Casa Luna can be found in Sanur
We were heading off to eat further down the road when as usual in Bali there were Staff standing outside the restaurant with menus & a special board. Their roll is to entice you in with a special deal. They had overheard my daughter ask how far we had to walk & they jumped in with an offer to drive us home after dinner . That got us in as although taxis are cheap it's the hassle of finding one who'll use the meter for such a short trip. We were not disappointed. We were given a welcome drink each along with some nuts. My daughter & I were given a flower. They have a free salad bar so we used that instead of an entree as we were missing our salads. On our departure they gave us a voucher for a free desert on our next return visit. During our meal a guitarist played a variety of songs including requests . LIVE MUSIC IS THURSDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS
NOV 2007 WE RETURNED TO CASA LUNA & WERE ONCE AGAIN VERY HAPPY WITH OUR MEALS. THEY GAVE US ALL FREE DESERT AS WELL AS A WELCOME DRINKS & A FAREWELL DRINK PLUS A LIFT HOME. ON OUR SECOND VISIT ON THE SATURDAY NIGHT WE SAT IN THE RAISED GAZEBO IN THE GARDEN AREA WHICH WAS LOVELY. Amy had potato soup to start then a kid's meal called sailor moon, which was chicken cordon blue quite large for 25,000Rp ( $3.60 AUD). I had the blackbioard special that had attracted me in. It was a grilled snapper fillet , calamari in batter & 2 grilled prawns with a chilli/ orange sauce served with yummy vegies. Have decided to go here on our next visit to Bali as there was a table near us that had ordered traditional balinese food & the presentation was amazing.
NOV 2007 : WE DINED ON CHICKEN CORDON BLEU 44,885 rp ($5.60 AUD) SESAME TWICE CHEESE
SAME $, SEGARA MUNCAN SEAFOOD SATES YUMMY 63 250 RP ($7.90)
The largest attraction on Sanur is the beach and the many luxurious hotels. Sanur is the area on Bali where mass tourism first got a foothold. The first large hotel was built in 1965, this was the 11 floor high Bali Beach Hotel, which still today is the tallest building on Bali. The reason for this is a law made after the completion of Bali Beach Hotel that bans any building higher than a palm tree, this was considered as lack of respect for the gods and the law is still valid all over the island. This is a more relaxed place than Kuta, there is not so many pubs and nightclubs here, even if the number is rising. If you're looking for nightlife the distance to Kuta is short.
Sanur is a more popular destination for families with children and people who want a quiet spot to relax, but at the same time to be within short range of the attractions on Bali. Sanur's hotels in general have a better standard than those on Kuta, but not as luxurious as Nusa Dua. The beach is long, about 3 km, and good for relaxation. The waves here are small compared to Kuta Beach, and at low water you have to walk far out from the shore to take a swim, walking over corrals are far from pleasant. At high water the conditions are good for swimming and snorkeling. You can also rent a boat and go sailing, dive or try your luck with fishing. You can also go by boat from here to Lembongan and Nusa Penida, about two hours away.
The shopping is good in this area, and there is a large number of hotels and restaurants, several with reasonable prices. Sanur is strategically located, only a short way to the Ngurah Rai airport, named after a dead freedom fighter. Sanur is administered from Denpasar. For expats who prefer to stay by the sea this is the preferred area, you can find luxurious villas here with swimming pools, large gardens and perfect lawns.
Padanggalak on the southern part of Sanur is a historical place, it was here that the Dutch arrived in 1906 in order to conquer the kingdoms on South Bali. During WW2 they also came ashore here, but then they were escaping the Japanese. In their lack of fantasy they also used this beach in 1946 when they tried to reestablish control over Indonesia as the jewel in their crown. The arrival 15th of September 1906 was caused by an incident with a Chinese steamer, Sri Koemala, which ran aground outside Sanur and robbed by local fishermen. The king refused to pay any compensation to the Dutch for their lost goods, and they used this as an excuse to invade South Bali. They were met by the king's army, and a bloody battle took place before the Dutch conquered the palace in Denpasar. Almost the entire royal family then killed themselves in a "puputan", a collective suicide where they walked into the Dutch rifles only armed with keris to avoid the humiliation of being sent in exile (see facts about Bali).