Besakih Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Besakih Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Traditional design with modern comforts, facing an excellent beach.

Conveniently located halfway along Sanur, this resort is long-established and away from the main road, so the tropical gardens, with Balinese-style fountains and statues, are extensive and tranquil enough to hear birds singing. The accommodation is unusually designed: some shaped like Balinese rice-barns with separate rooms upstairs and down, and others like old-fashioned homestays with doors facing a common veranda. The spacious rooms are comfortable and feature traditional furnishings, but seem huddled together. In contrast, the bungalows are spread apart, with some hidden behind walls and private gardens. The beach is broad and shady, and there is a children’s pool and an enticing games area. However, this resort would be more suitable for families with older children.

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and road, in a pleasant area midway along Sanur. Plenty of facilities in all directions. The lobby is 50m+ back from the road.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands. Golf course.

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: More popular with older couples and families with older children.
  • Beach: The broad beach in front of the hotel is not private (like all beaches in Sanur), but it is shady and scenic, and there are no fishing boats spoiling the views.
  • Views: Rooms are too far and too low to provide sea views, so they all face the gardens. Some bungalows are secluded behind walls overlooking private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in a midrange hotel like this in Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking spots inside the gate, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 423
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: besakihbeachhotel.com

Besakih Beach Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: A bridge between the gardens and beach passes over the main pool, which has a swim-up bar. A second pool is more popular with adults. A third is for children.
  • Spa: Massages are available in a traditional-style hut near the beach.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • For Families: Games Room with lounge chairs, chessboard, and snooker table.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center. Guests’ lounge with library. Souvenir stall.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Batu Bata Restaurant – Charming beachside setting. Popular with tourists from all over Sanur for hearty servings of Indonesian and Western food.
  • Breakfast: Can be included, but depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 8.30 pm.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Suite Classic Bungalows • Classic Bungalows • Standard Bungalows • Suite Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but is OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Suite Classic Bungalows are spacious and feature sitting areas and balconies with pleasant garden views.
  • For Families: The 2-level bungalows with a bedroom on each floor are ideal for families, perhaps more so for those with older children. And some rooms have 3 beds.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from a few agencies on the main street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Besakih Beach Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 50m south. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – 200m south for Irish-themed music, shady setting, and friendly service. 2-minute walk.
  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. And the burgers are big and service, attentive. 200m south, opposite The Wicked Parrot. 3-minute walk.
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Just past The Porch. 4-minute walk (300m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. About 100m past the Three Monkeys. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • Among the classy boutiques is Uluwatu, 70m down the street from the hotel, which sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • Minimarts are present in all directions. About 650m down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 8-minute walk.

Attractions

  • The massive 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course dominates northern Sanur, less than 2km to the north. 20-minute walk.
  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (23km).

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located off the main road in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The hotel is located about halfway along the more relaxed region of Sanur in southern Bali, and is set back a little from the main street.

The resort shop sells locally-made crafts.

The Besakih provides some tasteful Balinese touches, including a stall selling locally-made crafts.

The beachside path by the hotel is ideal for walking and cycling.

The hotel faces a lengthy beachside path which is ideal for walking and cycling.

The beach in front of the hotel is wide and very clean.

All beaches in Sanur are public, but the sand in front of the hotel is particularly wide and clean.

The hotel has a beach-facing main pool and another smaller, children's pool.

The main pool faces the beach, while another pool is designed for children.

The guest lounge features a small collection of books and some chairs.

A guests’ lounge offers a few chairs and modest selection of books.

The open-air games room is very popular.

The open-air games room provides a few things to do on a rainy day.

Themed buffets are held at the Batu Bata Restaurant.

Open from 7 am till 11 pm, the Batu Bata Restaurant hosts themed buffets on some nights.

The cute Classic Suite Bungalows have a traditional design.

The Classic Suite Bungalows are cute and feature a traditional design.

The 2-bedroom bungalows are shaped like twin-level rice-barns.

The twin-level bungalows with 2 bedrooms are shaped like traditional lumbung rice-barns.

The spacious Superior Rooms feature simple furnishing.

The standard Superior Rooms are spacious and simply furnished.

The beachside path is the perfect way to get around Sanur.

The perfect way to get around Sanur is along the beachside path.

The Wicked Parrot plays live music every night, often with an Irish theme.

About 200m south of the hotel, The Wicked Parrot is renowned throughout Bali for its live music, often with an Irish theme.

The Porch is popular for coffee and burgers.

Opposite The Wicked Parrot is The Porch, ideal for coffee, conversations, and burgers.

Next to The Porch, Three Monkeys offers shade and live music.

Just past The Porch, the Three Monkeys is a shady spot, also with live music.

The Retro serves pizzas, desserts, and a children's menu.

About 100m south of the Three Monkeys, the Retro offers pizzas, desserts, and a children’s menu.

Rasa Senang nearby is known for its Indonesian menu and cooking classes.

Just up from the hotel, the Rasa Senang is the best place for Indonesian food. Also offers cooking classes.

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