Arena Living – Mid-Priced Stays in Sanur

From the moment you walk through the traditional Balinese door into the courtyard at Arena Living, you know this place will be an escape from the hustle and bustle of Bali traffic.

Arena Living offers visitors to Sanur, Bali, a comfortable and relaxing stay. If you stay at Arena Living Sanur, it provides the perfect base to explore Sanurs, beaches, and restaurants and go shopping.

During our stay, we were in a ground-floor Deluxe Balcony room (be aware they are called Balcony rooms even on the ground floor). Depending on the room type, the private balcony or terrace provided a delightful spot to unwind with a beer or cup of coffee.

Modern living room interior at Arena Living, Sanur
The modern-looking bedrooms at Arena Living

The rooms were modern and large, featuring comfortable beds, wardrobe space, a desk, a fridge, a kettle, and air conditioning. The housekeeping staff serviced our room daily throughout our stay. Overall, I would say the beds were comfortable, and this was one of the better rooms we have stayed in during our trips to Sanur.

If you have mobility issues, ask for a room on the ground floor.

Facilities and Services at Sanur Arena Living:

The centrepiece of Arena Living Sanur is the expansive outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by a sun deck with loungers for relaxing and sunbathing.

collage at Arena Living with coy fish, bikes and doors
Arena Living Bali

There was a little nook near the swimming pool where you could borrow books and games while sitting around the pool area.

The hotel offers a full range of services, including laundry service, room service, and a safety deposit box for your valuables. The staff at Arena Living Sanur was always helpful and smiling, even when my wife suggested their Coy Fish would make a good serving of fish and chips. This ensured an enjoyable stay.

Dining Experience:

Arena Living Sanur boasts the Arena Pub & Restaurant, offering a convenient and delicious dining option. The restaurant serves an extensive menu of Balinese and Western cuisine. The Arena Point was popular with guests and outside traffic, as the car park was full most evenings.

For breakfast, you head back to the Arena Pub, where you can choose from a set menu with items like toast sandwiches, omelettes, Nasi Goring, and more.

The surrounding area is full of cafes and restaurants offering a variety of choices, including Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Warung Babi Guling, Pan & Co., and Naughty Nuris.

Location and Accessibility:

Arena Living Sanur is located on the Ji Sanur Bypass Road. Although this is not an area where most hotels are located, its access to the beach and shops was still very good.

Sanur Beach is just a short 500-metre walk away; make sure you stop at Bulls Coffee on the way for some of the best coffee in Sanur.

J.I. Pantai Sindu and Jalan Danau Tamblingen are even closer, where you can do some shopping or grab a message. The hotel’s location makes it easily accessible for day trips with Bali drivers and taxis to any location. The Ngurah Rai International Airport is approximately a 30-minute car ride away.

Many people come to Bali because of the shopping. Please read our guide to the best fixed-price shopping in Sanur.

Activities and Entertainment:

As we mentioned earlier, the hotel has a fantastic swimming pool and relaxing area. You can also hire a bike on-site to explore the area.

the pool area ta Arena Living hotel in Sanur
You can enjoy the pool and sun lounges at Arena Living.

The rooms have TVs to watch; maybe bring an Amazon Fire Stick so you can access streaming services from home.

The friendly staff can suggest nearby activities, or you can book tours and attractions through websites such as Klook before you arrive in Bali.

Book day tours in Bali with Klook and get picked up and dropped off at Arena Living

Overall Experience:

Our stay at Arena Living Sanur was really good. The hotel’s home-style atmosphere, comfortable accommodations, and friendly service made it a real getaway in Sanur.

Cozy Arena Living space in Sanur with a turquoise water pool and a good ambiance.
Arena Living is undoubtedly a good place to stay in Sanur.

As I said earlier, the rooms were excellent, and the pool was inviting. The convenience of an onsite full-service restaurant (not just an in-house kitchen) was excellent if you didn’t want to stray too far for dinner.


  • Home-style atmosphere with comfortable rooms
  • Inviting pool area
  • Attentive and friendly staff
  • Delicious on-site dining


  • Limited on-site entertainment options (activities can be arranged or found nearby)
  • No spa on-site (treatments can be arranged upon request)
  • Maybe a little far from the beach for some

Arena Living Sanur is a good choice for travellers seeking a comfortable and affordable stay in Sanur. Its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and convenient location make it ideal for couples and families in Sanur. The hotel is clean and presents well at a good price, which is all you can ask for in Bali. Would we stay again? Yeah, I would stay at Arena Living again.


  • This review is based on our personal experience and opinions.

Best time to go to Bali

The best time to visit Sanur and other spots in Bali, Indonesia, is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is generally sunny with low humidity. It is perfect for outdoor activities such as walking, swimming, snorkelling, and reading a book while lying by the pool.

the JI Bypass Road in Sanur near the McDonalds
The J.I Bypass Road out the front of Arena Living

April and October shoulder seasons can also be good times to visit Sanur, as the weather is still pleasant but with fewer crowds. Pack your suitcase and book your flights for one of the best periods to visit attractions such as Bali Zoo, Waterbom, and the Monkey Forest.

However, if you don’t mind the occasional rain shower, visiting Sanur during the wet season from October to March can also have advantages. The lush greenery and cooler temperatures can be refreshing, but ensure you have a waterproof bag and umbrella for your outings in case of a downpour.

It’s worth noting that Sanur in Bali is a popular tourist destination, and the peak season for tourism is from June to August. Planning your visit outside these months is best if you prefer to avoid crowds and higher prices.

For more accommodation options in Sanur Bali, click through to our places to stay page or search Agoda or Luxury Escapes.

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Things to do in Sanur and its content is created by two Australians who have been to Sanur many times. We have enjoyed food and drink on the beach, we have sipped coffee on Jalan Danau Tamblingan. We have stayed in homestays and hotels in Sanur and made day trips to see the best of Bali. Not only that, but we aim to keep the information fresh by continuing to visit Sanur and getting first-hand information off our Balinese friends.

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