Tandjung Sari Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 19, 2019

Review of Tandjung Sari in Sanur, Bali.

Tandjung Sari – Oozes tradition and charm in a top-notch location.

Built way back in 1962, the ‘Cape of Flowers’ is one of the very first hotels in Bali. It was designed to resemble a Balinese village, so all buildings are low-level, and mossy paths meander past ponds of goldfish and stone bowls filled with lotus flowers. With all rooms away from the main street, it is peaceful and serene, but still within a brief stroll to endless cafés and shops. Bungalows are separate and secluded behind lofty stone walls, and feature an elegant and often, individual design that marries the traditional (e.g. four-poster beds) with the modern (e.g. sunken baths). The twin-level viewing area overlooks the captivating seaside path and divine beachfront pool.

Tandjung Sari – The Location

  • Address: Set back 100m from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Prime location about halfway along Sanur. Faces the beach and is surrounded by cafés and other facilities along the road.
  • 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 (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and Gili Islands. Golf course.

Tandjung Sari – The Basics

  • Guests: The setting overwhelmingly attracts couples, while the seclusion and old-style charm appeals more to older travellers.
  • Beach: Very scenic beach and abundant shade. Like all others in Sanur, it’s not private and can get crowded.
  • Views: Almost all accommodation is too far for any sea views. And many bungalows are secluded behind stone walls, although those on 2 levels boast some ocean views from the loft.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of old-fashioned boutique resort in Sanur.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Limited free and secure parking onsite, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 441
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tandjungsarihotel.com

Tandjung Sari – Amenities

  • Pool: The shady, saltwater pool facing the sea is charming, although not that secluded from the public walking along the beachside path.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: Impressive for a mid-sized boutique hotel.
  • Activities: Yoga classes.
  • Other Facilities: Gift shop. Reading room.

Tandjung Sari – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The hotel restaurant boasts an adorable beachside setting. Every week or so there are Indonesian buffets with traditional dance/music by students sponsored by the hotel. Also, regular live jazz, and romantic tables on the sand. Transforms into a ‘food market’ at night on weekends.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9.30 pm.

Tandjung Sari – Rooms

  • Room Types: Village Bungalows • Two Storey Bungalows • Garden Seaview Bungalows • Beach Front Bungalows • Family Bungalows • South Garden Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Strict policies, so check with the management before lighting up.
  • Best Room: The most adorable of many are the twin-level Beach Front Bungalows, with sea views from the upper floor. Surrounded by thriving private gardens and enticing verandas.
  • For Families: The 2-bedroom Family Bungalows comfortably accommodate 4, but the hotel is not really suitable for those with children.

Tandjung Sari – 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 (2.2km, 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.

Tandjung Sari – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are towards the south, down 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. 100m from the hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – Nightly music (often Irish-themed), shady setting, and friendly service. 3-minute walk (210m).
  • 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. Opposite The Wicked Parrot. 3-minute walk (240m).
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Just past The Porch. 4-minute walk (350m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. 400m south of the hotel. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • Numerous minimarts are present in all directions. Barely 100m south down the street from the hotel, the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • About 650m south along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 8-minute walk.

Attractions

  • The massive 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course dominates northern Sanur, about 1.5km away. 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. 40-minute drive (23km).

Tandjung Sari – The Hotel

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

The hotel is in a fabulous location, about halfway along Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.

The lobby and rooms are located away from the noisy main road.

The hotel lobby is set back about 100m from the main street, ensuring that no rooms suffer from traffic noise.

The hotel is one of the first built anywhere in Bali.

The ‘Cape of Flowers’ hotel was one of the very first built anywhere in Bali.

The scenic beach in front of the hotel has plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Abundant lounge chairs and umbrellas are set up for guests on the scenic stretch of beach in front of the hotel.

The hotel restaurant touches the public beachside path running through Sanur.

The hotel restaurant stretches out to the beachside path that links the hotel with the rest of Sanur in both directions.

The traditionally-designed restaurant faces the sea.

The hotel restaurant features a traditional design and perfect position facing the sea.

Bicycling along the lovely beachside path is a great way to explore Sanur.

A splendid way to explore Sanur and reach nearby restaurants is by bicycle along the lovely beachside path that stretches almost the entire length of Sanur.

The hotel features a lovely traditional design.

The Tandjung Sari contains lovely traditional structures, such as this Balinese-style bale hut.

The reading room is also very pleasant.

Also very appealing is the reading room at the hotel.

The pool is small but adequate for the number of guests.

The pool seems smallish, but is a reasonable size considering the limited number of guests.

Gazebos adorn the hotel gardens.

The hotel gardens are sprinkled with traditional gazebos which are perfect for relaxing.

Stone paths lead to bungalows among the beautiful gardens.

Bungalows are among divine gardens and accessible via stone paths.

The lush gardens feature lots of palms and ponds.

The gardens are flourishing, with abundant palms and ponds.

Superior bungalows feature high walls and private gardens.

The superior bungalows are secluded behind walls and feature extended private gardens.

The bungalow porches are quite large.

The porch attached to every bungalow is substantial.

The bright bungalows feature lots of traditional furniture.

Bungalows are brightly decorated, with plenty of space for traditional furniture.

The bungalow bathrooms are exquisite.

One exceptional feature of each bungalow is the exquisite bathroom.

Some bungalows feature open-air bathrooms with standalone bathtubs.

Some bungalows feature an open-air bathroom with a stylish tub.

All bungalows have 4-poster beds.

Each bungalow also has a 4-poster bed.

Bungalows come with large desks.

Bungalows are spacious enough for a sizeable desk.

Rasa Senang nearby also hosts cooking classes by its renowned chefs.

Only 100m south down the main street, the Rasa Senang employs renowned chefs who also run cooking classes.

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

Also within a few minutes’ walk south of the hotel, The Porch Café is ideal for coffee, sandwiches, and tapas.

Three Monkeys near The Porch is also very good.

Just down from The Porch is the inviting Three Monkeys.

The Wicked Parrot hosts lively music every night.

Opposite The Porch is The Wicked Parrot, which hosts lively music every night.

The Retro is very family-friendly.

The Retro is a top-notch place to take the family. About 400m south of the hotel.

Hardy's supermarket and souvenir stalls are within walking distance.

About 650m south down the main street is Hardy’s, with a supermarket and several souvenir stalls.

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