More international but far less cosmopolitan than frenetic Kuta. Foreigners have been staying in Sanur since the 1920s, and they know how to take care of ypu here. Strictly first – class. Seek out the lovely Sanur temples, particularly when they are having their commemoration ceremonies (odalan), every seven months.
There are so many excellent first – class hotels in Sanur, that you can scarcely go wrong. The main choise is between the convenience and luxury of a big four – star hotel (there are three: the Bali Beach, the Bali Hyatt and the Sanur Beach) or the quiet and personality of a private bungalow by the sea (at tw – thirds to half the price). Reservations are advisable during the peak seasons: July to September and December to January. Note: prices quoted below do not include the obligatory 21 percent tax and srvice surcharge.
First Class Above US$35 a night: For such a luxury hotel, the new Bali Hyatt offers a remarkably breezy, spacious Royal Hawaiian feeling, with striking public areas, clay tennis courts and hanging Babylinian gardens. The venerable Hotel Bali Beach (constructed by the Japanese in the early 1960s – a 10 storey concrete block by the sea, set amidst a golf course. Bowling alleys and two swimming pools. Last but not least of the three four star establishments, the smaller Sanur Beach Hotel, owned by Garuda, claims to be the friendliest large hotel in Sanur.
Of the smaller cottgae resort, the Tanjung Sari Hotel is the hands down choise of frequent visitors. This was one of the island’s first beach – bungalow establishment and is still its most charming and effienct. The nightclub, Rumours, features back – gammon and a well – stocked video loft.
The Segara Village deserves mention for its snazzy and congenial Indonesian atmosphere. La Taverna gets kudos for its Italian Balinesia and attrractive beach – restaurant pizzeria. Wisma Baruna, the smallest and oldest first – class hotel in Sanur is also very cozy, with a superb breakfast pavilion overlooking the Lagoon.
Alit’s Beach Bungalow (71 rooms), Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur, P.O.Box 102, Denpasar, Tel: 8567. At the north end of the beach. Cottages in a garden that brightly painted sailing craft. Air condition and hot water. US$35 to US$37 a night.
Bali Hyatt Hotel (400 rooms), Sanur, P.O.Box 392, Denpasar, Tel: 88271-7. Air conditioned rooms and suite overlooking the sea. Several restaurants, swimming pool, discotheque, convention facilities, broad beach. US%$90 to US$400 a night.
Bali Sabur Besakih Bungalows (50 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8424. Right on the beach. Part of the large “Bali Sanur Bungalows” group, which took over several hotels that failed in the 1970s. Each hotel thus have a different character. All bungalows with air – condition and hot water. US$40 to US$45 a night.
Bali Sanur Penida View Bungalows (44 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari Sanur, Dempasar, Tel: 8425-6. On the beach right next to the Bali Hyatt. All with air – condition and hot water. US$45 to US$100 a night.
Bali Sanur Puri Dalem Bungalows (44 rooms), Jl. Hang Tuah, Sanur, P.O.Box 306, Denpasar, Tel: 8421-2. On the main road to Denpasar, a 5 minute walk from the beach. All air condition and hot water. US$32 to US$45 a night.
Bali Seaside Cottages (111 rooms), Jl. Segara, Sanur, P.O.Box 217, Denpasar. An annex of the Hotel Bali Beach. Private beach bungalows with air – condition, hot water and carpeting. Facilities include a swimming pool and 24 hour coffe shop. US$40 to US$65 a night.
Gazebo Beach Cottages (50 rooms), Jl. Tanjung Sari, Sanur, P.O.Box 134, Denpasar, Tel: 88300. Private beach will cool two storey bungalows in a garden. All with air – condiiton and hot water. US$35 to US$45 a night
Hotel Bali Beach Intercontinental (605 rooms), Sanur, P.O.Box 75, Dempasar, Tel: 88511-7. Older 10 storey Intercontinental hotel with an additional 2 storey wing. Private beach, two swimming pools, four restaurants. All rooms fully carpeted with air – condition and hot water. US$58 to US$180 a night.
Hotel Sanur Beach (320 rooms), Sanur, P.O.Box 279, Denpasar, Tel: 88011-5. Bungalows attached. All with air – condition and hot water. US$55 to US$120
La Taverna Bungalows (34 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 88497. Private beach and elegantly styled rooms. All with air condition with hot water, a swimming pool, pizzeria and bar on the beach. US$50 to US$85 a night.
Respati Beach Bungalows (20 rooms), Sanur, P.O.Box 306, Denpasar, Tel: 8421. Cottages grouped around a small garden wit a private beach. US$32 to US$40 a night.
Santrian Beach Hotel (80 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, P.O.Box 55, Denpasar, Tel: 88181. Private seaside bungalows in a spacious garden. US$36 to US$50 a night.
Segara Village Hotel (97 rooms), Jl. Segara, Sanur, P.O.Box 91, Denpasar, Tel: 88407-8. Distinctive 2 storey cottages 20 metres from the beach. All with air – condition and hot water. Swimming pool and tennis courts. US$38 to US$65 a night.
Sindhu Beach Hotel (50 rooms), Jl. Sindhu, Sanur, P.O.Box 181, Denpasar, Tel: 8351-2. Bungalow hotel on the beach. All with air – condition and hot water. US$39 to US$65 a night.
Tanjung Sari Hotel (24 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, P.O.Box 25, Denpasar, Tel: 88441. Serene and stylish, with private bungalows by the sea and lovely gardens. US$96 to US$170 a night.
Wisma Baruna (10 rooms), Jl. Sindhu, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8546. Apartments opoen onto a wide grass courtyard bordering the sea. All with air – condition and hot water. US$40 to US$80 a night,
Intermediate – US$15 to US$35 a night:
Intermediate – US$15 to US$35 a night:
Bali Sanur Bungalows, at the upper and of the scale, are recommended. All of the other beach bungalow establishments in this category are excellent value and generally quite pleasant, the major consideration being whether you require air – conditioning or not (rooms at the lower end of the scale have only a fan).
Abian Irama Inn, Jl. Brig. Ngurah Rai, Sanur, denpasar, Tel: 8415. Ten minutes from the beach. Some air – conditioned rooms. US$15 to US$36 a night.
Bali Sanur Irama Bungalows (32 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, P.O.Box 306, Denpasar, Tel: 8421. The least expensive of the “Bali Sanur Bungalows” group. All with air – condition and hot water. US$30 to US$35 a night.
Diwangkara Beach Hotel (36 rooms), Jl. Pantai Sanur, Sanur, P.O.Box 120, Denpasar, Tel: 8577, 8412. Private bumgalows in a secluded compund just behind the Le Mayeur museum at the north end of the beach strip. Some with air – condition and hot water. Swimming pool. One minute from the beach. US$32 to US$35 a night.
Hotel Ramayana (10 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8429, Five minutes from the beach. US$16 with a fan. US$20 with air condition and US$25 for a private bungalow.
Laghawa Beach Inn (12 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8494. Cottages with air – condition and hot water in a garden. Five minutes from the beach. Good value at US$20 to US$35 a night.
Mars Hotel (18 rooms), Jl. Raya Sanur, Sanur, P.O.Box 95, Denpasar, tel: 8236. Five minutes from the beach. Bungalows in a garden. All with air – condition and hot water. US$24 a night.
Narmada Bali Inn (17 rooms), Jl. Sindhu, Sanur, P.O.Box 119, denpasar, tel: 8054. Bumgalows in a quiet garden. Two minutes from the beach. All with air – condition and hot water. US$28 to US$35 a night.
Puri Mas Hotel (16 rooms), Jl. Raya Sanur, Tanjung Bungkak, Denpasar, 3,5 km (2 miles) from Sanur Beach on the main road to Denpasar. Simple accommodation in a bungalow complex. Some with ari – condition and hot water. US$22 to US$30 a night.
Werhda Pura (14 rooms), Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, P.O.Box 24, denpasar. A government – run tourist cottage prototype on the beach. All rooms with air – condition and hot water. Inexpensive rates at US$22 to US$32 aq night.
Budget – under US$15 a night:
Cheapest room in Sanur is US$7 a night. Your best bet is the Tourist
Beach Inn, just 100 metres from the beach. Three bungalows establishments oppsite teh post office – Sanur Indah, Taman sari and Hotel Rani – give you a bit more space, but are farther from the beach. The Taman Agung is the nicest budget place, with well – kept gardens and very quiet. True budget travellers will get better value for money in Kuta.
Hotel Rani (25 rooms) – US$7 to US$15, Jl. Segara, Sanur, Denpasar
Hotel sanur Indah (10 rooms) – US$7 to US$14, Jl. Segara, Sanur, Denpasar
Hotel Taman Sari (22 rooms) – US$7 to US$15, Jl. Segara, Sanur, Denpasar
Taman Agung Beach Inn (20 rooms) – US$8 to US$15, Jl. Tanjungsari, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8549 – 8006
Tourist Beach Inn (10 rooms) – US$8 to US$12, Jl. Segara, Sanur, Denpasar, Tel: 8418
The Tanjung Sari Hotel Restaurant has a formidable reputationfor Indonesian rijsttafel and a sublime atmosphere. A bamboo tingklink orchestra provides the ideal accompaniment to dinner in a cosy, antique – filled dining area by the beach. The restaurant’s new menu has a more crative nouveau – Bali slant, and the famous bar, designed by Australian artist Donald Friend, is an elevated pavilion overlooking the sea.
At Kuri Putih, in the Bali Sanur Irama Bungalows, chef Nyoman Sana of Ubud has brought his kitchen to Sanur. Try the barbequed specials and help yourself to side dishes from a tempting buffet salad bar.
Si Pino’s Home of Fine Food, opposite the front gate to the Hotel bali Beach is another Sanur institution. Mr. Pino is not only Bali’s best boxing coach, but also one of its most imaginative cooks.
The Kul Kul Restaurant near the Hyatt has an elegant bar and serves good western, Indonesian and Chinese cuisine in its garden pavilion. Book for the dinner – dance night (Batuan’s famous Frog Dance Troupe).
The nearby Swastika Gardens is also a great favourite with those who are tired of paying hotel prices. The food is fair and the menu varied anough to satisfy most tastes – try the Balinese speciality, curried duck (bebek tutu).
Telaga Naga, opposite the Bali Hyatt, is a stylish Szechuanese restaurant in a lake, designed by Hyatt architect Kerry Hill. The food is good and the prices are non-hotel. Try the “ Chicken With Dried Chilli Pepper,” the king prawn and the duck dishes.
The best Italian food in Bali is available at Trattoria Da Marco, where Reno and Diddit da Marco have guarded their reputation and clientele for more than 15 years now. Try the grilled fish, spaghetti carbonara, bean salad and their steaks – truly the best in Bali.
La Taverna is part of a Hong Kong – based chain of Italian restaurant in Asia. The Sanur branch is a charming bar and open dining area on the beach, with a menu that features imported cheese, French pepper steak, seafood and pizza from a real pizza oven.
For more local flavours, try the inexpensive Beach Market (on Jl. Segara right at the beach), a little outdoor restaurant run by Sanur’s mayor. Great for lunch (sate, nasi goreng and fresh fried fish) or dinner (grilled lobster), with delicious Balinese desserts, all at unbeatable prices.
The original Swastika I (opposite the La Taverna) also has a domestic section, with reliable nasi campur, good fruit juices and a variety of balinese dishes at local prices.
Rumah Makan Mini on the by – pass has good budget meals. And the last warung (Mak beng’s) on the left on Jl. Raya Sanur (just north of the Bali Beach) has fantastic grilled fish.
For Javanese cuisine, seek out Adi’s Restaurant at the Renon roundabout (on the road in to Denpasar) – a bit out of the way but worth the trip.
Finally, Meme Disco and her basket of turtle sate are parked in front of the Sanur Police Station every evening from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. And despite considerable bad press during the World Wildlife Fund’s conference here, a packet of these grilled morsels with a gin and tonic is still one of the siland’s best kept culinary secrets.
Sailing: The fleet of native outrigger canoes (jukung) lining Sanur Beach, with their brightly coloured Bir Bintang sails, are obviously no longer used for fishing, now that the cruises across the water. The fishermen have wisely banded together into a cooperative to regularise their rates. The standard fee, for a sail around the lagoon, is US$8 regardless of the time.