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
The Fairmont at Sanur Beach is a beautifully presented Balinese resort where all rooms available throughout are incredibly spacious, well appointed, comfortable and functional (an Accor brand name) taking approximately 30 minutes to transport from airport to hotel.
The rooms of this resort are huge, very well furnished, two tv’s, separate sitting areas for relaxation to that of the bedroom. The room presents as a dark cool contrast as opposed to the intense heat and sunlight of the outdoors, lights are plentiful throughout the rooms and there are three levels of screening available to darken or separate the bedroom area from the ‘outdoor’ area. Lighting and screens are automated (a huge screen can be activated in the afternoon to lessen heat or for insect control (none noted during stay). The bathroom is spacious with quality amenities and has a lovely huge bath; the rooms are serviced twice daily. For those who think the bathroom may appear darker than desired … a little tip is to open the lighting covers by way of the handles, which throws the room into brightness. Like everything with the Fairmont Sanur, the dining/drinking/social areas are showcased by beautiful areas of Balinese architecture, it’s nice to walk around and explore this estate. The Fairmont has its own beach front, however the pools (one adult and two smaller children’s pools) are never crowded and are so beautifully warm, it is a pleasure to swim in them. As of this review one of the two children’s pools was being renovated, however there is no inconvenience as there are two kids pools and two covered, shallow areas each end of the adult pool for the parents to sit with their little ones. The breakfast is great with either indoor or outdoor dining and there is an a la carte option as well. WiFi is free and never fails, laundry is quick and dependable, the kids club can be recommended, bicycles are free to use. The staff of the Fairmont were friendly, affable, helpful, always willing to help or assist.
The only point of criticism if I may indulge would be that there is too much bare concrete around the pool area itself. Landscaping, artefacts or decorations of some sort would be more appealing to the eye; hence the four stars.
The Fairmont is also in a great part of town, very close to some lovely restaurants, legit money exchange, great massage salon, convenient stores, transport; all available at the end of the hotel driveway. I’d certainly return to this resort and recommend to others.
Well appointed 5 star hotel with an efficient and friendly check in. Stayed her for 1 night while in sanur to use the spa facilities. The hotel was at near capacity so we had once of the last king rooms that overlooked the garden, For an entry level room it was exceptional. spacious and well decorated. with a lovely outdoor space with TV and minibar. The ladies at the Spa were friendly and the massage was perfect.
The team here are all very helpful, friendly and go out of their way to say hello and make you feel welcome.
Breakfast was what you would expect from a 5* - lot of choice and great quality.
The pools were quite busy as the kids pool was closed for renovation. I opted for the smaller pool as it was private and quiet. This is definitely a great place to stay.
I chose the Fairmont Sanur over the Hyatt Sanur because of the large rooms at the Fairmont. I made the right choice. Off the hallway is a large bathroom with separate shower and separate toilet. There are two basins and a lovely bath. The bedroom is at the end of the hallway and is spacious with a large desk and chair and the bed is one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. Double doors then open to an enclosed Veranda with a TV, chairs and a dining table. Screens open to let in the breezes. The restaurants are very good. We especially enjoyed eating in the pool restaurant. The infinity pool overlooking the beach is beautiful. Pier 8 happy hour was relaxing and fun. The staff members are nice, natural and efficient. I highly recommend the Fairmont Sanur.