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
This was our 3rd time staying at the Fairmont Sanur Beach hotel. And as always, we weren't disappointed. The staff were exceptional with my family, espevially our 4 year old son.The hotel was undergoing some modifications to the cabana bar however, this was not an issue. The rooms are excellent though they're probably close to upgrade time. We look forward to staying there again inThe near future.
It’s our 4th visit to the Fairmont. We love it here, but there has been a definite change since our last visit. Things are just not as good as they used to be, not sure when Accor took over or if that has anything to with the change.
The rooms are very big with private balcony and outdoor area. Pool area is great, but definitely busier than it used to be.
They are building a beach club and that has ruined the view from the pool area.
Restaurants serve good food and the breakfast is fantastic.
Staff are all extremely friendly and welcoming.
It’s just a shame that attention to detail has definitely changed and things have slipped a little. Hopefully that’s only temporary and they will get it back to where it was.
It is a very rare occurrence that my wife walks into a place and fairly promptly assesses it to be perfect. Fairmont Sanur achieved that distinction - and I have to agree. We are in that minority of Australians who had not previously visited Bali but after a few days in this hotel, I can see why it is so popular. We had just finished a 12 day expedition cruise covering the Kimberley and several Indonesian islands and so were just wanting to relax and the Fairmont was the perfect place to do so. Why?
Location: Sanur is around 20 minutes from the port and 35 minutes from the airport. I can only rely on others here but Sanur is apparently much quieter than Kuta, Seminyak and the like. That said, there was plenty of action along the beach and main street. The beach is very nice and you could swim. The Fairmont is at the southern end of the long beach.
Room: We booked an ocean view suite and that is what we got. No craning your neck from a spot on the balcony (unlike Cable Beach Club in Broome...) - there is a lovely view of the water, waves and palms along the beach, across the beautifully landscaped gardens and ponds of the resort. The suite was incredibly spacious, with a huge bathroom, large suite with a super king bed, then a lanai/verandah that was almost as big again where I happily spent the day lying on a sofa reading and relaxing. Super quiet, apart from some gardeners keeping the grounds beautiful - and of course the surf.
Hotel Facilities: these are all first class with a couple of excellent restaurants and a lounge with beautiful views and had half price happy hour drinks each night. There is also a gym, spa and kids club that seemed popular. Infinity pool on and above the beach so you could swim without the beach crowd watching you.
Service: Fantastic, friendly, helpful every step of the way. This made the difference between very good and perfect.
If you're looking for a beautiful relaxing place to stay in Bali, I would put this top of your list.
So wonderful to stay in a beautiful destination . The staff could not have been more accommodating! Such a magnificent place and quality inclusions . The amazing food on offer is first class and very generous portions and variety!
Just packing up after another great stay here, and yes the walkway I suggested in my last review has been built and actually opened while we were here ( unrelated I’m sure but was good for a jokebetween us the mr Jim walkway 😂)
Everything perfect again topped off by the wonderful staff many of which remembered us even after 15 months away this time
Thanks for a great week, hopefully won’t be so long until we see you again