Not sure who needs to hear this, but a trip to Bali with kids doesn’t have to be a diaper-strewn warzone. In fact, it can be fun and fuss-free if you have some sound strategies.
Here’s what you should do: pack a mountain of snacks, download hundreds of hours of YouTube onto your phone, and check yourselves into one of the family-friendly resorts in Bali. Here are 8 of those accommodations with everything from kids’ club to babysitters so both you and the kids can have fun.
RIMBA By Ayana is probably one of the coolest family-friendly resorts out there, and not just because the prices are reasonable.
Perched on scenic cliffs in Jimbaran, this enormous 90-hectare retreat is a part of the AYANA resort. That’s why staying here means you’ll get access to all of the facilities including 12 pools, 19 restaurants, a private beach, a golf course, and most importantly, a kids’ club.
Open from 9am till 5pm, the fully padded play space has a hidden entrance inside a cabana and is equipped with a trampoline, a mini cinema, board games, a PlayStation 4, and books.
Book a stay at RIMBA By AYANA Resort.
Rates: From $190/night
Address: Sejahtera, Jalan Karang Mas, Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8468468 | RIMBA By AYANA website
Waking up to grazing zebras and giraffes outside your rustic suite is a dream turned reality at Mara River Safari Lodge.
Sitting within Bali Safari Marine Park, the property has a wide variety of accommodations ranging from double rooms to family bungalows. Staying here means you’ll have easy access to a jungle cruise, a water park, several animal shows, and tiger feeding sessions.
Image credit: @marariversafari.lodge
There’s also an onsite restaurant called Tsavo Lion that’s located inside a lion’s den. So if kiddos are fans of the kings of the jungle, do not miss it.
Book a stay at Mara River Safari Lodge.
Rates: From $170/night
Address: Jalan Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No.19, Serongga, Kecamatan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 4791800 | Mara River Safari Lodge website
Kids’ dance lessons, music classes, and daily arts and crafts all inclusive in a 5-star resort stay with 3-star price? Sign our kids up.
In fact, there are enough activities The Anvaya Resort’s kids club to fill the kiddo’s day: yoga sessions, cooking classes, obstacle courses, swings, slides – you name it, they have it.
The indoor play area welcomes children between the ages of 4 and 12, but if you need to drop younger tots off for a few hours, by all means. There’s a nanny service available at IDR100,000/hour (~S$8.95).
Book a stay at The Anvaya Resort.
Rates: From $150/night
Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kecamatan Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 2090477 | The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali website
The term “all-inclusive holiday” sometimes means a questionable chicken nugget buffet, crowded pools, and speedy day tours. That, however, is not the case at the Grand Mirage.
Aside from tasty free flow meals 24/7 and swanky beachfront villas, you’re free to try out water sports like windsurfing and kayaking. Plus, there’s a list of 15 activities for kids like boxing, mini golf, banana billard, a foam party, an indoor playground, and an outdoor waterpark.
This, my friend, means you can go for that 2-hour spa treatment in total peace while your kiddo has the time of their life.
Book a stay at Grand Mirage Resort.
Rates: From $130/night
Address: Jalan Nusa Dua No.74, Kecamatan, Kuta, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 771888 | Grand Mirage Resort website
For luxe for less lodging with crystal clear ocean views, not many places can beat Hotel Komune Resort.
Built on an untouched stretch of Keramas beach, the tranquil resort offers big and airy suites with either direct pool access or balconies staring out onto the vast Bali sea. It has a day spa, a beach club, 3 organic restaurants, and a park where outdoor activities for kids take place.
With daily activities like skateboarding, dancing, and feeding chickens and rabbits at the farm, your children won’t even notice there’s free WiFi. There’s also an indoor playground with drop-off service for kids age 5 and above.
Book a stay at Hotel Komune Bali.
Rates: From $113/night
Address: Pantai Keramas St, Medahan, Blahbatuh, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 3018888 | Hotel Komune website
Boho beach goers with toddlers in tow in search of lowkey, upscale, and affordable sands can head South towards Novotel Bali Nusa Dua.
Image credit: @novotel_balinusadua
This resort caters to those who want to spend their days cycling along the beach while the kids are kept busy with dozens of free activities. Send them for a snorkeling lesson at the pool, a fish feeding session, and a mini massage and spa treatment at the Junior Spa. Then, go get yourself a hair cream bath because you deserve it.
Book a stay at Novotel Nusa Dua.
Rates: From $134/night
Address: Jalan Pantai Mengiat, Benoa, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8480555 | Novotel Nusa Dua website
Situated on the bustling beach of Kuta, Hard Rock Hotel remains one of Bali’s most family-friendly resorts.
Book the Roxity Family Suites or Luxury Kids Suites for a spacious stay where little ones can have their own room that comes with a bunk bed and PlayStation 4. Or, go for the Loft Room if kiddos want their own big boy and girl bed.
With 4 pools, 3 kids clubs, 4 restaurants, and a waterpark, it’s impossible to have a bad time at Hard Rock Hotel.
Book a stay at Hard Rock Hotel Bali.
Rates: From $141/night
Address: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 761869 | Hard Rock Hotel Bali website
Kuta is one of the most action-packed neighborhoods in Bali. But when you slip behind the doors of this 5-star family-friendly Bali Dynasty Resort, you’ll feel like you’ve left the booming bass of the bars and clubs far away.
Set on the beach, the resort is teeming with facilities for kids. You have the enchanted forest-themed kids’ club for those below 12 years old, and a teens’ club for older children that’s stacked with an Xbox, PlayStation, and pool table. There’s even an outdoor waterpark with mini slides, bubble jets, water cannons, swings, and trampoline to burn the kids’ energy off.
Book a stay at Bali Dynasty Resort.
Rates: From $125/night
Address: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 811-3803-522 | Bali Dynasty Resort website
It’s entirely possible to have an eat, pray, love holiday in Bali even if you have kids in your party. So, take a leaf out of our trusty list of family-friendly resorts and book into one of them. You won’t be disappointed.
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