There are many interesting places in Bali, and one of the best places for you to bring your kids – is family-friendly Sanur in southeastern Denpasar.
Known for its beaches, one of the more famous beaches in Sanur is Matahari Terbit. It never fails to offer a beautiful view of the sunrise, and people who visit make sure to catch the sunrise at least once during their stay (around 5.30am for the best view, if you’re interested!).
Sanur is also a 30-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, and is sufficiently close enough for the kids (and parents) to have a peaceful ride to your stay.
There are many affordable beachfront accommodation in Sanur that’s perfect for a family-friendly vacation – read on and find out all about the 10 best places we’ve found, all under $130!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Great things to do, great food to eat – Prama Sanur Beach Bali
Prama Sanur Beach Bali is located right on Mertasari Beach, where there’s plenty to see and do.
Before we talk about Prama Sanur, let’s talk about 3 potential adventures your kids will enjoy on Mertasari Beach.
Come down to the beach during low tide, and have fun exploring the marina around. Crabs, shells, starfish and more – the kids will get to have fun hands on experiences with marine life.
There’s a great variety of watersports available on the beach if you’re interested. (Prama Sanur provides watersports with RipCurl.)
Lastly, if you’re here during kite season, your kids will enjoy watching the kite teams keep the kites up in the sky – just imagine a beautiful scene of a sky full of kites!
Back to Prama Sanur, this property provides 2 outdoor pools for swimming and poolside lounging and a splash zone pool for the kids!
They also have tennis and volleyball courts; pampering spa services and yoga; and fitness center.
You may also want to know that they have a kids club, so parents get to drop off their kids and take some time out for romance.
Surrounded by 15 acres of tropical gardens, this beautiful beachfront resort comes with 3 in-house restaurants and 2 bars (including a swim-up pool bar!).
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Whether it’s a mix of International and Asian cuisine at Tirta Restaurant; authentic hearty Italian at Basilico Restaurant; fine Indonesian dining at Lada Restaurant; or cocktails, pizzas and tapas at Bamboo Bar and Lounge – Prama Sanur ensures your body belly (and spirits) are kept happy and content!
2. Something a little more luxurious – Segara Village Hotel
Ever heard of a Jacuzzi Bar? Holy crap, by the time we got to the end of this list of amazing Sanur stays – an invigorating soak in this awesome Jacuzzi, coupled with a delicious cocktail in hand sounded absolutely p.e.r.f.e.c.t.
Segara Village Hotel definitely knows a little something about luxury with its amazing approach to hospitality, and here’s why:
Chic, well furnished rooms for maximum comfort
Facilities that cater for all your needs from exclusive romantic dinners for two, ladies’ program to keep her happy, surfing on ‘legendary surf breaks’ for him, playground and babysitting services for the kids, and more.
Spa at Segara for daily pampering
The Byrdhouse Beach Club that lets you “lounge, swim, dine and play” in a relatively more private stretch of beach
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THE Jacuzzi Bar
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Inspired by traditional Balinese villages, Segara Village offers villas located in the middle of tropical gardens with three outdoor pools and free Wi-Fi in public areas.
Sunrise views can be enjoyed along with your buffet breakfast at Beach Restaurant, and this beachfront restaurant also serves Asian and international dishes.
For other interesting activities at Segara Village, consider participating in the local market tour and cooking classes – as well as the weekly cultural evening featuring Balinese dance and music!
3. Looking for some bungalow bliss? – Besakih Beach Hotel
Located along the shores of Sanur Beach, Besakih Beach Hotel is an easy choice that’s both good and affordable. Fancy a family-friendly holiday that’s also an easy breezy beach vacation?
With its deluxe bungalows scattered along the coast, 2 beachfront restaurants (Nirvana Restaurant serves fresh seafood, Indonesian and European cuisine!), 2 swimming pools (and a kids pool for the young’uns) – you’ll basically be all set for a fantastic time with the family.
There’s a beach area with great privacy right by Besakih where your family can enjoy a picnic or two. If you want to head out, Sindhu Art Market is only a 5-minute walk away, while the main areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are a 30-minute drive away.
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For the parents, be sure to pay Besakih’s day spa a visit to soothe your travel-frazzled nerves – and utilise the babysitting service, if you want to spend some quality couple time.
Regardless of which room/bungalow you choose, you’ll have a private patio overlooking the garden for those simple, blissful moments.
PS: If you’re looking to travel outside of Sanur, city tour arrangements and car rentals can be made at the tour desk!
4. How about some fun family playoffs? – Mercure Resort Sanur
Located on the beach, Mercure Resort Sanur offers great Balinese-style accommodation – 41 traditional cottages with thatched roofs, private terraces and free Wi-Fi!
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For those with kids, Mercure Resort Sanur has 8 Family Suites with bunker beds for the kids and 47 connecting rooms where parents can have their own private space!
Surrounded by lush tropical landscape, Mercure also features 2 pools, and a spa. (What can we say – while the kiddos get to have fun at the beach and in the pools, the adults get to schedule some much needed downtime at the spa, right?)
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There are even tennis, volleyball and badminton courts at Resort Mercure Sanur for some fun family playoffs.
After having so much fun, your bellies will need food, and where best than the beachside Pandawa Restaurant where sea views accompany international dishes and live entertainment. (24-hour room service is also available!)
If the family is keen to venture out, there’s a free shuttle bus available to the local shopping area, bikes are available for rent, and the friendly staff can provide tour and vehicle rental services for your convenience.
There’s also a kids club if parents are looking for activities to keep your kids occupied with (and a place where they will be cared for), while you get away for little bit of romance!
Check out Mercure’s beach bar or the poolside bar if you’re looking to have a romantic toast to this perfect family vacation. Enjoy!
5. Interconnecting rooms and wonderful views – Respati Beach Hotel
With such a sweeping view of the Nusa Islands (Penida, Ceningan, and Lembongan), as well as the famed Mount Agung, Respati definitely gives you a view worth your money.
Welcome to your escape from the busier areas in Bali, for a relaxing vacation at Respati where comfort and affordable luxury awaits. A fusion of modern and traditional, the clean and welcoming rooms come with a plethora of amenities, including a private terrace for gazing out at the beautiful view.
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Of course, interconnecting rooms are available for families. If you’re a family of 2 adults, and 2 kids, you will be more than happy to book a stay here – especially since mommy and daddy will get a room all to yourselves.
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This means romance and intimacy, while on a family vacation with the kids! ;P
Visit Waroeng Nelajan for fresh seafood dinners, or a combination of Indonesian and Western fare when your belly needs some food.
Once you’ve filled up on fuel, indulge in energy-sapping activities by swimming at the pool, exploring the beach – or multiply the fun by renting Respati’s bikes and kayaks for a fun little workout.
Respati welcomes you and provides exactly that – rest and respite.
6. The best of beachside living – Vila Shanti
Located on the beach and a convenient 5-minute walk from the center of Sanur, Vila Shanti’s prime location offers the best of beachside living.
To get your Bali beach holiday started, simply walk out of Vila Shanti and straight onto the beach, then settle into a lounge and there you go! It’s quiet and peaceful, quite unlike the party life in Kuta – making for a very family-friendly stay.
Keep an eye on your kids in the pool, as you sip juices poolside, before having a delicious meal at Vila Shanti’s beachfront restaurant. You can enjoy a variety of European and Chinese cuisines in Shanti Restaurant, and room service is also offered – so you can enjoy dining in the comfort of your room’s private garden view terrace. 🙂
(If you’re looking for a greater variety of food choices, easily make your way to central Sanur for some great bites.)
With a spa available in Vila Shanti, relaxation is also guaranteed! And for parents looking to bring their kids on adventures, check with the tour desk at Vila Shanti for help with arranging activities of parasailing, windsurfing and snorkeling.
PS: Cars and motorbikes can be rented at the front desk if you wish to journey around Sanur on your own. However, do be extremely careful if you choose to drive/ride around!
7. The secluded beach paradise that’s all yours and more – Peneeda View Beach Hotel
Imagine walking along secluded white sandy beaches where paradise is all yours – then hopping into any of the 3 pools (+1 kiddy pool!) at Peneeda for a refreshing swim. This beachfront hotel gives as good as they’ve got with a fantastic location right on the beach, and all the fun facilities to boot.
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When you’re famished from all that walking, and swimming (and dare we say it – rest and relaxation) – simply head to the beachside restaurant. Enjoy your meal with the playful sea breeze blowing through your hair, and sounds of the lapping waves.
If you’re ready to get back to the pool after eating, there’s also a pool bar for drinks where the adults get to relax at, while the kids go swimming in the kiddy pool, or the other 3 pools!
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Other than that, there’s also a library and an Acoustic Music Bar for you to bring the kids to. For snacks, do try the Roadside Kebab and Crepes available at Peneeda. Something savoury, and something sweet for the perfect mid-day treat.
One fun fact to know: the rooms at Peneeda seem to have this pop art meets traditional Bali vibe. The walls are colourful with different textures and patterns, combined with traditional Balinese fittings and furnishings. It all comes together to create a cheerful environment that lifts your spirits rather unexpectedly.
Lastly, don’t forget to spend some time on the lovely beach, and simply unwind to some well-deserved family bonding