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Sanur Reopening to Tourists: The Ultimate Travel Guide for Australians

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published June 9th 2022
Here's a list of what's open and what's not in 2022
One of Australia's favourite overseas travel destinations is Bali. This relatively small Indonesian island bases its economy on tourism and now, in our post-pandemic world, the tourists are finally returning. For many Aussies, Sanur is their Balinese village of choice. It is just as beautiful as ever and gearing up to welcome us back. Here's a list of what is open and what is not.

Beautiful as ever, Sanur
Sanur is as beautiful as ever


1. Bars. At the southern end of the beach, the Bamboo Bar is open for business and cocktail specials are still offered each afternoon.

Bamboo Bar, Sanur
Bamboo Bar, Sanur


The newly refurbished Hyatt hotel has a smart beachside bar as do many of the newer hotels, including Andaz.

Further north along the beach Artotel Beach Club is closed and the formerly sparkling pool has a sad green hue. Almost next door, however, is the brand new Icon Beach Club. It's part of an ambitious complex-in-progress which will incorporate a floating market, a cultural amphitheatre, a butterfly park, a sunset laser-water show and more. It's due to open fully in 2023.

Icon Beach Club, Sanur
Icon Beach Club


There's a current move, in all tourism centres here, towards replacing the small, ramshackle beach bars with large, sophisticated Beach Clubs. It's very sad for the small entrepreneurs and family businesses. The same is happening to the small beach-side restaurants.

2. Restaurants and Warungs. Tities, at the southern end of the beach, was an icon for many visitors to Sanur over many years.

Tities is no longer
Tities is no longer


Tities is gone, as has the neighbouring Jack Fish restaurant.

No more Jack Fish
No more Jack Fish


La Playa, Bamboo, Izakaya and Lilla Pantai, however, are still here and bursting with happy, glossy customers.

Lilla Pantai at Sanur
Lilla Pantai at Sanur


On the main street, The Village Cucina is open and as good as ever.

The Village Cucina
The Village Cucina


This restaurant serves high quality, authentic-style Italian dishes. Strange right? The head chef is a Balinese woman, Made, and her talent astounds me.

Everything here is quality, from the wine list and service to the live music from the resident pianist. If you haven't yet tried The Village Cucina it's a must-do in Sanur.

The Village Cucina at Sanur is a gem
Great food and good wine


Also on Sanur's main street is the newly opened Naga Eight. Here you'll find delicious Cantonese-style food and a beautiful garden setting.

3. Ice Cream. Massimo deserves a category of its own. Sure there are other, similar, outlets in Sanur but this one is ALWAYS noticeable by the crowds of customers lining up for ice-cream.

Massimo, Sanur
Massimo, Sanur


4. Shops. I have just spent a week in Sanur and each day I noticed more and more warungs opening up along the beach path. Some are stocked with tired and dusty, pre-Covid dresses. Others proudly display crisp new fashion items.

Mrs Ketut and Jeny are long term shopkeepers favoured by many visiting Aussie shoppers and I'm happy to announce that both are still here, patiently waiting to welcome back their Aussie friends.

Jeny's shop, Sanur
Jeny's shop, Sanur


Hardy's supermarket is still here, although it's called Artasedana now, and it's looking tired.

Grand Lucky Supermarket
Grand Lucky Supermarket


Close by, on the Bypass road, the sparkling new Grand Lucky supermarket is attracting both the locals and visitors to Sanur. There's a comprehensive selection of groceries, homewares, electrical goods, fresh fish and fresh fruit.

Grand Lucky Supermarket, Sanur
Grand Lucky fruit


5. Massage and Day Spas. More massage beds are appearing along the beach path each day and many of the Day Spas are offering discount as they re-light aromatic candles and prepare to pamper.

The Beach Spa
The Beach Spa


The Nest Beachside Spa is a personal favourite. Not only are the treatments divine but the outlook can't be beaten.

Beach path Sanur
Beach path Sanur


The beach path here is being duplicated to allow more space for bike riders and walkers and joggers. No one stays on their correct side, of course, Sanur is a bit random like that.

I've loved my time here. The pace is slow and there's an infectious attitude of calm. The locals are so happy to be welcoming Aussie travellers back and I don't think I'm alone in being glad to return here.
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Why? It's a favourite travel destination for many Aussies
When: Book as soon as you can
Where: Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
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Your article Karen brings back fond memories of a pleasant two weeks spent in Bali last centenary.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4476) 173 days ago
I read that Sanur is going to be revamped with shopping centres, with shop rents that the average Balinese shop or stallholder won't be able to afford. I, like most Aussies that visit Bali love the small stalls & shops.
Please don't change this iconic culture and atmosphere that is Bali and the Balinese people. Don't make it like a Surfers Paradise or Darling Harbour. These type of developments will take away the charm of Sanur Beach, we may as well go to Surfers, It's closer and cheaper to fly there.
PLEASE STOP FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
by linni (score: 0|2) 173 days ago
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