Bali with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: August 20, 2017

Bali Family Hotels – Where To Stay With Kids

  • April to October are the best months to visit Bali but Bali is a good year-round destination. There certainly are wet and dry seasons, but 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 29 Best Hotels for Families in Bali

Hilton Bali Resort – Nusa Dua

Beach resort for families in Bali.
Luxury resort with extraordinary cliff-side setting and family-friendly facilities. This massive resort, only 4km from Nusa Dua (and accessible by hotel shuttle bus), is somehow carved from a cliff facing a lovely white beach. All accommodation is in four-level blocks and the cliff-top layout ensures minimal gardens. The family rooms feature a king-sized bed and two bunk beds in the same room, as well as colorful beanbags and a bright Balinese-style décor aimed at families. Although the balcony is small, the rooms are spacious and wouldn’t seem cramped with four. The ground floor deluxe rooms have access to a pool from the veranda, while the villas have private pools. The lagoon-shaped pools are grand enough to feature sandy beaches and waterfalls, and there’s plenty of welcome shade from sloping palms. And it offers some amenities rarely found elsewhere, e.g. a medical clinic and amphitheater for traditional performances. Kids may love the elevator that plummets 15 levels from the cliff-top lobby to the sea but there aren’t many gardens to explore. It does, however, actively encourage families, with special rates, a water slide and the Jungle Camp playground, with ropes, sand and climbing gear – but it does lack space and light. The beach is vast and rarely visited, mainly because the waves can be rough at times – although the resort does employ a life-guard.

The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Nusa Dua

Luxury hotel for families in Bali.
Immense, luxurious, and family-friendly, with a vast beach frontage. The sheer opulence and utter extravagance commences at the lobby, which is perched on a cliff, but the colossal size overall does make it seem impersonal and easy to get disorientated.
A window lift hurtles down to sea level where the spread of villas among lush tropical gardens is so extensive that guests wait for transport to their rooms at the Buggy Meeting Point. The superlative Cliff Villas with pools are designed as New York-style apartments, with every inch modern and lavish. The suites are comparatively modest, while those at ground-level have direct access to the Infinity pool from their veranda. The resort caters extremely well for families. The Ritz Kids Club offers excellent activities, many incorporating Balinese culture, and special events like Night Safari Adventure, as well as games like futsal. The children’s pool and playground are private, secure and supervised, while the Kids Corner in the restaurant offers special meals and buffet choices. The resort is actively involved in turtle conservation, with younger guests encouraged to participate in releases of the critters. The beach is vast, although the waves are a little rough at times – and always noisy – and activities such as yoga and surf lessons are offered to guests. Although only about 4km from Nusa Dua, it does feel isolated but is well connected by metered taxi and hotel shuttle bus to Nusa Dua, with its mall and many cafés.

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua – Nusa Dua

Hotel for young kids in Bali.
Smaller and less pretentious, traditionally designed, and great for families. Although part of an international chain, this resort feels immediately welcoming, with Balinese-style gates, ponds and statues, and a tasteful brown-and-white overall design. The modern, comfortable and spacious deluxe rooms feature balconies easily wide enough for chairs and a table and offering views of the gardens or pool (but not the sea). The suites, with two or three bedrooms (each with attached bathroom) and a massive lounge/kitchen/dining area, contain a modern but pleasing Balinese-style décor, while those on the ground floor boast a private pool. Lack of beach frontage is compensated by lagoon-shaped pools covered by vine-smothered pergolas, and shuttle buses to the modest 2.28 Beach Club on a powder-white (but shadeless) stretch of sand, where water-sports are also available. The huge Kids Club adjoining the children’s pool and playground offers plenty of toys, games and educational activities, and there’s even a special spa for the young ones. The jam-packed daily program includes a range of free activities for the family, including cycling, yoga, aerobics, table tennis and snorkelling. The Novotel is accessible from two main roads, so many affordable shops and cafés are within walking distance. The Pause Lounge for guests flying home late is also welcome.

The Laguna Resort & Spa – Nusa Dua

Best swimming pool for young kids in Bali.
Faultless luxury among vast tropical gardens in superb location. Substantial enough for guests to be provided with buggies and maps, the grounds are crammed with lagoons that dominate every view from every place. All rooms are spacious and superbly furnished with subtle Balinese touches, as well as floorboards, a sofa (which can convert to a single bed), and decent-sized balcony overlooking the shady gardens and/or extensive lagoons. Better are the ground floor rooms, with a ladder on the veranda that leads directly to a pool. Some rooms have connecting doors, while two-bedroomed villas with a private pool are also available. There are seven swimming pools, some of which even feature islands, waterfalls, and beaches, and the landscaped gardens are extensive and shady, but not overtly Balinese in style. The real beach is perfectly curved, immaculately groomed and peppered with inviting lounge chairs and gazebos. Plenty of family activities are offered, such as tennis, yoga and water-sports, as well as lessons in Balinese arts and crafts. The Children’s Learning Center offers more interesting activities than the usual kids club, such as Indonesian dance, language, cooking and music, and there’s a children’s pool and games room. But not much more effort is apparent in providing facilities and activities for children; in fact, the Children’s Learning Centre is on the grounds of the adjacent St. Regis Bali Resort. Another attraction of The Laguna is the excellent location: within walking distance of the mall, golf course, headlands (after which Nusa Dua is named) and world-class Museum Pasifika.

Ayodya Resort Bali – Nusa Dua

Hotel with great beach for families.
Substantially different than most resorts, with tradition, convenience, and one of Bali’s finest gardens. The Ayodya ticks all the boxes for a perfect family holiday: it faces a wide beach (which does lack shade), the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and there are several pools, one vast enough for islands, spouts and statues. But the Ayodya is also especially family-friendly for several other reasons. Firstly, it is not just another ugly modern resort: it is charmingly old-fashioned and tastefully designed – for example, the lobby bursts with Balinese carvings and statues. Secondly, there is so much space. The gardens are exceptional, with seemingly never-ending ponds, swaying palms and vast lawns creeping up to the sea. Thirdly, the Balinese tradition continues each night with free live performances at the onsite amphitheater. And, lastly, this resort, unlike many others, is within walking distance of affordable cafés and shops. The bright and airy deluxe rooms contain a sofa that doubles as a single bed, and many have connecting doors, while the suites have two or three bedrooms. The young ones would certainly enjoy the playground and Camp Ananda Kids Club, with its inviting, secure and well-supervised indoor and outdoor areas. It offers a range of enthralling activities, while the whole family can enjoy fun things, like squash, yoga and cycling.

Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa – Tanjung Benoa

Hotel for family with children on Bali.
Compact, affordable, and super family-friendly in a top-notch location. This comfortable, sparkling-new and low-key resort is close to Nusa Dua, thereby offering a wider range of cafés, shops and water sports, and quick access to the delightful outdoor mall. Views from some balconies are unexciting, but the furnishings, with a long desk, comfy sofa and entrance lobby, are pleasing. Slightly larger and more likable are the rooms with ocean views and direct pool access from the veranda. Most rooms can accommodate children, with extra beds or connecting doors, while the dedicated and spacious Family Adventure Suites and Kids Adventure Suites feature separate bedrooms for children with colorful walls and plentiful toys. The sectioned-off swimming area along the curved beach is undersized and lacks shade, but is compensated by the four inviting pools, one dedicated to the young ones. The bright, colorful and supervised Kids Club, with its climbing wall, computer games and endless toys, offers an impressive range of activities, including face-painting, treasure hunts and lessons in Indonesian language and culture. It is adjacent to the children’s pool, with a lovely water slide and those tipping buckets the kids love. Families can also enjoy bike-riding, cooking classes and snorkelling together, and everything that’s packed into the extensive Games Zone room.

Conrad Bali – Tanjung Benoa

5 star hotel for families in Bali.
Secluded, quiet and family-friendly resort in a prime location. All accommodation, whether in the rooms or suites, is ultra-modern and immensely comfortable, with superb views of the garden, pools and, sometimes, ocean. The ground-level suites have direct access from the veranda to the lagoon-shaped pool. The gardens are extensive, with one beachside pool lined with swaying palms and another featuring its own sandy, toddler-friendly beach – but there are no water slides. The private beach is wide and immaculately-groomed, with plentiful shade and no noisy jet skis making swimming dangerous or sunbathing unpleasant. But plenty of water sports are available at the resort’s dedicated counter. Children can revel in the extensive playground and the excellent (and free) Kura-Kura Kids Club, which offers a wide range of educational and exciting activities, such as yoga and Balinese puppet-making. The whole family can also enjoy bike-riding, tennis and other activities together, while special deals include free meals for children. Located along the southern part of the peninsula, there are many shops, cafés and water sports kiosks within a short stroll, while Nusa Dua, with its delightful outdoor mall, is only a quick ride away on the free hourly shuttle bus.

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Kuta

Best hotel water park and slides in Bali.
Vast, with endless family-friendly facilities in downtown Kuta. This inconceivably massive resort is right on Kuta’s busiest corner, but well hidden from the crowds. Part of the renowned international chain, the theme continues throughout, with autographed guitars coating the corridors and an immense cocktail bar lined with gold records. The pools seem never-ending and probably larger in total than two soccer fields. They are lined with thatched gazebos so sizable and inviting that whole families can stay in them all day, and the pools even feature a beach with volleyball courts, raised outdoor stage, lifeguards and Beach Club. All rooms are luxurious, but seem clustered together and have no sea views. But this does ensure that rooms are about 200m from the incessant traffic and that there’s plenty of space elsewhere; a few rooms may, however, suffer noise from the adjacent Hard Rock Café. The deluxe rooms can easily fit a family of four, while the suites can also accommodate two children in a separate living room. Best are the Kids Suites containing a separate bedroom, with a twin bunk bed and colorful décor, as well as a special children’s lounge area and second bathroom. Quite probably the best resort on Bali for families, there’s an extensive playground (and another inside the children’s pool), rock-climbing wall, giant outdoor chessboard and two exhilarating water-slides (also popular with adults). The supervised Lil’ Rock Kids Club – and a separate version for teenagers – offers extensive activities, including a Kids Beach Party and dedicated painting room. And a range of fun things (mostly in the pool) are available for the whole clan, such as water aerobics and Giant Ball (you’ll figure it out). Remarkably, the main entrance is just 20m from Kuta Beach, with its surf and legendary sunsets, and 200m from the Kuta Art Market and far classier Beachwalk mall.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Kuta

Hotel with large pool for family of 4 in Bali.
Spacious, convenient, peaceful, and truly family-friendly. While many resorts in the Tuban/Kuta/Legian area also offer fabulous family facilities, this one has the added attraction of being distant from the crowds, traffic and hawkers, which can be unsettling at times, but still within a quick taxi trip of Kuta’s malls and surf. And it’s not along the main road to Kuta, with its incessant traffic. Yet, guests can easily stroll to the Discovery and Lippo malls, Waterbom water-slide park and numerous shops and cafés along the beach and access road. With delightful ponds at the lobby and an expanse of lawn the size of a soccer field, this bright and breezy resort is instantly likable. The comfortable rooms, which feature a modern décor, are huddled together in a three-level motel-style block overlooking the gardens, but this does provide considerable space elsewhere. Many rooms have connecting doors, and the suites feature a separate lounge/dining area spacious enough for an extra single bed. The main pool is large and lined with appealing gazebos. It overlooks the grey and gritty beach, which is typical for Tuban, but the curved bay is protected by a breakwater and the sea is perfectly calm for swimming. The beachside cycle path that extends several kilometres in both directions is a bonus. The Rascals Kids Club offers all sorts of games and activities, while the children’s pool is packed with nets and hoops. And the dedicated Kids Food Corner at the restaurant offers special menus and a level of independence to the younger ones. The whole family can enjoy the games room (with billiards and ping pong) and a range of activities, such yoga. Child-minding services are available and attractive family packages readily offered.

Bali Garden Beach Resort – Kuta

Hotel with pool for families in Kuta.
Convenient, old-fashioned (in a good way), and ideal for families with teenagers. All rooms are stylish, with contemporary Balinese décor, and face the sea and/or tropical gardens. And each is spacious enough to lay down a single bed without feeling cramped. The family room with a twin bunk bed (not in a separate room) can accommodate two adults and three children, while the villas have two or three bedrooms, but no private pool. The overall traditional design with masses of lotus-filled ponds and trickling fountains is more appealing than other resorts nearby. Children relish the shady beachfront infinity pool, while parents can relax in the adults only pool lined with gorgeous gazebos. The beach is still part of the famed Kuta bay, so it’s curved, wide and white, and has some waves but no potentially dangerous surf.There’s a kiddies’ pool and the resort offers family packages, but no children’s club. Still, it is perfect for families with teenagers because of the excellent beach, pools, and location: adjacent to the Discovery mall, opposite the Waterbom water-slide park and close enough (200m) to walk to Kuta, but distant from the comparative chaos and nightclub noise.

Febris Hotel And Spa – Kuta

Inexpensive hotel with large pool for family in Bali.
Functional, convenient, and ideal moderately-priced family option. Located in the heart of Tuban (also called South Kuta), this modest hotel boasts a wonderful location, only a short stroll from the Discovery mall, Waterbom water-slide park and Tuban beach, and is barely 700m from downtown Kuta. All rooms are in a motel-style block but well away from the busy road. They are simple but certainly comfortable, with a wide veranda/balcony, large fridge and sofa that can convert into a single bed. Better are the very spacious family rooms, which can accommodate up to two adults and three younger ones. The large pool at the front features elephant spouts and welcome shade from frangipani trees, while another smaller one is set further back from the road. There’s also a tiny playground with monkey bars, swings and ropes, and (outsourced) child-minding services, but no kids’ club. Note: this is not a resort, but is considerably more affordable than most places in the region.

Padma Resort Bali – Legian

Hotel with kid-friendly pool in Bali.
Great location and everything for a perfect family holiday. As one of the first resorts built in Legian, the Padma has seemingly endless lawns and tropical gardens. In fact, the grounds are so vast that guests need maps and it shelters any possible noise from traffic and nightclubs. The bungalows, which include wide balconies overlooking lush gardens and modern Balinese décor, are spacious enough to comfortably allow another single bed in the lounge area. Some of the commodious suites have two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four children. Perhaps better are the family rooms with two bedrooms, one with twin bunks, and two bathrooms – ideal for up to two adults, three children and an infant. These are housed in a special building, with an attached children’s pool featuring three water slides. The main beachfront pool has delightful wooden decking and plentiful shade, while the main entrance is barely 50m from Legian beach, home to famous sunsets and surf. Waves can be rough at times, but the hotel does provide lifeguards. As well as the two children’s pools with water slides and extensive playground, the younger brigade can enjoy the Wolly Kids Club. Quiet, safe, spacious and fully-supervised, it offers numerous fun and engaging activities, such as snorkelling, turtle feeding and lessons in Indonesian culture. Next door, the Games Centre boasts the latest electronic games, as well as table soccer and billiards. There are also child-minding services and special menus in the restaurants. Other daily activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family include tennis, cooking, water aerobics and yoga. And it’s all within a short stroll of Kuta (and the international-standard Beachwalk mall) and Seminyak’s classy bistros and boutiques.

Bali Dynasty Resort – Kuta

Hotel with water park for families in Bali.
No beach frontage, but still outstanding for families. While this resort does not directly face the ocean and, therefore, no rooms have sea views, guests can enjoy the private beach area only metres away. The sand, however, is greyish (which is typical for Tuban), but the water is ideal for swimming. The main pool, with its waterfalls, volleyball nets and swim-up bar, is truly massive and seems to dominate the entire resort. The separate children’s version contains a 56m water-slide, playground (in the water) and those giant tipping buckets that make kids scream with delight. Rooms are very comfortable, and many have interconnecting doors. Most overlook the gardens or pools, but some do face the car park and entrance road. The family rooms are wonderfully spacious, while the Kids Suite can cater for up to two adults and three children with a separate bedroom containing a twin bunk bed and second TV. The substantial Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club – and the separate teens club – are bright, welcoming and offer a range of engrossing and fully-supervised games, movies and activities, such as fishing, trapeze and Bahasa Indonesian lessons. And the location is ideal: very close to the Discovery and Lippo malls and the Waterbom water-slide park.

Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Legian

Hotel for families in Legian, Bali.
Family-friendly and mid-priced, with tradition and charm. Despite the name, this is not really a resort or another trendy boutique hotel – and is priced accordingly. The newer rooms are in motel-style blocks, almost colonial in design, and face the lagoon-shaped pool and games area, which are both popular with kids and, therefore, quite noisy. Inside, the rooms are spacious but the traditional décor seems a little incongruous. More appealing are the older, mustard-coloured suites that are separated by stairs, thereby offering privacy as well as some tranquillity. These suites feature a veranda/balcony with views of the well-established gardens, and are packed with traditional art and old-style furniture. They are perfect for families, with a separate entrance area where two single beds can be pulled down from the wall, while the main bedroom is spacious enough for a third single. Although sharing the larger and shadier pool (with a bar), some suites can be quite dark inside. The Melasti is very well set up for families, with a playground on the lawn facing the beach, kids pool, tennis court and an impressive games room. The Kids Club offers numerous activities, and there’s a separate toy-filled area for toddlers. It faces the quiet Legian beach, with its renowned sunsets and surf, and is within a short stroll of Kuta (home to the world-class Beachwalk mall) and the classy shops in Seminyak.

Best Western Kuta Beach – Kuta

Cheap hotel for families in Kuta, Bali.
Compact, convenient and a fine option for families with older children. There are no water slides, nor a children’s pool or kids club, but it is quite suitable for families with teenagers, especially those looking for affordable packages. Firstly, the location is ideal. Squeezed in along a quiet access road and sheltered from incessant traffic, it is only 50m from Kuta beach, with its legendary sunsets and surf, and just a short stroll to the world-class Beachwalk mall and the main road, lined with never-ending cafés and shops. Secondly, the overall design is colorful, and the rooms are equally bright and fashionable. Although a little cramped and minimalist (as the brochure almost boasts), booking a second room with a connecting door is an affordable option. And the Junior Suite contains a sofa bed in a separate lounge/dining area that can convert into a single bed. And, thirdly, the rooftop pool has welcome breezes, terrific views and more funky furniture, while the ground-level restaurant offers buffets for breakfast (included) and dinner.

Patra Jasa Bali Resort & Villas – Tuban

Hotel for family of 5 in Bali.
Adjacent to the airport but tasteful, traditional, and quiet(ish). Large enough for guests to need maps, the runway can be clearly seen and planes often heard, but neither is that intrusive. The Balinese-style gardens are expansive, immaculate and sprinkled with fountains and ponds, while the main beachfront pool boasts a delightful palm-fringed setting. Typically for Tuban, the sand is grey and gritty, however, but the beach is curved, calm and ideal for swimming. All rooms and suites are spacious, airy and lovingly furnished, and many have two or three bedrooms, as do the villas, which are secluded, elegantly designed and feature private pools. As well as a playground and children’s pool, the kids club (for 3 to 12 year olds only) offers an interesting array of activities. Because of its proximity to the airport and ample onsite parking, this resort is particularly popular with Indonesian families, so it is a unique opportunity for children (and parents) of all nationalities to interact. The whole family can also enjoy activities, such as tennis and water volleyball, and attend lessons in Indonesian weaving and language. The resort does, however, feel remote (for example, it’s not easy to find taxis nearby), but the location among the streets of Tuban village is a rare attraction.

Anantara Resort & Spa – Seminyak

Hotel for families with surf lessons in Kuta and Saminyak.
Boutique resort in prime location, with some attractions for families. Unlike Legian, just down the coast, Seminyak is considerably less family-friendly (at least in terms of the vibe), with many resorts almost actively discouraging children. The Anantara also doesn’t have a kids club or offer any family activities, but is a good option for other reasons, especially with teenage children. Firstly, it is not an impersonal mega-resort. At the end of an access road lined with shops and cafés, it is also considerably less isolated than others in Seminyak, and the beachfront location is quiet, although the waves can be surprisingly noisy. Secondly, it offers a comparatively small number of suites. They face the pool – with those on the ground-level having direct access from the veranda – or the gardens, which are undersized. The suites are very comfortable, spacious and modern, with bright-yellow furnishings, a Jacuzzi, separate dressing room (large enough for a single mattress), massive sofa and unusual L-shaped balcony/veranda. And each can accommodate children with an extra mattress or in separate rooms with connecting doors. And, thirdly, the gorgeous Infinity pool is surrounded by spacious lawns with inviting lounge chairs. The beach is public, but rarely used by anyone other than guests, and lined with umbrellas and stalls. The sand is typically grey and less enticing, however, than at Kuta, but on-beach cafés nearby scatter beanbags along the sand for soaking up the legendary sunsets.

Four Seasons Resort Bali – Jimbaran

Hotel with villas for families in Bali.
Tranquillity, opulence, and a superb setting in Jimbaran’s best family resort. Cascading down an extensive hillside facing the sea, this resort is located in the quiet southern section, away from the main road, but only five minutes on foot from Jimbaran, with its gorgeous curved beach and multitude of shops. Villas are only accessible along cobbled-stone paths a few metres from the cliff, with the constant sounds of waves below. The ornate tropical gardens are wonderful to explore on foot and offer sublime ocean views from everywhere. With up to four bedrooms, the villas are spacious and sumptuous, with subtle Balinese décor, a stunning bathroom, walk-in closet, large sofa (which can double as an extra bed) and plenty of windows to maximize views of Jimbaran Bay and its famed sunsets. They also feature a private pool with extensive wooden decking and a gazebo. For those aged from four to 12, the safe and welcoming Jimba Club offers an impressive range of activities, including many with a cultural focus. And the whole family can take lessons in cooking, tennis and surfing, as well as Balinese dancing and painting. Other facilities are very welcome, such as children’s menus, complimentary baby-sitting, and a portable safety fence for the private pools. The access road and paths around the resort are quite steep, so buggies are available, which can also whisk guests to the immaculate, private Jimbaran Beach Club and the renowned seafood cafés.

InterContinental Bali Resort – Jimbaran

Hotel with good pool for families in Bali.
Massive resort offering luxury, convenience, and family-friendly facilities. The grounds are so vast that guests need a map, yet the rooms seem huddled together. Inside, they are spacious, however – large enough for two double beds – and some offer connecting doors. Inside, the décor is instantly likable, with modern and old-fashioned Balinese furniture, and views of the gardens (not the sea) from a sizable balcony. The one- and two-bedroomed villas face their own beach, boast a private pool, and are separated and distant (accessible by buggy). The extensive gardens are packed with Balinese-style statues, fountains and ponds choked with lilies. The resort fronts a clean beach, which is devoid of boats, but also narrow and sloping, so not ideal for sunbathing. But most guests laze about one of the three magnificent pools, including the Balinese Bathing Pool. The impressive Planet Trekkers Children’s Centre claims to be a mini-resort in its own right, with plenty of activities on offer, while tennis, water-sports and lessons in fun stuff like wood-carving, surfing and gamelan-playing, are also available. And, perhaps best of all, the resort is within just a few minutes’ stroll of seaside cafés, best enjoyed during one the legendary sunsets, and numerous shops along the main street.

Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites – Sanur

Hotel for families with water slides.
Fully-equipped apartments with the finest family facilities in Sanur. Although facing the very busy Bypass Road, this resort is remarkably quiet – and certainly huge. It offers bright, spacious and modern suites-cum-apartments with a complete kitchen and comfortable lounge/dining area. Those with two bedrooms can cater for up to five people and those with three bedrooms can fit in seven, and each suite has a separate bathroom per bedroom. Most balconies overlook the pool and/or gardens, but some face the main road or an ugly access path. The main pool is truly massive, shaped like a lagoon, sparkling blue and kiddy-friendly. And the resort caters remarkably well for families with younger children. The newly-renovated and supervised Camp Splash! Kids Club offers a range of activities, many with a cultural focus. Also, there’s a spa just for kids, a wonderful playground, an elongated waterslide in the children’s pool, and an expansive games area, including futsal. There’s even an area to feed rabbits and birds, and a special kid’s movie screen. Baby-sitting services are available and birthday parties can be arranged. The resort may appeal less to teenagers, however, with no shops or cafés nearby, but hourly shuttle buses take guests around the shopping districts and to the beach, including the private and luxurious Sand Beach Club.

Griya Santrian – Sanur

Resort with large pool for kids.
Modern design in central location, good for families with teenagers. The motto – ‘where everyone is family’ – relates more to the fact that it’s been owned by a Balinese family for over 30 years rather than the family-related facilities on offer. There is no Kids Club, but it is a suitable option for those with teenagers. Not just another boring resort, the Griya seems more connected to the activities on the beach than the shops on the road. The entrance is about 100m from the busy road, so it’s quiet, but is within a minute’s walk of the strip of classy shops and cafés, including the popular Hardy’s Supermarket. The rooms, some with connecting doors, are in modern and tastefully-designed three-level blocks among lovingly landscaped tropical gardens with Balinese-style statues and fountains. Each room is larger than those in most other hotels, and with plenty of storage space. They face the pools and/or gardens from wide balconies and feature colorful Balinese décor. The suites are even more spacious, with room for an extra bed. There are three pools, each sizable and shady, and the one facing the beach is flanked by a pizzeria. The beach is perfect: powdery-white and well-groomed, with plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for guests.

The Oasis Lagoon – Sanur

Best inexpensive hotel for families in Sanur.
Contemporary, convenient and popular with families. The location – squeezed into a space next to the popular Hardy’s Supermarket and flanked by endless shops and cafés – is unbeatable, although the resort is pleasingly set back from the busy road. And children of all ages can enjoy the pools that occupy all ground-level space between the four-level blocks of rooms. The rooms are compact and functional, without being overly spacious, but many have connecting doors. Each features a lovely wooden décor that extends to the undersized balcony that, oddly, feels like a cage – possibly as a safety measure for younger ones. More appealing are the ground-level rooms with wooden decking for verandas that open out directly to the pool. The resort doesn’t face the sea but is an easy 300m stroll to the beach. The pool is understandably jam-packed with kids, and with no gardens or beachfront to run around it can be quite noisy.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Sanur

Hotel for families on Sanur Beach.
Villas and suites suitable for families in a central but tranquil location. This hotel is quieter than some others because the lobby is 100m from the busy road, and villas are up to another 200m away towards the beach. Located next to a massive undeveloped block, the hotel is still within a minute’s walk of a street lined with cafés and shops, including the popular Hardy’s Supermarket. The older villas are secluded behind high walls, with lush private gardens, old-fashioned furnishings, plenty of windows and decent-sized balconies. The newer villas are in two-storey buildings shaped like Balinese rice barns, with sloping roofs. All villas are spacious and can accommodate one extra child. Best of all, however, are the Family Suites, with two separate bedrooms and a three-way bathroom. Although named after Nusa Penida island, no villa or suite has views of the sea, let alone that distant island – except from the delightful seaside bistro. The beach is wide, although a bit unkempt and lacking shade, and the pools are largish, but near the lobby (with its welcoming lounge area) and not facing the beach.

Besakih Beach Resort Bali – Sanur

Hotel with nice pool for families.
Traditional design, modern comforts, excellent beach, and games area. Obviously, not all families travelling to Bali have young ones seeking a Kids Club with face painting or toddlers wanting to splash about in a children’s pool. This resort is ideal for those with older children for several reasons. Firstly, the location (within a minute’s stroll of endless shops and cafés) and design (with spacious gardens) are very good. Secondly, the rooms are not in a boring motel-style block and ideally designed for families – particularly the two-level bungalows with separate bedrooms upstairs and down, connected by outside stairs and offering a degree of independence for teenagers. And, thirdly, the excellent facilities: an unusually broad and shady beach; two large pools (and another for kids); and an extensive open-air games room with lounge chairs.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan – Ubud

Ubud Four Seasons Hotel for Families
Privacy, luxury in dramatic, riverside setting, with kids club (rare in Ubud). No resort in Ubud is as family-friendly as those in Kuta/Legian, but the Four Seasons does offer a kids club, as well as pools, plenty of space, and a setting bound to impress the younger ones, especially teenagers. From the main road, a 200m path leads over a footbridge floating above a yawning valley to the lobby, which is shaped like a space-ship and seemingly suspended in mid-air with 360-degree views. The resort is perched along a ravine overlooking the sacred Ayung river (used for rafting), so there is a constant din of running water and steep paths (but golf carts are provided). The suites are split-level, with a separate lounge/dining room that can accommodate another single bed, and a balcony on both floors with a sofa, table and chairs. The Family Suites easily fit in four people, with a separate bathroom, children’s bedroom (with a second TV) and lounge area. The one and two bedroom villas with a private plunge pool are hidden behind high walls, sacrificing views for seclusion. All accommodation is spacious, luxurious and immaculately furnished, but nothing looks or feels particularly Balinese. Encircled by gorgeous wooden decking, the split-level Infinity pool has edges that seem to blend into the forest. And rare for Ubud is the Pici Pici Kids Club, with supervised games and cultural activities in an idyllic rural setting, but there is no children’s pool or waterslides. Child-minding services are also available. This award-winning resort is in Sayan, a 10-minute drive from central Ubud, but with a few shops and cafés within walking distance it doesn’t seem as isolated as other resorts nearby.

The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah – Ubud

Hotel for families in Ubud, Bali.
Peaceful, traditional and charming, in vast gardens. Unlike beach regions such as Kuta and Legian, almost no hotel in Ubud offers family facilities like a kids club or children’s pool with waterslides. So, families should consider somewhere offering plenty of space, distance from traffic and noise, genuine hospitality, and a homely, rural setting. And The Chedi ticks all the boxes. Formerly a private guesthouse owned by a Balinese art collector, this is one of the largest, oldest and most memorable hotels in Ubud. The grounds contain rice-fields and ponds packed with swans, and are extensive enough to feature an organic vegetable garden, tennis court and art gallery. But there’s only 20 suites and villas, each on one level and spread out, offering genuine privacy. They are individually designed and traditionally furnished, with carved bed stands, an outdoor sunken bath and even a fireplace. The family villas are spacious, luxurious and tasteful, with a wooden veranda leading to a private pool surrounded by lush gardens. Easily catering for a family of four, your very own butler can double as a child-minder. The main pool is long and surrounded by lotus ponds and immaculate lawns. Nothing else is set up for children, but families can enjoy tennis, yoga, rice-field walks and cooking classes. It is a little isolated, but the distance (15 minutes by car) from central Ubud is part of the appeal. Some shops and cafés are within walking distance along the main road, which is rather unpleasant and noisy, while the Goa Gajah elephant temple and Yeh Pulu rock carvings are also easily accessible on foot.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – East Bali

Best hotel for families in eastern Bali.
Serene, spacious, and probably the best option for families on the east coast. The Rama is one of very few large and modern resorts in eastern Bali, but it somehow manages to seem compact and personal. While a breakwater does offer some sheltered swimming, the general lack of adequate beach (typical of Candidasa) is massively compensated by the gorgeous palm-fringed pool. The superior (standard) rooms are spacious and some have connecting doors. The resort is a pleasing 200m from the main road, but the 1.5km walk to central Candidasa is along a fairly unpleasant main road – but it is, however, within walking distance of the remarkable ancient village of Tenganan. And the Rama does offer a range of varied and interesting activities for families (often for free), such as yoga, dance and cooking classes.

The Lovina – North Bali

Hotel for families in North Bali.
Luxury, tranquillity, convenience, and ideal for families. This resort is the best option for families anywhere along the north coast. It is set in a massive block facing the sea and only 300m from the main road (with its relentless traffic) via a countryside lane that passes rice-fields. The two-bedroom villas are perfect for families of 4 or 5, with a massive kitchen, dining, and lounge area and large private pool. And there are even larger villas for groups of 6 to 8. Everyone loves the spacious palm-choked gardens and the two sparkling blue pools facing the beach, which is typically grey and unappealing. The resort offers a range of activities – many free to guests – such as yoga and dance lessons, while the small but enticing Kids Club organizes a range of interesting and supervised activities for the young ones. There’s also a baby-sitting service in the evenings. The resort is an easy 10-minute stroll along the road or beach (or on the free shuttle bus) to Kalibukbuk, with the region’s best selection of shops and cafés.

Mala Garden Resort & Spa – Gili Trawangan

Hotel for families on Gili Islands.
A collection of villas facing a glorious beach, ideal for families. Gili Trawangan is not set up for families, with no resort offering a kids’ club or family activities like those in Legian or Nusa Dua. Gili T has a justified reputation as a party island, so anyone wanting to sleep at night should stay away from the nightclub area in the south-east quarter. Mala Garden is along the western coast, far from the noise, and perfect for sunsets. With only five villas, this resort can also guarantee privacy and seclusion. Each contains two bedrooms overlooking a spacious open-air lounge/dining/bar area with comfy sofas, as well as two bathrooms. The villas downstairs feature a good-sized private pool which faces the beach and is surrounded by wooden decking lined with bean bags, while those upstairs substitute the pool for a Jacuzzi. The resort faces a particularly wide stretch of secluded beach, with sunsets best enjoyed from the seaside café. The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and offers shade from trees and thatched umbrellas under delightful rattan furniture. Almost uniquely, special family packages are offered, which also includes bicycle hire and a boat trip. Although isolated from Party Central, plenty of cafés are within walking distance.

219 questions and comments

  1. Best Bali Resorts for Family Holiday

    Resort suggestions for holiday with two active kids (boy age 10 and girl 12) in November. Ideally somewhere with other kids their age to meet and ideally age appropriate sporting and other activities. Open to staying in Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, Legian or other suggestions. They are the type of kids that love Club Med but I prefer to not be restricted by an inclusive resort.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The good news is that Bali is very well set up for family holidays, especially in the four areas you have mentioned. Nusa Dua is quiet, spacious and without the crowds, noise and street-side sellers of the main stretch of coast, Kuta/Legian/Seminyak. Without surf and malls, Sanur is also quiet, and the lovely 7km-long beach-side path is ideal for strolling and cycling. Seminyak is a more sophisticated and less frantic version of Kuta, but still with enough traffic, noise and crowds to affect some first-time visitors, especially younger ones. Legian also shares the same beach and sunsets as Seminyak, with several huge resorts facing the sea, but, again, the roads are clogged with people and vehicles.

      For many, a highlight of a trip to Bali is the extraordinary variety of eateries, from the cheap and cheerful to bistros with prices similar to Sydney and Seattle. For this reason, very few resorts offer packages that include meals (other than breakfast). But many resorts do offer family-friendly facilities, such as a kids’ club, often with engaging activities for ages 5 to 15; a games room; huge swimming pools (usually with water slides); a playground; and organised daily activities for the whole family.

      if you are a first-time visitor, perhaps stay clear of Legian and Seminyak, but, by all means, day trip by taxi for the malls and surf. If you did prefer Legian, however, resorts that cater well for families include: the Padma Resort, with an excellent kids’ club and games room; and the more affordable and low-key Melasti Beach hotel.

      Sanur has many hotels, but few genuine resorts, and even fewer cater well for families, However, most resorts in Nusa Dua are excellent for families, and this is where your younger ones are much more likely to meet others. All the recommendations listed below face a glorious beach (except one); have a wonderful kids clubs; are dotted with pools and water slides; and offer activities for the whole family.
      1) Ayodya Resort – with a traditional design, extensive tropical gardens and free live Balinese performances each night at the onsite ampitheatre
      2) Grand Hyatt – arguably the best beach frontage on Bali, and walking distance to the outdoor mall with all its shops and cafes
      3) Novotel – doesn’t face the beach, but has access to a private Beach Club, and also has a kids’ spa and is within walking distance of some affordable cafes and shops
      4) The Laguna – with seven pools, and more interesting activities for kids than other resorts, it’s also walking distance to the mall
      5) The Westin Resort – with trampolines and rock-climbing, it has the best Kids’ Club in Nusa Dua

  2. Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, or Seminyak

    Hello we are planning to visit Bali on the 1st February of next year, we have a 3 year old. Was thinking of booking Intercontinental at Jimbaran Bay, we would like a relaxing holiday by the beach and nice surroundings and restaurants. Would you suggest Jimmbaran bay? Or Nusa Dua or Seminyak would be better?
    Noella

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      With a young one it’s imperative to choose the right region in Bali as a base, and to book the best possible hotel(s).

      While considerably less crowded and noisy than Kuta (the most popular tourist region on Bali), Seminyak is still not ideal. The roads are clogged with cars, the footpaths are uneven, and the noise, crowds and persistent street-side sellers can be overwhelming at time for adults, let alone a three-year old.

      Without malls and surf, Jimbaran is much, much quieter. The curved bay boasts bleached-white sands and mostly calm waters, and there’s enough shops and cafes to delight the adults. The Intercontinental is wonderful: with a lovely traditional design and decor, and lush tropical gardens, it is also convenient to Jimbaran’s facilities. The kids’ club is excellent, and the hotel also offers a range of fun activities for the whole family. However, the minimum age for this (and most other) kids’ club is 4, although they will probably allow your three-year-old inside with the presence of a parent.

      Even quieter, Nusa Dua is a secure, gated complex of resorts, most facing a perfect bay for swimming and strolling. With almost no traffic, and even less hawkers, and so much greenery around the streets, it’s also ideal for the younger ones. Almost every resort in Nusa Dua has a baby-sitting service and a kids’ club , but most also have a minimum age of 4 or 5, or require a parent present if younger. One exception is the Westin Resort Nusa Dua, with a kids’ club catering for those under 4.

  3. Best All Inclusive with Kids Club in Bali

    Hi, we are looking at going to Bali in January, with my huband and I and our 2.5yr old toddler as well as a 16, 21, 23, 25 year olds. We are thinking all inclusive at like Conrad or Grand Mirage or Club Med, mainly for the kids club as first priority, and then the all inclusive food option for teenage grazing, and the gym for the hubby, and activities for the 16 yr old when the others are drinking/relaxing. The kids club is key, and having enough activities on the resort to occupy the ‘older kids’

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      It’s important to explain that kids’ clubs in Balinese resorts are primarily for those aged between 5 and 15. Most kids’ clubs won’t accept any child under the age of 4 or 5, or only with the presence of a parent. Most do offer baby-sitting services, but this is primarily for a few hours, for example during dinner, and not for any longer. One of the few resorts that have a separate kids’ club for those under 4 is the Westin Resort in Nusa Dua. Teenagers over 15 may find the range of activities offered by the kids’ clubs, such as sand-castle making, kite-flying and origami, a little immature. However, some resorts like the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta offer more engaging activities for teenagers, such as beach football and volleyball in the pool. Most resorts also offer a range of activities for the family, which your older children may enjoy, such as aqua aerobics, yoga and cooking classes, and they have games rooms with snooker tables and ping pong. All-inclusive offers, including meals, may seem attractive, but Bali has an enormous choice of cafes and bars, and, for many, eating in different places each night is part of the holiday experience. Every resort has a well-equipped gym, and there will be plenty outside the resort to occupy the older ones, such as shopping, water sports, swimming and night clubbing – and day-tripping with a chartered car and driver to see the sights. Some places that may suit your needs, with baby-sitting services, a splash pool for the toddler, and engaging activities for the older children, include: Westin Resort Nusa Dua; The Laguna Resort in Nusa Dua; Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa at Tanjung Benoa; and the Padma Resort Legian. And, as you probably, know January is peak season so it’s advisable to book as soon as possible.

  4. Family Resort Bali

    Hi David, what an amazing site! Thank you so much for the detailed information you have provided 🙂

    Wondering if you could assist with some advice, my family of four ( with two boys – 7 and 5) are planning a trip to Bali in Jan. We’ve never been before but have decided we want to give it a try after many wonderful family holidays in Fiji. Our eldest child has some special needs therefore we need to select our accommodation with care. We’re planning on spending ten days and are thinking of Nusa Dua in one of the luxury resorts – as staying in one place with comprehensive amenities is often easiest. Both boys love swimming, water activities and outdoor sports – but my eldest cannot handle big crowds or a lot of noise. Any suggestions?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, in your circumstances, Nusa Dua is the ideal location for your holiday. For some, particularly first-time visitors, the noise, crowds, and hassles from streetside sellers in the most popular tourist regions of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak can be overwhelming. Without malls and surf, Sanur is a quieter option, but Nusa Dua is better (and quieter) still.

      Nusa Dua is a secure, gated complex of luxury resorts. All streets are wide, clean, and flanked by gardens, with no hawkers and almost no traffic. There isn’t a lot to do, however, but enjoy the facilities at your hotel and the beach. And the appealing Bali Collection outdoor mall offers a wide selection of shops and cafés and is accessible from all resorts by free, regular minibuses.

      From your hotel, it’s very easy to arrange a taxi for short trips around southern Bali or a chartered car with a driver for all-day trips, eg to the cultural heart at Ubud. Many hotels in Nusa Dua offer water sports, and your hotel would be within a 10- minute taxi ride of Tanjung Benoa, the epicenter on Bali for all sea-based activities.

      All resorts in Nusa Dua are very spacious, with vast stretches of tropical gardens and lawns, and most (but not all) face a glorious stretch of bleached-white sand along a bay of calm turquoise waters. This area is also ideal for families, because most resorts offer a Kids’ Club, games room, and lots of fun and engaging activities for the younger ones and their parents.

      Recommended family-friendly resorts in Nusa Dua within walking distance of shops and cafés not in resorts or the mall include:
      1) Ayodya Resort Bali – with some welcoming ambience and traditional design
      2) Novotel – better value than others, it makes up for lack of beach frontage with free access and transport to their Beach Club and numerous activities
      3) The Laguna – faultless luxury with seven pools large enough for ‘islands’ and ‘beaches’

      As you may be aware, January is peak season because of Australian school holidays, so book your accommodation as soon as possible.

  5. Solo with a Toddler

    Hi David

    I’m travelling to Bali for 1 week in October with my 3 year old (it will just be the 2 of us). She loves having space to run around, sand and water to play in, and enjoys playing with other kids, so after a hotel that will have things for her to do, but won’t break the bank.

    I’ve been so many times to Kuta/Legian/Seminyak on my own and I did Legian with her at 18 months old but would prefer somewhere quieter this time. Would you recommend Nusa Dua, Sanur, Benoa? Not fussed about shopping and nightlife but somewhere we can go for little walks each day to get out of the hotel for a bit would be great.

    I’m also on a budget so many of the great resorts with kids clubs aren’t within reach (and/or have kids clubs starting at 4 yrs).

    What would you recommend for us?

    Many thanks,
    Danielle

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      As you know, the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak stretch of coastline is crowded and not ideal for walks with a toddler.

      Nusa Dua is more relaxing: it’s a gated complex with oodles of space, plenty of greenery, and magnificent beaches, as well as minimal traffic and zero hawkers. However, Nusa Dua is completely dominated by top-end resorts that are probably out of your range if you’re on a budget. A few cheaper guesthouses can be found just outside the gates but they’re distant from the beaches.

      Just a few kms north, Tanjung Benoa is a more affordable version of Nusa Dua, with a similarly wonderful beach. The main road is a little busy (but not in the vein of Kuta/Legian), but the major drawback could be that Benoa is also the epicenter on Bali for water sports. So, parts of the beach are crowded with anxious parasailers, and the waters sometimes crisscrossed by noisy jet skis.

      The best option is Sanur. Without any surf or malls, it is significantly quieter, with a delightful and extended beachside path ideal for walks. And the waters are too calm and shallow for surfing or jet-skiing, so perfect for splashing about. Many hotels are away from the main street, which is fairly quiet anyway because so much traffic uses the bypass road.

      As you said, the kids clubs in resorts don’t generally accept children under about 5 years old, but most will happily allow children of your child’s age if you, the parent, are also present. Family-friendly hotels also have a playground, children’s pool, games room, and plenty of fun activities for both generations.

      Sanur offers a range of accommodation in all budgets, with many comfortable options in the 1 and 2 star class. Two affordable resorts in Sanur with excellent facilities for the young ones are:
      Besakih Beach Resort – more of a traditional design than most, it faces a shady beach and has spacious gardens
      Prama Sanur Beach – huge tropical gardens and facing a lovely wide beach, it’s in the quiet southern section, and the children’s pool and playground are better than most

  6. Best Nusa Dua Resort for a Family

    Hi David, love your website, thank you for the informative information.

    I am traveling with my family, wife and three kids ages, 3, 12 and 14 and we are planning to spend 10 days in Nusa Dua. Which would you recommend of these three hotels, Ayodya, The Conrad, The Laguna?

    Kind Regards
    Adam Marcus

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Nusa Dua is a secure gated complex of luxury resorts. Most face a glorious stretch of golden sand, and many offer wonderful facilities for families: eg a supervised Kids’ Club, with fun, engaging activities; a games room; a playground; massive pools with ‘beaches’, ‘islands’ and water slides; and various things for the whole family to do. Just a few kilometres north, Tanjung Benoa is a less sterile and more vibrant area, with plenty of shops and cafes along the main road. The beach is also long and white, and home to a range of water sports.

      The three resorts you mention are all excellent. With an appealing Balinese layout and charm, The Ayodya is smaller and, therefore, more personal than many resorts, but still spacious. The rooms overlook probably the nicest tropical gardens in Nusa Dua. Unlike many others, it is also within walking distance of two clusters of affordable cafes and shops.

      Also in Nusa Dua, The Laguna is extraordinary: the grounds are filled with tropical gardens and lagoons, and vast enough for guests to need maps and golf carts to get around. It doesn’t have the Balinese ambience of The Ayodya, but is walkable to the outdoor Bali Collection Mall.

      In Tanjung Benoa and within a stroll of Nusa Dua, the secluded Conrad Bali has several wings of modern suites and hotel rooms, but no traditional design and décor. The pools don’t have a water slide, but plenty of fun activities for everyone in the family are offered. And unlike most resorts in Tanjung Benoa, no noisy jet skis are within earshot.

  7. Bali Hotel for Family of 3 with Toddler

    Hi David,
    Thanks for your in-depth informative article on hotels in Bali. Myself, wife and 2.5 year old are coming to Bali for 16 nights in Mid September.

    After reading many articles online including yours I see that Hard Rock Hotel seems very family oriented. The wife wants a hotel that is close to all the shopping and restaurants so we don’t have to keep doing a long commute for dinner and lunch as i understand hotel dining can get expensive. We have been visiting Thailand now for the last 7 years and completely use to the hustle and bustle of the main towns, so is Kuta like Phuket? Bangkok?

    We would not like to spend the full 16 nights just in a single hotel so thinking of maybe going to Lombok for maybe 5-7 nights, would you recommend this or would you think we would get just as a nice experience if we stayed in a lovely plush hotel in Ubud which i understand is in mainland Bali?

    Finally, is there other hotels like Hard Rock that are slightly toned town with its surroundings? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated as I would like to book asap.

    Thank you so much for all your time 🙂

    Regards,

    Andy

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta is probably the most impressive family-oriented hotel in Bali, and one of the very best in South East Asia. With endless pools, many water slides and even several artificial beaches, your children may never want to leave. It is also extremely convenient for everything that Kuta has to offer: it is directly opposite the renowned beach and within 200m of the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Centre. The lanes and roads all around Kuta are crammed with cafes, bars and shops, and 100s of places to eat and drink are within a 5-10 minute walk of the Hard Rock Hotel.

      Eating and drinking in Kuta, and all over Bali, is inexpensive: a western meal in a decent tourist restaurant costs about US$5, and beers about US$2. Of course, if you eat lobsters on the top floor of the Sheraton hotel nearby or dine in any of the trendy bistros in nearby Seminyak, your bill will be similar to that expected in Sydney, Seattle, or Stockholm.

      With regards to the types of resort regions available, Bali and Phuket are remarkably similar, with quiet areas (i.e. Sanur in Bali and Kamala in Phuket) and very busy, noisy and crowded regions like Patong (Phuket) and Kuta (Bali). Kuta is not nearly as sleazy as parts of Patong, but if you’re used to the hustle and bustle of Patong, you will cope very well with Kuta.

      Bali is compact and offers a wonderful variety of regions to base yourself, so with 16 days you should stay in two – or even three – different areas. Kuta offers fabulous beaches, sunsets, shopping and clubbing, while Ubud is the perfect place from which to explore the ‘real Bali’, with its unique culture and amazing landscapes. Lombok is considerably different to Bali as it’s vastly less developed, with the only tourist regions on Lombok being Kuta, Lombok; Senggigi; and the Gili Islands. Getting to the Lombok mainland involves 4-6 hours on a ferry; a 45-minute hop by plane; or about 2 hours on a speedboat via the Gili Islands.

      If you wanted to stay in a third place (after Kuta and Ubud), try Gili Air, a lovely laidback island close to Lombok but easily accessible by speedboat from Bali. There are no vehicles, the island is completely encircled by sandy beaches, and you can walk around it in 90 minutes. Otherwise in Bali, consider Padangbai, a traditional-style village and the ideal base for exploring the fascinating east coast; or Nusa Lembongan, a wonderful island, only 30 minutes by speedboat from Bali.

      The best family-oriented hotels that come close to the Hard Rock Hotel are in Nusa Dua, a safe, expansive and gated area of 4-5 star hotels facing superb beaches; and in Legian, the next beach region just north of Kuta. In Nusa Dua, try the Laguna; Novotel; or Club Med Bali. In Legian, consider the Melasti or Padma hotels.

  8. Bali with 2 Year Old

    Hello, firstly, your site is very helpful so thank you for all the information.
    We are thinking of going to Bali for our holidays this year in September, our son will be turning 2 in October so ideally looking for somewhere that’s family friendly.
    We would love to stay in Ubud for a couple of days and then onto one of the beach resorts. I’ve been advised by a friend to avoid Kuta, Legian, and Sanur as it’s more loud, built up and not ideal for us with a little one. I’ve been recommended Seminyak, however, looking at some of the hotel they don’t seem to be so set up for children.

    Can you recommend anywhere that would be suitable? Would you recommend going all inclusive? or is it cheap to eat out? and safe to walk to restaurants?

    Also, what is the situation with travelling in the car with a little one? would we need to bring our car seat?

    Thanks in advance
    Sophie

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Don’t be concerned in any way about travelling to Bali with a toddler. Thousands of other families do it every day, and many hotels are very well set up for families. The Balinese also utterly adore all children, believing they are gifts from the gods.

      Ubud is a good option as a base. The weather is cooler, the crowds smaller (except at the main crossroads in the middle of the day), and there is so much to see in around the town. Kuta and Legian are built-up, crowded and noisy, and can be overwhelming for some children, and even for first-time adult visitors. Legian does have many great family-friendly hotels, with kid’s clubs, water slides etc, but these cater more for children older than yours. Seminyak is a quieter and more sophisticated version of Kuta/Legian, but still has lots of traffic, crowds and noise.

      Sanur is the best option. It’s far quieter than Kuta/Legian/Seminyak, with a lovely beachside walkway and calm shallow waters to splash about it. It’s easy to find a hotel that can offer an extra single bed in your room and has a kiddies’ splash pool. These include: Griya Santrian, Prama Sanur or Segara Village.

      All-inclusive packages are not that common, and perhaps suit families with older children who would eat more and take better advantage of the activities included. Meals are cheap in Bali, with plenty of cafes offering western and Indonesian meals. Many hotel restaurants also offer kids meals and high chairs. And it is certainly safe to walk around the streets; even more so in Sanur, which doesn’t attract tourists who prefer drinking and clubbing.

      Chartering a car with a driver is the best way to explore the magnificent sights of Bali. This is best organised through your hotel. But there is no guarantee that the driver will have a child’s car seat, so you should certainly bring your own, if needed.

  9. Bali with Baby – Two Rooms

    We are travelling to Bali in June for our friends wedding with our baby who will be 7 months at the time. We are struggling to find accommodation that offers two rooms so baby is in one and us in the other or at least a room that has a separate room rather than a studio. We have been looking but are so overwhelmed! We’re staying 11 nights and most of our friends are staying in Seminyak so ideally we’d like to stay close-ish too. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Kelsie

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Bali is very well set up for families, with most hotels in regions like Seminyak offering rooms for families. And the Balinese people absolutely adore children.

      With a child so young, perhaps you could arrange for your hotel to provide a single fold-up bed or cot, which could be easily placed inside your room. This offers you more security and saves you renting two rooms or a studio. Otherwise, many hotels offer rooms with connecting doors.

      Seminyak is a lot more sophisticated and stylish than the Kuta/Legian region just down the road. It offers legendary sunsets, a long stretch of sandy beach, and more than enough bars, cafés and shops (with minimarts selling most things needed for babies).

      There is no other region close to Seminyak that would suit your needs, so you should probably base yourself in Seminyak. But with 11 days, you may consider breaking up your trip into two: half in Seminyak, and the rest of the time in Ubud. This is the island’s cultural centre and the perfect place to explore Bali’s extraordinary sights in a comfortable chartered car (with a driver).

      Hotels in Seminyak that would suits your needs include
      1) Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – quieter and less isolated than others, the suites feature a separate dressing room large enough for a single bed, and some rooms have connecting doors
      2) Breezes Bali Resort – more affordable than most and with a prime location. Many rooms have connecting doors.
      3) Royal Beach Seminyak – quiet and not too isolated, with deluxe rooms large enough for an extra bed or cot

      In Ubud, may be consider
      1) Alam Indah, a gorgeous and tranquil place with rooms large enough for an extra bed
      2) Chedi Club Tanah Gajah – a short drive from Ubud, the villas and rooms (large enough for extra beds) and setting are unique – almost like staying in an art museum. The grounds are spacious enough to contain rice-fields, vegetable gardens and ponds packed with swans

  10. First Time Family Trip to Bali

    Hi David,

    Absolutely love your article and the fact that you’ve patiently replied to just about every comment. A big thank you for that, and i really appreciate the time and effort you’ve put into the site.

    We’re first time visitors to Bali – a family of 3 – the wife, our 7 year old daughter and myself. What we’re looking for is a nice resort that offers enough to keep our daughter busy (she’s a bundle of energy), isn’t over-run by drunken tourists but is in a place that offers enough to do – like go out for meals and shopping. One option for us is The Grand Mirage which is in our budget and seems to have enough and more for kids. Would you recommend this given that while we aren’t the party animal types, we don’t want to be secluded as well. While neither of us surf, we do love the beach and are looking for a place that offers nice views/access to the beach.

    The Grand Mirage is about what our budget permits. We’re looking at a 6 night stay towards the end of June.
    Do let me know what hotels we should be looking at given the above.
    Thanks a ton,
    Mark Mcdonald

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Knowing what you don’t want when visiting Bali makes it easier to recommend what would suit your needs.

      The Kuta/Legian region has a reputation (justifiably at times) of being party central. The noise, crowds and behavior of some tourists can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, especially those with young children.

      The Grand Mirage is located in Tanjung Benoa. This region offers a long stretch of white sand and calm waters, plenty of shops and cafes easily accessible along the main road, all sorts of water sports, and a charming village to wander about at the top of the road. Tanjung Benoa is always popular with families, while being ignored by others because there are no waves or nightclubs.

      With massive tropical gardens and an authentic traditional design, The Grand Mirage is very appealing. It boasts genuine beach frontage, with gorgeous views, and is conveniently located half-way up the peninsula. The rooms are spacious, and almost all face the sea. For families, it offers packages including meals/drinks and nightly traditional entertainment, and the welcoming kids club organizes plenty of engaging activities for the young ones. There’s also a games room and children’s pool.

      Other recommended family-friendly options in Tanjung Benoa include The Conrad, with an extensive playground and interesting family activities, but this would be more expensive; and the more affordable Holiday Inn, with a range of family suites, impressive kids club and water slide.

  11. Bali All Inclusive or Hotel for Family of 5

    Hi David,

    Your post has been very helpful! We are traveling to Bali in June with kids ages 12, 9, and 7. We are debating between a fantastic all-inclusive package at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali or going a la carte for half the price at Camakila. Grand Mirage is an option too. I want to really feel like I’m in Bali (Pan Pacific may be too remote?) but also be somewhere where the kids will be entertained and have a decent pool. At these ages, they don’t care for the kid clubs but would be thrilled with ping pong tables, a waterslide, outdoor chess – that sort of thing. Any advice or feedback?

    Thanks in advance! Appreciate the help.
    Rachel Stephens

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      While many hotels across Bali are similar regarding size, facilities and standard of rooms, it is vital to pick a region as a base that suits your needs, especially with children.

      You are right, the Pan Pacific Nirwana is remote. Controversially built overlooking (and, therefore, higher than) the much-revered Tanah Lot temple, it appeals to those interested in views, the attached golf course and proximity to the temple – none of which are likely to impress your children. And it has no beach to speak of.

      Far more convenient to shops, cafes, and the beach, the Camalika in Legian is luxurious but not particularly designed for families. Although not nearly as hectic as neighbouring Kuta, Legian can still seem too crowded and noisy for some first-time visitors and the waves at Legian beach are more suited to older surfers than younger swimmers.

      The Grand Mirage at Tanjung Benoa is a far better option – and it also offers all-inclusive packages, with meals, evening entertainment and sports/games (eg yoga, aerobics and kayaking) included in the rates. It offers massive gardens and an appealing traditional design, and is surrounded by shops and cafes. The kids will love the clean beach and calm sea, the games room (with table tennis and snooker), the huge pools (including one for kids), and the bright and airy kids’ club. Tanjung Benoa is also the major centre on Bali for all sorts of water sports, and there’s a charming village to wander about at the tip of the peninsula.

      Even bigger and better family-friendly resorts can be found at Nusa Dua, only a few kms from Tanjung Benoa, such as:
      Grand Hyatt Bali – fabulous water slide, awesome kids club with engaging activities, and trampoline
      Westin Resort – with many pools, curved water slides, kids’ club with loads of interesting activities, kids spa, rock climbing and trampoline

      Admittedly, some kids clubs in some hotels are glorified child-minding services, where the young ones are often dumped in front of a TV or computer screen. But others are wonderful, offering engaging activities to suit children up to 15 with adventurous games, classes in Indonesian language and cooking, and lessons in snorkeling, fishing and kite-flying, among others, as well as foosball tables, tennis courts, and ping pong.

  12. Best Hotel for Active Kids and Close to Shopping

    Hi Great Site.

    We are travelling with our kids boy aged 10 Girl aged 14 to Bali in August.
    Boy is a bundle of energy and needs lots of entertaining eg sports to keep him happy.

    Girl is sporty too but also into shopping.

    Wife likes sea views and shopping.

    Any suggestions please for a suitable hotel that is within walking distance of amenities, shops.

    Thanks
    Bill

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta has tons of kid-activities and close to malls and shopping.

  13. Kid-Friendly Hotel near Uluwatu

    Hi. Your site is really wonderful. We are traveling to Bali at the end of June with our 4 year old daughter for a wedding in Uluwatu. I’m looking for a good hotel option where we won’t get bored while dad is out surfing. So a place that has spacious gardens/pool and a town that is walking distance for exploring. What do you recommend? Thank you! Karina

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Ulu Watu is renowned for its spectacular cliff-top temple; surfers also flock to the area in search of perfect waves. However, Ulu Watu is not a town, and has nowhere to stay except for a handful of homestays aimed at surfers, while some upmarket villas and resorts are dotted along the isolated coast to the east and north.

      Almost every one of the multitude of hotels 3 stars and above across Bali have spacious gardens and at least one pool, so your daughter won’t get too bored wherever you stay, especially as every Balinese person absolutely adores children.

      Assuming your husband wants to surf somewhere close to your hotel, the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak stretch of coast is very popular, but not recommended for those with very young children. The noise, traffic and crowds can be overwhelming – even for adults on their first visit. Other surf spots like Medewi are remote, with nothing to do for non-surfers.

      So, the best option is Jimbaran, within 30 minutes by car/taxi of Ulu Watu. Jimbaran is a stretch of long coastline with white-sand beaches – in parts, almost empty – and legendary sunsets, with minimal traffic, noise and crowds. There are enough shops and cafés to satisfy most, all along one main street, and a town centre with features rarely found in other Balinese resort regions, such as a remarkable temple and traditional market. The seas are calm for splashing about, except in the southern area, where some mild waves may entice your husband. Otherwise, he can easily take quick taxi trips to renowned surf spots such as Dreamland and Padang-Padang not far from Jimbaran.

      In Jimbaran, you may opt to stay at the Belmond Jimbaran, tranquil, spacious and facing a superb private beach; the budget-priced, convenient and friendly Open House; or the remarkable cliff-top Four Seasons, if your budget stretches that far.

  14. Non-Touristy Places in Bali

    Hi My Little Nomads,

    We are a family of 5 (kids are 4, 7 and 9 years old) travelling from South Africa for two weeks to Bali in July. We are not at all interested in staying in large, sterile hotels with hundreds of tourists all around us. We would prefer something a lot more authentic. We are interested in surfing (beginner to intermediate), snorkelling and the visiting local sites and culture. I wondered if you thought a few nights in Jimbaran, a few nights in Ubud, a night in Amed (en route to Gili Air), and then a few nights in Gili Air would give us what we need? I haven’t seen any comments about Amed on your site – is there a reason for this? Is Jimbaran the best non-hectic surf place? Would really appreciate your input.
    thanks so much,
    Kim Marr

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The good news is that there are plenty of towns and islands on Bali that offer all that you want – and you won’t have to stay in any massive resorts if you don’t want to.

      With a young family, including beginner surfers, it’s perhaps best to avoid Kuta/Legian. Some first-time visitors find this area overwhelmingly crowded and noisy, while the surf can be rough at times. Better is the southern sections of Jimbaran, where gentle waves are appreciated by novice surfers and the powdery-white sands are ideal for those staying onshore. Jimbaran is the ‘best non-hectic surf place’ on Bali, with beaches that are empty in places, remarkable sunsets, and plenty of shops and cafés. And it’s only a short trip by taxi to legendary surf spots for experts like Dreamland Beach and Padang Padang.

      Visiting and staying in Ubud is also perfect for experiencing the local culture, such as traditional dances, markets and temples, as well as the Monkey Forest. From Ubud, it’s also easy to day-trip by chartered car and driver to extraordinary sights, like the rock sculptures at Gunung Kawi and crater lake at Gunung Batur volcano, while your kids may also enjoy the Bali Zoo and Bali Elephant Safari Zoo.

      Amed is increasingly popular for scuba diving and snorkeling, and as somewhere quieter for tourists to get away from the tourist scene elsewhere on the island. Amed is, however, about 4 hours by shuttle bus or chartered car from Jimbaran or about 3 hours from Ubud. It is certainly not worth visiting for just one night and as a departure point for Gili Air. Far more convenient are speedboat services to Gili Air, via Gili Trawangan, from Sanur or Padangbai.

      While Gili Air is delightful, you may consider Nusa Lembongan island as an alternative. Getting there is far quicker and cheaper (surely, a consideration with a family of 5) than Gili Air. Lembongan also offers a slice of island village life, but with less tourists and far fewer resorts than Gili Air. The beaches and snorkeling on Lembongan, especially at Mushroom Bay, are wonderful and there’s even some surf 200m off-shore for intermediate surfers.

      So, perhaps slice up your 14-day holiday like this: Jimbaran (5 nights); Ubud (5); and Nusa Lembongan (4).

  15. Bali in April with Young Child – Where To Go

    Hi David.
    Great site and loads of information! Having originally been put off visiting Bali due to the reputation of being filled with drunken Aussie tourists, have realised there is definitely more to it than that and, given that we live in Perth and it is so easy to get to, am thinking a short holiday there could be great. Looking to go for 7nights at end of April. Like many others have said, the choice of resorts/accommodation is overwhelming however! We have a 3.5 year old and, as we already live near the beach, are not too fussed about a beach holiday and would prefer to see some of the other elements Bali has to offer. To be honest, if it was just hubby and myself, we would probably head straight to Ubud and then go off the beaten track a bit. But not as easy with a little one! Have been put off the Ayana and Rimba resorts a little as seem so isolated; love the look of the Four Seasons Jimbaran but out of our budget for a weeks stay! Which others in Jimbaran Bay are nice? And what do you think or know of the Padma resorts? Seem a bit more reasonably priced and they have a package whereby you can stay at the Legian resort for 4 nights and the Ubud resort for 3 nights? Or just have a whole week at one or the other? Looking mainly to alternate relaxing days at the hotel with some sightseeing/maybe a visit to the bird park….really not fussed about shopping! Any advice welcome! Janine

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Yes, some parts of Bali – mainly in Kuta/Legian region – are frequented by Australians who like to party, but, as you suggest, this does not remotely represent the ‘real Bali’ and the island offers so much more for visitors.

      With 7 nights, you have time to base yourself in two areas: perhaps, a beach resort region, and somewhere inland, such as Ubud, to experience the culture and see some of the amazing landscapes.

      But it would still be worth considering spending your entire 7-day holiday in Ubud. Within Ubud, you can easily visit the Monkey Forest, as well as the markets, temples and art museums, and stroll through rice-fields. Also, it’s easy to charter a comfortable car (with driver) to visit extraordinary places that are not ‘off the beaten track’ like the sacred springs/gardens at Tirta Empul and crater lake at Gunung Batur volcano. And your young ‘un would love the Bali Zoo, the Bali Elephant Safari Park and the Bali Bird & Reptile Park – all of which normally include minibus transfers to/from your hotel in Ubud in the ticket prices.

      Most hotels/resorts along the Bukit Peninsula in far southern Bali are isolated (except those in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa) – including the Ayana and Rimba. The Four Seasons is gorgeous, but more affordable options in Jimbaran include: Belmond Jimbaran Puri, a lovely boutique hotel designed like a Balinese village, facing a quiet beach lined with swaying palms; and the InterContinental Bali Resort, with a traditional design, superb beach and impressive kid’s club.

      The Padma resorts are massive, good value and well set up for families. However, the one in Legian is, to be honest, in the midst of the area of ‘drunken Aussie tourists’ you are trying to avoid. And the Padma resort in Ubud is remote, necessitating shuttle buses to visit any cafés or shops.

      Better options in Ubud that are central, family-friendly, in the 3- and 4-star range and ideal for your entire one-week stay include: KajaNe Mua – traditional, tranquil and backing onto rice-fields in the middle of town; Grand Sunti – a smallish boutique resort with several pools and so close to shops and cafés; and Alam Indah – ideal for gardens, jungle views and serenity alongside the Monkey Forest.

  16. 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.
    Aoife

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    Kemoy

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

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

  19. 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?
    Thanks,
    Cass

    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).

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

    David

    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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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?)

  25. 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.

    Margot

    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.

  26. 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.

    Margot

    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.

  27. 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).

  28. 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?

    Hani

    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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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).

  31. 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!

    Evelyn

    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.

  32. 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!

  33. 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
    Therese

    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).

  34. 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

    Craig

    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.

  35. 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.

    Regards,
    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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

    Bernadette

    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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel is great, has a variety of room sizes, and lots of kids and families. (Only drawback is location as it’s not on the beach/beach road.)

  41. 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.
    Patrice

    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).

  42. 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.
    thanks
    Rajesh

    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).

  43. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort

    Hi

    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,
    Sam

    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.

  44. 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.

  45. Good Hotel for Kids close to Shopping

    Hello:)

    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?

    Sandy

    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.

  46. 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?

    Tanja

    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.

  47. 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,
    Emma

    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.

  48. 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).

  49. 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.

    William

    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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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!
    Verónica

    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.

  52. 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?

    Thanks,
    Mike

    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).

  53. 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,
    Kate

    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.

  54. 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…
    Thanks
    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.

  55. 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
    thanks
    Kate

    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.

  56. 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!

    Zunilka

    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.”

  57. 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

    Thanks

    Keith

    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.

  58. 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.
    Denise

    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.

  59. 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.

  60. 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.
    Michelle

    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.

  61. 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.

    Ian

    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.

  62. 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,
    Cassy

    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.

  63. Weather in Bali in September

    Hi
    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.
    Thanks
    Rashid

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      September is one of the best months to visit Bali.

  64. 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!!

    Cheers

    Kris

    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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. monir hossain

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

  69. 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.

  70. Bali With 3 Year Old Child

    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?
    Cheers.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Bali Dynasty Resort in Kuta is wonderful for young kids.

  71. Things To Do Near Canggu

    Hi
    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.
    Cheers
    🙂

    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!

  72. Bali in December with 2 Teens

    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.

  73. Bali in August for Group of 6

    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! 🙂

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Check out the villa rentals in Sanur. A great town with a nice beach and lots of shops and restaurants.

  74. One Week in Bali with Young Child

    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.

  75. Which Area of Bali to Stay with Kids

    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.

  76. Bali Destination for 2 Families

    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.

      1. Cheralee

        Thanks so much David, very helpful.

  77. Best Place to Stay Close to Bali Beach

    heya,
    What’s 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.
    cheers!

    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.

  78. Bali Accommodation for 4 Families

    Hi there, I was wondering if there was any accommodation that would cater to 4 families (8 Adults & 6 Children) where each family could have separate 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 suggestions 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.

  79. Bali in January for Group of 5

    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!

  80. Bali for Family of 6

    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!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Sanur has a kid-friendly beach, a very relaxed vibe, good family-friendly hotels, and easy access to central and eastern Bali – where there’s lots to see and do.

  81. Birthday Party Place in Bali

    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.

    Thanks,
    ~Nick

  82. Bali with Child in November

    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.

    Help!!!!
    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.

      Good luck.

  83. 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).

  84. 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.

    Thanks.

    Cindy

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      I would probably say Nusa Dua – as long as you’re prepared to be a little isolated from the rest of Bali. For child-friendly hotels start here: mylittlenomads.com/Bali-family-hotels.

      Good luck.

  85. 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.
    Vicky

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The water at Nusa Dua is definitely calm and very kid-friendly. The water at Jimbaran is less so but still lovely. The Four Seasons Resort is the nicest hotel at Jimbaran – really wonderful. Nusa Dua has many kid-friendly resorts. Here are the best: mylittlenomads.com/nusadua-family-hotels.

      It’s about 15 minutes by taxi from Jimbaran to Nusa Dua. Hope that helps.

  86. Private Villa in Seminyak

    Hi,
    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.

  87. Less Touristy Place To Stay in Bali

    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.

    Jay

    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.

  88. 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.

  89. Bali for Family of 3

    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.

    Thanks

    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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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.
    Thanks

    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.

  92. Bali in Maya and June

    Hello,

    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.

  93. 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).

  94. 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

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Rachel. I’d split my time between both places as they have a very different feel (especially the beach which is quite calm in Sanur).

      I just updated the posts on hotels in Sanur and hotels in Seminyak. Hope they help.

  95. Villa in Canggu

    Hi

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

    Lindy

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Ametis Villa is great. Close to the beach. Quiet. Huge villas. (Villas are not cheap however – if that’s what you meant by reasonable.)

  96. 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. wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.htm

      Hope that helps.

  97. 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

  98. 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.

  99. 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!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Oberoi Hotel Bali and The Legian Bali Hotel are both awesome and I bet in April (low season) you should be able to find some great rates that fall well under your budget.

  100. 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.

  101. 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?

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      The Westin Resort Bali in Nusa Dua is super family-friendly and one of the most affordable luxury hotels in Bali.

  102. 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.

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

      Hi Karla. 2 great places in Kuta are the Ramada Bintang Bali Resort & Spa and the Villa Coco Bali.

      Both might be a little over your budget but those links will get you the best rates. Good luck.

  103. 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?

    Thanks!!

    1. DavidDavid My Little Nomads

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

  104. 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 !

    Frankie

    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.

  105. 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.

  106. Manager of the Hotel Orissa

    Hello, I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that you have a great site! Keep up the good work.

Get My Hotel & Travel Newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *