Gentle Sanur really captures the alluring charm of Bali. Sprawled along 5km of palm fringed calm sandy beach bordered by the lush gardens and restaurants of luxury resorts, Sanur is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta to the west. Its eastern location allows for an easy day trip to the Highlands and Ubud to the north. If you’re after absolute beachfront relaxation, peaceful grand resorts and a good mix of restaurants, cafes and bars alongside traditional Balinese life, this is the place for you.
An enduring highlight of Sanur is the legendary paved Beachside Walk. Sandwiched between the beach and the grounds of the adjoining resorts, the walk trails for 4km past resorts, swanky expat villas, and local fishermen going about their business. Hire a bike and take in the sights, or stroll along at your own pace and stop off for a tasty treat at one of the local warungs along the way. Reef and breakwaters protect this whole stretch of beach, so the ocean is calm and clear making it perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Head off on a day trip to see the temples and rice paddies of Ubud, and along the way stop in at the spectacular Orchid Garden just north of Sanur.
Eat And Drink
If you’re a foodie, you’re in for a delight at Sanur. Dine under the stars with the sand beneath your toes at one of the many resort restaurants, which serve up fresh-off-the-boat seafood, steaks and local specialities. There are also plenty of local warungs in Sanur, many of them located along the western side of the hotels and resorts around Jalan Danau Tamblingan. If you’re on a tight budget, make a beeline for the Pasar Sindhu Night Market at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan and dine like a king on satay chicken, fried rice and noodles from some of the many bustling stalls.
Fill your days and get your shopping fix while on holiday in Sanur, with a huge range of shops to peruse, selling Balinese art, tailor-made suits, and just about everything in between. Jalan Danau Tamblingan is packed with countless shops and stalls brimming with cheap t-shirts and souvenirs. For hassle free fixed price shopping, Tootsie’s Art Shop is a popular one-stop shop selling everything from clothing, shoes, jewellery and accessories and homewares. Don’t miss the Beachfront Art Markets at the end of Jalan Hangtuah for local handicrafts and trinkets.
Where To Stay
Sanur is Bali’s old-school upmarket resort where you’ll find plenty of great accommodation to choose from. Prices here are generally more expensive than Kuta, and it has its share of international 5-star resorts, but there are also less expensive hotels and resorts for those on a smaller budget. Generally speaking it’s an older crowd at Sanur, and it’s also popular with families holidaying from Europe. Most of the accommodation offers absolute beachfront access and superb holiday facilities including restaurants and bars, day spas and sprawling swimming pool areas.
Sanur Like A Local
Sanur is a prime tourist resort, but if you can tear yourself away from the big hotels you’ll be rewarded with seeing how the locals live. Firstly, take time to discover Sanur’s warungs and try some of the different local dishes on offer. Some warungs are just stalls alongside footpaths where you can chow down your noodles alongside the local fishermen and shopkeepers, others are a little more touristy. The night market is another place where you can mingle with the locals while discovering delicious aromatic flavours. If you’re a morning person, do Sanur like a local and catch the sunrise with the fishermen aboard one of the many colourful wooden boats that line the beach.