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Griya Santrian
Ranked #15 of 78 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 June 2010

We stayed at the Griya Santrian and absolutely loved the place, it's got that real Bali feel about it - beautifull grounds and pools, gorgeous bungalows, it's own beach, delicious breakfast in a beautifull open air type dining room etc.
We had a Superior Garden Wing Room and we could not fault it, it was a free standing bungalow with it's own verandah finished in beautifull Balinese style, a large bedroom and huge bathroom with shower and bath.
It was a terrible shame we had to cut our holiday short due to a family illness so we had to leave after 4 days instead of 10 days, we would love to come back!

The only thing that is uninpressive is the driveway and front entrance to the Hotel but once you are past reception it's just absolutely gorgeous - a true paradise

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2010

I booked two weeks in Bali as a surprise birthday present for girlfriend. Before deciding on the Griya Santrian I read reviews on most of the major travel websites but found the ones on Trip Advisor most useful and upto date.

We booked through Thomas Cook Signature Holidays and upon arriving in Bali after a long flight from the UK we were greeted by Putra, the travel rep for our time in Bali. From the airport we went straight to the hotel located in Sanur which was only a short ride (around 30 minutes) by car.

Staff at the Santrian were fantastic from the word go and upgraded our room to a poolview, I was thankful of this as many of the negative comments about the hotel seemed to be about the slightly out dated garden wing rooms. Porters helped with bags to the room and we were greeted with a birthday treat from the manager! The room was excellent, located next to the swimming pool, pool bar and main restaurant and only a few metres from the beach and sea. We had everything we needed in the room including mini bar, large balcony and clean bathroom with good shower.

The hotel room was cleaned and new bedsheets, towels changed daily and we became good friends with the guy who kept our room clean.

Everywhere you went around the hotel you are made to feel welcomed and the staff at the Griya are amongst the nicest I have met on my travels.

The hotel has two swimming pools, the main one by the sea always gets busy much sooner and other people on Trip Advisor mentioned the problems with towels and how people seem to get up early to 'reserve' their space around the pool for the day. The management does promote to remove towels if they are unoccupied for more than 30 minutes but we saw no sign of this. On the plus side the hotel does provide fresh pool towels each day free of charge. The second hotel pool is located towards the garden wing rooms at the rear of the hotel and has a lot more character to it with the added bonus of a raised jacuzzi spa.

Food at the hotel was really good, as we were room only we didn't go for the santrian breakfast which seemed busy every morning. I'd you don't get breakfast included in your package deal it is quite expensive at around £10 per person, there are plenty of smaller cafe bars on the main street that offer a cheaper alternative. Our favourite restaurant at the hotel was pizza corner which is located at the front of the hotel and serves a basic selection of Italian and Japanese food, again the Service here was excellent. Outside the hotel we tried several great restaurants but top of our list were Ratatouile (a mix of traditional Indonesian foods with several amazing western dishes) a Chinese buffet located across the road from the Hyatt Hotel which was quite expensive but very good and finally located right on the beach front a boutique style restaurant called Isola.

The hotel arranges entertainment during your stay and the most popular night seems to be the Beach BBQ which takes place on a Monday with a great selection of fresh meat and fish dishes and a live band.

On our two week stay on the island we decided to organise a lot of trips ourselves and used the touts on the beach to the right of the hotel. Your tour rep will advise not to use these touts but we had no problems and as along as you just pay them a deposit fir the trip (around 10%) you should be fine, the trip organiser will take the rest when they pick you up from the hotel. Trips included the Elephant Safari Park, Safari and Marine Park, Horse Riding on the beach, a temple visit and shopping tour, parasailing, helicopter ride amongst other things.

If your planning on heading out to see the sights without a tour we'd suggest using one of the drivers who hang around the hotel entrance way. We had a fantastic driver (Dewa) who we used several times during our stay, don't be suprised once they drop you off as they will wait around till you are finished and then take you back to the hotel - always ask for the price first but this is much cheaper than the taxis which continuously try to tout business outside the hotel.

All in all our stay at the Griya Santrian was fantastic and we will definetly be back, I would have no hesitation in recommending Bali and the Santrian to anyone planning a getaway.

I hope you enjoy the photos we have added.

Eddie & Louise

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank secretmillionaire
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Reviewed 20 June 2010

The Griya is definately one of the best hotels in Sanur. The grounds are beautiful, and rooms to a good standard. It has a fantastic pool bar where you can cool down from the heat and humidity. I would recommend a garden room over a beach room, the deluxe also looked fab from the outside.

The Griya is situated on a quieter stretch of the beach, we had no problems with sunbeds on the beach or around the pool. Meals were excellent in all of the restaurants, in particular the Wantilan. I would recomment booking room only rather than paying for breakfast up front. American breakfast was c70k rupees, £5, whereas to book upfront the agent wanted £9.

Staff are friendly and service very efficient. One thing to be aware of are the taxi drivers located opposite the hotel entrance. We used one to take us to Ulawatu, stopping at Jimbaran on the way back for supper. Unfortunately the driver took us to one restaurant at which we were practically forced to eat as he had parked his car there. He is obviously getting a cut for this and it made for quite an uncomfortable experience.

Other than that it was a fantastic holiday. I would not recommend Bali as a sole destination (we combined with Hong Kong which is fab), as it is just so far away and you can get much the same closer to home (carribean/ thailand etc). It was not quite the cultural experience that I was expecting.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2010

We have just returned from our stay at this hotel and were very happy with it. When we arrived at the hotel we were told that our room would not be ready until 7pm and therefore they would be upgrading our room to the best in the hotel. Our first reaction was to say yes thats great as we were completely exhausted from travelling from the UK. However, it only dawned on us a couple of hours in that this was a very long wait considering the distance we travelled. We tried to find out what exactly what was the delay and would have infact preferred to have our original room. It transpsired that the hotel gets very busy (possibly booking to capacity or overbooking) and peole have a tendancy to check out late. Therefore when the next guests arrive they have to wait and are upgraded to another room.

The room we got was excellant and i would recommend it. Very big with a large bathroom that included a separate shower and bath tub. It was slightly further away from the beach slightly but meant it was slightly quieter which is what we preferred.

The manger came to see us at breakfast the next day to apologise and offered us lunch at the restaurant at the hotel. We were pleased with the room but were just exhausted when we arrived and wanted to collapse. Be aware if this happens to you and you have a travelled a long distance to get there.

Breakfast was not bad. You get fruit, eggs however you want them, pastries and a selection of hot food. It can become repettive the same food everyday. To be honest i would say probably go for room only and eat outside. Or pick up snack from the local shops. The hotel also provides you with two bottles of water a day whch is good.

There are 3 swimming pools. The main one near the beach gets taken early with the usual towels laid down. The bar is also there. The other two are quieter, so if you are looking for a bit more peace i would suggest those two.

We didnt eat at the hotel restaurants as there are plenty of eating places within walking distance in Sanur - on the beach front and the main road. Its worth venturing out onto both. Its pleasant to sit on the beach front whether to eat or just have a drink while you listen to waves. Equally there are a lot of restaurants on the main road in both direction that you can walk to.

The hotel had quite a lot of Austrailians, which wasn't a problem at all. Towards the end of our stay it looked like more families with young kids coming. That wasn't a problem, but if you are looking for a hotel with no kids you want to take that into account. A lot of the guests appeared to be of an older age more mature age. Therefore, there is a mixture of people that come here, but not somewhere to go if you are looking for a young crowd of people only. However, i would stay here again.

Be aware that everyone is trying to sell soemthing to tourists. One day we were sitting outside our room looking through some leaflets, when the front desk person walking by asked us what we were looking to do. He advised that he could help us and we should come and see him later on in the evening. Of course we assumed that this was through the hotel. However, he had spoken to someone from outside the hotel (one of may people who will ask if they can drive you somewhere or be a your guide). This person was basically seeing if we would arrange something with him and pushing for us to agree something. We declined. Clearly people are trying to make a living, however when its in your face its probably too much. Like most developing countries, people probably get some sort of cut.

Overall service was excellant. Staff are friendly and helpful. Sanur is not a bad location to stay in. Its much quieter and pleasanter than the madness of Kuta. There are a lot of restaurants that are walking distance. If you want to visiting other places its not a problem to travel from here.

Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

We had 7 nights and have just returned from a fantastic holiday there.
We arrived at 5pm mid week (from Hong Kong) and we're told we'd have to wait an hour or two for our room to be ready.As this was at 5pm I raised a strong 'No!' and got upgraded to a Suite for immediate ocupation-RESULT!
We were in the Garden Wing-trust me stay there rather than the Pool Wing-more privacy, better accomodation and 2 great pools.
Hotel and staff were excellent, local area good, ate always in the evenings at the beach side restaurants-go the beach front & turn left. (bar once) . Bonsai Cafe excellenr for lunch & dinner, Toot Sie good also.
Quiet, warm, on the beach listening to the sea was much better place to eat than up in front of the hotel on the main road (although the one meal we had was good there, but very hot being away from the beach).
Fight the Germans (and surprisingly the Dutch on occasion) from their usual reserve the sun beds at 6am but otherwise great pool & beach areas (beds always come free mid afternoon by the beach). You'll hear a lot of (loud) Aussies everywhere but there was a good atmosphere at all times.
Beautiful Island, lovely people, cheap to eat, would go back tomorrow bar the thought of the 24 hour trip via HK, but would go again happily.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

I go along with Linan Mikes report!(Hi Guys we shared a few drinks in your company was great!) Griya is lovely, set a a beautifull part of the ocean. My sister and I shared a great room close to the Pool and beach front, the grounds are kept imaculate and staff are very pleasant! It is only our 3rd time to Bali, should we return again will definately stay at the Gryia.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2010

Stayed here with my sister for five nights, loved wish it had been for longer! Smaller boutique resort but had all you needed! Our room was a suite,clean, comfortable and right near the pool.Staff were good although we did have a couple of misery ones but I suppose you can get that anywhere.lovely breakfast outlook.Food and drinks also good. yes the wicked parrot at the entrance good value.lovely walkways on the outside of hotel that go for miles along beach.Overall yes i would reccomend! driver at hotel entrance named 1nyoman rurus was great!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Danau Tamblingan 47 | PO Box 3055, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
#7 Family Hotel in Sanur
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanur
#11 Luxury Hotel in Sanur
#12 Spa Hotel in Sanur
Price Range: £90 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Griya Santrian 4*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Griya Santrian welcomes you to experience an enduring tale of warm traditional Balinese hospitality on the laid back sunrise coast of Sanur Beach. This beautiful beachfront resort, the sister property of Puri Santrian, is unmistakably among the most renowned landmarks in Sanur, gracing a perfectly central location on the quiet shore and with an unending classical design that continues to charm visitors, be it new and repeat visitors alike. Sanur is well known as a spot for luxurious seaside accommodation with its white sand beach bordering a reef-sheltered lagoon, making it one of the safest on the island, and thus perfect for families. As a luxuriant oasis in Sanur, Griya Santrian's enduring warm Balinese touches are imbued throughout its range of impeccable services and facilities. Leafy tropical Balinese gardens comprising flowering undergrowth and large shady trees (some older than the resort itself) dominate its manicured landscaping. And guests enjoy ease of access to the local shopping and dining hubs of Sanur, all within walking distance from the resort. At the heart of the Balinese owned and operated resort are its wonderful accommodation features - well designed and appointed guestrooms are spread throughout its two main wings. The two story Garden Wing comprises a total of 37 rooms with private balconies or terraces overlooking the resort's aforementioned lush gardens. Meanwhile, the ever popular Beach Wing features a total of 20 spacious rooms that let guests wake up to the wonderful garden view and the dramatic Sanur sunrises. Balconies or terraces also overlook the resort's main pool. Cable TV, mini-bar, hot and cold water, IDD telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, in-room safe and air conditioning all come as standard in-room amenities, to name a few. Alternatively, a choice of 59 Deluxe Rooms welcome guests to garden and pool views with some closer to the beach and feature en suite marble bathrooms and separate showers. For those who prefer a more lavish accommodation will find the Santrian Suite, a capacious suite with a 68 sqm bedroom with an elegantly draped four-poster bed as its center piece, together with a dressing room and private balcony. Designed with a refined modern Balinese approach, the suite serves as the ultimate romantic getaway for couples and honeymooners, while also great for families. For dining pleasures, Griya Santrian presents its main restaurants and outlets, which includes The Wantilan Restaurant, offering sumptuous breakfasts and all-day dining complemented by sweeping ocean views over the Sanur coastline. Meanwhile, Griya Beach Corner serves a wide choice of Italian, Japanese and Asian specialty dishes in a refreshing open-air setting. For a bit of romance, lovebirds can optionally spice things up with a bespoke candlelit dinner. The Spa at Griya Santrian is a thoughtfully designed and purpose built facility that offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments using natural fruit and flower extracts that will totally indulge you from top to toe. It's the go-to place within the resort grounds where guests can discover a great way to re-energize, refresh and rejuvenate during their stay. Griya Santrian opened in 1972 as a luxury boutique resort with a pride and commitment towards the preservation of Balinese arts and culture. While keeping to its roots and now in its fourth decade running, Griya Santrian continues to improve its facilities and services. The most recent addition includes a new wing room which was unveiled only last year, and repeat guests will also be surprised to see a new spa adjacent the resort's lobby, set to be completed this year. Several key facelifts are also well underway in 2016. ... more   less 
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