In April 2019, I travelled solo to Bali with our kids aged 5 and 8 years old. We had a fun but busy time as I was working with quite a few resorts for the trip. This post details what we did day to day and also includes our first visit to Nusa Lembongan with the kids.
For more detailed reviews of the resorts we stayed in and the activities we got up to, see the blog posts below that are listed in order of where we stayed. Please note, our guide to Nusa Lembongan is still coming!
- Montigo Resort Seminyak
- Padma Resort Legian
- Santai Surf School
- Holiday Inn Benoa
- Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
- Movenpick Jimbaran Sunday Brunch
- Club Med Bali
- Bali Dynasty Kuta
Table of Contents
- 1 Monday 1st April: Flying to Bali & Montigo Resort Seminyak
- 2 Tuesday 2nd April: Montigo Seminyak & Padma Legian
- 3 Wednesday 3rd: Padma Legian, Santai Surf School & Holiday Inn Benoa
- 4 Thursday 4th: Holiday Inn Benoa & Nusa Lembongan
- 5 Friday 5th: Nusa Lembongan
- 6 Saturday 6th: Nusa Lembongan & Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
- 7 Sunday 7th: Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, Movenpick Jimbaran & Club Med Nusa Dua
- 8 Monday 8th: Club Med Nusa Dua
- 9 Tuesday 9th: Club Med Nusa Dua
- 10 Wednesday 10th: Club Med Nusa Dua & Milk and Madu Canggu
- 11 Thursday 11th: Club Med Nusa Dua, Novotel Nusa Dua & Bali Dynasty Kuta
- 12 Friday 12th: Bali Dynasty Kuta & Waterbom Water Park
- 13 Saturday 13th: Bali Dynasty Kuta, Coffee Club Legian, Novotel Bali Airport & Flying Home
Monday 1st April: Flying to Bali & Montigo Resort Seminyak
Living closer to Melbourne Airport makes the trip to Bali so much easier. It was an early start leaving home at 5am but an easy trip with the kids very excited about flying to Bali. We chose to park at Ace Airport Parking as I find it easier when travelling solo with the kids.
Check in with Jetstar was fantastic as I had rang up a few weeks before to request disability access for Mason. He has Autism, ADHD and an intellectual disability. He is able bodied but is extremely hard to walk with and lining up is not easy. As we requested assistance we couldn’t use the self service check in and were checked in by a staff member. We were then offered a wheelchair and directed to go through the disability line through immigration. This made it so much easier to navigate immigration and security. It took us only 13 minutes to get through and reach duty free.
This allowed us plenty of time to wander up to the playground, eat some snacks and walk to our gate. We were allocated the disability area at the gate and were first onto the plane. I had tears as I said a big thank you to one of the Jetstar crew as their care was so wonderful.
I had chosen the up front seats on Jetstar as I like the front section of the Dreamliner plane. Sitting in seats 11 DEF I only have 1 other row of people to worry about being near Mason. They were a lovely couple and hopefully he didn’t bother them too much! The flight was pretty good and left 20 minutes late but we made up for it in the air. The kids played on their iPads, wrote in their My Awesome Bali Adventure and My Big Adventure books. I had packed plenty of food and purchased a couple of drinks on the flight.
On arriving in Bali we were first off the plane and yes even before business! They met us at the door of the plane with a wheelchair for Mason and a staff member escorted us all the way out to the car park! She took us through the disability, elderly and under 5 year old immigration lane which meant we were first out to collect our bags. Well this is where the wait began! It only took us 12 minutes to get from the plane to collect our bags but then we waited 30 minutes for our bags to come out.
Our driver from the Montigo Resort Seminyak was waiting and it took us a total of 1 hour from when we disembarked the plane to be sitting in the van. I was very excited to stay once again at Montigo Resort Seminyak. I had stayed on the Little Bali Love Mum’s Retreat the previous August and love the location of this gorgeous resort.
After check in it was straight to the pool for a swim and pizza. We also met Kadek our Bali nanny for the first time and she was fantastic with the kids! Once we had pool hopped for a bit the kids were tired so back to the room and they ordered an early dinner and played with Kadek who had bought balloons. Once Mason was asleep I went to the restaurant TIIGO for dinner. Yummy cocktails and a Mexican special filled me up before it was an early night to bed.
Tuesday 2nd April: Montigo Seminyak & Padma Legian
Well guess what time Mason slept into? 3 am!! Ahh the joys of the time difference plus going to bed really early. Charlotte woke up soon after as we were all sleeping in the king size bed at Montigo Resort Seminyak. I got straight onto Google Maps and searched for the earliest opening coffee place! Luckily we were in Seminyak and I found out that Kynd Community Café was open at 6am. So at 5:45am the kids and I walked up Jl Petitenget to get my first coffee.
Gorgeous café but just be aware they have no animal products at all on their menu so if you are wanting cows milk they won’t have it.
Mason by this stage was over waiting for me to have my coffee so it was a taxi back to Montigo Resort and waiting to be the first at breakfast that opens at 7am at the Montigo. The kids find plenty to eat, I have a second coffee and I love having breakfast by the pool. So relaxing!
Time for the pools and we try out the front pool near where we ate breakfast. Next it was the middle family pool then finally the garden pool! I had organised for our Nanny to meet us at 1pm so I dropped the kids off at the kids club while I enjoyed a massage at the resort spa. Love the massages at Montigo and outside guests can experience it too. So worth it and the prices aren’t too high!
I picked the kids up from the kids club and they had so much fun! They did art works and had been chilling out relaxing. Charlotte then decided she wanted a pedicure at the spa so I left her there while I packed up the room and ordered room service.
It was then time to drive to Padma Legian where we were met by our Nanny Kadek. Check in was quick and easy with lots of information about everything that was happening at the resort.
The kids loved the family room and especially the towel art! It was a quick change into bathers and we headed down to the foam party. This happens each Tuesday and has a cost involved. The kids had such a fun time and Charlotte wore her goggles which helped with the bubbles getting in her eyes.
Next it was time for the kids pools and waterslides. The kids absolutely loved this area and the slides were very safe with staff members keeping an eye on everything. Service by the pool and popcorn, chicken nuggets and a pad thai for me.
It was an early night for Mason as he had been up since 3am! I had won a voucher to use at La Plancha so Charlotte and I dressed up and Kadek stayed in the room while Mason was asleep. It was a beautiful walk down the beach to La Plancha and we had a beanbag waiting for us when we arrived. The drinks were yum and the food I chose was ok. Sunset was beautiful and we had fun playing around with the selfie stick hubby had bought me.
Charlotte wasn’t keen on walking back to the Padma so we jumped in a taxi for the trip back. I dropped Charlotte back in the room and headed out for a drink and food at Fat Bowl which is near the entrance of The Padma. Was delicious and great prices. Next to find a SIM card for my phone as I needed to use data a lot on our trip. It cost me $20 for 8GB and was easy to organise.
Wednesday 3rd: Padma Legian, Santai Surf School & Holiday Inn Benoa
It was an early start as Mason woke at 4am which was lucky as we had surfing lessons booked at 6:15am with Santai Surf School at Double 6 Beach. We always travel with weetbix so the kids can have breakfast if they get hungry or we have early morning starts. The kids loved the surfing lessons and you can find our full review here.
We walk back to the Padma Legian along the beach road which is easy with the kids as there isn’t much traffic. We spot Coffee Club Legian but the kids are in no mood to stop! Kadek our nanny comes to join us at breakfast and I’m pleased to see the enclosed breakfast room with kids activities is open. This is a great spot to have breakfast with the kids!
It was then a play at the kids club then pool time and Charlotte gets her hair braided by the pool. From memory it was $25AUD and the lady did an amazing job. We love the pools at the Padma and the kids didn’t want to leave!
We check out at 1pm and take a taxi to Holiday Inn Benoa. The kids are excited to be back as we stayed at Holiday Inn Benoa in 2015. Check in was fantastic as they gave the kids a soft toy called Nudi, activity set and a choc milk as the welcome drink. Our family adventure suite was huge! 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living area and a beautiful ocean view.
While we are settling in, Kadek our nanny took our laundry and found a place just up the street. They said it would be ready before 11am the next morning. Next it was off to the pool with a stop at the kids club on the way past. The kids made kites and then it was into the pool. Such a fun place for younger kids with the small waterslide and splash bucket. Mason spotted the magnum ice creams and we enjoyed splashing around the pool. The kids club staff bring the kites down to the beach for the kids to fly and it’s perfect for the after Benoa beach wind.
It was then back up to the room for a shower and to get ready for the party down in the kids club. One of the best aspects of the resort is that the kids can play at the kids club and I could sit back order dinner and enjoy a cocktail as the restaurant is right next door. Once the food was ready I could grab the kids, get them to eat then back to the kids club!
Thursday 4th: Holiday Inn Benoa & Nusa Lembongan
So a 4:30am wake up, he’s starting to sleep in! One plus of the early wake ups is I don’t miss sunrise. It wasn’t the best one but at least Charlotte could have a sleep in as she was by herself in the kids room. We were still first down to breakfast at 6:30am and we always love the breakfast at the Holiday Inn Benoa. The kids choose to sit inside and right near the kids corner. The coffee is yum and you can order your eggs from the table anyway you want them.
Kadek our nanny arrives and it’s kids club and pool time for the kids. I had a few jobs to do, exchange some money, pick up the laundry and get some snacks from the mini mart across from the Holiday Inn. I also had a look through Conrad which is just up the street from Holiday Inn and it was huge! Gorgeous spot and pools.
I then had a pedicure at the hotel spa Tea Tree Spa. I wish I had time for a massage too as it was such a gorgeous spa! Time to then pack up our room and check out.
We were picked up by the driver from Marlin Fast Boast transfer. It took us 30 minutes to arrive in Sanur at the northern end where the boats leave for Nusa Lembongan. Mason had never been on a boat so was going to be interested to see how he would go. We had arrived at about 12:15pm for the 1pm boat and they left on time. We paid 1.3 Mil Rp for the boat which is around $130 for 1 adult and 2 kids return.
We were one of the last to get on the boat and the back seats outside were free so we decided to sit there. Great idea as it looked quite hot inside and was great to see the ocean as we went across. The engines were quite loud but with ear muffs he loved it! We arrived at Mushroom Bay on Nusa Lembongan 40 minutes later. It was easy getting on and off the boat. All of our luggage was taken care of and they helped the kids off the boat.
It was a short walk to Sanghyang Bay Villas, they met us as we got off the boat and walked us the 50 metres to the villas. I loved it as soon as we walked in! I was officially in paradise and could imagine relaxing by the pool. We checked in and Mason drank all the welcome drinks plus a lemonade and settled into our 1 bedroom villas.
Apparently our villa had been standing for over 30 years and it was just what we needed! The bed was huge and the kids loved the mosquito net. Straight to the pool which was literally 5 steps from our room. We had it all to ourselves and then another Australian family joined us. Was great sitting back enjoying a Bintang and chatting while the kids played in the pool.
We ordered food from the staff and it comes from the Sanghyang Bay Restaurant that is located on the beach just near the villas. I had a Pad Thai for $8 and the kids had the chicken strips which set me back $5 each 😉 It was all just so relaxing and just what we needed after a busy few days. We decided to head to Sandy Bay Beach Club for dinner and we just asked Gede the manager to organise that for us. He rang them and organised the booking and then the transport arrived 5:45pm.
The kids loved that we were taken in the back of the truck to dinner and it took us 10 minutes to driver there. The food was delicious and such a lovely spot. We had a coke, mojito, watermelon juice, calamari, guacamole, popcorn chicken, pizza and peri peri chicken total $62AUD. Sunset was a bit of a fizzle but the food and drinks came out quick. It was then back to the villa for an early night.
Friday 5th: Nusa Lembongan
After a lovely nights sleep with just the occasional motorbike riding past the back of our villa Mason woke me up at 4:30am! We chilled out for a bit then Mason and I went for a short walk up the street waiting for Mushroom Espresso to open at 6:30am. Delicious coffee that was only a 20 metre walk from the villas.
Once Charlotte was awake we walked around to Sanghyang Bay Restaurant where breakfast was included. I chose the smoked salmon bagel, Mason the pancakes and Charlotte the bacon and eggs.
At 10am Gede showed us the Golf Buggy and how to drive it. This was all organised directly through the villa and cost us $50 for the 5 hours we had it. We also had one of the cleaning staff to come and help us out for the day and direct us around the island. It cost $28 for her to come with us. You could also have one of the staff drive the buggy if you weren’t confident at it.
We drove up through the island to the Mangrove Forest and stop off for a boat ride. This was fun for the kids and took about 30 minutes. Sorry don’t remember the cost, maybe $30!
Next we drove down the other side of the island and made our way to Sunday Beach Water Park. This had a pool and 2 huge waterslides. They had a few different packages including water sports. The basic one for water slides, towel and locker cost 90,000rp for adult and 45,000rp for kids under 10 yrs. Charlotte and Mason loved it but I was terrified of Mason on the big slides. They were extremely high and the safety side of things definitely wasn’t like Waterbom! He had a couple of slides but then I had to drag him out of there as my heart couldn’t cope!
Back on the buggy for the short distance down to the Yellow Bridge car park. We decided to walk over the bridge and have lunch at Sea Breeze Ceningan. We found that the bridge wasn’t too busy and walking with the kids was ok. A strong grip on Mason’s hand and we just took it slow.
It was only a 15 minute walk to Seabreeze from the bridge and the kids were straight in the pool! Charlotte loved the watermelon juice, Mason devoured the toasties and I had an Indonesian dish that was very yum! We had 2 French Fries, a Gado Gado, 2 Jaffles, 1 Coke, 1 Small Bintang, 1 Small Water and 1 Watermelon juice total $27AUD.
There may have been a bribery of Sprite to walk across the bridge as Mason was getting pretty tired, fun that when you wake up 4:30am! We head back to the villas and chill out in the pool for the rest of the afternoon.
Decide to head to Thai Pantry for dinner and once again the villa staff organise for us. Fun ride to Jungut Batu and a walk up some stairs. We loved this place and the staff were fantastic with the kids. They bought us over colouring sheets for the kids and cocktails for Mum!! The kids menu was fantastic and they even had baby purees plus steamed veggies for the kids. I had the chicken Pad Thai, Charlotte chose the chicken satay plus fried rice and Mason the chicken strips and chips plus the veggies. They then bought us out a chocolate dessert and it was amazing! Overall such a great night and would highly recommend a visit.
Quick trip back up the hill and an early night to bed.
Saturday 6th: Nusa Lembongan & Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
Early morning walks as Mason is up again at 5am. We head over to Tamarind Beach to watch the sun come up which takes us about 10 minutes and is easy walking. We then walk over to Dream Beach which is more of an interesting walk! Google Maps took us along a ‘path’ through what felt like the jungle. Was lots of fun and took us about 30 minutes to get to the Dream Beach swing. I love walking around this time of day, it’s not as hot and not as much traffic on the road.
It takes us about 20 minutes to walk back to the villas and we head to breakfast before our boat back to Bali at 8:30am with Marlin. Once again really easy, they load our luggage on and the boat is only ¼ full so we decide to sit in this time. Mason loves watching the water and we are back in Sanur 30 minutes later.
We are met by our driver Made Mangku and our nanny Kadek. We drive 5 minutes to Artotel Beach Club and select a day bed. They have a minimum spend but we easily cover this. We all indulge in our second breakfast for the day and my coffee was yum! The pool was a lot of fun but it was a bit tricky keeping Mason out of the pool with the bar that is meant for adults. The kids have a play on the playground and overall we have a great couple of hours relaxing.
Made was waiting in the car park so we walk up and drive to Peekaboo Playcentre on the bypass. This only takes 5 minutes as the traffic is great in Sanur. As I knew we may stop in I had packed socks for us all but you can purchase a pair for $1 if you need to. It’s open from 9am-8pm and is a favourite of ours in Sanur as we first visited in 2012 with Charlotte when she was 2 years. See the photo below for prices.
After spending 1 hour at Peekaboo we drove up to Big Garden Corner, this took less than 10 minutes to drive. We had so much fun, beautiful gardens for the kids to run around and explore. They have the entrance fee for 75,000 rp/adult and 30,000rp/child. The adult ticket could be redeemed for a fresh juice or Bali coffee and the kids ticket a water. You then pay for extra things that you want to do. There is a restaurant half way through the gardens that we had lunch at. The food was yum and not badly priced plus there was a playground for the kids to play on. There wasn’t a huge range for the kids and we may have been better to eat at the Water park with them as they had a kids menu more suited.
At the end of gardens was the splash park and indoor playground. It cost the kids $10 each for a splash. We could also access the indoor playground for $2.50 but the kids just wanted the splash park. The kids loved the splash park but were a bit old for the indoor playground. One thing to note was the gap to the side of the indoor playground that the kids could get through. It looked secure but our nanny pointed it out and she stood near there so Mason couldn’t escape.
All up we spent 2 hours at Big Garden Corner and could have spent longer! Was about a 15 minute drive back to Prime Plaza Suites our next hotel for the night. We are shown to our 2 bedroom apartment and they are so big!
After the kids had run around the apartment it was time to hit the water slide. We had a great afternoon swimming in the pool, testing out the waterslide, playing in the kids club and eating pizza.
The kids were a bit tired to go out so I had chatted to one of the kids club staff members Ayu and she came up to our room at 7pm to watch the kids while I enjoyed a child free dinner.
I jumped in one of the hotel vans and can’t actually remember how much it cost, maybe $5 but I didn’t care! I decided on dinner at Canang Kitchen n Bar in southern Sanur and it was so good! The food, service and vibe was great. I ordered the Pork Belly Pintxos for entrée, Nasi Campur for main and Dadar Gulung for dessert. Also a mojito, mai tai and an espresso martini. Needless to say I rolled out of there and it only came to $40 all up!
I wandered up to Hardy’s Supermarket and had a shop for some kids clothes. Quick, cheap taxi back to Prime Plaza Suites where the kids are sound asleep in bed.
Sunday 7th: Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, Movenpick Jimbaran & Club Med Nusa Dua
Always the way after you have a later night that the kids wake early! Mason was up at 4am but it was OK as Charlotte could keep sleeping in the kids room. At 6:45am we head down to breakfast and the kids find lots of things to eat. I’m slightly underwhelmed by the selection but I think I am perhaps a bit buffeted out!
Our nanny Kadek then meets us back at the room so the kids can chill out while I go for a walk around Sanur. I love walking around Sanur so walk past Hardy’s and up to near Sindhu Beach. I stop in at Soul on the Beach for a coffee, so yummy and a gorgeous café on the beach. I then walk past Sand Beach Club where Prime Plaza Suite guests can relax on sun loungers at the beach.
Then it’s a hot walk all the way up the beach path to the Bali Hyatt and ask to see a couple of rooms. The pool and garden area is lovely as every but I find the rooms are still a bit on the small side! I’m sure I could get used to it and love the location of this beautiful resort.
I head back to Prime Plaza in a taxi and have a swim with the kids before we head back to the room to shower and pack up. Dewa from Bali Smart Tours picks us up at 11:45am and we head across to Movenpick Jimbaran Resort for Sunday Brunch. It takes us about 35 minutes to drive across and we take the toll road to make it quicker.
Can’t wait to stay at the Movenpick one time. It’s a gorgeous resort with so many kid friendly aspects. Sunday Brunch is fantastic and you can find our full review here. We spent 1 hour enjoying brunch and the kids were well entertained in the kids corner. They then had access for a play in the kids club then it was time for the huge pool!
At 3pm Dewa came to pick us up and drove us the 20 minutes across to Club Med. We were so excited to arrive and the security was the tightest I have come across in Bali.
We were shown to our room and it was huge! Jumping on the bed and then we said a sad goodbye to the beautiful Kadek. We then got ready to jump in the pool and meet Evie and Emmie from Mum Pack Travel blog. Free flowing cocktails and great company also from Karlie and her family from Bali Buddies meant we had such a fun afternoon.
After the sun set we went back for a shower and I called reception to organise a nanny. There was no way Mason was going to make it to dinner so I got him to sleep and the Club Med nanny watched him while Charlotte and I joined everyone for dinner at the buffet. So much food and the white wine went down very well! We then headed to the Bali’s Got Talent show held at Club Med. Each night they have something different on and it was such a fun show to experience.
Monday 8th: Club Med Nusa Dua
Mason makes sure I’m up early to watch the sunrise! It’s not a great one but that’s OK as the gardens are so gorgeous to explore that time of morning. Head up to breakfast that opens at 7am and there is plenty to eat once again!
Evie and Emmie are catching up with Karlie and her girls at Waterbom and off to take Charlotte with them. I needed a rest day and we already had Waterbom planned for Friday and meeting friends there. Charlotte was very excited and it was time to also meet our new nanny Komang. She is so beautiful too x.
You may be wondering how we had our outside nanny at Club Med as they cost so much to enter normally. Hubby was originally on our Club Med booking but he couldn’t make it. I contacted Club Med before I left and they suggested we put our nanny onto our booking so she could come and go as she pleased.
Mason needed a chill out in the room after a huge week so Komang stayed with him while I went for a walk in search of a laundry. Found a laundry along Jl Pratama and a big bag was $5. I love walking the streets of Bali and it was actually nice to walk down the local street outside of the Nusa Dua area. I walk all the way down to Bali Collection getting a nice sweat up and wander through the supermarket.
Bali Collection is huge and so many different shops and restaurants. I then walk through Agendaz Beach Club having a look before walking along the beach path back to Club Med. Spot Pirate Bay on the way past but I can’t manage to convince the kids to go so we don’t make it! Also walk past Manarai Beach House at Sofitel, looked like a great spot.
Time for a quick swim before my massage that I had booked in at the Club Med spa. The massage was so good that I feel asleep and then indulge in some more me time at the spa pool. After a relax I wander around to the Adults Only Infinity pool.
Absolute bliss! Drinks cold and they even bring around snacks. I go back to check on Mason and Komang and they are having a great time together. They have been exploring the grounds with his precious toy cars and Komang even gets them to deliver some food to the room. They don’t do room service at Club Med but as she couldn’t get him to walk into the restaurant they delivered it to her. Charlotte arrives back from Waterbom a very happy girl and we head up to enjoy the buffet again. It’s different each night and always a lot of choices.
Tuesday 9th: Club Med Nusa Dua
Today was a complete relax day at Club Med. We have worked out now to do the early buffet breakfast for the kids and then walk up to the Deck Restaurant for their gourmet breakfast when it opens.
The kids had a go at the trapeze, much braver than me! You can join in on the kids club activities even if your kids don’t want to stay at the kids club. The staff are all amazing and a lot of fun to be around. We head back for a chill in our room where I catch up on some work and the kids read some books.
Charlotte and I then head to The Deck Restaurant for a late lunch with Evie and Emmie. Quite a few wines later we come out to find the gardens had been transformed into a huge play area for the kids. We run to get Mason and his eyes couldn’t believe all the jumping castles and slippery slides. He has a fantastic time and they even have food for the kids.
Head back to the room to find my laundry delivered, oh I love when this happens!
I put Mason to bed and Komang stays with him while we enjoy a dinner at The Deck Restaurant. Very nice! The food is amazing and the cocktails go down might well. Head back to bed very happy and full.
Wednesday 10th: Club Med Nusa Dua & Milk and Madu Canggu
Sunrise time again! Mason is making sure I don’t miss a moment in Bali. Evie and Emmie head over to Nusa Penida for a day trip and we are happy just exploring Club Med. The kids head over to the kids club for a play and enjoy participating in archery. We then head over to Deck Restaurant for a late breakfast where Mason devours the pancakes!
I then walk along the beach path to check out Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa Resort. What a beautiful resort with the most stunning old buildings. It is one of the original Nusa Dua resorts and the family rooms have a good amount of space. I then rush back to my spa appointment, another massage is calling at Club Med.
After my massage Charlotte and I get a driver at the front of the resort and head over to Coco and Gingers design shop in Canggu. It’s a 50 minute drive and Charlotte was a fit model for their next range. Was great to see all their new designs and fabrics for next season, so many great pieces! I promise Charlotte a watermelon juice so we head over to Milk and Madu for a pizza, coffee and juice. It’s great to be back and can’t wait to stay in Canggu in October.
It’s a 50 minute drive back and nice to sit back and chat to the driver Gede Edy who used to drive for Little Miss Bali. Another dinner at the Deck Restaurant and more cocktails! A great last night at Club Med.
Thursday 11th: Club Med Nusa Dua, Novotel Nusa Dua & Bali Dynasty Kuta
Our last morning at Club Med and Mason once again joins me for sunrise. I have really loved wandering out into the gardens in the morning and experiencing the sunrise each morning. I am so relaxed and can see why families love their Club Med holidays!
We enjoy our last buffet breakfast and have a swim in the pool. We say goodbye Evie and Emmie, it has been fantastic to meet them and to get to know them better.
Our driver takes us to Novotel Nusa Dua which is only a 5 minute drive and he waited for us while we spent some time at the resort. I really like the large apartments of the Novotel so was keen to check out the facilities. The kids had a play in the kids club and the staff were lovely. There was also a playground that they could have fun on but it wasn’t long before they were in the pools! I love all the shade around the pool and the kids have fun splashing around.
I’m then shown through a 3 bedroom pool apartment on the ground floor and it was awesome! Your own private pool plus a huge apartment with everything you could need. We then order some lunch from the poolside café and the burgers are delicious. Lots of food for the price and the kids are happy with their drinks.
We spent 2.5 hours at the Novotel Nusa Dua and can’t wait to stay one day. Next we are back on the road for the 25 minute drive to Bali Dynasty Resort in Kuta. I was excited to show the kids around after I stayed there last August.
The kids love the kids suite room and Mason can’t stop checking out the Angry Birds linen 😉
Straight to the pools and Mason spots the waterslide straight away! The staff were great and I just explained to him how he wouldn’t be very good at waiting so they helped him out at the top of the slide. Next it was to have a play on the playground and it was so lovely to see them having a great time on all of the facilities.
After lots of fun in the pool we headed to the new Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub that is now located at the front of the resort. Great vibe, kids loved the food and the staff were so friendly. Early to bed after a big day!
Friday 12th: Bali Dynasty Kuta & Waterbom Water Park
Breakfast by the pool has a great range of food. Mason especially loves the juice and Charlotte the pancakes.
We had planned to meet our friends at Waterbom so at 8:45am we walk the 10 minutes down the street to Waterbom. We had another fun day and choose a gazebo right near the kids pool. I was surprised that there was gazebos near the kids zone free especially as it was school holidays. You can check out our full review of Waterbom here and I will be updating it soon.
After spending 4 hours at Waterbom we grab a taxi back as there is no way Mason will walk! I leave him with Komang in the room to chill out and Charlotte and I head to Gracie Kelly’s for lunch. I felt like a steak and next thing they bring me out an apron! Yummy food that I could see Jed loving too.
After we relax back in the room we decide to walk along the beach path to the Discovery Mall. Mason loves the Transformer that is walking around the mall then we head up to Amazone arcade. Lots of fun including a play centre and different games. I go for a wander while Komang stays with the kids and get a XOXO Ice cream and have a shop in the toy shop for some toys for the plane.
Back to the Dynasty for room service for the kids and Mason stays back in the room with Komang while Charlotte and I go enjoy a 1 hour massage at the spa. Charlotte loves it and it was all very relaxing. We come out to the nightly entertainment at H20 Restaurant and watch the Balinese dance performance. I love how the resort has these nightly events, perfect if the kids are too tired to go out.
I then take Charlotte back to the room and walk up to the Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant in the resort. I go the Hongkong Duck special and it is very yummy! Our last night in Bali but after a busy couple of weeks it’s early to bed.
Saturday 13th: Bali Dynasty Kuta, Coffee Club Legian, Novotel Bali Airport & Flying Home
Our last Bali morning and our last buffet breakfast! I must say I am all buffeted out so head out while the kids chill with Komang. I come across Elephant in the Room coffee shop on the same side of the street towards Waterbom and they had very yummy coffee! Next it was across the street to Doppio for a bite to eat. Love this coffee shop, feels like I’m in Seminyak!
Back to the Dynasty so the kids can have a play in the kids club. Mason loves the mascot that had dressed up and finds the minions in the corner 😉 Charlotte makes a paper flower and they have fun for over a hour. I check out the new pool area being built for lagoon access family rooms, they look fantastic! We then head back to the room to pack up before we are picked up by Made Mangku at 11am.
We then drive to Coffee Club Legian and it takes us 40 minutes from the Dynasty. We spend the next 2.5 hrs at the Coffee Club enjoying their delicious food and the kids love the kids club! Perfect spot to chill out before our flight.
We then drive to the airport and check out to see if we can get into the Novotel Bali Airport. We were able to get a day room use for 6 hours and it cost us $80. It was easy to do and was a perfect way to relax before our late flight.
After the kids have chilled in the room for awhile and I sort out our luggage for the flight. We then go for a wander around and find the pool, bar overlooking the runway, minimart and kids corner near the reception. Dinner is at the restaurant which has a great range. We had the choice between the buffet or alacarte menu.
Back to the room to give Mason a sleep before we check out at 8:30pm. It’s a 1 minute walk through to the airport and the security check point is easy to get through.
Check in goes smoothly and I once again request disability access at the check in counter. They call over a wheelchair and a staff member to walk us through immigration. They take us through the quick passport line and then the back way through to the shops and gates area so we could avoid walking through duty free.
The staff member then leaves us while we wait for the flight and lets us know she will be back as the flight is boarding. We wander around for awhile and the kids play with the new toys I had bought. The flight leaves on time and we are back in the upfront seats. The kids sleep pretty well and I manage a bit too.
We were through Melbourne Airport pretty quick and was made easier by a wheelchair waiting for us at the plane. Bit of a wait to line up in the family line but bags were waiting for us when we got to the baggage carousel.
I hope you enjoyed coming along on our trip with us and can’t wait to share our adventures in October to Singapore, Legoland and Bali.
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