Updated: March 1, 2018
Bali Family Resorts – Where To Stay With Kids
- April to October are the best months to visit Bali but Bali is a good year-round destination. There certainly are wet and dry seasons, but climate shouldn’t be a huge factor in deciding when to visit.
- Booking.com – The best website for finding family hotels in Bali.
- Best Luxury Hotels in Bali for Families: The Laguna Resort & Spa (Nusa Dua) • Holiday Inn Resort (Tanjung Benoa) • Hard Rock Hotel Bali (Kuta)
- Best Budget Hotels in Bali for Families: Febri’s Hotel And Spa (Kuta) • Best Western Kuta Beach (Kuta)
- Bali Hotels with Water Slides: Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa • Hilton Bali Resort • Hard Rock Hotel Bali • Padma Resort Bali • Bali Dynasty Resort • Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
- The beach towns of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak form one long strip of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. It’s a fun and entertaining area but can be too busy and chaotic for some. This is where you’ll find the best shopping on Bali. And it’s also a great place for kids and adults to take beginner surfing lessons. The farther north you go (from Kuta to Seminyak) the more upscale and quieter it gets.
- Nusa Dua has a large variety of kid-friendly resorts in the 4-star and 5-star categories. This is the place to go for a relaxing vacation with great beaches and huge pools – but it can feel a little isolated from the main cultural attractions of central Bali.
- Sanur is a good mix of tourist-friendly amenities, great food, and relaxed vibe. The location is great for exploring Bali’s cultural highlights. The beach here is not the best on Bali but it’s great for kids as its calm shallow waters are protected by an offshore reef.
- Jimbaran is a beautiful beach town with fantastic restaurants spread along the sand. Great seafood is the highlight here. The town has a wide mix of hotels in all price brackets. It’s quieter than Sanur but close to Kuta’s shopping and nightlife, and minutes from the airport making it a perfect first stop after a long flight.
- Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by small villages, rice paddies, and enchanting green forests it makes a great base for really digging into the history and traditions of the island. It’s also the best place to shop for art and local crafts.
The 11 Best Kid-Friendly Resorts on Bali
Booking hotels online will usually get you the best prices but good deals can also be found by just showing up at a hotel’s front desk and enquiring about rooms. (Book hotels well in advance for visits in July, August, September, December, and January.) Breakfast is included at most hotels in Bali and will usually include platefuls of delicious local fruit.
- Click the hotel name to check prices on Booking.com – my favorite website for booking hotels. Book 4 to 6 months in advance for the best rooms and rates.
1. The Laguna Resort & Spa – Nusa Dua
Phone: +62 623 61771327
2. Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa – Tanjung Benoa
Phone: +62 361 8947888
3. Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 761869
4. Bali Dynasty Resort – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 752403
5. Four Seasons Resort Bali – Jimbaran
Phone: +62 361 701010
6. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 755577
7. Padma Resort Bali – Legian
Phone: +62 361 752111
8. Hilton Bali Resort – Nusa Dua
Phone: +62 361 773377
9. Conrad Bali – Tanjung Benoa
Phone: +62 361 778788
10. The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah – Ubud
Phone: +62 361 975685
11. InterContinental Bali Resort – Jimbaran
Phone: +62 361 701888
Family Hotels in Bali – Where To Stay
Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa – Tanjung Benoa
Compact, affordable, and super family-friendly in a top-notch location. This comfortable, sparkling-new and low-key resort is close to Nusa Dua, thereby offering a wider range of cafés, shops and water sports, and quick access to the delightful outdoor mall. Views from some balconies are unexciting, but the furnishings, with a long desk, comfy sofa and entrance lobby, are pleasing. Slightly larger and more likable are the rooms with ocean views and direct pool access from the veranda. Most rooms can accommodate children, with extra beds or connecting doors, while the dedicated and spacious Family Adventure Suites and Kids Adventure Suites feature separate bedrooms for children with colorful walls and plentiful toys. The sectioned-off swimming area along the curved beach is undersized and lacks shade, but is compensated by the four inviting pools, one dedicated to the young ones. The bright, colorful and supervised Kids Club, with its climbing wall, computer games and endless toys, offers an impressive range of activities, including face-painting, treasure hunts and lessons in Indonesian language and culture. It is adjacent to the children’s pool, with a lovely water slide and those tipping buckets the kids love. Families can also enjoy bike-riding, cooking classes and snorkelling together, and everything that’s packed into the extensive Games Zone room.
Conrad Bali – Tanjung Benoa
Secluded, quiet and family-friendly resort in a prime location. All accommodation, whether in the rooms or suites, is ultra-modern and immensely comfortable, with superb views of the garden, pools and, sometimes, ocean. The ground-level suites have direct access from the veranda to the lagoon-shaped pool. The gardens are extensive, with one beachside pool lined with swaying palms and another featuring its own sandy, toddler-friendly beach – but there are no water slides. The private beach is wide and immaculately-groomed, with plentiful shade and no noisy jet skis making swimming dangerous or sunbathing unpleasant. But plenty of water sports are available at the resort’s dedicated counter. Children can revel in the extensive playground and the excellent (and free) Kura-Kura Kids Club, which offers a wide range of educational and exciting activities, such as yoga and Balinese puppet-making. The whole family can also enjoy bike-riding, tennis and other activities together, while special deals include free meals for children. Located along the southern part of the peninsula, there are many shops, cafés and water sports kiosks within a short stroll, while Nusa Dua, with its delightful outdoor mall, is only a quick ride away on the free hourly shuttle bus.
The Laguna Resort & Spa – Nusa Dua
Faultless luxury among vast tropical gardens in superb location. Substantial enough for guests to be provided with buggies and maps, the grounds are crammed with lagoons that dominate every view from every place. All rooms are spacious and superbly furnished with subtle Balinese touches, as well as floorboards, a sofa (which can convert to a single bed), and decent-sized balcony overlooking the shady gardens and/or extensive lagoons. Better are the ground floor rooms, with a ladder on the veranda that leads directly to a pool. Some rooms have connecting doors, while two-bedroomed villas with a private pool are also available. There are seven swimming pools, some of which even feature islands, waterfalls, and beaches, and the landscaped gardens are extensive and shady, but not overtly Balinese in style. The real beach is perfectly curved, immaculately groomed and peppered with inviting lounge chairs and gazebos. Plenty of family activities are offered, such as tennis, yoga and water-sports, as well as lessons in Balinese arts and crafts. The Children’s Learning Center offers more interesting activities than the usual kids club, such as Indonesian dance, language, cooking and music, and there’s a children’s pool and games room. But not much more effort is apparent in providing facilities and activities for children; in fact, the Children’s Learning Centre is on the grounds of the adjacent St. Regis Bali Resort. Another attraction of The Laguna is the excellent location: within walking distance of the mall, golf course, headlands (after which Nusa Dua is named) and world-class Museum Pasifika.
Novotel Bali Nusa Dua – Nusa Dua
Smaller and less pretentious, traditionally designed, and great for families. Although part of an international chain, this resort feels immediately welcoming, with Balinese-style gates, ponds and statues, and a tasteful brown-and-white overall design. The modern, comfortable and spacious deluxe rooms feature balconies easily wide enough for chairs and a table and offering views of the gardens or pool (but not the sea). The suites, with two or three bedrooms (each with attached bathroom) and a massive lounge/kitchen/dining area, contain a modern but pleasing Balinese-style décor, while those on the ground floor boast a private pool. Lack of beach frontage is compensated by lagoon-shaped pools covered by vine-smothered pergolas, and shuttle buses to the modest 2.28 Beach Club on a powder-white (but shadeless) stretch of sand, where water-sports are also available. The huge Kids Club adjoining the children’s pool and playground offers plenty of toys, games and educational activities, and there’s even a special spa for the young ones. The jam-packed daily program includes a range of free activities for the family, including cycling, yoga, aerobics, table tennis and snorkelling. The Novotel is accessible from two main roads, so many affordable shops and cafés are within walking distance. The Pause Lounge for guests flying home late is also welcome.
Ayodya Resort Bali – Nusa Dua
Substantially different than most resorts, with tradition, convenience, and one of Bali’s finest gardens. The Ayodya ticks all the boxes for a perfect family holiday: it faces a wide beach (which does lack shade), the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and there are several pools, one vast enough for islands, spouts and statues. But the Ayodya is also especially family-friendly for several other reasons. Firstly, it is not just another ugly modern resort: it is charmingly old-fashioned and tastefully designed – for example, the lobby bursts with Balinese carvings and statues. Secondly, there is so much space. The gardens are exceptional, with seemingly never-ending ponds, swaying palms and vast lawns creeping up to the sea. Thirdly, the Balinese tradition continues each night with free live performances at the onsite amphitheater. And, lastly, this resort, unlike many others, is within walking distance of affordable cafés and shops. The bright and airy deluxe rooms contain a sofa that doubles as a single bed, and many have connecting doors, while the suites have two or three bedrooms. The young ones would certainly enjoy the playground and Camp Ananda Kids Club, with its inviting, secure and well-supervised indoor and outdoor areas. It offers a range of enthralling activities, while the whole family can enjoy fun things, like squash, yoga and cycling.
Hilton Bali Resort – Nusa Dua
Luxury resort with extraordinary cliff-side setting and family-friendly facilities. This massive resort, only 4km from Nusa Dua (and accessible by hotel shuttle bus), is somehow carved from a cliff facing a lovely white beach. All accommodation is in four-level blocks and the cliff-top layout ensures minimal gardens. The family rooms feature a king-sized bed and two bunk beds in the same room, as well as colorful beanbags and a bright Balinese-style décor aimed at families. Although the balcony is small, the rooms are spacious and wouldn’t seem cramped with four. The ground floor deluxe rooms have access to a pool from the veranda, while the villas have private pools. The lagoon-shaped pools are grand enough to feature sandy beaches and waterfalls, and there’s plenty of welcome shade from sloping palms. And it offers some amenities rarely found elsewhere, e.g. a medical clinic and amphitheater for traditional performances. Kids may love the elevator that plummets 15 levels from the cliff-top lobby to the sea but there aren’t many gardens to explore. It does, however, actively encourage families, with special rates, a water slide and the Jungle Camp playground, with ropes, sand and climbing gear – but it does lack space and light. The beach is vast and rarely visited, mainly because the waves can be rough at times – although the resort does employ a life-guard.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali – Nusa Dua
Immense, luxurious, and family-friendly, with a vast beach frontage. The sheer opulence and utter extravagance commences at the lobby, which is perched on a cliff, but the colossal size overall does make it seem impersonal and easy to get disorientated.
A window lift hurtles down to sea level where the spread of villas among lush tropical gardens is so extensive that guests wait for transport to their rooms at the Buggy Meeting Point. The superlative Cliff Villas with pools are designed as New York-style apartments, with every inch modern and lavish. The suites are comparatively modest, while those at ground-level have direct access to the Infinity pool from their veranda. The resort caters extremely well for families. The Ritz Kids Club offers excellent activities, many incorporating Balinese culture, and special events like Night Safari Adventure, as well as games like futsal. The children’s pool and playground are private, secure and supervised, while the Kids Corner in the restaurant offers special meals and buffet choices. The resort is actively involved in turtle conservation, with younger guests encouraged to participate in releases of the critters. The beach is vast, although the waves are a little rough at times – and always noisy – and activities such as yoga and surf lessons are offered to guests. Although only about 4km from Nusa Dua, it does feel isolated but is well connected by metered taxi and hotel shuttle bus to Nusa Dua, with its mall and many cafés.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Kuta
Vast, with endless family-friendly facilities in downtown Kuta. This inconceivably massive resort is right on Kuta’s busiest corner, but well hidden from the crowds. Part of the renowned international chain, the theme continues throughout, with autographed guitars coating the corridors and an immense cocktail bar lined with gold records. The pools seem never-ending and probably larger in total than two soccer fields. They are lined with thatched gazebos so sizable and inviting that whole families can stay in them all day, and the pools even feature a beach with volleyball courts, raised outdoor stage, lifeguards and Beach Club. All rooms are luxurious, but seem clustered together and have no sea views. But this does ensure that rooms are about 200m from the incessant traffic and that there’s plenty of space elsewhere; a few rooms may, however, suffer noise from the adjacent Hard Rock Café. The deluxe rooms can easily fit a family of four, while the suites can also accommodate two children in a separate living room. Best are the Kids Suites containing a separate bedroom, with a twin bunk bed and colorful décor, as well as a special children’s lounge area and second bathroom. Quite probably the best resort on Bali for families, there’s an extensive playground (and another inside the children’s pool), rock-climbing wall, giant outdoor chessboard and two exhilarating water-slides (also popular with adults). The supervised Lil’ Rock Kids Club – and a separate version for teenagers – offers extensive activities, including a Kids Beach Party and dedicated painting room. And a range of fun things (mostly in the pool) are available for the whole clan, such as water aerobics and Giant Ball (you’ll figure it out). Remarkably, the main entrance is just 20m from Kuta Beach, with its surf and legendary sunsets, and 200m from the Kuta Art Market and far classier Beachwalk mall.
Spacious, convenient, peaceful, and truly family-friendly. While many resorts in the Tuban/Kuta/Legian area also offer fabulous family facilities, this one has the added attraction of being distant from the crowds, traffic and hawkers, which can be unsettling at times, but still within a quick taxi trip of Kuta’s malls and surf. And it’s not along the main road to Kuta, with its incessant traffic. Yet, guests can easily stroll to the Discovery and Lippo malls, Waterbom water-slide park and numerous shops and cafés along the beach and access road. With delightful ponds at the lobby and an expanse of lawn the size of a soccer field, this bright and breezy resort is instantly likable. The comfortable rooms, which feature a modern décor, are huddled together in a three-level motel-style block overlooking the gardens, but this does provide considerable space elsewhere. Many rooms have connecting doors, and the suites feature a separate lounge/dining area spacious enough for an extra single bed. The main pool is large and lined with appealing gazebos. It overlooks the grey and gritty beach, which is typical for Tuban, but the curved bay is protected by a breakwater and the sea is perfectly calm for swimming. The beachside cycle path that extends several kilometres in both directions is a bonus. The Rascals Kids Club offers all sorts of games and activities, while the children’s pool is packed with nets and hoops. And the dedicated Kids Food Corner at the restaurant offers special menus and a level of independence to the younger ones. The whole family can enjoy the games room (with billiards and ping pong) and a range of activities, such yoga. Child-minding services are available and attractive family packages readily offered.
Bali Garden Beach Resort – Kuta
Convenient, old-fashioned (in a good way), and ideal for families with teenagers. All rooms are stylish, with contemporary Balinese décor, and face the sea and/or tropical gardens. And each is spacious enough to lay down a single bed without feeling cramped. The family room with a twin bunk bed (not in a separate room) can accommodate two adults and three children, while the villas have two or three bedrooms, but no private pool. The overall traditional design with masses of lotus-filled ponds and trickling fountains is more appealing than other resorts nearby. Children relish the shady beachfront infinity pool, while parents can relax in the adults only pool lined with gorgeous gazebos. The beach is still part of the famed Kuta bay, so it’s curved, wide and white, and has some waves but no potentially dangerous surf.There’s a kiddies’ pool and the resort offers family packages, but no children’s club. Still, it is perfect for families with teenagers because of the excellent beach, pools, and location: adjacent to the Discovery mall, opposite the Waterbom water-slide park and close enough (200m) to walk to Kuta, but distant from the comparative chaos and nightclub noise.
Febri’s Hotel And Spa – Kuta
Functional, convenient, and ideal moderately-priced family option. Located in the heart of Tuban (also called South Kuta), this modest hotel boasts a wonderful location, only a short stroll from the Discovery mall, Waterbom water-slide park and Tuban beach, and is barely 700m from downtown Kuta. All rooms are in a motel-style block but well away from the busy road. They are simple but certainly comfortable, with a wide veranda/balcony, large fridge and sofa that can convert into a single bed. Better are the very spacious family rooms, which can accommodate up to two adults and three younger ones. The large pool at the front features elephant spouts and welcome shade from frangipani trees, while another smaller one is set further back from the road. There’s also a tiny playground with monkey bars, swings and ropes, and (outsourced) child-minding services, but no kids’ club. Note: this is not a resort, but is considerably more affordable than most places in the region.
Padma Resort Bali – Legian
Great location and everything for a perfect family holiday. As one of the first resorts built in Legian, the Padma has seemingly endless lawns and tropical gardens. In fact, the grounds are so vast that guests need maps and it shelters any possible noise from traffic and nightclubs. The bungalows, which include wide balconies overlooking lush gardens and modern Balinese décor, are spacious enough to comfortably allow another single bed in the lounge area. Some of the commodious suites have two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four children. Perhaps better are the family rooms with two bedrooms, one with twin bunks, and two bathrooms – ideal for up to two adults, three children and an infant. These are housed in a special building, with an attached children’s pool featuring three water slides. The main beachfront pool has delightful wooden decking and plentiful shade, while the main entrance is barely 50m from Legian beach, home to famous sunsets and surf. Waves can be rough at times, but the hotel does provide lifeguards. As well as the two children’s pools with water slides and extensive playground, the younger brigade can enjoy the Wolly Kids Club. Quiet, safe, spacious and fully-supervised, it offers numerous fun and engaging activities, such as snorkelling, turtle feeding and lessons in Indonesian culture. Next door, the Games Centre boasts the latest electronic games, as well as table soccer and billiards. There are also child-minding services and special menus in the restaurants. Other daily activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family include tennis, cooking, water aerobics and yoga. And it’s all within a short stroll of Kuta (and the international-standard Beachwalk mall) and Seminyak’s classy bistros and boutiques.
Bali Dynasty Resort – Kuta
No beach frontage, but still outstanding for families. While this resort does not directly face the ocean and, therefore, no rooms have sea views, guests can enjoy the private beach area only metres away. The sand, however, is greyish (which is typical for Tuban), but the water is ideal for swimming. The main pool, with its waterfalls, volleyball nets and swim-up bar, is truly massive and seems to dominate the entire resort. The separate children’s version contains a 56m water-slide, playground (in the water) and those giant tipping buckets that make kids scream with delight. Rooms are very comfortable, and many have interconnecting doors. Most overlook the gardens or pools, but some do face the car park and entrance road. The family rooms are wonderfully spacious, while the Kids Suite can cater for up to two adults and three children with a separate bedroom containing a twin bunk bed and second TV. The substantial Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club – and the separate teens club – are bright, welcoming and offer a range of engrossing and fully-supervised games, movies and activities, such as fishing, trapeze and Bahasa Indonesian lessons. And the location is ideal: very close to the Discovery and Lippo malls and the Waterbom water-slide park.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa – Legian
Family-friendly and mid-priced, with tradition and charm. Despite the name, this is not really a resort or another trendy boutique hotel – and is priced accordingly. The newer rooms are in motel-style blocks, almost colonial in design, and face the lagoon-shaped pool and games area, which are both popular with kids and, therefore, quite noisy. Inside, the rooms are spacious but the traditional décor seems a little incongruous. More appealing are the older, mustard-coloured suites that are separated by stairs, thereby offering privacy as well as some tranquillity. These suites feature a veranda/balcony with views of the well-established gardens, and are packed with traditional art and old-style furniture. They are perfect for families, with a separate entrance area where two single beds can be pulled down from the wall, while the main bedroom is spacious enough for a third single. Although sharing the larger and shadier pool (with a bar), some suites can be quite dark inside. The Melasti is very well set up for families, with a playground on the lawn facing the beach, kids pool, tennis court and an impressive games room. The Kids Club offers numerous activities, and there’s a separate toy-filled area for toddlers. It faces the quiet Legian beach, with its renowned sunsets and surf, and is within a short stroll of Kuta (home to the world-class Beachwalk mall) and the classy shops in Seminyak.
Best Western Kuta Beach – Kuta
Compact, convenient and a fine option for families with older children. There are no water slides, nor a children’s pool or kids club, but it is quite suitable for families with teenagers, especially those looking for affordable packages. Firstly, the location is ideal. Squeezed in along a quiet access road and sheltered from incessant traffic, it is only 50m from Kuta beach, with its legendary sunsets and surf, and just a short stroll to the world-class Beachwalk mall and the main road, lined with never-ending cafés and shops. Secondly, the overall design is colorful, and the rooms are equally bright and fashionable. Although a little cramped and minimalist (as the brochure almost boasts), booking a second room with a connecting door is an affordable option. And the Junior Suite contains a sofa bed in a separate lounge/dining area that can convert into a single bed. And, thirdly, the rooftop pool has welcome breezes, terrific views and more funky furniture, while the ground-level restaurant offers buffets for breakfast (included) and dinner.
The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Tuban
Adjacent to the airport but tasteful, traditional, and quiet(ish). Large enough for guests to need maps, the runway can be clearly seen and planes often heard, but neither is that intrusive. The Balinese-style gardens are expansive, immaculate and sprinkled with fountains and ponds, while the main beachfront pool boasts a delightful palm-fringed setting. Typically for Tuban, the sand is grey and gritty, however, but the beach is curved, calm and ideal for swimming. All rooms and suites are spacious, airy and lovingly furnished, and many have two or three bedrooms, as do the villas, which are secluded, elegantly designed and feature private pools. As well as a playground and children’s pool, the kids club (for 3 to 12 year olds only) offers an interesting array of activities. Because of its proximity to the airport and ample onsite parking, this resort is particularly popular with Indonesian families, so it is a unique opportunity for children (and parents) of all nationalities to interact. The whole family can also enjoy activities, such as tennis and water volleyball, and attend lessons in Indonesian weaving and language. The resort does, however, feel remote (for example, it’s not easy to find taxis nearby), but the location among the streets of Tuban village is a rare attraction.
Anantara Resort & Spa – Seminyak
Boutique resort in prime location, with some attractions for families. Unlike Legian, just down the coast, Seminyak is considerably less family-friendly (at least in terms of the vibe), with many resorts almost actively discouraging children. The Anantara also doesn’t have a kids club or offer any family activities, but is a good option for other reasons, especially with teenage children. Firstly, it is not an impersonal mega-resort. At the end of an access road lined with shops and cafés, it is also considerably less isolated than others in Seminyak, and the beachfront location is quiet, although the waves can be surprisingly noisy. Secondly, it offers a comparatively small number of suites. They face the pool – with those on the ground-level having direct access from the veranda – or the gardens, which are undersized. The suites are very comfortable, spacious and modern, with bright-yellow furnishings, a Jacuzzi, separate dressing room (large enough for a single mattress), massive sofa and unusual L-shaped balcony/veranda. And each can accommodate children with an extra mattress or in separate rooms with connecting doors. And, thirdly, the gorgeous Infinity pool is surrounded by spacious lawns with inviting lounge chairs. The beach is public, but rarely used by anyone other than guests, and lined with umbrellas and stalls. The sand is typically grey and less enticing, however, than at Kuta, but on-beach cafés nearby scatter beanbags along the sand for soaking up the legendary sunsets.
Four Seasons Resort Bali – Jimbaran
Tranquillity, opulence, and a superb setting in Jimbaran’s best family resort. Cascading down an extensive hillside facing the sea, this resort is located in the quiet southern section, away from the main road, but only five minutes on foot from Jimbaran, with its gorgeous curved beach and multitude of shops. Villas are only accessible along cobbled-stone paths a few metres from the cliff, with the constant sounds of waves below. The ornate tropical gardens are wonderful to explore on foot and offer sublime ocean views from everywhere. With up to four bedrooms, the villas are spacious and sumptuous, with subtle Balinese décor, a stunning bathroom, walk-in closet, large sofa (which can double as an extra bed) and plenty of windows to maximize views of Jimbaran Bay and its famed sunsets. They also feature a private pool with extensive wooden decking and a gazebo. For those aged from four to 12, the safe and welcoming Jimba Club offers an impressive range of activities, including many with a cultural focus. And the whole family can take lessons in cooking, tennis and surfing, as well as Balinese dancing and painting. Other facilities are very welcome, such as children’s menus, complimentary baby-sitting, and a portable safety fence for the private pools. The access road and paths around the resort are quite steep, so buggies are available, which can also whisk guests to the immaculate, private Jimbaran Beach Club and the renowned seafood cafés.
InterContinental Bali Resort – Jimbaran
Massive resort offering luxury, convenience, and family-friendly facilities. The grounds are so vast that guests need a map, yet the rooms seem huddled together. Inside, they are spacious, however – large enough for two double beds – and some offer connecting doors. Inside, the décor is instantly likable, with modern and old-fashioned Balinese furniture, and views of the gardens (not the sea) from a sizable balcony. The one- and two-bedroomed villas face their own beach, boast a private pool, and are separated and distant (accessible by buggy). The extensive gardens are packed with Balinese-style statues, fountains and ponds choked with lilies. The resort fronts a clean beach, which is devoid of boats, but also narrow and sloping, so not ideal for sunbathing. But most guests laze about one of the three magnificent pools, including the Balinese Bathing Pool. The impressive Planet Trekkers Children’s Centre claims to be a mini-resort in its own right, with plenty of activities on offer, while tennis, water-sports and lessons in fun stuff like wood-carving, surfing and gamelan-playing, are also available. And, perhaps best of all, the resort is within just a few minutes’ stroll of seaside cafés, best enjoyed during one the legendary sunsets, and numerous shops along the main street.
Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Sanur
Fully-equipped apartments with the finest family facilities in Sanur. Although facing the very busy Bypass Road, this resort is remarkably quiet – and certainly huge. It offers bright, spacious and modern suites-cum-apartments with a complete kitchen and comfortable lounge/dining area. Those with two bedrooms can cater for up to five people and those with three bedrooms can fit in seven, and each suite has a separate bathroom per bedroom. Most balconies overlook the pool and/or gardens, but some face the main road or an ugly access path. The main pool is truly massive, shaped like a lagoon, sparkling blue and kiddy-friendly. And the resort caters remarkably well for families with younger children. The newly-renovated and supervised Camp Splash! Kids Club offers a range of activities, many with a cultural focus. Also, there’s a spa just for kids, a wonderful playground, an elongated waterslide in the children’s pool, and an expansive games area, including futsal. There’s even an area to feed rabbits and birds, and a special kid’s movie screen. Baby-sitting services are available and birthday parties can be arranged. The resort may appeal less to teenagers, however, with no shops or cafés nearby, but hourly shuttle buses take guests around the shopping districts and to the beach, including the private and luxurious Sand Beach Club.
Griya Santrian – Sanur
Modern design in central location, good for families with teenagers. The motto – ‘where everyone is family’ – relates more to the fact that it’s been owned by a Balinese family for over 30 years rather than the family-related facilities on offer. There is no Kids Club, but it is a suitable option for those with teenagers. Not just another boring resort, the Griya seems more connected to the activities on the beach than the shops on the road. The entrance is about 100m from the busy road, so it’s quiet, but is within a minute’s walk of the strip of classy shops and cafés, including the popular Hardy’s Supermarket. The rooms, some with connecting doors, are in modern and tastefully-designed three-level blocks among lovingly landscaped tropical gardens with Balinese-style statues and fountains. Each room is larger than those in most other hotels, and with plenty of storage space. They face the pools and/or gardens from wide balconies and feature colorful Balinese décor. The suites are even more spacious, with room for an extra bed. There are three pools, each sizable and shady, and the one facing the beach is flanked by a pizzeria. The beach is perfect: powdery-white and well-groomed, with plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas for guests.
The Oasis Lagoon – Sanur
Contemporary, convenient and popular with families. The location – squeezed into a space next to the popular Hardy’s Supermarket and flanked by endless shops and cafés – is unbeatable, although the resort is pleasingly set back from the busy road. And children of all ages can enjoy the pools that occupy all ground-level space between the four-level blocks of rooms. The rooms are compact and functional, without being overly spacious, but many have connecting doors. Each features a lovely wooden décor that extends to the undersized balcony that, oddly, feels like a cage – possibly as a safety measure for younger ones. More appealing are the ground-level rooms with wooden decking for verandas that open out directly to the pool. The resort doesn’t face the sea but is an easy 300m stroll to the beach. The pool is understandably jam-packed with kids, and with no gardens or beachfront to run around it can be quite noisy.
Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Sanur
Villas and suites suitable for families in a central but tranquil location. This hotel is quieter than some others because the lobby is 100m from the busy road, and villas are up to another 200m away towards the beach. Located next to a massive undeveloped block, the hotel is still within a minute’s walk of a street lined with cafés and shops, including the popular Hardy’s Supermarket. The older villas are secluded behind high walls, with lush private gardens, old-fashioned furnishings, plenty of windows and decent-sized balconies. The newer villas are in two-storey buildings shaped like Balinese rice barns, with sloping roofs. All villas are spacious and can accommodate one extra child. Best of all, however, are the Family Suites, with two separate bedrooms and a three-way bathroom. Although named after Nusa Penida island, no villa or suite has views of the sea, let alone that distant island – except from the delightful seaside bistro. The beach is wide, although a bit unkempt and lacking shade, and the pools are largish, but near the lobby (with its welcoming lounge area) and not facing the beach.
Besakih Beach Hotel Bali – Sanur
Traditional design, modern comforts, excellent beach, and games area. Obviously, not all families travelling to Bali have young ones seeking a Kids Club with face painting or toddlers wanting to splash about in a children’s pool. This resort is ideal for those with older children for several reasons. Firstly, the location (within a minute’s stroll of endless shops and cafés) and design (with spacious gardens) are very good. Secondly, the rooms are not in a boring motel-style block and ideally designed for families – particularly the two-level bungalows with separate bedrooms upstairs and down, connected by outside stairs and offering a degree of independence for teenagers. And, thirdly, the excellent facilities: an unusually broad and shady beach; two large pools (and another for kids); and an extensive open-air games room with lounge chairs.
Privacy, luxury in dramatic, riverside setting, with kids club (rare in Ubud). No resort in Ubud is as family-friendly as those in Kuta/Legian, but the Four Seasons does offer a kids club, as well as pools, plenty of space, and a setting bound to impress the younger ones, especially teenagers. From the main road, a 200m path leads over a footbridge floating above a yawning valley to the lobby, which is shaped like a space-ship and seemingly suspended in mid-air with 360-degree views. The resort is perched along a ravine overlooking the sacred Ayung river (used for rafting), so there is a constant din of running water and steep paths (but golf carts are provided). The suites are split-level, with a separate lounge/dining room that can accommodate another single bed, and a balcony on both floors with a sofa, table and chairs. The Family Suites easily fit in four people, with a separate bathroom, children’s bedroom (with a second TV) and lounge area. The one and two bedroom villas with a private plunge pool are hidden behind high walls, sacrificing views for seclusion. All accommodation is spacious, luxurious and immaculately furnished, but nothing looks or feels particularly Balinese. Encircled by gorgeous wooden decking, the split-level Infinity pool has edges that seem to blend into the forest. And rare for Ubud is the Pici Pici Kids Club, with supervised games and cultural activities in an idyllic rural setting, but there is no children’s pool or waterslides. Child-minding services are also available. This award-winning resort is in Sayan, a 10-minute drive from central Ubud, but with a few shops and cafés within walking distance it doesn’t seem as isolated as other resorts nearby.
Peaceful, traditional and charming, in vast gardens. Unlike beach regions such as Kuta and Legian, almost no hotel in Ubud offers family facilities like a kids club or children’s pool with waterslides. So, families should consider somewhere offering plenty of space, distance from traffic and noise, genuine hospitality, and a homely, rural setting. And The Chedi ticks all the boxes. Formerly a private guesthouse owned by a Balinese art collector, this is one of the largest, oldest and most memorable hotels in Ubud. The grounds contain rice-fields and ponds packed with swans, and are extensive enough to feature an organic vegetable garden, tennis court and art gallery. But there’s only 20 suites and villas, each on one level and spread out, offering genuine privacy. They are individually designed and traditionally furnished, with carved bed stands, an outdoor sunken bath and even a fireplace. The family villas are spacious, luxurious and tasteful, with a wooden veranda leading to a private pool surrounded by lush gardens. Easily catering for a family of four, your very own butler can double as a child-minder. The main pool is long and surrounded by lotus ponds and immaculate lawns. Nothing else is set up for children, but families can enjoy tennis, yoga, rice-field walks and cooking classes. It is a little isolated, but the distance (15 minutes by car) from central Ubud is part of the appeal. Some shops and cafés are within walking distance along the main road, which is rather unpleasant and noisy, while the Goa Gajah elephant temple and Yeh Pulu rock carvings are also easily accessible on foot.
Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – East Bali
Serene, spacious, and probably the best option for families on the east coast. The Rama is one of very few large and modern resorts in eastern Bali, but it somehow manages to seem compact and personal. While a breakwater does offer some sheltered swimming, the general lack of adequate beach (typical of Candidasa) is massively compensated by the gorgeous palm-fringed pool. The superior (standard) rooms are spacious and some have connecting doors. The resort is a pleasing 200m from the main road, but the 1.5km walk to central Candidasa is along a fairly unpleasant main road – but it is, however, within walking distance of the remarkable ancient village of Tenganan. And the Rama does offer a range of varied and interesting activities for families (often for free), such as yoga, dance and cooking classes.
The Lovina – North Bali
Luxury, tranquillity, convenience, and ideal for families. This resort is the best option for families anywhere along the north coast. It is set in a massive block facing the sea and only 300m from the main road (with its relentless traffic) via a countryside lane that passes rice-fields. The two-bedroom villas are perfect for families of 4 or 5, with a massive kitchen, dining, and lounge area and large private pool. And there are even larger villas for groups of 6 to 8. Everyone loves the spacious palm-choked gardens and the two sparkling blue pools facing the beach, which is typically grey and unappealing. The resort offers a range of activities – many free to guests – such as yoga and dance lessons, while the small but enticing Kids Club organizes a range of interesting and supervised activities for the young ones. There’s also a baby-sitting service in the evenings. The resort is an easy 10-minute stroll along the road or beach (or on the free shuttle bus) to Kalibukbuk, with the region’s best selection of shops and cafés.
Mala Garden Resort & Spa – Gili Trawangan
A collection of villas facing a glorious beach, ideal for families. Gili Trawangan is not set up for families, with no resort offering a kids’ club or family activities like those in Legian or Nusa Dua. Gili T has a justified reputation as a party island, so anyone wanting to sleep at night should stay away from the nightclub area in the south-east quarter. Mala Garden is along the western coast, far from the noise, and perfect for sunsets. With only five villas, this resort can also guarantee privacy and seclusion. Each contains two bedrooms overlooking a spacious open-air lounge/dining/bar area with comfy sofas, as well as two bathrooms. The villas downstairs feature a good-sized private pool which faces the beach and is surrounded by wooden decking lined with bean bags, while those upstairs substitute the pool for a Jacuzzi. The resort faces a particularly wide stretch of secluded beach, with sunsets best enjoyed from the seaside café. The beach is perfect for swimming and snorkelling, and offers shade from trees and thatched umbrellas under delightful rattan furniture. Almost uniquely, special family packages are offered, which also includes bicycle hire and a boat trip. Although isolated from Party Central, plenty of cafés are within walking distance.