Sanur might not be the first place you think of when you think of Bali, but it has so much to offer. It has swimmable beaches, a real feeling of local community and culture, and is perfect for a quieter stay. So where to stay in Sanur? In our accommodation guide, you will find the best places to stay in Sanur, including our favourite resorts, hotels, and villas, along with the best locations.
- Best Area To Stay
- Should I Stay In Sanur?
- How Many Days Do You Need?
- Booking Accommodation
- Accommodation Guide
- Splurge: Luxury Accommodation
- Luxury For Less
- Hotels Under $150/night
Where To Stay In Sanur? Best Areas
Sanur is located along the east coast of Bali, north of Nusa Dua and south of Candidasa. It’s about a 30-minute to 1-hour drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. A lot of accommodation options are located along or near the beach. But some are located further inland.
So where to stay in Sanur? I think it’s pretty important to stay either on the beach or not too far from it. Some accommodation options in Sanur are located further away from the beach on the other side of the highway, which I personally think would take a lot away from the Sanur experience.
The main part of Sanur is located around Sanur Beach and the main street of Jalan Danau Tamblingan. The most central area to stay in Sanur is along the main street between Jalan Pantai Sindhu and Mertasari Beach. We would definitely recommend staying in central Sanur to make the most of your time here.
Read More: 8 Incredible Things To Do In Sanur Bali
Is It Worth Staying In Sanur?
Sanur is often overlooked as a place to stay in Bali, with people often choosing areas like Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu or Canggu. But we think it’s definitely worth staying in Sanur, especially if you have been to Bali before or you’re looking for a quieter, laid-back stay.
What we like about Sanur the most is that feeling of almost stepping back in time and experiencing Bali as it was many years ago. A sense of quiet nostalgia as you roam or cycle the streets. Sanur, in the best possible way, has managed to protect itself against the constant ever-evolving changes that many places in Bali experience. That’s not to say that you can’t find delicious restaurants or modern luxury resorts, merely that it’s not defined by these things.
Sanur has so much to offer, from its traditional night market where you can taste delicious Indonesian dishes, to a beautiful boardwalk along the beach, not to mention swimmable beaches. Sanur is also a common gateway to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, for either day trips or the next stay in your Bali Itinerary.
We often get asked, is it better to stay in Sanur or Seminyak? Honestly, the two places are very different. We would say stay in Sanur if you’re looking for a quieter place where you can swim and ride bikes but also have access to some great restaurants and accommodations options. Stay in Seminyak if you want a busier vibe, endless amounts of incredible restaurants, boutique shops and nightlife.
How Many Days In Sanur?
How many days you need in Sanur is pretty dependent on your Bali trip. If you’re planning on having one base and doing some day trips to explore more of Bali, then staying in Sanur for the entirety of your trip is possible.
If you’re combining a stay in Sanur with a stay in another location in Bali, which is what we would recommend, then I feel like 2 – 3 nights would be a minimum to be able to take advantage of ‘relaxing’.
To decide how long to stay, look at the main things you want to do in Sanur and how long this would take you, and then decide how much additional time you would want to spend relaxing and swimming at the beach to get your ideal length of stay.
We love using Booking.com, it’s one of our favourite ways to book accommodation. It’s simple to use and they have a great range of options, from luxury hotels, boutique hotels, villas and homestays.
Airbnb tends to have a lot of villa options for Bali, so another good option if looking to stay in a villa. They often have discounts for stays of a week or more.
Sanur Accommodation Guide
Our accommodation recommendations below are based on our favourite places that we have stayed in, knowledge of the Sanur hotels and their specific locations, research, hearing from you and putting this all together with our own experience of Sanur.
So here are our favourite picks for where to stay in Sanur…
Please note: Prices are per night in AUD and were accurate at the time of this post.
Splurge: Luxury Accommodation In Sanur
We absolutely loved our stay at Hyatt Regency Bali, a stunning 5-star hotel in Sanur. The staff are really friendly, the expansive gardens are so beautiful and the food at the on-site restaurants is delicious. This beachfront hotel is also home to 3 outdoor pools, including a beachfront pool and kids pool.
As Bali’s first-ever 5-star resort, along with a recent 5-year renovation, we think this is perhaps the best place to stay in Sanur. Hyatt Regency Bali has deep roots in Bali, making for a very special stay.
You can read about our stay and watch our video in our review here: Our Stay at Hyatt Regency Bali In Sanur
A beautiful luxury hotel located in the heart of Sanur, this also happens to be one of the newest resorts in the area. Described as a modern interpretation of a Balinese village, this resort has a beautiful nod to Balinese design and lush tropical gardens.
Here you will find rooms, suites and villas grouped around different courtyards. Rooms have spacious balconies and oversized bathrooms, including some with lagoon access. There are also one-bedroom garden villas with private pools and two-bedroom beach villas also with a private pool.
Facilities include three swimming pools, including a beach-facing pool and a kids’ pool, a fitness centre, a spa, a kids club and onsite restaurants.
What was previously the Fairmont, is now the InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort. As it has been undergoing some renovations during this transition, the reviews have reflected this, with some areas of the hotel in need of renovation and some areas being disturbed by the works going on. However, InterContinental report the renovations are due to be complete by the end of 2023, which will enhance the experience of this property.
This beach resort is located in central Sanur. Here you will find spacious rooms and a range of villas, from one-bedroom pool villas to three-bedroom pool villas.
Maya Sanur is another great luxury resort located on the beachfront.
There are a variety of rooms to choose from, including lagoon access rooms, rooms with a private balcony, as well as suites with a private pool.
You will also have multiple dining options on-site, along with an infinity beach pool, a lagoon pool, and a family and kids pool.
At Mahagiri Villas you can choose between one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom private pool villas. The two and three-bedroom villas also include a kitchenette, however, there is also an on-site restaurant.
All guests enjoy a 24-hour butler service, a free shuttle service to Sanur Beach, free use of bicycles and daily a la carte breakfast at the restaurant.
There is a beautiful quote from the founder of Tandjung Sari, “My hotel is my living room, my guests are my friends”. I think this sums up the special feeling of this unique beachfront hotel. It actually originated in the 1960s as a house for the owners and developed over time into the boutique resort that it is today.
Here you will find a range of bungalows, that is, stand-alone cottages in walled gardens, built by local craftsmen.
On the grounds, you will find a salt-water swimming pool, a gym, a library and an open-air restaurant, all immersed within lush tropical gardens.
If you’re looking to stay in a villa, then The Pavillions Bali is a great option.
Here you have a choice between one-bedroom garden villas and one-bedroom or two-bedroom pool villas. There is also a shared outdoor pool on the property, along with a restaurant.
Although it is not located along the beach, it is within walking distance or you can use their shuttle service.
Luxury For Less
Hotels In Sanur For Under $150/night
We will be continually updating this post with any new places we stay and love, to make sure we are recommending the best accommodation.
This post was originally posted on June 13th, 2017 and last updated on September 24th, 2023.