We spent a month in Sanur staying at the D'joemah Nadja Homestay. It is a well maintained family run hotel within striking distance of Sanur beach. If you are looking for reasonably priced Sanur accommodation D'joemah Nadja is worth considering.
The room was a little cramped for two adults staying for one month but it would have been completely fine for a shorter stay. The rooms are probably too small if you are traveling with children so, at a minimum you would need two rooms. There may not be enough floor space for a travel cot.
Sanur beach is maybe 10 minutes walk away. It is a generally pleasant enough stroll apart from having to cross the Ngurah Rai Bypass. This is a busy multi lane road. There are traffic lights at least but it is still not much fun. Once you are over the bypass it is a pleasant walk down to the beach. At the beach there is a walkway running along the beach where you can find plenty of food and drinks while taking in the ocean views.
Although it is rather less exotic than a warung on the beach, KFC is extremely close by. KFC is open 24 hours a day so if you urgently need something to eat late at night there is always something available near at hand. We never used it but apparently KFC provides free wifi so it could work if you are looking for a spot to get some work done. KFC is also surprisingly popular with the Balinese so around dinner time do not be surprised if there is quite a queue at the counter.
Just over the other side of the bypass is Dunkin' Donuts. They also provide free wifi. This was our go to work spot when we wanted a change from working either in our room or by the pool. You can get a cheap coffee and donuts and sit as long as you like. Perfect for digital nomads or anyone else who needs to get something done while visiting Sanur.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan (a street) is around twenty minutes walk from D'joemah Nadja Homestay. Tamblingan is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. It is probably what you would consider the center of Sanur. Again you need to cross the bypass. Its a bit of a drag crossing the busy road but being slightly away from the action is why you can get such nice accommodation at such a reasonable price. Bali hotels by the beach tend to be significantly pricier.
During our stay we decided to rent a scooter to be able to get out and see some more of the surrounding area. The staff at D'joemah Nadja were able to arrange it all for us. The scooter was delivered to the hotel then picked up from the hotel without incident. The whole process was painless.
Also during our stay in Sanur we were able to experience Nyepi day, the Bali silence day. The evening before the day of silence featured a large parade which passed right in front of the hotel. The parade included many ogoh-ogoh, giant depictions of malevolent spirits that are paraded around before being burned as part of a ceremony.
Nyepi day itself which is on the day following the parade is a 24 hour period where no work should be performed, no traveling, minimal noise, and people are restricted to their homes. That means that we had to stay in the hotel for the entirety of the day. No going out for food, no going to the beach. We had to stay either in our room or by the pool if were quiet. At night we were to make sure our curtains were closed before switching on lights.
The hotel staff made sure that there was plenty of food ready for us to eat throughout the day. We mostly just watched movies on a laptop while marveling at how incredibly quiet it was outside. We barely noticed the traffic noise and the sound of the Balinese hustle and bustle until it was gone.
This all sounds very inconvenient but it is actually one of the more interesting experiences we have had during our travels. We did not realize just how big a deal it is. The airport even closes down for Nyepi day, no flights in or out.
The travel agent where we caught the bus to Ubud is perhaps five minutes walk away from the hotel. It is actually on the way to Sanur Beach which is how we became aware of it. No doubt there are plenty of other places that will arrange a bus ticket for you.
If you are need to get to or from Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali's international airport) from Sanur, D'joemah Nadja can provide an airport transfer.
Although things got a little cramped in our room during the month we stayed we really enjoyed our time in Sanur staying at D'joemah Nadja Homestay. The family running the hotel are very friendly, strolling along the beach front was wonderful and the Balinese weather never disappoints. If you want a clean, tidy room in a very well maintained hotel and do not mind a bit of walk to the beach and restaurants, check it out.
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