Bali’s first international hotel site transforms into all-purpose destination

The area where Bali’s first international hotel, the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, once stood has been transformed into a special economic zone (SEZ) featuring two hotels, a convention centre, shopping mall, and a soon-to-open international hospital.

Developed to become a world-class wellness and tourism destination with integrated facilities, the 41.2-hectare Sanur Health SEZ will house a convention centre with capacity for up to 4,700 guests; the 184-suite The Meru Sanur; and the 273-room Bali Beach Hotel, the Heritage Collection, which has been rebranded from Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur that originally opened in 1966.

The Meru Sanur offers 184 suites that come with private balconies or terraces

Both properties and the convention centre are open for business, with the rest of the works to be completed in 3Q2024.

The Bali Beach Hotel, the Heritage Collection will offer three F&B outlets, a swimming pool, fitness centre and kids’ club.

At The Meru Sanur, all rooms come with private balconies or terraces with views of Sanur Beach or the garden. Elsewhere, the hotel features a restaurant, lounge, spa, swimming pool, fitness centre and kids’ club.

Meanwhile, the Bali Beach Convention Centre spans over 3,750m², where the main hall can be divided into three rooms. The centre is equipped with 22 breakout rooms with capacities ranging from 70 to 280 pax theatre style – all boasting views of Sanur Beach.

Also in the SEZ is the upcoming Bali International Hospital (BIH), set to open in September this year, as well as Bali’s biggest shopping mall, Icon Bali mall, which started operations on June 7.

Patrick Sibourg, general manager of The Meru Sanur, shared: “Both hotels have been developed to cater and support the SEZ concept. The Meru Sanur is designed as a slow-living sanctuary with a big spa facility to cater to the wellness market, while the Bali Beach Hotel caters to leisure and business events as well as hospital guests and their families.”

Sibourg added that both hotels were running at high occupancy with both leisure and business activities, particularly from the government, state-owned companies, and local associations. He shared that booking enquiries for corporate and medical association meetings have started coming in for later this year and 2025.

Priyanda Orah, vice president, commercial, Indonesia Healthcare Corporation (IHC), which manages BIH, stated that the hospital was designed to become a leading medical tourist destination in the country, specialising in critical illness management including cardiology, oncology, neurology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics and a medical check-up department.

He said: “We are going to come up with packages that include airport transfers and accommodation at the hotels (next door), for patients who are doing their medical check-up, or those on post-treatment recovery process.”