The tropical island of Bali is a perennially popular destination, and there’s certainly no shortage of resorts, villas and hotels. From artsy Ubud to hip Seminyak, the global concierge experts at Quintessentially recommend five of the best family-friendly escapes on the island.
The all-suite Legian resort is 10 minutes from the hip boutiques, cafes, and restaurants in Seminyak and offers a slice of paradise on an already magical island. Activities for kids include horse riding, Balinese dance lessons, and flower necklace making. Special children’s menu is available in the restaurant.
The Legian, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia, www.thelegianbali.com
Nestled in the hills of Ubud, this family-friendly Aman resort offers kids activities such as an elephant safari on the volcano and kite making with Pak Budiasa in his workshop, where kids paint and form kites in the shape of tigers, butterflies, and dragons. Kids over 7 might also love white water rafting or checking out the water park. Amandari also offers an amazing spa for parents and four free hours of babysitting a day – nice!
Amandari, Jalan Raya Kedewatan, Kedewatan, Bali, Indonesia, amanresorts.com
Luna2 is a private five-bedroom house located on the beach in fashionable Seminyak. The design is thoroughly 1960s-meets-mod-cool with more than a touch of James Bond (check out the Marilyn Monroe mosaic in the pool!) but also boasts kid-friendly features including a games room packed with toys and high-tech gizmos. Funky restaurants, boutiques, and Ku de Ta (for the grownups of course) are just down the road .
Luna2, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, www.luna2bali.com
Indah Manis, a 5-bedroom villa located in 'The Bukit', Bali's southern peninsula, has easy access to the beaches of Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and Padang Padang. The villa, part of the Marketing Villas portfolio, is fully staffed with a pool and plenty of space for the little ones to run around and explore.
Villa Indah Manis, Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia, www.villa-indahmanis.com
Villa Pushpapuri, a Marketing Villas property, is a beachfront gem. The 4-bedroom villa located in the village of Ketewel on Bali's southeast coast is fully staffed, including two butlers and two chefs. Take the kids fishing in the local fishing village or let them keep busy in the entertainment room with a pool table, darts and games.
Villa Pushpapuri, Ketewel, Bali, Indonesia, www.pushpapuri.com
Perched on the southernmost point of the island with panoramic views of the sea, Karma Kandara’s pool villas offer the perfect combination of privacy and comfort. Kids both young and old will love the 100m ride down the cliffside inclinator from the restaurant to the beach. The hotel will fence off the pools if you have toddlers or very little ones.
Karma Kandara, Jalan Villa Kandara Banjar Wijaya Kusuma Ungasan, Bali, Indonesia, www.karmakandara.com