May 3, 2016

Resort Review: Puri Santrian Sanur Bali

Beachfront Puri Santrian
Sanur in Bali matches the criteria that I was looking for in terms of white sand beach, less crowd, and beachfront accommodation, yet affordable. There were three hotels that I was looking at there. They are Prama Sanur Beach Bali, Griya Santrian, and Puri Santrian. Of all 3, Prama is the cheapest. The main reason I went with Puri Santrian is because it has better cancellation policy than the others as my plan wasn't totally concrete.

I booked the hotel through Orbitz instead of directly though the hotel. I first checked the price on the hotel's website to compare with Orbitz. I am a platinum member of Orbitz and I have accrued some Orbucks, which is their loyalty program. From time to time, they have 15% discount code to use and it's valid for Bali's destination. Orbitz also had an offer of free room upgrade to the next level at that hotel. For more information on the 15% discount code, check out my full article on How To Save On Hotels Booking With Orbitz.

Location & Room

Puri Santrian is a beachfront resort. The boardwalk is just steps away from the resort, which is very convenient. At first glance, the design of the resort is like a temple. It's rich with Hindusim architectures. The check-in process was lovely with a welcome of cool towel and a drink.

Puri Santrian Is Located Right On The Beach
The receptionist personally accompanied us to our room, which was upgraded to the Club for free. The club provides more privacy and no children are allowed. It also has a nice private pool that's only for Club's guests.  Our room is on the third floor with a balcony overlooking the swimming pool. The only downside about this building is that it doesn't have elevator. The room is beautifully made with a beautiful bed that comes with a mosquito net, but there are no mosquitoes by any means. The bathroom has a tub and a walk in shower. The hot water though was not that great, especially during the day but it's good in the morning. In a way, I felt that the building is a little bit dated.

Beautifully Made Bed

Swimming Pools & Sun Lounges

The resort has 4 pools but I'm probably biased that the pool in the Club is the best one, except for the pool towel boys. I found them pretty unfriendly. We did try all 4 pools and the one by the beach is nice too that it has a swim up bar and is convenient to take a dip after swimming in the ocean or lounging on the beach given how humid Bali is.

Our Favorite Swimming Pool Inside The Club - No Children Are Allowed
Massage By The Pool
Elephant Cave Pool
There are several lounge chairs, sun pods, and even an on water gazebo available for guests. Our favorite is the sun pods. We were there during off peak season which is in early December, so it was really easy to get one of the pods. The gazebo is nice too but the chairs are so hard to sleep on.

Several Sun Lounges And Sun Pods

Dinning, Spa & Activities

The beachfront restaurant is good but it's a little bit expensive with 10% service charge added to the total price. You can bill it to the room or pay there. I suggest that you walk along the Sanur beach's boardwalk and find many cheaper places to eat and drink with better quality too.

Oceanfront Dining and On Water Gazebo
You Can Either Eat At The Resort OR Eat Somewhere Along The Boardwalk
The hotel also has a spa and complimentary paddle boards for guests to use, no snorkeling gears though but there are shops nearby that you can rent from. The Seawalk is also right by the hotel, which provides convenience for guests if they want to do that activity.

The Spa
Bath For Two Inside The Spa
Our room comes with breakfast every morning during our 5 night stays there. It's a buffet style with good Western and Indonesian dishes. There's a cook there that can make whatever kinds of egg that you want. You simply tell them what room you are staying at and you are set. The waiters and waitresses are very friendly and attentive to your needs.

The Breakfast Egg's Cook

In Summary

Positives:
Great location right on the white sandy beach
Beautiful design
Nice Sun lounges
Awesome swimming pools
Good selection of breakfast buffet

Negatives:
Building is a little bit dated and has no elevator.
Room's hot water is inconsistent.
Unfriendly pool boys, but most workers there are friendly.
Food and drinks are little bit expensive and bill has extra 10% service charge.

Conclusion:

Will I stay at Puri Santrian Hotel again? Probably yes because it is located on the beach and it's affordable. The pools and sun lounges there are my favorites. The boardwalk is just steps away from the hotel, which is super convenient to go for a walk and sample other oceanfront restaurants for food and drinks. Prama Sanur is another hotel that's located on the beach as well. During our visit, we had the opportunity to go check out that hotel and it's not bad at all. In fact, this hotel is cheaper than Puri Santrian. I didn't book that because it has no free cancellation, but next time I am thinking of staying there when I'm in Sanur again.

Restaurants Along The Boardwalk All Oceanfront With View

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