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Aussie Families’ New Favourite Destination in Bali – Sanur

Forget Seminyak and Canguu — savvy Australians have found a quieter, more relaxed place to holiday in this much-loved island paradise!

It’s been popular with European travellers for decades, but now more and more Australians are shunning hip destinations like Seminyak and Canguu and heading to the coastal town of Sanur for their Bali holiday. Located on the eastern side of the island, around 14 kilometres from the international airport in Denpasar, the area offers a quieter, more relaxed vibe than the bustling western side of the island.     

Location of Sanur in the province of Bali

Sanur: From quiet fishing village to popular tourist destination

Sanur was discovered by Europeans in the 1920s, when Belgian artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres fell in love with the quiet fishing village and its people. He built a house there, where he lived with his Balinese wife, dancer Ni Polok, until his death in 1958. Their home has since been converted into a museum that showcases the artist’s work, which is well worth a visit.

In the 1930s, Sanur began to attract more visitors, mainly from Europe, who were drawn to its stunning beaches, calm waters, and laidback atmosphere. The first hotel in Sanur, the Bali Beach Hotel, opened in 1963, and many other hotels and resorts followed. Sanur’s popularity as a tourist destination continued to grow throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, and it became a favourite among families and older travellers who preferred its quieter and more relaxed atmosphere to the busy nightlife and party scene in places like Kuta and Legian.

A cultural celebration on the beach in Sanur

Sanur's attractions: Exploring the town's temples, markets, and more

Sanur Beach is protected by a coral reef and the waves are generally calmer than in other parts of Bali, making it a safe place for children to swim and play. The town is surrounded by rice paddies and villages, and there are many operators offering cycling tours through the area. There are also several temples nearby, including Patal Temple and Pura Blanjong. You can also book a boat trip to nearby islands including Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan, where you can go snorkelling, kayaking and even swim with manta rays.

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Dream Beach on Nusa Lembongan

North of Sanur, the Duta Orchid Garden has a large collection of orchids and other tropical plants. Visitors can take a tour of the garden and learn about the different species of orchids. Sanur has several markets where you can buy souvenirs, handicrafts and local products, with Pasar Sindhu Market the most popular. Sanur is also known for its many spas and wellness centres, where you can relax and rejuvenate with a massage, facial or other treatment. It’s also just a short drive from Bali’s capital, Denpasar, and from the cultural and artistic hub of Ubud.

Sanur has a good selection of restaurants and warungs (small local eateries) that serve Balinese and Indonesian cuisine, with more trendy restaurants opening all the time. Check out Oomba Beach House Sala Bistro, Soul on the Beach, Brasserie Republique Sanur and Stuja Dipantai. Be sure to visit Pasar Senggol night market to try authentic Indonesian street food.

Sunrise at Sanur Beach

The best family-friendly accommodations in Sanur

With a pool with a 30-metre-long waterslide and basketball hoop and a kids’ club offering activities like movies under the stars, cooking classes and face painting, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali is an ideal choice for families. The acclaimed resort, featuring contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom apartments that can accommodate up to seven guests, is managed by Prime Plaza Hotels and Resorts — the same hotel management company as Bali Dynasty Resort.

Kids playing in the pool of Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali

The resort’s Camp Splash kids’ club offers fun activities like giant chess, with a games room with pool tables, foosball, video games and comfortable bean bags for older kids to hang out. The resort, which also has a gym and a spa, is around seven minutes’ walk to shops, bars and restaurants, with a free shuttle service operating to the beach.

Girls playing giant chess in the kids' club

Guests can enjoy Indonesian and international cuisine at the Terrace Restaurant, which overlooks the pool and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy hour takes place at the attached poolside bar every day from 4pm to 5.30pm, just in time for sunset! Don’t miss the signature cocktail, Sanur Delight, which is made with rum, and coconut and banana liqueur.

Al fresco dining at Prime Plaza Suites Bali - Sanur

More Information

Visit the official website of Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali

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