As the first upscale resort to rise out of Bali, Sanur was proof that this island appealed to more than just backpackers and surfers. The resort community is actually an extension of capital city Denpasar, and it was popular with Western travelers even before WWII.
The number of honorary consulates stationed in Sanur is testament to the community’s tranquility and stability. Local consulates include those of the UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and the Republic of Hungary. Sanur accommodation in this area appeals to high-end travelers including diplomats, officials and up-market tourists. Sanur is also a popular base for retired expats.
A few sightseeing attractions are found here. The Stone Pillar has Sanskrit inscriptions detailing battles that took place more than a thousand years ago. It’s an important relic for archeologists, as it demonstrates just how long Hindu culture has flourished here. The former residence of Belgian artist, Adrien Jean Le Mayeur is also in Sanur and has been converted into a museum of his work.
Given the number of expats and foreign employees living in Sanur, the community has a great selection of shops and facilities. Beyond everyday shops, visitors enjoy the beachfront art market or the handicraft market at the far north of Jalan Pungutan. As four- and five-star hotels in Sanur are a fixture, this community also has beautiful parks and botanic gardens (including an orchid garden) and an excellent selection of golf courses.