Gender wayang musicians play mesmerizing gamelan music under the fountain pagoda each morning
The 165-foot infinity pool is so vast that even when the property is full it never feels crowded
Spa suites have their own treatment room and a separate entrance for the therapist
What To Know
There’s a kids club and kids pools on-site, but the property is best suited to couples
The smallish beach is a letdown, and though the staff cleans it daily, it can be peppered with garbage
The resort just added a few brand-new residences
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
Parking on site
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Secluded all-suite beach retreat with a huge infinity pool, pan-Asian restaurant and sublime spa
Spread across 10 acres, the Regent Sanur deviates from the typical timber-and-Hindu-shrine design of most Balinese resorts. A constant throughout is the kawung, a Javanese batik pattern which appears in giant wooden lattice screens, in ceramic designs and in ceiling reliefs. Local materials include Indonesian marble and coconut (the lobby’s ceiling is inlaid with thousands of tiny squares of polished coconut shell). Rooms are divvied up among four-story buildings topped with red tile roofs that wrap around the main fountain. Interiors by Bangkok’s Blink Design Group employ a palette of browns and warm grays to mirror the coastal setting. Ornamentation is kept to a minimum, with simple displays of orchids and small towers of bamboo poles. The lobby, with high ceilings and mammoth wood screens, opens out to a lounge where the main table is a giant polished teak trunk, concrete armchairs are finished in smooth white pebbles, and deep sofas sit under traditional carved-wood joglo canopies.
Bed and Bath
All 94 guestrooms are butler-serviced suites, and each is split-level, which cannily redefines the proportions. The bedroom comes with a kingsize bed and sliding doors that lead to a 300-square-foot covered balcony (they can be double that size in the larger suites) with kawung-pattern metal screens, ceiling fans, a TV and a daybed that’s as comfortable as any night bed. Rooms follow the less-is-more maxim, with embellishments limited to bedside stands, small shield-like art pieces made of petrified wood and lotus-shaped wall sconces (one of the few concessions to Balinese design). They’re also cleverly conceived: The air conditioning in the bedroom automatically shuts off when the sliding doors are opened, the balconies’ metal screens provide privacy but allow the sun’s rays to stream through, and the lights are controlled by a simple single switch. Marble bathrooms have egg-shaped tubs, conical sinks, L’Occitane toiletries and smart lighting; the walls are embossed with panels of iridescent shell.
The main restaurant, Layang Layang, serves pan-Asian fare. The prawn chili noodles are sensibly spicy; the Southeast Asian dessert cendol is refreshing, not cloyingly sweet, as is often the case; and the cocktail/mocktail menu is embarrassingly long. The open-air Nyala Beach Club & Grill, next to the infinity pool, is cooled by sea breezes and has a view of Lembongan Island. The menu devotes itself to seafood and meat (dishes can be made vegetarian), such as sizzling chicken satay and beef served in a clay fire pot. The seven-treatment-room spa is cunningly hidden under the fountain — blink and you’ll miss the entrance. Treatments focus on Asian disciplines; the reserved therapists are deceptively strong. Overall the staff is as gracious and full of smiles as one would expect in Bali, but it’s also surprisingly willing to engage in meandering conversations. A narrow boardwalk/pathway separates the resort from the unremarkable beach, and since all beaches in Indonesia are public, you’re as likely to see local schoolkids and Australian backpackers as fellow guests, though in reality the beach is mostly empty.
In the Area
The Regent is set on a lightly trafficked road, but it's just off Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main drag, which is lined with galleries, jewelery shops, souvenir stores, pizzerias, French restaurants and Balinese boites. It’s also where you’ll find the Nogo Bali Ikat Center, which sells high-end traditional hand-woven tie-dyed fabric, housewares and clothing. The former house of Belgian artist Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, who moved to Bali in 1932 and wed a local dancer, is now the Museum Le Mayeur, and it offers a broad selection of his paintings and his considerable trove of Balinese art.