This was the second part of our honeymoon, having spent 3 days in Kuala Lumpur. We were looking forward to a long rest by the sea.
Sanur itself is centred around long main roads, one of which runs right past the Puri. There are many shops selling various souvenirs, and if you find the right one at the right time, they can be a bargain. We found some summer clothes for our 2 year old that were great for the price. There are plenty of bars both on the beach side and the road side of the hotel, as well as shops, supermarkets, internet cafes and a chemists. There was an internet cafe about 1 minute walk to the left of the hotel main entrance, but a far friendlier one three minutes the other way. They do great juices and the lady who runs it is really friendly, speaking great English. Take your shoes off before entering here.
The hotel itself has a security gate patrolled by guards 24/7 although it is really just a cursory mirror check under the car and sometimes a check under the boot. Just past here is a little bale where drivers sit. They usually just ask if you have transport, but in general they leave you alone. They can be booked for your trips, and we found an excellent driver for a trip to Ubud and the North, who we used for several other days out as well.
Once dropped off at the main entrance you are met by staff in traditional Balinese dress, and shown to the open plan reception area. We were given a glass of iced ginger tea and a cold face cloth which was an excellent touch. Within 5 minutes we were in our room.
As has been said here many times before the rooms can tend to be musty, but having the AC on gets rid of this, as do some joss sticks and candles, which can be bought cheaply in most souvenir shops (note: we found the market at Tanah Lot really cheap!!). The rooms in the club section have a terrace or a balcony, and the sitting room and bedroom are combined into 1 large room. The bed we had was a 4 poster with a mosquito net. It was large and clean, but how effective the net was is debatable! The sink are and wardrobe is large and pleasant with a full length mirror. (another note: the bottle opener is attached to the front of the wash basin?! I only found this out after a week!!). The rooms on the ground floor (ours) lead straight on to the path next to the pool, making sun lounger claiming very easy. During the first week we had no problem getting a lounger, but as it became busier there were a few games where people reserved beds for the am and the pm as the sun moved around the pool area. The pool in the club area was lovely, clean, 3 levels with a little grotto!! With the beach being so poor it was great to be by the pool and take a cooling dip now and again. The 2 pools nearer the beach were equally clean and inviting.
Breakfast was a good selection of fruits and cooked food, all the usual items, plus freshly cooked eggs of your choice. There was a bit of variation but after a few days it became a functional meal to set you up for the day. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, with birds, squirrels and lizards a regular site. With such a large area the hotel never felt crowded.
The restaurant on the road side is La Mezzanine and is an up market Italian. There are so many places to eat but far too many to mention here, take a look at the forums or send me a message for a direct recommendation and prices. Along the beach path there are also many other places to eat an drink. Turn right from the hotle and go about 5-10 minutes along the beach path and you will find a little bar with hanging seats. We liked this one, with the happy hour 6-7.
The beach itself is ok, the water is very shallow, several hundred feet from the shore it is still barely 2 feet deep, making it a poor place to swim. It was windy but this made it pleasant to sit in the sun, although reading a magazine was tricky! The staff at the hotel were knowledgeable and friendly and this added to the pleasant nature of the place. The spa does a free treatment within 24 hours of your arrival, and is 2-1 before 1pm. We had lots of treatments and the place really was excellent and not hugely expensive. (I would have liked to be able to look out to sea but this is only a minor point!).
On the main road you will continually find taxis beeping at you, just ignore them or shake your head. The bemos are very cheap, say for heading to Hardy's Supermarket. Turn left from the hotel, and on the corner of the road you should see a group of (noisy) bemo drivers. Or just walk along the road.
This hotel is an excellent choice, who's few down points are the darkness of the rooms, the repetitive breakfast and the damn incessant gamelan music throughout the day!!!! A solidly 4 star hotel, lacks the very finest points of a 5 star but an excellent choice for the price, and worth upgrading to the Club Romms IMO.
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