The small city of Sanur is very popular with families visiting Bali. It is quieter than Seminyak and the sea (on the east side of the island) is calmer for swimming. There’s a paved path along the beach which is great for strolling and for cycling (at a slow pace, it can get crowded).
Pondok Ayu is a tiny boutique hotel about a 10 minute walk from Sanur beach. It has just four rooms and one suite, and it gets a lot of returning guests for its great price, homey atmosphere and charming staff. My feature on LuxuryAndBoutiqueHotels.com is HERE.
Note: My stay was hosted by Pondok Ayu, but these views are my own and no one from the hotel reviewed or approved my text.