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Bali may be a tiny island, but surprisingly, tourists still find it confusing to decide where exactly they should stay. That is because almost anywhere in Bali is a great place to be in. Choosing where to bring your family can be agonizing. So you ask, Where should my family stay in Bali?
If you are looking for a place that has everything you could ever dream of for your family holiday, then Ubud is the answer. Located in Central Bali, Ubud is a fine area where nature is beyond beautiful. Vast rice paddies, interesting local cultures, and a laid-back lifestyle all constitute to the overall appeal that Ubud boasts of.
This place also offers lots of family-friendly activities that will absolutely give you the best bonding moments together. Below is a helpful guide for some activities you can do, including places to dine in and a place you can call your home.
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What To Do With Kids in Ubud
With the many things you can do in Ubud, sometimes choosing the most enjoyable ones feels tricky. Thus, we have compiled the top three activities that you can do in Ubud. These are the activities that tourists are raving about.
Sacred Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest, also known as Ubud Monkey Forest, is the haven for the Balinese long-tailed monkey, scientifically named as Macaca Fascicularis. The sanctuary provides shelter and protection to these cunning but adorable wildlife animals.
The forest is located at Padangtegal Ubud, Bali, housing around 1049 monkeys. Aside from these monkeys, you can also see 186 species of plants growing in the 12.5 hectares of forested land. As you go along the trail, you will also discover three temples, namely: Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, Holy Spring Temple, and the Prajapati Temple.
Owned by the Padangtegal community, villagers believe that the Sacred Monkey Forest is an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
Although this forest is pleasurable and relaxing to walk along, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind so as not to cause any damage or issue. For one, you have to be respectful the entire time since the forest encloses temples that are deemed holy by locals. Some areas of the temples are even closed off, designated only for locals who visit there to pray.
Aside from that, although we understand that you or your children want to experience having even a brief personal interaction with the monkeys, we discourage you from doing so. Monkeys are naturally clever and sneaky, let alone irritable. So it’s best that you don’t disturb them and you keep a reasonable distance from them. One moment they can be smiling at you, next moment they can try stealing your sunglasses. So beware of them, but do enjoy a leisurely family stroll through this wonderful place.
Cycling around Bali may seem like an unsettling activity to do, (especially when you have kids with you) but it’s actually fun and perfect for all ages. For your kids’ safety, you only have to make a few more arrangements and you’re all good to go.
Biking around is, for many tourists, the best way to tour around Bali since you get to do it at your own pace. The trail includes exploring the rice paddies, a coffee plantation, lunch in a private house in the fields, a local temple, and bamboo plantations. Needless to say, a cycling tour is an exhilarating way to get to know Bali in its most stripped nature – simple and unassuming but utterly captivating. If you are afraid of going around Bali on a bicycle, worry not. The tour company, with its knowledgeable staff, will make you feel that you and your family are 100% safe.
Jungle adventures like river-tubing, white water rafting, and paintball
For adventure seekers, this is the ultimate set of activities for you. Put your fearless spirit to test by experiencing river-tubing. It is an exciting yet relaxing way to explore Ayung River. The entire ride is about 1.5 hours from the top to the bottom of the trail. While being amused by the ride, the guides will also teach you about the river’s ecology.
You may also try white water rafting. Although a bit similar to tubing, water rafting is the most favorite activity by tourists. You get to paddle through the water and work your way through a random line of rocks and other obstacles.
There is an expert guide that orients you before you embark on this adventure. They will also be there with you to ensure your safety. Post tubing or rafting, you are served with a sumptuous meal. Consider this as a congratulatory gesture for surpassing a daredevil undertaking. Besides these activities, you can go to the paintball field with your family. Strap on your protective gear, arm yourself with your weapon, and prepare to defend your stronghold from your enemies. The best thing, the perimeter is confined by lush greenery and wonderful nature.
Where To Eat With Kids in Ubud
When it comes to food choices, there is a vast number of eating options that you can find in Ubud, fitting for families with children. Typically, you can choose any of the local restaurants in the heart of town, but one of the favorites of locals and tourists alike is the Cafe Lotus.
Situated on the bustling road of Ubud, Cafe Lotus has established its fame since it opened in 1983. Here you can expect great food at reasonable prices. While dining, you are also entertained by various acts like song and dance performances, acting stints, and feel-good music. The staff is very hospitable and kind, ensuring that you receive the best customer service.
However, if you feel tired to go out, you can still have a delicious meal in your villa through a private chef that will cook for you. You will still enjoy a wide option of food choices, and add to that, you won’t have to worry too much with your kids roaming around the premises of the villa.
Where To Stay in Ubud
Experience grandeur at its finest by booking Villa Bumi Artura by Nakula. It is in the center of Ubud, which makes it very accessible. The tourist destinations listed above are just around 10 minutes away from here. It has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms, perfect for the whole family.
The villa boasts of Balinese heritage architecture and modern comfort. It encloses a huge canopy of tall trees, giving you a delightful feel of nature. The villa has wide spaces inside and outside, with an open plan design, adding to the physical and psychological ease that you will feel upon staying here.
Outside, you can see a 17 x 4 meters swimming pool where you can submerge under Bali’s tropical weather or idle around with a cocktail in hand. The deck chair is also perfect for an afternoon read of your favorite book.
Undoubtedly, staying in the palatial Villa Bumi Artura is significantly the best way to achieve a marvelous family vacation in Ubud, Bali.
Written by Marlieke Kemp – Janssen
As founder and managing director of Aureum Hospitality Advisers, Marlieke provides revenue management and digital marketing solutions to hospitality companies like Nakula. She has over 10 years of experience in the hotel industry in both Europe and South-East Asia.