This place has a lot going for it. Location right on the beach. Charming, clean rooms with a 1950s feel to them. Modern, funky bathrooms with a view across the fields while you take a (warm) shower. And a lovely pool right on the edge of the sand. The mosquito nets are robust and red. The breeze through the room when the doors are open is cooling and welcome.
Surfers are catered for with racks for their boards. Yoga is on offer in mornings in wonderful pavillions overlooking the crashing surf.
My main issue with this property in the bar / restaurant attached. It's an integral part of the place and so does have a big impact. The food quality was consistently poor (nasi goreng without an egg??); the music was bad (awful fake-reggae-pop or cover versions of Adele); and someone had added a rope of flashing rope of coloured LEDs. It is such a shame as the furniture, position and overall feel are really something special. This is why those in the know take a few steps down onto the black sand beach and head to the simple little place on the rocks to the right to have their sunset beer and feed.
I really like this place and they seem to be trying really hard to make a go of it. My advice - sort out the bar / restaurant (especially the music which made me seek out another place to have my beers); find a way to have front of rooms open to the breeze at night (perhaps louvre windows?); chill out a little and decide if you want to be a surfer place or a yoga place. At the moment its kind of neither with a bit of naff Kuta thrown in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balian Beach, Located in west Bali, 90 minutes drive north of Seminyak. Balian Beach: Pondok Pitaya Surfer Hotel is located on the edge of a natural volcanic black sand beach and beautiful cliff crafted by nature itself. The beach is perfect for long walks and has all year round waves for surfing. Many Yoga groups are starting to looking into Balian Beach as an alternative training spot other than Ubud. All rooms have been reconstructed from indigenous houses imported from Java, dating back to the 1930's. Rooms include twin share Surfer Suites and large houses that can sleep up to 8 people. One of the best place in Balian Beach for Surfing and Yoga.Experience a world of limitless adventure and sun-filled days in Balian ... where you can live out your dream of being a surfer or enjoy a family holiday with few rounds of ice cold Bintang beers. Sample the freshest Indonesian and Western cuisine. 45 min from the Tabanan Mountain area for a coffee plantation hike and fresh brewed Balinese Coffee. Or slip into a waking dream with clear sky, millions of stars blinking at night and accompanied by tropical sea breeze. Some say Pondok Pitaya is a hotel, but some say its home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pondok Pitaya: Hotel, Surfing And Yoga Bali/Tabanan