Bali is one of the most family-friendly destinations in Indonesia, thanks to its welcoming locals and relaxed vibe. From Canggu to Nusa Dua, tropical beaches are lined with all-inclusive resorts, boasting dozens of swimming pools, varied restaurants and lively kids’ clubs. While the children are entertained, sneak off and enjoy a yoga class or surf lesson at one of these top Bali resorts.
Embarking on a family holiday can be quite daunting, especially when it’s somewhere as far-flung as Indonesia. Luckily, accommodation for families in Bali is everywhere, making it the perfect destination for a tropical beach holiday. Kid-friendly hotel services go above and beyond here to ensure your little ones are entertained and well-fed, allowing you free time to enjoy a full-body massage or round of golf in peace. Once you’ve survived the flight, prepare to flop at one of these top family-friendly hotels in Bali.
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Comprising six restaurants, five bars and four swimming pools, it appears that Bali Dynasty Resort knows no bounds when it comes to entertaining kids and their parents. Located on the waterfront in south Kuta, enjoy the beach in the morning and set up camp poolside in the afternoon. The Kids Water Fun Zone – with its 56m (180ft) water slide – is a real highlight, plus there is an adults-only pool when you need some quiet time. There’s a smorgasbord of cuisines on offer here, including Italian, Indonesian, Chinese, Irish and more.
Luxury and sophistication are two words that aren’t often synonymous with family-friendly hotels, but Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa encompasses both. Little ones will enjoy making jewellery and trying traditional Balinese dance lessons at the kids’ club from 9am to 5pm every day, for no extra charge. This means you can slink off and enjoy a Balinese massage or opt for yoga or surf lessons. Strollers can be rented too, so no need to lug one on the plane.
Padma Resort Legian is a top-rated kid-friendly hotel in Bali, where children aged 4 to 12 can truly get stuck into Balinese life with activities including turtle feeding, a temple tour and origami towel lessons. For those aged 6 to 12, there’s also a Games Centre, complete with PlayStation, air hockey and table soccer. Book the Family Room, which sleeps two adults and three children, for its close proximity to the family pool, waterslides and sun-loungers.
Home to the Jala Cooking Academy and Ganesha Cultural Centre, the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay offers the ideal cocktail of relaxation, culture and fun. Family perks include the Jimba Kids Club where under-11s can play coconut bowling and learn to kayak, plus under-5s eat for free at any of the hotel restaurants. You can also learn to surf as a family. Complimentary access to Waterbom Bali, a huge water park featuring Asia’s steepest slides, also comes included for daredevils.
This family-friendly hotel in Bali’s Nusa Dua resort area boasts spacious villas and suites, perfect for a family of four. Dining is a real highlight here with Nampu, a sushi restaurant, alongside Pasar Senggol for traditional Balinese street food, plus wood-fired pizzas at Salsa Verde for picky eaters. You’ll be sure to love the close proximity to the beach, or if you prefer to avoid the sand, check out one of the five swimming pools, complete with two water slides. Upgrade to the Villa Beratan for your own private pool, hot tub and butler service.
Enjoy stunning sunsets at the InterContinental Bali Resort, located right on the beach at Jimbaran Bay. This family-friendly hotel in Bali is designed in the style of a traditional Balinese village, complete with palm-lined gardens and individual villas. Book a Duplex Suite – a split level, two-bedroom suite – and you’ll receive complimentary access to the Planet Trekkers kids’ club for ages 4 to 12, plus there are professional nannies for under-4s. They’ll even serve up lunch and dinner for your kids, so you can enjoy a quiet meal at the Sunset Grill – order the grilled mahi-mahi with a mojito on the side.
For the ultimate five-star stay, book the Fairmont Sanur. This all-suite-and-villa hotel offers super-king beds, rain showers, private terraces and butler service as standard. For little ones, the kids’ club is the place to be with its own mini cinema and PlayStation. Alternatively, borrow complimentary bikes and cycle the 5km (3mi) family-friendly trail along the coastline. Don’t miss the barbecue night, where chefs serve up a feast fit for a king.
No matter what day it is during the week, it’s always a fun day at Novotel’s Kids’ Club. From crafts to sports, cultural to outdoor activities, each day has its own theme not to be missed. You can plan the family’s itinerary according to your child’s interest. If, for example, they are keen on traditional dance lessons, sign up for the club’s next cultural day and you’ve got yourself some off-duty time to use however you wish. Novotel Nusa Dua also has great facilities for some quality time together, including the spacious pool and fun beach activities.
Grand Mirage has kid-friendly activities that even adults will envy. The lively kids arena consists of indoor and outdoor play areas, equipped with everything from a trampoline, slides and fireman’s pole, to the newest video games. No island getaway would be complete without water attractions. This resort delivers exceptionally with a large, interactive waterpark; we’re talking water fountains, 15m slides, water cannon and water geysers. Kids can also join a supervised day out at the beach with various water sports, speedboat rides and more on offer.
Located at the heart of the sleepy beach town of Sanur, kids can still maintain their zestful active days, while parents laze the day away by the pool. From free play time in the well-equipped kids’ club to surf lessons (organised by the renowned Rip Curl School of Surf), your kids are guaranteed to have a great time while you embark on your own adventures. When it’s time to regroup, you can enjoy a range of activities together, including family sports, cooking classes, excursions, and yoga.
The wide array of fun activities offered here will keep your kids not only busy and entertained, but also educated and enlightened. The kids’ club alternates playing and learning, such as making kites, then flying them afterward. You can even sign your kids up for more formal lessons, such as learning to speak Bahasa, tennis coaching and more. Make sure you leave time to cycle along the beach together – and build sandcastles at Patra’s own beachfront yard.
At Ayodya Resort’s kids’ club, children are offered a rounded experience. From morning games and nap-time movies, to afternoon classes, your kids will have too great a time to complain. Meanwhile, you will have no problem enjoying yourself; play a round of golf at the neighbouring Bali National Golf Club, or indulge in a full-body massage at the spa. Come dinner time, tuck into fresh seafood at the Waterfall restaurant while keeping your eyes peeled for storks and kingfishers who inhabit the surrounding pond.
If you’re looking for an intimate family hotel in Bali with a touch of luxury, Hilton Bali provides everything you could ever need for a top beach break. Together, you can enjoy activities such as a camel safari, cooking classes, water sports, and more. When you need some alone time, drop your kids off at the renowned Jungle Camp Kids’ Club. Trained staff will supervise while little ones entertain themselves at the jungle-themed playground and older kids learn to make crafts or read from one of the club’s book collection. This luxe resort also has four interconnecting swimming pools, including a spacious children’s lagoon pool.
Looking to entertain your teenagers as well as under-12s? Sofitel’s kids’ club caters for a whole range of ages, so not only will your kids have fun but they’ll quickly make friends their own age. From cooking to yoga and traditional dance classes, children are guaranteed to go home with more than a tan – they will also have some new skills to mark the trip. For those who prefer to be indoors, the on-site console games, books and art programs will add equal value and amusement for kids of any age. Adults will appreciate the on-site tennis courts, free-flowing drinks and legendary brunch, voted one of the best in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.
This is an updated version of article originally written by Edira Putri.
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