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10 Best Attractions in Sanur
Sanur Beach is one of the first resort areas in Bali to see the influx of tourism which Bali has experienced over the past half century. Despite this, it remains rich in history and retains much of its laidback ambience from its earlier days, attracting a different type of crowd compared to the livelier scenes you will find in Kuta and Legian. Sanur features several small connected beaches that are all quiet, with a pleasant paved path where locals and expats enjoy morning jogs against the rising sun.The coastline is shared by some of the island’s earliest pioneering hotels and boutique resorts. Sites to see in Sanur include its collection of historical landmarks, such as the Le Mayeur Museum located right beside the beach art market, and the ancient and mysterious Blanjong inscription, well hidden behind the modern traffic and lines of restaurants and cafes. Here is our compilation of the 10 Best Attractions in Sanur for you to discover.
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The coastline of Sanur spans some 8km from north to south, between the coastal border of the Gianyar regency and the mangrove forest in southern Denpasar. Along this distance end to end, you will be able to enjoy several notable beaches, despite the whole being referred to as ‘Sanur Beach’. The paved footpath connects all these coasts, and provides a great morning jogging track and scenic cycling routes. Starting from the south there is Mertasari Beach in the sub-village area of Blanjong, Semawang Beach accessible from Jalan Danau Poso, Pantai Karang or ‘Reef Beach’, Segara Ayu Beach, the main Sindhu Beach with the legendary Grand Bali Beach and where the footpath ends. Further north are the less popular beaches of Pantai Matahari Terbit or ‘Sunrise Coast’ and the black sand beach of Padanggalak.
A great activity for anyone who wishes to enjoy Bali’s depths teeming with tropical marine life, the Bali Seawalker provides a safe and fun time out for families. Their pontoon is anchored five minutes offshore, from where you go under the waves from a ladder with a specially designed helmet, and then freely walk on the sand bed to view beautiful reefs with colourful fish. The ‘sea walk’ takes around 30 minutes, with certified and experienced guides overseeing the activity from above and below. The tour can be enjoyed by children aged 10 years up, and no diving experience or swimming skills are necessary, serving as a great educational and fun eye-opening opportunity for those with no prior diving experience.
Le Mayeur Museum is a hidden treasure located right on the main Sanur Beach of Sindhum behind the array of art and souvenir stalls. This memorial museum mainly houses the artworks and personal history of painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, a Brussels-born artist who was impressed by Bali and the shores of Sanur, where he dedicated his entire life to the two things he loved the most: its arts and its women. He fell in love with a Legong dancer, Ni Pollok, who he later married and became his muse, extensively featured in his oil paintings. The house consists of five rooms with the main building housing the couple’s former living quarters, profuse with classical Balinese elements, sculpted stone walls and red terrazzo floor tiles.
Bali Sharks, also known as the Serangan Shark Island Project, is a private nature conservation initiative that has embarked on a mission to save black tip and white tip reef sharks, while providing visitors to Bali with the first environmentally-friendly tour of its kind in Indonesia. In close collaboration with the local Kelompok Nelayan Serangan fishermen’s group, they have built a safe 10x10m pontoon nursery in the eastern waters of Serangan Island, which houses over a dozen pups. Tours are suited for all ages and allow participants to swim and snorkel with the pups, proving all that is wrong with the negative portrayals of sharks in Hollywood movies. The tour includes a turtle hatchery tour, a marine garden aquarium tour, as well as meals and refreshments.5Blanjong Inscription
For those interested in Bali’s history, Blanjong Temple, or Pura Blanjong, in the namesake sub-village area within the Intaran village on Sanur’s south, houses one of Bali’s oldest known artefacts in the form of a stone pillar with Sanskrit inscriptions. This stone pillar was believed to be some sort of victory monument, chiefly of King Sri Kesari Warmadewa, who on a conquest visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali’s first formal government. In addition to the inscribed pillar, other relics at the Blanjong site include sandstone statues, such as the Hindu lord Ganesh and several animal figures. The temple is now considered a national cultural heritage site and welcomes public visitors down an alley just off Sanur’s Jalan Danau Poso.6Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC)
Sea turtles, once a traditional commodity among the Balinese in the distant past, have turned to become a protected species, with major conservation efforts propping up around Bali. The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC) that was set up on Serangan Island, is one of them. The TCEC serves as a hatchery, nursery and sanctuary for turtles accidentally caught by fishermen. The centre is open for the public and offers an educational day out, ideal for the whole family. A large variety of well shaded and open-air pools separate the turtles according size, with supervising staff ready to provide information and brief tours if they aren’t busy cleaning and maintaining the pools or feeding the turtles. There is also a small sandy enclosure for tortoises, a hatchling pen and a small souvenir shop selling everything cute, colourful and turtle-related.7Griya Santrian Gallery
Griya Santrian Gallery, located within the Griya Santrian boutique hotel in Sanur, is an open-air gallery that regularly hosts art exhibitions, book launches and art happenings featuring local and international artists. Easily one of the most reputable galleries of its kind in the Sanur area, it is definitely a must-visit for art and culture buffs. Almost every month, this gallery showcases various paintings and sculptures from artists who mainly focus on classical styles, with some notable living and late figures featured in the past including Syahrizal Koto, Ni Nyoman Sani, I Ketut Muja, Le Mayeur de Mempres, Auw Kok Heng and Sujana. Owned by the family who also spearheaded the annual Sanur Village Festival, the gallery has also played its part as one of the main art exhibition venues during the week-long festival, held since 2005.
Padanggalak Beach on the northern end of Sanur has a vast stretch of black sand and a grassy field, which is also the regular host of the annual Bali Kites Festival. The festival usually takes place around the windy season, between July and August, with confirmed dates following favourable weather conditions. It is one of Bali’s major provincial calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. During the festival date, thousands of traditional kite troupes and youth groups from around Bali transport their gigantic kites to the beach using large trucks, with wingspans ranging between 5 to 10 meters. The skies are specked with a rare sight, and the process of take-off and landing are just as exciting, with the troupes manoeuvring in their droves.9Bali Orchid Garden
The Bali Orchid Garden is a must-visit for flower lovers and gardening enthusiasts. It is located amidst the rows of local garden shops along the Bypass Tohpati road north of Sanur, which comprise a variety of lush open-air collections and stalls selling tropical flora. The Bali Orchid Garden is the only of its kind here providing tours, and inside you will encounter a world full of natural colours. The hectare of landscaped tropical gardens are available for guided tours where you can witness from up close the abundance in orchid species and admire various exotic tropical plants such as the rafflesia, anthuriums, and heliconia. The gardens provide a relaxing environment open for individual visitors, tour groups and private functions.10Taman Festival Bali ‘ghost town’
The quirkiest place on this list is an abandoned theme park, the Taman Festival Bali, which saw only a slight of its heyday in 1997, but ultimately closed down three years later due to marketing and financial problems. Now considered a ghost town, literally by some of the locals who believe that long abandoned places are eventually inhabited by spirits of the ‘unseen world’, it is a favourite photo location for photographers looking for a desolate, post apocalyptic-like setting. This is due to the still erect but deteriorated structures of its main buildings with partly collapsed roofs, and ticket booths, a theatre and dining outlets covered in dust, moss and creeper vines. Large statues and ornamental figures around the courtyards and throughout its open spaces, which now stand under dense foliage, create an eerie sight even in broad daylight. Extra caution must be taken around the crumbling buildings.
10 Best Shopping in Sanur
Shopping in Sanur is a laidback and easygoing affair, much in line with the general character of this quiet beach resort area. While the number of hotels and restaurants in Sanur overshadow the shops and boutiques that line its major streets, there are a select number of locations offering arts and crafts, fashion items and curios to take back home as a personal memento or souvenir.While not offering an ample selection of shops when compared to Bali’s other resort destinations such as Ubud or Seminyak, Sanur still has its own bargains for you to discover. Your Sanur hotel or resort may host its own art gallery or boutique, but you can always venture out on an adventure along Jalan Danau Tamblingan, or right on the main beach footpath toward Sanur Beach’s colourful art markets. To help you decide, here is our list of the 10 Best Places to Shop in Sanur.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan Shopping Street
Jalan Danau Tamblingan is Sanur’s major street, which runs north-south parallel to the eastern coastline. The 2.5km length is lined with various brand boutiques and small art shops run by locals. Between this street and the beach are some of the main hotels and villa resorts in the area. A convenient footpath provides a leisure walk right out of your hotel, and within walking distance is the traditional Pasar Senggol or local food market. The art shops mostly sell typical art and handicraft items of varying prices and quality – some even feature fixed prices to save visitors the usual haggling. Side streets branching off from Tamblingan also feature ‘hidden’ shops that might just have the knick-knack you are looking for.2Sindhu Beach Art Market
The Sindhu Beach art market is a collection of small different art and souvenir shops that you can find at the beginning of your long strolls or cycling tours at the northern end of the Jalan Segara Ayu beach path, starting from the namesake street of Jalan Pantai Sindhu and for about 400m further south. The market area is less crowded when compared to those in the other beach resort areas in Bali. It is a small complex of shops that each offers a wide variety of clothing, sarongs, jewellery, woodcarvings and other handicrafts. There’s plenty to browse through and barter for, and there’s even a tailor onsite too.3Hardy’s Supermarket Sanur
Hardy’s is the largest supermarket in the Sanur proper, and is a great shopping option for groceries and daily necessities, especially if you happen to be staying at a villa in Sanur with a kitchenette as part of its amenities, where you can cook for yourself. There’s just about a bit of everything inside, from clothing, fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, a medicine counter, alcoholic beverages, a bookshop, souvenirs, DVDs… you name it. Frequented by locals and visitors, Hardy’s is the go-to, fixed prices shopping place in Sanur for all your basic needs, as well as a quick stopover for snacks and drinks at local prices.4Atlas South Sea Pearl
Atlas South Sea Pearl is one of the notable pearl producers and jewellers of white and golden cultured pearls. With one of its pearl farms in the coastal village of Penyambangan in North Bali, where it also offers eco-tours to see its natural and environmentally friendly pearl husbandry, Atlas South Sea Pearl focuses on certain types of pearl; namely, white, silver, and south sea gold. The company has several outlets in Bali, and one of their premier stores is right on the Ngurah Rai bypass in Sanur. Here you can admire the vast collection of pearl jewellery crafted by an international team of designers who combine the pearls with 18-carat gold and sterling silver, together with mother-of-pearl and a variety of shells. Each purchase is accompanied by an authenticity certificate.5Suarti Maestro Gallery
The Balinese feminine figure and founder behind one of Bali’s famous silver jewellery empires, Desak Nyoman Suarti, has expanded her jewellery showcase with the Suarti Maestro Gallery in Sanur. It serves as a one-stop jewellery gallery, with a restaurant and a spa onsite. Besides her exquisite jewellery designs, visitors may also admire the wonderful home wares and ethnic arts and crafts items on display. The unique Balinese silver jewellery designs incorporate shells, precious stones and 925 silver. Spa-goers will love the wellbeing services, inspired by the Javanese royal palaces, or indulge in a comfortable restaurant serving light refreshments and full meals.6Nogo Bali Ikat Center
Nogo Bali is one of the island-based companies that focus on a Balinese heritage textile that is exotic, elegant and versatile. Among its collection are fine hand-woven fabrics, as well as jewellery pieces, together with rare and antique samples that it keeps in a private collection. Fashion items in various colours and motifs, as well as bits and pieces that are ideal for home décor are on display. Nogo incorporates premium materials to produce the finest textiles with deep, vibrant colours that it claims will last for years. They make great exotic gifts and souvenirs, and with regular sale items on offer, you can always find a sought treasure among its selections.7Sanur Sunday Market
The Sanur Sunday Market is one of the latest initiatives that brings together a multitude of merchants and local arts and crafts producers to display the best of their wares to the Sanur crowd, which comprises locals, expatriates and international visitors. The nice little layout takes place at the Sand Beach Club & Restaurant, and regularly features a farmers and craft market, where you can browse through a wide range of open-air stalls, offering breads, cakes, organic vegetables, cashews and granola, arts and crafts items, adults’ and kid’s fashion, jewellery, swimwear, toys, gifts and more. It is a great event to take the whole family to, just off the beach esplanade, where the kids can have fun with face painting, clay pottery making and creative crafts to be had.8A-Krea
This little boutique on the main Sanur street houses vast displays of artisanal products that are original and elegant, from traditional batiks that create chic living room backdrops or table runners, or bamboo vases dyed in rich colours. Interior décor items are inspirational and unique. Besides homeware, A-Krea also presents fashion items and accessories that follow in its unique patterns and motifs. There’s a large collection of printed textiles and woven bags and baskets in various shapes and sizes, and items made from seashells. Smaller items such as leather wallets and frames work great for gifts or simple things to bring back home.9Carlo Showroom
Carlo Showroom is one of the longstanding interior design firms and boutiques located on Jalan Danau Poso. It showcases the innovative home décor items of Carlo Pessina, an Italian designer and long-time Sanur resident. The showroom features the unconventional design alternatives of furniture, particularly in the use of exotic tropical materials, from bamboo, seashells and coconut. Some in the collection feature the unique use of the latter material as finishing for the designs, while others incorporate more innovative and exotic varieties. There are beds, cabinets, credenzas, chairs, and even smaller décor items that you could purchase to take home, such as bowls, boxes, ice buckets, lamps, trays and photo frames.10Rumah Fair Trade Indonesia
Rumah Fairtrade Indonesia on the main Sanur bypass is a shop that sells fair trade products from all over Indonesia. Inside are displays filled with organic cosmetics, oils, bowls, statues, jewellery, shawls, organic food, bags and pictures that you can purchase, knowing that the money goes to a good cause, supporting local producers. The items come from many places across Indonesia, with a great variety such as wooden crafts, statuettes, bowls and utensils, organic soaps and personal spa products, recycled items made from discarded plastics and unwanted household items, and even fresh organic produce that can be purchased on prior request.
10 Best Nightlife in Sanur
Sanur nightlife is a total opposite of its western beach resort counterparts (the likes of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak), where most of Bali’s young, hip and bubbly bars and clubs are concentrated. The nightlife set in Sanur is of a mature type and lower key, in accord to its quiet and laidback atmosphere, and is best enjoyed with friends. Furthermore, local rules in place require some venues in certain areas to close right after midnight.Nevertheless, Sanur nightlife encompasses some notable bars and pubs, where you can enjoy a great evening bite, international beers and good company, and live band performances covering everything from reggae to Top 40 hits. Venues mostly overlook the beach, or are street-side within walking distance from hotels, especially on the main Jalan Danau Tamblingan route. Adora Super Club is the only exception, offering a hip local clubbing alternative, located on the bypass and away from the hushed zones. Here is our best selection of places to go at night in Sanur.
Adora Super Club forms part of the Harrads Hotel and Spa complex, and serves as Sanur’s only major nightclub. Formerly the Blue Eyes Café, this ‘super club’ is hard to miss as it is the first large venue you will see while heading east from Kuta along the Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai. Being on the outskirts of Sanur – a considerable kilometre away of the main beach resort area – understandably makes it exempt from the local rules which forbid entertainment venues along the coastal village area to operate after midnight. Adora’s centrepiece is its large stage that regularly features live DJs and performing bands, and there are several private karaoke rooms to sing out loud with good company. The main stage offers an immersive experience through its powerful Martin Audio sound systems and Pro 7 Lazer Magnum lighting systems – all combined with Adora’s services to create a unique atmosphere for Sanur’s night owls.2Casablanca
Casablanca Sanur is one of the coolest spots to gather with friends for a Sanur evening. Located on the main Sanur route of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, this gig spot features live music nightly. It serves breakfasts, lunch and dinners by day, and shifts into nightlife mode for dinners. Great local bands take to its stage with a different set and a big variety of music styles every night – they also play requests to suit the majority audience on the night. The music is good and not too loud so you can still have a comfortable conversation. It is usually packed and busy, but with ample spaces and an overall spacious feel. Large groups are welcome, and you will get to meet patrons from around the world all in one spot. A bar with friendly bartenders offers a great beer selection, together with cocktails and mixes, and whenever you feel peckish throughout the evening, its great late night pizzas and snacks are ready to back you up.3The Ducks Nutz
The Ducks Nutz is an Aussie-owned bar and grill that is part of a small budget hotel of the same name in Sanur. It is one of the places along Sanur’s main Jalan Danau Tamblingan route where you can enjoy a great night out with good live music every week night. By day, it is a good spot for cheese platters and party pies, and in the evenings there are burgers and pub style bites to accompany the cold beers. The Crazy Horse band belts out tunes from the 70s and 80s as well as renditions of contemporary pop, or anything by request. Thursday is ‘beer and burger’ day where you can enjoy a beer and burger for only IDR 45,000. It also features an alfresco area with parasol-shaded tables at front.4Beatles Cavern Bar
One of the most unique music-themed spots in Sanur, the Beatles Cavern Bar is inspired by the original rock and roll Cavern Club in Liverpool. For lovers of retro rock, this is the place to be, where you can admire the interiors with great Beatles memorabilia. Although it’s quite a small venue, it serves a fun atmosphere for gatherings. The hidden gem is located deep on one of Sanur’s side streets, but well worth a visit. Friday nights are hyped with covers of the band’s most popular oldies tunes, and life-size figures of the band members create a surreal ‘journey back in time’ backdrop. Bar snacks and beers with good company served by friendly staff here make for a unique way to spend your Sanur evening.5TKS Bar
TKS Bar serves late afternoon bites with Asian fusion cuisine, and presents live local DJs regularly, adding to the options for a fun evening out in Sanur. The venue is located on Jalan Danau Toba, one of the side streets off Sanur’s main beach resort hubs. More than just a bar serving cold beer and cocktails, those feeling peckish can relish in its choices of chilli dogs, chicken wings and burgers, as well as a complete dinner with Italian pastas and steaks too. The great themed party nights at TKS invite patrons to come in their craziest costumes and party and dance to the beats spun by the DJs.6Zoo Bar & Music Club
Zoo Bar & Music Club lets you ‘party like an animal’ as its name suggests. This quirky theme is apparent in its use of animal portraits throughout its walls, and the wild jungle themes with sexy dancers in tribal motifs on certain nights. Wednesdays feature pole dancers and live resident DJs spinning great beats. Ladies nights are also fun where crazy cocktails such as Vodka Redbull are handed out free for the ladies. The drink list at the bar is quite impressive, from the common Pina Coladas and Singapore Sling, to the exotic Zoo Illusion and Rocket Fuel. Entry to the bar is free.7Lazer Sports Bar
For live international sports feeds and great televised matches, Lazer Sports Bar in Jalan Danau Tamblingan is a great choice. Best come with friends, as you gather at the bar for a cold beer and cheer on to the feeds on the large screens. There’s also live music during the weekdays, when you can get down on Lazer’s dance floor or request your favourite songs. Live DJs take to the stage every midnight, and sexy dancers do their stuff every Saturday night. There are a number of TVs screens and large projector screens to watch the AFL finals or Melbourne Cup, so everybody gets to see the winning moments. Snacks range from pizzas to satays, with lots of cold beer selections to wash them down.8Arena Pub & Restaurant
Arena Pub & Restaurant is one of Sanur’s best entertainment and nightlife venues, located on the bypass. Arena features a pub and bar that’s great for gatherings, and features one of the island’s best stocked bars together with a reasonably priced wine list. Happy hours are from 16:00, with ‘buy one, get one free’ offers on selected beers. It stocks international beers as well as local all-time favourites such as Bintang. Friday nights feature live music performances from 22:00 onwards, as well as pool competitions. It is also a great place to view live sports matches and Formula 1 races with its dedicated big screens.9Jazz Bar & Grille
Jazz Bar & Grille is a great place to eat, serving Mexican and Mediterranean food and international selections, and it is also one of the island’s premier hubs for Indonesian jazz players since opening in 1999. Jamming sessions take place on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 22:00; and guests are welcome to take the mic to show their talents. The roster usually comprises jazz, Latin and blues bands nightly and a dance floor invites patrons to get loose while plenty of lounging areas make for a cosy respite in between.10Cat & Fiddle Pub
Cat & Fiddle is Sanur’s foremost Irish music pub, located on the secluded Jalan Cemara in Sanur. It has a laidback Balinese outdoor setting and serves great selections of Irish, Indonesian, and vegetarian meals during the day, together with a great traditional English roast on Sundays. The pub is the regular haunt for the resident Irish band, Bali Leprechauns, which takes to the stage every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, while other great local bands perform every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The weekly programme includes Irish jam sessions with a fiddle band with the pub’s owner lending some of his own vocals. There’s even a traditional Javanese keroncong band presenting some very unique heritage sounds, providing you with a totally unique evening out in Sanur.
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In Sports, both Tourists and locals will look forward to the SanurRun which will be held on 23 August, and is divided into 3 categories: 10K which is open to public (expats, local and international visitors), 5K, and Kids’ Dash along a 400 meters track for kids between 5-6 years old and 1K for those between 7-9 years old. Participants will start running from the Mertasari beach at 6.0 am and breathe in the fresh morning air passing villages that are just waking up for the morning activities. For Online registration log on to www.sanurun.com
Other activities include a Dialogue on Art and Culture. There will be exhibitions galore, which include the Sanur Kreatif Expo, displaying a wide choice of handicrafts, The event is expected to become a get together for artisans as well as meet business contacts. There will also be the Agrotourism Expo, a Bazaar on decorative plants, photo exhibitions alongside musical and cultural performances and a cultural parade,
Involving everyone, there are body paintings galore, art for all, on-the-spot painting and photo sessions. The Photo exhibition will be at Griya Santrian, commencing one week before the event, closing one week after the festival.
Other Fun and Sports activities include an International Kite Festival, fun games, a parade of traditional jukung boats, fishing competitions, Village Cycling Tour, surfing competition and yoga. Meanwhile the Sanur Open Golf Tournament will be held two days from 29 – 30 August at the Bali Beach Course. And the Balinale will show short films every afternoon along the duration of the Festival at the Trans Village.
For detailed information, log on to www.sanurvillagefestival.com
Author http://www.indonesia.travel.com, 4 August 2015
Access on 8 August 2015