First Time in Sanur

What to Do in Sanur in One Day

If it’s your first time in Sanur, you’re in for a relaxed coastal experience. Sanur is on Bali’s eastern coast, and it’s one of the best places on the island to enjoy magical sunrises. It’s a short trip away from Kuta Beach, but offers calmer seascapes and an overall laidback appeal. You can enjoy shopping down the main road in Sanur. And there’s a popular fresh market in the heart of town, serving a great local dining scene after dark. Even though nightlife is low-key in Sanur, there are some great spots around this sleepy village to head to for drinks and live music entertainments.
Sanur is one of Bali’s earliest tourism resorts. The area is rich in history. It saw its rise in the 50s, around a decade after Kuta. The beach is home to the Inna Grand Bali Beach, a historic hotel that first opened in the 60s and remains the island’s only high-rise building. Some major cultural and historical landmarks are scattered around the area and sometimes hidden in plain sight. Most hotels in Sanur also maintain their classical features, as many repeat guests call them their second home.

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Sanur at a Glance

Sanur is where you’d go for a quieter beach scene among Bali’s popular southern areas. This quiet sunrise beach offers a relaxing coastal atmosphere, quite the opposite of the youthful and livelier Kuta and Legian on the other side of the island. Sanur caters to a wide range of budgets. You can find cheap stays as well as five-star resorts here.

  • Quiet and laidback
  • Most hotels have direct beachfront access
  • Good if you prefer less action and more relaxation
  • Great for honeymooners
  • Low-key nightlife
  • Not much going on

Things You Can Do in Sanur Beach

Sanur has some of the most well-kept beaches in Bali. Some of the hotels along the coastline often meticulously rake the sand with wonderful textures. Several small connected beaches line the coast, and all are quiet. A pleasant paved pathway allows locals and visitors to enjoy morning jogs against the rising sun. Besides seaside historical landmarks, you can visit Sindu traditional market. It takes on a popular night market scene after sunset. If you’re game, discover some underwater beauty off the shores – no diving experience required! Here’s some of the top picks.

  • Beaches of Sanur

    Beaches of Sanur

    Sanur Beach stretches 8 km along Bali’s south-eastern coastline. From end to end, you’ll be able to enjoy several Read More»

  • Sindu Market in Bali

    Sindu Market in Bali

    Drop by this main market on your leisurely walks in Sanur, to discover a bustling fresh market by noon and a night Read More»

  • Bali Seawalker

    Bali Seawalker offers everyone an opportunity to enjoy an underwater experience with minimum equipment. The ‘walks’ Read More»

Best Places to Shop in Sanur

From street markets and seemingly unending rows of art shops along the beach pathways, Sanur can serve as your shopping haven in Bali. Along the main street of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, you’ll also find designer boutiques in between the variety of bars and restaurants. It’s a pleasant shopping walk away from the beach. For daily necessities at fixed, local prices, there’s a good supermarket in the heart of Sanur. You can also go there for a quick bite or a cold Bintang.

  • Jalan Danau Tamblingan Street

    Jalan Danau Tamblingan is Sanur’s major street and runs north-south parallel to the eastern coastline. Its 2.5km length Read More»

  • Sindu Market in Bali

    Sindu Market in Bali

    Drop by this main market on your leisurely walks in Sanur, to discover a bustling fresh market by noon and a night Read More»

  • Hardy’s Supermarket Sanur

    Hardy’s Sanur is the largest supermarket in Sanur. The supermarket offers a convenient, fixed price shopping alternative Read More»

Best Places to Go at Night in Sanur

Sanur’s nightlife scene may not be as rich as that of its counterparts on Bali’s opposite west coast. But here are some of our favourite great spots to hang out, drink, dine – and even party until late.

  • Casablanca Sanur in Bali

    Dine, drink and dance your night away in Sanur at this hip spot on the main Jalan Danau Tamblingan, to live bands that Read More»

  • Nu Lazer in Bali

    Check out one of Sanur’s best nightlife venue with the comeback of this legendary sports bar, restaurant and club. Read More»

  • The Onion Bar & Restaurant in Sanur

    The Onion Bar & Restaurant is a sports bar and restaurant serving international cuisine in Sanur. It’s on the side
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Great Restaurants We Like in Sanur

The coastal village of Sanur retains much of its traditional ways. The same can be said about its dining scene. There are traditional warung food stalls selling local delights around the beach. Along the main street are cafes, bars and restaurants that each caters settings and menus for a wide range of tastes and budgets. Here are some of the great dining spots around Sanur we’d take you to, anytime.

  • Byrdhouse Beach Club at the Segara Village Hotel

    Lounge, swim, dine or play at the only grand beach club on Sanur’s main beachfront area, which offers a diverse range of Read More»

  • Cafe Batu Jimbar

    Cafe Batu Jimbar

    Cafe Batu Jimbar is a prominent restaurant in Sanur, best known for its all-embracing use of fresh organic ingredients, Read More»

  • Warung Mak Beng

    Warung Mak Beng is a small but legendary local restaurant in Sanur. It’s famous for its single set menu offering Read More»

Hotels We Recommend to Our Friends

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, a deluxe beachfront resort located in the center of Sanur.Planned as a five star, eco-friendly Read More...

Segara Village Hotel

Segara Village Hotel is a luxury four-star hotel sitting on a sprawling 5-hectare land along Jalan Segara Ayu, Sanur.Within easy Read More...

Sanur House

When you stay at Sanur House in Denpasar, you'll be near the beach, within a 15-minute drive of Waterbom Bali and Beachwalk Read More...


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