Very good hotel, shame about Sanur
We visited the Puri Santrian for a week in March 2007. We stayed in the club room which was a good size with a a four poster bed. The hotel grounds are lovely, the pool nice and clean, and the hotel was very nice (breakfast is continental although a wider selection of food is available at an extra cost).
We arrived on the evening and was suprised that there appeared to be next to no guests in the hotel grounds, we soon realised that this is because after 10 0'clock many restaurants are closed and guests have gone to bed.
Whilst I am not looking for banging clubs or bars, evenings in Sanur are very sedate. Once outside of the hotel grounds you will be pestered by taxi drivers and shop keepers looking for business.
We did hire a taxi and driver for the day, explaining to him that we did not want to be taken to stops where we would feel under pressure to purchase goods we did not want. He understood this but still on our journey to the volcanio he proceeded to stop at Celak (the government retail outlet for silver sales), a wood carving place, a spice plantation, and a restaurant for lunch where we were the only customers. The restaurant had a fantastic view of the lake and volcano, however the waitress maintained that the only lunch available was a buffet lunch which was at an over-inflated price (which she subsequently reduced several times when she realised that we were not going to purchase it). Eventually the normal lunch time menu was produced, but by this time we had enough and decided not to eat anything.
Bali is worthwhile exploring (some fantastic scenery), surrounding Ubud, but I must say that I found the street vendors too overbearing, and this spoiled my trip.
Bali has been effected by a downturn in tourism, and businesses are desperate for your custom.
We did visit Kutu, and was pleasantly suprised, good shopping and we weren't hassled as much, in fact we wished that we had stayed there.
We had several massages round the corner from the hotel at a small salon called Eden, a massage there is approx 50,000 R (about £3), and was very good. The laundry place next door was also very good.
I would recommend the Beach Cafe which is at the other end of Sanur, and Bennos to eat on the evening (a short taxi drive). The food was very good quality and inexpensive.
I expected Bali to be a tropical paradise, and it wasn't. However having said this the Puri Santrian is a lovely hotel.
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