Characterised by its unique charm and unhurried pace, Sanur has long been a popular destination for guests seeking a stylish, laid-back beachside getaway.
Visitors and meeting participants delight in the romantic beachfront — a picturesque, unbroken seaside promenade that stretches past ocean-front hotels, luxury villas and luxuriant gardens, affording a pleasant stroll in the cool early mornings and late afternoons. This peaceful fishing village is the scene of massive investment in new five-star hotels and villas, and millions of dollars in hotel renovations. A spectacular beach conservation and landscaping project that replenished the sand and safeguarded the coral has made the calm, shallow lagoon and beach increasingly conducive to a wide range of marine sports and beachside activities. On any given day, people can be seen fishing, snorkelling, sailing, surfing or simply wading towards the reef searching for shells and tropical fish. Colourful jukung outriggers dot the horizon and line sections of the beach, while the massive, looming presence of Mt Agung and the eastern hills in the background, present an idyllic scene all year round.
In the 1930s, Sanur attracted a host of expatriate characters — bohemian artists and entrepreneurs – who set up house with the families of local landowners, claiming a piece of the nearest beach as their very own slice of paradise. Over time, guest rooms gave way to guesthouses that made way for chic B&Bs — the precursors of Bali’s first group of international - standard hotels that eventually sprang up along Sanur’s reef-protected shore.
Famed for its legendary sorcery and magic, Sanur retains a decidedly village atmosphere. The community, focussed around important priestly Brahmin homes, is constantly busy with ceremonies and celebrations featuring performing art-forms and processions unique to the Sanur area.
Sanur, where local banjar meeting halls and ancient coral-walled temples sit side-by-side with exclusive hotel properties, offers a harmonious cluster of world-class restaurants, shops, nightspots, water-sport centres and traditional markets — a melange sure to provide days of serendipitous discovery for those who venture out into the many shady lanes and byways.
Visitors and locals flock to the Sanur Festival held each August/September, where beach games, dance, exhibitions, jazz and sports are among the many activities.
One of the highlights is a kite competition, with a myriad of flying creations made by members of the local community, entrancing visitors with a kaleidoscope of colours in full sail above the beach.