Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
The last time I visited Sanur for a brief surf class was a year before this trip. This time I was there as the “family vacation coordinator aunt”. I realised that now many hotels and resorts exist on the main road. My sister had chosen and had me book the Oasis Hotel in Sanur, simply because she had a satisfying experience staying at Oasis Hotel in Benoa previously. Not to gamble on comfort would be her principle when traveling with the little munchkins, a family vacation in Bali to be exact.
Oasis Hotel is located about 2 kilometers down from the crossroad of Ngurah Rai Bypass, south east Bali. It’s basically a standard modern 4-star chain hotel with 5-storey buildings for the guest rooms, and a little bit of natural touch here and there.
The name is actually Oasis Lagoon Hotel, I just call it Oasis Hotel for short as most people do. As lagoons are enclosed body of water in the sea, there is a U-shaped swimming pool in between the buildings of guest rooms. It consists of a kiddie pool connected to the adult pool, and is accessible directly from the rooms on ground floor. There’s a bridge connecting the buildings that goes over the pool and we’d duck dive under it to get to the other side. I think it’s supposed to keep too many swimmers from the more exclusive suites. Didn’t work for us, we loved playing there too much! LOL..
We stayed at 2 family duplex rooms. Each consists of 1 double bed on the lower floor and twin bed on the mezzanine. Both of our rooms, and I think all the rooms on upper floors in this Oasis Hotel, have balconies facing the swimming pool. Children’s screaming at the pool area can be heard even from our room on 4th floor. So if you’re a light sleeper, better shut the balcony door tightly or use earplugs.
The rooms are fairly spacious. The facility in each room includes bathroom with hot shower, a hairdryer (!!important!!), TV with international channels, and comfy chairs on the balcony. We had no complaint about our rooms, everything was in place and functioned well. There was nothing special about the aesthetic, but they’re great if comfort and cleanness are your concerns, especially for a family vacation in Bali.
Continental breakfast was provided as well as Indonesian food. Menu options were numerous, such as salad, bread, waffles, sausages (beef and pork), fried rice, to tropical fruits like papaya and pineapple. After jogging by the beach, it was great to be welcomed by these choices of breakfast in the fresh semi open-aired area near the lobby.
Unlike the one in Benoa, the Oasis Hotel in Sanur doesn’t have a direct access to the beach. You need to walk about 10 minutes – cross the street and walk to the other side of the buildings – to the closest point of Sanur Beach. However, the beach on this part has too much corals to swim in, too little waves for little Mazel to play with, and the sand wasn’t as soft as Kuta nor Seminyak beach. But I think it would be a good beach for you to just lie down and tan. Nearby hotels provide beach chairs and towels, you just need to tell the staff your room number.
When I jogged the next morning along the shore, I realized there were parts of the long beach with softer sand.
Speaking of location, Oasis Hotel in Sanur is pretty strategic, in a sense that it’s close to the beach, a lot of restaurants and a supermarket nearby. And it’s only a few minutes drive from the port where you’d be departing for the Marine Walk. It took us about half an hour to Jimbaran beach for dinner, and a pricey one-hour taxi ride to the Nusa Dua theatre to watch Devdan Show (again) via the toll road. And I think it’d take about 40 minutes from the airport to get there, CMIIW.
More importantly, Sanur area is not where you’d typically bump into drunken tourists that you’d mostly see in Kuta Beach. I’d say it’s a good location to have more relaxing vacation.
Prices: a family duplex cost IDR 1,250,000 / night nett, breakfast for 4 inclusive. A deluxe cost IDR 827,000 / night nett, breakfast for 2 inclusive. I booked the rooms via phone and e-mail, and they were quick to response.Oasis Lagoon Hotel Jl. Danau Tamblingan No. 136 A, Sanur 80228, Bali – Indonesia