My wife and I stayed here for our main honeymoon in November 2011. We wanted somewhere long haul, hot and luxurious without being a cliched honeymoon destination.
Sanur itself is typical of Bali, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops selling fake designer gear (Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren being particularly popular brands to rip-off) and there was feel, in certain bars, of it being akin to an 'Aussie Benidorm'. Having said that, this was owing to the heavily tattooed and pierced Australians wearing football club vests (who incidentally were actually quite friendly) as opposed to drunken, maurading 18-30s.
The Pavilions therefore, was a quiet oasis in the middle of all this. As described in previous
reviews, just walk a few yards down the bamboo-lined driveway and all is calm and peaceful.
It is quite a large complex and we stayed in a private pool villa at the far end, approx five
minutes walk from the entrance which meant we were nicely secluded. The villa itself was two-storey and very spacious with all facilities included. Large living areas and bathrooms gave a
luxurious feel and the private pool was very welcome for a cooling dip.
The staff are very polite and friendly and the butler-service breakfast was delivered to the villa
on time and as ordered on a daily basis. Fresh flowers (beautiful Birds of Paradise) were in the
main rooms which added to the very pleasant ambience.
The main pool area is very pleasant and well appointed and the attendant brings you insulated
glasses of iced water as soon as you arrive. Sandwiches from the bar menu were nice and
reasonably priced for this type of hotel but we chose to eat out at local restaurants for our
main meals. Eating out was very cheap indeed (a delicious two course meal for two with a
local beer and a soft drink costs around £12 Sterling at one of the nicer little restaurants).
We only saw a handful of other couples the entire time we stayed so assumed that The
Pavilions was rather quiet. The only criticism we have is that the 'private beach' is in fact part
of a general beach with an area reserved for Pavilions guests. This beach was approx a
fifteen minute walk from the villas, although there is a free shuttle service organised from
reception and was actually quite disappointing so don't come here if your idea of a great
holiday is lying on a secluded, idyllic beach. If, however, you want to experience a different
culture whilst having good restaurants and entertainment in various bars available and an
incredibly relaxing villa to retreat to, then The Pavilions @ Sanur is well worth considering.
Ps- there are numerous local spas offering amazing treatments for a ridiculously cheap price, i.e. £6 Sterling for a ninety minute Balinese massage!
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- Also Known As:
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- Bali Pavilions Sanur