Bali’s Most Enchanting New Beach Resort: Fairmont Sanur
September 11, 2015
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With bags packed, flip-flops in place and sunscreen at the ready, our Travel Team once again set off for beautiful Bali and more specifically, the serene shores of Sanur Beach where a recently-opened resort is turning heads.
Formerly serving as a quaint fishing village in another lifetime, Bali’s charming cultural hub of Sanur now provides the perfect setting for a romantic escape or fun family holiday; boasting stunning beaches, countless restaurants, and an array of shops and bars.
Sanur also grants easy access to nearby Seminyak and Kuta, for those wishing to experience the hustle and bustle of Eat Street and the after-dark delights of the region’s thriving nightlife scene.
Throughout history, this idyllic beach haven has even captivated Hollywood royalty like Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor among others in search of pure tropical rest and relaxation.
Located just 25-minutes away from Bali’s international airport in Denpasar, the Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali features 120 luxurious villas and suites scattered across four acres of tropical gardens and borders along a 200 metre stretch of golden beach on Bali’s stunning southeast coast.
The resort is part of the renowned Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Collection, which is globally renowned for offering only the finest luxury accommodation and first-class service. The recently-opened Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is no exception and has claimed a plethora of awards including a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a 2015 Luxury Travel Guild Award (named the ‘Luxury All Suite & Villa Resort of the Year’).
After enjoying a private transfer straight from the resort, our group checked-in without a fuss and made our way to our new home for the next eight nights.
Let’s just get this out of the way nice and early – the rooms at Fairmont Sanur are absolutely ginormous and start from a whopping 90sqm!
The rooms at Fairmont are widely considered some of the most lavish in all of Bali and for good reason.
Our Fairmont Garden Suite was a heavenly slice of paradise replete with gorgeous colonial interiors, plush modern fittings and spellbinding tropical views.
A wickedly-comfy super-king bed, ensuite bathroom with rain-shower and a spacious terrace with day-bed round out the amenities nicely.
When not luxuriating amid the exquisite surrounds of our suite, our Travel Team lapped up the Balinese sunshine and explored the resort grounds at our leisure.
We particularly loved unwinding by the central infinity pool, as well as hitting the beach for some water-sports.
The in-house Spa is also a must-try – we indulged with a Signature Sanur 90-minute treatment including a restorative massage featuring soothing Indonesian, Thai, Swedish, Breema and Shiatsu techniques.
We also enjoyed an extra 30-minute treatment (choose between a body scrub, foot reflexology session, or back and shoulder massage) – because there’s no such thing as too many spa treatments!
The resort also offers a well-equipped gym and bike hire facilities – fabulous for those fitness-focussed travellers.
Children will also find paradise at Fairmont Sanur Beach, with an action-packed kids club at the ready.
Dining at Fairmont Sanur is simply a delight, with two signature in-house restaurants to choose from.
We enjoyed scrumptious daily breakfasts at the acclaimed Layang Layang restaurant – famous for serving up authentic Balinese cuisine and international buffet-style favourites.
We also indulged in two decadent three-course dinners – a traditional Balinese banquet at Layang Layang, plus a poolside dinner at the Nyala Beach Club & Grill.
Just some of the mouth-watering dishes included the likes of classic local delicacies such as fresh BBQ seafood and rich beef rendang, followed by crème brûlée with a sweet Balinese pandan twist.
Western delights are also ready to tempt your tastebuds with options like chili crab, roasted organic baby chicken and lemon parfait.
Guest also have the chance to participate in a structured Balinese cooking class under the guidance of an experience resident chef. Enjoy a bike ride to a local market to pick up the freshest regional produce, then return to the resort to cook up a storm and dine on your creations for lunch.
Guests choosing to upgrade to a third floor suite will also enjoy a champagne brunch served on your balcony with freshly-baked pastries, fruit and refreshing sorbet.
The Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is a paradisiacal seaside oasis that caters for couples and families alike – to experience an authentic Balinese escape with all the modern luxuries expected of a Fairmont Raffles Hotels International property then this is the place for you!
If you want a place where all the staff know and use your name, love playing with your 2 1/2 year old toddler, offer great food and ultra-healthy breakfast juices, has direct beachfront access (no road to cross), with a 5k beachfront footpath at your front door, a perfectly appointed suite, an outdoor living space in your suite bigger than most hotel rooms, in fact a bathroom bigger then many hotel rooms, a superb kids club with a range of organised activities, a day spa that’s so popular and will leave you so relaxed its worth booking in advance, a personal butler to make any reservations you want, an infinity edge pool overlooking the beautiful blue sea which is spotted with all types of boats and the occasional kite surfer. We found the The Fairmont Sanur to be 5 star luxurious pleasure. And don’t get me started on the village life that is Sanur – 15minutes and a lifetime away from Kuta, I want it to remain this way so don’t tell too many of your friends.”
Rated five out of five stars
This is by far one of the nicest Fairmont properties that we have been to in the world! It is beautiful by all standards- staff are amazing and friendly, our pool villa was fantastic – huge, all amenities were top, fridge was well stocked and fresh fruit every day, breakfast was incredible with lots of fresh choices and get Balinese dishes to try! The gym and spa are really worth trying, especially the wonderful massage at the spa! Close to the beach where you can go for lunch and close to town for dinner and to see the village in action. A special mention to Yenny , the assistant villa manager who was so kind to us and very gracious. Well done Fairmont!!”
Rated five out of five stars
Wow! Went here for our honeymoon. What an Incredible hotel. We had an Ocean View suite which was perfect. Restaurants and pool/beach service was excellent. Staff were super friendly and attentive. Would recommend to everyone a stay here.”