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Sanur Residence is set back about 100m from the beach, with uninterrupted views over the Badung Strait and Nusa Penida in the distance. Within the immediate vicinity is little except a few sleepy local houses and villas amongst the rice terraces and fields of tapioca and maize. The small village of Padang Galak is just over a kilometre to the north, but Sanur is the closest tourist town, four kilometres south towards Denpasar. Some of the locals do walk into town along the promenade on which fishermen beach their colourful boats. Sukawati, famous for its cheap local market, is seven kilometres inland en route to the cultural and artistic heart of Bali, Ubud, which is 20 kilometres away. Celuk’s silversmiths, the woodcarvers of Mas and a whole host of other craft guilds are all within easy driving distance.
If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali’s tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali’s south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.
In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali’s famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.
Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.
Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.
Bali is Indonesia’s most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life’s more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours’ flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
Our review Overall Rating: 7.80
Sanur Residence is very modern in design, simply furnished but very comfortable. Although the houses may not have the rustic ambiance of traditional Balinese villas, they make excellent beachside holiday homes. To us it looked as though each house is owned by a different member of the same family so has taken on a different personality within ostensibly the same frame. The middle house (House Two) has mature furnishings and an older feel with some interesting art and sculptures. At the other end of the spectrum is House Three – young and vibrant with pink and grey soft furnishings in the lounge, bright art on the walls, and a private media room. House One falls somewhere in between. That said all the bedrooms are large and very comfortable (especially the master suites) and have huge modern, very practical terrazzo-finished bathrooms. Each house has perfectly acceptable facilities including TVs, cable and DVDs throughout, and good common spaces. The house kitchens are small - just service or snack kitchens, the bulk of the cooking is done in the staff kitchen and delivered to the house. We thought it odd that ther is no obvious place for communal dining except for in the rather formal meeting room. The staff did say, however, that they are happy to set up tables out on the lawns, which we can imagine would be great for a barbecue.
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Quite a find! Services were on par with 5 start hotel with very attentive staff who also knew how to be invisible at times. The villas are large with space in the grounds so even a larger group can have their own space. As a venue for a special event I could not fault it.
Had a great week wanted to stay longer thanks to the team for making our week totally relaxing!
Sleeping Capacity: 23
Sanur Residence comprises three separate, modern, two-storey houses. Each has three bedrooms (all air conditioned and equipped with TVs) and its own kitchenette, dining, and living rooms.
Accessed from the side, House One's master suite is on the ground floor, featuring a queen bed, small terrace, generous walk in wardrobes, jacuzzi bath and separate shower. Upstairs are two guest rooms, one twin and one queen. Both have great views and large terraces from which to enjoy them. Each has an ensuite shower room but share a bath tub which can be accessed from either bathroom. The open-plan living areas are almost identically laid out to House Two except there is no split level. Dining (seating eight) is next to a service kitchenette; the TV area is furnished with low slung cushions, a lounge area offers great views and a small terrace. In the basement, but opening out onto the lawns, is a large meeting room which can double as a communal dining room.
The master suite in House Two is on the first floor. A huge sumptuous room with twin beds (convertible to a king), extravagant sea-facing terrace, a comfortable living/TV area and giant bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Downstairs two queen-bedded guest rooms share an ensuite shower room. An open-plan, split-level living area features a beautiful inlaid coconut dining table (seats eight) next to a functional kitchenette. Down a level is a TV and lounge area with fold back floor to ceiling doors and a small sea facing terrace.
On the ground floor of House Three is a dining area (seating six), with a small kitchen on one side, spilling out onto a teak deck on the other. The living area similarly opens out to a second adjoining deck furnished with bamboo daybeds. A cosy entertainment room features a 42-inch flat-screen TV and Bose surround-sound stereo. On the split-level upper floor are two guest rooms, one twin and one queen-bedded, with the same bathroom configuration including the shared bath tub as House One. On the uppermost level is the vast master suite with king-size bed, private four-seater dining table and lounge/office area. An equally vast bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall is ensuite. The views are outstanding.
Behind the houses are the staff quarters with a laundry room, main kitchen and car ports.