Travel Blogs from Sanur
Wir sind fast da - nur noch eine kleine Schiffstour trennt uns von den Waranen. Aber von vorne an: Mittwoch mittag ging es los von München nach Singapore und mit kurzem Aufenthalt weiter nach Denpasar/Bali im indonesischen Archipel Es hat sich einiges getan seitdem ich vor zwei Jahren das letzte Mal hier war. Ein nagelneuer Flughafen, der aber zu …
With today being the last full day of our Honeymoon we wanted to maximise our sunbathing and relaxation time, so were really disappointed to wake up and find it raining! We've been so lucky with the weather in Bali to this point. Hopeful that the rain would pass we set out to the Cat & Fiddle for a nice cooked breakfast and to read the papers. …
Today was our second day in a row of adventures out and about. After a busy day diving yesterday we were slightly tempted to revert back to lounging by the pool, but we'd already booked the car so were up and ready to go at 7am. The car was dropped off without issue and we set off; first stop Tanah Lot temple approx. 29km away. We had been a bit …
Much as we had enjoyed our three days of relaxing we were both looking forward to our day out on the dive boat. Crystal Divers arrived for one of their team to pick us up at the hotel at 7.30am and at the dive shop we met up with Taka, our divemaster for the day, and John and Tana who were also diving. There isn't really any decent diving directly …
The story behind today's title will all be revealed in good time...in the meantime you ent be surprised to hear that today was a day very akin to Sunday. We had a nice leisurely start; breakfast at a cafe along a side street from the beach where Dan continued in vain to try and find decent sausages but today ended up with a sort of battered hot-dog …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Puri Santrian Sanur
Loved the relaxed atmosphere of the Hotel
Arrived at the Hotel at 2pm after the two flights from the UK. First impressions were excellent. We had booked the Santrian Club Rooms, so we were checked in immediately and on a very personal basis.
Our rooms, at our request, were twin bedded therefore we did not have the luxury of the four poster beds, which I must admit looked a little more glamorous than our twins.
The staff were more wonderful. All so friendly and helpful and very attentive to our needs.
One complaint was the cleanliness of our room. Having chosen the Club Rooms, I would have thought that extra care would have been taken with cleaning, unfortunately the windows were quite dirty and the glass table on the balcony had lots of dirty fingerprints on it.
Unlike hotels in Thailand or Bangkok, the attention to personal detail was not there in our room, for example nightwear is always laid out for you in Thailand, whereas just thrown at the foot of the bed in Bali. Maybe because the room attendants are Male - but that should not make any difference.
On the whole - we loved the Hotel, it was very good value for money.
Doesn't get better
This is a wonderful hotel. From the moment we got there we were treated superbly. Security is v. tight on the front gate after the recent bombs, we got upgraded to the Beach Front rooms, nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff. Rooms are large & exceedingle comfortable. The place is spotless, including the beach but wait until you see the pool including the swim up sunken bar. I'd never leave. We booked rooms only & found this a great way of doing it as could use the restaurant as & when we wished, but also use the various cafes etc. on the beach front that are half the price. Never had any problem from staff about bringing in your own drinks either from the shops.
Sanur is as mentioned quiet but that's what we were looking for. There are loads of great restaurants that are exceedingle cheap & while of course you get people touting, these people have suffered a huge drop in tourism so give them a break. The food is awsome everywhere. Compared to a lot of places I've been to they take no for an answer without complaint.
As a tip use the little buses in the town as they cost about 30p & stop where you want & book one of the many taxis for a tour around the island of your own choosing. Will cost about £10 for the day a head & these guys all know what they are on about - & you don't want to be driving as the roads are crazy.
We'll be back as soon as we can
Brilliant hotel and staff
we were moved here from the grand hotel, this hotel was great, everything clean ,well maintained a credit to the very freindly staff we could not fault anything cant wait to return.
Nice hotel, Sanur is quiet
We stayed at the Puri Santrian for our honeymoon in Sept '05. We upgraded to the Santrian club room. Our room was on the 3rd floor right hand side, and as previously mentioned by a reviewer this gets the sun late afternoon. Room had a four poster bed and all usual amentities. Balcony was large with sun longer, chairs and table. Hotel itself was clean, staff are friendly and courteous. Downsides are the lack of sun loungers by the pools and on the beach. Most days guests are left wandering around trying to find spare beds. Also get hassle from locals offering massages, this seems to be ignored by hotel security. Breakfast is average, as is afternoon tea. The hotel restaurant at the front entrance has excellent Thai food though. Sanur is a little laid back for us, lots of restaurants and bars but no atmosphere and most places close at 10pm. We got very cheap taxi's almost every evening to Kuta, about £2 each way. Overall, nice hotel would recommend Santrian Club rooms.
A great base
We stayed at the Puri Santrian from 07 - 18 June 2005 and found it to be an excellently run, comfortable hotel. We may be a little biased as we were upgraded to a suite, but the other rooms we saw looked spacious and comfortable. The style of the rooms is best described as 'slightly faded colonial' but all mod cons including efficient aircon are available.
The pool area is quite superb, the pool is kept wonderfully clean and well maintained. There is a good system in place for handing out beach towels which are given in exchange for your pool card, issued on arrival. Yes, there is the usual early morning reservation of sunbeds, but there were always enough to go round when we were there. The pool bar is also excellent, both for lunchtime drinks when you are sitting in the pool and a nightcap in the evening.
The beach is a narrow strip just in front of the sunbed area and because there is a coral reef offshore, there is little wave activity at the beach, and for this reason we chose not to swim in the sea, although plenty of people were in swimming. On a Sunday, all the locals descend on the beach (and why not? It is theirs, after all!) but it gets rather busy ....
The Puri Santrian maintains its portion of beach immaculately.
The hotel restaurant just outside the entrance, called the Mezzanine, is a good place to eat if more expensive than many Sanur restaurants. There is a nice ambience with live music and the food is good.
The other hotel restaurant is adjacent to the beach and has the same menu as the Mezzanine.
Lunchtime recommendation - the excellent club sandwich, a tasty mix of chicken, avocado, ham and cheese.
The staff at the hotel are unfailingly cheerful and helpful. All in all, a great place to stay.
A great break in the sun
We stayed at the Puri Santrian for one week in June 2005.
It is a beautiful hotel, with great surroundings, and great rooms. The beds are a decent size and the linen was changed regularly. The entire hotel was cleaned constantly!
The pools were great, although its true there aren't many loungers, and the sun wasn't out for the whole day (it was mainly sunny between 9am and 5pm). The Jukung pool bar is lovely when the sun is high in the sky!
The food is great at the hotel, but for a great meal on the beach, visit Warung Anita (turn left when you leave the hotel and it's there before the 'shrine corner'). We ate there a lot, they had a lot of choice and unbeatable value... and the staff were really kind and genuine but not pushy.
We had a great time and would recommend the Puri Santrian.
Nice, beautifull and friendly
The Puri Santrian is a nice hotel, located on the south end of Sanur. I stayed at the Santrian club, which promises bigger rooms, more luxury and an extra swimming pool, just for the occupants of those 60 or so rooms. My roomnumber was 377 and that is actually one of the best, cos you will be on the third floor on the right side and have sun at the end of the day. If you dont do stairs, dont forget to mention it!
The hotel is on the "beach". The beach isnt much. It's about 10ft wide, dirty and busy. There is no caribean feel to it. The swimming pools are your best option for cooling off.
The hotel has three swimming pools. One - as mentioned - just for club guests. The largest pool is also by far the nicest. Most people hang out there. Problem is the lack of sufficient deck chairs. If you dont get up early and claim your space, you will lose out. I found it strange, since there was enough room. More chairs, would easily solve it. Also there are a lot of trees. Pure bake-in-the-sun types will have trouble finding sun all day long. The other two pools have also too few chairs and little direct sun.
The restaurants are beautiful and the food is ok. I did find all meats to have a particular taste (as if the always used sesame oil to fry), but it wasnt bad. There are so many restaurants in Sanur, you dont eat there that often. The breakfast is particulary nice. If you expect a bar for the night, go to the Hyatt.
The grounds are well kept and all looks nice, but the hotel did not have the "to die for" feel the website gave me. Staff is nice and helpful. Problems (clogged toilet, broken door) were solved quickly.
All in all a relaxed hotel. Slightly above average, but no match for the Hyatt in Sanur.
Perfect honeymoon resort!
My husband and I booked 11 nights in a bungalow room and fell in love with the resort and the Sanur area. The Puri Santrian is set in a lush garden, right on the beach, and is staffed by the friendliest resort staff I have ever met! The spa (i had a full body massage for 1 hr, $30 US!) is newish and top-notch. The you can eat at the Beach Club restaurant or at one or two other places and charge back to your room -- all excellent local and international dishes, very attractive and very fresh ingredients. We were amazed at how often they clean the place -- everywhere you look someone is sweeping up coconut tree leaves, raking the beach, etc. The pools are lovely and a nice alternative to the water, which is clearest in the early morning -- lots of little fishes you can see there. The room was very nice, and the buffet breakfast excellent with a person making eggs/omlettes and cereals and lots of local fruit and other dishes. I loved this place and hope to return. It was the nicest looking resort on the beach!
Was okay not what I expected
Hotel was nice and tidy we paid an upgrade for a beach wing room but all the other standard rooms (which we found out two days before leaving) were nicely refurbish, had a TV and a NEW shower our room was lacking in everything.
The staff was very nice, helpful and most of the time very quick.
Beach was wonderful if you weren't looking too closely because homeless dog made there business right in front of you beach or sea they didn't give a.....
The food was okay but not very special very British and German which were the mean guest, they didn't change the menu at all so not much choice.
I was a little bit disappointed in the Balinese people they have been through a lot and don't earn lot money but they give you a run and hassle you to buy, to get a massage or whatever you want. I found this very stressful and not appreciated.
Tanah Lot the water temple is worth looking at wonderful view but go in the morning when water is there.
And Jimbaran beach you need to see for that amazing sunset all in all it was a very nice holiday but knowing the Caribbean I would always go back there much more relaxed!
Relaxation at it's best
We stayed here for a week in 2003 because we wanted to support the Balinese after the bombing, and we find them such a gentle and lovely people. This complex of garden rooms and hotel was inviting, relaxing and clean and friendly. the pool is right by the beach, restaurants (2) are good and the breakfasts always freshly prepared. We had a hire car but it's only a short walk to other local eating places, shopping etc.
The whole stay was very relaxing and I will stay there again. Deni.