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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.

Travelfish says:

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 double-storey blocks. Some of the ground floor Studios and deluxe rooms are wheelchair-friendly with ramps and larger bathrooms. The polished contemporary look features cool dark neutrals in stone-coloured tones.

Pull up a lounger and take it easy. : Sally Arnold.
Pull up a lounger and take it easy. Photo: Sally Arnold

All rooms are equipped with both air-con and ceiling fans, satellite TV, free WiFi, fridge, safe and tea-making facilities. Beds are super comfy with crisp white linen. Hot-water bathrooms provide three-way power showers and up the price range, the more generously sized they become. The studios all have slightly different layouts, but add a kitchenette, dining table and sofa bed, excellent for a small family. If you don’t need the kitchen, deluxe rooms also offer a sofa bed as standard. Superior rooms are decked out with twin beds, but can be joined if needed, or you could just go for the slightly smaller standard rooms with a king-sized bed.

Furnished shared balconies and terraces offer outdoor seating, but not a lot of space. Semarandana opened in 2013 and rooms and surrounds remain gleaming and well maintained. The lovely natural-green toned pool is small, but not piddling and is surrounded with slate-coloured tiles and recycled wood panelling which continues to the top floor balconies, offering a little privacy, but still with views to the pool. A shady frangipani adds to the tropical ambience and keeps you from getting too crispy on the sun lounges.

The look is neutral but polished. : Sally Arnold.
The look is neutral but polished. Photo: Sally Arnold

Included breakfast is served in your rooms or by the pool. Semarandana is just over a 10-minute walk to the beach, but only one minute to Jalan Danau Tamblingan, where you’ll find numerous shops and restaurants. The owner is super friendly and happy to negotiate on price, so try your luck. Our only negative is that the rooms are very close to each other and could be a bit noisy, otherwise it’s an excellent flashpacker to midrange choice.

If Semarandana are full, try similarly priced Jukung Guesthouse or Abyan Guesthouse. If you are after somewhere disabled-friendly, Gardenia Guesthouse is a bit more of a spend, but offers lovely cottage-style rooms at the southern end of Sanur.

Contact details for Semarandana

Address: 60D Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
T: (0361) 282 170;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'43.24" E, 8º41'13.48" S
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room 300,000 rupiah 300,000 rupiah
Superior double room
370,000 rupiah 370,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room 450,000 rupiah 450,000 rupiah
570,000 rupiah 570,000 rupiah

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