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 just had 10 fabulous days at the Fairmont Sanur. From check in it was 5 star all the way. A beautiful property with beautiful gardens and pools. Huge main infinity pool overlooking Sanur Beach and Bay. Two smaller hidden pools for a quiet retreat. The new beach bar. Pier 8 is a fantastic addition. Beautiful facilities inside and out right on the beach. Great staff who go beyond to make your stay a memory. Beach lounges on the beach. Great with a sea breeze. The staff are all so attentive it's not fair to highlight an individual. They are all terrific. Our suite was beautiful. Huge separate lounge and dining. Butler first your needs. Breakfast buffet had everything. Perfect. Our last night as part of the package was a Ristafel (rice table) dinner. Suckling pig. Duck. 3 courses. Food to feed a tribe. We met Niall Cowan on his rounds. The GM. A gentleman and genuinely concerned to ensure everything was as it should. One of our best ever resort hotel stays ever. We have been in hospitality and could not match this fabulous experience. We will return. 5 Star +.
I got to spend New Year's at this lovely hotel and I truly wouldn't have wanted to spend it any other way.
We arrived on the 29th after a long 13+ hour flight where we were welcomed with refreshing orange infused coconut water and warm towels to freshen us up. The staff were incredibly lovely and were so accommodating. Location is phenomenal with lovely views of the beach (as the hotel sits on the beach) and just serene greenery everywhere. The hotel is also not far from the busy street of Sanur where you can go get cheaper foods to eat (eating at the hotel takes a large chunk out of your budget), lovely cocktails at the bars and to just enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city.
The room was large. Lovely space with an extended patio area that is furnished with a table and two chairs, a mini bar, television and a seating area right along the edge of the patio where you can view the hotel nicely as well as their signature water feature in the centre (attached photo).
The pools were all fun to swim in and personally the best place to unwind after a busy day of activities.
All-in-all, I would highly recommend the Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali as a place to stay at with family or even just a romantic getaway with a loved one. Fairmont has consistently maintained a high standard (service) throughout our stay and for this, it is worth going.
Excellent locationFriendly confidence staffThe resort is in need of a major renovation. In short the Fairmont Sanur should not be calming 5 Star status it simply is not! The building, decor and villas are run down. Showing wear and deterioration, with patchy repair work.A bit difference in just 12 months
One of the most beautiful 5 stars hotel in Bali.
Have great breakfast.
Big swimming pool facing the beautiful oceans.
Pick up transportation available by request.
Recommended for Family Holiday gathering.
This hotel is directly on Sanur beach and has an ideal spot that puts you within a 5 minute walk of restaurants and shops. The beach is inconsistent based on weather, but again the location is remarkable. The property is a little dated. You can tell it hasn't been updated in a while. But service was wonderful and the staff were lovely. I recommend not eating on property and taking advantage of the many options right next door. We requested an ocean view room which was incredible. It was enormous...there was a deck/outside area as large as the room itself and a private spa room, inside the room!