With stretches of glistening white sand and calm crystalline waters, the Indonesian island of Bali offers much for travellers who are looking to bask in the sunshine of this south-east Asian paradise. And while there are plenty of uber sophisticated hotels that on offer, there are also many family resorts in Bali that offer outstanding value for money, as well as a good number of family-friendly activities to give kids a slice of adventure. Bali with kids is definitely doable.
Is Bali good for families?
Very much so! There are many Bali family resorts that have a more laid-back feel. In fact, Bali is a great destination for all. For one, the landscape is pretty spectacular. Aside from over 35 sandy beaches, rich coral reefs, volcanic mountain ranges, iconic emerald green paddy fields and a raft of must-visit temples, you can also kick-back, recharge the batteries and enjoy high temperatures all year round. Aside from the traffic, where you need to keep a close eye on them, Bali is also safe for kids.
But Bali doesn’t just offer family beach resorts, there is also a wealth of culture – a mixing pot of Hindu, Buddhist and Balinese religions come together and are showcased through beautiful architecture, sculpture and dance.
And delicious food to be eaten – Bali has a fantastic number of restaurants, food markets and cafes serving up local cuisine and seafood, as well as international chains with more Western dishes, for those little ones with fussier tastes.
The Best Places To Stay In Bali For Families
Bali is relatively small – only about 50 miles wide – but for first-time visitors, it can be hard to decide where to head to first. And while some areas are more popular than others, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not great places to stay in with the children. If you’re still deciding whether or not to choose to go to Bali, then check out the guide below to all the best places to stay in Bali.
Kuta Bali is perhaps the most famous beach on the island and the busiest of all the resorts, as well as the most developed. But don’t let that put you off. There is much to do in Kuta, which has an abundance of restaurants and activities – and is even home to several waterparks including Waterbom Bali, which has a heady mix of watery fun for kids of all ages. Convenience is also key. It’s only 10-minutes from the airport, so for those weary travellers who have flown long haul, it’s a great base to begin a Bali holiday for all the family before moving on. Plus there is lots of budget-friendly accommodation too.
For those with a more modest budget and wanting to experience a more authentic Bali, Lovina, which is situated on the north of the island still retains an unspoiled charm. With limited traffic and protected coral reefs, Lovina is truly a place to unwind. Meanwhile, there are plenty of things to do in Lovina, from waterparks and horse-riding to exploring rice paddies in nearby Munduk and Jatiluwih.
If you’re seeking more luxurious places to stay in Bali, then head to Nusa Dua, where you’ll be spoiled for high-end hotel accommodation. So you might not find much in the way of culture but what you will find are beautiful, picture-perfect white sandy beaches and shallow waters for kids to splash in. Wander the landscaped water gardens and relax in the many upmarket restaurants – and feel safe within a more complexed resort. Its more remote location means that most visitors tend to stay within Nusa Dua so this is not an ideal location if you are keen to explore Bali – but perfect if you want some r&r.
If Kuta seems a bit too action-packed but you still don’t want to travel too far from the airport then Jimbaran is one of the best places to stay in Bali. Jimbaran Bay is much more low-key, perfectly suited to families with young children. It is most famous for its breathtaking sunsets particularly those on the south of Jimbaran’s rocky limestone cliffs. Meanwhile, the whole family can delight in sampling some of the best seafood in Bali at Jimbaran’s famous seafood cafes.
Sanur is another family-friendly resort that has little in the way of traffic yet is only 25 minutes from the airport. With its informal vibe and plentiful beachside resorts, Sanur is great for slow-paced days with many kid-friendly attractions including bike rides on the seafront, a turtle sanctuary and great gelato.
Head to Seminyak and hang out with the hipster crowd. Seminyak is much quieter than other Bali family resorts, so an ideal destination for truly relaxing and indulging in some of the best restaurants that Bali has to offer, including those on Jalan Laksmana or Kayu Aya. Such a beautiful spot means there are plenty of excellent hotels, but a choice of family-friendly villas, too. The surf is strong on Seminyak beaches though, so they’re only suitable for strong swimmers and older kids.
Ubud is the destination for immersing yourselves in Balinese culture. It may not be a beach resort, but no trip to Bali can be complete without staying in Ubud. There is much for families to do here including visiting the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces and witnessing the bright spectacle of Bali’s Barong Dance featuring monsters and monkeys. There are also plenty of markets to explore too. The temples too will excite all the family and a visit to the Tirta Empul water temple is a must.
*Disclaimer: This post was written in association with Stubborn Mule Travel