If you’ve read my previous travel posts, you’ll know that I went to Singapore with my family in February this year. From there, we flew to Indonesia to spend eighth days in beautiful exotic Bali. The first four days we stayed in Sanur, which is a small seaside town located in the southeast of the island of Bali.
We had booked a private two-bedroom villa at Nike Villas. They kindly arranged free airport pick-up for us, so when we landed at Denpasar airport our driver was waiting at the arrivals hall to take us to Sanur. The villa was amazing – two spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, two beautiful bathrooms with bathtubs (one of the bathrooms was semi-open with connection to the pool), complete open space kitchen and dining room, and a private swimming pool. Everything was beautifully decorated with lovely Balinese furniture and surrounded by exquisite greenery. I loved the relaxing ambience in the villa; it was very quiet and away from the crowds, but at the same time all shops and restaurants were just around the corner and the beach was only a short walk away.
The staff at Nike Villas were so nice and lovely. They greeted us with freshly squeezed juice and a fruit basket and were more than happy to help with any queries we had. They turned up each morning to cook and serve us delicious breakfast, always with a smile. If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing and comfortable place to stay, Nike Villas are perfect!
On our first day in Sanur we went to the beach. The weather was very temperamental that day – it went from cloudy to rainy to sunny eventually. I stayed in the sun for about 15 min, but the heat was so intense that the next morning I woke up with glorious sunburn (and yes, I did use sunscreen).
In the next few days we visited two of Bali’s most beautiful landmarks – Tanah Lot and Uluwatu temples. The Tanah Lot temple sits on a huge offshore rock and is only accessible at low tide. It is a sacred temple and non-Balinese are not allowed to enter. We went in the morning when it was less crowded with tourists and the view of temple and the surrounding coast was truly spectacular.
Uluwatu temple is another one of the top places to visit in Bali, not because of the actual temple, but because of its location. It is positioned on top of a steep cliff with a beautiful view over the Indian Ocean and watching the sunset from there was magnificent. You might have read or heard people say that Uluwatu monkeys are aggressive, but they were actually quite cute. They’re very curious though and they’ll grab any loose objects from you, if they get the chance. So if you go there, just make sure you keep any sunglasses, hats, dangly earrings or other similar belongings zipped away and keep a close grip on your camera. Both temples are now highly commercialised and surrounded by lots of souvenir shops and small restaurants, and you have to pay to enter the area.
I had to visit the Spa whilst in Sanur. I had a massage, manicure and pedicure for $17! We also took a few walks to the shops, but didn’t end up buying anything. We visited a couple of factory outlets, but all of the ”designer” items we saw there were fake. I liked some of the smaller shops selling handmade Balinese lace clothes and inexpensive leather goods, including snake skin handbags and purses. In terms of food, there were so many restaurants in Sanur offering a mix of traditional and international cuisine. I ate a lot of different things, from nasi goreng to grilled fish and crab to pizza and pasta.
As we were leaving Sanur, on our way to Ubud (more about this in my next post), we stopped at the Bali Bird and Reptile Park. I’m not a big fan of reptiles, but the iguana was cute and I was happy to hold it for a bit. The birds were amazing and the scenery in the Bird Park was gorgeous. We saw so many exotic species from all over the world and if you’re a bird lover, I’d highly recommend visiting the park.
Thanks for reading! I hope you’re all having an amazing day and let me know if you have any questions about Sanur, Bali.