Where to Stay--Sanur

And that leaves us with Sanur, where we stayed and where we think many parents might enjoy with their kids. To us, Sanur represented a nice blend: hot running water without the feeling of being cut off from the world around us on Bali.

The beach was OK but uninspired, though a short walk brought you to a long street of restaurants with menus on a chalkboard out front with prices such that you could eat non-Western food for about US$5 a person, without booze (over charging for drinks seems to be a cultural universal). There are also a whole collection of restaurants right on the beach, where for about US$7 a person your table is at the surf line.

Prices for hotels can vary a lot, from dumpy bungalows for about US$30 a night to big, clean rooms for US$100 a night.

With a few noticable exemptions, the hotels are non-chain, locally owned and run places. Staff members wherever we went were uniformly friendly and helpful. Local people we stopped on the street to ask for directions inevitably ended up in conversation with us, and we found ourselves at times almost wanting to slip away, so as to get on to the next event of our days!

The beach is long but not wide, and even at high tide not much to write about wave-wise. On the positive side, the water was just right for our five year old while a bit dull for the older kid and Dad. There is a very nice brick path that runs for maybe a mile along the beach that was fun to walk along in the evenings and early morning before too many folks woke up. The other guests in the area seemed to be mostly from Australia and Western Europe.

We liked the Sanur area and would stay there again. To us, it represented the right mix of moderate prices, no sleaze, hot water showers with the chance to bump into a bit of the local culture without getting chigger bites on our bottoms 200 miles up the Amazon.

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