Discover Paradise: Your 5-Night Sanctuary at The Zen Villas in Sanur, Bali
Welcome to the ultimate guide to a serene 5-night stay at Sanur, Bali. Your 5-night stay at The Zen Villas in Sanur, Bali, is not just a vacation; it’s an exploration of culinary delights, relaxation, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re indulging in international or Balinese cuisine, unwinding at the spa, savouring sweet treats, or sipping the finest coffee, this journey promises to leave you with cherished memories of Bali’s charm. Embrace the tranquillity, taste the flavours, and let Bali’s beauty captivate your soul.
The Zen Villas Sanur
The Zen Villas Sanur offers a serene and luxurious retreat in the heart of Bali’s Sanur region. Nestled amidst lush tropical gardens, these villas provide an oasis of calm and relaxation for travellers seeking tranquillity. Each villa is thoughtfully designed, featuring a harmonious blend of traditional Balinese aesthetics and modern comforts. Guests can expect spacious and elegantly appointed accommodations with private pools, open-air living spaces, and tasteful furnishings. The attentive staff ensures a seamless and personalised experience, catering to every need. Awaken each morning to the aroma of a freshly prepared breakfast, expertly crafted by skilled staff and served in the privacy of your villa.
Situated in close proximity to Sanur’s pristine beaches and vibrant dining scene, The Zen Villas Sanur is perfectly positioned for those seeking a rejuvenating Balinese getaway.
Day Trips with Private Driver Ngurah Budarsa "Putu"
Your 5-night stay at The Zen Villas in Sanur, Bali, is about to get even more exciting with personalised day trips led by the experienced and friendly private driver, Ngurah Budarsa, known affectionately as “Putu.” Putu is your gateway to exploring the wonders of Bali with ease and comfort. Let’s embark on a journey that combines the serenity of Sanur with unforgettable day trips to some of Bali’s most iconic destinations.
Day 1 - Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are a must-visit destination for their stunning rice paddy landscapes and historical significance. These terraces are part of the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system called Subak, believed to date back to the 8th century and attributed to Rsi Markandeya, an East Indian priest.,
“Subak’, primarily revolves around the cultivation of rice. The Subak system involves the creation of stunning rice terraces that cascade down hillsides in a series of stepped fields. These terraces are not only functional for farming but also form a visually striking landscape that has become a symbol of Bali’s natural beauty.
Tegallalang is one of three breathtaking terraced landscapes in the Ubud region, with the others located in Pejeng and Campuhan.
What to Expect at Tegallalang Rice Terraces:
Scenic Beauty: The Tegallalang rice terraces offer a picturesque panorama that stretches across the valley. The elevated roadside location provides a cool and breezy atmosphere, making it a popular spot for tourists, artists, and nature enthusiasts alike.
Photo Opportunities: This spot is a favourite for photographers, offering dramatic views of the rice terraces across the valley. Whether crowded with tourists or tranquil, Tegallalang’s timeless charm remains.
Local Hospitality: The land is typically owned and cultivated by local elders, who often invite visitors to try their refreshing green coconut drinks and purchase handwoven hats made from coconut leaves. Some elders may even pose for photos for a small fee.
Pakudui Village in Tegallalang:
Craftsman’s Haven: Pakudui Village is an artistic haven within Tegallalang, showcasing the exceptional skills of local craftsmen. Here, you’ll discover a diverse range of ornate woodwork and carvings, many of which have been passed down through generations or created through a continuous process of creativity using wood as their medium.
Garuda Everywhere: Keep an eye out for the Garuda, a mythical Balinese figure and the national symbol of Indonesia, which is a recurring theme in the carvings. Other common motifs include mythical lions, horses, human figures, dogs, dragons, vases, frogs, kangaroos, cats, ornate totems, panels, doors, windows, tables, and even large-scale dinosaurs by the most ambitious artists.
Tips for Visiting Tegallalang Rice Terraces:
Bargain Skills: Be prepared for souvenir sellers and local farmers who might be a bit assertive. Bargaining is common as there are no fixed prices, but remember that you’re primarily there for the picturesque experience.
Optional Photo Subjects: If you wish to include a local farmer in your photos, the fee is at your discretion, but the landscape is equally breathtaking without a subject.
Souvenir Shopping: Along the roadsides, you’ll find plenty of souvenir shopping options. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Pakudui village and Ubud which is a short turn from the famous rice paddy outlook. Here, you’ll encounter magnificent carvings and wooden art forms lining the village road.
Now, let’s move on to your other destinations:
Day 1: Culinary Delights by the Beach
Your adventure begins with a delightful dining experience at Soul on the Beach, situated right on Sanur Beach. This restaurant offers a menu bursting with international flavours and breathtaking views of the ocean. Sip your favourite beer, wine, or cocktail and unwind as the sun sets over the horizon. Reservations recommended.
Location: Sanur Beach, Bali
Facebook Page: Soul on the Beach
Day 2 - Tanah Lot:
Bali, often referred to as the “Island of the Gods,” is a treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural wonders. One of its most iconic and mystical sites is Tanah Lot, a mesmerising sea temple that stands as a testament to Bali’s rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes.
If you’re a first-time visitor to Bali, Tanah Lot is an absolute must-visit destination. In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey to this enchanting place and even introduce you to the nearby Tabanan Anom Palace.
Location: Tanah Lot is situated on the southwestern coast of Bali, in the Tabanan Regency. Its precise location is approximately 20 kilometres northwest of the popular tourist hub of Kuta. Perched atop a rocky outcrop that juts into the Indian Ocean, Tanah Lot offers unparalleled views of the horizon and stunning sunsets.
Interesting Facts for First-Time Visitors: Spiritual Significance: Tanah Lot is a Hindu Sea temple, and its name translates to “Land in the Sea.” It’s one of Bali’s seven sea temples, each positioned within sight of the next to create a chain around the island’s coast. Tanah Lot is believed to be guarded by sea snakes, and its main deity, Dewa Baruna, is considered the sea god.
The Power of Tides: One of the most remarkable features of Tanah Lot is its isolation during high tide. The temple appears to float on the water, separated from the mainland. During low tide, visitors can approach the temple and explore the caves beneath it.
Spectacular Sunsets: Tanah Lot is renowned for its breathtaking sunsets. As the sun dips below the horizon, the temple is silhouetted against the golden sky, creating a truly magical and romantic atmosphere.
Local Culture: Surrounding Tanah Lot, you’ll find vibrant markets, restaurants, and cultural performances. Don’t miss the chance to sample delicious Balinese cuisine and shop for souvenirs from local artisans.
Tabanan Anom Palace: A Hidden Gem Nearby:
While Tanah Lot is undoubtedly the star attraction in this region, a visit to the nearby Tabanan Anom Palace can provide a unique insight into Bali’s royal history and culture.
Location: Tabanan Anom Palace, also known as Puri Tabanan Anom, is just a short drive inland from Tanah Lot.
Highlights: Historical Significance: Tabanan Anom Palace has a rich history, dating back to the 17th century when it served as the residence of the Tabanan royal family. The palace’s architecture, with its ornate gates and traditional Balinese design, is a sight to behold.
Cultural Experiences: Visitors can explore the palace grounds and learn about the customs and traditions of Bali’s royal heritage. You might even have the opportunity to witness traditional ceremonies or dance performances.
Scenic Beauty: The palace is set amidst lush, manicured gardens and offers serene views of rice terraces and surrounding landscapes. It’s an ideal place to relax and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Balinese life.
In conclusion, a trip to Tanah Lot in Bali promises an unforgettable experience for first-time visitors. Witnessing the ancient sea temple against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean is a visual treat, and exploring the nearby Tabanan Anom Palace adds a layer of cultural richness to your journey. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself in the beauty of Bali, and let the magic of Tanah Lot enchant you.
Night 2: Taste of Bali
For an authentic Balinese dining experience, head to Warung Baby Monkeys. Known for its affordable traditional Balinese dishes, this charming eatery is a must-visit. Bookings in advance are necessary during the high season.
Day 3 – Seminyak, Kuta and Legian Beaches
Seminyak is a trendy beach town known for its upscale resorts, vibrant nightlife, and boutique shopping. The beach is a great place to relax, and the area boasts a wide range of restaurants offering diverse cuisines. Why not indulge in a Balinese Cooking class with GetYourGuide during your visit to Seminyak.
Kuta Beach is famous for its lively atmosphere, ideal for surfers and sunbathers. The area also offers a bustling nightlife scene with bars and clubs. Don’t miss the beautiful sunsets here.
Legian Beach is an extension of Kuta Beach but slightly quieter. It’s perfect for leisurely walks, learning to surf, and enjoying the beachfront cafes and restaurants. It offers a more relaxed vibe compared to nearby Kuta.
These destinations provide a well-rounded Bali experience, combining natural beauty, culture, nightlife, and relaxation. Enjoy your travels and capture the essence of Bali’s diverse attractions!
Day 5: Best Sanur Shopping: Discover Bali's Treasures
Night 3: Italian Indulgence
Indulge in Italian cuisine at Bella Italia Sanur, where you’ll be treated to a delightful array of pasta, pizza, and more. Enjoy an Italian or local wine.
Day 4: Relax and Rejuvenate
Indulge in Peni Weni Beauty Salon and Spa’s luxurious Hair Spa treatment for ultimate relaxation and beauty.
Start with a soothing head, neck, shoulder, and arm massage to melt away tension. Experience a revitalising hair wash with premium products to cleanse and rejuvenate your hair and scalp. Hair experts will provide a customised treatment that addresses your hair’s specific needs. Conclude with a professional blow-dry for beautifully styled locks. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and radiantly beautiful from head to toe. Pamper yourself at Peni Weni Beauty Salon and Spa, where skilled therapists transport you to a world of relaxation and beauty.
Night 4: BJ’s Bar & Grill
BJ’s Bar & Grill Sanur is the perfect oasis for those looking to unwind, indulge in delicious food, sip refreshing drinks, and catch all the excitement of their favourite sports on TV. Situated in the heart of Sanur, this establishment offers a welcoming atmosphere where patrons can relax and enjoy a fantastic dining experience.
Whether you’re a sports enthusiast looking to catch the latest game or simply seeking a laid-back spot to enjoy a meal with friends and family, BJ’s Bar & Grill Sanur has it all. With its diverse menu, great selection of beverages, and multiple TV screens broadcasting live sports events, it’s the ultimate destination for a leisurely day or evening out in Sanur.
While you’re enjoying your 5-night stay at The Zen Villas in Sanur, Bali, take some time to explore the local shopping scene. Sanur offers a mix of traditional markets, boutiques, and art galleries where you can find unique souvenirs and gifts. To make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, you can rely on your trusted private driver, Ngurah Budarsa “Putu,” to take you to the best shopping spots in Sanur.
Here are some of the best shopping destinations in Sanur:
Located near Sindhu Beach, the Sindhu Art Market is a vibrant and bustling market where you can discover a wide range of Balinese handicrafts, clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. Putu can take you to this market, ensuring you have plenty of time to browse the stalls and find unique items to take home.
Hardy’s Sanur Square is a supermarket and shopping centre that offers a variety of products, including food, clothing, jewellery, electronics, and homeware. It’s a convenient one-stop shop for both essentials and souvenirs. Putu can drive you to Hardy’s, making it easy to explore the offerings at your leisure.
- Beachfront Boutiques:
Sanur’s beachfront area is dotted with charming boutiques and stalls selling clothing, jewellery, and beachwear. Strolling along the beachside promenade and exploring these boutiques can be a delightful shopping experience. Putu can drop you off at the beach and pick you up when you’re ready to return to your villa.
- Sanur Night Market:
For a unique shopping experience, visit the Sanur Night Market (Pasar Malam Sindhu) in the evening. This market comes alive after sunset and offers a wide array of local street food, fresh produce, and clothing. Putu can arrange an evening trip for you to savour the flavours of Bali and shop for some local snacks.
- Art Galleries:
Sanur is known for its thriving art scene. Explore the numerous art galleries in the area to admire and purchase Balinese paintings, sculptures, and other artworks. Putu can guide you to some of the most renowned art galleries in Sanur, where you can appreciate the rich artistic culture of Bali.
If you’re interested in ceramics and pottery, don’t miss the Jenggala Gallery. Here, you can find beautifully crafted ceramic pieces for elegant and unique souvenirs. Putu can take you to this gallery to explore its exquisite collection.
With Putu’s assistance, you can make the most of your shopping excursions in Sanur, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. Whether you’re looking for traditional Balinese crafts, stylish clothing, or beautiful artwork, Sanur has something to offer every shopper. So, shop to your heart’s content and bring back a piece of Bali’s charm with you as a cherished memory.
Day 5: Sweet Endings
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Gelato Factory Sanur. Choose from a delectable lineup of gelato and ice cream flavours that are perfect for a stroll along Sanur Beach.
Day 5 (Contd.): A Coffee Lover’s Paradise
Don’t miss out on the delightful coffee experience at Farmors Coffee, a fabulous new coffee shop known for its artisanal brews and cosy ambience.
Bonus: Segara Dining
If you have some extra time, venture a short walk along the beachfront to Segara the Seaside. This hidden gem offers authentic Balinese cuisine with a view that’s as enticing as the flavours.
General Information That You Should Know About Bali:
Here’s a list of important travel information for first-time visitors to Bali:
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Language: Balinese and Indonesian, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
- Time Zone: Central Indonesia Time (WITA), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8). Eastern Standard Time (EST) in Australia (e.g., Sydney, Melbourne) to Bali (WITA): Bali is 2 hours behind EST. When it is 12:00 PM (noon) in Sydney, it is 10:00 AM in Bali.
- Visa Requirements: Many nationalities can enter Bali visa-free for up to 30 days for tourism purposes. Check the official Indonesian immigration website or contact the nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements. Official Visa Website: https://www.imigrasi.go.id/
- Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the main airport serving Bali.
- Local Transport: Taxis, rideshare services (like Grab or Gojek), and rental scooters are common modes of transportation.
- Grab Taxi vs. Uber: As of my last update in 2021, Uber no longer operates in Bali, but Grab is available. However, regulations can change, so check locally for the latest options.
- Private Driver: Ngurah Budarsa, known affectionately as “Putu.”
Health and Vaccinations:
- Recommended Vaccinations: Consult your healthcare provider or travel clinic for personalised advice, but generally, vaccinations for typhoid, cholera, and hepatitis A are recommended for travellers to Bali. Depending on your travel plans, malaria prophylaxis might also be necessary.
- Bali is generally safe for tourists, but exercise common sense precautions like safeguarding your belongings, avoiding poorly lit areas at night, and being cautious with your drinks.
- Dress Modestly: When visiting temples and rural areas, it’s respectful to dress modestly by covering your shoulders and knees.
- Balinese Temples: When visiting temples, remove your shoes and wear a sarong. Show respect by not pointing your feet at religious objects.
- Bargaining: Bargaining is common in markets, so feel free to negotiate prices.
- Bali has a tropical climate with two main seasons: wet (December to March) and dry (April to November). The dry season is generally the best time to visit.
- Voltage: 230V
- Plug Type: Type C (European), Type F (European)
- Police: 110
- Medical Emergency: 118
Please note that conditions and regulations can change, so it’s essential to check for the most up-to-date information before your trip. Additionally, travel advisories and health recommendations can change, so consult your government’s travel website or a healthcare professional for the latest guidance.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones with Travel Insurance
If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel! is a common saying in the travel industry. It emphasises the importance of having travel insurance when planning a trip. I travel with World Nomad Travel Insurance.
World Nomads is a well-known travel insurance provider that offers coverage for travellers exploring various destinations, including Bali. When searching for World Nomads travel insurance for Bali, here are some key points to consider:
- Coverage for Bali: World Nomads typically provides coverage for travellers visiting Bali. However, coverage may vary depending on your home country, the type of policy you choose, and any specific add-ons or upgrades you select.
- Standard Coverage: Standard coverage from World Nomads often includes protection for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, baggage loss or theft, and personal liability. Be sure to review the policy details to understand the exact coverage for Bali.
- Adventure Activities: Bali is known for its adventurous activities such as surfing, diving, and hiking. If you plan to engage in any of these activities, make sure your insurance policy covers them. World Nomads offers coverage for a wide range of adventure sports and activities.
- Policy Options: World Nomads offers different policy options, including Standard and Explorer plans. The Explorer plan usually provides more extensive coverage, making it suitable for travellers with specific needs or those planning longer trips.
- Duration of Coverage: Ensure that your insurance policy covers the entire duration of your stay in Bali, including any extensions or changes to your travel itinerary.
- Pre-Existing Conditions: If you have pre-existing medical conditions, check if World Nomads provides coverage or if you need to purchase additional coverage or waivers.
- Emergency Assistance: Confirm that the insurance includes 24/7 emergency assistance services, which can be invaluable in case of emergencies abroad.
- Claims Process: Familiarise yourself with the claims process, including the documentation required in case you need to file a claim during your trip.
To get a personalised quote and more specific information about World Nomads travel insurance for Bali, it’s best to visit their official website or contact their customer service directly. Remember that insurance policies and coverage details can change over time, so it’s crucial to review the latest policy terms and conditions before purchasing.