Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Griya Santrian in Sanur, Bali.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Contemporary design and traditional décor, with tropical setting and convenient location.

This charming resort, family-owned for over 30 years, is set about 100m from the main street, so it’s quiet while still being in the midst of Sanur’s best cluster of shops and cafés. Rooms are in modern but tastefully-designed low-level buildings among lovingly landscaped tropical gardens with Balinese-style statues and fountains. Rooms face the pools and/or gardens from wide balconies and feature colorful Balinese décor. Suites are even more spacious and boast four-poster beds and sunken baths. The three pools are sizeable and shady, with unusual designs, while the beach is powdery-white and well-maintained.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach and 100m back from the street. Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in both directions.
  • 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.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all. Among families, perhaps the hotel is more suitable for those with older children.
  • Beach: Well-groomed, with powdery-white sand and plenty of lounge chairs. However, not that private because of people walking along the seaside path.
  • Views: No accommodation offers sea views. All rooms face the pools and/or gardens, while suites have private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure parking spots available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 185
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santrian.com

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 large and shady pools, with interesting designs that are more appealing than those at other resorts. The one by the beach features a swim-up bar. The other 2 are alongside the buildings housing the suites.
  • Spa: Within a pretty building, the Rama Sita Spa is classier than rivals. The resort also has a traditional bale hut alongside the beach where massages can be enjoyed.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • For Families: Various tours and classes available, including cycling.
  • Activities: Classes in cooking and yoga. Demonstrations in Balinese traditions, such as flower offerings and woodcarving. Rental of bicycles and canoes.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Wantilan Restaurant – All-day dining with broad sea views. Breakfast and afternoon tea served here, and themed buffets with traditional music/dance on most nights. • Griya Beach Corner – At the pool and facing the ocean. Specializes in Japanese, Italian, and Asian food. Popular among families for pizza, and also features romantic tables on the sand. Lunch only.
  • Breakfast: Sometimes included, depending on the room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Garden Wing Rooms • Beach Wing Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Santrian Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but OK anywhere else.
  • Best Room: Santrian Suites are the most spacious, and feature even more appealing traditional décor.
  • For Families: Most rooms and suites can fit in an extra single bed, and many have connecting doors, though nothing is really set up specifically for families.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – 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 the hotel. 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 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 (2.4km, 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.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – 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 north. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – 50m south for Irish-themed music, shady setting, and friendly service. 1-minute walk.
  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. The burgers are big and service, attentive. 100m south, opposite The Wicked Parrot. 1-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. 2-minute walk (200m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. About 70m past the Three Monkeys. 3-minute walk.

Shops

  • Opposite the hotel entrance, the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • Minimarts are present in all directions. About 500m south down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 6-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).

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located midway in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is midway along Sanur, a quieter region in southern Bali.

The resort is located away from the main street, thus reducing noise.

The lobby is about 100m from the main street and traffic noise.

The beachside path by the resort runs across the entire length of Sanur.

The resort faces the sea, with a beachside path that extends almost the entire length of Sanur.

The resort beach is well-maintained by the staff.

The beach in front of the resort is broad and well-maintained by staff.

All 3 pools are large and well-shaded.

Of the 3 large and shady pools, the smaller pool is more popular with adults.

The resort offers plenty of family-friendly facilities.

The Griya caters well for families, with enough facilities to keep the younger ones happy.

The attractive Rama Sita Spa is housed in a separate building.

Within an attractive separate building, the Rama Sita Spa is classier than those at neighboring rivals.

The Griya Beach Corner bar offers poolside seating.

The bar at the Griya Beach Corner offers stools alongside the edge of the pool.

Wantilan is one of the finest restaurants in the area.

One of the finest restaurants in this part of Sanur is the Wantilan, also within the resort.

Attractive 2 and 3-story buildings house the rooms.

Rooms are in attractive 2 and 3-level buildings.

The secluded suites are surrounded by lush greenery.

Suites are more secluded and surrounded by tropical plants.

The nicely-furnished rooms feature contemporary Balinese decor.

All rooms are nicely furnished, with a contemporary Balinese décor.

The rooms feature colorful wall art and cushions.

Colorful touches, such as cushions and wall art, add to the appeal.

The spacious Deluxe Rooms are beautifully decorated.

Deluxe Rooms are pleasingly spacious and beautifully decorated.

Bicycling along the beachside path is an excellent idea to explore Sanur.

A perfect way to explore Sanur is by bicycle along the beachside path in front of the resort.

Rasa Senang close-by is popular for its Indonesia menu.

A 1-minute walk north of the resort, Rasa Senang is the best place in the area for Indonesian food.

The Porch Café nearby is popular for coffee, pastries, and tapas.

The Porch Café, only 100m south of the resort, is ideal for coffee, pastries, and tapas.

The Wicked Parrot hosts live bands every night.

Opposite The Porch, The Wicked Parrot hosts enjoyable bands every night.

Three Monkeys nearby is popular day and night.

Also within a short stroll south of the resort, Three Monkeys is shady during the day and more vibrant at night with live music.

The Retro offers a children's menu.

Just down south from the Three Monkeys, the Retro offers a children’s menu.

Hardy's nearby is the only supermarket in Sanur.

About 500m south of the resort, Hardy’s is the only supermarket in Sanur.

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