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 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 expat mum, Rebecca Foreman, to scout out the very best places to stay with the family in Bali. From state-of-the-art kids clubs and 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 Bali: JIMBARAN
1. RIMBA by AYANA Bali
Tucked away in a lush and natural forest setting, RIMBA by AYANA Bali offers a safe and protected family destination within the private, 90-hectare AYANA Estate. With authentic and contemporary Balinese activities and all-natural landscapes, the whole family will get to experience Bali’s legendary beauty and culture – without having to leave the property. And the best bit is, while staying at RIMBA, you also have access to all of AYANA’s facilities too, meaning you have all the perks of two hotels in one destination. We’re talking 11 pools, a private beach, 12 restaurants and bars, spa and wellness facilities, and of course, two iconic kid’s clubs.
The kids club: The RIMBA Kids’ Club is located through a ‘secret’ entrance via one of the poolside cabanas, just a hop and a jump from the Lower Pool waterslide. The air-conditioned and colourfully decorated space is equipped with a mini-cinema, a games room, toys, puzzles, and books in various languages. And the fun doesn’t stop once club time comes to an end either, because Rimba is home to endless open air spaces for the kids to amok at their leisure.
RIMBA by AYANA Bali, Jl Karang Mas, Jimbaran, South Kuta, p. +62 361 8468468, e. [email protected]
2. 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 bliss out with 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 four to 11 years, with a host of activities. Jimba Club is safe, welcoming and ensures your littlies will have no shortage of adventure while making friends. Plus, meal times are free for children aged six and under, or half-price for those seven to 12 years. With so many activities on offer, it’s perfect for the ultimate multi-generational family holiday. Babysitting services are also available on request.
Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, p. +62 0361 701010. Open daily 8am – 9pm.
3. AYANA Resort Bali
The stunning award-winning AYANA Resort Bali sits above Jimbaran Bay, with full access to all the dining and recreation at this 90 hectare property as well as the sister RIMBA resort next door (featured above). With a complimentary resort shuttle, you can enjoy extensive on-site facilities such as restaurants and bars, exclusive private beach access, 11 swimming pools, a world-class spa, golf-putting and a fitness centre to name a few. As for the kids, they’ll love discovering the waterslides, outdoor activities and all the yummy kid’s menus.
The kids clubs: The Kid’s Club at AYANA is a newly-renovated space that features a trampoline, a children’s-sized billiards table, outdoor furniture and a playground, as well as table tennis and a flat-screen TV for movie time. They also get access to the daily activity programs that are both fun and cultural too.
AYANA Resort Bali, Jl Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, p. + 62 361 702 222 / +62 811 3820 2288, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 5pm.
4. Le Meridien
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: The Kids Club is open daily and hosts plenty of fun and exciting activities for your little adventurers. The facility is packed full of toys, futsal table, and even a den with a large-screen TV for a family Disney movie time. Babysitting and child services are also available, so the parents can relax and enjoy the many amenities the hotel has to offer!
Le Meridien, Jl Bukit Permai, Jimbaran. p. +62 361 846 6888, e. [email protected]
5. Intercontinental Bali Resort
The perfect family getaway in a luxury beach resort, Intercontinental Bali boasts hundreds of 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.
Intercontinental Bali Resort, Jl Raya Uluwatu No. 45, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 701 888, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: NUSA DUA
1. 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 keeping fit at the SoFIT fitness centre, 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. +62 361 849 2888 / +62 813 3764 4418, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 6pm.
2. 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 and crafts, all with a professional supervision.
Hilton Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 377 / +62 811 3900 1178, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 6pm.
3. 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 Balinese dance classes.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot III, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 849 8988, e. [email protected] Open Fri – Sun 10am – 3pm, 4pm – 6pm.
4. Club Med
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. +62 800 1258 263, e. [email protected]
5. 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 four to 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 threes eat free if Mum or Dad is a Marriott Bonvoy member. On a Sunday, the family-themed brunch at Prego lets kids below six eat for free, with half off for kids under 12.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N3, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 771 906, e. [email protected]
6. Conrad Bali
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 arts to sporty activities at Kura Kura kids club – an indoor and outdoor playground complete with a mini treehouse as well as a kids pool with real sand and a selection of cute floaties for non-swimmers. Access is free for three to 12 years olds and all children can enjoy lunch from the children’s menu.
Conrad Bali, Jl Pratama No. 168, Tanjung Benoa, p. +62 361 778 788, e. [email protected]
7. 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 airport transfer, Wi-Fi and turndown services 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. Full or half-day experiences for kids aged between four to 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 yoga and fitness sesh, and even blogging for the technically-inclined.
The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 847 8111, e. [email protected]
8. The Apurva Kempinski Bali
A luxury resort that captures the essence, art and identity of Indonesia, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is a six-star ode to its homeland. The breathtaking interiors have been crafted by local artisans, the impressive architecture resembles a majestic open-air Indonesian theatre, award-winning restaurants use the flavours of the archipelago, and the striking designer suites are peppered with indigenous artefacts, rich exotic woods, local fabrics and iconic Indonesian motifs. Even the luxe treatments at the ocean-facing spa are inspired by traditional Balinese healing!
The kids club: The Jalak Family Club activities are designed for you to partake in your little ones’ sporty and artsy endeavours. True to the resort’s traditional roots, the programs include Indonesian games, arts and crafts, and movies about all things Bali, like the history of Lake Batur. Oh, and did we mention the swimming pool with a giant water slide?!
The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288, e. [email protected]
9. Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort
If you’re looking for a little me-time away from the crowds and beaches, then Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort is for you and your family. It’s tucked away within Nusa Dua’s lush green hills in a little town of its own, with three pools (including a floating wedding venue!), a spa and fitness centre, countless dining destinations, and a kids club too. It’s designed to bring you the feel of a faraway Balinese getaway, with everything you need in one place.
The kids club: Little explorers can make new friends and trek the volcano-shaped slides at the Lava Land kids club. For mentally adventurous kids, the library is full of colourful books to satisfy their curiosity. The adjacent, spacious kids pool is the perfect place for the kids to cool down, and when it’s time for a parent break, there are babysitting services available on request.
Renaissance Bali Nusa Dua Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot SW 4 and 5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2888, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: SEMINYAK
1. Courtyard Seminyak
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 by the three-tiered outdoor pool or hit the fitness center.
The kids club: Snuggly positioned in a lush garden corner of the resort, the Kids Club is open for kiddos aged four to 12 years but under four’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 activities. The weekly scheduled programs 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, Seminyak, p. +62 361 849 9600, e. [email protected]
2. Alila Seminyak
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. Mums and dads can keep busy at the fitness centre, 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: Alila’s Junior Experience offers the kiddies cookie-baking classes, complete with tiny chef’s hats and aprons. For a relaxing day, the Family Spa menu is packed full of treatments so the Mums and Dads don’t feel left out! From “Daddy and I” and “Pamperlicious with Mom” treatments, to full-on 120-minute solo pampering for the little toes and all the way to the hair, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.
Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 302 1888 / +62 811 3811 8899, e. [email protected]
3. 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!
Trans Resort Bali, Jl Sunset Road, Seminyak, p. +62 361 898 1234 / +62 811 3800 8889, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 5pm.
4. Montigo Resorts
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 four and up to delight in the highly interactive array of fun and educational activities, including toys, board and video games, 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] Open daily 9am – 11pm.
5. 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 suites, perfect for couples, families or friends.
The kids club: Come out and play at Slide ‘n Splash Water Play, the resort’s water play facility with a colourful slide, water castle, rain drop loop and water jet. The outdoor sandy playground is located near the water slides and kiddie pool.
FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach, JI Arjuna No. 88X, Seminyak, p. + 62 361 737 400, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 6pm.
6. The Haven
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. Blissed out at the ATMA spa, hit the boutique shopping in Seminyak and that’s oh-so close by.
The Haven, Jl Raya Seminyak No. 500, Seminyak, p. +62 361738001, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: KUTA & LEGIAN
1. 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.
The kids club: The in-house guests have access to [email protected] kids club to keep the kiddos entertained. Not only that, the resort’s signature “Side by Side” program designed by the kids club is a family program which includes immersive activities to be enjoyed together.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta, p. +62 361 846 5555 / +62 811 3821 0339, e. [email protected]
2. 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 three-storey water slide and a mini water park. 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 four to 12 years (under fours 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, hula hoop competition and so much more! Baby-sitting services are also available.
Bali Dynasty Hotel, Jl Kartika Plaza, Kuta, p. +62 361 752 403 / +62 811 3803 522, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 6pm.
3. 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 four to 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 (under fours), Lullaby is where parents can also spend time with their tiny littlies.
Hard Rock Hotel, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta p. +62 361 761869 / +62 811 3984 266, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 6pm.
4. 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.
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 four to 12 years old. Indoor activities include arts and crafts, while the outdoor area is ideal for active kids, with activities like yoga and turtle-feeding. The Games Centre, located next to Wolly Kids Club, accommodates the six to 12 age range and is equipped with video games, not to mention air hockey, table soccer and a billiards table.
Padma Resort Legian, Jl Padma No. 1 Legian, p. +62 361 752 111, e. [email protected] / [email protected] Open daily 10am – 6pm.
5. 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 three 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 even babysitting service around the clock by request, and stroller rental so you can pack light for your family vacay!
Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa, Jl Padma No. 2, Legian, Kuta, p. +62 361 751 381 / +62 878 3888 8899, e. [email protected]
6. 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.
Discovery Kartika Plaza, Jl Kartika Plaza, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung Bali, p. +62 361 200 1300 /
+62 811 3960 3960, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: UBUD
1. 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.
The kids club: Four Seasons’ action-packed kids program include: arts class for the creative little nuggets, Balinese dance, sports and adventure-based activities for the active bunch, and books, board and video games as well as movies for those who like to stay indoors. Kids also have access to the tree house – a playground’s must-have!
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Jl Raya Sayan, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 361 977 577.
2. 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 fives, parents are encouraged to join in with their children.
Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 4792777, e. [email protected]
3. Capella Ubud
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 hotel’s resident culturist to curate your authentic Balinese experience for the whole family. Think Balinese dance classes and Keliki-style painting, one of only five recognised artforms in Indonesia and is unique to the area!
Capella Ubud, Jl Raya Dalem, Ubud, p. +62 361 2091 888, e. [email protected]
4. 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 different types of rooms which 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 Bath, Wash and Night Safari, 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] Open daily 8am – 6pm.
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: SANUR
1. Hyatt Regency Bali
Hyatt Regency Bali boasts 363 modern Balinese-inspired 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 dino-themed indoor and a pirate-themed outdoor wooden ship so littlies can unleash their inner pirate on the high seas. Kids can play with new friends and be entertained by loads of fun activities: from macrame-making, to dance, zumba and traditional Indonesian games. Psst, long term vacationers and residents of Sanur, Camp Hyatt is open for memberships which include access to the swimming pools for the parents.
Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan No. 89, p. +62 0361 281 234, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 6pm.
2. 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 428 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 Splash Zone pool for families, a Lagoon Pool with swim-up bar, watersport centre, spa, fitness centre and a number of 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. + 62 361 288 011, e. [email protected]
3. 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, slip and slide, 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. +62 361 301 8888 / +62 821 4489 1808, e. [email protected]
4. Andaz Bali
Andaz Bali, the first Andaz resort in Asia, is designed to resemble a “Balinese village”, complete with a village square where multiple restaurants and social hubs meet without borders. And for when you want to escape the village? The tropical landscapes and lagoon pools are fringed by exotic foliage, forming a number of secluded areas that provide a quiet sanctuary for a temporary escape from city-living…
The kids club: The Kemu Mai kids club is free for the first two hours for all in-house guests (sneaky mani-pedi sesh anyone?). Here, the kids can channel their creativity through arts and crafts with coconut leaves, by going on a seashell hunt, or by dressing up in Balinese clothing for a cultural temple excursion.
Andaz Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan No. 89a, p. +62 361 3201 234, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 6pm.
5. InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort
Tucked away from the main Sanur strip, InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort is where it’s at for modern-living in the midst of lush tropical gardens. Each stylish room and suite is decked out with high-end facilities (hello digitally-controlled lights and curtains!) while the luxe villas feature their own private pools. Head to the beachside restaurant to catch Sanur’s famous sunsets while sipping on a signature cocktail or two, or for the Sunday brunch, complete with a kids corner.
InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort, Jl Kusuma Sari No. 8, p. +62 361 620 1888, e. [email protected]
6. 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.
Mercure Bali Sanur Resort, Jl Mertasari, Sanur p. +62 361 288 833, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: CANGGU
1. 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 four will need to be accompanied by an adult, or COMO can organise babysitter with 24-hour notice.
COMO Uma Canggu, Jl Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, p. +62 361 302 2228, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: ULUWATU
1. 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.
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. Kids can play with the little toys, or sit on chairs for colouring or reading times, or have nap times from too much fun!
Wyndham Dreamland Bali, Jl Pantai Dreamland, Kawasan Pecatu Indah, Uluwatu, p. +62 361 446 3900 / +62 811 397 4052, e. [email protected]
2. Cross Bali Breakers
Cross 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.
Cross Bali Breakers, Jl Pantai Balangan No. 10, Balangan, p. +62 361 620 1000, e. [email protected]
The best family friendly hotels & resorts in Bali: NORTH BALI
1. 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, 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, Buleleng, p. +62 811 3980 622, e. [email protected]
2. The Lovina
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, Buleleng, p. +62 362 343 5800 / +62 859 3831 5117, e. [email protected]