Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa exterior with pool
The Damai Bali bed
The Chedi Club Bali villa
Luxury family holidays in Bali are fabulous and no one loves children more than the Balinese. Catering for families traveling together is high on the list of Balinese priorities and, with its heady combination of luxury hotels, sandy beaches, delicious local cuisine and a tranquility hard to find anywhere else, you shouldn’t have any problem packing up your little ones for a luxury holiday on the Island of the Gods. Bali may be far-flung for most but, if you can get through the flight, you won't regret it at the other end. Being a long-haul destination it's worth staying as long as possible but, believe us, there is plenty to keep you all happy for weeks on end in Bali.
The Damai Bali
A hideaway in the Balinese hills, The Damai is perfect for food-loving families.
Away from the crowds of the south, the rural retreat that is The Damai Bali hugs the hilltops of the north, overlooking the unspoilt coast of Lovina Bay. Damai means peace in Indonesian, and a stay at The Damai proves it's more than possible to enjoy some peaceful R&R, even with children in tow. Consisting of 14...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
The Chedi Club Bali
Near the arty enclave of Ubud sits the spacious and scenic sanctuary that is The Chedi Club.
Check in to The Chedi Club Bali and your family will experience sensational scenery with a hefty slice of kind, Balinese hospitality. Only 10 minutes drive from Ubud, the cultural and artistic hub of the island, The Chedi Club boasts 20 blissful villas and a spa set in a private estate of lush rice paddy fields and...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Jimbaran Puri Bali
Jimbaran Puri Bali offers an elegant beachside stay only 15 minutes drive from Ngurah Airport.
Handsomely located on Jimbaran Bay, one of Bali's most beautiful beaches, The Jimbaran Puri Bali is a selection of ground-level cottage suites and villas that combines maximum luxury with welcoming family-friendliness. There's direct access from rooms to the sea and, although the beach isn't private, hotel staff keep...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Bali Hyatt is a beachside resort with great kid’s facilities (and even better cocktails).
Sanur is a great base for a luxury family holiday in Bali, especially for those with young children and babies, and the Bali Hyatt is a fabulous choice. It’s quieter than Kuta and Seminyak, but day trips are easily arranged from here. The beach is big and clean and the water is safe for swimming. The staff at the...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Amori Villa Bali
Amori Villa is friendly, peaceful oasis within Bali’s spiritual capital.
For a romantic, natural setting, as well as the chance to spend some quality family time alongside Mother Nature, the luxury boutique resort, Amori Villa Bali in Ubud offers just five unique, private suites overlooking the peaceful Petanu River valley. And it’s not all eat, pray, love in the land of frangipanis and...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
W Retreat and Spa Bali
In a lush setting away from the crowds, the W Retreat and Spa, Bali is loaded with funky design and friendly service.
At the W Retreat and Spa Bali sees traditional Balinese architecture meet modern, stylish design and a family-friendly vibe, all set on its very own stretch of pristine beach. Located in Seminyak, a fabulous place full of family and baby-friendly hotels, it is close to a number of great shops and restaurants. It is...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa is a family-friendly resort that still feels more like a retreat.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa in Bali is a hub of large, international, 5-star resorts in Bali’s southeast – the sort of place you’ll visit once and instantly make holiday friends for life. At the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel And Spa you can stay in the Family Room, kitted out with children’s decorations and perfectly...Baby-friendly / Family-friendly Spa / Pre-Teen friendly / See this Hotel & Book »
All Star Surf Cafe
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta
All Star Surf Cafe, a casual, family-friendly restaurant and hangout in Kuta is a great place for burgers and other western munchies if the kids are sick of nasi goreng. Situated on the main drag of Kuta, it’s the perfect place to stop for some food and relaxation after spending time on the beach. The kids will love the surfboards suspended from the ceilings, the surf videos, (which are constantly playing across several televisions,) and the giant wave to stand on for a photo. Some nights offer live music for the whole family’s entertainment and, if you can catch the Balinese sumo wrestling, you won’t forget it in a hurry.
Taco Beach Grill
Jalan Kunti 1, #6, Seminyak
Pork-lovers won’t want to miss visiting the home of the original Babi Gulung Taco, (traditional Balinese BBQ pork) here at Taco Beach Grill. This relaxed, family-friendly restaurant in sunny Seminyak provides hand-rolled, premium-quality artisanal tortillas made with a millennia-old Mayan cooking process. Need a highchair? No problem. The Baja fish tacos and the Salsa verde chicken fajitas are a hit, and if you’ve little ones are exhausted at the end of a long day, the restaurant will even deliver kid-friendly portions to your hotel.
Clear Cafe, Ubud
Jl Hanoman #8, Ubud
Take your shoes off at the door of Clear Cafe Ubud, snuggle into a squishy seat and let a smiley lady make your healthy-dinner wishes come true at this Ubud gem. Natural, raw, vegan and seafood cuisine is served up here in generous portions, there’s free WIFI, and the kid’s menu is one of the most tempting in town. Names like Captain Hook’s tuna burger, Snoopy’s mac ‘n’ cheese, or the Superhero Quesadilla, will have children begging to come back. The staff will bring cushions for the kids when needed, and all speak great English. For the grown ups, the sunshine tuna is a favourite. Don’t miss the Sacred Spice smoothie.
Bail Bird and Reptile Park
The small, beautifully landscaped Bali Bird and Reptile Park is a must for the kids. There’s the chance to get seriously up close and personal with squawking parrots out of their cages, and fearless young animal and reptile lovers can hold lizards and snakes. There’s even a giant iguana, which makes for some great photo opportunities. Take your own food and have a family picnic on the lawns.
The traditional Kecak Dance tells the story of a Balinese princess and a demon, and always has the crowd in awe. Think fire-throwing, chanting, dancing and local, handmade masks. It might a little scary for very young children, but it’s a cultural experience you shouldn’t miss of your little ones are up for it. Most hotel staff will know of a good local ceremony, or try to make the one at Pura Luhur, Uluwatu.
Bali Elephant Safari Park
If riding an elephant is on the agenda, the whole family will get the chance at the Bali Elephant Safari Park. You might even be whisked up unawares onto an elephant’s head for a wet walk through the park’s lake. Guaranteed giggles for everyone.
The Green School, close to Ubud, is a school that looks as though it’s sprung back from the future. Green Camp will occupy your kids during school break, weekends and holidays. Adventure, arts, crafts and activities such as mud-wrestling, yoga, face-painting, jungle hikes, and tubing on the river-front will inspire them to think about the environment and have them making new friends in no time. Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs can be arranged, so you needn’t worry about driving.
Dial 118 for ambulance services and 112 for emergency services. The main hospital in Bali is the government facility at Sanglah, Denpasar (+62 361 227 911 to 15). International SOS (+62 361 710 505) in Kuta offers emergency services 24 hours a day and has multilingual staff, plus access to air ambulances. In Ubud, the Ubud Clinic (+62 361 974 911) offers a pharmacy, bilingual staff and 24-hour emergency services. In other matters, beware of strong currents and undertows when you and the children are swimming in Bali. Also, ensure the family has been vaccinated against rabies. There have been a few cases of monkeys getting overly amorous with tourists.
When to go
There’s never really a bad time to go to Bali. Early January to April is the rainy season, but crowds are slimmer in the family resorts and prices can actually fall harder than the rain during these months. Keep in mind that rains don’t last all day and can be a refreshing respite from the heat, especially for the kids. August and the Christmas period are busy, thanks to school holidays, but from September to mid-December you’ll find plenty of luxurious hotel options and hot, sunny, clear-sky days to keep the kids happy, playing outside.