Puri Santrian is a beautiful, traditional looking resort in Sanur. If I were to give you one piece of advice it would be to arrange a driver is sent from the hotel to the airport to collect you. When you emerge out into the arrivals area it is pandemonium with people grabbing at you and shouting taxi, taxi, taxi! It was such a relief to see a driver holding up a placard with my name on it! We were led through the throng and back to the resort. I believe it cost $20. Also worthy of note is the porters at the airport descend upon you and take your cases off you despite your protests then get quite aggressive in trying to get a tip off you! They commented to me that we had nice luggage and Puri Santrian is a "nice hotel".
We had booked the beach wing which I have read on tripadvisor since that lots of other people were upgraded to this level but we received no upgrade onwards to the next grade of room. Rooms are dark with a strange window with blind on the outside between the bath and the main bedroom so your partner or room mate can watch you shower should they so desire! Very odd! Room was beautifully cleaned every day but on the whole we were disappointed with it! Oppressive and dark! Beautiful view from the balcony across the pool and towards the beach.
Breakfast was a dream! It opens at 06.30 and runs until 10.30 so the earliest riser to the latest is catered for. Amazing fresh fruit area! Egg station! Nothing for anyone to complain about! Staff are a credit to the hotel. Very helpful and pleasant.
Pool area is gorgeous. Plenty of beds available near the pool or in the shade. There is a swim up bar area but the drinks are quite expensive so sitting getting drunk at the swim up bar would be costly! The happy hour at Puri involves taking 30% off only! Still leaves it ridiculously expensive. That is not to say we didn't do it but when we signed for the drinks we flinched! A service charge is levied onto everything you order irrespective of whether you want to tip or not.
The pool area, like the rest of the grounds is beautifully groomed at all times. In fact, this hotel was the saving grace of the Bali holiday.
Some tips for the surrounding area: avoid the women on the beach giving massages. They are no better than someone rubbing suntan lotion on you. In fact, anyone who has ever had any half decent massage will be wholly unimpressed by the massage in Bali. We had many between us over the holiday period and 2 days before we left we finally found a hairdressing and beauty salon where they did first rate massage at a good price. It was next door to beach breezes warung, across from a live music venue.
For delicious, authentic Balinese cooking in a local warung try the Indonesian vegetable noodle soup at Beach Breezes Warung and go for dinner along the beach from the Puri to Tities Warung. We had fantastic fish dishes there with ice cold beer!
Be sure to turn to the right along the beach and head to Bobby's bar and restaurant. You can sit at tables there looking out to sea and enjoy the Indonesian breeze on your face as you sit enjoying a drink in the afternoon.
There are loads of great restaurants and bars in Sanur for you to try but the level of harassment we had to endure all day every day got very draining very quickly. We'd step off the resort and have taxis honking at us and stopping in front as we tried to cross the road. Walk a few more steps and another taxi would stop and offer us "Charlie" or a girl for later. Add in the customary wailing of massage or "look, look, Mr" at a shop, then back to "taxi, Charlie or girl" again and the 10 days in Bali was not a relaxing experience! None of this is the fault of the resort and had I spent the entire holiday on the resort then I probably would have felt more relaxed.
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Santrian Sanur, Bali
- Puri Santrian Hotel Sanur
- Puri Santrian Bali