A family heritage with top-notch hospitality and Balinese virtues since the ‘60s, Tandjung Sari is the perfect place to hide in Peaceful Sanur...
It has been 55 years since Tandjung Sari first welcomed guests to stay at its bungalows, yet the family-owned hotel is still one of the best places to unwind and stay in Sanur. The design embraces Balinese values with the use of patterned tiles and crafted wooden doors, making Tandjung Sari unique in its own way compared to modern new hotels on the island. It allows guests to treasure the real experience of staying in Bali just like in the old days, and everything is paired beautifully with top-notch warm hospitality. And though it is situated in a prime location in Sanur, the beachfront Tandjung Sari is marvelous for tourits and residents alike to hide from the crowd for a while...
It was in 1962 when Tandjung Sari was first established as a family home of owner Wija Wawo-Runtu. Back then, Sanur was covered with lush greenery so the family needed to cruise the sea shore to select a location on the beachfront. Four bungalows were built for a private retreat, and with word of mouth these bungalows soon turned into a holiday home for the family’s friends and colleagues as well. However, it wasn’t until in the ‘70s that more bungalows were established, and are still maintained up until now. And in 2012, four new units were added with designs that are still in line with the rest of the bungalows.
Now, Tandjung Sari has 29 bungalows with a total of 31 guest rooms, divided into six categories – Village Bungalow, Two-Story Bungalow, Garden Sea View Bungalow, Beachfront Bungalow, Family Bungalow and, the newest of them all, South Garden Bungalow. During my overnight stay at the resort, I occupied one of the Village Bungalows. Built in the ’70s, the Village Bungalow boasts an everlasting natural design with thatched roof, a quality king-bed with sophisticated mosquito nets, and warm touches of wooden door and window sills as well as rattan window covers.
The Village Bungalow is even more comfortable with an airy living room that is equipped with a comfortable sofa bed, and a spacious bathroom with a bathtub and an outdoor shower at its secluded garden courtyard. The bungalow also has its own front yard where a small concrete bale stands with two daybeds in it, which I soon turned into a reading nook on a breezy afternoon.
Other bungalows are just as comfortable as the Village Bungalow as they all offer spacious garden, living room, bedroom and bathroom as well. Clearly, ‘space’ is one of the key elements that gives a cozy atmosphere to Tandjung Sari, because ‘space’ provides seclusion. Paired with warm hospitality service by the hotel’s staff that treat guests like a family, Tandjung Sari has defi nitely transformed from a private family retreat into a secluded holiday home for every one of its guests.
Fun in Sanur
Sanur may be quiet, but it doesn’t mean there is not much to do in the area. Tandjung Sari stands in the heart of Sanur, making it easy for guests to explore the cafes and restaurants in the area by walking. The hotel also rents bicycles as riding a bike is one of the mustdos in Sanur, especially on the beachfront path in the morning with a sunrise view to please the eyes.
But for those who just want to rest and relax at the hotel, Tandjung Sari offers a variety of delectable dishes and drinks at The Restaurant, highlighting authentic flavors of Indonesia. Set in an open-air space with an alfresco bar, The Restaurant expanded to the pool deck since early 2000’s which soon became a perfect choice to indulge in drinks and food any time of the day with a view of the swimming pool on one side and the beach and the ocean on the other side.
Standing next to the swimming pool, Bale Beton is another wonderful place to relax and enjoy refreshing “sore” (“afternoon”) drinks and light bites by the beach. A Balinese dance lesson is also conducted here for the children every Friday and Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tandjung Sari also hosts dinner with a Balinese dance performance every first and third Saturday of the month.
But of course, the best activity during a stay in Tandjung Sari is lying on one of the daybeds at their private beach, enjoying the quiet Sanur Beach while reading a favorite book or listening to some favorite music.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 41, Sanur
By Risty Nurraisa
Magazine issue > Rest&Relaxation