Some may describe this 20 bedroom resort as "boutique; I prefer "bijou" as a more appropriate term for this little jewel of a place. The restaurant, pool and reception area are all tiny but somehow the place never seems crowded. We had hours and the occasional whole day with the pool to ourselves. The staff are very warm and friendly but never intrusive. They treated us and each other like family.
There is a daily, low-key activity: learning a little of the Indonesian language, Indonesian cookery class, ketupat making (making a palm leaf box for wrapping Balinese rice), making a Balinese offering with coconut leaf and flowers, visit to a local elementary school. The activities are free except for the cookery class.... but it costs about the price of the meal anyway, the tuition is only a couple of dollars. It is easy to organise a tour with your own driver (who may well have served you lunch or cleaned your room). There are also special evenings: BBQ, Balinese Dance (ticket includes free 30 minute massage - on site, next to the pool), Margarita Thursday (special price all night), discounts offered for all sorts of things.
There is a daily maid service. Soap, washing up liquid, bath towels and towels for the beach are all provided. (I mention this because this was not the case in a resort we stayed in Crete). There is a small grocery store just outside the resort and a Korean Mart (which sells goods other than just Korean) just inside the entrance.There is a free shuttle to the beach at about 9am and 3.30pm (drop off only - tell them you want to use the service the day before). It is a good 20 minute walk back from the beach along a very busy road in the blistering heat! Take one of the resort's cards as the locals do not necessarily know the resort. On the way back from the beach we were told by 2 people that it was 3 km in the opposite direction!
Electricity is 230V, two-pin round plug, one adaptor provided. We had a 2 bed unit on the ground floor right next to the pool and we were very happy with that. There is a helpful "tip" tip in the service directory: instead of tipping individuals they suggest your putting a sum in the kitty at the end of your stay and the total is then divvied up between all the staff every month.
We have just returned home. I am already looking forward to returning......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Sanur, Bali’s biggest traditional village and one of the most established tourist areas, this newly refurbished property offers access to everything you could hope for. From fine restaurants and modern entertainment, traditional village drama and dance to the Bali Safari Marine Park or the Bali Zoo Park all within a half hour drive there is something for everybody. It is also a great starting point for those of you looking to get out and about to see the island with tours to areas including Kintamani, Lake Batur, Puri Tirta Empul, Bedugul, Botanical Garden and Tanah lot. Relax by the pool in beautifully landscaped surrounds or take a wander along the paved beach side path running the full length of Sanur where you can check out a multitude of shops & restaurants. The Royal Bali Beach Club at Sanur is only 20 minutes drive from Denpasar Airport & Waterbom Park. Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre featured in the famous book and movie "Eat Pray Love" is only a short drive away. With a range of Studio, One-Bedroom Combination and Two-Bedroom apartments, a number of which have their own private balconies and or full kitchen facilities, this resort offers something for everybody giving you the opportunity to not only enjoy the delights of staying on a tropical island but also to gain a real appreciation of Balinese culture and local life. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Royal Bali Beach Club Sanur Hotel Sanur
- Royal Sanur: Royal Bali Beach Club