Updated November, 2013
Hotels for Families in Bali
- Kuta – Hotels for Families
- Nusa Dua – Hotels for Families
- Legian – Hotels for Families
- Tuban – Hotels for Families
- Seminyak – Hotels for Families
- Sanur – Hotels for Families
- Ubud – Hotels for Families
Finding kid-friendly hotels in Bali is easy. Most hotels above the budget range have pools. The Balinese friendliness is legendary and it will make almost any hotel an attractive second-home to most families.
hotels.samkip.com/Bali is great for finding hotel discounts in Bali. But good deals can also be found by just showing up at a hotel’s front desk and enquiring about rooms. (But 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 fresh and delicious local fruit.
Kid Friendly Restaurants
I find Balinese food to be fairly accommodating for young kids. Generally not very spicy with lots of rice, noodles and familiar foods — albeit mixed in an unusual manner. Fruit is a regular addition to any meal — so don’t hesitate to ask for a plate of fruit whether you’re eating breakfast, lunch or dinner. Western food like pizza, hamburgers, and pasta are widely available at touristy restaurants and hotels.
When To Go to Bali
Bali has good weather year round so the climate shouldn’t be a huge factor in deciding when to go. The dry season runs from April to September and is generally the best time to visit but anytime is a good time for Bali.
During the wet season there tends to be one big downpour a day (often early afternoon) that quickly disappears leaving only large puddles on the ground and a fresh rain scent in the air.
Of greater importance for planning a trip is the high season months when vacationers arrive from Europe, Australia and Japan. July, August, December, and January are the busiest times for the island and hotels can often be booked solid in the popular beach resorts — especially during the week of Christmas and New Years.
If you’re looking for the best months to visit Bali they would probably be May, June, and September. These months have best weather mixed with the fewest tourists.
The 5 Best Places in Bali for Kids and Families
I love Bali and think it’s one of the best destinations for a family vacation. It has everything: good beaches, a rich culture, friendly people, great weather, and wonderful food.
Most people start their vacation in Kuta — before setting out for the rest of island — or at least pass through Kuta on there way somewhere else. On the plus side there’s lots to do here and people rarely say they were bored in Kuta. The negatives include a lot of traffic, loads of touts and it’s packed with tourists.
No one goes to Kuta to see the “real Bali”, they go to Kuta to have some decent Italian food, buy some cheap t-shirts and maybe hit a few of the touristy attractions.
Things To Do in Kuta
The beach is the center of activity for Kuta and there’s lots to do there — especially for older kids. Flying kites, surfing or body boarding, or just playing in the sand. Waterbom park is a very attractive option for families — water slides, swimming, games and lots of fun.
Shopping is also a very popular activity for tourists and Kuta is loaded with shops selling everything from clothes to cameras, and backpacks to beach towels.
Family Friendly Hotels in Kuta
All budgets are well represented in Kuta and outside of the high tourist seasons (i.e. Christmas and other Australian school breaks) most visitors should be able to get some pretty good deals.
The Hard Rock Hotel features an array of waterslides, swimming pools, rock climbing facilities, and play areas. I think a week long stay here would be way too much — but it’s a great choice for 2 or 3 nights.
Febris Hotel And Spa is one of the best budget hotels for families in Kuta. A big pool and good location near shopping and the beach. Large family rooms and free breakfast.
A very relaxing place to stay if you’re looking to skip the crowds of Kuta but still would like to venture into town for some restaurants and shopping. Jimbaran is very close to the airport making it a good introduction to Bali if you’d like to spend your first day or two relaxing by the pool.
Things To Do in Jimbaran
The highlight of staying in Jimbaran is eating a fresh seafood dinner on the beach while the kids play in the sand around your table. Flying kites, digging for clams, and visiting the early morning fish market are all fun.
If you’re expecting a lot in Jimbaran you may be disappointed. Pack some toys and some beach gear and be prepared for a few days of lazing at the beach — or beside the pool — and eating some great food.
Family Friendly Hotels in Jimbaran
Two hotels stand out in Jimbaran.
In the luxury category nothing compares to the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. With a private beach, kids club program and beautiful pools — all overlooking the full expanse of Jimbaran Bay — the Four Seasons makes a fantastic choice.
In the budget category is the very friendly and well-run Puri Bambu. It has a great pool, free breakfast, and is just a short walk from the beach.
Ubud is the arts and cultural hub of the island and makes a nice getaway from the busier beach resorts. It’s also cooler than the coast and provides a good base for exploring the central and northern parts of the island.
Many different venues have nightly showings of different Balinese songs, dances and traditional performances. Most of these venues are outdoors, kid-friendly and realizing. The shows feature theatrical performances, colorful faces and emphatic dancing so don’t be surprised if your kids are more engaged than the adults.
Things To Do in Ubud
Ubud is loaded with great restaurants with kid-friendly food and great desserts. Hanging out in cafes (Casa Luna is highly recommended) was one of our favorite ways of spending an afternoon or evening. Hanging by the pool is also fun, and most Ubud hotels have pools so no need to worry about whether the kids will be able to swim.
Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a 10 minute walk from the town center. Buy bananas at the gate and feed the monkeys as you walk through the park. Many other great walks can be found all over the Ubud area — and mountain bikes are easy to rent as well.
The Elephant Safari Park is one of 2 places to ride an elephant in Bali. Trails lead out into the jungle and take about 30 minutes to wander around on an elephant. The park itself is about a 1 hour drive north of Ubud and has a decent restaurant.
Family Friendly Hotels in Ubud
I have 2 favorite places in Ubud. The first is the very central Puri Saraswati Bungalows. The great Cafe Lotus might as well be connected and sits beside the Lotus Pond at the Water Palace. The hotel has a small pool and very friendly staff.
A little removed from the town center — but still only 5 minutes walk from the town square — is the tranquil Oka Wat Hotel. A swimming pool sits just off the rice fields and most rooms overlook a small stream.
Sanur has the most kid-friendly beach on Bali. The water is protected by a reef and the gently sloping shore is lapped by calm waters (most of the time). A nice string of restaurants and shops sits a few hundred yards back from the beach and makes a nice destination for an evening walk.
Things To Do in Sanur
The beach — while not Bali’s absolute best — is calm and very kid-friendly.
The Bali Safari & Marine Park gets raves from families and is less than an hour from Sanur. Ride an elephant or watch the animal feeding times. The park also has tigers, komodo dragons, monkeys and more.
Family Friendly Hotels in Sanur
The Bali Hyatt Hotel has impressive grounds, beautiful swimming pools and a faded luxury that perfectly suits the demands of traveling families.
The Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites has 2 swimming pools, water slides, and kids’ club. 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are huge and have fully equipped kitchens. There’s a free shuttle to the beach.
Lovina is a place to go to relax and unwind. It doesn’t have the attractions of the beach resorts in the south, so come prepared with your own entertainment — books, kites, games, whatever you need.
The beach here — like Sanur — is protected by a reef and makes for a good swimming spot for small kids. But don’t be expecting the huge swaths of golden sand you saw in Kuta. The sand here is volcanic (dark black) and quite thin in spots.
Things To Do in Lovina
Besides the usual beach activities like swimming and snorkeling the big thing to do in Lovina is a dolphin tour. The tours go early in the morning and take tourists out into the ocean to catch a few brief glimpses of the area’s dolphins.
Family Friendly Hotels in Lovina
Seemingly made with kids in mind, the well regarded Rambutan Hotel has 2 swimming pools, a playground and a very family-friendly feel. The staff are great at responding to emails so drop them a line if you have questions about your visit.
The Best Beaches for Kids and Families in Bali
Sanur stands out as having the most kid-friendly beach in Bali. It’s protected by a reef that keeps the big waves far out from the shore. The beach is narrow in spots but this also provides more shade than you’ll get at the larger beaches.
Nusa Dua is where you’ll find the big resorts and a lovely string of beaches. The disadvantage is that you’re from the cultural attractions of central and northern Bali. But if you’re just looking for a beach vacation, beautiful resorts, and kids’ clubs then Nusa Dua is perfect. The Nikko Resort Bali and The Westin Resort Bali are both great for families.
Kuta Beach is good for older kids and anyone learning to surf as there are many places that will rent boards and provide lessons. Kuta has the most activity of any beach town on Bali so recommended for kids who might get bored sitting around the pool.
Padangbai is my favorite chill-out town on Bali. It has 2 beautiful beaches a short walk from the village. This is the type of place where you want to hang out for a week or more. The Padang Bai Beach Bungalows has a beautiful pool and super-friendly staff.
The Best Family Hotels in Bali
This hotel information is provided by Bali with Kids, a new guidebook for families visiting Bali. The book covers over 300 activities and kid friendly places around the island.
Hotels and villas in Bali offer excellent value for the money and the price remains lower than in Western countries. In Bali almost any hotel will organize baby-sitting services with their staff. Generally the best children facilities are found in the hotels of moderate to luxury category.
Editor’s Tip: hotels.samkip.com/Bali is the best website for finding discounts on hotels and resorts throughout Bali. (Though booking ahead is not always necessary in Bali and great deals are available for those who walk in the door and ask for the best possible price.)
Holiday Inn Baruna Bali – Tuban near Kuta
The Holiday Inn has just about everything that children could want on a holiday: a great kids’ club, fun and functional family rooms, great pools, an e-zone for teenagers, and a yummy kids’ menu, all in a convenient location.
Holiday Inn Resort , Jl. Wana Segara 44, Tuban. Tel:+62 361 755577 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bali Dynasty Resort – Kuta
The Dynasty Resort is one of the favorite family-hotels in Bali. Kids love the 56-metre waterslide and the Kupu Kupu Kids’ Club, open from 8 am to 6 pm for children from 4 to 12 years old. The Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club is renowned as one of Bali’s best Kids’ Club facilities. They have a kids’ pool with baby pool, outdoor play area and the ‘Enchanted Garden’ themed air-conditioned kids’ clubhouse. Bali Dynasty Resort, Jl. Kartika, Tuban, South Kuta. Tel: +62 361 752403 Email: email@example.com
Sanur Paradise Plaza is a long time favorite with families. It offers comfortable accommodation and the staff is attentive to the needs of parents. The highlight for children is Camp Splash. It shows big screen family movies, has a 30 meter-long slide, equipment for swinging and climbing and kids activities. There is a basketball court, beach soccer, swings and seesaws.
Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel & Suites, Jl. Hang Tuah #46, Sanur. Tel: +62 361 281781 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The South on the Bukit Peninsula
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali – Jimbaran on the Bukit Peninsula
AYANA Resort is on the Bukit Peninsula and gives onto Kubu beach and has some of the best recreational facilities for kids in Bali. Five pools, a waterfall, an aquarium and a children’s pool with two waterslides guaranty hours of fun. Water sports are available on the beach and are supervised by their lifeguard. The highlight is the petting zoo with cuddly ducks, puppies, rabbits, hamsters, birds, chickens and a beautiful lamb. Kids can feed and play with the animals and go on a “mini safari”. AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera Jimbaran Tel: +62361702222 Email: email@example.com
Ayodya Resort – Nusa Dua
Ayodya Resort is a large luxury 5 star resort in Nusa Dua, with over 500 rooms. Kids are kept busy in their well-established kids’ club: Camp Ananda. Set by the beach, children can spend the whole day engaging in outdoor activities while being supervised by their staff. A lot of fun activities are organized such as kite flying at the beach, treasure hunt, fun walk, adventure time at the rope jungle, mini soccer, pool games at the children’s pool, fish feeding at the lagoon and Balinese dance lesson. Ayodya Resort, Jl. Pantai Mengiat, Nusa Dua. Tel: +62 361 771102. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conrad – Tanjung Benoa
The Conrad hotel, located in Tanjung Benoa has a renowned kids’ club for children from 3 to 12 years old. The facilities are totally kid friendly and there are floodlit tennis courts, a jogging track and a 33-meter swimming pool. The Kura Kura Club (Turtle club) caters for children from 3 to 12 years old. Their activities vary everyday and they are fun and educational. Amongst the most original ones are coffee painting, pirate shipbuilding, art in the dark and volcano explosion. The Conrad, Jl. Pratama #168, Tanjung Benoa Tel: +62 361 778788 Email: email@example.com
In and around Ubud
Alam Sari Hotel – Tegalalang, Ubud
Alam Sari Hotel near Ubud in the village of Keliki is a great place to get children close to nature. The hotel has a large swimming pool with two shallow areas good for young kids. The hotel will organize activities for families who want to explore the surroundings. You can also visit Keliki artists at work, art galleries, museums and artists homes as well as a range of other learning and educational experiences arranged specifically for families and school groups. Alam Sari Hotel, Tromol Pos 03, Keliki, Tegallalang. Tel: +62 361 981420 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alila Manggis – Candi Dasa on the East Coast
This gorgeous boutique hotel offers impeccable grounds, perfect service and unique activities for kids and parents: total bliss for the whole family. Their kids’ program is flexible and kids can join any of the hands-on courses from cooking to kite making, paper recycling, soap making, composting or garland and offering making. Alila Manggis, Buitan, Manggis, Candi Dasa. Tel: +62 363 41 011 Email: email@example.com
Mara River Lodge – Gianyar in the Bali Safari
Mara River Lodge is a hotel located in the heart of the Safari and Marine Park, where you can see zebras and elephants from your bedroom window. Families can stay comfortably in a Kifaru room, a well-appointed bungalow with two bedrooms in a fun setting with African touches. The hotel swimming pool is on the edge of the park and you can swim, sunbathe and enjoy watching the animals roaming around the park. It is the nicest feeling to wander around the park after 5pm, when all the tourists have left and you will feel like the place is yours. Mara River Safari Lodge, Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19.8, Gianyar. Tel: +62 361 747 5000 or + 62 361 950 000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyrights Bali with Kids
This information is provided by Bali with Kids, a new guidebook for families visiting Bali. The book covers over 300 activities and kid friendly attractions around the island, gives advice and discounts to some companies. It lists long time favorites as well as new kid friendly places and is an invaluable and up-to-date resource for families, with babies to teenagers. Bali with Kids has a website and offers a free monthly newsletter.