We recently stayed at the Inna Sindhu Beach Resort. As the name indicates the hotel is situated on the beach in Sanur with lovely grounds and pool area. The staff were all extremely helpful, check in quick and we were told that we had been upgraded at no extra charge (although we were not upgraded to one of the newly renovated rooms, so not quite sure what our original room would have been like!). We did have problems with our air conditioning which was addressed immediately, however despite attempts to remedy the issue the AC did not work consistently and we were eventually moved to another room. The room(s) we had were clean, had hot water and pretty good water pressure in the shower, but definitely could use some updating. Floor tiles were cracked/chipped, the room was musty smelling (which could be due to the high humidity) and we were given 2 twin beds and not a double/queen). If we were to go back we would request one of the updated rooms and pay the extra. There were also small cabin-type dwellings near the pool which looked very nice. Safes are in each room also or you can also leave valuables at the front desk safe.
Buffet breakfast was included in the price of the room and was excellent with a wide variety of choices. There is a bar situated beachside which was great to sit back, relax and watch the activities going on. The food ordered from the bar menu was also very tasty.
Massages are available on-site, which I took advantage of and was very pleased with the service. My tired feet and legs certainly appreciated it!
The beach area was clean and they had many beach loungers that were very comfortable. The water was good for swimming, however the constant noise from the jet skis just off shore was not great for relaxing. However that is just part of the noise at a beach-side resort and the jet-skiers seemed to be having a very good time!
There are a variety of restaurants near the resort. The beachside boardwalk was great for strolling along, or, as we did, riding bikes. They do rent bikes at the hotel, but they always seemed to be gone so we were able to rent from one of the vendors just down the road. There are shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars set up all along the boardwalk which make it very interesting. The Night Market is within walking distance and is well worth the walk (go around 6pm as most vendors are there by then). Look for the most popular vendor and chances are you will not be disappointed. We highly recommend that if you decide not to have dinner at least try the donuts - they melt in your mouth. Everything is very cheaply priced. We each had dinner (noodles and soup) and shared a large Bintang beer for a total price of 50,000 Rp (around $5.00!). Walking around the area at night was not a problem and we felt very safe at all times.
The sidewalk in the area are a bit dangerous as they are uneven, missing grates on open storm drains, etc. so pack a small flashlight with you for better vision when out at night. (This is actually the way it was all over Indonesia, not just in Sanur).
The hotel appears to be popular with "regulars", as many people I spoke with had been coming back for years and stayed for long durations, which I guess speaks for the hotel and service. Be warned though that the regulars do not have much imagination and like to always sit at the same table for breakfast, have the same loungers at the pool/beach each day and dare you inadvertently sit where they normally sit, you will get looks! Quite funny actually to watch their reaction! People need to learn to mix it up a bit in life!
The vendors can be annoying as they troll the beach and boardwalk all day trying to lure you into their shops, but they were never rude. A simple "no thanks" or "maybe later" seemed to be enough for them to back off and leave you alone. Taxi drivers and massage girls, outside the resort, always asking for service as you walk past them gets to be bothersome, but again "no thanks" or a head shake seemed to be enough for them to get the message. Obviously when we were there business was slow and they were persistent!
Given the room that we had and from looking around at some of the other hotels/resorts in the area (and there are many) this hotel is definitely one of the budget hotels. For the price it was great for a beachside hotel, but if you are looking for fancy or five star accommodation this is not your hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Inna Sindhu Beach Sanur
- Inna Sindhu Beach Bali/Sanur