When we travel to Bali we usually stay in one of the busy, trendy areas such as Seminyak, Legian or South Kuta on the west side. On this short trip we were looking for a quiet, relaxing beachside getaway, so we picked Sanur.
Sanur is a seaside town in the southeast of Bali just 20 kilometres from the airport and is the choice of residence for many ex-pats. It has a chilled, laid back vibe making it the perfect holiday location for couples and families.
The beaches are whiter and protected by the reef, making it great for kids to swim. There are plenty of water sport options and during May through to September the wind conditions in Sanur are perfect for kite and wind-surfers.
We particularly enjoyed this quieter side. The top priorities on our ‘to do’ list were to relax, have as many massages as possible, shop a little, eat and go with the flow.
We did manage a couple of day trips to Uluwatu Temple and to Tegenungan Waterfall, both well worth a visit.
It was noticeable that travelling from Sanur, which is on the east side, it is much quicker and easier to get to the rest of Bali. Whether you’re going to the Bali Safari and Marine Park, whitewater rafting in the north or to the marina to catch a cruise in the south, you get a bonus 15 to 30 minutes in the morning compared with being picked up from the west.
We stayed at the Prama Sanur Beach Resort, which is a large yet charming and traditional five-star hotel on Mertasari Beach in seven-hectares of fabulous topical gardens with ocean views.
Breakfast every morning was a delight with everything you could want on offer, including the fabulous ocean view.
After a lazy breakfast we’d go for a swim (or a float in my case!) and then park ourselves on the poolside lounges to dry off, read and doze. The way our lagoon-style pool was cleverly separated from the children’s pool so adults and children could each have their own space was impressive.
Even though we did not partake in any activities other than the fabulous Aroma Spa we did watch the groups set off for the Rip Curl school of surf for kayaking, diving and other water sports. There was also yoga, cycling, the gym, basketball and badminton all on offer.
The resort is also a popular choice for a romantic beach wedding. Set in three buildings and with more than 400 rooms, it can cater for everyone.
The top quality dining options at Prama Sanur Beach include Italian, Indonesian, international, or on certain nights of the week you can dine while being entertained by Balinese cultural dancers.
Our evenings were also spent exploring the many bars and restaurants up and down the beach. However, we could not go past the Bamboo Bar every night without having a cocktail and Bintang while looking out over the beach and appreciating the beautiful pink-toned sky.
Some of the other bars and restaurants we enjoyed in Sanur were Soul on the Beach, Artotel Beach Club, Char Ming for dinner and Soul in a Bowl, Dusk Blue, Batu Jimbu and Art Café Sanur for lunch.
The spas I sampled and would recommend for privacy, professionalism, relaxation and service are Glo Spa and Aroma Spa.
WHAT’S NEW IN BALI?
The Indonesian government has now banned plastic bags and straws so take your own reusable bags and say “no” to plastic. The Balinese are eager to please and are quick to learn from us.
The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is finally complete. Set in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park near Uluwatu, it has taken $100 million and 25 years to build.
It is arguably the largest statue in the world, with a wingspan of 64 metres and height of 120 metres (if you count the pedestal). The enormous copper and brass sculpture is of the Hindu god Wisnu astride the mythical bird. Garuda and can be seen from all over southern Bali.
Download before you go
We discovered an app call Gojek, Bali’s equivalent to Uber. Pick the ‘Go-Car’ option and the rest is easy. You’ll know who you’re getting, how much it will cost and you just pay cash at the end – we tipped as it was so cheap.
Subscription successful! Thank you for subscribing.