SANUR SANC­TU­ARY

A FAM­ILY HER­ITAGE WITH TOP-NOTCH HOS­PI­TAL­ITY AND BA­LI­NESE VIRTUES SINCE THE ‘60S, TAND­JUNG SARI IS THE PER­FECT PLACE TO HIDE IN PEACE­FUL SANUR…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - Tand­jung Sari Jalan Danau Tam­blin­gan No. 41, Sanur, (0361) 288-441 www.tand­jungsar­i­ho­tel.com By Risty Nur­raisa

Stay at Tand­jung Sari on Sanur beach­front

It has been 55 years since Tand­jung Sari first wel­comed guests to stay at its bun­ga­lows, yet the fam­ily-owned ho­tel is still one of the best places to un­wind and stay in Sanur. The de­sign em­braces Ba­li­nese val­ues with the use of pat­terned tiles and crafted wooden doors, mak­ing Tand­jung Sari unique in its own way com­pared to mod­ern new ho­tels on the is­land. It al­lows guests to trea­sure the real ex­pe­ri­ence of stay­ing in Bali just like in the old days, and ev­ery­thing is paired beau­ti­fully with top-notch warm hos­pi­tal­ity. And though it is sit­u­ated in a prime lo­ca­tion in Sanur, the beach­front Tand­jung Sari is mar­velous for tourits and res­i­dents alike to hide from the crowd for a while…

PRI­VATE RE­TREAT

It was in 1962 when Tand­jung Sari was first estab­lished as a fam­ily home of owner Wija Wawo-Runtu. Back then, Sanur was cov­ered with lush green­ery so the fam­ily needed to cruise the sea shore to se­lect a lo­ca­tion on the beach­front. Four bun­ga­lows were built for a pri­vate re­treat, and with word of mouth these bun­ga­lows soon turned into a hol­i­day home for the fam­ily’s friends and col­leagues as well. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til in the ‘70s that more bun­ga­lows were estab­lished, and are still main­tained up un­til now. And in 2012, four new units were added with de­signs that are still in line with the rest of the bun­ga­lows.

Now, Tand­jung Sari has 29 bun­ga­lows with a to­tal of 31 guest rooms, di­vided into six cat­e­gories – Vil­lage Bun­ga­low, Two-Story Bun­ga­low, Gar­den Sea View Bun­ga­low, Beach­front Bun­ga­low, Fam­ily Bun­ga­low and, the new­est of them all, South Gar­den Bun­ga­low. Dur­ing my overnight stay at the re­sort, I oc­cu­pied one of the Vil­lage Bun­ga­lows. Built in the ’70s, the Vil­lage Bun­ga­low boasts an

ev­er­last­ing nat­u­ral de­sign with thatched roof, a qual­ity king-bed with so­phis­ti­cated mos­quito nets, and warm touches of wooden door and win­dow sills as well as rat­tan win­dow cov­ers.

The Vil­lage Bun­ga­low is even more com­fort­able with an airy liv­ing room that is equipped with a com­fort­able sofa bed, and a spa­cious bath­room with a bath­tub and an out­door shower at its se­cluded gar­den court­yard. The bun­ga­low also has its own front yard where a small con­crete bale stands with two daybeds in it, which I soon turned into a read­ing nook on a breezy af­ter­noon.

Other bun­ga­lows are just as com­fort­able as the Vil­lage Bun­ga­low as they all of­fer spa­cious gar­den, liv­ing room, bed­room and bath­room as well. Clearly, ‘space’ is one of the key el­e­ments that gives a cozy at­mos­phere to Tand­jung Sari, be­cause ‘space’ pro­vides seclu­sion. Paired with warm hos­pi­tal­ity ser­vice by the ho­tel’s staff that treat guests like a fam­ily, Tand­jung Sari has def­i­nitely trans­formed from a pri­vate fam­ily re­treat into a se­cluded hol­i­day home for ev­ery one of its guests.

FUN IN SANUR

Sanur may be quiet, but it doesn’t mean there is not much to do in the area. Tand­jung Sari stands in the heart of Sanur, mak­ing it easy for guests to ex­plore the cafes and restau­rants in the area by walk­ing. The ho­tel also rents bi­cy­cles as rid­ing a bike is one of the must­dos in Sanur, es­pe­cially on the beach­front path in the morn­ing with a sun­rise view to please the eyes.

But for those who just want to rest and re­lax at the ho­tel, Tand­jung Sari of­fers a va­ri­ety of de­lec­ta­ble dishes and drinks at The Restau­rant, high­light­ing au­then­tic fla­vors of In­done­sia. Set in an open-air space with an al­fresco bar, The Restau­rant ex­panded to the pool deck since early 2000’s which soon be­came a per­fect choice to in­dulge in drinks and food any time of the day with a view of the swim­ming pool on one side and the beach and the ocean on the other side.

Stand­ing next to the swim­ming pool, Bale Be­ton is an­other won­der­ful place to re­lax and en­joy re­fresh­ing “sore” (“af­ter­noon”) drinks and light bites by the beach. A Ba­li­nese dance les­son is also con­ducted here for the chil­dren ev­ery Fri­day and Sun­day from 3 p.m. un­til 5 p.m. Tand­jung Sari also hosts din­ner with a Ba­li­nese dance per­for­mance ev­ery first and third Satur­day of the month.

But of course, the best ac­tiv­ity dur­ing a stay in Tand­jung Sari is ly­ing on one of the daybeds at their pri­vate beach, en­joy­ing the quiet Sanur Beach while read­ing a fa­vorite book or lis­ten­ing to some fa­vorite mu­sic.

The in­te­rior of the two-story bun­ga­low.

Lay on the daybeds at the quiet Sanur Beach.

The Restau­rant high­lights au­then­tic In­done­sian dishes.

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