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Sunhouse Guest House

Simple and tranquil

What we say: 3.5 stars

Just a few hundred metres away from the sands at the quieter southern end of Sanur beach, Sunhouse Guest House is a cheap and cheerful little oasis with only seven rooms.

No shortage of colour in the cool courtyard.

No shortage of colour in the cool courtyard.

Each of the rooms in this family-run guesthouse have air-con and private bathrooms (quite roomy) with hot-water showers, and are set around a shaded courtyard with a swimming pool. Standard rooms have king-sized beds and a TV, while the superior and deluxe rooms are also equipped with fridges. Every room has a safe and wardrobe, too.

Some rooms are found in the ornately designed two-storey main guesthouse, while others are across the courtyard in a more modern, simple building. Rooms on the ground floor of the main guesthouse are a bit dark with small windows.

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Not too big but an inviting escape from the heat.

The room rate includes WiFi and coffee or tea, which guests can help themselves to in the communal kitchen. The kitchen’s also open for guests to do their own cooking – there’s no restaurant here but several dining spots are within easy walking distance at the beach or nearby streets.

Service here is friendly and casual, and a long-term guest staying here said he felt part of the family. Sunhouse staff and the family owners tend to hang around the kitchen area, and though some of the staff seem shy, they’re willing to help out if you manage to catch their eye. The owners live across the road and speak English fluently. They can arrange a taxi for you and will offer suggestions on things to see and do in the area. A few bicycles are available for rent.

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Not a bad place to crash after a day at the beach.

During our visit in April 2014 some rooms were under renovation and as a result we were upgraded to the deluxe room without asking. The deluxe room is only 57,000 rupiah (US$5) more than the superiors and if you have a bit of cash to spare it’s well worth the extra cost.

The only top-floor room found up a steep staircase of the two-storey guesthouse, the deluxe is nearly twice the size of the superior rooms and has a vaulted thatch-roof ceiling and private balcony with sunset views. There’s also a single mattress tucked away under the four-poster king-sized bed and plenty of space for children (though the stairs may be a challenge for toddlers). Baby cots are available for an extra 50,000 rupiah.

The deluxe room boasts a few intricate design touches and a big size.

The deluxe room boasts a few intricate design touches and a big size.

The beach is the main sight nearby, and aside from the Mercure Resort Sanur 100 metres away most of the immediate surrounding area is a quiet residential part of Sanur. This section of the beach has a relaxed atmosphere with mostly local families playing on the sands and expats dining at the Sweet Magnolia cafe and other open-air restaurants lining the beach.

Sunhouse is found on a few online booking sites, but we found it easy to book directly with them and they were quick to respond to queries by email. To book in advance they ask for payment of the first night’s stay by PayPal, which is non-refundable.

In all, Sunhouse is a simple and tranquil spot that offers good value for money and is a great base for checking out the beachy delights of Sanur.


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Contact details:

Jl Mertasari 36, Sanur.  T: (0361) 287413, (0361) 285888 
Email them at: balisunhouse@yahoo.com
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Superior - Double 364,000 364,000
Standard - Double 329,000 329,000
Deluxe- Double 421,000 421,000

Added to Travelfish on: 13th May, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 15th May, 2014

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Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand (and, ok, a Thai man) began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
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