Sanur (Bali) – Indonesia

Sanur is protected by a reef, giving it the calmest waters in Bali, rubbish for surfers but perfect for swimmers and families. It’s quite westernised but not nearly as much as the likes of Kuta and Seminyak, there are still lots of locally owned shops and restaurants as well as plenty of affordable home stays.

Sanur was my favourite place in Indonesia because we got to meet my Mam and Dad for a week, it had been 4 months since I last saw them, we absolutely loved every second and cried our eyes out at the airport when we had to leave them again.

Things To Do:

Sanur is still quiet compared to other resorts, we were able to get a sun lounger and toilet/shower facilities for Rp50,000 per day, it was completely quiet but there is a building site near by for a massive Hyatt Resort, no doubt when that’s finished it will drive up local prices and bring in the crowds.

The sea front walk goes on for miles, there are plenty of bars along the way to stop for a drink when you get too hot and your legs are tired.

Sanur is on the east coast of Bali, making it perfect for sunrise photo opportunities, we are never the morning people but my Mam and Dad got up early and took a few nice pics.

The calm waters at Sanur beach make it perfect for water sports, we hired a paddle board for 1 hour costing Rp200,000 and jet skis for 15 minutes costing just Rp250,000 with a bit of haggling.

It’s a good base for day trips, if there is a group of you it will probably be cheaper to hire a driver for the whole day. We paid Rp500,000 for 8 hours on 2 different occasions. We spent one day visiting the Tegenungan waterfall and Tegalalang rice fields, and we spent the second day visiting temples, the Taman Ayun temple and the Tanah Lot temple, then finished off in Seminyak for sunset.

Bali is all about relaxing, Sanur is no different, I lost count at the amount of spa’s that line the main road, we went back to Island paradise a few times, they were very clean and professional. A 1 hour massage was only Rp60,000 and a pedicure was Rp50,000.

Where To Eat:

Healthy – Soul in a bowl, really good breakfasts served until 3pm every day, also a full menu of healthy smoothies.

Mexican – Jalapeños, really good nachos and fajitas, they also do take away.

Italian – Massimo, gets busy so you might need to wait for a table, it’s proper Italian quality food, we ate here 3 times during our 11 night stay, It was just perfect. Also,the home made gelato bar at the front of the restaurant was amazing, a cup cost Rp20,000 and there was a massive selection of flavours.

Getting There:

A taxi from the airport will cost around Rp150,000 to Rp200,000 if pre organised with your hotel or home stay.

Where To Stay:

I can’t rave about the Duyung Home Stay enough, it was absolutely perfect, rooms were immaculate and had everything you need, the wifi was fast and reliable and staff were really helpful. We booked on Booking.com for about £23 per night including breakfast.

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