They say third time’s a charm, and our third time staying at Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali sure was a delight! We were there over Christmas which added to the magic and specialness of our stay.
Pool, beach and kids club - what more do you need?
The Little Bali Love girls (now 8 and 10) are probably starting to get a little too old for many of the resort Kids Clubs, and this one is definitely geared more towards the younger ones with a little treehouse and slide. It is still a gorgeous and colourful space and provides a fun spot for the older ones to relax and spend some time indoors out of the sun crafting, or watching a movie.
On Christmas Day, all the junior guests were treated to a party on the lawn with music, games, activities, a pinata, and even a visit from Santa who had presents for all the kids. We also woke up to a Christmas stocking hanging on our door filled with homemade treats - such a sweet touch.
There is one beautiful big main pool with views of the ocean and a very “interesting” pink flower sculpture taking pride of place, and big floating pillows which are fun for the kids to relax or play on. There are two smaller, shallower kids pools on a lower level, which are shaded by Frangipani trees.
The beach is right out the front, and is dotted with colourful traditional wooden fishing boats. The sea is calm and safe for little ones to splash and play, albeit amongst the boats and all their paraphernalia.
The breakfasts here have alway been delicious, with a buffet and an a la carte menu for guests to enjoy. Pancakes, eggs, pastries and tropical fruit dishes are on offer plus some more interesting options too including fresh sushi rolled to order, healthy juice shots and a smoothie bowl station served in coconut bowls.
There are two restaurants here, Layang Layang where breakfast is served and Nyala Beach Club & Grill by the pool, and both have highchairs for the tiny diners. There is a healthy kids menu on offer at both restaurants with Indonesian and Western options. The portions are on the smaller side and are served in melamine dishes so are perfect for little ones. For older primary school aged kids, you can’t go past the wood fired pizzas for a poolside lunch.
The brand new Pier Eight Beach Bar was literally just opening when we stayed, and looks like a stunning spot to enjoy sundowners.
Waking up here on Christmas day was a treat, and it was fun to get dressed up before the Buffet brunch, which was a more festive themed version of their weekly Sunday brunch. Live music, a glass of sparkling on arrival and mocktails for the kids, all the traditional roasts plus oysters, lobster and prawns, and a colourful drool-worthy dessert buffet full of sweet treats made it a decadent day to enjoy and remember.
We stayed in a large suite with a king bed for Mum and Dad plus two extra single beds for the kids and still had plenty of room to spare. There are a variety of suites suitable for families as well as the option of interconnecting rooms. Baby cots are free of charge.
There are also 1, 2 and 3 bedroom pool villas onsite providing the best of private villa life combined with all of the luxury resort services and amenities. A stay in one of the villas is next on our wish-list!
Sanur is a lovely area for families to stay, and a less hectic option than the Legian/ Seminyak side. The resort is beachfront, and a paved path right out the front runs the length of the beach and is perfect for early morning bikerides or strolls with the pram.
A short walk up the beach and you have warungs, restaurants, spa’s, and even laundries at your finger tips. Nelayan Sanur Bay which is just a few doors up was our favourite spot for a cheap and easy family dinner on the sand - nasi goreng, chicken satay, watermelon juices and happy hour Bingtangs - perfect. They have a a small kids play area for toddlers too, and a cute boutique next door where my girls bought some trinkets for their rooms.
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