Updated May, 2015
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- The 10 Best Family Resorts on Bali
- When To Go to Bali with Kids
- The 5 Best Places in Bali for Kids
- The Best Beaches in Bali for Kids
- Getting Around Bali with Kids
- The Best Family Hotels in Kuta
- The Best Family Hotels in Tuban
- The Best Family Hotels in Legian
- The Best Family Hotels & Villas in Seminyak
- The Best Family Hotels in Nusa Dua
- The Best Family Hotels in Sanur
- The Best Family Hotels in Ubud
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. (But 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.
- Conrad Bali – Tanjung Benoa
Phone: +62 361 778788 • Reviews
- The Westin Resort Bali – Nusa Dua
Phone: +62 361 771906 • Reviews
- Grand Nikko Bali – Nusa Dua
Phone: +62 361 773377 • Reviews
- Bali Dynasty Resort – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 752403 • Reviews
- Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 755577 • Reviews
- Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 761869 • Reviews
- Padma Resort Bali – Legian
Phone: +62 361 752111 • Reviews
- InterContinental Bali Resort – Jimbaran
Phone: +62 361 701888 • Reviews
- Four Seasons Resort Bali – Jimbaran
Phone: +62 361 701010 • Reviews
- The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah – Ubud
Phone: +62 361 975685 • Reviews
And Five 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.
- The Grand Hyatt – Nusa Dua (Kid-friendly beach)
- Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – near Ubud (Idyllic location)
- The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa – Seminyak (Family suites with ocean views)
- Puri Bambu – Jimbaran (Great budget hotel)
- Febri’s Hotel & Spa – Kuta (Great budget hotel)
- Villa & Vacation Homes in Bali
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 best weather mixed with the fewest tourists and lowest prices.
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
Most 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.
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.
2. Jimbaran with Kids
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 program, 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
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.)
If you’re willing to be a little outside of Ubud then 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’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 — 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
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.
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 Resort has a beautiful pool (one of the only ones in town) and super-friendly staff.
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.
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
More Family Hotels in Ubud
How To Book Hotels in Bali
Booking.com/Bali is my favorite way to book hotels. They have the best rates and there is free cancelation for most rooms so you can book multiple hotels, plan your trip, and cancel the ones you change your mind about.
In the off-season (anytime outside of July, August, December, and January) it’s easy to travel around Bali without reservations and simply show up at a hotel and ask what’s available. If your first choice happens to be fully booked then jump back in the taxi and head to another spot (or simply walk around the town popping your head into any place that looks interesting). Obviously, this method will not appeal to some but it’s a fun way to keep your plans as flexible as possible. (This used to be how I found all my hotels. Admittedly the older I get the more booking online seems like the best use of my time.)
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.