Insider Tips For A Great Family Holiday In Bali | Holiday Getaway
If you’re looking for a fantastic family holiday, there’s plenty of choice in beautiful Asia! There are just so many great getaways in this corner of the world, whether it is exploring the various sights of Vietnam with the kids, hopping over to Hong Kong or visit the spectacular Angkor Wat in Cambodia. But if you have a bit more time to spare, go for the full unwinding and book that long holiday with the fam clan! We loved the farmstays and wine estates in Margareth River (Australia) and enjoyed driving with the kids in a camper through breathtaking New Zealand. And for all beach lovers, the best place for your family holiday is in blissful Bali.
There are several reasons why we recommend having your family holiday in Bali. This island has something to offer for everyone and each Bali area is very different. From the airport (Denpasar), Kuta and Sanur are only a short drive and this area in South Bali has been attracting tourists for a long time now. Most luxury resorts and hotels are in this mass tourism area and there all kinds of restaurants.
Don’t miss this on your family holiday in Bali
Do Ku De Ta, Potato Head or Finns Bar sound familiar? Yep, you are in Seminyak, the hip and happening Bali hub, known for its great restaurants, boutique shops, and lively beach clubs. You will have no trouble finding a nice restaurant here, but here are some insider tips.
Best places in Seminyak to have a brekkie or lunch
For breakfast or lunch, go to the lovely Sisterfields for some Australian inspired brunch, Grocer & Grind, which has the best salads, or to Revolver on Petitenget. All three serve nice and strong coffees to get you starting. Motel Mexicola and Sea Circus are great places to have lunch as well and have good choices for the kiddies. If you are on vacay without the kids or have bigger ones, head over to one of the beach clubs mentioned earlier and go from lunch hour to happy hour to sundowners while the kids hang out in the pool.
Take your pick: so many lovely Bali restaurants
When we say family holiday, we mean that there’s joy for the parents too! We love having a dinner for two at superb fish restaurant Sardine, where you can enjoy your food overlooking the rice paddies, getting that true Bali feeling. Merah Putih is another favorite, a beautiful Indonesian restaurant with an epic interior and ditto food. Metis is the place to do some upscale wining and dining, great for groups as well. For no-nonsense but delish Indonesian cooking in a relaxed and kid-friendly atmosphere, go to Made’s Warung. Funky Lacalaca is specialized in Mexican food and is also a good hangout with the smallies. Make sure you book ahead for all these favorites!
The best sight-seeing this family holiday in Bali
Yes, this Southern part of Bali can be very busy, depending on the season. So if you prefer your island life a bit more quiet, go to Canggu, which is still pretty close to Seminyak. From Canggu, you can easily do some sightseeing. Visit the well-known temple of Tanah Lot, which is situated on a rock in the sea and floods with the tides. Go early to avoid the crowds and make sure your legs and shoulders are covered. Old Man’s is the place to be in Canggu for lunch or a beer. You can easily take the kids to hang out with you and the rest of the hip crowd there. Or finally take that surfing lesson!
Uluwatu, Ubud and Lovina: what’s not to love?
The laid back Uluwatu, on the Southern tip of Bali, is also a nice alternative. There is no mass tourism here and the beaches are usually nice and clean. This is something that can not be said for all Bali beaches. If you can arrange a babysitter, dress up and have a drink at The Rockbar!
Not a beach fanatic or just craving some green and lush surroundings? Ubud is situated a little more inward. It’s popular for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies and great biking trails. Especially after the Eat Pray Love book, tourists started flocking in, but there are still enough places to chill and relax if you stay outside the city center. If you have hungry kids in tow, try the child-friendly Clear Cafe, Paula’s Rice Terrace Cafe. Here you can eat in the middle of the rice paddies. Or try Pizza Bagus, where they serve you freshly made pizzas. All have great kids meal options.
Lovina is on the northwestern side of Bali and is popular for its snorkeling and diving. It has black volcanic beaches and again, not all are clean. There are great waterfalls and hot springs though. Most restaurants are in the village of Kalibukbuk. Note that it is approximately a 4-hour drive from Denpasar.
What to do with kids in Bali
There is loads to do for kids in Bali! Aside from the beaches and pools, you can take them snorkeling or try that surfing lesson. Tired of the sea and the sand? Bali is home to several awesome water parks, such as the Waterbom Park in Kuta, with its endless slides, or the fantastic Splash Waterpark in Canggu. Still some energy? Go for the view from above and take your 4 years old and above zip-lining at Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Or have that full adrenaline kick and go rafting!
How to get there & around in Bali
To get to that family holiday in Bali, you don’t have to fly via a hub like Singapore anymore. Vietnam has a direct connection these days and you can be on the island in 4 hours.
From the airport, you can take a taxi to your final destination or arrange to be picked up by your accommodation. Note that Denpasar airport operates a 25 USD, 30-day visa on arrival system, which nowadays is often included in the air travel ticket.
Most tourists hire a car and driver, which in Bali doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg, or use a taxi for transportation. Rental motorbikes are popular as well. Note that the rental helmets are not always that safe and that most rental places lack helmets for kids. So best to bring those if you plan to let them ride with you.
Where to stay: villa’s, airbnb or that fancy hotel
There are many great hotels and hostels in Bali and there is something for every budget. But to be honest, when traveling with kids we prefer to rent a house or villa and these days you only need the great Airbnb. Terima Kasih for that!
Best time to go to Bali
This is a tricky one. Many people prefer to go during the Christmas period but it’s actually in the middle of the rainy season, which is from November till March. It’s a bit living on the edge, but you can be lucky of course. A definite good period to go weather-wise is July till the half of October, but this is also partly peak peak peak!