Bali with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: January 17, 2017

Bali Family Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • – The best website for finding hotel deals in Bali.
  • April to October are the best months to visit Bali but Bali is a good year-round destination so even though there are wet and dry seasons, climate shouldn’t be a huge factor in deciding when to visit.
  • The beach towns of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak form one long strip of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. It’s a fun and entertaining area but can be too busy and chaotic for some. This is where you’ll find the best shopping on Bali. And it’s also a great place for kids and adults to take beginner surfing lessons. The farther north you go (from Kuta to Seminyak) the more upscale and quieter it gets.
  • Nusa Dua has a large variety of kid-friendly resorts in the 4-star and 5-star categories. This is the place to go for a relaxing vacation with great beaches and huge pools – but it can feel a little isolated from the main cultural attractions of central Bali.
  • Sanur is a good mix of tourist-friendly amenities, great food, and relaxed vibe. The location is great for exploring Bali’s cultural highlights. The beach here is not the best on Bali but it’s great for kids as its calm shallow waters are protected by an offshore reef.
  • Jimbaran is a beautiful beach town with fantastic restaurants spread along the sand. Great seafood is the highlight here. The town has a wide mix of hotels in all price brackets. It’s quieter than Sanur but close to Kuta’s shopping and nightlife, and minutes from the airport making it a perfect first stop after a long flight.
  • Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by small villages, rice paddies, and enchanting green forests it makes a great base for really digging into the history and traditions of the island. It’s also the best place to shop for art and local crafts.

Best Kid Friendly Resorts in Bali

The 10 Best Family Resorts on Bali

Booking hotels online will usually get you the best prices but good deals can also be found by just showing up at a hotel’s front desk and enquiring about rooms. (Book hotels well in advance for visits in July, August, September, December, and January.) Breakfast is included at most hotels in Bali and will usually include platefuls of delicious local fruit.

And A Few More Great Hotels

During high season (July, August, December and January) the above hotels can be fully booked. Here are several more hotels that are very also very family friendly.

Family Villas and Apartments in Bali

2 bedroom apartment for families of 4 in Seminyak, Bali. Comes with kitchen and private pool.

Two bedroom family apartment with kitchen in Bali.

Recommended apartment rentals for families in Bali. Most rentals have kitchen (sometimes outdoors), washer/dryer, free parking, and internet (free wifi).

  • Petitenget 501 – Seminyak
    1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments sleep family of 4, in 2-storey units
  • The Awan Villas – Seminyak
    2-bedroom villas have 2 double beds or 1 double bed with 2 single beds, and a private pool
  • The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa – Seminyak
    2-bedroom villas have 2 double beds and a private pool
  • AP Suite Apartment – Kuta
    2-bedroom apartments have 2 single beds and 1 double bed
  • Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Villas & Spa – Jimbaran
    2-bedroom villas have 2 single beds and 1 double bed, and a private pool
  • Aradhana Villas – Canggu
    2-bedroom villas have 2 double beds and a sofa bed, and a private pool
  • The Villas at Fairmont – Sanur
    2-bedroom villas have 2 single beds, 1 double bed, and a private pool
  • Aria Villas – Ubud
    3-bedroom villas sleep family of 6, 4-bedroom villas sleep 10
  • Luwak Villas and Spa – Ubud
    2-bedroom villas sleep family of 4, 3-bedroom villas sleep family of 6, both have private pools

The Best Family Hotels in Kuta

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – luxury

Hard Rock Hotel – The Best Hotel for Families
Kids love this place! Awesome pool and water slides. Rock climbing, arts and crafts, and cooking and dance classes. Kids club is very active and there are poolside activities even if they’re not in the club. Rooms are a good size and perfect for a family of 4 or 5. Huge breakfast included. That said, not sure if I’d recommend more than 3 or 4 days here. It could be a bit “too much” if you came to Bali for peace and relaxation. Phone: +62 361 761 869

Bali Dynasty Resort – luxury

Bali Dynasty Resort – The Best Hotel for Families
Very popular with families. The pool area is one of the nicest in Kuta with a wading pool, water slides, and a water playground. Kids club is fun and runs all day. The family room is large, fits 5 easily, and there’s a separate room (and tv) for parents and kids. Phone: +62 361 752 403

Bali Garden Beach Resort – moderate

Bali Garden Beach Resort – The Best Hotel for Families
Waterbom water park – great for kids – is directly across the road. Discovery Centre shopping mall a short walk. Hotel has a large beachfront pool (3 pools in total one of which is a kids pool). Family rooms are large and will accommodate a family of 6. Phone: +62 361 752 725

Febris Hotel And Spa – budget

Febri's Hotel – The Best Hotel for Families in Kuta
Awesome pool and kids playground. This is a good mid-range hotel with large family rooms and a nice location (near to the beach but not on it). Easy walking distance to the water slides at Waterbom park. Large fridge in room is handy. This is a functional 3 star hotel, so don’t arrive expecting a ton of character. A good base for exploring Kuta. Phone: +62 361 754 575

Best Western Resort Kuta – budget

Best Western Resort – The Best Hotels for Families in Kuta
Deluxe rooms are good for a family of 4. This is a good budget choice if you have 1 or 2 nights in Kuta but I would not stay here for an extended stay. Nice pool and 2 convenience shops nearby, otherwise you’ll be hopping in a taxi for the short ride to central Kuta. Phone: +62 361 767 000

The Best Family Hotels in Tuban

Tuban and south Kuta are almost indistinguishable from one another – one blends right in with the other. Tuban is home to Waterbom Park and the Discovery Shopping Mall. Some of the hotels I listed in the Kuta hotels for families rightly belong under Tuban. The ones I’ve included here are right at the south end of the Kuta/Tuban strip.

Both these hotels are very close to the airport making them great for arriving and departing. (Ask for a late checkout if your flight leaves later in the day, most hotels will comply for no charge.) The hotels in Tuban tend to be on the beach where as in Kuta they’re separated from the beach by a road. In general the beach is nicer the farther north you go (towards Kuta).

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali

Tuban with Kids - the best hotels for kids
Family suites are very large and easily accommodate a family of 5. The hotel has a kids club (best for ages 4 to 11) and playground. There is a shallow kids pool and a deep “adult” pool. The kids pool has shade sails overhead to keep the sun off the little ones. Children 12 and under stay for free. The Palms restaurant (in the hotel) is very good. Phone: +62 361 755 577

Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas

Best Family Hotels in Bali
Wonderful pool area right on the beach. The kids club is hit and miss depending on how many kids are present. (Typically great if it’s during an Australian holiday as the hotel will be filled with families.) Deluxe suites are large and have a fold-out sofa for the kids. A cot or crib can be added at no extra cost. Phone: +62 361 9351 161

The Best Family Hotels in Legian

Legian is a great spot for families. The beach is beautiful and it’s quieter than Kuta. Legian is well stocked with shops and restaurants. It’s also smack between Seminyak and Kuta so you can easily walk to both areas (or take a taxi).

Padma Resort Bali at Legian

Legian with Kids - the best hotels
The 2 fantastic pools are a big draw here. (One is a large lagoon pool with a kids’ pool that has a fun waterfall. The other is an infinity pool.) Kids club is great as is the game room. Deluxe rooms are large – and there is a “chalet” option for 2 connecting deluxe rooms. Phone: +62 361 752 111

Legian Beach Hotel

Legian Beach Hotel with Kids
Perfect location with shops and shopping just outside the door. No kids’ club but the pools are great and the hotel is located directly on the beach. Staff are among the most friendly in the Kuta area. Family rooms are large and perfect for families of 4 or 5. Children under 11 stay for free. Phone: +62 361 751 711

Melasti Beach Resort

Melasti Beach Resort Family Room
Interconnected rooms are great for families. Nice pool, grounds, and kids’ playroom. Phone: +62 361 755 971

The Best Family Hotels in Seminyak

Seminyak is a great spot for families. Be warned though – it’s not cheap. But you get what you pay for and the villas and hotels below are truly great. And if you’re traveling outside of the high-season they’ll often have great deals.

W Retreat & Spa Bali

W Resort Seminyak with Kids
The hotel and pool are right on the beach. Kids activities are scheduled every day – cooking classes, origami, kite flying. 1 and 2 bedroom villas with private pool.
Phone: +62 361 4738106

3V Kerobokan Family Villa

3V Kerobokan Family Villas with Kids
One and two bedroom villas available. Game room and kids playground. Kids under 10 stay free. Free airport shuttle and free wi-fi. Phone: +62 (361) 8476028

The Samaya

Samaya Seminyak with Kids
Beautiful one bedroom villas located on the beach. Great for family of 3 but would need 2 rooms for larger families. Phone: +62 (361) 731149

The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa

Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa
2-bedroom villas are wonderful and have 1 king and 2 twin beds. The hotel is located directly on Seminyak beach.

Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa

Anantara Seminyak with Kids
The Presidential Suite is one of the most luxurious in Seminayk. A 2-bedroom suite with 2 king beds, full kitchen, and private pool. The hotel fronts the beach.

The Best Family Hotels in Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is located in the southern tip of Bali and home to many of the island’s large resorts and all-inclusives. The beaches and hotels are wonderful – though the “real Bali” of rice fields and small villages is a good drive away. If you’re in Bali to relax, swim, and eat, life is pretty good down here.

Grand Nikko Bali

Grand Nikko Family Room
An awesome private beach with crystal blue water. Great pool with a waterslide and lots of activities for the kids (water basketball and volleyball). This is one of the top choices on Bali if you’re looking for a relaxed and quiet vacation. Free shuttle to the shopping and restaurants at Bali Collection and The Galleria in Kuta. Phone: +62 361 773 37

The Laguna Resort & Spa

Laguna Bali Resort with Kids
Fantastic in every way: the pools are very kid friendly and there are several of them; the beach is set in a lagoon and calm and shallow; the food is amazing (and there’s a kids menu); the hotel has an intimate feel and staff are very friendly. There isn’t a kids club here however as the vibe is not that of a holiday resort but more a place to come for a family getaway and move at your pace. Highly recommended. Phone: +62 361 771 327

Novotel Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences

Novotel Nusa Dua with Kids
2 and 3-bedroom suites can accommodate families of 4 to 7 (some have private pools). The kids’ club is fun and top notch. The hotel is not right on the beach but a free shuttle (or a short walk) gets you to some great sand. The Bali Collection mall is nearby for shopping and more restaurants. Phone: +62 361 8480 555

Ayodya Resort Bali

Ayodya Resort with Kids
Suites are large and family-friendly. The swimming pool is amazing. The grounds are lush and well kept, and there’s a beautiful private beach. Mediterranean, Italian and Japanese restaurants (among others) in the hotel. This a large hotel so don’t be expecting intimate and refined service. But for a get-away-from-it-all atmosphere at a decent price this is a good choice. Phone: +62 361 771 102

The Westin Resort Bali

Westin Resort with Kids
Two-bedroom family suites are huge. A great kids’ club with loads of activities (water slide, bikes, badminton, table tennis). The beach has beautiful sand and calm shallow water that’s perfect for kids (but not surfers). The restaurants are great (Italian, Indian, Japanese, and seafood.) The spa and salon are a nice perk. Phone: +62 361 771 906

Four Seasons Resort – Jimbaran

The Four Seasons is located in Jimbaran (roughly halfway between Kuta and Nusa Dua). There are 2 pools, 3 restaurants, spa, jacuzzi, and a great kids’ club. Want more? OK, a fantastic private beach, a beach club that offers kayaking, surfing, and catamarns, and tennis courts. And to top it off, some of Bali’s best seafood restaurants are just a short walk along the sand where you can dine on the beach (this is always a highlight of a Bali vacation – the kids playing and running on the sand returning periodically for bites of dinner). Phone: +62 (361) 701010

The Best Family Hotels in Sanur

Sanur’s beach is protected by a reef making the water calm and shallow – and great for kids. Sanur moves at a much slower pacer than the Kuta area. Several of Bali’s top attractions are within a 1 or 2 hour drive. Sanur has lots of restaurants, many of them a short walk from most of these hotels.

Bali Hyatt Sanur – Closed for Renovations

This was among my favorite hotels in Sanur. (I can remember drinking Bintang at the pool bar on my first visit to Bali in the early ’90s). But it’s closed for a huge renovation until early 2017. That’s some renovation! It will likely be fabulous when it reopens. I’ll keep you posted.

Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites – luxury

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Two and three bedroom suites are large (though bathrooms are a little on the small side). There’s a kids’ club, kids pool, and a water slide (Camp Splash). Don’t confuse this place with Paradise Plaza Hotel which is older and does not have slides or a kids’ club.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort – moderate

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Very popular with families – so if you want playmates for your kids this is a great choice. Nice pools and right on a nice stretch of beach.

Besakih Beach Resort Bali – moderate

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Large rooms, beautiful pool, free wi-fi.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – moderate

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Large family duplex room, nice pool, good location.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – budget

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Two bedroom suites available, nice pool, close to the beach.

Prima Cottage – budget

One of the best hotels for kids in Sanur
Great budget place with nice (not huge) pool. Triple rooms and 2-bedroom villas.

The Best Family Hotels in Ubud

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah – luxury

Best Family Hotels in Ubud
A magical setting in the rice fields just outside Ubud. Local villages are within a short walk and the main restaurant itself is situated in the center of a rice paddy. It’s complete luxury with a rural Balinese feel. Kids have lots of room to roam in an incredibly safe and friendly atmosphere. Pool villas come with their own good-sized pool – all with amazing views of rice paddies. A huge common pool is often quiet as many people relax at their own private pool. Large grounds and surrounding rice paddies offer excellent opportunities for children to explore. On-site garden provides many of the ingredients for the superb restaurant. Phone: +62 361 975 685

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – luxury

Best Family Hotels in Ubud
Set among several hills and a river, and surrounded by greenery – kids will feel in the midst of a jungle. Amazing two-level swimming pool overlooks the river. Rooms have large bathrooms with huge tubs and luxurious amenities. Surrounded by small villages and farmers so the “real” Bali is easily explored on short walks from the hotel. 2 great restaurants serve wonderful food. Phone: +62 361 977 577

Sri Bungalows Ubud – Budget/Moderate

Best Family Hotels in Ubud
Centrally located and an easy walk to many shops and restaurants. Beautiful gardens and large swimming pool surrounded by rice paddies. Rooms are large, clean, and great value. 2 floor family room can sleep up to 6. Simple breakfast is included and free wi-fi available in each room. Phone: +62 361 975 300

More Family Hotels in Ubud

The 5 Best Places in Bali for Kids and Families

I love Bali. It’s one of the best destinations for a family vacation. It has everything: good beaches, a rich culture, friendly people, great weather, and wonderful food.

1. Kuta with Kids

Kuta BeachMost people start their vacation in Kuta — before setting out for the rest of island — or at least pass through Kuta on there way somewhere else. On the plus side there’s lots to do here and people rarely say they were bored in Kuta. The negatives include a lot of traffic, loads of touts and it’s packed with tourists.

No one goes to Kuta to see the “real Bali”, they go to Kuta to have fun, eat good food, shop at one of the many malls, and enjoy some of the nearby tourist attractions or tours.

Things To Do in Kuta

The beach is the center of activity for Kuta and there’s lots to do there — especially for older kids. Flying kites, surfing (lessons available for kids and adults), or just swimming and playing in the sand. The beach stretches from Tuban in the south (near the airport) north to Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. It makes for a great evening stroll. Walk one-way as far as you can (or until you stop at a restaurant) then saunter home – or take a taxi if you’ve gone a little too far.

Waterbom park is in the center of Kuta and lots of fun for families — water slides, swimming, games.

Shopping is also a very popular activity for tourists and Kuta is loaded with shops selling everything from clothes to cameras, and backpacks to beach towels.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kuta and Seminyak

TJ’s Mexican Bar & Restaurant, Papa’s Italian Family Restaurant, Splash Bistro (free use of the huge pool, part of the Hard Rock Hotel), Zanzibar (great pizzas on the beachfront) and Mozzarella (Italian). Discovery Mall in Tuban has a huge food court and several bakeries and treat shops.

In Seminyak good family-friendly food can be found at Warung Italia and Tuesday Night Pizza Club.

Family Friendly Hotels in Kuta and Seminyak

All budgets are well represented in Kuta and outside of the high tourist seasons visitors should be able to get some good deals. (If you’re visiting in December, January, July, or August book your hotel well in advance.)

The Hard Rock Hotel – Waterslides, swimming pools, rock climbing facilities, and play areas. A 1 week stay here will be way too much for some — but it’s a fun choice for 2 or 3 nights.

Febris Hotel And Spa – One of the best budget hotels in Kuta for families. A big pool and good location near shopping and the beach. Large family rooms and free breakfast.

Also very kid-friendly in the Tuban/Kuta area are the Bali Dynasty Resort and the Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali.

In Seminyak, Mutiara Bali Boutique Resort & Villas are huge and great value for what you get. The W Retreat & Spa is right on the beach and pure luxury.

2. Jimbaran with Kids

Jimbaran Beach restaurants.
A very relaxing place to stay if you’re looking to skip the crowds of Kuta but still would like to venture into town for some restaurants and shopping. Jimbaran is very close to the airport making it a good introduction to Bali if you’d like to spend your first day or two relaxing by the pool.

Things To Do in Jimbaran

The highlight of staying in Jimbaran is eating a fresh seafood dinner on the beach while the kids play in the sand around your table. Flying kites, digging for clams, and visiting the early morning fish market are all fun.

If you’re expecting a lot in Jimbaran you may be disappointed. Pack some toys and some beach gear and be prepared for a few days of lazing at the beach — or beside the pool — and eating some great food.

Family Friendly Hotels in Jimbaran

Three hotels stand out in Jimbaran.

In the luxury category nothing compares to the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. With a private beach, kids club, and beautiful pools — all overlooking Jimbaran Bay — the Four Seasons is one of Bali’s best hotels. (The rooms are set upon the hill and thus require some steps.)

The InterContinental Bali Resort is also a great hotel set right on the beach. It doesn’t have the views of the Four Seasons but the property is on flat land and thus doesn’t require negotiating any hills.

A great budget hotel is the very friendly and well-run Puri Bambu. It has a great pool, free breakfast, and is just a short walk from the beach.

3. Ubud with Kids

The rice paddies around Ubud.Ubud is the arts and cultural hub of the island and makes a nice getaway from the busier beach resorts. It’s also cooler than the coast and provides a good base for exploring the central and northern parts of the island.

Many different venues have nightly showings of different Balinese songs, dances and traditional performances. Most of these venues are outdoors, kid-friendly and realizing. The shows feature theatrical performances, colorful faces and emphatic dancing so don’t be surprised if your kids are more engaged than the adults.

Things To Do in Ubud

Ubud is loaded with great restaurants with kid-friendly food and great desserts. Hanging out in cafes (Casa Luna is our favorite) sampling local food and sweet desserts is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. There are many great walks in the hills and rice paddies surrounding Ubud. Hanging by the pool is also fun and most Ubud hotels have pools so no need to worry about whether the kids will be able to swim.

Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a 10 minute walk from the town center. Buy bananas at the gate and feed the monkeys as you walk through the park. Many other great walks can be found all over the Ubud area — and mountain bikes are easy to rent as well.

The Elephant Safari Park is one of 2 places to ride an elephant in Bali. Trails lead out into the jungle and take about 30 minutes to wander around on an elephant. The park itself is about a 1 hour drive north of Ubud and has a decent restaurant.

Family Friendly Hotels in Ubud

I have 3 favorite hotels in Ubud. The first is the very central Puri Saraswati Bungalows. The great Cafe Lotus might as well be connected and sits beside the Lotus Pond at the Water Palace. The hotel has a small pool and very friendly staff.

A little removed from the bustle — but still only 5 minutes walk from the town square — is the tranquil Oka Wati Hotel. It’s very affordable with a nice pool.

And one of the best hotels in Bali, the incredible Chedi Club. Located outside of Ubud surrounded by rice paddies. (There’s a free shuttle into town.)

Also on the outskirts of Ubud, the Alam Sari Hotel Keliki is a wonderful hotel in a beautiful setting (5km north of the town). Family rooms (or a 3 bedroom villa) have lots of space.

4. Sanur with Kids

Sanur beach is very kid-friendly.
Sanur’s beach is the most kid-friendly on Bali. The water is protected by a reef and the gently sloping shore is lapped by calm waters (most of the time). A nice string of restaurants and shops sits a few hundred yards back from the beach and makes a nice destination for an evening walk.

Things To Do in Sanur

The beach — while not Bali’s absolute best (it’s narrow in parts) — is calm and very kid-friendly.

The Bali Safari & Marine Park is great for families and less than an hour from Sanur. Ride an elephant or watch the animal feeding times. The park also has tigers, komodo dragons, monkeys, giraffes, and more.

Peek A Boo is an indoor playground in Sanur for kids up to 10 years old. Nice, new, and refreshingly cool.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in Sanur

The Beach Cafe is on the beach and has good kid-friendly food.

Family Friendly Hotels in Sanur

The Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites has 2 swimming pools, water slides, and a kids’ club. 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are huge and have fully equipped kitchens. There’s a free shuttle to the beach.

5. Lovina with Kids

The calm and secluded beach at Lovina.Lovina is a place to go to relax and unwind. It doesn’t have the attractions of the beach resorts in the south, so come prepared with your own entertainment — books, kites, games, whatever you need.

The beach here — like Sanur — is protected by a reef and makes for a good swimming spot for small kids. But don’t be expecting the huge swaths of golden sand you saw in Kuta. The sand here is volcanic (dark black) and quite thin in spots.

Things To Do in Lovina

Besides the usual beach activities like swimming and snorkeling the big thing to do in Lovina is a dolphin tour. The tours go early in the morning and take tourists out into the ocean to catch a few brief glimpses of the area’s dolphins.

Lovina is also a great base to explore the natural beauty of northern Bali. Day trips are easily arranged to the areas best spots. The area sees far fewer tourists than the south so this is a great place to see the “real Bali”.

Family Friendly Hotels in Lovina

Seemingly made with kids in mind, the very friendly Rambutan Boutique Hotel has 2 swimming pools, a playground and a very family-friendly feel. The staff are great at responding to emails so drop them a line if you have questions about your visit.

The Best Beaches in Bali for Kids and Families

Sanur has the most kid-friendly beach in Bali. It’s protected by a reef that keeps the big waves far out from the shore. The beach is narrow in spots but this also provides more shade than you’ll get at the larger beaches. The town is quiet but still has lots of shopping and dining.

Nusa Dua is where you’ll find the big resorts, a huge mall, and a lovely stretch of beaches. The disadvantage is that you’re far from the cultural attractions of central and northern Bali. But if you’re only looking for a beach vacation, beautiful resorts, and kids’ clubs then Nusa Dua is perfect.

In Nusa Dua the Grand Nikko Resort, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Grand Hyatt Bali, and The Westin Resort Bali are all great for families with wonderful pools. The Westin has the best kids’ club in Bali.

Kuta Beach is good for older kids and anyone learning to surf as there are many places that will rent boards and provide lessons. Kuta has the most activity of any beach town on Bali so recommended for kids who might get bored sitting around the pool.

Padangbai is my favorite chill-out town on Bali. It has 2 beautiful beaches a short walk from the village. This is the type of place where you want to hang out for a week or more. The Padang Bai Beach Bungalows has a beautiful pool (one of the only ones in town) and super-friendly staff.

When To Go to Bali with Kids

Bali has good weather year round so the climate shouldn’t be a huge factor in deciding when to go. The dry season runs from April to September and is generally the best time to visit Bali.

During the wet season (October to March) there tends to be one big downpour a day (often early afternoon) that quickly disappears leaving only large puddles on the ground and a fresh rain scent in the air.

Of greater importance for planning a trip is the high season months when vacationers arrive from Europe, Australia and Japan. July, August, December, and early January are the busiest times for the island and hotels can often be booked solid in the popular beach resorts — especially the week of Christmas and New Years.

If you’re looking for the best months to visit Bali they would probably be May, June, and the 2nd-half of September. These months have the best weather mixed with the fewest tourists and lowest prices.

Getting Around Bali with Kids

Taxi and hired car are the easiest and most popular way for tourists to get around Bali. They’re cheap and plentiful. They will not have car seats so if you need one you’ll need to bring your own. The catch is that few cars have seat belts in the rear seats and car seats are not supposed to be put in the front seat. So what do you do? Either search hard for a car with working rear seat belts or hold your child in your arms and live like a local. It’s a tough call with no easy answer.

For taxis in the Kuta and south Bali area use Bluebird Taxi (Phone: 701 111). For hired car and driver ask at your hotel or walk out on the street with a look like you’re going somewhere (you’ll be asked by someone within a few moments).

Bemos (basically a pickup truck with seats in the back) used to play a prominent role in local transportation but their use has fallen off with the widespread ownership of motorcycles. Rides can be long, slow, and torturous. At the same time they can be a lot of fun and offer a taste of a local custom that is disappearing. Experience it while you can if you’re so inclined. Buses are even rarer and their use almost never required unless you’re on a tight budget and going all the way across the island.

Renting a car in Bali is easy. Driving in Bali is not. Driving in Bali is, in a word, crazy. If you don’t have experience driving in a developing country then be prepared to be shocked and shaken. Hiring a car and driver will only cost an extra $5 to $15 per day and that’s what I highly recommend doing. If you do rent a car you officially require an International Drivers Permit but you’ll be able to rent a car without one. The difference comes when you get a traffic ticket (or get in an accident). Be prepared for paying extra fines and payouts. Few tourists rent a car for the duration of a trip but instead get one for a day or two as needed. Rental cars will run from $20 to $50 depending on the vehicle. The cheapest and most common rental is a Suzuki jeep. Avis and Hertz both have outlets in Bali.

Kid Friendly Restaurants

I find Balinese food to be fairly accommodating for young kids. Generally not very spicy with lots of rice, noodles, and familiar foods — albeit mixed in an unusual manner. Fruit is a regular addition to any meal — so don’t hesitate to ask for a plate of fruit whether you’re eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Western food like pizza, hamburgers, and pasta are widely available at touristy restaurants and hotels.

Travel Insurance for Bali

What you want covered in a location like Bali is emergency evacuation coverage so be sure the policy you buy has this covered.

World Nomads is the travel insurance I use and they do cover emergency evacuation (but read the fine print to be certain). They’ve been around for years and are recommended by everyone from the New York Times to Lonely Planet travel guides.

Kids playing in the sand in Bali.

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189 questions and comments

  1. Bali Beach with Toddler

    Hi there, thanks for your great website and invaluable answers for us all. We are planning our first trip to Bali (for a week) in April with our baby who will be 7 months old. I am really confused as to where the best place to stay is?! We have been to Thailand many times and love the white sand beaches and calm blue seas, we also love having a drink watching the sunset and eating with our toes in the sand, but is there anywhere like this in Bali? I have read very unsettling reports of bad pollution on the beaches and this sounds far from idyllic. I was thinking Sanur might be best but now I’m not so sure. We don’t want a party place but also don’t want to be stuck in a resort the whole time. We are happy to split our week in two and stay in two different places. Any help or suggestions gratefully received.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Don’t worry: most first-time visitors to Bali, especially those with young children, can get overawed by the choices of places to base themselves.

      The good news is that your baby will be adored by every Indonesian you meet, and the beaches are no more polluted than those in Europe or the US. Hotels and resorts have an obvious incentive to keep their beach frontage very clean for guests, and most litter is caused by uncaring tourists.

      With only one week and a baby in tow it’s best to base yourself in just one place to avoid packing, organizing transport, traffic, maybe waiting for your room to become available and unpacking again. Bali is compact and you can easily see a few sights in day-trips from one base.

      Sanur is a good option: the beach is dead calm, and there are no malls or nightclubs, so less traffic and noise and considerably fewer tourists. The beach (especially at low tide) isn’t quite up to the standard found on some Thai islands, but there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. However, the sun sets on the other side of the island.

      Nusa Dua may be an alternative. It’s very quiet, with almost no traffic or hawkers, and almost every resort faces a superb, white-sand beach more reminiscent of Thailand. All resorts are 4-5 stars, but a more affordable option is Tanjung Benoa nearby, with lovely beaches – but, again, no sunset.

      A third – and probably the best – choice is Jimbaran, a world away (but only 20 minutes by taxi) from the relative chaos of Kuta. Most resorts/hotels face a curved bay of powdery-white sand reminiscent of the best that Thailand can offer. Traffic and noise is minimal, there are more than enough places to eat, drink and shop, and it’s an ideal base to explore sights like Ulu Watu temple. And Jimbaran is arguably the best place on Bali to enjoy the legendary sunsets, especially during a dinner (specializing in seafood) on the beach with wandering musicians and traditional dancers.

  2. Padangbai in Bali

    Hi David
    Thanks for this amazing information resource! I am interested in your thoughts on Padangbai… We are travelling to Bali for 11 nights in late July/early August with two young kids who will be aged 3 years, and 18 months. We have booked the first 5 nights in Sanur, followed by 3 nights in Ubud, but struggling to choose where to spend the final 3 nights. We want somewhere away from the huge crowds/traffic, with a local feel, but not too remote. We thought Padangbai might fit the bill?
    Many thanks
    Carla, New Zealand

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, Padangbai fits your bill perfectly.

      Sanur is a good option to start with. The sea is calm (when the tide is in), without waves or surfers. The beach-side pathway is lovely and there is so much less traffic, noise and crowds than the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak stretch. And Ubud offers you a glimpse of the culture and landscapes that Bali is renowned for.

      Padangbai is about 90 minutes from Sanur by chartered car with a driver. It is a compact village with a lovely curved bay that the kids can paddle around safely, without any surfers, hawkers and jet skis. Parts of Padangbai can get busy when speedboats travel to/from The Gili Islands, but it’s generally very quiet, relaxed and traffic-free. Best of all, it boasts a genuine village vibe, with temples, a market and school dominating the streets, and an idyllic beach called Blue Lagoon, about 10 minutes on foot from the end of the main street. And there is also an acceptable selection of places to stay and eat, but minimal nightlife and shopping, which probably suits you just nicely.

      But, don’t forget, that the time you are travelling to Bali is very busy – peak season for Europeans – so book your accommodation as soon as possible.

  3. Laguna Hotel with Kids

    David! Your post was extremely helpful to me in deciding on a hotel for my recent visit to Bali. I ended up staying at the Laguna and loved it. The breakfast was amazing!!!!!

    The hotel was nice….property beautiful and service exceptional.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Awesome! Glad you liked it. Thanks for the feedback – nice to know it’s helping someone.

  4. Family Hotels in Kuta and Nusa Dua

    Hi David,
    I am hoping you might be able to help. We are a family of four, with two kids aged 10 and 8 venturing to Bali for the first time in August next year for 10 nights. We were looking at splitting our time between Kuta and Nusa Dua but are getting a little lost with the overwhelming option of accommodation!
    I was wondering if you might be able to recommend somewhere central to stay that has nice clean rooms and good kids facilities with a slide in the pool that wont break the bank! Also, what would be your pick of resorts on Nusa Dua?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, the choice of places to stay is overwhelming, but it is particularly important to find the right place(s) with a family. And, don’t forget, that August is the peak season in Bali (when Europeans flock), so book ahead, be prepared for large crowds, and unpleasant traffic.

      Some resorts in some regions are wonderfully set up for families, with kids’ pools featuring 1-2 long water slides; a playground; supervised and secure Kids’ Club offering a range of activities for the young ones; child-minding services; children’s menus; and activities for the whole family. Your kids may never want to go on some ‘boring’ day-trip to visit temples!

      The term ‘Kuta’ is often used to describe the 8km+ continuous stretch of coastline that includes Tuban (also called South Kuta), Legian, Seminyak and Petitenget, as well as Kuta itself. The best place for families in Kuta – and probably anywhere in Bali – is the Hard Rock Hotel, with 2 water slides, several pools with ‘beaches’, a massive playground inside the kids’ pool, and a superb Kids’ Club. But it certainly does not come cheap.

      Only 1-2km north of Kuta is Legian, which offers several superb family-friendly resorts, all with plenty of lawns/gardens to run around, a lovely and quiet stretch of beach in front, a children’s pool, and a Kids’ Club. The best are Legian Beach (massive, with a tennis court, shady pools, kids’ gym and squirrel feeding!); and Padma Resort (also massive, with delightful gardens, Balinese design, daily activities and lifeguards on the beach). A cheaper and popular alternative in Legian is Melasti Beach, with a games area, tennis court and pools, but no water slide.

      Nusa Dua is a secure, quiet and spacious collection of 4-5 star resorts, so nothing is cheap. All resorts are huge and almost all face a gorgeous beach. A few cater very well for families, with the same facilities mentioned above. These include the Ayodya Resort (better value than others; walking distance to some cafes; with squash court and other activities; and massive pools); Clud Med (part of the upmarket international chain, with many activities and meals included in a set rate); Grand Hyatt (with traditional design; can walk to the Bali Collection mall; has a water sports centre; and playground on the beach); and, probably the best, the Westin Resort (can walk to the Mall; plenty of activities offered; huge Kids’ Club; a kids spa; and playground with rock climbing.)

      A popular alternative to Nusa Dua is Tanjung Benoa, only 2-3kms further north, the centre for water sports, and lined with more affordable 3-4 star resorts. The resorts listed cater well for families with a games area, kids’ club, lovely beach and kids’ pools, but don’t have water slides: Holiday Inn Bali Benoa (a very good mid-priced option); Grand Mirage (also very good, with a tennis court, excellent games area, and all-inclusive packages); and Grand Aston Bali Beach (understated with lovely traditional design and appealing Kids Club).

  5. Bali for Family of 3

    Hi David, wonderful site and very informative. I am planning a trip to Bali around Christmas with my wife & kid for about 6 days. Needed your Advise on hotels & activities. Some of the hotels I have checked are Holiday Inn, Kuta Paradiso & Bali Rani. My son is 8 yrs old, some of the activities suggested are Monkey Forest, Kintamani Volcano tour, Batuan Temple, Ulundanu Temple / Baratan Lake, Tanah Lot Sunset, and Tanjung Beach. Since I have a kid I was also looking at the zoo & reptile park.

    Needed your advise on the hotels and if you have any other recommendation. Also your suggestions on the activities planned.

    Vivek Pandit

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It’s great that you are planning your trip carefully, which is especially important as you have a young child and are traveling to Bali at the busiest time of year. So, book as much as possible online in advance, be prepared for large crowds, and allow time for traffic.

      There are several Holiday Inns in Bali, but with a young child at Christmastime, it’s best to avoid Kuta. Kuta will be very crowded and noisy, and perhaps overwhelming for first-time visitors. Just 1-2km further up the coast, Legian is a quieter option, with hotels facing the sea (and not the busy beach-side road, like in Kuta) and most catering very well for families. Try, the Bali Mandira, Padma Resort, or the Melasti Beach – which is cheaper but just as good as other family hotel resorts in the area.

      For your sightseeing ideas:
      1) the Monkey Forest in Ubud is worth visiting, but get there early (before 10am). While in Ubud, also do some short walks among duck-filled rice-fields explore the souvenir market and visit the remarkable rock sculptures at Gunung Kawi, nearby
      2) ‘Kintamani tour’ would probably involve a buffet lunch and views at the tip of the volcano at Kintamani/Penelokan. But make sure that your driver drives inside the volcano to the village of Toya Bungkah, where you can easily spend an amazing afternoon at the dramatic lakeside Toya Devasya hot springs and pool
      3) ‘Batuan temple’ – it’s unclear which temple this is as ‘batuan’ just means ‘rocky’. For some people, especially, younger ones, most temples look much like others, so perhaps just focus on a couple in Ubud, at Tanah Lot and the …..
      4) ‘Ulun danu temple’ at B(e)ratan lake is one of the most scenic temples/settings in Bali. It is therefore very busy, so get there before 10am or after 4pm. Make sure you also visit other places, also in Candikuning, such as the world-class Botanic Gardens, with the fantastic Bali Treetop Adventure Park, which your son would love; and the Bedugul Recreation Park, with water sports, boat trips and lakeside restaurants
      5) ‘Tanah Lot sunsets’ – this is understandably popular but the crowds can be intolerable. An alternative is to visit the temple during the day, when you may be there by yourselves in some places, and watch the (same!) sun set elsewhere, eg at Jimbaran while enjoying seafood at a cafe on the beach
      6) ‘Tanjung beach’ – probably refers to Tanjung Benoa, a resort area in the south, that is the centre for water sports. In fact, Tanjung Benoa is worth considering as a quieter alternative to Legian to stay – family-friendly hotels there include Holiday Inn Baruna, Sol Beach and Grand Aston.
      7) the ‘Zoo & reptile park’ are two different places, but both not far from Ubud. The ‘Bali Zoo’ is impressive, but not that much different to zoos elsewhere. Perhaps more interesting may be the Bali Elephant Safari Park, with rides. The ‘Bali Bird Park’ and ‘Reptile Park’ opposite are worth visiting, as they feature Asian and Indonesian species, perhaps not seen before, including the famous Komodo Dragons.

  6. Family of 4 Vacation over New Years

    Hi David, thanks so much for the great information its very informative indeed. I am planning a 7 nights trip to Bali for my family over the New Year period. I am thinking of booking 4 nights at the Febris Hotel and Spa and 3 nights at the Hard Rock Hotel. Our kids are 3 and 8. My kids love swimming so I thought they would really enjoy a couple of nights at the Hard Rock Hotel. Would you recommend this itinerary and do you know if the Hard Rock Hotel has any form of kids club? As an alternative I was also contemplating booking an all-inclusive resort that is not overly pricey. Is there any great places that you recommend in this regard. Thanks very much.

    Joseph Rock

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      First the bad news …. The period over Christmas/New Year is the official ‘peak season’, with prices up to double those at any other time of the year, except July and August (which is the ‘high season’), and the crowds in some places can be overwhelming. And you need to book now!

      The Febris is a low-key, budget-range but functional hotel with all the mod-cons in a terrific location, eg near the Waterbom water slides and the Discovery Mall. It doesn’t offer any specific kid’s activities or kid’s club, but you will enjoy the hotel’s proximity to all that Kuta has to offer.

      In contrast, the Hard Rock Hotel is an extraordinary place in the middle of Kuta with more kid’s playgrounds, water slides, and other activities to keep the young ones entertained than they could ever imagine. The swimming pools seem endless, and one even has a ‘beach’ (although Kuta beach is 50m away); and the poolside gazebos are large enough for entire families to relax in. The hotel organises all sorts of activities for guests, both young and old, while your two children will undoubtedly revel in the playgrounds (one of which is actually inside a pool), love the specialised kid’s pool with the two water slides, and enjoy the Kid’s Club, which is well supervised and offers many fun activities. In short, you may have problems dragging them back home!

      There are two other family-fun regions to consider staying. Firstly, Legian, which is within walking distance of Kuta but without most of the traffic, crowds and noise, has several family-friendly resorts such as The Padma, The Legian Beach and The Bali Mandira. And, secondly, Tanjung Benoa is a less-frantic region with lots of watersports on offer, and several resorts with activities to please the children, such as the Grand Mirage (which offers excellent packaged deals, inclusive of many activities and trips) and the Grand Aston.

  7. Best Kid Friendly Resort in Nusa Dua for Family of 5

    What would you recommend is the best kid friendly resort in Nusa Dua? Want a good kids club and facilities (pool, slides etc..?) Kids are aged 5,4,2 for travel in October. Is the Trans in Seminyak a kid friendly resort?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Nusa Dua is a purpose-built complex of 4 and 5 star resorts, most of which face a glorious stretch of beach. It is deliberately quiet, with little more to do than relax by the sea or pool, while the hourly shuttle bus transports any hotel resident to the delightful outdoor mall, Bali Collection. In short, Nusa Dua may not excite the young ones (or the parents), unless they are happy to stay inside the hotel grounds, where there is always plenty to do, or charter a car with driver and take a few day-trips.

      The Grand Hyatt is next to Bali Collection, while the Westin also boasts a great location, but the Grand Nikko (soon to be part of the Hilton chain) is outside of Nusa Dua and may be a little too remote. All three are excellent options for children – each with a Kids’ Club, offering loads of supervised activities; a kid’s pool with water slides; children’s menu in the restaurants; and baby-sitting services. Differences are that Grand Nikko also offers a Jungle Camp for young ones (and a 30m water slide); the Westin has the best playground; and the Kid’s Club at the Grand Hyatt specializes in Balinese culture, arts and language (and has a 50m water slide!!)

      While the Trans Resort does feature a Kid’s Club and kid’s pool, this resort, like many in Seminyak, caters more to couples and friends on packaged trips. For family-friendly options in areas with more nearby action (i.e. shops and cafes) try The Padma or the Bali Mandira, both in Legian; or the stupendous Hard Rock Hotel in central Kuta, from which your kids may never want to leave!

  8. Sanur or Seminyak for Family of 4

    Sanur or Seminyak for family of 4 on a budget going in July/August? We’re taking your advice and spending half our time in Ubud but unsure where to spend the other half. Our kids are 6 and 8 years and we would like to be around other families for the kids to play with. Given we’re on a budget and where we might have to stay I’m thinking Sanur may be better for accommodation but worry it will be too quiet and not many restaurants and shops? What are your thoughts?

    Megan Rees

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      A classier version of Kuta, Seminyak has endless hotels (sometimes called “boutique resorts”), restaurants (or “bistros”) and shops (more known as “boutiques”). Seminyak suits those who seek a little sophistication but still want to be close to Kuta with its malls and nightclubs. So, to be honest, Seminyak may not suit a family on a budget, while the waves and number of surfers along the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak stretch of beach could be daunting for youngsters.

      Sanur offers a wide range of hotels, from decent rooms with fan only and no pool for US$20 to resorts costing 10 times that, but mid-range 2-3 star hotels with a pool, breakfast, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, hot water and cable TV can easily be found for about US$40-50 per night. But finding something in that range in Seminyak is becoming increasingly difficult.

      Sanur is popular with families because there are far less crowds, traffic and noise, no unruly drunken tourists roaming the streets, and the sea is safe for swimming. And there is certainly no shortage of shops and cafés along the lovely beachside promenade and the main street, while only 20 minutes by taxi is Kuta with its malls, sunsets, and surf beach.

      And please remember that July/August is very busy with Australian school holidays and Europeans flocking for their annual vacations, so expect hotel rates to rise and hotels to be busy. Book hotels well ahead.

  9. Bali Resort for Family of 6

    HI David,
    Thank you for your help, again! You have wonderful ideas. We are a family of 6, 3 boys 8, 11, 12 and a girl 6 years. I have a few places on hold in Seminyak for 6 days- the Oberoi, (2 interconnecting rooms) good price as it’s last minute. The Royal Seminyak (2 deluxe rooms not guaranteed connecting! or the villa there which is more money) and The Seminyak Resort and Spa (2 x rooms beach wing). None of these have a kids club but we will be doing day trips, pool, beach, shopping, cafes etc. Oberoi has tennis court, pool, Royal Seminyak has table tennis, a couple of swimming pools and The Seminyak Resort and Spa is much newer but has a couple of pools. And then just received an email from The Legian in Seminyak and they have a 2 BR suite available which is a bit more expensive than the others but it is gorgeous too. I’m confused! Then I have booked the Westin at Nusa Dua for the last 5 days for relaxation, kids will love water slides and activities there. Any suggestions please on Seminyak? Thanks for your help, Margot.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      With so many wonderful places across the island the choice of accommodation can seem overwhelming at times. And you could spend a lot of time anxiously wondering which of the many luxurious places on offer is the best. But the reality is that the four places in Seminyak you mentioned are ALL fantastic, so you are (almost) guaranteed a memorable holiday staying at any of these places. They all have massive pools, boast spectacular beachside settings with those renowned sunsets, offer long private beaches and feature luxurious rooms.

      The Oberoi has a massive area of tropical gardens and an extensive private beach; The Royal Seminyak is renowned for its facilities and service, also with a magnificent beachside location; the Seminyak Resort & Spa is super-luxurious, modern and features distinctive Balinese architecture; and The Legian has an extensive gym and another perfect beachside setting. Other family-friendly resorts in Seminyak /Petitenget include: the Seminyak Resort, which isn’t quite on the beach but offers a kid’s pool; and the W Retreat & Spa, an extraordinary place with scheduled activities for children every day.

      You simply have to decide what factors are most important: price (eg can you get a good deal online?); facilities (eg do you need a kid’s club/centre?): and rooms (eg do you need adjoining rooms?)

  10. Which Hotel for a Family of 5 in Bali

    Hello, I am wondering if you think the AYANA or the Four Seasons Jimbaran would be best for our family? We have my husband and I and four children three boys 12, 11, and 8 years and a girl 6 years.
    They both look amazing.

    Also, we are hoping to stay in Seminyak for the first 4,5 days and Jimbarran for 6,7 days.
    We are looking at the Seminyak Resort and Spa, Royal Seminyak, The Legian, Padma (Legian), and the Maidera (Legian). I think Padma is fully booked. I think Padma and Maidera look best set up for kids however I was wanting to stay in Seminyak. Kind Regards. Thank you.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      As Kuta, Legian, Nusa Dua became more and more crowded, developers kept searching for new places on the small island to build more hotels. The Ayana is one of the most spectacular resorts along the clifftops around the southern Bukit peninsula. Like others it offers jaw-dropping views and all the luxuries you would expect for the price but there is no beach. The Ayana and other similar places are so isolated that you may need to order a taxi just to find the nearest café or shop. But isolation doesn’t necessarily mean privacy: some of these resorts have 100 villas and rooms all stacked on top of each other. In short, none of these resorts along the Bukit Peninsula are probably ideal for families with young children.

      In contrast, Jimbaran is a village with some life, plenty of shops, cafés, and bars within walking distance of your hotel, and arguably the nicest beach on the island. It is also home to the renowned sunset seafood dinners on the beach, and close to the airport and to Kuta with its shopping. The Four Seasons offers amazing views and a private beach and beach club for guests. But, again, it may not be as suitable for a family as there isn’t much to see or do around Jimbaran for the young ones (clearly it depends whether you’re looking for relaxation or activity).

      Legian is perhaps the best option for families. It is close to the action at Kuta, with its familiar restaurants, the extensive Beachwalk shopping centre, and slides at Waterbom Park (often as popular with parents as the kids). The resorts around Legian are spacious and family-friendly, and the general area is far quieter and more spacious than Kuta, but still has plenty of shops and a lovely beach.

  11. Bali with 4 Kids in June

    Hi David, thanks for helping. I’m a bit confused! We are coming to Bali for our first visit end of June for 11 nights (half is school holiday time) I have flights and I have the Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa on hold. It is quite expensive though (as we need 2 rooms) and wondering if our 4 children would get bored there. Children are 12, 11, 8, and 6. I am confused with all the options. We are wanting a holiday that is quite nice/luxury accommodation, activities for kids, yoga for me, day trips and a half day at golf. I was thinking of staying in Seminyak for 6 or 7 nights and then possibly Jimbaran for 4 or 5. I was looking at the intercontinental Jimbaran possibly. I also looked at The Legian, The Royal Seminyak, Anatara Seminak, and the Oberoi. The Padma looks good too (although possbily fullly booked) but I wasn’t so keen to stay in Legian. If you have any ideas that will be great. Thanks so much.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      With 12 tourist regions across Bali, and with 100s of hotels and resorts in some of those regions, the choice is often confusing and overwhelming.

      The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is one of many luxurious and very comfortable resorts along a lovely stretch of beach. Seminyak is a quieter and more classy area than Kuta, but within a 10-minute taxi ride from Kuta with its familiar fast-food outlets, Waterbom Park (with water slides), and the world-class Beachwalk shopping centre (with games arcade). Seminyak has plenty of shops and a gorgeous beach, and a highlight is watching the sunset and listening to live music while lounging on a beanbag at a beachside café. And, of course, it is very easy to arrange a chartered car with driver from your hotel to visit attractions across the island, such as the Bali Zoo, Bali Safari & Marine Park, and Bali Bird & Reptile Park. So, it’s unlikely your children will get bored while staying at Seminyak.

      On the other hand Jimbaran has fewer attractions. It offers a more appealing beach than Seminyak and is close for daytrips to surfing/swimming beaches like Padang Padang and the Ulu Watu temple, but there is little for the young ones to do in and around Jimbaran. Other options are to stay for a few days at Tanjung Benoa, which is the epi-centre for watersports on the island, or Ubud from where it’s easy to day trip to the usual sights, organise countryside walks, visit the animal attractions listed above, and join a yoga class.

      There is little difference between Seminyak and Legian with regards to the beach and the range of beachside hotels, but in Seminyak the cafés, bars, and shops are dotted along several more alluring east-west lanes, while in Legian most cafés, bars, and shops are alongside the chaotic and traffic-clogged Jalan Legian road. All the other hotels and resorts you have mentioned are luxurious, face the beach, and offer all the mod-cons with massive pools etc, and, to be honest, there isn’t a huge difference between them. Your major requirements would be, of course, cost and the range of children’s facilities on offer, such as kid’s pool, baby-sitting services, and playground.

  12. Bali with Toddler

    Hi David,

    What a gem of an article! Absolutely cracking.

    We have a very active 20 month old toddler, she doesn’t like to sit in a buggy, rather she likes running & exploring. We are looking at June / July for a 1 week vacation in Bali.

    After reading through a lot of your replies we are more inclined towards Sanur or Nusa Dua.

    Primarily we are looking for a short break from Singapore cosmopolitan life and would like to eat at local cafes, shop a bit, and sit around on a nice & clean beach. However, would also like to stay in Ubud for a few days to explore the culture of Bali. Looks like a long wish list!

    Would highly appreciate your expert guidance to fine tune our trip – any suggestions for itinerary & hotels? We are looking to spend 150usd per night for accommodation.

    Varun Dev

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The good news is that your child will be adored and cherished by every Balinese and Indonesian person you will meet. The bad news is that many parts of Bali are not ideal for an active toddler, so you must be careful (as you obviously are) about where to base yourself and where to stay.

      Sanur is quiet, and if you stay by the beach there is very little traffic to worry about, but there are still crowds of people, lots of noise and very little space to wander about. So, Nusa Dua is probably your best option: it offers large resorts with plenty of space, grass and shade in a gated complex with very little traffic, wide footpaths, few crowds, and no hassles from hawkers. Each beachfront resort offers an expansive clean beach with flat calm water, ideal for paddling. Your resort and others nearby will have plenty of places to eat and drink, and a free shuttle bus takes guests from the resorts to the likeable outdoor mall, Bali Collection, with supermarkets with baby supplies.

      Nusa Dua is also a great place to charter a car with a driver (through your hotel) for a daytrip around the southern peninsula to the spectacular Ulu Watu temple, the sunset dinner with fireworks on Jimbaran beach, and the rather bizarre but very spacious Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park, with views and cultural shows for the parents and plenty of space to run around for the toddler.

      In Nusa Dua, look for a resort with a paddle pool, a Kids’ Centre, a children’s menu, supervised activities for children, and baby-sitting services, such as: Grand Nikko; Laguna Resort; Westin Resort; or Ayodya Resort. If you are staying for a week, ask for a discount.

      Ubud is a wonderful place to stay and experience Balinese culture, but it is still incredibly busy (especially during the middle of the day), the footpaths are narrow and potholed, and the roads steepish. And hotels offer little space for active kids and almost no activities, pools etc for children. So, you may want to consider staying in Nusa Dua for the whole 7 days and day-tripping to Ubud (about 60-75 minutes away) to avoid the hassles of packing/unpacking etc. In and around Ubud, you and your child may be interested in the monkey forest, markets, duck-filled rice-fields, temples (such as Goa Gajah), and the spacious temple/gardens at Gunung Kawi in Sebatu (not to be confused with the rock sculptures at Gunung Kawi with many steep steps not ideal for children).

  13. Sanur, Ubud, and Jimbaran with Kids

    Hi David

    Thanks for your great informative website!

    I was hoping to get some of your advice for my families first Bali trip. My husband, 3 year old dd and I are going to Bali for a 7 nights at the end of may/ early June. I’m torn between wanting to see as much as Bali as possible and wanting to be as relaxed as possible. I was considering staying in 3 different places (Sanur 3 nights, Ubud 2-3 nights, and Jimbaran 1 night) rather than doing a few long day trips from 1 location and we’d be ending our trip close to the airport so we don’t have lots of travel on the last day. Do you think this would work or would it be hectic? Also do you have any accommodation recommendations? I’m getting a bit overwhelmed by all the options. We’d like something as luxurious as possible but affordable and family friendly. My husband also loves a good buffet breakfast!

    Also what do people do about carseats when travelling with little ones?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, the number of great towns across Bali, and the myriad of choices of accommodation at each region, can be overwhelming. But it is vital to do some research and find somewhere that suits your needs, especially with a child.

      With only 7 nights, it’s best to base yourself in two places: eg Ubud, to experience the island’s unique culture and visit some amazing places; and Sanur, for relaxation, shopping and soaking up the sun. Sanur is only 30-35 minutes by taxi from the airport, while Jimbaran is 10-15 minutes. So, staying in Jimbaran just to be close to the airport won’t save you much taxi-time, and would involve wasting far more time packing/unpacking and moving hotels for that final night. Ubud is only an hour from the airport on a good day as well (though traffic can easily double these times).

      With a toddler in Sanur for 3-4 nights, spend time strolling along the lovely beachside promenade, with no traffic; paddle in the calm, shallow waters; explore the nearby Mangrove centre with its boardwalk; and go the Turtle conservation centre on nearby Serangan island. Hardy’s Supermarket half-way along the main street through Sanur has baby supplies. Sanur offers many family-friendly resorts, with paddle pools, a Kids’ Club centre and other families with kids to play with – including Griya Santrian, Besakih Beach, and Baruna Bali Holiday Inn.

      In Ubud, for 3-4 nights with a toddler, explore the monkey forest; take a walk among duck-filled rice-fields behind the Puri Lukisan museum; check out one-off lessons in dance, gamelan-playing, or vegetable-carving the Pondok Pekak library has to offer (behind the football field); and experience the light and music of a traditional dance at the Pura Saraswati temple. For a daytrip with a chartered car and driver visit the tranquil Gunung Kawi temple/gardens at Sebatu (not to be confused with the rock sculptures of Gunung Kawi at Tampaksiring with 250 steep steps); see the bizarre daily migration of white herons after 4pm at Petulu; explore the eerie Goa Gajah temple and shady gardens; and take a flat easy stroll to the rock carvings at Yeh Pulu. Ubud doesn’t really offer family-friendly resorts like the beach areas, such as Sanur, but worth trying are: Grand Sunti (which does offer an impressive buffet breakfast); the tranquil Oka Wati; and the ostentatious but spacious Mansion Baliwood.

      Carseats are tricky because even when you can find a vehicle with working seatbelts they’re often only in the front two seats and it’s not recommended to have a car seat in the front (if it even fits) – though perhaps a car seat in the front is better than no restraint at all (I certainly don’t know the answer to this, just a thought). I’ve had times where I made it clear that I wanted a car with working seat belts in the back and they say, “Yes, yes, yes. Of course, no problem”, and then the car or van shows up and there are no back seat belts and you’re faced with whether to say no and go hunt the streets looking for a vehicle with working seat belts, or just say, “screw it, let’s go” – usually we just go.

  14. Good Area of Bali for Family of 6

    Hi we are planning a trip to Bali as a family of 6 with a 2yr old for 8 days in either July or August. I am just currently looking at accommodations.

    We will like to near a beach where some of the adults can do water sports on 1 or 2 days. When i say water sports not surfing but the other water activities whilst the 2 yr old probably playing the sand. We will also like to probably explore other stuff that could be also interesting for the 2 yr old.

    If so, where would you suggest for us to based? I saw a few nice villas in Canggu…..will that be a nice place to be for us to be based? What about Kerobokan?

    Suba Sanderson

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      An increasingly popular choice for seclusion, privacy, and security on Bali is a villa, but it’s important to do some proper research so you get want you really want. A proper “villa” should be a self-contained building with 2-3 bedrooms, like a luxury home, with a self-contained kitchen (which you may not even use) which is usually attached to an outdoor but undercover lounge area with a TV. More upmarket villas will have private pools and all are serviced daily by maids. These are most commonly found in the area of Seminyak, Canggu and Kerobokan; on the three Gili Islands, off the coast of Lombok but easily accessible from Bali; and in Ubud.

      Other hotels/resorts, however, use the word ‘villa’ and/or ‘bungalow’ to describe one bedroom with an attached bathroom in an individual building and separate from others with its own balcony and, maybe, garden – but might not have a kitchen, lounge area, or private pool. And other hotels/resorts even use the words ‘villa’ and ‘bungalow’ in their names and descriptions because it sounds trendy but they offer nothing resembling a villa or bungalow.

      As tourism continues to explode and hotels spread beyond Kuta/Legian/Seminyak, more and more expats have been forced to move to places like Canggu and Kerobokan. Canggu is a broad area north of Seminyak/Petitenget, where the beaches are grey and unappealing, and sometimes dirty because there are few tourists and few reasons to keep the sand constantly clean. Access to the beaches in the Canggu area is not easy and it’s possible your villa may be 1-2kms from the beach – so check on Google maps before renting. Kerobokan is inland from Canggu and now virtually part of the chaotic capital of Denpasar, and about 4-5kms from the beaches around Canggu. In short, Canggu and Kerobokan have been mostly developed for expats with their own vehicles and, perhaps, drivers, so there may not be many cafes and shops within walking distance of your villa.

      Perhaps, check out villas in Seminyak, which is closer to everything (shops, taxis, cafes etc) and has a very nice beach. Otherwise, consider a quieter beach resort area like Sanur, which has a lovely promenade for strolling and cycling, and no nightclubs, malls or surfers to bother you. Sanur has no villas but many comfortable 1-2 star hotels offer rooms for US$30-40 per night, which may work out a lot cheaper than a villa anyway. And Sanur is only 10-15 mins by taxi along the new tollway to Tanjung Benoa, which is where every water sport imaginable (except surfing) is available. If booking 2-3 hotel rooms ask for a discount and certainly book as soon as possible because July and August are very busy.

      1. Bali Weather in October

        Hi David,

        Thank you so much for your detailed and prompt advice. It has definitely helped me to narrow down my search for accommodations. Will you recommend visiting Bali in October? Is it rainy/monsoon season?

        Many Thanks
        Suba Sanderson

        1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

          The weather in October is usually great. Rain gets more common as the month goes on but it usually doesn’t last long even when it does come.

  15. Bali with Kids and Adults

    Hi David,
    We are planning a trip to Bali coming June. We are a big group with 5 adults, 2 elderly & 2 girls (9&10 years old). Basically we wish to let the kids have fun (mainly outdoor activities) & the elderly to shop & dine. Do you have any recommendation on which part of Bali to visit? Saw your post that Sanur has calm & shallow beach, does it mean it will not have any waves? Thanks. Lucy

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Bali is compact and has plenty to offer so your family, especially the young ones, will find lots to entertain and occupy themselves. Given your family situation and listed interests Sanur would be the best bet for a base. Kuta/Legian would probably be too frenetic for the young and old, while other resort regions such as Padangbai and Jimbaran would have little to offer in the way of shops and cafes.

      Yes, the beach at Sanur has no waves, but this means it also has no surfers, who at Kuta/Legian can dominate sections of the beach to the detriment of normal swimmers, and the waves in Kuta/Legian can be intense at times. The beach at Sanur is shallow, ideal for paddling about, but does get affected by low tides, which make it impossible to swim at times and the beach can look quite unattractive when the water is way out. Sanur has a 7km-long beachside pathway, which is ideal for cycling (no vehicle traffic), and is the centre for Seawalking, a new underwater phenomenon. Also near Sanur and of possible interest (though modest by international standards) is the boardwalk through the Mangrove Centre, and the turtle conversation centre on Serangan island.

      Otherwise, with the new tollway, Tanjung Benoa, the centre for all watersports (except surfing), is only 10-15 minutes by taxi from Sanur, and Kuta/Legian with its malls and waves is 20-25 minutes away. Two popular attractions for the kids may be the pools and waterslides at Waterbom in Kuta, and the Bali Adventure Park in the botanical gardens at Candikuning (which could also delight the older ones in your group).

  16. Nusa Dua or Seminyak with 18 Month Old Child

    Hi David,

    I love this particular post as it provides sufficient information for someone who hasn’t been to Bali.

    I will be travelling to Bali in June with my boy who will turn 18 months then. I am tied between staying at Nusa Dua and Seminyak. I am looking somewhere that is accessible for my husband and I to sneak out for a date night/ drink after my boy is asleep at night, not too far away from hotel in case my mother-in-law pulls a red alert and we have to rush back.

    Would appreciate your recommendation & advice. Many thanks in advance!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Many tourists come to Bali with their young ones, and find it an even more exhilarating experience as the Balinese utterly adore children – theirs, yours, anyone’s!

      The dozen or so resort regions across Bali have different attractions and benefits – and disadvantages – so choosing the right base for your trip is important, even more so with a young child. Nusa Dua is a gated complex of 4-5 star mega-resorts often large enough to need golf buggies to get from your room to the breakfast lounge. This region was built as an antithesis to the rampant, uncontrolled construction of Kuta and, to a lesser degree, Legian and Seminyak. Nusa Dua boasts plenty of space, spotless private beaches for guests, greenery everywhere and wide pathways, with no traffic, hawkers, surfers or noisy nightclubs. Guests are normally happy to eat, drink and shop in their own hotel or walk 5-10 minutes to a café, bar or boutique in a neighbouring hotel. Otherwise, a free shuttle bus picks up and drops off guests for the pleasant Bali Collection outdoor mall, with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. And if you choose a hotel near the southern gate (i.e. at or near The Ayodya), or the western gate, you will also be within a 5-minute walk of cafés and bars lined just outside the gated complex.

      In contrast, Seminyak is always busy and often noisy (depending where you stay), and construction of more and more boutique hotels often seems to continue all day – and, sometimes, at night. If you are using a pram, then the narrow potholed paths around Seminyak would be problematic, while the traffic and crowds can still seem a little overwhelming at times to first-time visitors, especially those with very young children.

  17. Long Term Rental in Bali for Family of 4

    Hello there,
    Thanks very much for all the very useful info on this site – it’s a real gem to find it!
    My family of 4 are planning an extended trip to Indonesia next January for hopefully 2 to 3 months. We will have a 3 year old and a 6 month old and ideally looking for cheaper long term rental options – in either Bali or Lombok. Do you have any insight/advice on finding cheaper longer term rentals please for a family?
    Many thanks in advance if you can help!
    Nicola Terry

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Many other people bring their children for extended holidays to Bali, where baby supplies and facilities are easily found. And the Balinese adore children, strongly believing they are gifts from the gods, so your offspring will be cuddled and kissed constantly by the locals.

      For many reasons, your best base is Ubud, the cultural heart of the island. More relaxed, quieter, and less humid than the beach resort regions, Ubud is also well set up with fully-equipped villas and homes with kitchens that can be rented for longer periods. There is also plenty to see and do in Ubud (e.g. temples and walks) and things to entertain the children (e.g. traditional dancing courses at Pondok Pekak library).

      Many expats live in Ubud permanently or for a few months at a time, and finding accommodation is not difficult as long as you book ahead. Other than the usual online booking sites, long-term rentals are best arranged directly with the owner (normally a westerner) through pages like this one.

      Outside of Bali, Indonesia can be difficult for first-time visitors – especially so with children. The weather is always hot, long-distance public transport is often chaotic, and the crowds and noise can be overwhelming – even for adults. (Of course some people love this, just so long as you know what you’re getting into.) If you wish to explore more of Indonesia than Bali, I’d suggest Lake Toba in Sumatra (a delightful volcanic lake, cool and quiet), or the islands of Maluku, particularly the historic Banda Islands.

      Otherwise, in Lombok the best places to visit and perhaps base yourself for a while would be Gili Air or Gili Meno, two islands within a couple of hours by speedboat from Bali; or Kuta, a surprisingly relaxing beach region with nowhere near the crowds of its namesake on Bali. But outside of Bali, and particularly Ubud, finding long-term rentals is problematic.

      1. Nicola Terry

        Thanks so much for taking the time to send such a detailed and very useful reply. Really helpful!

  18. Bali with Young Teens

    Hi David
    First thank you for all your information it’s fantastic. We are looking at coming to Bali in either late April or early May. We have 13 year old twins who would like to surf, sea walk, animal safari, swim with dolphins, see monkeys, elephant tracks and shop (the list is growing each day). We would like to visit temples and see some of the Bali culture.

    We like to stay in a family resort that has things for teens to do as well as night time shows or entertainment and great food. We are looking at staying for ten nights, can you suggest a central place that is great for the kids to be able to do some of the wish list and that is great for us to just sit back and relax a bit for us. Also is it best to hire a driver for the time we are there to get us around?

    After searching the web any advice would be greatly appreciated as trying to pick an area to stay is hard.
    Thank you

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      You are right: there is so much to see and do on Bali, especially for families. And the island is compact, so it’s possible to base yourself in one place and day-trip each day, but you may spend several hours a day travelling. Arranging a car with a driver (never drive yourself) is easy to arrange through your hotel, but some activities listed below include travel to/from your hotel in the cost. And if you choose a central hotel, you can walk to cafés, shops and the beach.

      I understand you may be looking for only one base from which you can day-trip, but perhaps consider five days in two different bases to avoid too much travelling. Sanur is a quiet, relaxing beach region, ideal for families, and with plenty of shops, cafés and hotels, but no surf. From Sanur, you can do the dolphin swim and sea walk (which are both based in Sanur), and a quick taxi ride away is Kuta, with its surf beach, malls and the highly-recommended Waterbom Park with water slides etc. Ubud is the cultural heart of the island, with plenty of rice-field walks, traditional dances and temples, and the lovely Monkey Forest. Ubud is also the perfect base for easy trips to the Bali Zoo and Elephant Safari Park.

      Many resorts cater for families, with a Kids’ Club and Games Centre, but these are mostly for children perhaps younger than yours. But Sanur is ideal for other things like cycling along the beachside promenade and prodding around the produce market, while Ubud has many walks (see the YouTube channel Ubud in a Minute). Other great family activities include cycling tours down the volcano slopes and the Bali Treetop Adventure Park (both best from Ubud), and snorkeling and other sea-based activities with Bali Hai Cruises (best from Sanur).

  19. Ubud and Seminyak/Legian with Kids

    Hi David. We are heading to Bali from 15-29 June. Planning on 9 days in Seminyak, Legian, or elsewhere. Then 5 days in Ubud. We have 2 active NZ kids 9 & 7yrs. I like the look of the Padma Resort but am unsure. A couple of questions:
    – Is it possible for the 4 of us to be in one room, a lot of the booking templates are not clear on the ability to cater for 4.
    – The kids are very competent in the NZ surf so is Legian/Seminyak ok, and would Sanur bore them?
    – In Ubud, is the Padma Resort ok?
    – Could you recommend other resorts in Legian/ Seminyak and Ubud for an active family who are keen to explore and stay in one room. 4 star.

    Nice work on the simple but effective website. Thank you


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      In general, hotels on Bali are happy to put one fold-up bed for one child into a normal room, but reluctant to offer two fold-up beds mainly because of a lack of room and but also because the hotel wants you to book two rooms for two parents and two kids or book a family room or two-bedroom suite/bungalow.

      The Padma at Legian is certainly a massive, lovely and popular resort, with a perfect location facing the beach on the invisible border between Kuta and Legian. It also caters very well for families, with a Kid’s Centre, children’s pool and games centre. The Family Room has a king bed in one bedroom and bunk beds (which have 3 beds) in the Kids Room.

      The surf can be tricky at times along the continuous stretch of beach known as Kuta/Legian/Seminyak, but should be OK if your children are competent surfers and swimmers. Just beware of other surfers as some parts can be busy and ALWAYS swim and surf between the flags, which are covered by lifeguards. However, lifeguards, and places that rent boards and offer lessons, are less frequent as you head further north to Seminyak and beyond. Sanur is certainly not a surf beach, and the only possible waves there are some 200m off-shore and only accessible by boat.

      The Padma in Ubud is also luxurious, and like its sister resort in Legian has facilities for children. The 2-bedroom suite is wonderful and has a king bed in one room and two single beds in the other. The one caveat is that it’s not in central Ubud – it’s about a 20-minute taxi ride from the great restaurants and attractions in Ubud. Two central options in Ubud with family rooms and facilities for children include: Ubud Inn, which offers a family room in a central location; and Nick’s Pension, with an ideal location (central but overlooking rice-fields and a ravine), that allows 2 adults and 2 children in one room, or you could rent a detached two-storey bungalow there, with separate rooms on both floors.

  20. Sanur and Ubud with Kids

    Hi David,

    Love your site. We are wanting to take our kids to Bali over Christmas holidays this coming year. We are flying from Canada so we really want a cultural experience. I was thinking Sanur for the first 3 days and then rent a place in Ubud for a week. Do you think that’s reasonable? Also, do you know how kid friendly the Fairmont is in Sanur? Our kids will be 2/5/7 at the time of travel.

    Jessica Sookram

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Many families come to Bali for holidays because the facilities are good and the Balinese just adore children, so expect yours to be cuddled, stroked and pinched (in a good way!). But don’t forget that the Christmas holidays are the busiest time in Bali, so book ahead and expect prices to rise.

      Sanur is the best beach resort region for youngsters of that age: there is plenty of space, the roads and traffic are far from most hotels and cafes, the sea is shallow and swimmable (with no surf), and there’s enough to keep the parents happy as well.

      The Fairmont is certainly a lovely and luxurious place, with such extras as your own butler! It features plenty of tropical gardens for the kids to roam around, and faces a secluded and safe beach. And, perhaps best of all, it offers a Kid’s Club and babysitting services, so it not only encourages families it clearly caters very well for youngsters.

      And if you’re seeking a ‘cultural experience’ then Ubud is the place to go. Some of the cultural activities and sights that may interest your young ones are a performance of traditional dance with music; a wayang kulit shadow puppet play; running around the Monkey Forest; bird-watching at Petulu; kid’s classes in art, music or dance at Pondok Pekak library; and chasing ducks around the rice-fields. Also nearby are the Taman Burung bird and reptile park, the Elephant Safari Park, and the Bali Zoo.

  21. Nusa Dua or Seminyak with Baby

    Hi David, great site & love the responses to comments!
    We are looking to travel with a 7 month old in June – initially thinking Nusa Dua so we can get around with a stroller but the food & atmosphere of Seminyak really appeals. Is there anywhere in particular you’d recommend for decent pram access? I read some villas will give you a driver to take you to restaurants so is that a good option for getting around with a baby instead? Penny

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      If you stick to the resort regions there are supermarkets with baby supplies and, perhaps best of all, the Balinese utterly adore children, believing they are gifts from the gods, so your child will be endlessly cuddled and stroked.

      Seminyak is an extension of the busy (some call it chaotic) and touristy beach region that includes Kuta and Legian. With lots of traffic, noise and crowds, the area is far from ideal for infants – and, to be honest, if you want good food and a fun atmosphere Ubud and Sanur are just as good. Also, the footpaths are very often uneven in Kuta/Legian/Seminyak and are almost always choked with tourists, locals and their stalls, parked motorbikes and even dogs.

      Nusa Dua is an enclave of upscale hotels where there are no hawkers, plenty of flat wide footpaths, and very little traffic. From Nusa Dua, it’s also very easy to visit Kuta/Legian/Seminyak if you want, and close for day-trips to glorious temples like Ulu Watu. (Any hotel can arrange a taxi or chartered car with driver to take you anywhere you want on the island.) Nusa Dua also boasts a long and charming beachside promenade and a pleasant outdoor shopping area (accessible by free shuttle bus from local hotels) – and both are fine for strollers.

  22. Top Hotel with Kids in Bali

    Thank you for all your information! I’m stuck with finding a kid friendly resort for the last two nights of our upcoming holiday in July. We are a family of 4 (2 adults + 2kids 8/6). We are spending first 5 nights in a villa in Seminyak, then staying in another villa in Canggu with friends and kids (20 people) for 4 nights, and then wanted to make the last two nights about the kids. Could you give me your top three resorts for kids – would like to stay in one room to reduce $$. We have active kids and will be staying with another family who have three kids 9/7/5. We are finding everything so pricey! Was thinking Padma, Mandira, Bali Dynasty. Your top three?

    Melanie Sayer

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would go with the Dynasty. Very fun and kid friendly. Central location. But Padma and Mandira are great too. Febris is a good budget/moderate option for families.

  23. Resort for Family of 6 in Bali

    Can you please recommend resorts that cater for a family of six (2 adults/4 children) that are close to restaurants and budget friendly!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      There are not a lot of places that will sleep a family of 6 that aren’t 4 or 5 star hotels (where you’d rent a villa). Try Febri’s Hotel in Kuta which has large family rooms (but usually for families of 5), a playground, nice pool, and good central location. Rates are reasonable.

  24. Seminyak with Kids

    Hi David,
    Wanted to get your advice on things to do with kids. We will be staying at the Ramada Encore in Seminyak at the end of March. Hoping to do snorkelling not sure where would be best, visit a temple (which one?), a rice field, a monkey forest, & would love to visit a waterfall but all of the ones I’ve seen on the internet don’t look suitable for children. Any advise on these activities and where we can do them with children (aged 16, 8, & 3) that would be great.

    Many thanks.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      There is nowhere good to snorkel at or near Seminyak. The beaches along that coast are strictly for swimming and, more so, surfing. Safe but unexciting snorkelling options are Sanur or Nusa Dua. Better still are Padangbai and Nusa Lembongan island, which are accessible on daytrips from Seminyak.

      Bali is choked with temples, some off-limits to tourists, many over-touristy. Recommended are: Goa Lawah (near Padangbai), Tanah Lot for the setting (but impossibly busy at sunset), and Ulu Watu (for location and surprisingly quiet). For rice-fields try Tegallalang (near Ubud) and the monkey forest at Ubud is convenient and home to plenty of pesky kleptomaniacs (the monkeys, not the people) – so, hang on to your sunglasses and hats!

      In short, your best idea is to hire a car with a driver (don’t drive yourself as the traffic is absurd in places and when you’re a passenger you get to enjoy the scenery). Tell your driver what you want to see and he’ll take you to all these places – and other rice-fields with no tourists, temples with ceremonies, and so on.

      Other adventurous but safe activities for the kids are the Bali Treetop Adventure Park in Candikuning; and Bali Hai – a massive boat that docks in the ocean at Nusa Lembongan.

  25. Sanur Hotel for a Family

    Hi, I love this site. I plan to travel to Bali at the end of July with my husband, four year old and my 70 year old mother in law. (We do not plan to rent something for all of us. We would each have our own space. ) We are looking for a family friendly place that still keeps us connected to Bali. We have been to Ubud and Kuta a few years ago. We are going to see Bali more than that have a resort experience. I have heard Sanur is good for kids. We would like to find a place for him to play with other kids at a pool, etc part of the day. At this time we plan to start at a beach spot for a week and end our trip in Ubud. We are looking at hotels in the Moderate range.

  26. Nusa Lembongan with Kids

    Hi there
    Going to Bali in March this year and have a 6 yr old and 4 yr old and want to know somewhere good for snorkelling straight off the beach without too much travel time to get there! What do you think about Nusa Lembongan? Gili and Lombok a bit far to travel.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Nusa Lembongan is great for kids. Good snorkeling and a short boat trip from Sanur (take the earliest boat in the day for the calmest ride). Gili and Lombok are much farther (though you can fly to Lombok).

  27. Dynasty, Nikko, or Holiday Inn for Kids

    Hi David, lovely site and very informative.
    How are the Nikko at Nusa Dua and Holiday Inn at Benoa. Are they as kid friendly as the Dynasty?
    Your input please.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Nikko and Holiday Inn are nicer (more luxurious) hotels but the Dynasty has a more kid-friendly vibe (or chaotic vibe, depending on your outlook). The Holiday Inn in Kuta is also great. All 4 hotels are good for families. The location is the biggest difference: Nusa Dua (quieter, calmer beach, lots of resorts, not much local culture) vs Kuta (busy, good surf, lots of shopping).

  28. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort


    We are thinking of going to Bali in April for a week with a 4yr old & an 8 yr old. Any thoughts on the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort? We are hoping for a relaxing resort holiday with a few days of excursions.

    Thank you,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Great resort and very kid friendly with a water slide, nice pools, and play area. It’s close to the best golf course on Bali. The one caveat is there is very little around in the form of restaurants, nightlife, or shopping.

    2. Cam

      Stayed here twice in two years we loved it so much. There’s a closeby village in Tanah Lot which has some places to eat and shop but mostly you’ll just stay in the resort or take the shuttle to Seminyak. Pools and kids club are awesome. And the breakfast is amazing, everything from sashimi, to waffles to noodles to fried eggs and bacon.

      Definitely recommend if you’re ok to stay at a resort not in the middle of tourist centers.

  29. What's Near Nusa Dua Resorts?

    Hi! We have booked ourselves 2 adults and kids 4 and 5 at Westin Nusa Dua! We are in Bali for 4 days. Please recommend places close by Nusa Dua as there’s not much in Nusa Dua! Like should we hit Seminayak or Ubud or Jimbaran for a day trip and take our dinner and come back! Please recommend! I’m highly confused after reading your blog and am feeling as I have done a mistake by booking myself in Nusa Dua!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Nusa Dua is great for hanging by the pool and relaxing. So don’t worry. You’ll have a great time. If you did want to experience something a little different than typical then grab a taxi one night (say, around 6pm) and head for Jimbaran Beach. There are a bunch of seafood restaurants there and lots of locals. Walk along the beach until you see something you like. It’s a lot of fun and the food is great.

  30. Good Hotel for Kids close to Shopping


    Love your site! My husband and I are travelling to Bali next July for just over two weeks with my mum, and our 4 year old and 10 month old. We are thinking of staying at a couple of places, maybe a villa one week and a resort the next. We mostly enjoy just lazing around the pool and going out to eat and shop at night.

    We have stayed at the W Resort before and really enjoyed that, so we are looking for something similar but with a kids club and really close to walk to restaurants? Any suggestions?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Bali Dynasty would be great though it doesn’t have the trendy shops, night clubs, and restaurants nearby. But it is great for the kids and plenty of touristy shopping and eating within an easy walk. The beach is nice too.

  31. Gili or Lombok with Kids

    Hi. we will travel to Bali in a few days (short notice) for approx. 16 days – over Christmas. Our kids are 6, 3, and 4 month and we are looking for a mixture of holiday: Beach (hotel or villa), mountain areas, and maybe the islands around. Do you recommend to go to Gili islands or Lombok?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would recommend Nusa Lembongan for kids as it has a great vibe, wonderful beaches, good snorkeling, and most important, is easy to get to from Bali. Lombok and the Gilis require a long boat ride (though you can fly to Lombok). And during December, January, and February the seas can be rough. That can be a long miserable boat ride. Nusa Lembongan is much closer (just 30 minutes from Sanur) and the water is more protected so even on a day the sea is wavy it’s a better ride.

      1. Tanja

        Thanks David. If we stay on the main land – what areas do you recommend.

        Ubud, Saminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua – are these recommended with little kids.

        ideally we are looking for a beach villa (direct access from your villa to the beach) and with breakfast.

        Cheers Tanja

      2. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

        All are nice. Ubud is a town in central Bali (no beach) but lots of culture and good restaurants – well worth a visit. Nusa Dua is on the opposite end of the spectrum – great beach, large resorts, but not much culture. Seminyak has a good beach (though it’s far from calm and tranquil) and great food, trendy shopping. Sanur is quieter with a calmer beach but the sand isn’t quite as idyllic as Nusa Dua or Seminyak.

  32. Nusa Lembongan with Kids

    Hi we are thinking of staying at Coconut Beach in Nusa Lembongan. We have a 1 year old and 9 year old, is this a good idea? Could we leave from this island in time to catch an 1pm flight?? Thankyou,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Nusa Lembongan is great for kids (good snorkeling for your 9 year old) but I’d recommend staying near Mushroom Bay which has better swimming. It’s certainly possible to leave Nusa Lembongan in the morning (there are early morning ferries at 8am and 9am) and get to the Bali airport but delays are common due to any number of reasons – rough seas, broken motor, getting stuck on the reef – that I personally would leave the day before. But if you’re willing to take some risk I’d say you’d make it with time to spare 95% of the time.

  33. Bali Dynasty with Kids

    Great info!
    I’m planning to visit Bali next week, which is in early Dec with my husband and 3 girls (7y,4y and 10m). We’ve booked the Bali Dynasty Resort for 3 nights.
    My girls love to spend time at the kids club, swimming pools and playing sand by the beach. We are planning to take them to play with dolphins and visit monkey forest. Do u think we made a good choice with the hotel? Your comment please?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Great choice. It’s a very kid-friendly resort with lots to do and good activities nearby (including Waterbom waterslides).

  34. Nusa Dua or Legian

    Hi. I am planning a family vacation in Bali near christmas. We will be 3 nights in Ubud but first three nights at a beach hotel. Right now we’re torn between Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua and Padma resort in Legian.

    The biggest thing that’s stopping me from going ahead and booking the Padma is that I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about the beach being dirty, and the ocean not good for swimming due to undertow.

    The wife and I were in Bali a few years ago and stayed in Nusa Dua and we loved wandering around the shallow waters and sandbars at low tide. Can that be done at Legian beach too?

    The issue I have with Hyatt is that it’s more secluded and more difficult to find a lot of options for stuff to do outside of the hotel. I relize this shouldn’t be a huge concern for 3 days given the extensive facilities, etc at the Hyatt. The other thing is no sunsets since it’s an eastern-coast hotel.

    I would love to hear your opinion.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The beach at Legian is more active, busier, better (stronger) surf. I personally like the vibe around Legian more than Nusa Dua but if you’ve been down there and liked it then I would go with that – especially for such a short stay.

  35. Babysitters in Bali / Local Food

    Thanks for a great resource. We’re taking our 6 yr old and 15 month old to Bali in a couple of weeks.Do you know if it’s common to be able to organise babysitters for toddlers? We’re hoping for kids club for the older one but a few evenings off too from the baby! Also, keen on being somewhere we can access local warungs for lunch and night eating. Where do you reckon is best? Mid range. Thanks heaps! Janelle

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, most hotels will be able to find a babysitter with a day’s notice. It might be someone on staff or a family friend that they can contact. Warungs are everywhere and consistently good, ask at your hotel for something nearby.

  36. Bali with a Baby

    Hello David,

    I´ll travel to Bali next January and I´m not sure where to stay. I´m traveling with my husband, his parents and our baby (he will be 6 months at that time). We would like to stay in a resort with all the facilities for the baby with beautiful beaches too. Don´t want a crowded place full of drunk young people or party 24/7. Which area would you recommend me?
    Thank you!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Look at the resorts in Nusa Dua. The beaches are calm and beautiful. Resorts are top notch. Very little nightlife in the area so partiers are not a problem.

  37. Grand Hyatt, Westin, or Conrad for Kids

    Hi David,

    Excellent Website!

    planning on a getaway to Bali for 3.5days. Wife and Kids (11,9,6 <– 3 active boys!).

    Question – Considering Rooms, Facilities, Activities, etc and the 3 boys…Any hints?…Grand Hyatt Suite (Middle), Westin Family Suite (Most Expensive) or Conrad Suites (Best Price with Most Included)?

    Actually, the main question is…Would the 3 boys get bored at Conrad?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      All 3 are great hotels. The Westin is the most kid-friendly with lots to do and (perhaps, most important) lots of other kids to play with. The Conrad is the most luxurious of the 3 (and there are suites with direct access to pool and beach which is nice). Grand Hyatt is somewhere in the middle on the luxury vs family-friendly scale (maybe a good compromise).

  38. Club Med Bali with Kids

    Hi David.

    Great site thank you so much.

    I am looking at travelling to Bali in Feb for 9 nights with my husband and two boys aged 1 & 3.
    We are seriously considering Club Med as have heard great things from a few friends.
    Do you have any comments/ thoughts?

    Thank you,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It’s a nice hotel with a beautiful pool and lots to do for kids. But there’s not a lot nearby and it’s an all inclusive which means lots of average food – and makes you less likely to get out and explore local restaurants and food. I personally would not recommend it, but if you’re only looking to sit by the pool and don’t have a lot of interest in seeing the real Bali then it’s fine.

  39. Hotel Room for Family of 5 in Bali

    Hi there. I would love some advice on hotels for a larger family (2 adults and 3 children) and which hotels accomodate this size family. A lot of hotels only allow 2 children which is such a pain and they expect you to book a whole second room for one small child. This totally over extends my budget. Any suggestions welcome…
    Eloise Scott

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      You’re right. Most hotel rooms (even larger ones) are for a group of 4. Hotels with larger rooms that will sleep a family of 5 are: the Family Studio Room at the Bali Dynasty (bunk beds and a king bed) and the Quintet Room at Febri’s Hotel (3 twin beds and a king) in Kuta, and the Family Room at Melia Bali (2 twin beds and 1 king on 2 levels) in Nusa Dua.

  40. Bali on a Budget

    We will be travelling to Bali in February with a 3 year old and 18 month old.
    Planning on 2 weeks – 1 week in Ubud and 1 week at the beach.
    Where would you suggest
    In terms of places to stay, were on a budget as its part of a round the world trip

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      There are great places to stay a short walk outside of Ubud – especially to the north. Sanur and Kuta both have cheap hotels that are back from the beach. I would book for the first night in each place then walk around to find something cheaper. For mid-range and luxury places you’ll find the best deals online but for budget hotels you’ll get the cheapest deals in person. Just don’t do this in July, August, or Christmas/New Years as you might not find a place.

  41. Canggu with Kids

    Hi David,

    Awesomely wicked site! thank you so much for the resource.

    My husband and I will be travelling to Bali with our then 9 month old baby girl.

    What are your thoughts on the area Canggu. Is it safe, what are the beaches like for kids, and is it in walking distance to good restaurants, shops etc.

    Don’t want to be too far from the action and would like a good balance.

    Thanks so much!


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Canggu is large and much more spread out than, say, Seminyak. There are good restaurants around the Batu Bolong and Echo Beach areas. The waves can be rough and generally I would not call the water kid-friendly. The town itself is great, friendly, and safe. It feels a bit like the area around Ubud – rural with rice paddies about – but with a nearby beach. I would not describe Canggu as being “near the action.”

  42. Mosquitoes in Bali

    Hi David,

    Thanks for a very helpful website. We are actively looking at going to Ubud on the basis of the information here. We have one question, though.

    I suffer badly from mosquito bites. Are mosquitoes a significant problem in Ubud and are there some hotels or locations that are better or worse affected in that respect?

    Grateful for any info that you might have



    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Mosquitoes are less common near the beach and in the dry season. You will find more in central Bali (Ubud) and between December and March. They’re never too bad but for people that really get bitten it can be a pain. Hotels in town might tend to have fewer mosquitoes than out near the rice paddies but it’s very hard to predict.

  43. The Conrad Hotel in Bali with Kids

    Hello David

    First of all I want to congratulate you on such an informative site and for taking the time to answer so many questions on the same topics so patiently.

    I am planning to take my two boys 10 and 7 yrs old to Bali mid December for a few days. I see you listed Conrad Hotel right at the beginning of this blog as example of Kids friendly hotels in Bali but then have not mentioned it since. What is your personal opinion of this hotel? My boys likes to spend some time in kids club (only if it’s not aimed at too young an age group) and also likes to spend time with me by the pool (preferably with a slide but if not then a nice pool to swim in). And then a little bit of site seeing.

    Your thoughts on this most appreciated.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Conrad is great for kids – the huge pools being the big draw, but no water slides. The beach is shallow here which is both good and bad. Good for it being safe but perhaps too shallow to really swim in. With the Conrad you’re staying in a location that is far from central Bali where much of the sightseeing is found – though there are some cool sights on the Bukit Peninsula that are easy to reach.

  44. Dynasty Resort with Kids

    Hi David, we are planning a trip to Bali in December with 2 kids aged 6 & 14 years, I’m having a hard time trying to figure out where to stay that will cater for both ages!! I’ve seen the Dynasty offers a great deal of what we are after but Ive also heard it’s quite noisy!! Is there a place similar to the Dynasty that’s close enough to restaurants with facilities to entertain parents & kids that’s not in Kuta & is affordable? Thankyou, Sophie

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I think the Dynasty Resort is a good choice. If you have kids and want them to be in a fun and kid-friendly environment then there are going to be lots of other kids and families (especially if it’s affordable). There’s just no way around that. The Dynasty is also close to Waterbom park (water slides) which is a great outing.

  45. Which Town for Non-touristy Bali

    I first have to thank you for your wonderful posts as it has given me a lot of reassuring information for the trips I plan to take and where to go with my 2 girls 9 and 6. I do have a question as I am stuck on where to stay. My husband and I plan to visit Bali for 4 days in December on a side trip. We do enjoy staying at the Westin and Hard Rock type of chains but want a Bali feel to our trip and not a typical beachfront all inclusive vacation with pool and beaches only. We plan to go to Treetop Adventures one day and also ride elephants another day. Which location would you recommend to really feel Bali that would be safe, still a 3-4 star hotel with pool but have a feel of the culture and have close proximity to local markets and restaurants. Thanks.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Ubud is a great place to stay when you want to get away from the beach and resort scene. It’s still touristy, of course, but it’s easy to take a short walk and wind up walking through small villages and working rice paddies. It’s also very central for seeing the “rest of Bali”. Unlike when you’re in the Kuta region where even when you want to get away you still have to drive through Denpasar and lots of traffic to get to the heart of Bali. In Ubud, you’re already there.

  46. Sanur, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua

    Help, can’t make a decision – even after reading the reviews etc extensively on here we still can’t decide between Sanur, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua.

    Travelling to Bali August 2016 with our 9 year old twins, going to be looking for a bit of everything, nice beach, good resort, bit of a buzz in the evening for a wander, eat & drink – kids clubs are not important. Finding it difficult to choose although admittedly a nice problem to have. Seen it mentioned in various places that Sanur isn’t the best beach aesthetically, what is the issue if any?
    Appreciate any words of wisdom.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would drop Nusa Dua from consideration as it does not have much of a buzz and very little to “wander” to. Sanur has more of a town (restaurants, shops, bars) than Jimbaran which has most of its activity along the beach. The Jimbaran beach is great at night when there are many places to eat but sort of dead through the day. Sanur has a narrow beach without the soft sand you’ll find at Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. Most hotels along the beach have pools just back from the beach so you tend to come out for a swim then return to the pool area for a drink or to lie out.

  47. The Bali Westin with Kids

    Hi David,

    We are thinking of planning a vacation in this area in Bali, and looking into staying around this hotel next month in august
    Westin Resort Nusa Dua Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua – travelling with a 7 year old and nearly 3 year.
    Any help with info would be great.

    Thanks a ton,

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I highly recommend the Westin in Nusa Dua if you’re traveling with kids, looking for a great resort, and want a calm beautiful beach. It is a long way from the cultural heart of Bali so if you’re looking for a more active, experience-oriented vacation then the Westin is not the best choice. But for luxury and relaxation it’s hard to beat.

  48. Weather in Bali in September

    Is it good time to visit Bali in the month of September? (Mid to late September) with 3 kids 5, 8, and 13 years.
    We have 5 to 7 days of vacations.

  49. Melasti with Kids

    Hi David,

    We are traveling to Bali with 2 kids (12 & 7) in November for 2 weeks. This is the first time my boys will be coming with us to Bali. I’ve booked the Melasti Beach resort in Legian I’d like your thoughts on this resort please as it’s been about 8 years since busting this resort.
    I’ve stayed all over Bali over a number of years and although I loved Seminyak to be my fav I think Legian is a good place to stay!!



    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      They’ve been updating and refurbishing the Melasti over the previous few months. It’s nice but not a 5 star hotel – for some reason people’s expectation are quite high for the Melasti and they then feel disappointed. It’s a good value 3.5 star hotel. Great location for beach, restaurants, shopping.

  50. Alam Sari Location

    Hi David,
    We’re considering a trip to Bali in early October with our three kids (4, 2 and 4 months), thinking of a few days of fun in/around Kuta (best spot to access fun, but not be too mad for the little ones?) and then some down time in Ubud. I’m loving the look of Alam Sari in Ubud, but wondering if it’s too far out of town to be convenient with little kids. Would you recommend it, or something more suitable closer to town?
    Cheers, and thanks for a great site – I feel like I’ve got holiday planning sorted for a while! 🙂
    Asha Day

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Alam Sari is a good ways out of Ubud (about a 20 minute drive). There is a free shuttle 3 times per day. Stay here if you’re looking for a rural experience surrounded by the beauty of Bali, rice paddies, tours of the local tour. But if you want to really experience Ubud (the shopping, restaurants, shows) then stay within walking distance of the town.

      1. Asha Day

        Fantastic – thank you. That’s a fair way out, so maybe we’ll just have to split our time between two places! Thanks again.

  51. Bali with Kid/Hard Rock Hotel

    Hi David,

    Our first time to go to Bali. Your site has truly been helpful.
    Just booked in hard rock for May 26-30 with wife and two kids (9 and 7).

    Few questions
    1. We intend to go to Waterboom. How far is this from the hotel?
    2. Any other recommended activities for kids those age? Zoo, sight seeing, zip line, cultural dance to experience bali somehow…(safari seemed overpriced is it?).
    3. Been hearing food in hard rock is bad and overpriced, any restaurants within walking distance or short cab ride that is worth the experience.

    Thank you

    Vince Chua

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      1. Waterbom is a 10 minute walk from the Hard Rock Hotel.
      2. The cultural dance and theater shows in Ubud are wonderful and very kid-friendly. There are elephant rides close to Ubud too. There is zip lining at Bali Treetop. And Kuta is a great place to do surfing lessons. The Safari Park is expensive but worth the visit.
      3. You’re very close to Poppies Lane 1 which has a bunch of good places to eat (many of them cheap). Poppies and TJ’s are good places to seek out.

  52. Kid-friendly Hotel with Pool/Close to Shopping

    Great site – we are thinking of going to Bali in July. Have 3 girls, 14, 12 and 6 (special needs). The older girls like shopping and the pool and my youngest the pool. We like eating out. Don’t need kids clubs and our preference would be a nice pool over the beach. Don’t mind splitting our time in different places over 7 days. We don’t mind spending money for nice accommodation but as long as clean and comfortable with good pool okay too. What would you suggest without huge amount of travel? Thanks.
    Sara Stythe

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Bali Dynasty in Kuta is super kid-friendly, great pool, on the beach, close to shopping and waterbom water slide park. Nearby Febri’s is also family friendly with large rooms and a nice pool. It’s not on the beach and is much less expensive.

  53. monir hossain

    The Balinese friendliness is legendary and it will make almost any hotel an attractive second-home to most families.

  54. Hotel for New Year's Eve

    Hi, I’m heading over with my husband and 2 kids 3 and 5 and at the moment I have booked to stay at the Ramada in Legian for 6 nights because it’s on the beach and I’ve heard there are lots of fireworks. Is this a good choice with the kids?
    Also staying 5 nights at the Puri Dewa Bharata!
    I’m hoping I’ve chosen the right places it was getting all too confusing with so much choice any help would be appreciated thanks heaps Nadene

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      They are very different hotels but good mid-range/budget choices. The Ramada has a great location in Legian and near the beach and places to eat but lacks character. The Puri Dewa in Seminyak has a more traditional Bali feel and much more character but is not as centrally located so you’ll be walking a bit to get to restaurants and the beach. Just don’t be expecting five star amenities and attention to detail and you’ll be happy with both.

  55. Mark

    Hi just wondering what you think is the best place to stay with a 3 year old. I’m very undecided as I want to have fun with our daughter with out getting bored my self if that makes sense?

  56. kristel

    I noticed you haven’t mentioned the Canggu area. There is so much to enjoy out that way. The Equestrian centre has a playground, sandpit & swimming pool. There is a new kids shop called Bermain near Canggu club with lots of unique toys and art classes. Plus Kaki Lima & Old mans on the beach have lovely grassed areas and yummy kids menus…just to name a few.

    1. Ciara

      Thanks so much for the tip on the Equestrian Centre!!! Sounds amazing for my 3 year old! Will definitely spend a day there while in Seminyak!! Thanks again!

  57. Philippa

    Hi there, I have enjoyed reading through all the info about Bali. We will be travelling to Bali in December with two 17 year old boys. I think the Hard Rock Hotel looks awesome for facilities for the boys, but probably a bit too expensive for a weeks stay, where else would you recommend for teens? Thanks

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Try Febri’s Hotel. It’s much cheaper, has some large rooms, and a great pool. It’s close to the Kuta water park, shopping, the beach, and things to do. Good luck.

  58. Auguste

    Hi David,

    We’ll be having our 1st Bali trip for 5 nights in August, 4 adults + 2 kids (1 and 3 y/o). Will stay 3D2N at Mara River Safari Lodge before we leave, but having problem to decide where to stay for the first 3 nights.

    Our preference is having an affordable villa (moderate charges), hope to get a villa within walking distance to beach and busy streets with lots of shops/restaurants around (we’re not driving).

    What’s the option would you recommend? Thanks alot! 🙂

  59. caroline

    Hello, I am staying in Sanur for 7 nights in May with my husband and a 2 year old. Can not decide between Paneeda View and Besakih beach resort. Can you recommend one over the other, both seem to be about the same price, on beach and close to shops and amenities.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Both are great mid-range hotels, near a nice stretch of beach, with restaurants and shops of Sanur within an easy walk. The Besakih has a nicer beach and pool. The Peneeda has larger rooms and more character.

  60. Vera

    Hi David, what an awesome guide that you’ve put together here. I’m planning a 5D4N trip for late March with my husband and our 28-month-old daughter, and 2 other adults. I’m thinking of splitting our home base into 2.. maybe 2 days at a private villa and 3 days at a family friendly resort, or the other way round. But there are too many choices! I’m having a hard time deciding even which part of Bali we should stay in. Seminyak, Ubud, Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran? Which 2 areas would you recommend for a family with a toddler? Thanks!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I love Ubud and would recommend it – but of course there’s no beach. Sanur and Seminyak are both great (Sanur has the more kid-friendly beach, Seminyak has a more lively vibe). Do 2 of those depending on your tastes.

  61. Cheralee

    Hi David
    We are looking at heading to Bali in July for 10 days
    2 families, 5 kids…..11,9,5,5,2 years.
    Considering we have a 2 year old with us I am trying to work out the best area to stay in.
    Don’t want a villa with private pool for obvious reasons!
    Were thinking of Seminyak but wondering if there is a nicer place where we can still see the best of Bali and relax by the beach as well?
    Also concerned about the kids getting Bali Belly, any tips on avoiding it?
    Appreciate your time….thank you!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Seminyak is a great area with a family-friendly vibe. The beach is not as calm as Sanur but the area is more interesting. It’s still fairly easy to get to the rest of Bali for day trips. I’d highly recommend getting up to Ubud area to explore – maybe even do an “extended daytrip” where you leave your bags in Seminyak and pack a few small overnight bags and stay at a cool hotel or guesthouse in the rice paddies. Very cool. Avoiding stomach bugs has always been easy for us so not sure what to offer. Maybe my biggest tip is don’t worry. Stuff happens, you’ll be fine regardless what happens – enjoy your trip and don’t allow any meals to be spoiled by worrying and fretting. Cheers.

  62. Cam

    whats your pick for area to stay thats close to a nice beach, close to shops and restaurants, but not crazy busy for 2 couples and their 2 x 1.5 year olds.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Sanur has a good kid-friendly vibe without be too busy. The beach is protected by a reef and very calm – although not as idyllic as other beaches on Bali.

  63. Selma

    Hi there, I was wondering if there was any accomodation that would cater to 4 families (8 Adults & 6 Children) where each family could have seperate rooms /villas (2 or 3 bedroom) yet there was a common area in between, ideally with a pool, which we could use as a place to gather & spend time together? Any sugestions would be appreciated.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I can’t recommend anything specifically but search the villa rentals in Seminyak for multiple listings under the same owner or rental company. These will usually be at the same property and will likely be good candidates for neighboring units. Good luck.

    2. Cam

      Try Villa Echo Padi, only villa I know that has a glass pool fence for kids and 8 hours of an included driver and car each day. 3 x 3-4 bedroom villas each with its own pool. One of the walls between 2 of the villas can be opened up so both pools are in the one space. We loved it there.

  64. Aparna Rao

    Excellent Site. Made our Bali trip planning super efficient.

    We will be visiting Bali in Jan. Traveling with a 4yr old and ageing parents. Planning to stay at two places – first few days at Courtyard by Marriott and then Pandawa Villas at Ubud. Any thoughts about these places ?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      These are both great properties and really compliment each other well. You’re getting both sides of Bali – the beautiful beaches of Nusa Dua and the rice paddies and rural feel of the Ubud area. Have fun!

  65. Nate

    Hello! We want to bring our 4 girls aged 10, 9, 6 and 6 to Bali for the first time this January. Target about 7-8 days total. Looking for both a great beach and easy access to authentic local cultural sites. Ready to pay extra for comfort. What would you advise? Thank you!

  66. Nick

    Hi All!

    You could also have your child’s birthday (or un-birthday) party while you are in Bali! My Balinese wife has a wonderful children’s party business and all you’d need to do is turn up and have maximum fun!

    Please check out her website.


  67. DIna Zaitman

    Hi David.

    we are 3 ladies (me, Mum and sister) and my little bubba who is 1 years old. we are travelling to Bali in November. I’m a bit worried about bub as I’ve never taken her to Bali before. Not sure where is best to stay. Nusa Dua, Seminyak or Ubud. We are only going for a week so prefer a less hectic trip but do want to go out a bit to eat out or shop. Not alot though. I am not keen on the madness of Kuta and i heard its not easy with prams.

    Thinking a nice 3 bedroom villa in Seminyak could be good if it was baby friendly (pool fence, babysitters, cot etc) and close to Oberoi street which i heard was a good position.

    We then changed our minds and though one of the big resorts in Nusa Dua could work better as its easier with bub. I will probably be spending quite a bit of time in the room when bub sleeps so I want a nice room!

    I’ve been to Ubud and love it but not sure if it will be actually harder with a baby. Any recommendations of places to stay in Ubud?

    Our budget is about $450 a night.

    I was looking at Hyatt in Nusa Dua, Ulin Villas in Seminyak but really not sure. Any recommendations of family friendly villas or hotels that have big room.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Dina. I get what you’re saying and I think you’ve got a good understanding of the trade-offs. You just have to make a decision 🙂

      Nusa Dua will be easier. Ubud will be the most interesting. Seminyak is somewhere in the middle.

      Read the best family hotels in Bali for lots of suggestions.

      Good luck.

  68. 2 Families Going to Bali

    Hello! Let me start by saying “great site!”
    We are 2 families, one with a 1yr old and one with a 2.5yr old, looking for accommodation somewhere where: the dad’s can go for a surf, preferably 2 bedrooms in each booking OR a 4 bedroom for 1 booking, a great pool that the adultss can enjoy along with the kids.
    Would love to hear your suggestions.
    Cheers 🙂

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It would depend when you’re visiting.

      The surfing is best on the west coast of the island from April to September (making Jimbaran a good base for the surf spots along the west coast of the Bukit).
      The surfing is best on the east coast from October to March (making Nusa Dua, Sanur, or Padangbai a good spot).

  69. Bali with a 2 Year Old

    Hi David,
    I would like to know which part of Bali is more suitable for a 2 years old child.Kuta? Jimbaran or Nusa Dua.

    Can you please recommend some child friendly hotel at this 3 places.



  70. Bali in December

    Hi, I would like some help. We are traveling to Bali in Dec. I have kids and want a hotel on a safe bathing beach. Would you recommend Nusa Dua and Jimbaran beaches for swimming at that time of year?. Would you have a preferred hotel at each if we were looking for moderate/luxury?.
    Also how long would it take to drive between the two resorts. Thanks for any help you can give.

  71. Private Villa in Seminyak

    I would like to find a hotel/resort that would fit 2 adults, and 4 children aged 1,4,5 & 7. I really like the Bali Dynasty but they said they dont have rooms to fit 6 people in and we would need to hire two rooms which ends up quite costly.
    This will be my 4th time to Bali and last time I took all the kids to a private villa in Seminyak but hoping a hotel with a kids club would be able to fit us in. hoping to go before xmas in their low season. What do you suggest as im getting no where with my researching online

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Kate.

      Legian has some good choices for families. Take a look at some of the hotels listed above as there’s lots of choice in the Kuta/Legian area.

      Good luck.

  72. Jay

    Hi David,

    Thanks for this great article.

    I’m currently in Senur with my 2 very young children on my own and am finding it very touristy and expensive. Can you recommend a less touristy area and possibly hotel in the south near a nice beach and fruit market that might be good for us? We are here for over a month so I just need to keep accommodation costs down to a minimum.

    Thank you so much in advance, really appreciate any ideas you may have.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I really like Padangbai. The Padang Bai Beach Bungalows are nice and one of the few (only?) that has a pool. But walk along the beach-front road and there are several good-value hotels. Very quiet here but a beautiful spot with interesting stuff a short drive in just about any direction. Good beaches a short walk away – though the water is not as calm as Sanur.

  73. Nusa Dua, Jimbaran or Sanur for Family?

    Dear David, thank you again for all your hints on Bali. Your blog is so helpful to travel with kids. While Nusa Dua looks wonderful, as you say the location is a bit far from the rest of Bali if we want to go a little bit north. What do you think about Jimbaran? Is it good for kids? Between Sanur and Jimbaran, what is the best beach between the two locations? My son likes to swim in the sea and Sanur’s sea looks a little bit….rocky. Maybe then Jimbaran can be a good option to travel north for some daily trip. What do you think about the intercontinental? I read that they have a good kids club. Thanks again for your help. Alessandro

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The beach in Jimbaran is nicer. The swimming in Sanur is more kid-friendly (calm and shallow water that is protected by a reef). The water in Jimbaran can be pretty rough at times. The food on the beach is way better in Jimbaran. But more food and shopping in the “town” of Sanur than in Jimbaran. Jimbaran is better for doing shopping at the big malls that are around Kuta. Sanur is better for seeing the sights of central and north Bali. So lots of trade-offs.

      The Intercontinental is great. Awesome pool. Nice location with some beach restaurants nearby that are wonderful.

      Good luck.

  74. Lisa

    Hi David,
    Thanks for all your great hints for Bali holidays. Can I ask for some guidance. I will be travelling with my 3 1/2 year old son and my mum(a very fit 65 year old). My mum has never been so is interested in seeing a bit more of bali than just a resort. I would like a good kids club so we can have some down time from a very active 3 year old. We would probably not drive anywhere ourselves so would rely on local taxis etc. We are thinking of going at the start of June for about 10 days. Any ideas as I have now looked at Sanur/Nusa dua/Seminyak and Legian and have totally confused myself with all the choices.


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Check out the Bali Dynasty or the Padma in the Kuta/Legian area or the Bali Hyatt in Sanur. All have good kids club (though the quality of kids’ clubs is often dependent on the quantity and character of the other kids – and June is a quiet time so the clubs could be on the subdued side). Nusa Dua is great for family-friendly hotels but is not great for seeing the rest of the island (especially with kids) as it’s a long way from there to central Bali. Of those 3 hotels, the Hyatt in Sanur will have the best location for exploring the rest of the island. Hope that helps.

  75. Club Med in Bali for Kids

    Dear David,

    I have never been to Bali and I plan to go early May with my wife and 6 years old son. There seems to be so much choice for kids in Bali. What do you suggest for a 6 years old kid? He likes activities, pool and sea. I also saw that there is a club med there but it is not listed in your internet site. What do you think about? Thanks for your help. Alessandro

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      If your main interests are a beach holiday then base yourself in Nusa Dua (or nearby). Its hotels have more of a resort feel – with great pools, kids clubs, and beach activities. They are somewhat isolated from central Bali and the cultural attractions you’ll find there. The Club Med is good, but think there are better choices. Good luck.

  76. Ubud and Sanur for 2 weeks

    Hi David
    We are going to Bali in July with our 18mth old and 4 yr old. We were thinking of going to ubud and sanur for two weeks. Do you suggest a good resort that is not too big and has a kids club? In the past we have been in some amazing resorts but it’s been too isolated and sometimes not easy to meet others. So we wanted to stay somewhere that’s more quaint and great for our kids to meet other kids and where we would feel comfortable putting them in a kids club with good activities.
    Any suggestions would be great.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Bali Hyatt in Sanur has a kids’ club and is very central to restaurants and the main strip of shops. The pool is pretty much right on the beach and a nice setting for interacting and meeting people.

  77. Bali in Maya and June


    We are travelling to Bali in May/June with our two children, 4 and 2 years olds. We stayed at Padma Legian last time (without the kids). We loved the quality of the , but not sure that the pools are suitable for our young children (not really kids pools)

    We are looking for somewhere around Legian/ Seminyak. Can you please suggest a few motels that have great kids pools?

    Thanks very much.

  78. Bali in May, which Hotel

    Hello David,
    I am taking my 9 and 6 year old to Bali in May and have been told to stay at Hard Rock, Dynasty, Jayakarta or Kartika…confused which do you think would be best? Actually thinking of splitting between 2 hotels to ‘test’ them,
    Cheers Alison

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would split your time between the Hard Rock (which the kids will love) and the Kartika (still kid-friendly but much more tranquil and relaxing).

  79. Bali in February

    Hello David,

    We are traveling to Bali in Feb, we have been twice before but traveling with our 15month old boy this time. We can’t decide where to stay?! Going for 9nights. We have been told Sanur is great for families but also really like seminyak for food & shopping. We would prefer a villa within a resort so we still get that resort feel, cocktails, room service etc.

    Can you suggest places in both areas please?

    Cheers Rachel

  80. Villa in Canggu


    WE have a 18month old and looking at staying in Canggu – can you reccommend a reasonable villa please?


  81. eve

    Hi david,
    We are really wanting to take our boys 6,8 & 9 yrs to bali but am unsure where to stay.
    Mind you I’ve been 3 times and I’ve had all different stays( all of which were amazing) but I’m confused about accomidation with kids.
    This holiday is mainly for my sons to see bali but for me not to have to climb mountains to entertain them.
    Do they need any shots?
    Forgive my ignarance but its what I’ve heard.
    Thanks david

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      What about a mix of places.

      Start with the Hard Rock Hotel Bali in Kuta. Super fun for boys that age. (Not “the real Bali” of course, but would make a fun start to your trip.) It’s perfect for 2 or 3 nights – but much more and some people might tire of the atmosphere.

      Then go to Jimbaran. Awesome seafood restaurants along the beach. Nice vibe. Quiet and you can epxlore the Bukit Peninsula easily from there without having to contend with Kuta traffic. Puri Bambu is a great mid-range hotel. Nice pool and good location. You save money by not being right on the beach (though it’s a short walk).

      Finish up in Ubud. The Four Seasons Resort at Sayan is awesome. Beautiful setting out in the rice paddies. This will get you exploring little villages and seeing rural Bali at work in the fields.

      Check the CDC (and your doctor) for what shots you need.

      Hope that helps.

  82. Sammy

    We are travelling to Bali in September with 3 boys ( 2, 4, 7) their first overseas trip. I would like either a room that has 5 beds (ok with a rollaway) or apartment. No need for kids club. I’m getting a little overwhelmed with numbers of options am also contemplating splitting time between 2 places?
    Where would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Sammy.

      Yes, it’s easier to find large suites at 5 star hotels – or by getting connecting rooms.

      Here are some ideas for hotels that are nice, have some larger rooms, and aren’t super-expensive. (The last 2 are a bit out of the way but a short taxi ride to the beach – and taxis are cheap in Bali.)

      Good luck.

      Febris Hotel And Spa Bali
      Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites
      Hotel La Taverna – Sanur
      3V Kerobokan Villa –Kerobokan
      Harris Hotel & Residences Sunset Road – Kuta

  83. Molly

    David, your site truly rocks. Thank you!

    My best friend and I will be traveling with her 4 year old and an 8 year old. Seeking access to great food, spas, shopping, bars, lounges, etc. for the ladies and a kids club w/ activities for the kiddos. She is leaning towards staying in a 5 star in Seminyak, but we are flex. Any suggestions?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Seminyak is a great area – so can’t go wrong there. Definitely recommend getting away from the Kuta region to see the rest of the island though. Ubud makes a great base to see lots in central and northern Bali – and it’s a great spot in its own right. If you stay a little out of town it’s incredibly peaceful and quiet, but the towns close with lots of places to eat and explore. Most place have a pool too which is nice. I’d split my time between those 2 places. Hit Jimbaran at least one night to eat fresh seafood at restaurants spread along the beach.

      Good luck (and nice blog – well done).

      1. Molly

        Thank you! We had a wonderful time in both Seminyak and Ubud. We got a lovely 2BR villa in Seminyak and day-tripped to Ubud. In hindsight, we should have spent at least 3 days in Ubud; it was paradise! And we took your advice and had a seafood dinner in Jimbaran following the Kecak fire dance in Uluwatu. Perfect. Thank you.

  84. Family Wedding in Seminyak

    Hi. My family and I (2 and 6 yr old) will be going to Bali next April for a wedding in Seminyak. We will be staying for 11 nights and are trying to decide where to stay. We have a max of 6k for accommodation and would preferably like it cheaper but we do want it to be a holiday that combines luxury for us and fun for the kids, so being close to the beach is ideal. We are happy to stay a few days in Seminyak for the wedding and move to another hotel for the remainder of the trip as hotels outside Seminyak look better value. I am also wondering whether we would get a better deal if it was closer to to April? Any suggestions are welcome as i am drowning in a world of websites!

  85. Recommended Hotel for Family

    hi there. me and my family of 2 adults and 3 children [ 15,14,8] are planning our frst trip to bali in february. we have no idea where to stay but i would like somewhere that the kids will enjoy. would you have any suggestions please? Jennifer

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Jennifer. Not sure if you’re looking for a hotel or a place? In either case the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran is awesome and Jimbaran itself is one of my favorite beaches in Bali. Great seafood is cooked and eaten right on the beach every night. It’s so much fun. The swimming is nice too (most of the time – the waves can be rough on occasion).

      Nusa Dua has many options too but are farther away from what makes Bali interesting.

  86. Luxury Bali Hotel with Older Kids

    Hi David, We would like to visit Bali in December… 22 to 29th. I know its high season and want to book in advance. My kids are 17 and 21 and like fun and adventure. We were thinking about staying at one o the Westin/Sheraton properties since we have points. What do you think of them. Is there any all inclusive properties that you may recommend?

  87. Hotels in Kuta for Family of 3

    Hi, looking at Bali for 7 days, Sept 12, Kuta about 2 days,
    need accomm. 2 parent adults, one young adult, one teen 14 and one child 6yrs old. Budget $100 – $150 a night. Clean, nice, tidy with a hint of luxury.

  88. Hotels in Seminyak and Ubud

    Hi David
    Love ur website. We will be in Bali this August for 2 weeks with our kids (9 and 3). We are planning on splitting our time there between Seminyak and Ubud. I’ve booked rooms at the Dippan resort in Seminyak and Cendana in Ubud. Do you know anything about these places. Also, we will have a long flight from Washington DC to Singapore, staying there for a week before heading to Bali. I am concerned about water quality in Bali. Any advice for us?


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Both are good choices. We only drink bottled water in Bali (widely available) and have never had any problems.

  89. Luxury Family Hotel in Bali

    Hi, we are looking to book a vacation in Bali for July, and would like to treat ourselves for no bars utter luxury on this trip.
    Which of the top luxury Resorts do you think would be most enjoyable for a 5 year old ?
    Thank you for this great website !


    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I love the Four Seasons in Jimbaran so would recommend that.

      Great beach, superb service, super fun kids club, near to the fantastic beach-seafood huts of Jimbaran. Quiet but close to Kuta if you want to do some shopping or touristy things.

      Hope that helps.

      Good luck.

  90. Seawalker in Bali

    I m planning to come to Bali in June. We want to try the seawalker. Is it safe for kids 9 years old?? Which hotel closest to the seawalker adventure??

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The website says for 9 and up so I’m assuming those are the ages they feel good about joining in.

      For hotels, check Segara Village Hotel Bali which has a nice pool and is close to the Seawalker.

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