My partner and I (early 30's) stayed at the Griya for 14 nights at the beginning of April 12. Upon arrival we were awarded the seemingly obligatory upgrade to a Suite room on the first floor which was a large room with a four poster bed and sitting area and a lovely walk in rainforest shower. Many of the villas at this hotel are detached and in Balinese style and offer some privacy.
Whilst unpacking clothes we noticed there was no iron and contacted them to have one sent to the room, only to be told that they don't have irons as its a fire risk (oh please!). My partner almost collapsed on the floor at this news, so not be deterred, off we went to the local supermarket (Hardys - within walking distance) and bought one for about £5. Room service didn't remove it and we used it all the time and left it there. However, we were satisfied with the room and it was nice to retreat to the balcony at about 5pm for the last hour of the day for a cheeky G & T watching the birds and squirrels in the trees.
The 3 pools are well situated and we normally started our day at the larger front pool with a bar and followed the sun throughout the day visiting all pools before ending up at the quieter pool at the rear of the hotel. Sun worshippers will need to do this as by afternoon, much of the main pool is in the shade. Getting a beach lounger is a struggle, but my partner cant stand the sand getting in the cracks so that was not an issue for us!! The hotel has a one towel per day policy which is annoying so another bloody trip to Hardys to get extra towels to keep the other half happy!
The location of the hotel is a real positive. Its one of, if not the best, hotels in Sanur. The path along the beach will take you to some restaurants and shops. You really need to get used to people asking you for a "massagggggeee" and "come look in my shop" and to be honest they do get on your nerves, but a gentle no thanks and they are generally ok. They are mainly selling crap and surprisingly wooden penises so we were never interested at all. The cyclists on the path get on your nerves when you are walking and I would have liked to tell some of them what they could do with their bells when they passed but in the end we ended up hiring bikes from the hotel (about £3 each for the day) and joined them. Well, if you cant beat them!
Outside the hotel to gain access to the main road and many more restaurants, you will get asked if you want a "taxi". Again, you need to get used to them. For over a week we said No thanks until we really needed to go somewhere one day and said yes. The bloke nearly fell off his perch he was on. Reasonable priced compared to Western rates.
We ate at the restaurant a few times and the quality of food was good, but more expensive than outside. To be honest we never had a bad meal in the 2 weeks in Bali and all the places were good and reasonable priced. The wine is a rip off though, but I was drinking their local wine. Its from a box, they charge a bomb, but I needed something to numb the pain of the singers in some of the restaurants. I would try and eat out from the hotel as its cheaper and the standards are high.
A special mention has to be given to The Porch cafe - outside the hotel, turn left and its just on the right across the road. We ate here many mornings and afternoons for a light bite and their food is very nice and their latte is to die for. Go see for yourself. Its a wonder how they notch up quality food from a little camper kitchen outside, but well worth a visit.
Overall, a lovely stay and being a 3 star hotel, I think this is a real find in Sanur and if it pleased my partner, I am sure you will find it ok!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Griya Santrian Hotel Sanur
- Griya Santrian Sanur, Bali