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SANUR
 
Administratively, Sanur is included in the city of Denpasar. But with its white sand, coconut trees, and some of the best international hotels on the whole island just a few metres away, Sanur was Bali's first beach resort. Only a few hundred meters inland, it is a village traditionally run by the brahmins - the priestly caste of Bali.

The Sanur area, the beach front of Denpasar now extending from Sanur westwards to the Suwung marshes and Serangan island, is steeped in history. Sanur was for centuries an important trading place. Nearby Serangan island has a Moslem community of Bugis fishermen, who have descendants from the famous seafaring traders of old time. But it is best known for the inland Brahmin communities of Taman and Anggarkasih inside elaborately gated compounds, who are believed to use magic. These people were also staunchly independent, and when the Dutch landed in 1906 on their way to Denpasar, they allowed the troops to pass by peacefully, having a grudge against their own ruler, thus avoiding the "puputan" tragedy.

Tourism in Sanur began in the 1930s. Expatriates, writers and other luminaries had beach bungalows there. After independence, the Dutch painter Le Mayeur lived there and gained fame for his affair with and marriage to Ni Polok, one of the best dancers of his day. Le Mayeur's impressionistic work, while heavily damaged, can be seen at Le Mayeur Museum near Grand Bali Beach Hotel.

Donald Friend, one of Australia's great artists, also lived in Sanur until the 60's. Sanur was where the Indonesian government made its first attempt at mass tourism : the construction of the Bali Beach bunker, built using Japanese war reparations. The hotel burned down in 1993, but has now been restored even grander than before with the addition of a Bali-style roof. Another advantage of Sanur compared with Kuta is its quieter beaches, making it a favourite walking place
 
 
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