First of all Sanur in the off season is quiet! However, if you have school age children the location is ideal and a far cry from bustling and expensive Seminyak which is still easily reached by taxi. I travelled with a friend and the children (11, 12 and 15) loved the location, water activities and food. You are certainly not paying Australian prices, unlike a lot of smarter hotels and the kids could always find something they liked on the menu. Traditional food is available but pizzas, caesar salads and mango smoothies were also very popular. It was nice that the kids could order lunch by the pool without the parents having heart failure when it came time to sign for the bill. Whist the surrounding restaurants are good and very inexpensive, it was relaxing to be able to eat in so often. Breakfasts were included, although unfortunately hot dishes like eggs were extra. The coffee is fantastic! Whilst the pool is deep and probably not suitable for little children, ours played happily for hours. Unlike the more popular resorts, it felt very safe to let them go for walks along the beach and on numerous shopping trips to the local market. The staff were all really lovely and some of them have been there for 8 years or and remembered my friends from previous visits. The rooms certainly vary in quality. If there in the wet season it is best to secure a room with a covered verandah to wait out the brief downpours. Some rooms are better than others. My friend's room was most satisfactory but our first room had a very small outdoor area close to noisy air conditioning and looking straight onto another garden room. After a bad night's sleep from a bank of external air conditioning units, I did have to pay to upgrade to another room but we were very happy once we moved. A final point - beware the low Balinese doors to the bathrooms - if you are tall you may sustain a few bumps on the head before you remember! Given that La Taverna is one of the oldest hotels, it is not travelling too badly. It's just a case of what you are after. If you want glitz and glamour then head to one of the western style hotels in Seminyak. For lovers of gleaming tiles and everything in perfect working order, this is not the place for you. On the other hand, if you are willing to accept more "quaint" accommodation in a good location with plenty of opportunity to engage with the locals then this is certainly a good choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Taverna is a small privately owned hotel set within lush tropical gardens that open directly onto the golden sands of the Indian Ocean. La Taverna was one of Bali's first hotels and has over the years played host to artists, writers, musicians and a wide assortment of other colorful personalities. Its European owners have endeavored to maintain the spirit of old Bali, whilst also providing a relaxed, informal environment with emphasis on the personal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Taverna Hotel
- La Taverna Sanur
- Hotel La Taverna Sanur, Bali