Living in Sanur
We arrived at our villa in Sanur feeling fresh and rested despite the 36 hours of travel to get there! The best part was being greeted by squeals and hugs from our 3 year old granddaughter, Isla, followed by hugs from our son, Cullen, DIL Kathryn, and 9 month old Gisele! We had an apartment in the same villa as theirs and shared a pool with them and three other apartments which were empty most of the time, so it was very private and quiet there.
Sanur is a seaside town known for its long stretches of beaches and shallow waters for a long way out. We went there to see our family and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. And that's mostly what we did! With its quiet appeal and easy going ambiance, Sanur provides a very easy introduction to SE Asia. Many, if not most, of the visitors we saw tended to be middle-aged or older and mostly European. We did have another young family who moved into our villa a few days before we left. Mya and Vincent are from Sweden and came with their two small children. They are traveling for two months using part of Vincent's paternity leave after their daughter was born! They were friendly and lovely. Isla and Gisele enjoyed having other children to swim and play with and we all enjoyed talking to them.
One of our favorite things about travel is the FOOD! We were thrilled to learn that Sanur is a haven for health conscious eaters! It was so easy to find organic, vegan, vegetarian, and free-range foods! Larry said it was like food we would cook at home, if we had a home and if we wanted to cook, which we don't! LOL! Every restaurant had a good selection of fresh juices like we made at home - carrot, cucumber, beet, kale, and lots more! They also served turmeric and ginger drinks and wheatgrass shots and my favorite drink ever, kombucha! I could drink it there and also buy a bottle to take back to the villa. Pretty much the only thing I miss about having a home is making gallons of kombucha, so it was great to have it so readily available and relatively cheap too! They also make great smoothie drinks and smoothie bowls! Isla's favorite breakfast is a smoothie bowl. It's a bowl of fruit smoothie covered with fruit, granola, and chia seeds. Delicious! We soon developed a few favorite dishes at a few favorite restaurants. As much as we enjoy exploring and trying new restaurants, nothing makes us feel more at home than having one or two favorite places where we know what we want to order and they recognize us as "regulars" for a few days at least! If we weren't quite recognized as regulars, Isla and Gisele certainly were! They were here for about 3 weeks before we arrived and had already made a big impression! The wait staff would call out their names as soon as we entered the restaurants they frequented! One of the reasons Cullen and Kathryn chose Bali to begin their year of world travel is the reputation that Bali has as being very kid friendly, and boy, is that a well-deserved reputation! The Balinese LOVE children! Waitresses and women in shops all want to hold Gisele and play with Isla. Strangers on the street stop to say hello to them.
Our week in Sanur was spent playing with the girls, exploring the town, walking on the beach, and enjoying the great food. The weather was fairly hot and humid, but rain showers cooled the air and, thankfully, the villas are air conditioned!