Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Prime Plaza Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Convenient, comfortable, and also suitable for those on business.

Although on a busy corner about 500m from the beach, it somehow seems to avoid the traffic noise. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, with bright and modern Balinese décor adding to the appeal, and are located into a motel-style building without balconies. Those on the ground floor have direct access from patios to the shady lagoon-shaped pool. While convenient to renowned fast-food outlets, the golf course, and speedboats to Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands, the hotel is in northern Sanur, a fair distance from the area’s premier selection of shops and cafés. However, a free shuttle bus is offered to whisk guests around Sanur, including to the private beach club and sister resort (Prime Plaza Suites Sanur) with its several facilities, especially for families.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Location

    (Formerly the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel.)

  • Address: Corner of the main road that bypasses Sanur (Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai) and Jalan Hang Tuah street. In Sanur, a more low-key region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Within the northern part, cut off from the rest of Sanur by the massive golf course, but enough facilities nearby. A 5-minute walk (400m) to the beach.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 30 minutes (17km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboat terminal/offices for Nusa Lembongan and Gili Islands. Golf course. Perama shuttle bus office.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Seems to cater more for business people than tourists. Families are likely to be encouraged to book at the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur (2.3km, 4-minute drive).
  • Kids Club: There isn’t one onsite, but guests can take a free shuttle bus to the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, home to the Camp Splash! Kids Club. The club provides a good selection of activities and facilities, including movies, 30m waterslide, basketball court, playground, and computer games.
  • Beach: About 500m down the side-street (Jalan Hang Tuah) is the beach, but this area is commandeered by speedboats to nearby islands. Better sections of beach are 500m further south along the seaside path in front of major resorts. Otherwise, take the free hotel shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club (2km, 5-minute drive).
  • Views: Too far for sea views, so all rooms and suites face the gardens and/or pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many ground-floor rooms have a patio with direct access to the main pool.
  • Extras: Guests can use any of the facilities at the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, which is far more family-oriented. Free hourly shuttle buses take guests to that resort, the private Sand Beach Club, Hardy’s Supermarket, and anywhere else around Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking places, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 281 781
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: spph.pphotels.com

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Huge, shady, and lagoon-shaped, featuring fountains, swim-up bar, and nets/hoops for games.
  • Spa: The spa provides an inviting choice of massages and other treatments as well as inexpensive package deals lasting up to 3 hours.
  • Fitness Center: New and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Tennis court.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Café Komodo – Casual all-day dining alongside the pool. Contemporary cuisine and signature cocktails. • Sanur Harum Restaurant – Spacious and welcoming. Buffet breakfast for guests. Chinese food the rest of the time.
  • Bars: Pool Bar – Open until late for light meals and all sorts of drinks. • Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar – Lively lounge with live music and snooker table.
  • Breakfast: Rates include substantial buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Pool View • Premier • Pool Access • Balcony Rooms • Courtyard Pool Access • Suites • Pool Access Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but is permitted anywhere else in the resort.
  • Best Room: The largest rooms by far are the Pool Access Suites, with separate living rooms, private courtyards featuring Balinese design, and direct access via steps to the main pool.
  • For Families: Suites have 2 or 3 bedrooms, while many rooms have connecting doors. The sister hotel, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, is better suited for families.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – 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 along the side-street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches almost the entire length of Sanur. To avoid the chaotic bypass road, those on foot or on 2 wheels should use the beachside path, or cut through the area alongside the golf course.
  • Public Transport: The bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) that ply the main street through Sanur won’t come this far north, unless chartered.
  • 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, while services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its office only 220m down the side-street from the hotel (3-minute walk). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    At the intersection opposite the hotel entrance are outlets of KFC and Dunkin’ Donuts. The following three are down Jalan Hang Tuah, the side-street with the resort entrance.

  • The Cameng Restaurant & Bar (0)361 289 197 – Pleasant setting with better-than-normal menu of tasty food. 1-minute walk (65m).
  • Made Two (0)361 281 687 – Another friendly eatery offering seafood, duck, and pizza. Bar counter popular with expats. Next to The Cameng. 1-minute walk (110m).
  • Ananda Beach Restaurant (0)361 288 327 – At the end of the street, 400m away. Perfect for watching public boats leaving for the islands and locals enjoying themselves. 5-minute walk.

Along the beachside path that heads south from the end of Jalan Hang Tuah are:

Shops

  • A few minimarts along the side-street, but nothing much else within walking distance.

Attractions

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Hotel

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

The hotel is on a corner in the rather isolated section of north Sanur, in the southern part of Bali.

The hotel is close to facilities but far from the beach.

The hotel is on a busy corner, handy to facilities, but about 800m from a decent patch of quiet beach.

Guests can take the free shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club.

A free hourly shuttle bus takes guests to the private Sand Beach Club along a quiet section of Sanur.

Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar hosts live music on most nights.

The sophisticated Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar at the hotel hosts live music most nights.

The lobby has a friendly bar to hangout at.

The lobby bar is a friendly place to meet.

Sanur Harum Restaurant serves breakfast in the mornings and Chinese cuisine through the day.

Sanur Harum Restaurant serves buffet breakfast in the morning and transforms into a Chinese restaurant for the rest of the day and evening.

The Pool Bar has plenty of lounge chairs and bar stools by the pool.

The Pool Bar offers lounge chairs and bar stools.

Café Komodo offers casual dining through the day.

Café Komodo inside the hotel grounds has casual dining all day.

Café Komodo also offers poolside seating.

Diners at Café Komodo can also eat next to the pool.

Guests can take the free shuttle to the sister property and use the facilities there for free.

Guests can take a free hourly shuttle bus to the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, and use their facilities for free, e.g. screenings of family movies.

The sister property has much nicer facilities for children.

Facilities for children and families are more impressive at the sister Prime Plaza Suites Sanur resort, about 3.5km away by free shuttle bus.

Rooms and suites overlook the pool, but only a few have balconies.

Rooms and suites are in 3 and 4-level buildings overlooking the pool, but only a few have balconies.

The colorful rooms have a contemporary decor.

Rooms are colorful and feature a contemporary décor.

The spacious rooms come with window alcoves and modern art.

Rooms are spacious, with window alcoves and modern art.

The beachside path nearby is lines with stalls.

From the end of the side-street with the hotel entrance is a beachside path lined with stalls.

Djukung cafe nearby is shady and inviting.

Djukung is a shady and inviting café along the beachside path, about 500m from the hotel.

Kopi Kiosk is a very popular hangout.

Next to Djukung, and immensely popular for a coffee fix, is Kopi Kiosk. (Kopi is the closet possible transliteration of ‘coffee’ into Indonesian.)

The Cameng nearby is friendly and affordable.

The Cameng is one of several friendly and well-priced cafés along the side-street from the hotel.

Made Two is known for its seafood and duck.

Next to The Cameng, Made Two specializes in seafood and duck.

Ananda Beach Restaurant is at the end of the side-street and within walking distance.

At the end of the side-street, about 400m from the hotel, is Ananda Beach Restaurant.

The boat terminals nearby serve as arrival and departure points for Nusa Lembongan and Gili islands.

One advantage of staying in this comparatively isolated part of Sanur is the proximity to the departure point and offices for speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands.

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