Update: A week spent in the madness and agitation in Kuta, followed by a week full of adventures in nature in the gorgeous and rustic Ubud. This is the first half of the one-month trip to Bali. After all this, I wanted relaxation in the true sense of the word. With physical activities that involve stretching the sunbed on the beach or at the pool. With plenty of sunshine, with slow walks, and spectacular sunsets, seen from a terrace with colorful sofas and a smoothie of mango and pineapple in my right hand.
Sanur was on our minds, opposite from all points of view from Kuta, whether through opposite we mean localization or general atmosphere. While Kuta is suffocated by tourists and has an extremely active and explosive nightlife, Sanur, located on the eastern coast of the island, is more relaxed and everything is going on at a much slower pace. One week it would have been too much and maybe we would have fallen into the other extreme, and the boredom would have happened. That being said, I opted for a 4-day hotel-like oasis of relaxation and recreation, a place where the shades of green and intense blue, prevail. The Gryia Sanur Hotel.
It is not located on the beach, but 15 minutes walk from it, but that did not bother me because I didn’t feel the need to leave the hotel. The Airport in Denpasar is about 25 minutes away by car, depending on the time you are traveling and the traffic at that time. It’s not the right place if you want fun or to be near the beach, but it is a perfect place to relax.
Although it is positioned on an intensely circulated boulevard in Sanur, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, all the atmosphere inside the hotel is very quiet, and that’s because all the rooms are oriented towards an inner courtyard, with a pool in the middle, and lots of greenery around it. So, you will not feel at all that you are in an area where you should normally be bothered by a disturbing noise.
The staff is very attentive while respecting your privacy. They were available to us and helped us with all the information we needed, but also with the shuttle to the beach. The check-in starts at 2 pm, and the check-out is done until 12 pm. The building is a P + 1, and the rooms are divided accordingly. You can opt for the direct access to the pool, which is obviously located on the ground floor, or the pool-facing room, located on the 1st floor.
As I said, the rooms are of two kinds: deluxe pool access and deluxe pool view. We chose the second option, and that’s because I prefer a beautiful view over a shortcut to the pool. The room is spacious enough, very bright, modernly furnished, and equipped with all the facilities of a more than a decent hotel: mini bar, air conditioning, coffee and tea maker, safe, plasma. Mostly, I liked the ceiling and the hinged doors with huge windows through which all the light came in and connected us very nicely to the outside of the room.
Another big plus would be assigned to the balcony, furnished with 2 chairs and a small glass table, a place where we savored our coffee every morning and from where we admired the gorgeous pool, whenever we had the opportunity.
The perfect size, ideal scenery, and very pleasant temperature. The swimming pool is the main element that made me write a review for this hotel. Stand in it, you have the feeling that it stretches right up to the entrance to the room, an optical illusion that makes it look like is an infinity pool, but much bigger than it really is. Definitely, entered the top 3 my favorite pools of all time. I could not describe it in words, so I let the pictures speak.
Although the hotel is not situated in the best area in terms of places to eat, fortunately, on the ground floor, there is a restaurant with good food, a varied menu, and late evening program. In the 4 days spent in Sanur, I think only three or four times I ate elsewhere. Being part of the hotel, the restaurant also offers a cocktail with mango as a welcome drink. There is also the option for room service.
- free shuttle to Sindhu Beach & Central Sanur
- restaurant on the ground floor open until late at night
- conference room
- massage room