Sanur, an important destination for visitors to Bali, stretches for about 3 km along an east facing coast line. Unlike Kuta, Sanur is relatively sedate and is a must visit for those coming to Bali for sea, sand and sun. Sanur abounds in inexpensive eateries and beautiful vacation rental villas with beachfront settings. There are some charming handicraft, clothing and antique shops where you can shop for souvenirs and take back memories of your stay in Bali.
The main attraction of Sanur is the beach. The Sanur beach is white sand and sheltered by a reef. After the sunrise, you can take a canoe and sail along the coast to explore the outlying islands. The beach is surrounded by coral and is a much sought out destination for snorkelling. Facilities for parasailing, surfing, touring on glass-bottom boats, canoeing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, sailing and swimming are also available. There is no road alongside the beach and so waterfront walks are quiet and the sunset on the beach is very impressive.
There is a distinct European flavour in the menus in Sanur reflecting the influences of German and Scandinavian visitors. You can choose from any of the breezy cafes along the waterfront or eat out at the upper end restaurants and hotels.
Kalimantan Bar & Restaurant: Enjoy a dining experience in the tranquil and shady settings of the Kalimantan Bar & Restaurant. The place is famous for Mexican food and steak.
Lotus Pond Restaurant: Enjoy good quality Indonesian and Italian food amidst pretty lily pond setting. The restaurant also serves a Dutch buffet during the busy times.
Splash Bakery: The bakery has a great selection of grain breads and a local version of the Australian version of the meat pie.
Warung: For cheap and really tasty local food, you can go to Warung at the beach end of JI Segara Ayu.
The Cat & Fiddle: Attached to the British consulate, this is a good place to meet people and is famous for its pies.
Sanur offers a myriad of choices for entertainment. Many modern entertainment venues compliment traditional village activities and provide the tourists the perfect settings to wind off their day.
No 1 Club: This is a nightclub with flashy light shows and expensive drinks.
The Trophy Club: There is a pool side table here and live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
Bali International Sports Club: The club delivers sports telecasts from all over the world and is lively and crowded during major sports events.
Sanur Paradise Plaza: The spa offers Balinese massage treatments designed and developed from ancient natural healing, beauty and rejuvenation secrets of Asia. The treatments are steeped in Balinese traditions.
Mandara Spa: The spa comprises six private treatment rooms and provides facilities to for massages, aromatherapy, facials and pedicure.