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Our Bali with kids blog shares all that we love about traveling to Bali with kids. Bali to us means enjoying family time together that is fun for the whole family. We hope you enjoy our guide on how to plan your Bali family holidays.
If you are interested in more help to plan your Bali holiday, check out our ebook and planning workbook that walks you through the whole process. You can find details at this link. (Please note: the ebook was last updated in Nov 2019, I am currently in the process of updating the ebook.) I have also opened up chats with me personally to help plan your Bali family holiday. You can check out the details here.
Table of Contents
- 1 Flights to Bali
- 2 Vaccinations for Bali
- 3 Packing for Bali
- 4 Best Travel Insurance Bali
- 5 Weather in Bali
- 6 Tips before flying to Bali
- 7 Travelling with an allergy to Bali
- 8 Arriving at Bali airport
- 9 Departing Bali Airport
- 10 Taking Food to Bali
- 11 Phones and WIFI in Bali
- 12 Bali Transport
- 13 Hiring a Bali Nanny
- 14 Hire places for baby gear in Bali
- 15 Is Bali Safe?
- 16 Bali Budget
- 17 Laundries in Bali
- 18 Money in Bali
- 19 Travel to Bali with special needs kids
- 20 Mosquito prevention in Bali
- 21 Health information in Bali
- 22 Hospitals in Bali
- 23 Bali Dentist
- 24 Where to stay in Bali with kids
- 25 Family accommodation Bali – Bali Family Resorts Vs Villas
- 26 Areas Of Bali
- 27 Our top 10 things to do in Bali with kids
BALI TIPS BEFORE YOU GO
Flights to Bali
Flying to Bali is easy from Australia with most capital cities having direct daily flights. If you are coming from New Zealand, it will be a stop over in Australia before landing in Bali.
Elsewhere in the world you might need to fly through the Asian capitals like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore for a flight to Bali. We always use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights and a great way to compare deals. We then book direct with the airline.
We have travelled with Jetstar from Melbourne for all of our trips, except for one with Virgin, and had a good experience each time. The Dreamliner planes that fly from Melbourne (please note: recently this route has flown airbus planes) are great to travel on but my first choice would be to fly with Garuda as they get amazing reviews and are a full service airline. Batik Air (formerly known as Malindo Air) as well as Air Asia, fly from some capital cities in Australia.
Vaccinations for Bali
With regards to Bali vaccinations, you need to visit your doctor well before you go to ask about any vaccinations they recommend and discuss any other health issues. They may recommend Typhoid and Hep A injections for Bali, on top of the usual childhood vaccinations.
Please note: Under 18 passengers DO NOT have to have any Covid vaccinations. See our blog post on entry requirements for Bali here.
Also ask for a letter describing any medical condition and/or medications anyone in your family requires. This can come in handy when taking medications into Bali and also if you need medical attention while in Bali. If you do not have a letter don’t worry, just ensure that prescription medication is clearly labelled, kept in the original packaging and carry in your hand luggage in case your luggage is lost. We have previously travelled to Bali with ADHD medication (ritalin) and had no problems.
Packing for Bali
Knowing what to pack when travelling to Bali with kids is hard! We completely over packed the first time and after 8 Bali holidays with the kids, we are getting better at not over packing. Check out this link to our Bali packing list for help on what to pack. Some essentials that we always packed when the kids were younger: swim nappies, night nappies, any specific formula, sunscreen and if they are extra fussy eaters, food satchels that they love! Also this blog post about what to pack in kids carry-on is fantastic.
Best Travel Insurance Bali
As soon as you book any part of your Bali holiday, you need to get your family travel insurance. If you can’t afford to purchase travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel so please make sure you organise it. We have previously used Travel Insurance Direct who were easy to deal and great value for money. We now use Covermore as they cover myself for my pre-existing illness of stroke and autism with Mason. You can find more info in our blog post on choosing the best travel insurance for Bali.
Weather in Bali
Balinese weather is tropical and usually quite warm and sunny. It can get incredibly humid especially in the wet season that runs from about November to April. During these months you are more likely to experience rain but it usually comes then goes just as quickly. May until October is considered the dry season but we have still experienced rain and storms on our trips in June!
We find the best time to travel to Bali is during May/June and September/October. The weather tends to be more consistent and not as humid. Also around these months it tends to be mid-season, so prices can be cheaper than the peak times of Christmas or July/August. The sun tends to rise around 6:00 am with the sun setting around 6:00 pm. This is consistent throughout the year as Bali is close to the equator. Around the inland mountains near Ubud the temperature drops a bit and the nights can be chilly.
Tips before flying to Bali
Once you have booked everything be sure to register your travel plans with your government travel site like Smart Traveller in Australia to receive email updates on advisories related to Bali. Advise family and friends of your flight and Bali accommodation details in case of emergency.
Take photo copies of your passports, travel insurance and itinerary just in case you lose anything, it can also be handy to have these on file in an email so you can access it anywhere. Take adequate money and back up credit cards. Also tell your bank that you are travelling so your credit cards aren’t suddenly stopped.
Ensure your passports have 6 months validity from the day you intend to arrive in Bali. This is very important as you will not be able to board the plane to Bali if you don’t have it. Also double check your passport for any tears to the pages. Bali can be quite strict when it comes to this so it’s best to check.
Did you know that Bali differs in religion from the rest of Indonesia? The majority of Balinese people practice Balinese Hinduism where as the rest of Indonesia are predominantly Muslim.
Travelling with an allergy to Bali
If your child has any food allergies ensure you have more than one Epi pen and pack any other allergy medication. Take with you a translation that explains your child’s food allergy that you can show at restaurants. Ensure this not only clearly states what your child is allergic to, but also explains that all cooking utensils and even cooking oil, which has traces of the allergen, must not be used to prepare your child’s meal.
Arriving at Bali airport
The following information will help you navigate the Bali International Aiport on arrival. See our blog post on up to date details of requirements to enter Bali currently.
Tips on arrival
- Fill or buy water bottles on plane before landing
- Use toilets after disembarking plane
- Proceed to VOA line to purchase visa $35USD/~$52AUD (straight to immigration line if organised eVisa)
- Proceed to immigration lines (the wait is sometimes long, see below for tips with under 5s)
- Show passport with 6 mths valid, have PeduliLindungi app down loaded, you may need to show covid vax certificate for 18 yrs and over, finger prints will be taken often including children, have arrival card filled out that is given out on plane
- You then proceed to the baggage carousel to collect your luggage
- Next is customs, show your QR code from electronic customs form or there are forms near the baggage carousel that you can fill out
- Walk past money changers/duty free/mini mart to waiting driver area
Ngurah Rai Airport has a modern International terminal that was upgraded in 2013. Most flights disembark onto an air bridge but occasionally a bus may be needed to and from the plane. When traveling with kids to Bali we would recommend heading straight to the toilets when you arrive as the toilets are not far from where you disembark from the plane. This can help when you get to immigration as the lines can at times be long.
You then follow the signs to the immigration area. The walk can be long for little legs so a baby carrier or travel stroller is invaluable at this time. Find the VOA line if you need to pay for your visa or Immigration lines if you have eVisa.
Australian tourists (including many other countries) wanting to enter Bali for a holiday once again need to pay the $35USD (approx. $52AUD) visa on arrival fee. The VOA is for 30 days but can be extended, see below.
Certain countries are on the Visa Exemption Arrangement Facility list, please check the website here for your country of passport. If you would prefer to organise your VOA electronically before you fly to Bali, visit this link to apply.
Note: Our experience has been that VOA is quick and easy to do but the eVisa on Arrival is a great option. Please use the official link above to purchase.
If you plan on staying in Bali longer than 30 days and under 60 days, you will need to purchase a Visa On Arrival then organise a visit to immigration while in Bali. See this article on how to extend your visa on arrival.
Immigration is pretty straight forward but one tip I do have is to head to the left hand area of all the immigration lines and find the family line. This line is for families that have a child under 5, passengers with disabilities and adults aged 60 years and over. Occasionally this line can move quite slowly due to the amount of families arriving, it can be quicker to line up in the main immigration lines.
Note: This line used to be on the right hand side of immigration lines so may move again. Look out for this sign or something similar as you walk from the gates.
Once you have passed through immigration you walk through to collect your bags. Feel free to use the free luggage trolleys around the carousels which are extra handy with kids. The luggage can take a long time to come out so that’s why I make sure we have water and snacks for the kids as we wait. In between immigration and the baggage carousel there is a duty free shop. This does have limited snacks and drinks to purchase.
After you collect your bags you head through the customs area where you hand in your custom declaration card or your electronic form QR code that you have filled out up to two days prior at this website. You only need to fill out one per family, not for each person.
You may be directed to x-ray your entire luggage, this can be a pain, but you also may be directed to walk straight out. You will then come to the money exchange counters, SIM cards and the Blue Bird Taxi person that will help you find where the taxi rank is if you need it.
Keep walking through and you will come to the waiting drivers. If you have organised a driver they should have a sign with your name on it. Remember there is also WIFI in the airport so it can be handy tapping into this while you wait for your luggage and you can let your driver know you have arrived.
If this all sounds too daunting for your first visit to Bali or you worry about getting through with the kids, consider using the VIP Fast Track Airport Service from Klook. We did this on our October 2019 arrival to Bali and it made such a difference! I wrote up a full blog post on our experience and you can read about it here.
Note: Bali Airport has a current stop on any VIP airport arrival services. This has happened previously and will more than likely be reinstated at some stage
Departing Bali Airport
When it’s time to leave Bali here are a few tips that will help make it easier.
Your private driver or taxi will drop you off at the curb at the airport near your airlines check in area. There will be luggage porters here that you are welcome to use, they aren’t pushy so just a simple no will work. We use these porters to help with our suitcases and usually costs us $3-$5AUD.
You walk up an incline to the security area before check in. You will be asked to show which flight you are going on, a screenshot on your phone of your flight details works.
Don’t empty your water bottles at this stage. More than likely they will let you go through with water and it can take time to get through check in and immigration so keep water with you especially for the kids.
There are toilets in this area if you need to go. You will find your check in desk and I recommend getting to the airport 3 hours before your flight to check in at the desk.
Please note that all airlines have check in desks, there are no bag drop kiosks.
Once you have checked in you will go through another security checkpoint where your hand luggage will be scanned. Again I have been able to take water through these areas, just show them and say they are for the kids. They may take them off you, they may not.
You then proceed to the immigration desks. If you have young kids or have a disability, ask which is the best line to go through. Often they will open one up or direct you to a shorter line.
Once you have cleared immigration you will walk through duty-free and past a few shops. You will then find a simple food court area to get food. Pre Covid, Bali Airport had a range of shops and eating place
There are plenty of gates to find a quiet area to sit and there are USB chargers throughout the airport. If you go to sit at the gate where you will be departing just be aware that they will move everyone out of the area and set up a security point about 1 hour before your flight will depart. This is the point where you aren’t supposed to take liquids through. They are more lenient on families with children and I have showed them my full water bottle in the past and got it through. All you can do is ask.
From here you will board your plane. Please note: if anyone needs to go to the toilet just before boarding you will need to go out through the security point and back through again before boarding your flight.
Taking Food to Bali
You can take as much food into Bali as you need for your holiday, we have been known to take Weetbix, Vegemite and the snacks the kids love from home. A bottle of your favourite wine or champagne can also be handy as wine can be expensive in Bali but just be aware you need to declare 1 litre of alcohol per passenger.
There is nowhere on the customs form to declare packaged food and you only need to declare animals, fish and plants including their products. I recommend taking formula and anything that your kids will only eat or drink that particular brand.
As I mentioned earlier, Bali airport is attempting to go paperless and you can now fill out the customs form on this website up to two days before your arrival into Bali. You then just present the QR code to the customs officer.
There are many supermarkets in Bali to buy things that you may need.
Bali supermarket list including:
- Bintang Supermarket Seminyak
- Carrefour Bali Sunset Road
- Pepito Market Canggu
- Popular Deli Canggu
- Artasedana Sanur (formerly known as Hardy’s)
- Bintang Supermarket Ubud
- Bali Collection Nusa Dua
Also smaller convenience stores have most things you may need and are very common in the tourist areas. Bali has both fresh and UHT milk with our preference being Greenfields milk, the kids can’t tell the difference. This will be found in smaller convenience stores too. Soy milk is easy to find but milks like almond are only found at the bigger supermarkets like Carrefour or more gourmet shops. This is gradually changing over time.
Phones and WIFI in Bali
The great thing about Bali is WIFI is widely available. Most resorts, villas and restaurants/cafes will have free WIFI. It makes it easy to stay in touch and making phone calls through Facebook messenger or What’s App is a great way to stay connected.
We choose to get an Indonesian SIM each time we go to Bali so we can stay in contact and have access to Google Maps at all times. Getting a SIM is easy to do and these days you will need your passport or ID to get one. There are stores in the tourist areas that can organise the SIM card for you but I find the easiest way is to now organise one through Klook, pay for it before we travel and then they met us a the arrivals area when we landed. They then put the SIM in and activated the phone for me, all so easy!
When you first arrive in Bali it is a good idea to have transport organised either through your hotel or a private driver as it can be daunting finding a taxi yourself when you arrive. We always use a private driver which we organise from Australia to come and pick us up. If you cannot locate your name on a sign when you first arrive, keep walking around through the duty free area and approach the person at the desk in the middle of the area.
Have your drivers name available, I find a screenshot of his details the best as you may not have Wi-Fi from the airport at this point, and they will read out your drivers name over the loud speaker. At this point, there will be many people around and you just politely say no to any offers of assistance of driving you.
You can find our blog post on hiring a Bali driver and recommendations here.
Hiring a Bali Nanny
We love hiring a Nanny each time we go to Bali to help with the kids. The nannies that help us have become our good friends and they can help by doing the day-to-day stuff like preparing lunch, bathing the kids and putting them to sleep while you relax or are useful if you want a parents night out. We highly recommend our nannies that we trust and you can find our post here with all the details. If you are after a Bali Nanny Service, Balis Best Babysitting comes recommended from other families.
Hire places for baby gear in Bali
When travelling to Bali with a baby you feel like you have a million and one things to pack. If you are not wanting to bring big items with you like strollers and porta cots, check out Bali Baby Hire for items that you can hire and have delivered directly to your hotel or villa. I personally like to take our own things but if you want your hands free without carting too much with you from hotel to hotel, hiring may be for you.
Is Bali Safe?
I often think to myself is it safe to travel to Bali with kids? We have travelled to Bali 7 times now with the kids and we have never felt unsafe. We take the usual precautions of safety in a bigger city and make sure we keep our valuables safe at all times. With regards to terrorism, I think it’s safe to say we never know when or where it will occur. Please keep up to date with the travel warnings and you will need to make the decision for you and your family, is it safe to go to Bali? We as a family won’t let terrorists stop us from travelling.
Also you need to keep in mind the previous Mt Agung eruptions and earthquakes that have occurred over the last few years. When we travelled in October 2019 it was all calm and had settled down but always good to be aware of and check your travel insurance policies to see if they will cover you for such events.
You can spend such a wide range of money per day in Bali with kids. Once you have your flights, accommodation and travel insurance paid for you can travel very cheaply with markets providing meals for only a few dollars. We like to travel visiting more café and restaurants where for 2 kids and 2 adults we might spend $50 for meals and drinks.
There are also many high-end restaurants where prices can start to become higher but still represent better value for money than dining out in Australia. We find we spend for 2 kids and 2 adults, when breakfast is included at the hotel, $150-$200 AUD per day. This includes lunch, dinner, shopping, massages, activities and transport.
Laundries in Bali
Local laundries are extremely cheap and will be cheaper than your hotel laundry service. You can find these outside your hotel, just look for laundry signs which will show you where to go. Prices are either by the piece or the kilo and you usually drop your clothes off one day and collect them the next. If you get the clothes to the laundry place when it first opens you can often get them back later that day. I always take a couple of large cotton bags that act as our laundry bags and will get it done every 4 days.
Money in Bali
The Bali currency is Rupiah and it can take a bit to work out all the zeros. We usually write out approximate exchanges for our currency for notes like 100,000rp and 10,000rp. We usually exchange some money at the money changers just after customs at the airport so we have cash to buy water or pay our driver for the transfer. The exchange rate at the airport is slightly lower than you will find on the streets of Bali but works out to be ok when you are only changing $50.
Don’t exchange any money before you arrive in Bali as the exchange rate in Bali is much better. Only use a proper authorised Bali money changer like a BMC money changer and stay away from the small operators in the back of local shops and lane ways. They can seem to have a slightly better exchange rate but can end up costing you more in the end.
Travel to Bali with special needs kids
Traveling to Bali with kids that need wheelchairs or are on the Autism Spectrum is hard but definitely still possible and something that is dear to our heart as our son has autism. We worked together with other parents of special needs kids to write a blog post on tips and tricks for flying to Bali and getting around. You can find the post here.
Mosquito prevention in Bali
Dengue fever in Bali is a problem so ensure you have plenty of personal insect repellent and keep reapplying as mosquitoes in Bali can be quite common. We use either Aeroguard family protection or OFF family from Australia but you can also buy repellent in Bali. Most resorts or villas will have mosquito coils and spray for your room which we use before we go out for dinner. This fact sheet from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Victoria, Australia is a handy reference guide.
When I have researched about what spray to use I found that insect repellents containing DEET have been tested and approved as safe for kids, but you should take precautions. The general recommendations are to choose a repellent with no more than 10% to 30% concentration of DEET and it should not be applied to babies under 2 months. It may also be worth chatting to your doctor about this. There is also a range of bracelet and stickers for the kids pillow/prams that people say are good, we haven’t ever used them as we are usually fine with the spray. I have more info in my Bali packing list on what we take.
Health information in Bali
As a parent, you never rest when it comes to your kid’s health and we always carry a list of relevant hospitals details in case we ever need to go quickly. We are lucky and after so many trips haven’t needed medical care but it’s great to know that highly regarded hospitals are available.
Do not drink tap water in Bali and we find putting a hand towel over the taps helps remind us all. We always have water bottles in the bathrooms for brushing teeth. A tablet of Milton’s in a full bath is great for putting in before the kids jump in, just make sure it’s been in for 15 minutes before they get in.
Bali belly treatment consists of keeping fluids up and gastrolyte icy poles that you bring from home can be good. If the vomiting or diarrhoea gets really bad make sure you see a doctor at clinic or a hospital. You can find out more about avoiding Bali belly in our post here.
We always take a prevention tablet when we travel to Bali so either Travelan or Travel Bug Ethical Nutrients. Probiotics are also very useful as a good gut health can help to avoid the dreaded Bali belly. Often upset tummies in Bali can be from the change in diet and from drinking juices, different food and other drinks over your holiday. This fact sheet on Bali belly from the BIMC hospital has some great information.
Hospitals in Bali
If you need medical treatment in Bali there are a few options available. This fact sheet from the Australian Government is something we print off and keep with us during our Bali holidays in case we need to reference it in an emergency. Included in the list are BIMC Bali, one located in Kuta and the other Nusa Dua, and International SOS which are the preference for foreigners.
There are many places to see a dentist in Bali and if you need emergency treatment check out 911 Dentist Bali Clinic.
KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS BALI
Dining out in Bali with kids is so easy to do. The Balinese are very welcoming and often will play with our kids while we have our meals. There are just way too many family friendly restaurants Bali wide to list them all here.
Here are the restaurants in Bali that we have taken our kids to. There are sooo many more and our Facebook Group is a great place to find other cafes that families love to eat at too. Check out the GoJek app too for food direct to your hotel and villa.
- Park Life Bali
- One Eyed Jack Canggu
- ABC Sanur
- Cashew Collective Bingin
- Mickey’s Mad House Canggu
- Berawas Kitchen
- Ulekan Canggu
- Pomelo Canggu
- Coffee Club Legian
- Kynd Community Seminyak
- Deck Cafe at FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Seminyak
- Thai Pantry Nusa Lembongan
- Macan Cafe Canggu
- Sandy Bay Beach Club Nusa Lembongan
- Seabreeze Nusa Ceningan
- Envy Restaurant Holiday Inn Baruna
- Ku De Ta Seminyak
- Biku Seminyak
- Taco Casa Seminyak
- Finns VIP Beach Club Canggu
- Olds Man’s Canggu
- Poule De Luxe Batu Belig
- Doppio Cafe Seminyak and Canggu
- Gracie Kelly’s Pub Kuta
- Motel Mexicola Seminyak
- Elephant in the Room Coffee Kuta
- Sea Circus Seminyak
- Pison Cafe Seminyak
- Cafe Wayan Ubud
- Aravina Restaurant & Cellar Door at BEC Canggu
- Mona Lisa Sanur
- Soul on the Beach Sanur
- La Playa Sanur
- The Porch Cafe Sanur
- Bumbu Bali in Tanjung Benoa
- Watercress Batu Belig and Ubud
- Milk and Madu Canggu and Ubud
- Sprout Canggu
- Mades Warung Berawa Canggu
Where to stay in Bali with kids
Family accommodation Bali – Bali Family Resorts Vs Villas
We always have the dilemma when we book Bali holidays with kids, what type of Bali family accommodation should we stay in? Is a villa or a resort with lots of kid’s activities going to suit? We are finding as the kids get older that resorts with facilities suit us more. It keeps them entertained with kids to meet and kids clubs in Bali all have lots to offer. Sites like Scoopon often have great Bali accommodation for families deals, so check out their prices here. We also have a blog post on the best deals that the package sites like Scoopon and Luxury Escapes have to offer and try to update it regularly.
When traveling to Bali with toddlers or babies, villas are perfect for day sleeps and earlier bed times. There is no need to be stuck in a hotel room while bub sleeps, you can be relaxing by the pool enjoying some quiet time. The one thing that families often worry about is keeping their kids safe around the pool so check out this post on Bali Pool Fence Hire that explains how to organise if there is no permanent pool fence.
There are great villas that are very toddler friendly so have a look at the posts we have done on family villas Bali like this one here on 2 bedroom Seminyak villas. (Our villas posts need updating as there are always new villas popping up! But hopefully this will point you in the right direction)
Areas Of Bali
If you are trying to work out what area to stay in Bali with kids check, out our blog post here which goes through each area. We chat about what area is best for what type of holiday and budget. Below we have listed a few of the best Bali family resorts and villas in each area.
Dynasty Resort Bali
If you are after a fun hotel with lots of things to do the Dynasty Resort Bali is for your family. A huge range of activities for the kids to do, the school aged kids will especially have a blast. We had fantastic stay with the kids in April 2019 and I love how close it is to the airport it is. Check out our review of our stay here.
Holiday Inn Baruna
We loved our stay at Holiday Inn Resort Baruna in 2016. I’m not usually a Kuta fan but really enjoyed the beautiful gardens and pool area. The rooms, although not ultra new, were comfortable and the kids especially loved the themed rooms of the kids suites. We couldn’t keep the kids away from the kids club and the Tea Tree Spa gave us the best Balinese massage of our trip. Check out our review of our stay here.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
The Hard Rock Bali Hotel is known to be a kids paradise. The fun pools, cafe and kids club make this to be one of the best hotels in central Kuta. If you don’t want to be in the middle of the action the Hard Rock is not for you, but if lots of things to do with the kids then you have found your spot. You do have to pay for things like gazebos and the kids club so factor that into the price when you book.
Sheraton Kuta Bali
Sheraton is in a fantastic position linked to the Beachwalk Mall in Kuta. The facilities are great for a relaxing stay for Mum and Dad with the kids being in the centre of everything. They also have an excellent Sunday Brunch so coinciding your stay over a Sunday is a great idea.
Febris Hotel Bali
If you are after a cheaper hotel in Kuta that still has great facilities for kids then Febri’s Hotel & Spa is a great choice. The family rooms are great value and the kids playground near the pool is great for the kids.
The Padma Legian
If your budget allows it all families must stay at least once at the all time favourite resort of families travelling to Bali. The family rooms are fantastic with the kids having a seperate bunk room. Fabulous pools and kids facilities, you may never want to leave! Check out our full review of our stay at Padma Legian here.
Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa
Not far from the Padma, The Mandira Resort offers exceptional value for money with great pools with slides and lovely gardens. For a beach front hotel where you are happy for the kids to sleep in the same room, this is the pick.
Away Bali Legian Camakila
For a more budget friendly option in Legian with a great kids club and family rooms. Also located on the beach this hotel is in a great location.
Montigo Resort Seminyak
The Montigo Resort is a great option in the Jl Petitegnet area with a kids club for a reasonable price. The kids club is huge and the 3 pools means there is always one to swim in! Check out our full review of our stays at Montigo here.
Trans Resort Seminyak
Located on the Sunset Road, this resort gets rave reviews and the kids club looks good. The beach area of the pool looks extra fun with the younger kids without having to trudge to the beach. Location wise there is a lot nearby and crossing the Sunset Road is easier because of where the resort is located.
Courtyard Bali Seminyak
We loved our stay at Courtyard Marriott Seminyak in September 2016 and it is a great pick out of the Seminyak family resorts. One of the best buffet breakfasts in Seminyak and the kids pool is a hit for relaxing all day long. It’s not right on the beachfront but rooms are great value for money. Check out our review here of our stay.
Blu-Zea Resort By Double Six Seminyak
Located across the street from The Courtyard Seminyak is the Blu-Zea Resort (it used to be called Breezes Resort and Spa). Having a look through, I was impressed with the pools and the kids club and cinema room looked good.
FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach Seminyak
This resort is probably more in Legian as it’s just below Double 6 road but has a waterpark with large apartments for the whole family. We stayed in October 2019 and you can find our review here. The Waka Waka Playground is located at the resort and is open to the public as well as guests staying at the hotel.
If your budget allows the Alila Seminyak is a great beach front hotel in Seminyak with kids. Beautiful big rooms, great location and kids club, this hotel really does have it all!
This amazing 5 bedroom villa has the coolest kids bedroom and you can also have 4 extra bedrooms if want extra space with Villa Joju Alit next door. Pure luxury with amazing staff and you can find our review from our stay in October 2019 here.
Canggu Villa Merah
We had a great stay at this Berawa villa in October 2019 and this is the link to our review. Located near the Canggu Plaza with restaurants and a spa, the 3 bedrooms and enclosed living space was perfect for our family plus a rented pool fence kept the kids safe from the pool.
Canggu Family Escapes
If you are after a family villa set up with all of the extras, check out this lovely 4 bedroom villa close to Mades Warung Berawa. Lots of kid friendly aspects including a portacot, high chair, pool fence etc. Check out our review form our stay in October 2019 here.
Villa Echo Padi
Featuring a permanent pool fence and driver, Villa Echo Padi is a great 3 bedroom option with lots of kid friendly aspects.
Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
Although the Prime Plaza Suites are not on the beach, the kids facilities are fantastic. Our kids loved the waterslide and the play area in the kids club. The apartments are also great value for money and if you are wanting space on a budget this is a great option. Check out our full review of our stay here.
Hyatt Regency Sanur
A Sanur classic that has renovated, it’s beach front location is the best in Sanur. Beautiful gardens and pools, the kids club will be awesome once it’s completed and in the meantime the temporary kids club is great too! We enjoyed Sunday brunch at Hyatt Regency and you can find our full review here.
The Fairmont Resort Bali
With regards to luxury, The Fairmont would be the ultimate pick in Sanur. Prices can be high but look out for deals to stay at this fantastic resort.
The Prama Resort Sanur
Prices are more reasonable at The Prama and the pool area fun for kids. The location is great and some rooms have been renovated so are good to stay in. Mixed reviews on the kids club.
Novotel Nusa Dua Bali
Although not directly on the beach The Nusa Dua Novotel is the perfect place to relax with the family with great kids facilities and large apartments. We stayed in a 2 bedroom poop apartment in October 2019 and you can find our review here.
The Westin Bali
Luxury touches make this a great place for both Mum’s and Dad’s with the kids kept happy with great kids club and pools.
Club Med Nusa Dua
For the best Bali all inclusive holidays, Club Med Nusa Dua is the ultimate choice. Kids clubs for all ages, Club Med has many activities for all the family. We loved our stay in April 2019 and you can find our full review here.
A 5 star resort located on the beach at the southern end of Nusa Dua, the waterslides and fun kids club will keep the kids entertained.
Sofitel Nusa Dua
Located on the beachfront, the Sofitel comes recommended by families and is great for a relaxing stay.
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
This new hotel is pure luxury and what they are developing up for the kids is the best I have seen on the island! Impressive in size and facilities, this is one to find a great deal on.
Grand Mirage Bali
The Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali has had a makeover in the last few years and the new family wing is amazing. We stayed at the Grand Mirage Resort Bali in November 2017 and had a fantastic stay. The facilities for kids were great and the kids had an absolute blast. Check out our full review here.
Holiday Inn Bali Benoa
We have had 2 fabulous stays at The Holiday Inn Resort Benoa and the kids absolutely loved the kids club. We loved that they ate for free in the restaurant and the rooms were so spacious. Check out our review from our stays in 2015 and 2019 here.
The Novotel Benoa is a good family friendly option. Plenty of pools and the family rooms are of a great size. You can often get great deals with Accor to stay here during their sales.
If you are after luxury on the beach at Tanjung Benoa the Conrad is a great option. The pools are huge and the kids club located in a great spot near the beach and sand pools.
The Movenpick Resort Jimbaran has fantastic kids facilities and although not right on the beach the huge pool makes up for that. I had a look through in 2017 and experienced Sunday Brunch plus a swim in the pool in 2019 and was very impressed with the facilities.
If your budget allows the Intercontinental Jimbaran is pure luxury. The pools and garden are stunning with the pay for kids club fun for the kids.
Located on the beautiful clifftops of the Bukit Peninsula, The Ayana is full of stunning views, pool and the famous Rock Bar. Price tag to match but everyone deserves to splash out every now and then!
Sister resort to The Ayana Resort is The Rimba Resort with great kids activities and stunning views. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to The Ayana then The Rimba is a great option.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa
For luxury and pure relaxation check out the kid friendly Renaissance Resort in Uluwatu. The resort shuttle will take guests down to the Roosterfish Beach club and the views are spectacular.
Bali Retreat Villas
These guys do villas on the Bukit Peninsula and will be able to match you to a kid friendly villa. Highly recommended booking through them.
Padma Resort Ubud Bali
We had the most amazing stay at the Padma Resort Ubud. The facilities were fantastic and the resort has everything you could need from a family friendly resort. A 30 minute drive north from Ubud, once you drive through the gates you are meet with amazing service and we highly recommend a stay here. You can check out our full review here.
Bisma Cottages Ubud
A lovely small hotel in Central Ubud, the cottages are perfect for smaller families or families with older children. There are 2 room types that can suit and the pool was perfect for a cool off when we visited to have a look around. The smaller kids section was perfect with a great sized deeper pool for the adults and older kids.
Other areas of Bali
The Lovina Bali Resort
This beach front resort in Lovina has great accommodation with families well catered for and it also has a kids club.
North East Coast
If you are trying to find a place in Bali that has great snorkelling and is laid back then the villages of Candidasa and Amed would suit you. Spread along the coast these villages have great restaurants and market shopping from locals that love to see a tourist.
Rest of Bali
There are many more amazing parts of Bali that are worth visiting. These tend to be worth venturing to once you have been to Bali a few times and understand how to get around and local customs. Rest assured you will never run out of amazing parts of Bali to escape to. The scuba diving is fantastic in many parts of Bali but especially in Pemuteran with Menjangan Island high on serious divers lists of sites to dive.
Sanghyang Bay Villas
We loved our stay at this Mushroom Bay property in 2019. Great hosts with a fun pool for the kids to make friends with the other guests staying. Very chilled out place.
There are soooo many other accommodation options in Bali and this list only scratches the surface! There is something for every budget and our blog post Bali Hotels with Kids Clubs might help work out which family resort to stay in with a kids club.
Our top 10 things to do in Bali with kids
I have asked our kids to share what there 10 favourite things they have done in Bali and Nusa Lembongan are. We also have a blog post that includes everything that you could want to know about things to do in Bali with kids and includes things we haven’t done yet! You can find our blog post here.
A day out at Bali Waterbom Park
If you are after one of the best kids activities in Bali, it has to be Waterbom. Charlotte has been to Waterbom Park Bali 7 times and each time she has a great time! There is something for everyone including gazebos that are great for the babies and toddlers to have a nap in. Pre-book through the Waterbom website and if you are after Waterbom Bali tickets check out Klook for their great deals.
Have fun at Splash Water Park Bali at Finns Recreation Club
Our kids always love a day out at Splash Waterpark Bali. We find it easy to keep an eye on the kids here than at Waterbom and the food is yummy! You can check our our full review here that also includes Strike Bowling and Bounce Trampolines.
Enjoy the Bali Buddies Village Experience
A fantastic way to see experience Balinese culture, the Bali Buddies Village Tour is one of my favourite activities I have done in Bali. You can check out our full review here. We toured a family compound, enjoyed morning tea, made a canang sari offering, visited the rice fields, had lunch in a local warung and finished with a water purification ceremony at this beautiful waterfall.
Exploring Big Garden Corner Sanur
We had such a fun time at Big Garden Corner in April 2019. Beautiful gardens with sculptures, playground and water park make for a fun few hours. Located on the bypass in Sanur, you will need a taxi to visit here and is not far from Peekaboo Playcentre that is also on the bypass. You can see more pictures and information in our trip report.
Go to Nusa Lembongan with kids
If you can’t stay over on Nusa Lembongan for a couple of night the a day trip to Nusa Lemongan is a great way to see what the island is all about. Bali Hai cruises runs excellent day trips from Sanur to Nusa Lembongan and kids under 4 usually travel for free. Snorkelling is fun for the older kids and the younger kids can head over to the Beach club pool to have a splash around or play on the beach. Klook have great deals and are in AUD so a great buy for Australians.
Spending the day at Sundays Beach Club
Such a great way to spend a day at the beach with the family. You take the inclinator down from the Ungasan Resort to a lovely stretch of beach where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, eating and drinking. Check out our full review here.
Playing at Park Life Bali in Canggu
Something for all ages, Parklife is such a fun place for the kids! They have a toddler section, fun slides with a ball pit at the end, climbing areas and a huge jumping pillow. The food is delicious and there is an AC dining room that you can cool off in while the kids enjoy a milkshake. Don’t forget to take the kids bathers if they want to have a splash in the water play area.
Learning to surf with Santai Surf School
The kids have now surfed twice with Santai Surf School and they have so much fun! The instructors are fantastic and it’s a great activity for the kids to learn a new skill. Our blog post has more details on our day surfing with Santai Surf.
Trapeze at Club Med Bali
A day pass to Club Med Bali can see you trying out the trapeze too! The kids loved this activity when we were staying at Club Med and you can book a day pass through Klook.
Go for a bike ride with the kids
On our trip to Bali in 2017 we enjoyed a fun day out with Ubud Cycling Bike. We were picked up from our hotel and driven to a school, a coffee plantation , Mt Batur then we went for our Bali cycling tour through the countryside. So much fun and such a great day out with the kids. They had kids bikes, toddler seats and bikes that the kids could be dinked on the back. Highly recommended and the lunch at the end was fantastic. You can check out our full review here.
We hope this Bali kids guide gives you the confidence to plan your ultimate holiday with kids in Bali. We also love these tips on the best things to do in Bali and we would love if you have any more suggestions. Please feel free to comment below so that we can add them to this guide to help even more families that are travelling to Bali with kids.
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