Discover Ubud's pretty temples, beautiful rice terraces and exquisite handicrafts before heading to Sanur to enjoy a week relaxing on the beach.
3 nights Ubud including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Tandjung Sari including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
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On the beach - 8 days
Set in the relaxed beach town of Sanur, Tandjung Sari offers traditional elegance as well as excellent value for money. One of the oldest hotels in the area, it is renowned for its fine food and friendly staff.
A small, boutique hotel, Tandjung Sari literally means the Cape of Flowers. Built with local materials it is decorated in an understated style with Balinese fabrics and wood carvings. The hotel's bungalows surround a central beachside area where the bar, restaurant and saltwater infinity pool are shaded by huge trees strung with hanging lanterns at dusk. The bar overlooks a serene tidal lagoon with views across the sea to Nusa Penida Island, while the restaurant serves a highly regarded menu of Indonesian and international dishes. Sanur has a traditional atmosphere yet plenty of facilities and you can walk along a boardwalk from the hotel to the town's many restaurants and shops. The hotel also hosts regular jazz evenings and twice monthly performances of traditional dance accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. If you miss the recitals the hotel hosts children's dance lessons twice a week as part of its commitment to preserving traditional Balinese art forms.
Each of the 27 thatched bungalows is individually decorated in authentic Balinese style and some have their own private garden, outdoor shower, balcony or bale (pavilion).
Before the beach - 4 days
Bali’s cultural centre, Ubud, is a rewarding destination renowned for its artisans, temples and galleries, traditional ceremonies and heavenly regional cuisine. Ubud is also a gateway to eastern Bali and you can explore traditional villages, ancient monuments and picturesque terraced paddy fields on a guided tour. Drive or cycle the quiet roads and dirt tracks to see traditional ikat weavers at work, visit the temples of Mount Agung, take a dip in hidden hot springs or simply absorb the rhythm of life in rural Bali.
Tepi Sawah is a small, intimate property set in beautiful tropical gardens on the outskirts of Ubud. Designed in traditional style, the 25 rooms overlook the surrounding rice fields and are decorated with paintings by local artists. The hotel also has a quiet pool and two restaurants.
26 rooms, 1 restaurant, 1 pool
One of Bali’s best kept secrets, Tandjung Sari has been welcoming guests for over 50 years since it opened in 1962 as Bali’s first boutique property. Located on Sanur Beach it was originally an extension to a family home and is still owned and managed by that same family.
Named after the small temple on the beachfront, the literal translation is Cape of Flowers. This small, charming hotel offers characterful accommodation set among the larger resorts of Sanur Beach with the convenience of plenty of shops, restaurants and bars on the doorstep.
The beautiful old gardens and rambling character of the pathways create an atmosphere of deep charm and tranquillity. With a variety of activities and a great location, Tandjung Sari attracts couples of all ages, as well as families.
Although there is no kids' club at Tandjung Sari, families are welcome to stay and there are no age restrictions.
Sanur is located on the southeast coast of Bali and is relatively peaceful compared with some of the busier, larger beach resorts in that part of the island. One of the oldest resort areas on the island it has a relaxed feel to it.
Although not as quiet and undeveloped as the more secluded beach resorts on the northern and eastern coasts of Bali, Sanur offers the advantage of a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops. The beach is a long, stretch of 4 km of white sand and running the length of the beach, a paved walkway sits between the sand and a string of restaurants and hotels. An offshore reef means the waters here are fairly calm making it a popular destination for families.
At around 30 minutes’ drive from Denpasar (Bali’s international airport), Tandjung Sari is easy to reach. Its location between the beachfront and the main street of Sanur means that it is just a short walk away from a variety of restaurant options, an array of shops and lots of water sports.
The resort was one of the first to be developed in the Sanur area. It is traditional and modern at the same time and ideal for those who are looking for time on the beach but who also want to have easy access to an array of restaurants, shops, bars and water sports.
There are 26 rooms at Tandjung Sari, all equipped with air conditioning, free wireless internet access, minibar, palm leaf sunhats, sarongs, mosquito coils, outdoor areas, bathtub & shower and tea & coffee making facilities.
Set in a classic Balinese garden courtyard, each bungalow has its own private lounging pavilion, known locally as a balé. At 45m2 in size, they are spacious and come with a bedroom and living area with a king size bed and two sofas. The indoor bathroom leads to an outdoor courtyard area containing a shower.
Village bungalow baru
Newly renovated 45m2 bungalows featuring a bedroom and living area with a king size bed and two sofas. Each bungalow has its own private outdoor lounging pavilion. The indoor bathroom has a large bathtub and leads out to a secluded outdoor shower in its own garden courtyard.
This 70m2 two storey bungalow has a large ground floor bedroom with canopied queen bed, leading to the spacious spa-like bathroom. For beautiful garden views, relax in the upstairs living space.
Two storey bungalow
These 50 sq m two storey bungalows are set within a charming private compound with a spacious terrace. The upstairs bedroom with queen bed has windows on three sides to offer a maximised view of the gardens. The ground floor houses the living room, which has a queen size daybed and a dressing room, and the bathroom. There is also an outdoor show in its own private courtyard.
South Garden Bungalow
With high ceilings and traditional grass roofs, these 77 sq m bungalows feel very spacious. The bedroom has a canopied queen bed along with a large work table and daybed next to tall windows which let the natural light shine in. The large dressing room has twin vanity sinks and double wardrobes with plenty of storage space, leading to the indoor shower area. Beyond the sliding glass door is the back garden which has an outdoor rain shower and large bathtub.
Garden seaview bungalow
Set in its own private area within a secluded garden, this 65m2 bungalow has a spacious veranda with views to the sea. Traditional Balinese doors lead to a large bedroom with a canopied queen bed, and then onto a large indoor bathroom before a private courtyard area with outdoor shower.
Nestled within a beachside garden, these 55m2 retreats offer breath-taking sea views from the upstairs living area, and an open veranda for views of the gardens. The bedroom and bathroom are accessed through traditional Balinese doors on the ground floor, which then leads through to the private courtyard with outdoor shower.
Twin bedroom bungalow
These 135 sq m two bedroom bungalows are a great option for families: with the main bedroom offering a queen bed, and the second bedroom two single beds, each with their own en suite bathroom. The spacious outdoor terrace leads to the beautiful gardens.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
Tandjung Sari is set right on the beach, where there are a variety of water sports on offer, or you can simply relax on the sun loungers or take a dip in the sea.
The Tandjung Sari Foundation dancers get together near the poolside every Friday and Sunday from 3-4.30pm, and guests are welcome to come along and watch the children practice. For years, the hotel has been nurturing the artistic talents of local children to ensure that the classical Balinese dances are preserved within the community. During performances, the dances are joined by a live gamelan orchestra for all to enjoy.
From May to November, the Friday and Saturday night market gives an extra buzz to Sanur. Experience the atmosphere of a traditional Indonesian market with specialist food vendors along the beach.
Although the hotel does not have its own dive centre, along Sanur’s main road are many PADI dive centres which can organise diving and snorkelling trips to nearby sites.
There is easy access to the east coast of Bali, as well as Nusa Penida, allowing exploration of some amazing sites including Manta Point and Crystal Bay, where you may be lucky enough to spot the Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) between July and October.
Food & drink
The open-air beachfront restaurant and bar offers a selection of Indonesian and international cuisine.
Every first and third Saturday of the month, the children of the Tandjung Sari Foundation perform a classic Balinese Legong dance, accompanied by a traditional gamelan orchestra of senior musicians, at dinner time in the restaurant.
Room service offers the same menu as the restaurant, allowing for the option of a private dinner in your bungalow, or even breakfast in your balé or on your terrace.
Breakfast and lunch boxes are also available if you have an early start or will be out for a tour, sightseeing adventure or would like to have a picnic.
The spa at Tandjung Sari offers a wide range of traditional Indonesian healing and beauty treatments for inner and outer well-being.
Western artists and intellectuals began visiting Ubud in the 1930s and aided in the expansion of the local Balinese arts and crafts scene. From this time Ubud became known in Bali for its art, music, architecture and dance. It is located in the centre of the island, within 90 minutes of the popular south coast and a couple of hours from the quieter beaches of the north, east and west coasts. The central region of Bali is arguably the most scenic and Ubud is an ideal place to base yourself if you are planning on exploring all that Bali has to offer away from the coast. Cycle around the paddy field covered foothills of a nearby volcano, immerse yourself in village life, or visit one of the island's iconic temples.
The slightly cooler temperatures in Ubud mean exploring the gallery lined streets and markets is a little more comfortable than on the coast, however being located at a higher altitude you will see more rain here, particularly in the afternoons when tropical showers occur year round.
Over recent years the popularity of Ubud has increased and there are many hotel options on offer. The more central areas have the advantage of being closer to the restaurants, markets and galleries whereas hotels on the outskirts generally have the advantage of stunning valley views and more tranquil settings. The best markets and galleries tend to be in the villages around Ubud and are best reached by taxi or on a tour. The nearby villages of Tegallang and Jati are noted for their woodcarvings and the village of Celuk is home to numerous jewellers, some of whom will custom-make pieces. South of Tabanan, in Pejaten, one can find traditional pottery.
Accommodation: Tepi Sawah
An intimate property set amidst tropical gardens, Tepi Sawah offers spacious, locally -owned, Balinese-style accommodation on the outskirts of Ubud. Some of the 25 rooms overlook the hotel's rice fields and all are decorated with paintings and artefacts by Ubud artists from the village the room is named after. The quiet swimming pool area has been built in traditional Balinese style and is a great escape after exploring Ubud in the heat of the day.
There are two restaurants (a small intimate restaurant near the pool for hotel guests, and one much larger by the lobby that is also open to the public) both serve good quality, local dishes and breakfast is a real feast.
Day by day
Today you will start your journey with an overnight flight to Denpasar.
Today you will be driven to a traditional Balinese village where a local guide will take you round and help you learn about the daily lives of the people living there. Visit a local primary school and the rice fields and enjoy a traditionally prepared lunch.
Your guide will collect you this morning for a tour where you will discover Ubud's history, visit a house that belongs to descendants of a Royal Family and meet a traditional healer. After lunch, a walking tour gives you an insight into local life in Ubud today.
Today enjoy a morning bicycle ride along quiet roads and tracks through the paddy fields passing small villages and rice terraces.
You will be transferred to Sanur, a short drive from Ubud depending on the traffic. Here you will settle into your accommodation for the next 7 nights, at leisure to explore Sanur's beachfront promenade.
Days 6 - 11
Day at leisure.
Most of the day is at leisure before you are transferred to Denpasar airport in time for your overnight flight home.
Arrive back in the UK this morning.
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