About the Estate
The ultimate getaway retreat
Set on an ancient coconut plantation on the southern tip of Gili Trawangan, Pondok Santi Estate offers simplified luxury and the ultimate getaway retreat. Our 18 beautifully-appointed private bungalows are designed as exclusive sanctuaries amongst the Estate’s seven hectares of lawned grounds.
Established in 2005, Pondok Santi Estate was created by New Zealand bungy jumping pioneer and entrepreneur, AJ Hackett. With the vision of a tropical sanctuary, AJ and his team transformed seven hectares of ancient coconut plantation into the stunning resort it is today.
The sprawling Estate is situated in a way that invites a refreshing sea breeze throughout the day, keeping temperatures slightly cooler than the rest of the island. Cooling white stone paths meander through our lush gardens, shaded by coconut palms, linking all areas of the Estate. Relax on one of the 10 thatched-roof daybeds scattered around the Estate, or recharge at the infinity edge pool where snacks and cold drinks can be ordered direct from the pool bar.
Experience elevated dining and indulge in the finest wine and cuisine on the island at Santi Restaurant & Lounge Bar. Catch the sunset and a cocktail or two at Santi Beach Bar, overlooking the sparkling sea with Lombok in the distance.
Escape the crowds at Pondok Santi’s exclusive private beach – complete with comfy day beds, hammocks, towels, and refreshments to order. Our private beach meets the stunning turquoise waters, with Gili Trawangan’s only surf break and one of its best dive spots just offshore.
The resort’s luxurious traditional outrigger, ‘Princess Margaux’, is available for snorkelling trips, daytime cruises and our famous sunset cruises. She can also be hired privately for island-hopping adventures and exclusive excursions. Pondok Santi Estate’s secluded haven is conveniently located just 400 metres away from ample restaurants, beach bars, boutique shops, spas and dive shops on Gili Trawangan’s famous main strip.
Our staff can arrange activity bookings throughout the island, from horseback riding and kayaking, to spa and beauty treatments and even boat trips to neighbouring islands. Guests can enjoy complimentary WIFI throughout the resort, as well as 24-hour security with CCTV support.
Pondok Santi Beach
Escape the Crowds
Escape the crowds of Gili Trawangan and enjoy your own slice of paradise at Pondok Santi Estate’s private beach. Not more than 10 metres down the main path from the estate lies our secluded stretch of white sand beach, complete with plush daybeds, hammocks, beach towels and cold refreshments available to order from our beach bar. The Pondok Santi private beach is home to colourful coral reefs and marine life, with one of Gili Trawangan’s best dive spots and the island’s only surf break just offshore. We have stand-up paddle boards, canoes and surfboards available for our guests to enjoy.
One Big Family
We simply couldn’t provide the unique luxury retreat experience we do without our wonderful staff – our family. The staff at Pondok Santi share our passion and dedication for providing an unparalleled experience for every one of our guests.
Our staff and grounds maintenance crew outnumber our guests, in fact even when we are at 100% occupancy, there are four staff per guest!
Protecting our environment
At Pondok Santi Estate, we honour the environment and ecosystems that surround us and strive to employ environmentally-sustainable practices wherever possible. Our philosophy is exemplified in our limited development, wide open grasslands spaces, coral reef restoration programme, and our recycled water system that keeps our grounds green and lush year-round.
Keeping it simple
To give personalised, warm and consistently exceptional service.
To value, respect and support each other.
To create positive, memorable experiences for every guest.
To care about and give back to our local communities & the environment.