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All reviews werner lau secret bay deluxe bungalow roof terrace catfish outdoor bathroom fresh flowers every day traditional style nice garden beautiful bay stayed here for nights standard room dive centre breakfast was included diving snorkeling mosquito net nice stay
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Nice place to stay for diving and snorkeling. Clean rooms and very nice garden. The staff is very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The surroundings are very quiet and there are some good restaurants to eat out. We will come back some day :)

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Venture589942
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

The hotel is right on the beach at Pemuteran. You can snorkel off the beach as they are working on the reef and the sea eco-system. The beach is quite long and you can walk along either way and at dusk watch the bats and swallows fly over.
The rooms are done in a more traditional style, lots of dark wood and there is a theme in the decoration throughout the hotel. The toilets by the shop are some the the most ornately decorated I've ever seen! There is a mosquito net over the bed if you need it (we never used ours), The bathroom is outside which could be an issue with mossies but was enjoyable. Please note that you cannot flush paper down the toilet. The room has a safe in the wardrobe and that's about all the modcons you have. There is no fridge, TV or phone in the room. We didn't miss any of them.
There is a good range of food for breakfast. We are vegan and were able to eat well. There are also other restaurants nearby worth visiting. We ate a few times in the evening or for lunches as meals were ok. The more european options were a little dull but the Balinese food tasty. They do add service charge and tax.
There's a pool with loungers and also sun loungers on the beach under the shade of a large tree. There is also a diving/snorkeling business. We booked a snorkeling trip out to Pulau Menjangan via them and had a boat to ourselves. Permuteran is a very quiet stretch of beach compared to say Kuta/Seminyak. When talking to the drivers we used they were surprised we went to Pemuteran as it is so quiet. But we specfically picked it for the snorkeling and being near Pulau Menjangan. It was nice to head there and relax. There is a mosque nearby with call to prayer which you can hear at times and depending on which way the wind is blowing. The hotel also put on a show of dancing on the Saturday evening.
We used the spa twice (you can find cheaper massages elsewhere) and had lovely massages there. It's also beautifully decorated and very relaxing.
All the staff were friendly, approachable and helpful.
There is wifi by reception and at the restaurant. This was intermittent but adequate for a bit of quick browsing to catch up with news and friends.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Nikivara
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Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We stayed at Pondok Sari for 4 nights and thought we had picked the best hotel to stay at. Neighbouring resorts are pretty with park-like settings, but the tropical garden, ponds, pool and wooden architecture of Pondok Sari are a beautiful point of difference. Privacy was a bit lacking in the standard room (but we didn’t mind), restaurant and spa more expensive than street options but the spa was worth it, restaurant not so much. Would return.

Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Leigh C
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Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

This is the second of two reviews (the other is of Tauch Terminal at Tulamben) following a two centre diving trip to Bali in April. As it was my first trip to Bali, I can’t readily compare the places visited with other alternatives. So I’m rating the two against each other. The overal rating of ‘4’ for the Pondok Sari is based on:-

Ambience - 4.5
Food - 3
Diving. - 4

Th Pondok Sari consists of small wooden buildings set in a luscious tropical garden. The tropical garden area of the hotel gives onto a small black sand beach.

We had a family ‘room’ which gave us a large bedroom, a roof terrace (shady but very hot) and acces to a shaded outside area. The building itself, and the rest of the hotel, was a beautiful carved structure built in the 1960s in traditional style. Staff were very friendly and helpful; on arrival we found flower decorations on the bed. Room service was regular and good. The half-outside bathroom took a little getting used to, but I liked it. Beds were a bit hard, and overall the accommodation was a bit tired.

Food is served in a very atmospheric large open-walled area which also serves as a bar.
Unfortunately the food itself was a little limited - I liked the Thai dishes (fish and conventional curries) but the rest was nothing special. Breakfast was a buffet, which was not particularly good (except for unlimited coffee!). However Permutaran has quite a few alternatives within a reasonably short walk, so visitors are not completely ‘tied’ to the hotel (see my review of Frangipani, which became our alternative choice).

The Dive Centre was well run, with a good range of equipment that could be hired if needed. Staff were friendly and professional, but the atmosphere was a little regimented compared to the Tulamben Tauch Terminal. They offer Nitrox, but only have 12 litre tanks, which can be a bit limiting if you’re a heavy breather. There is a range of reefs and walls within short boat rides of the hotel, but easily the best sites were in the relatively nearby Menjarangan National Park, which is a 40 minute boat ride away. We dived walls and reeefs, and saw a good range of fish including sharks, turtles and Eagle Rays, plus plenty of other fish, Frogfish, nudibranches and other species. It is possible to see a lot without going below 20 metres or so, but on some of the wall dives there is plenty all the way down to 30 metres or more. And of course there’s Nitrox!

One very interesting trip out was to Secret Bay, which is a tidal lagoon with an enormous array of unusual shallow water life including seahorses, anemones full of clownfish, variegated urchins, catfish and so on (but sadly with a lot of plastic rubbish also to be found) - two excellent dives with maximum depths of 5m or less, so no deco!

The hotel can also organise trips, and we had a very good day trip out to visit a tropical garden, various temples including a highly atmospheric one in a forest.

I had good diving there, but in a slightly regimented atmosphere and with slightly limited onshore facilities. I loved the walls at Menjarangan!

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank Roude_Liew
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Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Had lunch and dinner here a couple of times. Very nice food, good prices and kind staff in balinese surroundings! The cook has worked on a european cruiseship the manager told us. Next to Taman Sari. We took a walk through the hotel which seems to have a lot of nice, private rooms.

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank Irene1414
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