Bali needs no introduction, it is the very definition of paradise – and even if you repeatedly hear this phrase like a broken record, those who visited the island will not call it anything less. The enchanting vibe forces you to relax, unwind and let your hair down. And yes, even if you are there with the kids, there is always something for them to do that you won’t worry about having time for yourself.
From lavish spas to water adventures, and fine dining to exclusive cooking classes from world-renowned chefs – Bali is not just pristine beaches and party spots. Shopping establishments, a budding fitness culture, and multi-award-winning hotels are just a few reasons why this island is luring everybody in.
If you are wondering where to stay and what to do while visiting Bali with kids, look no further, we have the ultimate family-friendly guide for you!
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One of the things that Bali does not have a shortage of is the number of family-friendly hotels. Before the pandemic, when Bali was a budding destination, most tourists were either backpackers, solo travelers, or couples (as it is also a popular honeymoon destination). But gone are those days and most five-star hotels are fully equipped to welcome your children. And we are not just talking about the younger ones, older kids are also catered for. Most five-star hotels have kids' clubs that are packed with activities to keep your children preoccupied and most of all happy! Some even have specialized classes like local handicrafts, pizza making, baking - name it, an establishment probably has it. Whether you are looking to stay in a resort in a popular chain like the Hilton (with its own jungle-themed playground and soft play center), Sofitel that offers packages for special events (like Halloween parties or birthday parties), or Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa (where kids stay and eat free) or a local one like Bali Dynasty Resort that has two kids clubs (one is for kids up to 12 and the other one caters to teens up to 16), your kids will definitely have a great time.
LUXURY FAMILY HOTELS AND RESORTS IN BALI:
Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa family hotels and resorts
Ubud family hotels and resorts
Jimbaran Bay family hotels and resorts
Uluwatu family hotels and resorts
Seminyak family hotels and resorts
Canggu family hotels and resorts
LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTELS, VILLAS, AND RESORTS IN BALI:
AFFORDABLE BOUTIQUE AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BALI:
Kuta and Legian affordable boutique and family-friendly hotels
Nusa Dua affordable boutique and family-friendly hotels
Ubud affordable boutique and family-friendly hotel
Jimbaran Bay affordable boutique and family-friendly hotels
Bukit affordable boutique and family-friendly hotel
Sanur affordable boutique and family-friendly hotels
Seminyak affordable boutique and family-friendly hotels
Whether you are trying Indonesian cuisine or indulging in European/Asian fusion dishes - one thing is for sure - dining with kids is not an easy feat. You would require a kid-friendly menu or at the very least or some coloring pages and crayons that can be brought to your table. However, some restaurants in Bali are going the extra mile to make your dine-in experience family-friendly. Some have playgrounds or small play areas, while others are actually a full kids club with a restaurant - perfect so the little ones can keep themselves busy before or after eating. And Bali is also not in short supply of vegan restaurants, such as Warung Mogan and Green Kubu Cafe. We’ve compiled an amazing list for you here.
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THINGS TO DO IN BALI WITH KIDS:
Sure, you chose a hotel with a great kids club so the kids can be busy while you explore the island and do your own thing. But, don’t let the adults have all the fun. One of the great things about Bali is that you are surrounded by nature at all times. Hence, most of the fun things to do with kids in Bali are outdoors. Beach and water activities are already a given, and if your children like animals there’s the zoo, the safari park, butterfly park, bird park, and the monkey forest. There are also farms, kids' spas, board games, and coffee shops for the older kids. If your child needs that adrenaline rush, there is a skate park, a wake park, a trampoline park, ATV rentals, and even an ax throwing club (yes, kids can throw too!). There are so many things for kids to do in Bali that staying for a week won’t be enough.
Bali tends to make you forget that you will be going back home - the whirlwind of activities and the relaxation that comes after undoubtedly takes over your whole being whilst here. But don’t be alarmed, even if you remember it at the last minute, shopping in Bali is so easy (you can find most things in one place) - whether you want some accessories, souvenirs or decor to bring home with you, this list has everything that you need. Souvenir shops also sell small trinkets for your home or accessories and don’t forget authentic batik clothing. If you want to incorporate the essence of Bali into your home, you will have no problems browsing through local furniture shops that use local materials and artisans. And don’t forget that food and beverages can also be awesome souvenirs - especially tea, coffee, and chocolate that is locally made.
Malls in Bali
Where to buy souvenirs in Bali
Home, Decor, Accessories, & Furniture in Bali
Food shops in Bali
1. There are hotels under the luxury boutique list that are for adults only. If you are traveling with your children, it’s best to check with the hotel first if they allow kids.
2. Babysitting services are almost always available whenever a hotel has a kids club. Reservations will definitely be necessary or advance notification to the hotel to ensure availability.
3. Make sure you always have potable drinking water with you as the temperatures can get high.
4. Mosquito repellents are recommended to avoid being bitten and long-sleeved but light clothing is suggested.
5. Bring an umbrella as the weather can go from sunny to rainy at any given time.
6. Reservations at restaurants, even when it's inside the hotel, should be made (unless specified that walk-ins are preferred). Reservations for massages, tours, or any visits to any attractions are also highly recommended.
Bali and spa are synonymous - you cannot visit Bali and not have some downtime for a life-changing massage. Taking the enchantment of the island into consideration and the luscious greenery surrounding you, getting a massage in Bali should not be missed whilst on the island. And it does not matter whether you are there for a week-long retreat in Spa Village Resort or just have enough time to get a massage in a day spa like Bodyworks Spa Bali - the experience is one that will stay with you for life.
Day Spas in Bali
Hotel/Overnight Stay Spas in Bali
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