Bali plans to transition into an up-market health and wellness destination, away from low-end tourism.
With more and more luxury 5-star resorts going up all over Bali, it's clear that Bali's transforming, reflecting the wish of its regional government. Cheap tourism has taken its toll on Bali over the years.
Too many low-class hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs were built in the Kuta area, fishing in the low-end tourists. Bali was known as a cheap tourist destination.
Not anymore. Things started to change in the last few years, and luxury resorts began popping up all over. Be that the secluded far south on the cliffs of Uluwatu, Seminyak, Canggu, and now more so in Sanur.
Sanur is Bali's oldest resort with many small old hotels and resorts strewn along the 8km beach promenade and the main road, which made Sanur look old. However, Sanur is having a big shake-up.
It started with the new Hyatt opening its doors in early 2019, transforming that section of Sanur beach into a glamorous and lush setting. That led the nearby Fairmont Resort to upgrade a notch, several small hotels renovated, a new luxury gym went up, and a handful of lovely new trendy cafes opened.
Last but not least, the city and regional government have started a full modernization of the entire beach promenade, building a brand new walking/running and biking path. This renovation is a fabulous idea, which will drive thousands more folks to Sanur to exercise and enjoy family life along the promenade and beach.
More beach yoga groups are popping up, as are training boot camps on different parts of the beach. Sanur offers an array of watersports, from surfing to paddleboarding, kiting, water skiing, and more. It's also one of the most popular places for dive excursions and offers exciting fast boat trips to the Lembongan and Nusa Penida islands.
Several mid to large luxury villas have been built and are up for rent or sale, resulting in more up-market visitors and new residents.
There are many biking, running, and walking clubs to join if you don't want to go alone.
Sanur offers a wide range of reasonably priced top-quality international restaurants and hundreds of excellent local Warungs (small local restaurants).