I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published August 16th 2019
You don't need to be a genius to see why it's a top location
There are plenty of choices of where to eat within Sanur. Especially along the picturesque beach path. But I've chosen to highlight Genius Cafe as it's one of my favourites and the place I always recommend to people who are new to Sanur. For me it has everything. It's a great way to get to meet people and always has plenty of happening events to suit everyone from digital nomads to families or holidaymakers to people looking to settle in the area.
It's located towards the south of Sanur, just before Mertasari Beach and in front of the Mercure Resort. It has a prime position split across the beach path meaning that there's a covered area and also plenty of space to relax on the beach. And it benefits from the natural shade of the trees too in some areas. For facilities, you just need to pop to the Mercure.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the reasons why Genius is such a hit.
The food. The menu in Genius is something else. It's really imaginative and balances healthy eating with style. Sure, you can get some of the 'run of the mill' pizzas, burgers and chips but even they are served with flair. They have plenty of vegan, gluten-free, veggie and healthy eating options, not to mention an extensive menu for children.
As for the price, you may find it slightly more than other places along the beach. For me, however, this balances out with the fact that you are paying for really creative food, fresh ingredients, plenty of choices and also the location and service.
Co-Working. Another reason Genius is so popular is due to the fact that it's a hub for digital workers. It has a good free Wi-Fi service but if you need a strong and faster signal then you can join their co-working club. There are a range of benefits to this so check their website.
Events. The working hub side of Genius goes hand in hand with the events that they hold. It seems that pretty much every week there's a presentation, gathering or community project happening. It could be anything from a beach clean up to a business start-up class. Or even workshops on topics like leadership or women in business.
On top of the formal events, the other reason I would also say to pop by Genius is that throughout the week they hold entertainment activities. Movie nights, jazz evenings and salsa on the beach to mention just a few.
However, I have two favourites events that I love to attend week after week.
Beach Run Walk. On a Saturday morning be sure to wake up nice and early and join the Beach Run Walk 5km run. Think, parkrun but Bali style. It's fun, FREE and a great way to start your morning. The views on the run are so tranquil as you watch the sunrise and afterwards, you can enjoy a small discount as you refuel on their impressive and well-balanced breakfast menu. I have more information on Beach Run Walk in this feature - [LINK=https://www.weekendnotes.com/top-free-family-friendly-activities-sanur/]Your text goes here[/www.weekendnotes.com/top-free-family-friendly-activities-sanur]
Sunday Funday. For families that want to be able to relax while their children are thoroughly entertained you have to head to Genius on a Sunday morning. It's the only place to go. During the Sunday Funday the children will enjoy face painting, crafts, games and stories. All while you relax on one of the beach beanbags with a cool smoothie in hand. Later in the day, the fun continues with the Kids Movie evening. You could almost make a whole day out of just hanging out at Genius. And if it happens to be a Sunday that coincides with the Sunday Market why would you want to be anywhere else? Take a look at my feature for more information on the markets in Sanur [LINK=https://www.weekendnotes.com/family-friendly-sanur-sunday-markets/ ]Your text goes here[/www.weekendnotes.com/family-friendly-sanur-sunday-markets]
As I say, if you are new to the area it's the best way of meeting other families that live here to make some connections. Genius also holds special events during holidays like Christmas, Easter and Indonesian celebrations for children to enjoy.