Simple and tranquil
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 15th May, 2014.