature was also being able to hear your neighbors showering or using the toilet too just over the wall from you!! We only had neighbors for the last day so it wasn't a big deal.. but in high season when the place is buzzing I can see it being more of an issue!! Maybe some of the other bungalows are more private.. who knows...
The pool was lovely and tranquil... there were only 8 guests staying there at the time so even if we were all around the pool it wouldn't have seemed busy!! There seemed to be more staff than guests even! So we felt a little spoiled.. we didn't have to wait more than a minute to be served at the restaurant over looking the gorgeous beach and turquoise sea! We ate every meal at the restaurant, the food was great.. I especially loved the coconut and lemon juice drink! As it was so quiet we were able to try out almost all of the tables and view points from the restaurant overlooking the pool and beach! Everywhere you sit you get a great view.. there is even a lovely lily pond with frogs to watch if you get bored of watching other tourists and locals wonder up and down the beach!! The only time the beach got noisy was when a group of local children showed up to play a game of football... at first I was a little annoyed by the noise but then when I started watching it became quite entertaining.. some local adults and other guests started to join in to and it became quite an event!!
We used the dive center everyday as my partner is a keen diver and I wanted to snorkel as well as have a go at diving. We found the staff extremely professional and all of their equipment seemed new and well maintained! They were extremely organised and efficient, we arrived at 13.30 and my partner was allowed to join them for the 14.00 dive without any prior booking!! This may have not been the case had we been there during high season but they do seem to be very accommodating! I enjoyed my introduction to diving, the staff were very professional and thorough, first talking to me about diving and hand signals under water etc.. then showing me how to use the equipment in the swimming pool and making sure I was comfortable with breathing under water and using the equipment before taking me to the beach to explore their amazing coral reef project.
We enjoyed visiting the spa at the resort, it was beautiful and calm.. the staff were lovely and the treatments were great. I had a 4 hand massage, a body scrub followed by a flower bath and a pedicure - It was all worth every penny, I highly recommend treating your self there!! We also tried out the after sun treatments as we got a bit toasted on the boat to Mengangen island and I had my eye brows waxed.. all of which was also great!! I think it would be crazy to stay at this resort and not try out their lovely spa!!
I think for what you get at this resort it all seems fairly priced.. its a little piece of heaven!!
I hope we can go back one day!!!
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