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... We really enjoyed it and Melinda really looked after us. A fabulous last full day in Bali. Our last day arrived and we definitely weren't ready to come home. We had a slow day and went for another massage before heading for a dip at the beach. We finally tried Little Bird Warung for lunch before heading back and getting packed up - the final pack!! Ready to leave now and it doesn't seem real that in 24 hours we will be sitting back in rainy England! See you all soon. What a trip it's ...
... Maybe Nixon himself considered a visit to the Palm Garden Hotel.
A Reno-worthy neon Hotel Palm Garden sign glows at night above reception. There is a huge golden shrine with a television where a holy statue used to sit. That's where the lady cook watched soap operas while we ate our dinner. Imagine Mexican soap operas but with Indonesians. That's right.
We took a stroll down the shockingly busy road to get a drink. After ...
... we had a rest break and were really keen to chat and practise their English.
As we left the outskirts of Nusa Dua, past an eco farm, the roads became virtually deserted and dazzling white from all the sand and dust. Just a few cows kept us company, a very welcome change from the busy dual carriageway of the last couple of days. It also became very hilly, with several confusing side roads, meaning we racked up a couple of extra miles getting lost. Down one side road we found ...
... was amazing! Andy agreed that it tasted so different and so much better than anything else that we had eaten in the last 6 months! Luckily John and Lynda had brought so much chocolate with them we (or actually just me) was able to stuff myself silly with it over the next two weeks to ease the 6 month long craving!! Seeing John and Lynda, receiving gifts from home, all that chocolate and being in a lovely hotel was all very overwhelming for us, but we ...
... kreeft en eentje vraagt aan mij waar mijn Valentijn is. Ik zeg dat hij in Hong Kong is, vraag maar verder niks antwoord ik lachend als een boer met kiespijn. Tijdens het eten, maak ik veelvuldig gebruik van de wifi, ik stuur foto's van de zonsondergang in Bali en wenst iedereen een happy Valentine, want ik ben de kwaadste niet. Ik keer terug naar huis om in te pakken, want de volgende dag moet ik alweer de vlucht van 10:30 pakken richting Darwin. Australia, here I ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Griya Santrian Sanur
I have just returned from 2 weeks at the lovely hotel Griya Santrian with my husband and friends. Originally we had booked into Puri Santrian, on arrival we were informed that they had overbooked and alternative accommodation had been organised at their sister property Griya Santrian. Although we were originally disappointed, we were very pleased with the upgrade to a deluxe room and the offer to return to Puri in 4 days. We enjoyed Griya so much that we requested to stay there for the remainder of our holiday. The staff were very obliging and quickly met our request and allowed us to stay in our deluxe room.
The deluxe room is very spacious with a king bed, plenty of storage and a table and chairs to relax. The bathroom is also
very roomy with a large bath tub and a separate shower, although there were plenty of amenities there was no hairdryer. This was rectified very quickly once I requested one. The room was spotlessly clean and every morning we had a visit from a very pleasant housekeeper. The most appealing attribute of the deluxe rooms are the large verandahs and their proximity to the smaller garden pool.
The Hotel offers a variety of foods for breakfast which is served in the restaurant overlooking the beach a great place to start the day. The pizza restaurant serves good pizzas that can also be enjoyed whilst enjoying the view of the beach. There was plenty of beach lounges available and lots of shade around both pools although we did notice lounges had been reserved very early in the day. The beach is suitable for young children as there is a reef protecting the shallows from large waves and it was cleaned daily. You do get asked by the locals for all kinds of services, but once you have been there for a few days and they get to see you are not interested they leave you alone. The Sanur locals are not nearly as persistent as the locals along the Kuta - Legian beach!
A few good restaurants to try are the Village just outside Griya, JJ's on the opposite side of the road and to the right. Cafe Batujimbar to the left on the same side as Village about 5 mins walk. A trip from the airport to Sanur will cost around 60,000RRP and to Kuta around 50,000 RRP one way and the same to the Legian area. A very reasonable and friendly driver is Made, he usually stands opposite the Village hotel, we found him very polite, punctual and informative. At our request he took us to some local villages and into the countryside that is not visited by a lot of tourists, we had a great day
This was our second trip to Bali, the first we spent at Hotel Padma,a 5 star hotel in Legian which is also very nice. Although the Griya Santrian is only a 3 star hotel the deluxe room is every bit as nice as Padma's Garden deluxe room. If you are looking for a smaller hotel with good facilities and friendly staff try Griya Santrian
Go Back To Bali
Griya Santrian - Sanur Beach. Great place with friendly staff and beautiful surroundings. Much more populated than other hotels in the same community. GO BACK TO BALI! The marvelous people there need your support and tourism business. Fill the hotels and restaurants there so there the lively vacation spirit re-energizes the place.
Wedding Day Bliss
We were lucky enough to get married in beautiful Bali on August 15 2005. It was the best experience either of us have ever had. The whole day was relaxing, we were still in the pool and hour before the wedding.
Our wedding planner (Bali Weddings International) and the staff at the Griya Santrian did a beautiful job setting up for the ceremony and the reception. We could not have asked for anything better.
The entire night the staff waited on us and our 27 family and friends, calling everybody by name and making us all feel like royalty.
I would highly recommend getting married, honeymooning or just having a relaxing holiday at the Griya Santrian Hotel.
My husband and I can't wait to return again as soon as possible.
Not Quite As Expected
Just back from a week at the Griya Santrian.... Quite disappointed in the room - had booked a superior beach wing room thinking it would like the picture advertised on the hotel's websiste and arrived to what looked like the garden wing, eventhough we were assured it was superior beach wing room. Staff generously (??) moved us to a 'deluxe' which is what the superior beach wing looks like on the website. The beds are extremely hard, the air con did not work properly eventhough it was checked several times. The amenities are spartan.
The staff are lovely and the food in the restaurant is excellent and reasonably priced, which is why our stay ended up ok. There is a feeling of desperation -- the manicure/massage ladies do not quit - nor do the offers for drivers/taxis, etc. Not very restful on the beach with all the pestering and expectation for business.
Great place to stay
Had a fantastic stay at the Griya Santrian. Nice, clean rooms with a/c and a balcony. Plenty of places to eat along the beachfront & on the main road outside the hotel.
Only downside - had the hard sell from the Manager for the honeymoon meal set up. Also overpriced taxi from the airport. Booked with a local driver for the return journey and paid half. When we left we were told that the hotel had gone ahead and booked their taxi for us - that was their loss.
That small niggle aside, this Hotel is well worth going to. Our favourite part was the secluded 2nd swimming pool - got you away from the noisy tourists and into a peaceful suntrap later in the afternoon!
Can't wait to go back!
What an amazing place! This was our first visit to Bali and we are hoping to return as soon as possible. The Griya is perfectly situated in the middle of Sanur with restaurants and bars right on the door step. The staff in the hotel go out of their way to please you. Its always spotlessly clean and the rooms are impressive. The restaurant in the hotel was so good we ate there a few times and it was reasonably priced. the fish BBQ on the beach was great!
When you venture out of the hotel (not walking far as its sooo hot) The Italian at the entrance to the hotel was amazing. You have to go to JJ's Bar / Restaurant (turn right, few doors down on the opp side of the road) The staff were brilliant and this is where we got our driver from (Barman Nyomen's brother, Made). He took us to Dreamland (great surf beach with limestone cliffs), Ullawatu for the best dance in the evening, then for seafood on the beach and a trip to the night market in Denpasar (well worth a visit to see friut, veg and fish like you've never seen before).
There is a path that runs the length of Sanur along the beach. Its a nice walk at night (watch out for the bats). There are a few sellers, but nothing too forceful. The 30p new release DVD's are a bargin- buy 10 get 1 free!
If you want to buy souveneirs without the hassle, turn left from the hotel and walk for about 5 minutes to Hardy's. They sell gifts and have a supermarket for spices etc.
A place so good, you'd like to keep a secret!
We have travelled to Bali over a 20 year period and have stayed around 17 times, in Kuta and Sanur. We have a young family and the 'Griya' is our favourite. We love the beach in front of the Griya Santrian- it's clean, has white sand, and you can see the magnificent view of the ocean from the hotel pool. The swim up bar is the best- good drinks, icecreams for the kids, and friendly staff. You could sit there all day and soak up the sun. The markets nearby are cheap, not crowded and not too touristy. The restaurants at the hotel and along the beachfront are more authentic than the more populated areas in Bali. Superior beach rooms or deluxe rooms are the best. But dont' tell anyone- it's a secret!
I would recommend this hotel to anybody. We spent two wonderful weeks here and can find nothing to complain about. The rooms are large and clean, the beach pool is beautiful with a wonderful swim up bar, the garden pool is quiet and peaceful.
The food was all excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful.
We can highly recommend the Griya
The Griya is a 4 star Hotel in the middle of Sanur, with lots of good Restaurants, market stalls, and supermarkets handy, with direct access to the beachfront, and their own section of Sanur Beach.
The rooms are large and spotlessly clean, set in beautiful gardens, with two pools and spar, we were at the beach end overlooking a pond with beautiful water lilies, fountains, big carp swimming around and illuminated by those lanterns with the thatched roofs and the terracotta crown on the top.
There are lots of sun lounges by the pools, and on the beach, with about 16 permanent thatched roof beach umbrella structures for your use, and good waiter service from the in house Restaurant, Bar, and or Pizza Restaurant, can recommend you try the special Bali Smoked Tuna Pizza, the main Restaurants service and food is excellent and is very reasonably priced.
Very friendly staff, nothing is a problem, and everything is clean and tidy, the pools are 10 out of 10, sparkling white tiles, in fact they are iridescent and sparkle when the sun just hits them just right, with a green border around the bottom where there is a ledge for the vertically challenged to stand on to keep their heads above water.
There's a waterfall, a wading pool for the kids, and the beach pool has the obligatory sunken bar with about 20 stools in the pool on two sides.
There is no doubt we will return time and again to the Griya.