Originally a small fishing village, Sanur has developed into a well-known tourist destination, famed for its beautiful strip of pure white sandy beaches across the coastal line. It is also reputed for its spectacular sunrises, which literally mark a new day in the life of the Balinese. While it has a good mix of bars and eateries, it lacks the congested traffic, crowds, and hectic pace of Kuta and Legian.
In addition to being home to some of Bali’s best known hotels, Sanur is also a very cozy, comfortable residential area. And many have referred sanur as a paradise.
As the first witness of the Bali tourism industry, Sanur has a lot of historical landmarks such as The Bali Hyatt, Villa Batu Jimbar, and the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel, the first international hotel in Bali where the 1st President of Indonesia, Soekarno, and the Prime Minister of India, Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mrs. Indira Gandhi have stayed.
By the 1960s, Sanur was the “in” place where Walter Spies, Sophia Loren and even some royalty kept a low profile and immersed themselves in paradise. Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stone and his former wife Supermodel Jerry Hall even made Sanur as their second home. They stayed at Tandjung Sari Hotel and had a Balinese Hindu wedding in 1990, with traditional marriage rituals – offering prayers with incense, dressing up in traditional costumes, and entertaining with traditional music and dance.
Today, Sanur retains its laid-back atmosphere with a few changes for the good. Many new restaurants that offer a wide variety of both Western and Indonesian cuisines have opened as well. Trendy restaurants such as Batu Jimbar, Ristorante Massimo, and Ryoshi are situated on the main road, Jl. Danau Tamblingan, which runs through central Sanur. If you are looking for a more authentic culinary experience, then you should definitely check out Warung Mak Beng, a favorite among locals since 1941. She is reputed to serve the best crunch Fried Fish and mouthwatering Fish Soup in Sanur.