Puri Santrian Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 18, 2019

Review of Puri Santrian Resort Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Puri Santrian – Modern and quiet, with adults-only facilities, but a little isolated.

This resort is absolutely massive but feels less impersonal than others of a similar size. Among the sprawling lawns, several wings of rooms highlight traditional design or colonial-style features. Bungalows are secluded, spacious, and delightfully old-fashioned, with ornate Balinese-style doors, plenty of traditional paintings and furnishings, and garden views. Rooms in the members-only Santrian Club are contemporary, with four-poster beds, walk-in closets, and garden bathrooms. The three infinity pools are dazzling, and numerous gazebos face the beach which is calm, sheltered, mostly private, and perfectly curved. Located at the far southern edge of Sanur, the resort is a little remote – which means it’s also quiet – but there are enough shops and cafés nearby.

Puri Santrian – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Cemara street, the extension of the main road (Jalan Danau Tamblingan) through Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • 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 30 minutes (14km), depending on traffic.

Puri Santrian – The Basics

  • Guests: Focuses mainly on couples, especially older ones. In fact, children under 12 are not permitted in some areas of the resort.
  • Beach: Curved and clean beach in front, certainly quieter than most areas in Sanur. Sheltered by a breakwater, so the water is calm and shallow.
  • Views: The buildings housing the rooms are too far and too low for sea views, so they all face the pools and/or gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

  • Extras: Afternoon tea. Yoga classes each morning.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 009
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santrian.com

Puri Santrian – Amenities

  • Pool: Three sparkling infinity-edge pools. Two for usual guests, both with children’s sections, and another for Club Members only (i.e. adults). Also, a whirlpool in the Santrian Club area.
  • Spa: Recently renovated and expanded with an opulent lobby. Super selection of treatments in a soothing setting. Massage hut near the pool.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there isn’t one.
  • Activities: Floodlit tennis court. Gear for snorkeling, paddle-boarding, and kayaking for rent. Cooking classes.
  • Other Facilities: Library in the Club area.

Puri Santrian – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Lounge By The Sea – Adorable beachfront location, with all-day dining and focus on seafood. • The Mezzanine Restaurant – Tempting array of Thai, Japanese, and Western food. • Beach Club Restaurant – Buffet breakfast and other meals all day. Divine setting facing the pool and sea. Attached is a relaxing lounge, with newspapers and free afternoon tea.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available about 18 hours a day.

Puri Santrian – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Bungalows • Santrian Club • Santrian Deluxe • Premier Deluxe
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but is permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Premier Deluxe rooms in the Club Wing feature plenty of space, contemporary décor, and amenities especially for Club guests.
  • For Families: All rooms are spacious enough to fit in an extra single bed, while many also have connecting doors. However, accommodation in the special Club Wing won’t accept children under 12.

Puri Santrian – 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. Ask the resort about bike rental. 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 (4.3km, 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.

Puri Santrian – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Within 300m northeast up the path parallel to the beach, several great seaside warungs (food stalls) are spread out under the trees. Also, northeast up the beachside path from the resort are:

  • Beach House Sanur – Breezy and airy, serving pizza, pasta, and tapas. At a corner, 500m away. 6-minute walk.
  • Mermaid Bay Restaurant – Extended seating along the sand. All sorts of fresh food with organic ingredients, ice-cream, and home-baked delights. 100m past the Beach House. 7-minute walk.
  • The Nest – Cozy and popular retreat for healthy food, coffee, and conversations. 150m past the Mermaid. 9-minute walk.
  • Izakaya – Another gorgeous seaside setting. Tables almost on the sand, and some of Sanur’s finest Indonesian food. Just past The Nest. 10-minute walk (850m).

Shops

  • The resort is in a quieter section of southern Sanur with a limited selection of shopping in the immediate area, 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.

Puri Santrian – The Hotel

The resort is located in the southern part of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is in the quieter and more southerly part of Sanur, itself a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The resort beach is clean and inviting, and the water is calm and shallow.

The beach in front of the resort is wide, clean, and inviting, and the water is calm and shallow.

The floating gazebos for guests are a unique feature in Sanur.

Unique among resorts in Sanur are the ‘floating’ gazebos in the water for guests.

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

A lovely beachside path passes by the Puri Santrian. Often the quickest – and certainly the nicest – way to reach some restaurants and bars.

The 3 large pools offer plenty of shade.

The resort offers 3 large pools, each with plenty of shade.

All the pools have interesting designs and several lounge chairs.

Each pool features an interesting design and plenty of lounge chairs.

The spa's reception area is very impressive.

The reception area at the resort spa is very impressive.

The Beach Club Restaurant offers an excellent seaside setting.

At the resort, The Beach Club Restaurant provides an idyllic seaside setting.

The Mezzanine Restaurant serves Thai and Japanese cuisines.

The newly-revamped Mezzanine Restaurant on-site offers Thai and Japanese food.

Lounge By The Sea serves seafood.

Alongside the resort beach, Lounge By The Sea focuses on seafood.

The buildings housing the rooms are spread across the gardens.

Rooms are in several buildings among lawns and gardens.

Superior Rooms come with large patios/balconies.

Superior Rooms are in newer buildings, with sizeable patios/balconies.

Bungalows are traditionally-designed.

Bungalows feature a likeable traditional design.

The spacious bungalows feature lovely Balinese art.

Bungalows are spacious and contain some lovely Balinese art.

Bungalows feature 4-poster beds and living areas.

Bungalows also contain 4-poster beds and living areas.

The beachside path leads to several food and souvenir stalls in both directions.

The beachside path connects the resort to many stalls selling food and souvenirs in both directions.

A cluster of warungs are within walking distance of the resort.

A cluster of warungs (food stalls) are within a 3-minute walk northeast of the resort via the beachside path.

Beach House Sanur is within walking distance via the beachside path.

About 500m up the seaside path is the breezy Beach House Sanur.

Mermaid Bay cafe is spread out across both side of the path about 600m from the resort.

Mermaid Bay is a very pleasant café spread across both sides of the beachside path, about 600m northeast of the resort.

The Nest is popular for coffee, snacks, and homemade treats.

About 150m past the Mermaid, The Nest is a popular hangout for coffee, snacks, and homemade goodies.

Izakaya is renowned for its Indonesian menu.

Izakaya, 850m northeast from the resort via the beachside path, is the finest place in the area for Indonesian food.

There are plenty of souvenir stalls in both directions.

Souvenir stalls line the beachside path in both directions from the resort.

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