Sanur is one of Bali’s oldest upscale retreats, a far-cry from the energetic and bustling vibe of Kuta, offering a relaxed coastal environment. It was one of the first populous tourism areas of Bali in the 1950s and is steeped in history with many major cultural and historical landmarks waiting to be found. Fantastic for families, escape here for a spot of tranquility and a laid-back trip of watching beautiful sunrises on Sanur beach and a welcome getaway from the hectic west coast beaches. Get a chance to absorb the natural beauty of Bali.
Home to the Pasar Sindhu Night Market, watch as the daily wares of the day turn into a sensory experience of local food and meals on wheels all at wonderfully low budgets. Discover some of Bali’s first hotels and beachfront retreats as well as a generous assortment of bars, shops and restaurants. Bask, swim or snorkel in the wonderfully serene shallow lagoons protected by a string of offshore reefs. Sanur is the perfect quieter location for your Bali trip.
From the 13th to the 16th centuries, chronicles refer to the importance of Sanur priests and scholars and today, Sanur is one of the few communities still ruled by priests of the Brahmana caste. These priests recognised both the threat and opportunity that tourism presented and imposed the famous rule that buildings cannot be taller than the highest coconut tree and established village co-operatives to ensure that a share of economic benefits remains within the community.