As far as tourism is concerned, Sanur is pretty much a one-street town running parallel to the beach. Along Jalan Danau Tamblingan you’ll find shops, restaurants and many hotels, mostly starting around the midrange bracket up to luxury digs. Much of Sanur’s beachfront is given over to fancy hotels, although some not as fancy as their pricetags. This limits access along the street, though there are still public lanes that can be used. For flashpacker or budget lodgings, head back a street or two for a better deal—you’ll find peace and quiet, and still be within walking distance of the sea and sand.
Beachfront in Sanur usually means big bucks and doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be able to lay in bed and see the sea. Many properties are long and narrow, and you may still have a lengthy walk to get you to the beach. Unless you are after a resort with all the extras, such as multiple swimming pools and kids’ clubs, you’ll get much better value staying a little way away from the beach. However if it’s beachfront or nothing, here is our pick.
Step into history at Tandjung Sari, Sanur’s sublime beachside classic resort, clocking up an age of more than 50 years. A favourite of the rich and famous since its beginnings as a private family getaway, this charming and somewhat modest boutique hotel successfully blends sophistication and simplicity. Designed as an intimate village, large and private Balinese-style bungalows are peppered... Read our full review of Tandjung Sari.
Taking the reins as Sanur’s most monumental landmark, five-star Maya’s striking contemporary architecture is certainty conspicuous in the centre of somewhat staid Sanur. The imposing kukul towers (traditional bell-towers) seen from the street could easily be mistaken for a Balinese Hindu temple, and they are indeed a nod to such: The irregular grey stone base on which the towers sit was... Read our full review of Maya.
The terrific sprawling tropical garden and choice of swimming pools along with decent rooms at Segara Village make it our top pick of the resorts along the Sanur beachfront strip—at least before you head into super luxury territory. Family owned and operated since the 1950s, the beautiful grounds are lovingly maintained, and rooms have comfortable modern upgrades. You won’t be able to gaze... Read our full review of Segara Village.
Stretching from Pasar Sindhu in the north to the intersection of Jalan Danau Poso in south Sanur, Jalan Danau Tamblingan and the smaller gangs and alleys behind is where you’ll find many of Sanur’s hotels. Best value is off the main drag, where you’ll still be close to the beach and the action. If you’re just overnighting it to catch a boat to Nusa Lembongan or Penida, you’ll want to be closer to the north of town, but Sanur’s traffic is not the nightmare of Kuta or Ubud, and nowhere is really that far.
Charming Flashbacks offers a delightful alternative to cookie-cutter resorts and budget dives with a range of rooms that are a little confusing at first glance, but there’s something for everyone. Fan-cooled rooms with shared bathrooms through to family rooms and bungalows, plus rooms with kitchenettes, are all set in a pocket-sized but lush garden around a small salt-water swimming pool, and... Read our full review of Flashbacks.
A jukung is a traditional Balinese fishing boat, and that’s what you’re looking for when you wander down the narrow lane not far from Hardy’s Supermarket in the middle of downtown Sanur. It’s also the cue for the traditional touches in the smart and bright contemporary rooms of this stylish little guesthouse. Once you’ve found the boat (look up), head through the unassuming entrance... Read our full review of Jukung Guesthouse.
We’re reluctant to share Little Pond Homestay in case it’s full next time we head to Sanur: It’s our go-to budget spot. The excellent location is about one minute from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main drag; five minutes' from the beach (via a shortcut) and less to Pasar Sindu night market. Set back behind the shops in a quiet corner, it offers a mix of fan-cooled or air-con rooms... Read our full review of Little Pond Homestay.
So you’d like to meet other travellers, but still want to experience a real Bali homestay? Ning Homestay is the perfect halfway point. This terrific, friendly hostel offers one eight-bed dorm and one private double within a family compound. Newly opened in December 2016, the pretty garden was still establishing when we visited in January 2017. The tiled air-con dorm is plenty roomy and bright... Read our full review of Ning Homestay.
Whether you like a bit of space, or are happy with a smaller footprint, family-run Semarandana offers stylish well-appointed rooms built around a small courtyard swimming pool in a quiet lane off the north end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan. Deluxe, superior and standard rooms occupy a double-storey L-shaped block edging the pool; spacious studio rooms are at the back, facing each other in two... Read our full review of Semarandana.
In a quiet back corner, overlooking a neighbouring garden filed with fruiting and flowering trees, Abyan Guesthouse’s open and airy outlook makes it hard to belief you’re close to downtown Sanur. Opened in early 2016, the hotel-style guesthouse offers clean modern rooms in two double-storey blocks bookending an inviting small swimming pool. Simply furnished, the spacious bright tiled... Read our full review of Abyan Guesthouse.
Funky four-star Artotel is sure to delight lovers of contemporary art and architecture. Sculptural kite-inspired panels adorn the facade of the impressive multi-storey corner building, positioned just three minutes' saunter from the sea. Designed by Jakarta architectural firm Studio TonTon, the hotel is a canvas for notable Bali-based contemporary artists and a visual feast for guests. Large... Read our full review of Artotel.
You probably wouldn’t notice D’Astri Guesthouse walking past, as it's set behind a high fence. Walk in though to discover a small, neat and smart guesthouse within a paved courtyard mostly taken up by a good-sized swimming pool. Eight rooms in a double-storey block overlook the pool. A curtain of greenery cascades from the second floor, adding a tropical touch and offering a bit of shade.... Read our full review of D’Astri Guesthouse.
Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe’s cute-as-a-button dollhouse-style collection of traditional wooden Indonesian houses is sure to delight notwithstanding its odd, bit-out-of-the-way location on Sanur’s bypass road. Arranged village-style, the eclectic houses offer one-, two- and three-bedroom options, the latter two with private pools, all sprinkled around a tidy garden and decent-sized swimming... Read our full review of Hotel Puri Tempo Doeloe.
Sophisticated and discreet, Kejora Suites offers a calm and luxurious adults-only sanctuary. No, not “adults-only” in that sense, it’s just no kids allowed. Owned by the same folk who operate Segara Village, a stay at Kejora Suites grants use of the beachfront resort’s facilities. Well located amid shops and restaurants on Jalan Danau Tamblingan, a private road allows direct beach... Read our full review of Kejora Suites.
This sweet family-owned boutique guesthouse is just the ticket for a bit of quiet luxury in the backstreets of Sanur. A handful of different style and sized rooms open to a small, but inviting swimming pool within a pleasant compact walled compound. Rooms are airy, tasteful and comfortable with a mix of Indonesian antiques and contemporary furnishings and decor. Air-con, ceiling fans, TV, DVD... Read our full review of Kembali Lagi Guesthouse.
Secluded in the quiet backstreets of Sanur, Louto Dmell Homestay offers four smart spacious rooms, with four more and a swimming pool under construction when we visited in January 2017. Rooms are in a longhouse block (the new rooms in a separate block), surrounded by grassy lawn and young trees within a walled compound. We love the quirky exterior, clad with a patchwork of locally made red... Read our full review of Louto Dmell Homestay.
Maison Aurelia offers one Sanur’s most comfortable sleeps. The large multi-storey L-shaped hotel sits right by the busy street in the thick of the action near Hardy’s Supermarket, with no garden and a pretty, but limited pool area. However, the rooms are terrific, particularly the family ones. Maison is a fine choice to rest your head if you plan to be out sightseeing or at the beach most of... Read our full review of Maison Aurelia.
If you’re planning a longer stay in Sanur, or are travelling with kids, S’cape Condotel is worth a look. Sixteen double-storey serviced townhouses edge a 22-metre lap pool in a narrow tropical garden, situated in an excellent central location behind Cinnamon Restaurant at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan. Layouts are identical with spacious living areas downstairs and a bedroom... Read our full review of S’cape Condotel.
The leafy garden, the sound of songbirds and friendly owner give this small older-style guesthouse our thumbs up. Dotted within a family compound, a range of rooms are on offer from fan-cooled with cold-water showers to air-con with hot-water and some adding TVs. All include breakfast, WiFi, and use of the small swimming pool. Most have a fridge too. Tiled rooms are clean, bright and airy;... Read our full review of Yulia 1 Homestay.
South Sanur is a little further from the action, but still only a hop, skip and jump to the beach and restaurants. It’s generally more residential, with quieter guesthouses and homestays. It may seem sedate, but Sanur’s red-light district is also in this area—though it's rather un-sleazy so Grandma will be fine.
A character-filled visual feast awaits in this calm and private retreat, set away from the main strip in south Sanur. The small guesthouse houses nine uniquely styled rooms, some in the main “kolonial” house, others in separate small houses and wooden villas, all set amid manicured gardens, two pools, water features and relaxing bales. A pond-lined boardwalk leads to the reception pavilion... Read our full review of Kolonial House.
Traditional Balinese culture, art, elegant style and tranquil open green space are the deal at Sudamala Suites and Villas, boosted by terrific warm and welcoming staff. This calm and relaxing intimate resort sits at the quieter end of town, but is still on the main drag with easy access to the beach, shops and restaurants. Behind the resort’s streetfront art space showcasing cutting edge... Read our full review of Sudamala Suites and Villas.
Lush foliage, an enticing swimming pool and a patchwork of traditional carved teak panels welcome you to Akana, a stylish small hotel in south Sanur. The triple-storey hotel surrounds a courtyard pool and offers comfortable rooms in three categories. Contemporary elegant styling employs dark neutrals, natural textures, and a luxurious ambience. Large sepia-toned photographs of Bali enhance the... Read our full review of Akana.
Ari Purti Hotel is an older-style classic midrange hotel with many traditional Balinese architectural features. The mix of very well-maintained rooms at this family-run joint draws a bit of the Euro package tour crowd, as it’s excellent value. Set back a little from the main road at the southern end of Sanur, the grand entrance is resplendent with Balinese baroque. The sumptuous carved... Read our full review of Ari Purti Hotel.
As sweet as the scent of its namesake flower, Gardenia Guesthouse blossoms in a pretty garden, tucked away behind their popular streetfront cafe and boutique at the southern end of Sanur. A posy of gardenia-coloured cottages (that’s white for folks who don’t know their flowers), offers simple homely rooms minutes from the beach. The mostly duplex cottages face a cute plunge pool, one with a... Read our full review of Gardenia Guesthouse and Cafe.
Cafe Locca Hostel is a traditional Balinese-style longhouse block transformed into a small hostel. A couple of the rooms are dorms, offering a good value bed for the single traveller with the bonus of a swimming pool. Traditional carved doors and stonework facades cheer up otherwise bland interiors. Air-con dorms are six- or eight-bed, female only or mixed. We only viewed the six-bed female... Read our full review of Cafe Locca Hostel.
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