As Bali’s oldest developed tourist destination, Sanur is recognized for the role it played in the islands renaissance. Despite heavy development and a large number of restaurants and hotels it maintains a peaceful and relaxed ambience. Sanur is the ideal family destination, offering a quiet, calm beach during the day and a casual friendly appeal at night.
One of the more pleasing aspects of Sanur is its large expanse of beachfront. A boardwalk like footpath that covers about five kilometres allows visitors to casually stroll and explore, stopping when desired for refreshment or snack at one of the many beach side restaurants & cafe’s.
A large reef shelters Sanur’s beautiful white sand beach, resulting in low-key surf that is ideal for beginner board riders and families with young children. Well-stocked bars and decently priced food and drinks have transformed this area into a popular evening destination for all variety of tourists.
Located a short 20-minute drive from the international airport Sanur beach offers plenty of activities and interest for travellers. In July the International Kite Festival brings colour to the skies as thousands of giant kites are launched to ask the Hindu gods for assistance with crops and harvests.
Visitors can discover what it must have been like to be an early expat on Bali at the Le Mayeur Museum. The Mangrove Information Centre is located in the massive 600-hectare mangrove forest to the south of Sanur. Two boardwalks guide visitors through an educational look at the mangroves and the important role they play in the ecological balance of the area.
A five-kilometre path along the Sanur beachfront provides some wonderful photo opportunities with plenty of food and refreshment stops along the way. The local evening markets are a food lover’s delight that will engage your senses and increase your appetite.
Sanur is one of the best places on the island to launch your daily diving expeditions. Countless operators provide tours to various dive sites around Bali including shipwrecks and coral reefs. Accredited PADI courses are available for beginners through to instructors.
Most of the major hotels offer in-house spa facilities and there is a number of independent spa & wellness centres in the region offering indulgent packages at a fraction of the price you would pay back home. Before you indulge you may like to take part in any one of a number of water-sport options available along the beachfront including kite-surfing, windsurfing, paragliding or wakeboarding.
Where To Stay In Sanur Beach:
Natah Bale Villas: Traditional Balinese style 1 & 2 bedroom villas, each with its own private entrance, open living and dining area with full service kitchen. This property is small by Bali standards with only 4 villas in the compound offering a calm and relaxed ambience. Enjoy the peace and quiet from around US$95/night.
Pondok Ayu Hotel: Another small boutique property with exceptional service and comfortable amenities. This award-winning budget hotel is set in beautiful tropical gardens and offers guest’s air-conditioned rooms, a large swimming pool and fabulous dining in Benno’s restaurant. Prices start at US$70/night.
Puri Santrian: This beachfront hotel at the quieter southern end of Sanur beach offers guest’s two pools, a beach club and excellent dining facilities in-house. A choice of garden view rooms or beachside bungalows are available as well as a few well-appointed suites. Excellent value for money as tariffs start at US$95 night.
Sanur Residence: A beautifully designed property offering 3 bedroom villas located directly on the beachfront about 5 minutes north of Sanur. With three villas forming a 9 bedroom complex the residence is regularly let for small groups providing intimate, exclusive accommodation. A private swimming pool and wonderful amenities are provided with a full compliment of staff including chef, maids and gardener. Villas are available from US$180/night.
Villa Mahapala: A collection of twenty luxuriously appointed private villas, each with their own plunge pool, outdoor shower, day bed and massage bale. The resort offers a full service spa, bar and European style restaurant. Attention to detail and first class amenities from US$325/night.
Although the oldest of Bali’s tourist districts, Sanur still offers everything to even the most discerning traveller. Particularly recommended for families this picturesque beachside community is the perfect fit for a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Bali.
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