Museum Le Mayeur
Grand Bali Beach Hotel
Built in the Sukarno-era, this vast hotel is now slowly fading away. Local leaders, properly horrified at its outsized bulk, imposed the...
A nice display about Bali's endangered sea turtles that usually includes some young hatchlings.
This aptly named beachside bar has tables and chairs on the sand, which will cushion your fall should you over-indulge on the signature...
Warung Mak Beng
You don't need a menu at this local favourite: all you can order is its legendary BBQ fish, which comes with various sides and some...
Museum Le Mayeur information
Le Mayeur de Merpres (1880–1958) arrived in Bali in 1932. Three years later, he met and married the beautiful Legong dancer Ni Polok when she was just 15. They lived in this compound, which houses the museum, when Sanur was still a quiet fishing village. After the artist’s death, Ni Polok lived in the house until she died in 1985.
The house is an interesting example of Balinese-style architecture – notice the beautifully carved window shutters that recount the story of Rama and Sita from the Ramayana.
Despite security (some of Le Mayeur paintings have sold for US$150,000) and conservation problems, almost 90 of Le Mayeur's paintings are displayed inside the museum in a naturalistic Balinese interior of woven fibres. Some of Le Mayeur’s early works are impressionist paintings from his travels in Africa, India, the Mediterranean and the South Pacific. Paintings from his early period in Bali are romantic depictions of daily life and beautiful Balinese women – often Ni Polok. The works from the 1950s are in much better condition, displaying the vibrant colours that later became popular with young Balinese artists. Look for the haunting black-and-white photos of Ni Polok.