Because a family holiday wouldn't be complete without waterslides, jungle treehouses and cool kids clubs, try these action-packed hotels & resorts for your next Bali vacay
Bali really is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world. In every corner of the island you’ll find awesome things to do with the kids (we’re talking super-cool activities and wild island adventures) and more child-friendly restaurants than you can shake a dummy at. All of this, and that’s before we mention the endless list of family-friendly hotels in Bali…
Mums and Dads, whether your tribe needs a family room or your very own villa with spa and wellness offerings, we asked fellow Mum and local resident, Rebecca Foreman, to bring us the very best places to stay with the family in Bali. From state-of-the-art kids clubs and convenient addresses just a few tiny footsteps from the best kiddie attractions, this list of Bali’s best family hotels and resorts will get you and the kids vacay-ready before the temper tantrums set in. School holidays have never looked so good!
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
in Nusa Dua
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort
This five-star beachfront hotel is home to an award-winning kids club that’s been dubbed the best on the island. While the kids are kept busy, parents can feel polished and refreshed after indulging in any number of rejuvenating treatments at SoSpa (or a glam up at the on-site The Shampoo Lounge!), with plenty of wining and dining opportunities across the manicured resort. The lagoon pool is perfect for daytime lazing, with a kid’s pool just footsteps from your sun-bed.
The kids club: Mums and Dads, rest assured the kids are under professional child care here, designed with safety at the forefront. The colourful club is spacious enough for kids to get super creative in a host of stimulating activities, from storytelling and reading sessions right through to outdoor gardening, yoga for kids, or simply splashing in the kids’ pool. Full supervision by a trained, professional team is provided, ensuring your little ones are having the best time in the safest hands.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata ITDC Lot N5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 +62 361 849 2888, e. [email protected]
Hilton Bali Resort
Located on the top of a 40-meter cliff, the Hilton Bali Resort is a gorgeous family destination that still captures that five-star resort feel. For the little ones, there’s a dedicated kid’s pool, a sandy lagoon and waterslides to splish and splash in, while mums and dads can enjoy the four scrummy restaurants, cosy daybeds and the lush Mandara Spa.
The kids club: The resort’s award-winning Jungle Kids Club is an indoor-outdoor playground packed to the playful brim with an awesome climbing wall, a trampoline, arts & crafts and round-the-clock professional supervision.
Hilton Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 377, e. [email protected]
The Ritz-Carlton Bali
The Ritz-Carlton Bali is a fabulous resort elevated on a cliff-top setting with the Indian Ocean as the most mesmerising backdrop. The sweeping resort welcomes guests to relax, rejuvenate and find a harmonious balance with any number of dining experiences and wellness offerings designed for families.
The kids club: The integrated Ritz Kids’ facility is securely located in the centre of the resort, with indoor arts, crafts, games and activities, alongside an outdoor area with a mini lawn and playground. There’s even an adjacent mini-waterpark with a Balinese style bell-tower, where kids can climb up and swoosh down colourful slides. Other activities include cooking classes, ‘mini tours’, afternoon fish feeding and fun times on the sand on the secluded beach. There’s so much on offer, with no shortage of daily activities, from turtle preservation to kiddie spa treatments.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot Iii, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8498988, e. [email protected]
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort in Bali with tonnes of spirit and awards for its outstanding family-friendliness, then head straight to Club Med in Nusa Dua. A sanctuary set among stunning rice paddies and temples where the kids can fly on the trapeze and play in the splash pool making new friends, all the while Mums and Dads can explore or hunker down in Mandara Spa for some serious pampering.
The kids club: With age-specific clubs for Baby, Petit, Mini & Juniors, the Club Med kids club is every kids’ dream, with no shortage of activities for any age, including sports, cultural crafts and indoor-outdoor games. The dedicated kids areas are specifically designed with all the latest equipment for comfort and safety. It’s no wonder this award-winning resort is a fave for families.
Club Med, Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua BTDC, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 771521, e. [email protected]
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
Let the family embrace complete wellness on your next white sandy beach holiday. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is all about feel-good families, so they have a specially curated Westin Family program, designed to enrich mini guests and enhance their well-being through exploration and discovery. From kids’ Travel Journals to Local Activity Guides, every aspect of Westin Family is designed to engage, inspire, and celebrate young travellers and their families. And of course, there’s plenty of spa treatments and amenities that will allow you to unwind and recharge amid five-star tropical lushness. Your only worry here is whether to swim in either the freshwater or saltwater swimming pools, complete with a 12-metre slide to ride, a waterfall, plus designated children’s area…
The kids club: Drop the kids off (ages 4 – 12 years) for a fun day of supervised activities at the Westin Family Kids Club, while Mums and Dads explore the island at their own pace. Young travellers can revel in outdoor or indoor games including face painting, kite making, fishing and movie night. The kids even have their own Spa and under 3s eat free if Mum or Dad is a Marriott Bonvoy member. On a Sunday, the family-themed brunch at Prego lets kids below 6 eat for free, with half off for kids under 12.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 771906, e. [email protected]
There’s so much to choose from at the award-winning Conrad Bali, with family-friendly benefits and fun activities at every turn – think art, culture, wellness and adventure, all nestled amongst secluded tropical gardens on the breezy coastline of Nusa Dua.
The kids club: Choose from more than 20 on-site activities at Kura Kura kids club – an indoor and outdoor playground complete with a mini treehouse, babysitting services, as well as a kids pool with real sand and a selection of cute floaties for non-swimmers. Access is free for 3 -12 years olds and all children can enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner from the children’s menu while dining with their parents. Don’t miss out on the parent-child spa treatments, not forgetting the fun bubble bath or chocolate bath in the Jiwa Spa. Kids will also receive a free amenity pack upon check-in and complimentary baby cots upon request.
Conrad Bali, Jl Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa, p. +62 361 778788, e. [email protected]
The St. Regis Bali Resort
The St. Regis Bali Resort offers infinite panoramic views of the Indian Ocean from a stunning beachfront of powdery white sand. From the warm ocean waves to the hidden crystal blue salt water lagoon, splurge into the many pleasures of this Balinese paradise. Enjoy a complimentary airport transfer, Wi-Fi and the signature 24-hour Butler Service as just a few of the offerings at this truly indulgent family destination. Gym junkies can stay fit in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, while foodies can indulge in a number of distinctive fine-dining restaurants and bars. The finest spa treatments using traditional techniques can be found at Iridium Spa.
The kids club: The Children’s Learning Center offers an enriching environment with artfully conceptualised programs to ooze every amount of fun out of the innovative learning activities, AKA the Family Traditions Program. Full or half-day experiences for kids aged between 4-12 years are designed to create memories that will last a lifetime. The program changes daily, providing a wide variety of choice to cultivate passions, from local and sustainable cooking classes, to art and craft decoration classes, and of course Balinese inspired music, dance, food and storytelling to reveal the rich culture and history of Bali.
The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua, Blok Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8478111, e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
This peaceful oasis in the heart of fashionable Seminyak is only moments away from Seminyak Beach and its legendary beach clubs. Families can luxuriate in modern accommodation, an array of in-house dining options with local and international cuisine, and fabulous treatments from the Zanti Retreat. Laze the day away on massive floating bean bags in three-tiered outdoor pool or hit the fitness center open 24/7.
The kids club: Snuggly positioned in a lush garden corner of the resort, the Kids Club is open for kiddos aged 4-12 years but under 4’s can also join the fun if joined by an adult. Located adjacent to the kiddie pool and lagoon pool, parents can relax knowing their play time will be jam-packed with arts and crafts, reading, theatre, nail art, hair braiding or chill time. The weekly scheduled activities vary between yoga, treasure hunts, singing, music, Balinese dress-ups, dance lessons, cooking and face painting. An onsite lunch is also available.
Courtyard Seminyak, Jl Camplung Tanduk No 103 SP, Jl Dhyana Pura, Seminyak, p. +62 361 8499600 e. [email protected]
Unfurling along an eight-kilometre stretch of pristine beach and mere steps from the Indian Ocean, Alila Seminyak hits the jackpot when it comes to tropical cool. You’ll not go hungry here, with plenty of in-house dining options, like seafood dining on the beach at Seasalt, to cocktails and sunsets at The Beach Bar, and of course, legendary pizza from Flat Stanley. Mums and dads can keep busy at the 24-hour gym and daily yoga classes, and don’t forget to book a bespoke spa treatment at Spa Alila, using only fresh, local ingredients to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed with a renewed sense of well-being. Everything you could want in one perfect Balinese getaway.
The kids club: Play Alila offers the kiddies a smorgasbord of indoor and outdoor 90 minute activities, like making playdough, jewellery craft, bean-bagging, story telling, face painting, and puzzle time to name a few. Babysitting and child minding services are also available on request.
Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 3021 888, e. [email protected]
Trans Resort Bali
A stone’s throw from all the best foodie restaurants in Seminyak is the Indonesian-inspired Trans Resort. Located on bustling Sunset Road, all hotel rooms overlook the lagoon pool with a pristine beach and kid-friendly shallows for safe sand-play for your little tots.
The kids club: The kids club here is located in a spacious colour-tastic playcentre, complete with library, air hockey, arts, crafts, multimedia gaming room with all the latest gadgetry and every kids dream, a Baskin Robbins ice cream corner! Baby sitting services are also available.
Trans Resort Bali, Jl Sunset Rd, Seminyak, p. +62 361 8981234, e. [email protected]
Montigo Resorts offers you a lifestyle resort concept and is specially designed for families or friends looking for fun and fabulous amenities and services in the heart of cosmopolitan Seminyak.
The kids club: Tilo Kids Club invites kids age 4 and up to delight in the highly interactive array of fun and educational activities, including toys, board and video games (Wii, Xbox, PS3), cards and building blocks along with arts, crafts, baking, face painting, canvas painting and origami classes which will transport your littlies into a world of magic and imagination.
Montigo Resorts, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 301 9888, e. [email protected]
FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach
Located at the northern end of Legian Beach, FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach is an all-suite resort with direct beachfront access. Accommodation and amenities have been designed for travellers who want space, comfort and an incredible location. Select from Studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom guestrooms, perfect for couples, families or friends.
The kids club: Come out and play at Slide‘nSplash Water Play, the resort’s water play facility with a colourful slide, water castle, rain drop loop and water jet, plus Waka-Waka’s fun indoor playground. This space has a cool Ninja Warrior theme and includes trampolines, games and a special playground wall that kids can draw on!
FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach, JI Arjuna 88X, Seminyak, p. + 62 361 737 400, e. [email protected]
The Haven is a convenient 10-minute walk from Seminyak Beach, and offers accommodation with flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The swimming pool offers plenty of water activities to choose from while the private beach club allows for daybeds and lazy sofas exclusively for in-house guests to enjoy. There’s always plenty of in-house dining options from the two restaurants onsite, from satay and BBQ festivals, to a Pirates of the Caribbean night. Blissed out from the daily free yoga, hit the boutique shopping in Seminyak and that’s oh-so close by.
The kids club: The Haven knows that every child on holiday needs to be well looked after and entertained, so supervised kids activities take place every day of the week, including board games and learning new arts and crafts right by the pool, where parents can lounge and relax knowing their children are happy as clams just footsteps away.
The Haven, Jl Raya Seminyak No. 500, Seminyak, p. +62 361738001, e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
in Kuta & Legian
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
This five-star resort sits directly next door to the fabulous Beachwalk shopping mall, which boasts 200 luxury shops and a cineplex. After plenty of retail therapy, Mums and Dads can chill and relax at Sheraton’s Shine Spa or in the outdoor infinity pool, or maintain their fitness routine with Sheraton Fitness. The whole family can happily choose from three varied and scrummy in-house dining venues, Feast, Bene or The Lounge, while the posh rooms feature free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and flat-screens, plus terraces or balconies. Upgraded rooms add courtyard or sea views, while suites include living and dining areas and even a rooftop pool in the upgraded suite. And psst – kids age 11 and under stay for free with an adult!
The kids club: Kids aged between 3 – 12 years are welcome to explore this themed wonderland with a wide selection of activities designed to stimulate and entertain. Think Miniature Marketplace, Play Kitchen, Tree Houses and the make-believe river. Or perhaps they’d like to build Lego masterpieces, play house with dolls or spend their energy on the tree house slide? There’s also miniature picnic tables to chill out in the shade, and a movie area to watch the latest child-friendly movies. Healthy kids lunches are also available, not forgetting the P.I.M.P = Papa! I Made Pizza cooking class and the Decorate Your Own Sundae ice-cream class.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta, p. +62 361 8465555, e. [email protected]
Bali Dynasty Hotel
This hotel regularly rates as the number one choice for families thanks to its family room featuring bunk beds and a separate parent retreat. There are game consoles to keep the kids happy when they’re plain tuckered out from all the outdoor water activities, because there’s always something happening for kids around the ever-popular pool area and the water fun zone featuring a 3-story water slide and a mini water park. And psst- kids 12 years and under eat for free when dining with adults at the themed buffet dinner at H2O Restaurant. All of this just footsteps from Kuta’s collection of restaurants, shops, art markets as well as the Discovery Shopping Mall, Lippo Mall and Waterbom – Asia’s number one water park.
The kids club: The Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club is renowned as one of Bali’s best Kids’ Club facilities with a team of professionally trained staff and two age-specific areas: the ground floor catering to ages 4-12 years (under 4s can join when accompanied by a babysitter), whilst The Den Teens Club caters for ages 10 to 16. Both facilities are free of charge, with cool activities and amenities like video games, movies, pool tables, kids yoga, duck feeding, art workshops, Indonesian lessons, water volleyball and so much more! Baby-sitting services are also available.
Bali Dynasty Hotel, Jl Kartika, Kuta, p. +62 361 752403, e. [email protected]
Hard Rock Hotel
The ideal place for rock star families, Hard Rock Hotel is home to its very own kids waterpark, waterslide, daily kids activities, Kids Shows every Saturday, rock wall climbing, family foam parties, a Boom Box recording studio for wannabe rockers and rockettes, and so.much.more! For water babies, the hotel boasts one of the largest free-form pools in Bali, and as for accommodation, Hard Rock has you covered with the Roxity Family Suite and Luxury Kids Suite that comes with an additional kid’s room complete with PlayStation4. A professional nanny service is also available for an additional charge.
The kids club: Roxity Kids Club caters for kids aged 4 -12 years, with fun activities and well-trained staff to keep the kids rocking while parents chill out in the pool, spa or gym. Let’s not forget teenagers! Tabu Teens Club caters for ages 13 – 17 with pool tables, air hockey, a gaming room, mini cinema and of course, plenty of Wifi bandwidth, and for young’uns (0 – 4 years), Lullaby is where parents can also spend time with their tiny littlies.
Hard Rock Hotel, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta p. +62 361 761869 e. [email protected]
Discovery Kartika Plaza
The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel enjoys a private seafront location in Kuta, with a selection of seven restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness center, pool, and even a helipad. You couldn’t be more at the heart of things as the hotel sits close to the buzzing Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom waterpark, Lippo Mall, Matahari and a smorgasbord of restaurants.
The kids club: Free for hotel guests and open to kids aged 5-12 years old, the kids club offers a varied daily schedule of activities under the watchful supervision of professional staff. It comes equipped with a wide range of board games, books and indoor and outdoor activities, with additional babysitting service available on request.
Discovery Kartika Plaza, Jl Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung Bali, p. +62 361 751 067, e. [email protected]
Padma Resort Legian
Family hotels don’t get much bigger than this on the island, within walking distance of Kuta and Seminyak. Padma Resort Legian features everything your tribe needs to chill out, from the spa, and fitness centre, to the adjoining beach club, S.K.A.I. – plus you’re never far from one of the five swimming pools, one of which the younger ones can slip and slide to their heart’s content. Choose from cool accommodation options like independent chalets, family rooms or a variety of suites.
The kids club: The Wolly Kids Club and Games Centre provides a different schedule of activities daily in a safe and secure space for kids aged 4-12 years old. Indoor activities include arts & crafts, t-shirt and face painting, Indonesian and cooking lessons, while the outdoor area is ideal for active kids, with activities like yoga, snorkelling and even turtle-feeding! The Games Centre, located next to Wolly Kids Club, accommodates the 8 – 12 age range and is equipped with a Nintendo Wii and PlayStation2, not to mention air hockey, table soccer and a billiards table. Babysitting services are also available should you feel like a night off.
Padma Resort Legian, Jl Padma No. 1 Legian, Kuta +62 361 752111, e. [email protected]
Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa
Situated in front of the famous sandy beach of Legian, Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa is set amongst five acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, looking out to stunning Indian Ocean views – a heavenly place for swimming and surfing. Choose from a number of accommodation options for every need, plus four swimming pools and a kids pool equipped with two oversized water slides and water fountains surrounded by lush gardens. There’s also a shallow pool for babies to take a supervised splash.
The kids club: Cening Kids Club is open to ages 3 to 11 years to enjoy the engaging daily activities free of charge for Bali Mandira guests. Games such as fun yoga, arts and crafts, little chef, colouring and story-time to name a few, all with the professionally trained team of onsite staff ensuring parents can rest and relax. There’s nothing quite like watching your favourite movies under the stars with a sea breeze as company, so every Wednesday evening, kids can enjoy outdoor movie night in the garden by the beach where you can sit on bean bags while enjoying grilled corn and tropical bevvies.
Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, Jl Padma No.2, Legian, Kuta, p. +62 361 751381 e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
This 2018 No.1 Hotel in the World is the ultimate in awe-inspiring family luxury. Set amongst the lush Ayung River Valley, this simply stunning resort takes you closer to the heart and soul of Bali as it nestles peacefully between two sacred rivers, hidden behind a jungle canopy. While parents find themselves absorbed in a vast selection of spa and wellness offerings and Instaworthy architecture at this six-star sanctuary, children aged between 4 – 12 years old can check-in to the kids club.
The kids club: Pici Pici Kids Club offers engaging and culturally enriching daily programmes including sports, adventure based games, and all the artsy activities you could wish for in stunning grounds – not forgetting outside pool action, daily tours to close by UNESCO sites and Balinese inspired dance and crafts. Babysitting services are also available.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Jl Raya Sayan, Saya, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 577.
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, offers hotel guests a “temple” of their own, a sanctuary for inner exploration and tranquility. Set along the Ayung River in Bali’s cultural heart of Ubud, the hotel offers luxury, butler-attended villas and suites, vintage VW convertible tours of local villages, rice fields and temples, and fine dining at the signature Kubu restaurant which serves uo mouthwatering Mediterranean-European cuisine.
The kids club: Calling all Mini Explorers! The learning adventure at Mandapa Camp is tailored for children or the entire family to enjoy, with activities that offer a chance to learn new skills, make new friends, and take part in a wide range of creative, cultural experiences, like Balinese art, music and games. On Mandapa Camp, there’s also an organic garden and an enlightening bamboo hut that features a slide and educational farm where littlies can tend to the onsite animals. Choose from full or half day programs, and for under 5s, parents are encouraged to join in with their children.
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 4792777, e. [email protected]
For the love of all things Bali, Capella Ubud puts the luxe into jungle-glamping, perched on the serene mountainside of Ubud’s Keliki Valley. Kids over 6 are welcome here and could not be more spoilt, beginning at check-in with a backpack filled with jungle-adventure goodies. Think essentials like sunscreen, organic face mist, insect repellent and more. The family accommodation option here is exclusively ‘The Lodge’, which offers impressive valley views and a feast for the senses, as interiors artist Bill Bensley has waved his magic designer wand to create an exotic, Chinese colour scheme. The Lodge offers an open plan living room, master and twin bedroom, two bathrooms (one featuring a Japanese bath tub and one with a hand-hammered copper bath) and a large wooden deck with two large daybeds. Don’t forget you have your own private 19 sqm pool, which will come in handy for days spent chilling poolside or for burning off all the fabulous feasting on offer from the Asian barbecue restaurant, Api Jiwa.
For the kids: Fun-packed days for the whole family are a phone call away when you stay at Capella. Just ask the concierge to organise any number of tours on offer where you can experience a host of unique Bali experiences like white water rafting and visiting monkey forests and UNESCO heritage sites.
Capella Ubud, Jl Raya Dalem, Banjar Triwangsa, Desa Keliki, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Ubud, p. +62 361 2091 888, e. [email protected]
Mason Elephant Park & Lodge
To experience a family holiday with a difference, check out Bali’s “Most Unique” Hotel and Winner of 2018’s Best Luxury Lodge in Asia and Best Luxury Eco Safari Lodge in the World. This destination resort is so unique and attracts it’s fair share of celebrity visitors, but know that by staying at Mason Elephant Park and Lodge you are staying at a resort fully committed to elephant conservation in a purpose-built environment. The hotel boasts 27 rooms with accommodation types to suit any taste, each with their own distinctive elephant touch.
For the kids: You will find plenty to entertain the kids here, like the unique elephant experiences JUMBO Wash and Night Safari / Dinner, or maybe just the chance to wander the grounds, gaining access to places where regular park guests do not.
Mason Elephant Park & Lodge, Jl Elephant Park Taro, Taro Village, Tegallalang, p. +62 361 721 480 e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
Hyatt Regency Bali
Hyatt Regency Bali boasts 363 recently renovated rooms, two fabulous restaurants (including the family-friendly Pizzaria), three swimming pools, and the gorgeous Shankha Spa – an exclusive wellness spa offering a host of wonderful treatments designed to balance, energise and nourish tired parents. The hotel’s lush tropical landscape, authentic Balinese vibe and easy breezy beachfront location make it an ideal family getaway. Families with young children will love the expansive lush green gardens to roam and play.
The kids club: There’s plenty of activities, both indoor and outdoor, for kids age between 3 – 12 years, with a pirate-themed outdoor wooden ship so littlies can unleash their inner pirate on the high seas. Hungry? The kids club is located next to Pizzaria, where kids are welcome to join the pizza making in their open-air kitchen. Did we mention, kids below 6 eat for free ,and 6 – 12 year-olds eat half price!
Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89, p. +62 0361 281234, e. [email protected]
Mercure Bali Sanur Resort
Sitting on Sanur’s stunning sunrise beach with its curving topography and lovely white sand, Mercure Bali Sanur Resort is right in the heart of it all, with access to all of Sanur’s tourist attractions, restaurants, shops, nightlife and bars. This sprawling family friendly resort offers a multitude of accommodation options set amongst lush tropical gardens for every type of family. Choose from twin bed rooms to massive family suites.
For the kids: There are two pools, plenty of play areas and a prime location on the calm sandy beachfront stretch of Sanur, ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who love a long leisurely bike ride, beach swims, kite flying or just relaxing while taking in the incredible beachfront views.
Mercure Bali Sanur Resort, Jl Mertasari, Sanur p. +62 361 288833, e. [email protected]
Prama Sanur Beach
This five-star family and environmentally friendly hotel alongside Sanur’s Mertasari Beach is one of the coast’s most popular destinations. There are over 400 rooms ranging in size and package offerings, while the Club Rooms offer more space with the option to add extra beds for kids. An extensive range of services and facilities include the new Splash Zone pool for families, a Lagoon Pool with swim-up bar, watersport centre, spa, private beach and a choice of eight different dining options covering off everyone’s favourites.
The kids club: A free and fun-filled kids zone filled with a super cool selection of toys, bicycles and art supplies, the kids club here hosts basketball, tennis, cooking classes, yoga and plenty of Balinese offerings. Did someone say Splash Zone? Hit the family pool, ride the water slides or relax in the cabanas – there’s something for the whole family here. Plus, Prama Sanur partners with Rip Curl School of Surf, so there’s no excuse not to leave Bali with fully fledged grommets!
Prama Sanur Beach, Jl Cemara, Sanur p. + 62 0361 288011 e. [email protected]
Hotel Komune Resort
Whether you’re looking for a family surf holiday or mum and dad want a little kid-free time, Komune has got something for everyone, from splendy bendy yoga classes and divine Balinese massages, to the ever-famous beach club. Groms and big kids alike will love the signature floating breakfasts, because there’s nothing like starting your day in your own private pool with beach views, enjoying fresh fruits, pastries and eggs your way.
The kids club: Komune is all about having fun the old fashioned way – free range and outside! Daily activities for kids include arts and crafts, trampolining, basketball, a mini-farm with chickens and rabbits, plus the Fruit Bowl skatepark where skateboards can be borrowed and ridden for free. Plus, mealtimes are easy with a super duper kid-approved menu.
Hotel Komune Resort, Jl Pantai Keramas, p. +62 361 3018888, e. [email protected]
Fairmont Sanur Beach
A world-class all-suite-and-villa luxury resort set amidst lush tropical gardens and located along 200m of golden beach, at Fairmont, you can choose from 120 luxurious suites and villas, where each unit offers expansive space, peace and round-the-clock on-call butler services. Plenty of scrummy food and beverage offerings include Layang Layang ,which serves all your favourite Southeast Asian dishes, and Nyala Beach Club & Grill, serving light meals throughout the day and Mediterranean style dishes at night.
The kids club: This gorgeously designed space offers an arts and crafts area, lego station, mini cinema, playground and playstation to keep little ones amused. Activities are planned daily and include paper lantern-making sessions, fun yoga, leaf printing, Balinese crafts, and even Bahasa Indonesia lessons!
Fairmont Sanur Beach, Jl Kusuma Sari No. 8, Sanur Beach, p. +62 0361 3011888, e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
COMO Uma Canggu
COMO Uma Canggu offers stunning beachside accommodation with a range of well-appointed rooms, suites, one and two bed residences, as well as splendid three-bed duplex penthouses featuring personal rooftop pools. Standards of luxury are set impeccably high at COMO for both parents and little ones, starting with Play by COMO.
The kids club: Play by COMO offers a full day programme of fun kids activities and is so much more than just a run-of-the-mill hotel babysitting club. A behaviour management specialist and early childhood educator has designed each activity specifically to enable your child time to explore, imagine and grow in an inclusive, nurturing and fun environment. Activities encourage development both physically and socially, ranging from yoga for children, healthy cooking, Balinese shadow puppetry and sensory learning arts and crafts. Children under 4 will need to be accompanied by an adult, or COMO can organise babysitter with 24hrs notice. For those wanting to hit the waves, try Tropic Surf, conveniently positioned on site to deliver one-on-one surfing lessons, after which the family can indulge in deliciously scrummy COMO Shambhala cuisine.
COMO Uma Canggu, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 361 3022228, e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay
Sheltered in a calm bay along three miles of sandy beach, Four Seasons Resort Bali offers unforgettable views and authentic Balinese offerings. Choose from 147 stunning traditional Balinese-inspired villas, each with a private stone-walled courtyard featuring separate thatched-roof pavilions. While parents choose from a number of gorgeous spa and wellness treatments plus outdoor sports and cultural offerings, let the little ones enjoy their own action-packed days.
The kids club: Jimba Kids Club is a daily dose of awesomeness and bucket loads of fun for kids aged between 4 – 11 years, with a host of activities like Balinese dance and dress-ups, kite flying, crab hunting, surfing, coconut bowling and sand art classes. Jimba Club is safe, welcoming and ensures your littlies will have no shortage of adventure while making friends. With so many activities on offer, it’s perfect for the ultimate multi-generational family holiday.
Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, p. +62 0361 701010.
AYANA Resort & Spa
The stunning award-winning AYANA Resort & Spa sits above Jimbaran Bay, with full access to all dining and recreation at the sister RIMBA resort next door. With a complimentary resort shuttle, guests can enjoy extensive on-site facilities such as 19 restaurants and bars, exclusive private beach access (and your own beach club!), 12 swimming pools, a world-class spa, golf-putting and a fitness center to name a few.
The kids clubs: Both AYANA and RIMBA offer kids club access daily to guests so there is no shortage of activity programs for children aged between 4-12 years of age. Think trampolining, kids billiards, an outdoor playground, table tennis and flat screen TVst. The RIMBA Kids Club is equipped with a mini-cinema, games room, toys, puzzles and books in various languages, with activities such as traditional dance, crafts, dress-ups, cooking classes, kite making and flying, and even a special visit to RIMBA’s own Balinese Hindu Temple where you can witness the staff making their daily offerings. Babysitting services are also available upon request, enabling parents to completely relax.
AYANA Resort & Spa, Jl Karang Mas, Jimbaran, p. + 62 0361 702222 e. [email protected]
Intercontinental Bali Resort
The perfect family getaway in a luxury beach resort, Intercontinental Bali boasts 417 rooms designed to blend modern convenience with traditional Balinese architecture, fulfilling the needs of even the most discerning family travellers. You can find amenities from sports to sophisticated dining and the opulent Spa Uluwatu.
The kids club: Planet Trekkers welcomes kids aged between 4 – 12 years old and takes kids clubbing to a whole new level! Indoor and outdoor activities range from a fully equipped playground with swings and slides, a supervised children’s-only pool and the Green Sea Turtle conservation program where your little ones can learn about local wildlife with activities like fish feeding, recycled art classes, and turtle release programs. Planet Trekkers is designed as a dedicated mini resort, featuring a host of interactive arts and crafts, an internet cave with supervised computers, a video game corner, and a chock-a-block reading corner.
Intercontinental Bali Resort, Jl Raya Uluwatu No.45, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 701888, e. [email protected]
This family-friendly resort is located near the beach and watersports of Jimbaran Bay, with every hotel room featuring stylish furnishings, indulgent bedding, cosy sofas and mini-refrigerators. Parents can choose from suites offering expanded living areas, while the penthouse and villa boast private pools. Pamper at the Serenity Spa or indulge at the restaurant or bar.
The kids club: J Kids Club is open daily and hosts plenty of fun and exciting activities for your little adventurers. Foodies, check out the SPG Kids Pass, the ultimate in all-inclusive dining options for children 12 years and under, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner and beverages throughout the day.
Le Meridien, Jl Bukit Permai, Jimbaran. p. +62 361 8466888. e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
in The Bukit
Wyndham Dreamland Bali
You will find this upscale 177-room resort comfortably nestled in nature among an exclusive collection of beach clubs in one of Bali’s most idyllic hidden coves. Wyndham Dreamland Bali is the perfect place to experience the wonders of the Island of the Gods. A minute’s walk to the tranquil Dreamland Beach, the resort offers multiple accommodation options designed specifically for families. Take a swim in one of three swimming pools, visit the spa, sign up to a yoga lesson or have the little ones splash and play in the outdoor kid’s pool with a host of fun activities provided by Spa for Kids.
The kids club: Open daily, the kids club is a colourful, bright and airy space offering a host of cool things for kids to do like cooking classes, kids yoga and surf lessons, or choose from a number of cool Balinese cultural activities.
Wyndham Dreamland Bali, Kawasan Pecatu Indah, Jl Pantai Dreamland. p. +62 361 446 3900, e. [email protected]
X2 Bali Breakers
X2 Bali Breakers is a luxurious and vibrant surf-inspired five-star resort enhancing the adventurous spirit of Bali. The perfect place to bring active families with even more active teenagers, this resort offers spacious, beautifully decorated villas, private pools and the possibility to indulge in a range of soothing and rejuvenating spa treatments.
For the kids: The legendary Balangan surf beach with consistent surf breaks is a short bike ride away, and the cultural and scenic highlights of the island are all within easy reach. X2 Bali Breakers oozes hip and casual and a number of well appointed experiences enhance this vibe, starting with the Point Break Restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, along with the Sunken Pool Bar by the main swimming pool, and the scenic Hang Loose bar with panoramic sunset views of the resort while you wind down in style.
X2 Bali Breakers, Jl Pantai Balangan No. 10, Balangan, p. +62 0361 6201000 e. [email protected]
The Best Family Friendly Hotels & Resorts
in North Bali
Taman Sari Resort – Pemuteran
Step back into old Bali, where the sounds of morning prayer can still be heard at sunrise. Between the Sacred Mountains and the Holy Sea, Taman Sari offers six beautiful, privately enclosed, tropical villas all with pools, kitchenettes, cable TV,DVDs, sky showers, daybeds in temple gardens and ponds with mountain views. For more modest budgets, there are also suites and rustic bungalow options.
For the kids: Kids will not be bored with a host of amazing outdoor activities on offer including snorkelling directly in front of the hotel and also at the stunning Menjangan (Deer Island), with cycling tours, fishing, cooking classes, mountain trekking, temple visits and mangrove tours. Phew! There’s also a beachfront restaurant, bar and pool for some serious down-time and sunset watching. Don’t forget those spa offerings, too.
Taman Sari Resort, Pemuteran Dusun Pemuteran, Gerokgak, Pemuteran p. +62 362 94755, e. [email protected]
Nestled on the beach between the Bedugul mountain range and the Bali sea, this tropical island gem is surrounded by various attractions. Choose from one to two- bedroom suites and villas ideal for multigenerational family holidays and four varied dining options ensuring everyone gets a relaxed and stress free holiday. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, like dolphin watching, trekking, waterfall hunting, and hot spring dipping, as well as diving or snorkelling around Menjangan island, which is home to the best preserved coral reef in Bali.
The kids club: While Mums and Dads enjoy a poolside lunch or just time relaxing on the beach, the hotel staff will organise a host of fun activities for your little ones at the Kids Club. For a night out, babysitting services are available on request.
The Lovina, Jl Mas Lovina, Kalibukbuk, Lovina, p. +62 362 3435800, e. [email protected]
Words by Rebecca Foreman
Currently living the island life in Bali with her family, Rebecca fills her days with travelling, writing and reviewing, often with the kids in tow. Follow her bountiful island adventures on her Instagram page.