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 our stay. In true Balinese style, the people and their service make the experience very enjoyable. We stayed in one of the villas which was a great option for a family of 5. Thank you for a great holiday.
Stayed in this hotel recently . It is a lovely hotel and staff were all very friendly and attentive. However special mention has to be made of Kadek Paitri in the Lobby Lounge. Her lovely smile and welcoming manner together with superb level of service made us feel really special. She is an assett to the hotel!
Our flight was delayed by two days due to volcanic cloud ash. I contacted Fairmont and they immediately placed our ocean-view suite booking dates on hold until we knew the arrival date. Our hearts stopped pounding. Our ten night stay began on July 1st. The hotel impresses immediately, with a high-vaulted 'coconut-shell' detailed surface that covers the lobby, reception area and an informal area that opens to a peaceful open deck and the sound and views of the close-by ocean beach. Registering was fast and easy as was the first time to our suite, lead by our friendly and informative bulter. The bathroom was massive, boasting twin basins, a BIG shower with two shower heads, a free standing bath and separate toilet within the total space. Excellent storage is provided for hanging clothes items, drawers and placement for two large travel bags. Oh, and a digital lock safe for passports etc. Then the bedroom. Big enough to swing a horse in! A super king bed with a desk area behind that is perfect for a computer or two and more, and a large TV and extra seating. But then, we opened glass doors and down two steps to a gorgeous closed-in deck that has open metal shutters that give a nice enclosed feel. We left those until the next morning when we pushed them apart to take in the sea views through high palms and the vista below of water features and gardens. So in a nutshell, all was simply stunning ! Breakfasts were included in our package and there is a wide and varied selection to suit anyone's tastes. The staff could not have been more helpful, and this became the norm at Fairmont. A very short walk and we found the beach. Busy and inviting, with people walking the boardwalk in relaxed strolls. The resort is close to a mixed variety of local restaurants and bars and NEXT, a great place to have a brilliant massage. All these are along the popular boardwalk. Walk just ten minutes inland and you'll find great restaurants like the very cheap but brilliant Italian Massimo and others to choose from. You cannot fault the staff, any of them. There is a VERY high standard that permeates the complex, and you are made to feel at home from the time you step out of your car on arrival. Will we return to Fairmont Sanur? Definitely!
The Fairmont is close to our hearts we loved our stay 2nd year in row.
And our 28th trip to Bali since 1977 (first surfing trip)
We purchased a Package deal for two people through luxury escapes and
have to say are both".....................
extremely satisfied with the hotel.
The staff & service is second to none , my wife & I really felt special!
It’s in the ideal location, everything is at arms reach, great local restaurants
Along the beachfront esplanade ....
I kitesurfed 12 days out of 14 ,As my wife had Beautiful relaxing massages in
house, free yoga classes & was able unstress from our busy lives at home.
Everything is so easy at the Fairmont, great food! Just the most perfect holiday.
Hope we can stay again next year!
Susan & Peter
Me and my cousins had the most amazing stay at Fairmont Sanur Beach's 3 bedroom pool villa. The hotel management was considerate enough that our pool villa had been baby proofed since we brought our 2 year old nephew along.
The bedrooms and bathrooms were exceptionally clean and comfortably spacious, and the service was great.
The morning yoga session near the restaurant overlooking the beach was especially a cherry on top for our serene weekend getaway. Would definitely recommend this hotel for a family trip!