3 Days Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Balian Beach,Bali

  • Pondok Pitaya Hotel, Jl. Pantai Balian, Br Pengasahan, Desa Lalanglinggah, Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan, Bali

3 Days Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Balian Beach,Bali

  • Pondok Pitaya Hotel, Jl. Pantai Balian, Br Pengasahan, Desa Lalanglinggah, Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan, Bali

Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Retreat Bali

Join this amazing Hatha yoga retreat where newer and beginner students are welcome. Learn the appreciation and gratitude of the word "given", it comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice, a way to enhance one’s life. Be part of this experience, slip into a waking dream with clear sky, millions of stars blinking at night, and accompanied by a tropical sea breeze.


  • 2 daily yoga lessons
  • 1 relaxing Balinese massage
  • Plenty of time to relax and de-stress
  • Transportation from and to airport
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 1 voucher meal
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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All rooms have been reconstructed from indigenous houses imported from Java, dating back to the 1930s. Rooms include twin share surfer suites and large houses that can accommodate up to eight people.

River suite

One of the best accommodation that Balian Beach can offer, presenting the latest air conditioned room, the River suite. It is a boutique hotel room designed for two people. Equipped with comfortable double beds and cooled air conditioned for those hot nights. The room is constructed with teak wood and recycled boat wood and decorated in contemporary colors and fabrics.

Room amenities

  • One double or twin bed completed with mosquito net
  • Safety box
  • Air conditioned
  • Bathroom completed with hot and cold shower
  • Bath towel
  • Nonsmoking rooms
  • Electric kettle
  • -Additional services (arranged for additional fees)
  • Scooter hire
  • Car hire (with/without driver) - rates available at reception desk
  • Babysitter service - 75,000 IDR per hour
  • Staff onsite: 07:30 a.m. until late

Pondok Pitaya Yoga is suitable to all students, regardless of their level or experience in yoga. With the vibrant beach atmosphere, the class will move in several paces, as students begin to develop their asana practice. Fundamentals and alignment in postures, as well as breathing and meditation techniques are practiced, allowing students to gain an understanding of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Students are given their yoga practice according to their ability.

Newer and beginner students tend to have a much shorter practice than those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility, and concentration, additional postures will be given to the student. The appreciation and gratitude of the word "given" comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice, a way to enhance one’s life.

This is in comparison to learning a lot of postures at once in a typical modern class. Pondok Pitaya’s yoga classes are structured classes, and the structure of the class depends on the teacher being able to keep track of what each student is doing. If a student has trouble with a particular asana, the teacher can offer a modification or work for a posture, which is consistent with the intention of the practice.

This retreat will be held at Balian Beach, located in West Bali, Indonesia. Balian Beach is located 90-minute drive north of Seminyak. Pondok Pitaya 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 look into Balian Beach as an alternative training spot other than Ubud.

Nearby places

  • Seminyak - 90 minutes
  • Tabanan mountain area - 45 minutes
  • Massage
  • Poolside bar
  • Shopping nearby
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi (restaurant area only)
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served two delicious breakfasts and you will also be given one meal voucher. Please note that dinners and lunches will be on your own.

Balian Beach is not only famous for the accommodations, but also for surfers, yoga groups, and occasionally, the kite surfing community during windy months. For the coffee lovers, Balian Beach is only 45 minutes away from the Tabanan mountain area, for a coffee plantation hike and fresh brewed Balinese coffee. 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 a few rounds of ice-cold beers.

During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one Balinese massage. You may as well experience the ultimate relaxation and pampering in Pondok Pitaya Spa. From stress-relieving massages, to rejuvenating body wraps, revitalizing scrubs, nourishing facials, and more.

  • 1 Balinese massage
  • 1 voucher meal
  • 1 welcome drink
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 yoga sessions
  • 2 breakfasts
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Airfare
  • Board rental
  • Extra yoga sessions
  • Vehicle rental
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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    Review by Luisito Morante from Thailand

    A great place to rest and recharge

    CONS Cons: The food was underwhelming, but there were several good options nearby.

    PROS Pros: Location was perfect, and there were only a few tourists. The staff was accommodating and friendly. The vibe was calm and relaxing.

    2017-Sep-23 12:46:55

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    Review by Iris Ege from Great Britain

    Yoga und Blick aufs Meer super, Undterkunft mittelmäßig

    CONS Cons: Die Unterkunft war etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig aber das ist wohl normal für Bali. Essen war deutlich besser wenn man außerhalb (aber gut zu erlaufen) gegessen hat. Das Preis-Leistungverhältnis war sehr gut

    PROS Pros: Yoga sehr authentisch, nachmittags für jedermann, vormittags eher fortgeschritten

    2017-Sep-22 09:36:38

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    Review by Mariña Fernández from Spanish State

    Thanks Nicky!

    PROS Pros: Nicky es genial, da unas clases adaptadas a todos los niveles de yoga. Consigue mantenterte sin salir de la clase ni un segundo, y te recarga las pilas. En sólo siete días notas una mejora más que notable en tu práctica de yoga.

    2017-Sep-05 08:50:05

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    Review by Federica Tettamanti from Republic of Italy

    2017-Aug-08 01:12:59

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    Review by Morgana Rovatti from Australia

    2017-Jul-17 03:29:25

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    Review by Anonymous


    CONS Cons: Im Zimmer hatte es recht viele kleine Insekten. Ich weiss, dass das in dieser Klimazone ein Problem sein kann, aber vielleicht könnte man da doch etwas dagegen unternehmen?! Beim Yoga wäre es toll, wenn der Lehrer noch ein bisschen mehr persönlich auf einen eingehen könnte, Korrekturen anbringen etc.

    PROS Pros: Alles in Allem hat es mir sehr gut gefallen. Ich habe die Freundlichkeit und Flexibilität der Angestellten sehr geschätzt, sie gaben sich wirklich grosse Mühe, wenn ich einen Wunsch oder ein Anliegen hatte. Die Yoga Lektionen waren gut und das Essen ebenfalls.

    2017-Jul-13 12:44:23

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    Review by Anthea Bruwer from Republic of South Africa

    Pondok pitaya - a little piece of paradise

    CONS Cons: There was nothing that we did not like

    PROS Pros: The staff are extremely polite and kind and I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with them. The vibe is peaceful yet vibey. I loved it and my kids loved it. It was just what we needed

    2017-Jul-03 02:53:54

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    Review by John Henry from Great Britain

    Very special part of the world

    PROS Pros: Everything

    2017-Jun-03 06:30:46

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    Review by Jimmy Haslam from Australia

    2017-May-21 11:16:25

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    Review by Sabina Cheung from Hong Kong

    Fully relax

    PROS Pros: Fully relaxing with beach view. Enjoy the yoga class. Feeling connected with nature.

    2017-Apr-15 18:15:27

  • Review by Leanna Harborne from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My stay at Pondok Pitaya was exactly what I had hoped for. The room was a fun, rustic cabana with an outdoor shower and the lovely staff were always eager to help with a warm smile. The food was delicious but if you get bored of the same menu there's a lot of other restaurants and warungs a stone's throw from reception. "


    "The surf was a little too strong for my novice skills but Nicky's yoga classes were outstanding! The Vinyasa class was a great balance of deep stretches and muscle strengthening that encompasses the whole body rather than overworking one area. His evening classes were the best way to end the day. Relaxing and restorative. "


    "I would definitely recommend this little oasis even if you're not going for the surf or yoga"

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  • Review by Alex Economou

    "Pondok Pitaya is the best hotel experience I’ve had in Bali. Beautiful, friendly staff, right on the beach. It’s perfect for a quiet get-away as the beach and the resort is quiet. The pool is right on the beach for wonderful views all day. The rooms are intricately and ornately detailed. The yoga instructor, Nikki is maybe the best teacher i have ever had, and the classes tend to be small - I never had more than 4 people in a class, which is very nice. The grounds are spacious and it is the perfect peaceful retreat. I was there for three nights and never needed to leave the resort. The restaurant has a large menu however they didn’t have cheese until the last day, which limited the options some. However everyone and everything was great. My bathroom was on the balcony which I did not know about ahead of time but it was just fine. Thank you Pondok Pitaya. "

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  • Review by Janneke from The Netherelands
    8 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time at Pondok Pitaya. Especially the yoga classes are great: there is a professional teacher and while doing your yoga practice you can enjoy the lovely view on the beach. The people are warm and friendly and it is great to see the sunset while sitting in the restaurant enjoying good food. All the good ingredients for a relaxing holiday!"

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  • Review by Sonia
    9 out of 10

    "It was a really nice experience. The place is perfect, the situation,the rooms are big and clean, the bed is so comfortable and the food is good.The yoga sessions are really good. Not so many people and taking care to explain everything with calm. Possibility to practice different kinds of yoga and the views during the sessions helps to feel calm."

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  • Review by Kirsty McKenzie from Australia
    8 out of 10

    "I arrived in the middle of the night and woke up in paradise by the sea. Pondok Pitaya was the perfect place for my self-styled solo yoga retreat. The classes were great and Nicky is a lovely, gently humorous and inspiring teacher. Only downside was that the concurrent teachers school kind of took over the sala, the public spaces and the in-house dining options and there was only one, rather than two classes per day. I imagine that could easily be rectified by Nicky holding an early morning class in the outdoors. Like most yogis, I prefer to practise before breakfast and its too late in the day to have breakfast after a 10.30-to-noon class. Small problem and it by no means marred my stay, but Id like to hope the situation could be addressed. I would have rated it higher if there had been an early morning class, or a fruit salad option in the inclusive breakfast menu options (you cant do yoga after bacon and eggs or even nasi goring), and if the hot water in the shower had been fixed when I reported it. "

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  • Review by Tyler H. from New Jersey
    10 out of 10

    " I have just finished 45 days in Balian and loved every minute of it. Everyday the surf is almost perfect if not perfect and the smiles and vibes throughout the village makes you feel way more welcome than at home. When you step onto the property of Pondok Pitaya you are first stunned in awe with how perfectly situated you are in front of great waves with the most immaculate landscaping and ocean front pool. The staff at Pondok Pitaya go over and above what they can do to accommodate you and makes everyone feel extremely relaxed. There landscapers are absolutely incredible. Any and all meals that I have had were excellent and my last go to meal was the Chicken Schnitzel sandwhich was incredible and you never have to worry about a shortage of drinks at there beautiful bar which can accommodate from a simple beer to some fancy western cocktail umbrella style drinks... they have you covered. If anybody out there needs a solid family friendly resort this is it! Nothing but solid words of recommendation to anyone out there looking into booking here for your next Bali experience. The smiles, the giggles, the great waves...Im already missing this place. TylerStayed May 2015, traveled solo "

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  • Review by stephenmoran4 from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Love this place. Great beachfront cabins at reasonable price. Very good food and bar area with delightful staff. Four or five days is probably enough if you are not surfing. It is very good with kids as the pool and lawn area is just in front of the cabins and right on the beach. Tends to be a mix of families staying there along with surfers off all ages. Just a few minutes walk up to the main village where you can eat great local food for 'next to nothing'."

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  • Review by Gary G.
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed for two nights at the best location on beach at the end of the road in Balian. If you are a surfer, then definitely look no further. "

    "Friendly staffs all around from the gardeners, housekeepers, and the restaurants. I also met the General Manager, Mr. Darius Sadeli who I believe might know every single in-house guest as he chits chats from one table to another during dinner time. He definitely has a great personality and customer service skilll!"

    "Excellent food - if I could suggest, try the Tower Burger! Ahhh-mazing! "

    "And don't forget to try the Jitu apple cider!!"

    "Will definitely come back before the end of the year! "

    "Thank you Pondok Pitaya!"

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  • Review by David M. from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "We stayed at the Pondok Pitaya for 5 nights. The hotel has a Balinese feel and is located right on the beach at the end of a road that runs through the local village. A local river also runs into the sea adjacent to the hotel. Balian is very quiet and being a rural area, has no ‘nightlife’ or shops. If you’re not into surfing or yoga, bring a good book ........ or perhaps several – and it can be a very relaxing holiday."

    "Balian is approximately 2 hours up the west coast from Legian. It is primarily a surfing spot and this hotel has tended to cater for that market through comfortable but basic rooms for surfers. However it appears to be attempting to expand its appeal and now also has more comfortable accommodation behind the basic beachfront units. We stayed in this newer accommodation (known as the ‘River Suites’). There are Ground and First Floor Levels - and they’ve been constructed of timber recycled from old fishing boats. It’s a clever bit of eco-friendly building work and looks great. Ensuites come with each room and these are open air with privacy walls. Our room was large and airy with good ventilation and A/C if required. No fridge or kettle is provided."

    "Yoga is held in the morning and afternoon at the hotel. The classes are conducted in a pavilion in the middle of the well maintained gardens adjacent to the beach. "

    "The hotel has a café and bar area and the food is quite good and not expensive. Breakfast was included in our tariff and we had a set choice of a ‘Healthy’, ‘Local’ or ‘Western’ breakfast. We had the ‘Healthy’ each morning and it was fresh and enjoyable. The hotel also has an attractive pool area and sun lounges adjacent to the beach."

    "The staff were very friendly and helpful."

    "Across the road from the hotel and overlooking the beach is the café, ‘Sushi Surf’. Good sushi; not expensive and a great view of the surf. "

    "Just up the hill about 50 metres from ‘Sushi Surf’ is the more traditional ‘Deki’s Warung’. Good local food at very reasonable prices in a friendly casual atmosphere – and again, with a great view of the surf."

    "The costs were reasonable and I’m happy to recommend this hotel if you’re going to Balian."

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  • Review by Leanna Harborne
    10 out of 10

    "Everyone here was so helpful and kind, they all made me feel so at home, give all the girls at the front desk a raise."

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  • Review by Joanne
    10 out of 10

    "Loved it would bring kids next time, great just not enough time to try all, very friendly."

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  • Review by Ellen
    10 out of 10

    "Had a beautiful time, so relaxing, fun, good selection, good service."

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  • Review by Cata

    "We had the most wonderful relaxing time just surfing doing yoga and enjoying of the beachfront location and pool of Pondok Pitaya"

    "you couldn't ask for more hospitality and kindness from the staff. They made our stay very pleasant."

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  • Review by a traveler from Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    "This place is so amazing, I didn't realize there is a sort of "hidden paradise" in Bali. It suits me, as I wanted to take a break from my hectic life for a while.This place was making a perfect gateway for me. A best place to do Yoga, and the ocean wave is very good for someone who wants to do surfing.This place is Nearby the clean river that connected to the ocean, and also there is a waterfall, too bad it was dry season, so the waterfall was not as beautiful as usualThe room was clean and unique. The garden was very beautiful. The staffs were nice and friendly.Last but not least, the foods are very good. I tried Yellow Curry Chicken, Red Curry Chicken, Fish and Chips (I can taste that they use premium Dori fish), even the ordinary fried rice was very tasty. My toddler (1,5 years) could finish the fried rice all by her self, as she usually not easily to be fed. Very recommended."

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  • Review by Clemie P. from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely loved everything about my stay here...the location (beachfront), the grounds (charming & well kept), the room (cosy & clean with in-room tea/coffee service), the food (varied & delicious), the service (impeccable), the staff (welcoming, friendly & thoughtful...they knew us by name!). I will definitely be back to beautiful Bali and of course to Pondok Pitaya. Thank-you all for this unforgettable experience!"

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  • Review by Daphne C.
    10 out of 10

    "Highly recommended! We will DEFINITELY be back! It's so amazing to be at a place literally 2 minutes to the beach as well as a stream running adjacent. What an adventure we had with out toddler there (exploring the beach, playing in the shallow streams and puddles especially). We loved the friendly service and atmosphere of the place. Thank you for everything Pitaya staff for making our stay enjoyable and comfortable!"

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  • Review by Sandra B. from Buffalo
    10 out of 10

    "rStayed here for a yoga retreat for 9 nights. The rooms were nice and the staff was excellent! Its right on the beach, away from the busy cities. Our group had buffet style meals while here and the food was great....try the banana pancakes! If I traveled back to Bali, I would give this place another visit."

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  • Review by Jack Knight
    9 out of 10

    " Situated right on the Balian beach break, which makes it an ideal location if you're in Balian for the surf. Great little bar with good food options and reliable WIFI. It's a good mid-range accommodation option. "

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  • Review by Momokinky from Singapore
    9 out of 10

    " just came back a few days ago and thoroughly enjoyed my stay there. It was simply peaceful and relaxing. Very family oriented as well as well suited to single travellers. Enjoyed the vinyasa yoga while I was there but unfortunately I don't know how to surf otherwise, you won't want to leave the beach! "

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  • Review by Sadeli Wong from New Zealand
    10 out of 10

    " Amazing property! The decor is artful, service is awesome. Rooms are clean, tidy and so artsy. None of those city decor and closed up walls. Learn to Surf or Yoga in this place will surely make you a human being again! Love the team!! When you come to this place, you realize what Bali is all about or what they used to be before they got all crowded.Stayed June 2015, traveled with family "

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    10 out of 10

    " I've been to Pondok Pitaya a few times now. It's a great way to get away from the more crowded parts of Bali and truly relax. The hotel is right on the beach, with healthy food, surfing and yoga. The yoga teacher is fantastic and lead us through a slow yet intense class (all with waves in the background). This is where I come to chill out, read a good book by the pool & take classes. Highly recommend you do the same!Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends "

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  • Review by Nabin M. from UAE
    9 out of 10

    " Very beautiful hotel decorated mainly with re-used old wood. The surrounding is very quite and peaceful. There are water features outside the rooms which attracts lots of insects so insects repellent is a must. If you are a surfer then this is the best destination for you. Nearby is a sunset point if you fancy some nice relaxing sunset moment. The village is very beautiful and people are very friendly and welcoming.Stayed March 2015 "

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  • Review by Renae S. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    " I traveled to Balian with my family in February. I am the mother of 4. My husband and eldest son surf and I am an avid yoga buff. My other 3 kids were happy to play in the pool and enjoy the lush open space at the Pondok. I will return,..90 minutes of full attentive yoga by an experienced and warming teacher, followed by a cold coconut shake by the pool. I felt relaxed, healthy and happy. My husband and son surfed 3 times a day, and got professional photos taken from the beach. The kids enjoyed every minute of their Balian life adventure. The Pondok is a fantastic place to stay. It is bamboo and fresh air with a touch of serenity. Do it I highly recommend this amazing friendly hideaway.Stayed February 2015, traveled with family "

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  • Review by a traveler from Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    " I'm 4 months pregnant. My husband and I knew this might be our last chance to holiday before the baby comes. So we wanted it to be special. Destination? (Easy...) Bali. But this time we want to experience the real face of Bali, not those we usually see in Kuta, Legian, etc.Darius, a good friend since childhood happens to manage a hotel in Balian Beach called "PONDOK PITAYA". He invited us to stay at his place. So we thought why not...it's about 2-hour drive (with traffic time included) from Ngurah Rai airport with great scenic views.But boy...if I was impressed then...the moment we arrived at Pondok Pitaya I couldn't stop saying "omg...wow". It's (honestly) nothing like the photos posted on their website...it was WAY MORE BEAUTIFUL in real life!!! It's located right at the end of the of the road, touches the Balian Beach...so you get to eat (delicious & HEALTHY) food in their restaurant with killer view of the sea (and cool surfers)...as well as staying in beautiful wooden houses with rooftops rooms where you can stargaze, or staying at the River Suite where you have little ponds, garden and passionfruit growing on your porch. It was SO BEAUTIFUL and PEACEFUL!Darius recommended the River Suite and we fell in love at first sight. The room was simple, but it's just so clean, smells good, sweet, homey, cozy and got all the necessary (strategically positioned) ports to plug your electrical stuff as well as air conditioner just in case the weather gets too hot or humid. The room looks more like a little hut and made of boat woods. It's strong and sturdy but apparently it can float on water (in case of flood or tsunami, knock on wood). Anyway, we felt home. The room also feature orthopaedic bed, which again for a pregnant woman with bad back like myself, is very very helpful!Everyone in Balian seems to know each other well, you will feel like youre actually part of the village community. We ended up changing our itinerary so that on the last day we could come back to Balian. Staffs and services are great, the place is filled with beautiful souls! And did I mention the massage???? This lady named Iluh, gave me a prenatal massage on the bale-bale next to the beach and honestly, it was the massage of my life. So therapeutic for the body and the soul. Pondok Pitaya also provides yoga classes, taught by this beautiful kind lady named Bianca. If you feel like morning walk around the villages, you can ask her to show you the way.I did and she showed me this peaceful secluded beach nearby, it was worth it!!When youre there dont forget to try the in-house food and their homemade apple cider "JITU". There are various menu, and Vegetarian friendly. Oh and one last thingMUST DO hiking + waterfall tour! Went to enjoyed this secluded Blah Mantung waterfall, and it was just so serene and breathtaking, all to ourselves!! If you're a coffee fan, you could also visit the little LUWAK COFFEE factory in Pupuan and do some coffee tasting, as well as drink their herbal teas.Overall, my husband and I truly recommended this place. It is far from the hustle and bustle of the modern Bali, but it is worth it, especially if your main purpose of going to Bali is to relax. There are no sellers around the beach so dont worry about being bothered while you sunbathe.Lastly, thank you very much Pondok Pitaya for giving us the experience of our lifethank you for reminding us again the real beautiful face of Bali.Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple "

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  • Review by a traveler from Canada
    10 out of 10

    " Pondok Pitaya is the perfect place to surf, do yoga, or just relax. The property is located right on the beach, which is perfect for those who want to surf. The pool and restaurant also overlook the beach. The entire property is beautiful and the rooms are clean and lovely, with a rustic touch.They also offer a few yoga classes a day, and the instructor is great! The staff is also very friendly. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to getaway, or those who want to experience a gem in Bali. Stayed March 2015, traveled solo "

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  • Review by Robyn M. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    " Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights at pondok pitaya, lovely surroundings can watch my partner surf while lying by the pool, room was nice, free wifi at the restaurant,food was great, best mie goreng I've ever had,staff friendly and very helpful,good service ,Darius the manager really friendly, was going to stay in canguu next visit but will come back to pondok pittaya instead ,such a quiet relaxing place.Thanks guysStayed March 2015, traveled as a couple "

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  • Review by Ryan P.
    10 out of 10

    " This is a great place to go. It's got everything you could want from a holiday in Bali, without the crowds.The hotel and its amenities (restaurant, pool, gardens, yoga studio) hold absolute prime beachfront position that cannot be beaten.I think that a real standout is their staff. Every single one of them is always smiling and happy. It's amazing, they are genuinely just happy people who will always greet you with warmth and kindness. They all speak very good English, and nothing is too much trouble.Beachfront rooms are traditional Indonesian in style, spacious, clean and have fans - more than enough because you have the sea breeze keeping you cool and comfortable. There are some brand new air conditioned rooms out the back too, they look really nice.Restaurant has a chilled vibe, looking straight out onto the surf, with really good food - extensive menu selection of Indonesian and western food.Pool that overlooks the surf, with plenty of sunloungers and shade. New yoga studio overlooking the beach is pretty cool. Two classes per day, or you can just go in there anytime and do your thing. Sprawling, well kept gardens and grass area, with some huts that are perfect for chilling out in and watching the ocean.Balian is a cool little surf town, like stepping back in time, but in a very good way. Away from the maddening crowds and ridiculous over-development and hype of Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu etc, it is one of the last slices of real paradise in Bali. Well worth the couple of hours drive to come up. It's a very chilled village, not the place if you want loud night-time entertainment into the small hours of the morning, this is a place to relax, slow down and enjoy life.There is a really good, consistent wave right out the front of Pondok Pitaya. Balian is a semi-secret spot, which is a good thing, because it means less crowds and more chilled vibes. Just don't go telling everyone about it!Make sure you catch a Balian sunset sitting at the restaraunt or the pool with Bintang in hand. It's something to behold. Many people come back to Pondok Pitaya year after year. Once you have been here, it's not hard to see why. You'll probably end up as one of them!Stayed March 2015, traveled solo "

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  • Review by a traveler from Indonesia
    10 out of 10

    " I'm tired of crowded touristy places, though they are usually touristy for a reason. But when there's quieter spots with equally beautiful view, I'd choose the latter. Pondok Pitaya in Balian did it for me. A bit far out of Bali's airport, the ambiance and scenery are worth the distance, totally. Pondok Pitaya has direct access to the beach, great sunset view (awesome, because I'm not keen on getting up just for sunrise), natural-looking bungalows and rooms with recycled boat wood (+1 for the environment!) and lots of activities offered.Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends "

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  • Review by Ryan H. from South Africa
    10 out of 10

    " What a wonderful Balian experience we had while staying at Pondok Pitaya. The surfing was amazing, food was great, staff friendly as ever and accommodation clean, tidy and picturesque. Definitely a place I would recommend!Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple "

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