Sanur is Bali’s oldest upscale resort area and a mature seaside town. Apart from the many restaurants and accommodations, the hotel has a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Generally more expensive than Kuta but cheaper than Seminyak. Sanur tends to be most attractive to middle-aged and elderly families, especially Europeans.
The Sanur area is sandwiched between Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass and the beach. One of the main routes called Jalan Danau Tamblingan runs from north to south through the city and is easy to set up yourself by referring to this road.
Sanur is a 20-minute taxi ride from Ngurah Rai International Airport. There are many metered taxis all over the island who will be happy to take you to Sanur. If you are driving alone this is one of the easiest areas to find in Bali as the main Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is the western boundary of Sanur. There are many well-marked exit points from this main road into the heart of Sanur. Take about 20 minutes drive from Kuta or Legian, about 30 minutes from Seminyak or Ubud and 10 to 15 minutes from Denpasar.
Sanur is also a great place to walk. Distances are not large, the streets are relatively quiet, and there is a splendid, paved beach front path which runs the whole length of the district. Sanur’s splendid paved beachfront cycle-path stretches some 5 kilometers from the Jalan Mertasari area in south Sanur, north to the main beach at Jalan Hangtuah. This makes for a lovely scenic bike ride, especially in the early morning. Some bikes are better maintained than others so you might want to test your hire-bike close to home for a while in case the pedals have a tendency to fall off.
At the northern end of Jalan Pungutan, just before it hits Jalan Danau Tamblingan, there is an art market, sometimes referred to as Sindhu Market. This is a one stop shop for all manner of Balinese handicrafts, sarongs, t-shirts and knock-offs such as sunglasses. A similar set up can be found at beachfront Art Market at the end of Jalan Hangtuah. Take the foot path leading north which weaves through a maze of stalls and the odd cafe.