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The seaside town of Sanur provides a popular escape from the hectic west coast beaches with a more relaxed atmosphere and only a fraction of the hassle.

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Sanur was Bali’s first established beach resort attracting celebrities and artists, today favoured by travellers who have outgrown the party scene and golden beaches with calm, reef-sheltered waters make it an ideal destination for families. Accompanying the laidback, unpretentious vibe, there’s a wide range of decent eateries and accommodation, relatively little traffic and it’s well located for day trips to Ubud, the Bukit or Nusa Lembongan, and if you still want to party, Kuta is only half an hour away (traffic allowing).

A beach with volcano views. Photo taken in or around Sanur, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

A beach with volcano views. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Sanur welcomes the day with easterly facing views over the waters. The narrow resort area stretches about six kilometres north to south, hemmed to the west by busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, the main link to Bali’s airport. Sanur’s main drag, Jalan Danau Tamblingan mirrors the coastline and bears the bulk of hotels restaurants and shops. Fancy resorts bag the prime beachfront positions, but a paved coastal beachwalk from Padang Galak Beach north of the main tourist area, to Mertasari Beach, some eight kilometres south, makes it accessible to all. Head into the backstreets and laneways for friendly guesthouses and ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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