Information before you go
Sanur Beach is the oldest tourist village on the Bali and it is still one of the most popular. The majority of visitors who head to this idyllic east coast location are older European travelers who love its laid back atmosphere. There's still a strong local communal feel here and most hotels are owned by local Balinese instead of big foreign corporations.
Perhaps that is one of the main reasons why there aren't a lot of night clubs and bars such as in the tourist villages of Kuta and Seminyak.
Sanur has one of the nicest and cleanest Bali beaches.
Despite the lack of buzz Sanur Beach is a wonderful place to stay for a couple of days. There are a dozen of restaurants to choose from plus there are coffee places that serve the most delicious cakes too.
We highly recommend staying in Sanur since it's close to the International Airport (20 minutes drive) and if you only happen to have one day then there are some great things to do such as:
1. The best thing about this former fishing village is its 5 kilometer long paved foot path which runs along the sandy beach with shops, restaurants, beach front resorts with bungalows overlooking the gardens. Sanur has one of the best beaches on Bali for swimming and sun bathing. For sunset watching you have to stay on the other side of the island but sunrise on the beach is very impressive with views on Mount Agung and Nusa Lembongan.
The best place on the beach is to start in the south and walk towards the north. If you prefer a long walk start near the Puri Santrian resort or otherwise reach the beach from one of the side streets at Jalan Tamblingan.
The path takes you along Sanur beach, a perfect way to enjoy the beach and ocean
2. Once you walk along Jalan Hang Tuah (near Luthus Coffeeshop) you will find the little dated Le Majeur Museum where several old yet beautiful paintings are displayed of Balinese women and the famous dancer Ni Polok.
3. If you prefer to enjoy more of the beach scene why not hop on one of the many traditional fishing boats, called 'Jukung'. The boatman will take you along the Sanur coast and mangrove forest giving you the possibility to admire the beach from a different angle.
4. When you happen to be in Sanur during the winter months (November-February) then surf is up. The 'Jukung' boats can drop you off at the reef where you enjoy some nice right handers. Note these waves are suitable for the more advanced surfers!
Hop on a fishing boat and go on a boat trip along Sanur's coast...
5. After lunch and a bit of browsing through the many boutiques on Jalan Danau Tamblingan we highly suggest visiting one of the spas in town. It's time for some serious relaxing and pampering.
In these spas you can choose from a long list of treatments. If you want total relaxation go for the 1-hour body massage. If you only want to treat your feet after all that walking you can opt for a pedicure with massage too. Other great massages are head and shoulder or shoulder and lower back.
After visiting several spas in Sanur we always seem to come back to Mandurah Spa which is located on a small side street of Danau Tamblingan, across the Lotus Cafe.
Besides Sanur restaurants, you can also get a nice refreshments at the beach stalls
6. If you happen to be in Sanur beach in July you can attend the yearly International Kite Festival at Padang Galak area north of the beach. Here several teams from Denpasar compete against each other with the biggest kite, best launch, flight path and landing while their Gamelan orchestras are playing frantically in the background. This festival attracts around 10.000 spectators and is a good place to see local Balinese having fun.
7. When it gets to dinner you can choose from a long list of many good local restaurants and bars in town. Warung Pregina is highly recommended. But if you are just in Sanur for one day then why not spend it right on the beach with your toes in the sand while enjoying grilled fish caught the same day?
On certain nights some Sanur restaurants offer live music...
8. As mentioned earlier Sanur doesn't have much of an exciting nightlife as Kuta or Seminyak . However if you feel like having a drink and listening to live music several places in town offer live music in the evenings such as the Cat&Fiddle, The Wicked Parrot or Linga Longa.
There's an endless list of activities in Sanur beach but hopefully we have given you some nice suggestions for enjoying your day to the fullest..
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