Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
We loved every moment of our holiday, the staff are fantastic and the accommodation was large and spacious.
Our kids loved the hotel, kids club and pool and beach. We loved the free bike hire, great cocktails and yoga in the mornings.
We had a lovely holiday and I would highly recommend the Fairmont to anyone wanting 5 star service.
What an incredibly fun experience that made us want to come back to fairmont sanur. Upon arriving at their huge lobby with traditional Balinese ambience, we were welcomed warmly by ms Adelia. She helped us with the check in process until going to the room and explaining about the facilities in detail. We felt comfortable and enjoyed the hotel ambience. The room was very big with the size around 90sqm and facilites that made us want to stay there longer.
They had not only bicycles that can be used for the guests without any charge, but also private cars as shuttle to go to Sanur.
In the evening we were helped by mr Farhan to tour around the hotel. He explained to us nicely.
And the one thing that i cannot forget was the help of mr Eka from in room dining. He successfully helped us to give a birthday surprise for my husband. Mr Eka was very helpful in preparing our surprise dinner.
Until the time of our departure, the staffs gave a warm farewell. No wonder that the staffs there had a wonderful service. Because they had a leader like ms Vony and mr Ngurah. They, together with other staffs, took care of small details that we need until check out.
For our next stay, we can’t wait to share our memorable experience to our friends. And for sure we do not regret for always choosing fairmont sanur as our destination hotel in Bali.
Thank you Fairmont Sanur :)
Large room and separate balcony with day beds. Would have liked a bed side table. The balcony was actually too hot to use. The breakfast had lots of choice and a lovely setting, We ate in the restaurant one night and the other at the beach bar. Lunch was at the beach club restaurant. Food was good and service was excellent at all. Really enjoyed sitting by the sea with a drink in the evening. The pool was lovely and warm. There were nice loungers at the beach with an attendant. The sea is gentle and so warm. Very well situated for a stroll along the front or to nearby shops although we didn't venture far as the hotel was too nice to want to leave.
A True Gem in Sanur Bali
I cannot speak more highly of this place and its facilities as everything trumpets 5 start 5 star!!!
However the genuine friendliness of ALL the staff is absolutely beyond expectations.
On arrival the bell man opening the car door welcomes you by your name and from here it just gets better.
The rooms with a huge balcony with a second TV and bar facilities together with the bath room are just so comfortable and much cleaner than many other 5 star hotels that we have stayed at in Sanur, Legian, Kuta or Nusa Dua.
There is an extensive breakfast menu where one can switch from buffet to order almost anything at the same sitting. The egg benedict and egg royal were my favourites.
To my surprise, Sanur has one of the cleanest beaches in Bali. It is so nice to walk on the sand in front of the Fairmont Hotel Resort and not have to continually walk around rubbish on the beach.
The lighting in the rooms could be improved by replacing the down lights with modern LED lights.
While the dinner menu quality and or pricing could be adjusted.
We are staying in the hotel for 2 nights, the deputy director (Mr. Nyoman) solved a trouble and welcomed us with complementary afternoon tea selections.
My family and I very delightful of his service, which made our day.
I’m sorry for his staff because I was angry initially for one reason or another .