Maya Sanur Resort & Spa Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 15, 2019

Review of Maya Sanur Resort & Spa in Sanur, Bali.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Opulence and luxury in an ultra-modern resort.

Opened in 2015, with an entrance resembling a Mayan temple from Central America, the resort offers state-of-the-art facilities, though there is nothing even remotely Asian about this place. It’s in a prime location surrounded by classy shops and cafés, in a narrow property stretching from the main street to the beach. Rooms are spacious and cheerful with contemporary and tasteful design, while the suites with private pools are even chicer. All rooms face the ‘lagoon’ (i.e. pool), and those at ground level have direct access from wooden patios. The beach is decent enough, and the second beachfront family pool is gorgeous.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and main 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 (14km), depending on traffic.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Children not discouraged, but the chic design seems to attract couples, with many under about 40.
  • Beach: Narrower and less shady than other beaches in Sanur, but decent enough.
  • Views: No rooms provide sea views. Almost all face the gardens or ‘lagoon’ (which is the pool), but a few overlook a neighboring resort. Suites boast beach frontage but offer no direct views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most rooms on the ground floor have access to the main pool via patios. Beachfront Pool Suites feature private pools.
  • Extras: Free morning yoga classes.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure parking spots inside the gate, but let the management know, and think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 849 7800
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: mayaresorts.com

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Extended, lagoon-shaped pool alongside the buildings housing the rooms. Another separate Family Pool faces the beach.
  • Spa: All sorts of indulgent treatments available at the Spa at Maya.
  • Fitness Center: Very well-equipped and personal trainers available.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Reef – Swish, featuring tables inside and gazebos that almost ‘float’ in the pool. Breakfast and all-day dining for pizzas, burgers, and salads. Open-plan kitchen, separate vegetarian menu, and themed buffets some nights. • Graze – Stylish eatery along the street. More interesting menu than most, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Also, coffee, sandwiches, and home-baked pastries.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available from about 6 am to 11 pm daily.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Garden View Rooms • Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms • Deluxe Lagoon Access Rooms • Beachfront Pool Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The swanky and spacious Beachfront Pool Suites feature all the latest equipment, marble bathrooms, and private pools longer than most.
  • For Families: All rooms can fit in 1 extra single bed, and many have connecting doors.

Maya Sanur 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 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 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 (3.2km, 10-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • White House Sanur – Quaint Mediterranean-style setting, though the cafe serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine (including ‘goat sandwich’). Shady tables under a huge tree or upstairs. On the corner to the adjoining Peneeda hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • Ulu Thai Food Sanur – Funky décor (with several dangling lights). Specializing in Thai food. 60m north. 1-minute walk.
  • White Orchid – Just past Ulu. Healthy Asian cuisine, good-value specials, shady deck, and smart service. 1-minute walk.
  • Warung Becak – Recognizable by the namesake becak (old-style rickshaw). Popular for live music, salads, and steak. Also claims to be a ‘mango bar’. 60m south. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Batu Jimbar – Long-time favorite for gelato, salads, and outdoor Sunday buffet/market. About 200m north of the resort entrance. 3-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimarts are present in all directions, and lots of shops everywhere. About 300m north along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 4-minute walk.

Attractions

  • 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 (22km).

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the relaxed and pleasant region of Sanur.

The resort is along a pleasant part of Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The huge and uniquely-designed resort dominates the area.

Because of its size and unique design, the Maya dominates this section of Sanur.

The beach by the resort is decent but lacks shade.

The resort stretches between the main street and an agreeable beach, which does lack shade.

Since the beach is public, the resort offers a private, raised, sandy area for its guests.

No beach in Sanur is private, so another raised section within the resort offers sand, umbrellas, and views.

The resort features a unique design.

The design of the Maya is like no other in Bali.

The resort has a second smaller entrance from the beach.

The entrance to the resort from the beach is less dominant than the front.

The main pool stretches through the resort.

The extended main pool stretches throughout the resort.

The resort sports a chic design and layout.

The design and layout all over the resort is chic.

Breakfast is served to guests in the Reef restaurant.

Breakfast is served to guests at the main restaurant, Reef.

Reef offers poolside seating which is particularly romantic at night.

Tables at the Reef spill out onto the deck alongside the resort pool, and are particularly romantic at night.

Graze serves a good selection of healthy food, coffee, and sandwiches.

The other resort restaurant, Graze, offers a tempting menu of healthy food as well as coffee and sandwiches.

Most ground-floor rooms have direct access to the main pool.

Most rooms on the ground floor provide access to the main pool.

Appealing cabanas are located on the ground-floor room patios.

Ground-floor rooms with pool access also feature appealing cabanas.

Some rooms overlook the neighboring resort.

Not all rooms face the pool; some overlook a neighboring resort.

The rooms are more spacious than at rival resorts.

Rooms are considerably more spacious than those at rival resorts.

The rooms feature bright decor and pleasing furniture.

The décor is bright and furnishings, pleasing.

Rooms come with comfortable living areas.

Rooms feature comfortable and cheery living areas.

The suites feature longer than expected pools.

The pools at the suites are longer than expected.

The White House cafe nearby serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

Within a 1-minute walk, the White House is a likeable café serving contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

Funky Ulu cafe nearby serves good Thai food.

Only 60m north of the Maya, Ulu is a funky place specializing in Thai food.

White Orchid nearby is popular for its affordable daily specials.

The daily specials are excellent value at the shady and colorful White Orchid, just past Ulu.

Warung Becak nearby is an excellent dining option.

Warung Becak is another fabulous place to eat, and only 60m south of the resort entrance.

Hardy's nearby is the only supermarket in Sanur.

About 300m north along the main street is Hardy’s, the only supermarket in Sanur.

The beachside path stretches across the entire length of Sanur.

A delightful beachside path passes the resort and stretches almost the entire length of Sanur.

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