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
Loved everything about this resort - Location, Room, Bed, Bathroom, Breakfast, Staff, Pool, Service. Really beautiful clean and well kept. Loved it. Fantastic place to stay and we will be back. The staff are so attentive and aware of your every need.
Fairmont is truely a 5 star resort. We stayed for 3 nights in a garden suite which was on the second floor. We arrived at the resort earlier than normal checkin time as we came from another resort. Our daughter was not feeling well and they quickly arranged for our room to be made available.
The room was beautiful and very spacious. The bathroom was huge with double vanity. The air conditioning however took almost 24 hours to cool down the room to a comfortable temperature. Each time we have to go to the outdoor seating area to use the kitchenette or fridge, the air conditioning would turn off. We later realised that if you open the right sliding door only, it doesn’t turn off the air cond.
The bed was alright, but I find the bedsheets are quite rough, not the usual 1000 thread count that hotels usually use.
The buffet breakfast was delicious but rather limited in variety. There is complimentary bike hire and they have even ones with a seat at the back for our toddler. It was quite useful to get around the Sanur town or just cycle by the beachwalk.
The kids club is truely amazing. They have different area for bigger kids with PlayStation and tv and cubby house/boat for little ones. The ladies there are very nice and good with kids.
On the overall we enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience some luxury.
Absolutely love this resort, it still holds the traditional balinese feel within the resort and the grounds are just stunning! The breakfasts are to die for, with the gardens and ponds this place is the ultimate in relaxation. Lying on the large balcony sofas with a book and Bintang listening to the sound of the beach, water and birds is fabulous. The service is also amazing. If you have younger children the smaller swimming pools and outstanding kids club are worth the visit alone. It's a short stroll to a row of local and extremely well priced restaurants.
The location is amazing with the famous beach walk right behind it . The ocean view is spectacular along with the rooms and basic amenities . The staff is super courteous and would go out of the way to accommodate every need and wish of the guests . The Spa is way to expensive than the facilities available outside the resort , but definitely worth it . The kids play area is really special and safe , also the kids swimming pool is wonderful . The breakfast spread and the dining staff are very very good , along with the in room dining . If you have kids and want a relaxed holiday than this is the place . Make sure you use the free bicycle hire facility to move around the wonderful streets around the resort .
We stayed in a spa suite and, although the room was huge, we found that it was really dark. Also, we were on the ground floor and didn't have a view of anything. The room was really well appointed though.
The included breakfast was fabulous but we felt that the lobster brunch was overpriced. There were lots of other amazing restaurant choices so close to the hotel.
The beach might not be well suited for swimming but we did enjoy sitting on the beach loungers and watching all the activity. We also enjoyed walking along the boardwalk and had some nice meals along the way, especially at night when the dining areas on the beach were lit up.
We booked a transfer from the airport, through the hotel, and I wouldn't recommend it, based on our experience. The driver showed up in a really run down car and it would have just been easier to have got a taxi ourselves. I didn't find the front desk to be at all helpful with any of the inquires that we made. I had better luck getting information from the doormen. I believe that we had a butler but I never saw or heard from him. The property was beautiful and we enjoyed our stay here.