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Griya Santrian
Ranked #13 of 78 Hotels in Sanur
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2012

We stayed at the Griya Santrian for 10 nights in April 2012. Sanur is a quiet resort with the usual tourist shops, eateries and beach. The locals are all very friendly but the place gets very quiet in the evening (about 1030pm), so go elsewhere if you want some nightlife. The majority of other reviews describe the grounds and resort quite well. It is a quiet and tidy resort, however there had been some recent building work, which had almost been completed by the time we arrived and did not interfere with our enjoyment. The room was at best OK and could we not reconcile the woops of delight about the rooms from some of the other writers. Perhaps we were unlucky. Our room (109) was at the end of a path, so there were no people passing (quiet), but opposite was a brick wall. Being on the ground floor, there was no sun light, so the room was always dark. The double bed was assembled from 2 singles, complete with a hump in the middle and no headboard on one half, which was attached to the wall elsewhere in the room.
We tried several the local resturants for each evening meal and were interested in those offering live music. All provided good food with entertaining musicians playing a broad selection of requests. Best of the best was the Wicked Parrott, which happened to be located closest to the resort. The food was fresh, finest ingredients, well cooked and presented - outstanding!
We went on a Bali Highlights trip, which included a Barong & Kris show, poo coffee & spice garden, resturant overlooking a volcano for lunch, wood carving workshop and a house within a local village - all very good and gave us some good photo opportunities and memories.

Room Tip: Very few room overlook the sea. An upstairs room of family villa would give a better outlook
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 May 2012

We have recently returned from a seven night visit to the Griya Santrian.
The hotel is located right on the beach and is just wonderful – the grounds are maintained with great care and every time you walk along a path you notice a garden ornament or a plant display you hadn’t seen before – they really are beautiful and add to the hotels relaxing atmosphere
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We stayed in a beach wing room which was located very near the beach and pool.
We never had trouble getting a lounger either on the beach or around the pool – I am an early riser so used to watch the locals fish in the shallows first thing in the morning – it was the most peaceful time of the day on the beach (no noisy jet skies!)
Our room was a good size and kept beautifully clean and on the one occasion we did have a problem with the plumbing – it was resolved within minutes – fantastic service from the maintenance guys.

We opted to include breakfast and were never disappointed – there was plenty of choice with a view of the sea – what more could you asks for?

We booked a downhill bike ride and white water rafting trip with Bali Adventure Tours - who I can recommend, the day ran smoothly and the buffet lunch at the Elephant Safari Lodge was delicious. The bike ride was not only great fun but really educational and I felt we had experienced a part of Bali that many people miss out on.

We chose to eat at the local restaurants in Main Street just outside the hotel and experienced great food and service wherever we went.

We also took a boat trip from the beach and experienced some great snorkelling.
This was our first visit to Bali and should we ever return would not hesitate to return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank MJV10
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

Have stayed at Griya twice..July 2010 and July 2011.
We stayed in a Deluxe room both times...absolutely fabulous.
Staff are kind and willing to help with absolutely anything.
Choice of food, both in the hotel and at neighbouring resorts/restaurants..all within walking distance is unbeatable.
Other hotel facilities, pools spa etc are amazing.
And the location is perfect...right on the beach, handy shopping nearby for and not far to travel to for more touristy stuff....Mind you I was always glad to get back to the peace and quiet of Griya whenever we went out anywhere. :)
I'm gushing a bit, but all i can say is it's great place to escape from the world for a while.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Sthew
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

My wife and I made the mistake of stopping by the hotel to have an early evening drink and tried one of the hotels fruit cocktails. One was supposed to have vodka in it and the other tequila. We would have been better off buying bottled water. There was a buy two get one free special on. We didn't waste our time getting the freebie. It is a nice hotel but forget the fruit cocktails.

Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
5  Thank Wayne B
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

The resort is pretty old and the room did not even have proper electric multi-adapter socket that allows you to charge your electronic devices, so do remember to bring your own adapter.

I also it strange that they insist on advance payment, as many hotels/resorts I frequent, allows you to only pay at the end of your stay, though either you have to give a deposit or give your credit card details for verification. However, the supervisor, Gede, insists on advance payment as he cited incidents in the past. As I was checking out early the next day and even book the transport to the airport with them, I suggest I pay at the end but he was inflexible and insist on the company policy. Perhaps the resort should review this lack of trust with their customer. Disappointing experience. My experience with its sister resort, Puri Santrian, was much better.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed here in March and loved it. Great location, breaky and grounds. I liked it so much Im taking my hubby back in November.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

The Griya Santria is in a superb location on Sanur's beach. The beach was quiet and peaceful, good swimming and uncluttered. The grounds are lovely and the service excellent.
The Hotel had three pools, one almost on the beach itself, with all the amenities including a bar, two restaurants, lavish spa and a basic massage service. It was really good value for money and the location was close to the many restaurants and shops along the beach and streets nearby.
I returned a second time on the same trip.

My only "issue" was the lack of much in the way of Balinese food and of all the meals I had at the hotel few were acceptable. BUt I found a place called Pregina's Warung just over the road from the main entrance and that was fantastic. Also the traditional night market on the northern end of the main road was fantastic.

Room Tip: I had a garden room which was at the far end of the complex so furthest from the beach, but it suite...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Griya Santrian

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
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sanur
#9 Luxury Hotel in Sanur
#10 Spa Hotel in Sanur
Price Range: $151 - $311 (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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Griya Santrian Sanur, Bali

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