Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Massive, family-friendly resort, but a little isolated.

The Prama is on the southern edge of Sanur, in a classy area with fewer (but enough) cafés and shops, and also far less traffic and crowds. The unusual enclosed lobby opens out to expansive lawns dotted with swaying palms and stylishly-designed gardens. Despite all the space, rooms seem clustered together and are too far from the sea for any worthwhile views. Superior rooms are comfortable, while Deluxe rooms are more spacious. The beach is immaculately-groomed, wide, and virtually private, and the main pool is gigantic and sparkling blue. Added attractions are the bright and inviting kids club offering numerous activities, children’s pool with waterslide and playground inside, and numerous gazebos large enough for families of four.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Cemara street, the extension of the main street (Jalan Danau Tamblingan) through Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali. The lobby is about 150m back from the street.
  • Area: Between the beach and street, in the very quiet southern part of Sanur. Enough 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.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for families, but couples of all ages would also be happy at the Prama.
  • Kids Club: Bright, colorful, and inviting, with plenty of supervised activities.
  • Beach: Long, wide, and spotless. More private than others (but still open to the public like all beaches in Sanur). Not much shade, however.
  • Views: Most rooms face the thriving gardens, while some offer distant glimpses of the sea from balconies. A few overlook the carpark.
  • Kitchen: Pool Villas feature kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Pool Villas have private pools and jacuzzis.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking within the grounds, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 011
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pramasanurbeachresort.com

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The lagoon-shaped pool is truly massive (the largest in Sanur, according to management) and features a swim-up bar. Far better than most, the Splash Zone pool is popular with children for its waterslide and playground in the water.
  • Spa: Aroma Spa faces the beach (which is surprisingly rare), and blends modern equipment with traditional techniques. Also offers a spa and yoga classes.
  • Fitness Center: Recently renovated, featuring impressive equipment.
  • Activities: Many offered, e.g. basketball, badminton, and tennis courts. Also, yoga classes and bicycle rental. Water-sports kiosk.
  • Other Facilities: Library. Business Center. Gift shop. Cash machine. Rip Curl School of Surf, which also houses the Blue Oasis Dive center.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Basilico Italian Pavilion – Stylish but casual, overlooking the sea. Authentic pasta, risotto, and other tasty delights. Romantic tables on the sand. • Tirta Restaurant & Pool Bar – Buffet breakfast for guests, as well as all-day dining for all. Children’s menu and swim-up bar. • Lada Resto – Another inviting beachfront eatery, with Indonesian food and a more informal vibe.
  • Bars: Bamboo Bar & Lounge – Wonderful beachside setting under a traditional-style thatched roof. Popular among guests of other resorts for pizza, cocktails, and live music. • Prama Bar & Lounge – Chic décor and live jazz on most nights.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but can be added when booking.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of 6 am to 10 pm.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Garden View • Deluxe Sea View • Suite Rooms • Club Rooms • Club Suites • Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms but permitted elsewhere, including on the balconies/verandas (except the villas).
  • Best Room: Pool Villas are very spacious and secluded, with private access and private pools. They also feature jacuzzis, massive living/kitchen/dining areas, and gazebos.
  • For Families: Most rooms can fit in an extra single bed, and some have connecting doors. Pool Villas feature very large living/kitchen/dining areas and can fit in 2 extra single beds.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali 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 at the resort. 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 (7km, 15-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • The neighboring Puri Santrian resort to the northeast provides several terrific options, including Lounge by the Sea, with an adorable beachfront location and focus on seafood. 1-minute walk (80m) via the beachside path.

Within 400m northeast up the path parallel to the beach are several casual seaside warungs (food stalls) under trees. Also, several great places are clustered along the main street very close to the resort.

Shops

  • The resort is in the quieter section of southern Sanur, so the selection of shops is limited, but a couple of minimarts are nearby.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at the resort, or less expensively at counters along the beach nearby.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a quiet part of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The Prama is in a very quiet part of Sanur, which itself is a comparatively more relaxed region of southern Bali.

The reception is located further away from the main street.

The reception area is some 150m from the main street.

The resort faces an excellent beach which, however, lacks natural shade.

The resort fronts a divine beach, with golden sand and bright-blue water, but it lacks shade.

The resort provides plenty of places to relax on the sand.

There are always plenty of places on the sand for guests to relax.

The Splash Zone pool is popular with families.

The Splash Zone pool within the resort is popular with all the family.

The waterslides are extremely popular with children.

Children love the waterslides at the Prama.

The on-site Tirta is a good place to eat at.

Tirta is one of several inviting eateries at the resort.

The beachside Basilico Italian Pavilion offers romantic seating on the sand.

Basilico Italian Pavilion overlooks the resort beach and provides romantic tables on the sand.

The Bamboo Bar & Lounge has interesting seating options.

Bamboo Bar & Lounge at the resort beach provides a range of tempting seats.

Lado Resto is renowned across southern Sanur for its Indonesia menu.

Also within the resort, Lada Resto is one of the finest places in southern Sanur for Indonesian food.

The Lado Resto offers beachside seating on a wooden deck.

Tables at the Lada Resto extend across the deck for a shady beachside setting.

The vast resort grounds house basketball and tennis courts.

The grounds within the Prama are expansive, with more than enough space for basketball and tennis courts.

The exquisite Aroma Spa has a unique beachfront setting.

Rare among rival resorts is the beachfront setting of the exquisite Aroma Spa.

A surfing school and dive center are housed in a building by the beach.

A building facing the resort beach is home to the Rip Curl School of Surf and Blue Oasis Dive center.

Accommodations can be accessed using several paths through the gardens.

Numerous paths along vast lawns and gardens lead to the rooms, suites, and villas.

Sea views from rooms are distant and obstructed.

Rooms are in 4-story buildings facing the ocean, but most sea views are obstructed and distant.

The beachside path is the nicest and quickest way to explore Sanur.

The delightful beachside path heads in both directions from the resort. It is often the quickest – and certainly the nicest – way to reach some cafés and bars.

Bicycles are an excellent idea to explore Sanur.

The best way to explore Sanur is by bicycle, which can be rented at the resort.

Ayucious bar and restaurant by the entrance is a popular hangout.

Ayucious is a large and friendly bar/restaurant at the street-side entrance to the resort.

The funky Warung Beach Breeze is just a minute's walk away.

Only a 1-minute walk down the street is the funky Warung Beach Breeze.

Bella Italia bistro serves authentic Italian fare.

Next to the Beach Breeze is the authentic Bella Italia bistro.

Natah Bale Bar & Restaurant is a spacious establishment set away from the street.

Far larger than most along the street, and set back a little from the traffic, is the Natah Bale Bar & Restaurant.

Red Manna nearby offers daily specials and plenty of shade.

Also very close to the resort, Red Manna is popular for its shady setting and inexpensive daily specials.

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