Updated: March, 2015
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The Best Family Hotels in Kuta
Hard Rock Hotel Bali – luxury
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
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 and fits 5 easily. Separate room (and tv) for parents and kids. Phone: +62 361 752 403
Bali Garden Beach Resort – moderate
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
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
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).
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
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).
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
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
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.
Rentals and Villas in Seminyak
One of the better websites for renting houses and villas in Seminyak and Bali is Flipkey.com (owned by Tripadvisor). They guarantee your money up to $10,000 which removes much of the stress of booking a private rental.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 • Reviews
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 is 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
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 Resort – moderate
Besakih Beach Resort Bali – moderate
The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – moderate
Peneeda View Beach Hotel – budget
Prima Cottage – budget
The Best Family Hotels in Ubud
The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah – luxury
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 • Reviews
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – luxury
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 • Reviews
Sri Bungalows Bali – Budget/Moderate
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 • Reviews