5 Best Sights in Sanur, Indonesia

Lembongan Island

Fodor's choice

"Bali has never been as great as it used to be," celebrated Bangkok-based journalist John Hail wrote three decades ago. He must not have seen Lembongan Island, 20 km (12 miles) offshore from Sanur. First visited by surfers, Lembongan features miles of sandy beaches, a village vibe, and stunning views back to Bali. Get there by boat from Sanur, then explore by foot or on a bike, perhaps crossing the bridge to neighboring Nusa Ceningan. Accommodations range from simple huts to luxury villas. Count on someone lamenting, "Lembongan isn't what it used to be."

Bali Safari and Marine Park

From white tigers to rhinos to northern cassowaries, Bali Safari and Marine Park's 60 species will fill in blanks on most bucket lists. The park's Bali Aga extravaganza (daily except Mondays) has Disney-level production values, well worth the US$10 surcharge. Entertaining animal and elephant shows emphasize conservation themes. Most animal headliners are viewed only on the 30 minute safari tour, but there are elephants, camels, and birds around the park for photos and feeding (for a fee). There's also an aquarium featuring piranhas.

Museum Le Mayeur

Explore the works of Belgian painter Adrien Jean Le Mayeur de Merpes, who arrived in Sanur in 1932 at age 52. He shared the remainder of his life on Bali with Ni Nyoman Pollok, the 15 year old dancer that became his primary model and wife The couple's home, on a wide patch of beach, displays 88 of Le Mayeur's works, including early impressionist views of Europe, island watercolors on grass matting, and later rich oils that still influence Balinese artists. Original antique furniture, period photos, and elaborate stone and wood carvings on shutters and walls contextualize the paintings and the Le Mayeurs. Don't miss the canvas of Balinese maidens lounging around a fish pond, then see that same elegant window frame still overlooking the pond.

Jalan Hang Tuah, Sanur, Indonesia
0361-286--201
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Sababay Winery

Who would imagine there is winemaking in Bali but the the local Sababay Winery uses Bali-grown grapes, part of its commitment to grassroots partnerships. Visitors to its winery, about 20 minutes up the coast northeast of Sanur, can see up to a half-million liters (130,000 gallons) of juice being processed into 10,000 bottles a day of its Black Velvet, White Velvet and Pink Blossom varieties, formulated by Sababay's French winemaker. These so-called New Latitude wines are meant to be poured young, so there's not an oak cask in sight. Sababay aims to revitalize grape growing in North Bali through its Farmer Partnership Agreement, paying higher crop prices to planters that follow its agricultural methods. Visits to vineyards near Lovina can also be arranged.

333X Jalan Bypass Prof Dr Ida Bagus Mantra, Sanur, 80581, Indonesia
0361-949--099
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Sanur Beach

The beach is the thing in Sanur, which has perfect views of Mount Agung when clouds part. An offshore reef breaks the waves into gentle ripples lapping the white sand. But the reef also means there's often barely enough water to cover your ankles at low tide—ask your hotel staff about the tides. The surfing here is strictly for experts, as the coral can produce nasty gashes and worse. Perfect for strolling or biking, a brick beach walkway runs for 5 km (3 miles). It's lined with shops, cafes, and water-sports operators. Amenities: food and drink, toilets, showers. Best for: walking, sunrise. surfing.