For your next family vacay, try one of these kid-friendly villas in Bali - the best family abodes from every neighbourhood!
Ah Bali en famille. There really is nothing better than exploring this island playground with the whole fam-gang. And while we love Bali’s never-ending collection of kid-friendly hotels and resorts, sometimes we want to up the privacy (and the glam-factor!) with one of Bali’s very best family-friendly villas.
So strap in for the fun ride, because we enlisted fellow Mum and resident expat, Rebecca Foreman, to put together the ultimate list of family-friendly villas in Bali. She’s found all the hottest holiday rentals in the most hip and happenin’ Bali ‘hoods, all designed to keep the kiddos (of all ages) happy and entertained.
Think tree-houses, bouncy castles, trampolines, basketball hoops, decked-out cinema rooms, plus so much more. Not to mention luxe extras like on-site chefs, massages and spa rooms to keep Mums and Dads holiday-happy too. Yup, if you’ve been sitting on the iso-couch daydreaming of the Island of the Gods, then the time to act is now. By golly folks, we’ve earned ourselves a family vacay…!
ALL THE BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY VILLAS IN BALI
FAMILY VILLAS IN SEMINYAK
For luxe-glam crossed with funky-town, head to Seminyak for your next family holiday. There’s no limit to the amount of cool restaurants and shopping spots, plus sunset beach clubs and kid-friendly hangouts. Mini travellers will love this hip and happening ‘hood.
1. Niconico Mansion – six bedrooms
For families that love being amongst quirky art and design, this is the villa for you. The Niconico Mansion is exactly that – a palatial and uber cool six-bedroom abode that combines the style of a NYC loft space with plenty of funky furniture. Kids will be on their best behaviour to bag the pop-art themed room, with paintings of Elizabeth Taylor and Nicki Minaj. It even has its own basketball hoop! There’s also a 13-meter pool to get soaked and splashy in, plus a family-sized hammock and sunbeds to allow for ultimate poolside chill time. For those days when everyone is shopped and beached-out, the in-villa hangs will not disappoint. Think poolside BBQs (freshly prepared and cooked by your very own chef), followed by a game of pool or ping pong for that next family showdown. Kids of all ages will love this glamorous pad with friendly in-house staff, on-hand and itching to take care of your every desire.
2. Villa Home – three bedrooms
Modern architecture meets traditional homely vibes at this gorgeous Seminyak villa, expertly designed for culture-loving travellers who appreciate luxury. Tropical and breezy, Villa Home boasts three gorgeous bedrooms with en-suite indoor/outdoor bathrooms, two of which have direct access to the glittering 16-metre swimming pool. Two of the bedrooms are interconnecting, so that means mums and dads can rest worry-free, while the secluded master suite, complete with its own lounge deck and koi pond, offers a hideaway to get your Bali zen on. The breezy lounge is then decked out with Balinese heritage-inspired decor, with high ceilings made from all-natural materials. And whenever you’re ready to leave your island home? The beach and Seminyak’s best beachfront venues are just a 10-minute walk away. And psst… every stay at Villa Home includes daily breakfasts and a welcome dinner too!
3. Villa Anam – 10 bedrooms
For multiple families needing to sleep up to 20 pax, check out the 10-bedder Villa Anam, perfectly located a ten minute walk from the pumping waves of Double Six Beach. The facilities in this family-friendly Bali villa really are endless. Think two pools, an in-house gym, jacuzzi, a fabulous rooftop lounge (perfect for yoga and meditation), a wine cellar, garden BBQ area, alfresco bar and a cinema room complete with comfy recliner chairs and a high-tech projector screen (with 3D options!). Parents and kids will love the feel of freedom in this vast complex with the open-plan living pavilions that overlook the lavish and tropical gardens and swimming pools. Bliss!
4. Villa Casa Evaliza – four bedrooms
Kids of all ages will LOVE Villa Casa Evaliza for its well thought-out family offerings. For starters, there’s the 14-metre swimming pool with a Balinese ‘bale’ dedicated to those relaxing afternoons spent chilling in the shade. The laid-back and super-sleek styling runs throughout the villa’s four bedrooms (all with ensuites), including a cool bunk room for up to five kiddos, plus a media room which has TV and satellite connection (all air conditioned) as well as free Wi-Fi and a book collection. Baby cots and high chairs are available plus a BBQ for family nights in. And don’t forget the state-of-the-art private gym room, which has weights and a treadmill for your convenience. Don’t feel like leaving the villa for a spa treatment? No probs. Villa Casa Evaliza has its own spa room with specialised treatments. And did we mention the villa is only 250m from the beach?
5. Villa Jajaliluna – four bedrooms
Villa Jajaliluna is a luxe home-away-from-home perfectly poised 500 metres from the beach – just a short stroll to all the best restaurants, bars, spas and boutiques in Seminyak. Take your pick from four stunning bedrooms – the bunk-room is kid-tastic and ideal for up to four grommets. There’s plenty for the whole family to indulge in here, like swimming in the luxe T-shaped swimming pool or getting your wholesome, freshly-prepared food fixed up by your own in-house chef – kids menus included! Mums and Dads can relax poolside while the villa staff occupy the kids with any number of fun activities. Villa Jajaliluna will take care of all your baby needs (including baby cot with mosquito net, highchair, car seats and bottle steriliser) while you receive the five-star treatment from two butlers and a team of housekeepers.
6. Freedom Villa – five bedrooms
Location, location, location! Freedom Villa is secretly tucked away just moments from Seminyak’s hottest restaurants, shops, nightlife and resorts, including Potato Head and Ku De Ta. The villa has five uber-crisp and spacious bedrooms, complemented by a stunning Mediterranean pool (complete with a kiddie shallow area and pool fence if required), numerous daybeds and a Balinese ‘bale’ for hanging in when you’re all beached out. Parents and kids will love the open living and dining area, with spacious guest rooms located in two separate wings for families needing quiet areas. With all the on-site villa staff you could need, rest assured all your unique dining and well-being requests will be catered for. And for foodies, Merah Putih and La Lucciola are right on your doorstep. While all this family feasting is going on, feel free to make use of the beautiful air-conditioned gym for anyone needing to work off those gastronomic delights.
FAMILY VILLAS IN CANGGU
Canggas, The Gu, Kangoo – whatever you call it, Canggu is a rocking neighbourhood for absolutely everyone. It’s where the very best of Bali blends together, forming an eclectic ‘hood filled with expat families, tourists and funsters from all over the world. It’s a place where beach bars throng and the surf never disappoints – a mecca for anyone wanting a holiday filled with unlimited family action. There’s also no end to the number of “Mummy & Me” spas, perfectly poised around uber-cool family-friendly restaurants to shake up the taste buds.
1. Villa JOJU – five bedrooms
Mums and Dads, it doesn’t get much more family-friendly than at Villa JOJU. This family sanctuary is an enormous villa purpose-built for little ones and young travellers – especially for families with infants or those under 10 years of age. There are four king-sized bedrooms and one specially designed kids bedroom (accessible through the master room) containing six awesome bunk beds. And the best bit? For larger groups/extended families, there’s another four bedrooms in the adjoining Villa JOJU Alit, right next door. And the kids’ amenities are truly endless. Baby monitors, cots and a pool fence re available to hire, and they have an abundance of pool toys to keep everyone occupied in splashy land. There are toys, books, in-house arts and crafts workshops (slime-making, anyone?), a bouncy castle and, wait for it, an outdoor movie theatre featuring all the latest flicks on Apple TV or Netflix. There’s even a garden fish spa to tickle the kiddos tootsies…
2. Villa Marang – six bedrooms
Calling all colonial-style interior lovers – this is the family villa for you! A mere 500 meters from fisherman’s beach, Nelayan, and a short trot to Old Mans beach bar, this six bedroom (12 pax) family home, Villa Marang, is everything you could wish for and more. The super-duper high ceilings allow for space and light in abundance, in perfect combination with that uber on-trend Hamptons white-and-blue beach house vibe. Let the kids fight over which bunk bed to sleep in while you relax next to the luxuriant 18-meter pool, sipping a freshly shaken beverage of course. The main house has a large TV room and pool table room that can also double as an office, while gym junkies will rejoice in a fully equipped gym. Day tours, in-house spa treatments, cooking classes and your choice of water sports are all for the taking.
3. Villa Zambala – six bedrooms
This contemporary and trendy villa, located only a few steps from the sands of Berawa Beach, is the ultimate in stylish family getaways. Up to 12 adults and 4 children can stay at Villa Zambala, with its six luxury bedrooms and indoor/outdoor entertainment space that’s perfectly located around the ever-so-inviting 25-metre pool – the perfect place to keep your eye on the kiddos en masse. Villa Zambala’s friendly in-house staff are always on-hand to deliver freshly prepared dishes made to your liking or for fussy tummies, or make the most of its proximity to the many fabbo restaurants nearby. Kiddos can chill in the air-conditioned library/media room, while parents can slip away and enjoy an outdoor bathtub for some romantic starlight bathing, or a spot of private alfresco dining on the terrace. Fitness fanatics, fear not, there’s also an on-site gym where you can sweat out last night’s indulgences…
4. Arnalaya Beach House – five bedrooms
Modern beach-fronted splendour! This spectacular five-bedder (for up to 18 guests) overlooks Nelayan Beach and is every sporty family’s dream holiday pad. Why? Because Arnalaya Beach House is an activity-rich paradise. Apart from being footsteps from the surf beach, there’s a tennis court onsite, plus a 20-meter pool and an air-conditioned gym, equipped with a treadmill, Swiss balls, Pilates gear and TRX. Let’s not forget the blissful onsite spa, complete with professional massage beds and a decadent bathtub, where you can indulge in any number of special treatments, from sports massages through to facials. Given the sprawling nature of the grounds, it’s perfect for eternal games of hide and seek and footie on a choice of three lawns. All the kids equipment you could possibly need is covered, and there’s even an enclosed playpen, mat and a toilet trainer seat for toddlers. The villa chef can handle any special dietary requests, and babysitting is on tap should you need a childfree night out on the town.
5. Villa Maya – four bedrooms
A stone’s throw from Bali Equestrian Centre in Berawa, you will discover the ultimate in family comfort at Villa Maya. This modern Bali-style family getaway is all about privacy and laid-back island living, with its inviting 15-meter aquamarine salt-water pool and open-plan living areas, including an outdoor gazebo. Villa Maya has four well-appointed bedrooms that can accommodate as many as 10 guests, each with glorious bathrooms, two of which have baths. Each bedroom contains a smart TV, aircon and fans. Make use of the super friendly villa staff on hand at all times to cook and clean, so you can get on with living the ultimate family holiday!
6. Villa Asante – four bedrooms
Thriving Echo Beach is only 30 metres from this modern open-living four-bedroom villa, perfect for families with kids of all ages. Whether it’s surfing at the local beach, volleyball, table tennis, pool action or a game of footy, Villa Asante has it covered. There is so much to keep the kiddos of all ages busy here, including books, musical instruments, gaming consoles, even a paddling pool for toddlers. Or perhaps you fancy a night upstairs chilling in the media lounge in front of the big-screen? Snuggle up on luscious soft sofas and the cool comforts of air-conditioning. Don’t forget to leave all your baby kit at home folks, because facilities also include a baby cot, trundle beds and high chair. Long and leisurely holidays are perfectly rounded off here by having your in-house chef fire up the barbie to prepare nightly spreads worthy of accolades. All that’s left to do is bask in the sunshine and work on your tan…
7. Villa Mana – seven bedrooms
Welcome to the fabulousness of Villa Mana, where Japanese bathtubs and amazing designs meld seamlessly with family-friendly facilities, like the grooviest kiddy bunk room in town. This seven bedroom luxury villa sleeps up to seven adults and four kids comfortably and features a magnificent 17-meter infinity pool. The grounds also include a wading pool, inflatable pool toys and a huge lawn, while inside you’ll find children’s DVDs, games, books, TVs, iPod docks and even a PlayStation. On-request spa treatments can be selected from a comprehensive spa menu, plus suggestion menus of Indonesian, western and children’s meals to accommodate all dietary requests. Villa Mana is simply a designer’s dream luxury villa.
FAMILY VILLAS IN UMALAS
Umalas is a super relaxed ‘hood with an unmistakable family vibe. Here you’re just minutes away from all the cool Canggu kids hotspots like Finns Recreation Club and Amplitude Skate Park. Plus, Umalas is a short scooter ride to all the hottest restaurants and shops in Seminyak, yet also has its own growing cafe and fitness scenes, filled with yummy mummies and their kiddie-winks.
1. Villa Naty – six bedrooms
For families who wish to roam on stunning and opulent grounds on their next Bali holiday, Villa Naty is a tried-and-tested favourite in Umalas. Choose from three swimming pools (two plunge pools) and facilities that would give any hotel resort a run for their money. Villa Naty is popular with large family groups travelling with kiddies and teenagers. There are six super-styled bedrooms all with AC, sleeping up to 12 pax in total. The kiddos will not be bored with a billiard table, private gym and trampoline, not forgetting an in-house massage room (reflexology anyone?), ping-pong table, DVD player, and Wi-Fi. Baby cots are supplied plus other extras like car seats and booster or high-chairs as needed. Don’t miss out on the BBQ facilities and pizza oven for a family pizza night – it’s all here and it seems nothing is too much trouble for the Villa Naty staff.
2. Villa Umah Daun – five bedroom
Nestled amidst the lush green rice paddies of Umalas, Villa Umah Daun is a jaw-dropping fiver bedder hugged by vast gardens and top-notch villa glamour. If the kids love to swim, you’ll not be disappointed, because you can take your pick of two pools: one larger for laps with a nearby outdoor jacuzzi, and a shallow pool for littlies who want to splash about. Don’t miss out on the designated kids playroom, games room, media room, foosball table, library and two interconnecting bedrooms, plus a garden treehouse too. This family villa sleeps up to 10 people and is within easy reach of Seminyak and Canggu. Enjoy the in-house spa services plus extensive dining options from Balinese, Indonesian, and western menus (plus the kiddos own menu of course). You’ll simply love the relaxed and stylish holiday vibes here…
3. Villa Sajak – five bedrooms
Sprawling tropical grounds, eclectic art with a hint of French-chic, and an address right in the heart of Umalas – meet the stunning Villa Sajak. Fully equipped for everyone’s needs, mod cons are abound in this architectural delight. Think widescreen TVs in all five bedrooms, onsite pool and ping-pong tables, a fully equipped gym, and even badminton. You’ll also find a stunning swimming pool (with kiddie fence on request), an upstairs terrace for sunrise yoga or sunset cocktails, and a fabbo BBQ area with a large table on the outside terrace for those fun family chow-downs. The ever-experienced staff are always on hand to take care of your crew, with ‘on demand’ cooks ready to whip up the kids’ favourite meal. They can even organise day tours, spa services, shopping trips and restaurant reservations. This artistic family retreat sleeps up to 10 pax comfortably, but can also cater for larger groups or extended families (up to 18 in total) via the adjoining two-bedroom villas…
FAMILY VILLAS IN UBUD
Ubud is a family-fun ‘hood for those looking to truly relax in lush jungle vibes while still absorbing the richness of Balinese culture. There’s an unlimited number of restaurants, boutiques and art stalls to explore, as well as the legendary white-water rafting expeditions, the Monkey Temple, the Antonio Blanco Museum and The Royal Palace to name a few.
1. Villa Lumia – four bedrooms
Villa Lumia is a very spesh getaway pad for even the most discerning family. Its four air-conditioned bedrooms can actually accommodate up to 12 guests, complemented by a 20-meter-long swimming pool for some lap action, while the littlies can play merrily in the paddling pool. There’s also a jacuzzi, a kitted-out fitness centre, billiards, a bar and a TV room with an endless choice of channels. Not to mention the most gorgeous open-air hangout spot with long and lovely white drapes. The experienced and on-site staff here will take care of all your daily needs, transport and culinary requests, and they can even organise tours or recommend daily mountain biking tracks. Come home to enjoy a multitude of spa treatments performed by fully trained staff, from traditional Balinese massages, to acupressure, foot therapy or any other reflexology treatment available on the island. Heaven!
2. Villa San – six bedrooms
This artsy villa is a fabbo family break-away pad located in the Ubud ‘hood. Let’s start with Villa San’s glorious 25-metre pool with a shallow section for littlies, plus a dedicated family area. Then there’s the sprawling gardens (fancy a game of frisbee?), loft art studio, telescope for gazing at the stunning views, gym, and terrace (sunrise yoga, yay!). There’s also two entertainment rooms and a dedicated playroom with toys, games and pool equipment for the kiddos. While all this activity is going on, why not indulge in a body scrub, massage, reflexology or a mani-pedi? And don’t hesitate to talk through your daily food requirements with the chef who’ll take care of the rest. It’s all sorted, even that luggsome kiddie equipment, which you can have ready and waiting upon your arrival. Hot tip: take time to discover the stunning Ubud Royal Palace (just 300m away) and catch one of the traditional dances…
3. Shinta Dewi Villa – three bedrooms
Shinta Dewi Villa rests on the edge of the quiet village of Tegallantang, north of Ubud. It’s every stressed-out mummy’s dream escape, with the unhurried and peaceful charms of life in the Bali jungle. Shinta Dewi Villa sleeps eight adults (with three extra beds for children on request) with all the music and TV kit you could need, including DVD players, a library and iPod dock. The 16-meter pool and grounds could not be more inviting for lazy days spent soaking up the sun and watching the sunset. Or perhaps the gym is more your vibe, with a high-spec running machine, spin bike, weights and bench ready for you to feel the burn. There’s also a separate massage room for in-villa treatments, and on-site staff available to take care of all your transport, cleaning, cooking and babysitting needs. Bliss!
FAMILY VILLAS IN JIMBARAN
For jaw-dropping sunsets, white sandy beaches and world-class golfing, as well as unlimited seafood cafes and all the wet n’ wild water sports you could wish for, Jimbaran is perfect for your family-fun tribe. Check out these stunning kid-centric villas for your next beachside hang.
1. Villa CassaMia – six bedrooms
Villa CassaMia was lovingly designed and built by a Mum and Dad with littlies, so you can be sure everything you need is on-hand here, ready for your next seamless family vacay. This modern and groovy beachside dwell caters for 10 adults and 4 children under 8 years old (or 12 adults with 2 extra beds). The pool comes complete with a shallow end and all the pool toys you could need (or head out for surf lessons in the calm bay!). Indoors, the kids will love the cool toys room, the truckload of kids’ DVDs, badminton and all the baby equipment you could need. There’s even a media room for cosy movie nights, while adults can play a game of pool downstairs. Other notable inclusions are the hanging chairs on the balcony for kids to swing and relax, and of course, the villa is a mere two-minute walk to the famous Jimbaran beach for nights when only a sunset walk will do.
2. Villa Karang Kembar II – three bedrooms
A true Jimbaran gem, Villa Karang Kembar II boasts stunning sea views, a 25-metre infinity pool, private beach vibes, access to awesome golf facilities, and even dolphin spotting can be arranged. Let’s start with sleeping arrangements. This four-bedder sleeps up to eight adults and two kids (who wants the top bunk, kids?) set across three pavilions. Dining can take place indoors, on the stunning terrace, or at the private beach house – just have the in-house chef prepare some deliciously fresh local, international and Asian dishes while the kiddos keep it wholesomely simple from the kid’s menu. There’s also a dedicated spa room for massages either inside or in the open air. All the kiddie kit you could need is available too, including high-chairs, cots, car seats, sound monitors, a removable pool fence, DVDs, CDs, games, and of course, babysitting services. Don’t hold back folks, you’re on holiday, and that means treat yo’ self!
3. The Longhouse – six bedrooms
If you’re looking for breathtaking views and sheer splendiferousness on your next family holiday, check out the hillside hideaway The Longhouse. This six-bedroom villa can accommodate 12 pax comfortably over its stunning three-story, architecturally designed structure. You can rest assured that your every need will be graciously taken care of by the experienced onsite staff (14 in total). This boutique luxury villa-hotel boasts an infinity pool, private in-home theatre, gorgeous gardens, a dedicated spa room for much-needed massages and treatments, an on-site gym and yoga space, and even a karaoke machine for a family sing-a-thon.
4. The Sea Shanty – four bedrooms
The Sea Shanty is a luxury four-bedroom villa perfectly set up to accommodation families with little ones. Not only is it set within a quintessential Bali tropical vibe, it has been designed with family entertainment, safety and relaxation in mind. The kids will love ‘The Bunkhouse’ AKA the kidzone with its teak bunk-beds plus additional inflatable mattresses as required (sleeping a total of six children). There’s even a chalkboard wall in here that will no doubt keep little wannabe artists entertained for hours. For families that LOVE to splash about, check out the ever-so-inviting 15-metre pool complete with a shallow area and an assortment of pool toys and boogie boards to keep everyone amused. All your kiddie equipment is on hand too, including toys, DVDs, cots, high chairs, prams, car seats, plus a pool fence if needed. And babysitting services are just a call away…
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