Family Hotel, Bali
Travelling with kids can be stressful and tiring. It doesn’t have to be this way though, especially not if you resolve to stay at one of the following ten child-friendly hotels in Bali.
1. InterContinental Bali Resort
Designed to cater to families looking for a more luxurious five-star experience, the InterContinental Bali Resort will ensure that your little ones are not only happily occupied as you tend to your own R&R, but also mentally stimulated via its innovative kids’ programme, as well as Planet Trekkers, a dedicated children’s centre that encompasses a child-friendly space with an indoor club house, an outdoor swimming pool,
a climbing frame and ample recreation space.
Jl. Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran, T. 62 361 701 888, bali.intercontinental.com
2. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
This resort treats its younger guests just as it does its adult guests and hands out a special kids’ welcome package, which includes a Westin drink bottle that can be refilled for free with soft drinks at every food and beverage outlet throughout the resort. A mini menu of favourite foods is also available at every Westin dining venue for aspiring pint-sized travellers to gorge on. Once inside the resort, the Westin Kids Club will keep the little ones occupied in a fully supervised environment and ensure that they remain busy with fun activities, such as face painting, pizza making, kite flying, fishing or sitting in a classroom setting enjoying various fun activities.
Kawasan BTDC, Nusa Dua, T. 62 361 771 906, www.starwoodhotels.com/westin
3. Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa
The Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa is a popular resort for families looking for a value break without having to sacrifice comfort, service or location. Nicely situated on the beach front, there are great views and decent dining options to enjoy. There’s a fully supervised kids’ club here too, albeit a small one, however it has enough on hand to keep the little ones preoccupied for hours. The wonderful staff here will look after your nippers while you tend to your business or even leave the resort’s grounds altogether.
Jl. Padma 2, Legian, Kuta, T. 62 361 751 381, www.balimandira.com
4. Holiday Inn Resort Baruna
In addition to offering KidSuites-themed rooms, complete with separate rooms equipped with bunk beds, video games and other kid-centric items; there is also the Rascals Kids’ Club, an activity centre for little darlings that is divided into different age groups and where you can leave them in peace under the supervision of the centre’s staff while you’re off enjoying some “me time”.
Jl. Wana Segara 33, Tuban, T. 62 361 755 577, www.ichotelsgroup.com/holidayinnresorts
5. Hotel Santika Premiere Beach Resort
While not having a kids’ club of its own, the Santika Premiere Beach Resort does have what guests describe as very spacious rooms, as well as decent facilities and privileges for children. Families of four will fit comfortably into the Garden Double Queen Bungalow room, which features queen-sized beds. Bungalows here come with a 24-hour butler service, while meal discounts at this family-friendly resort do not disappoint: one child below 5 years of age eats for free.
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kuta, T. 62 361 751 267, www.santika.com/bali-premiere
6. Nikko Bali Resort & Spa
One of this resort’s most reliable weapons in its bid to keep kids happy is its much-acclaimed Jungle Camp kids’ club. The club features daily activities, such as nature walks around the resort complex, camel feeding, Balinese dance classes, dressing up and even outdoor-and-indoor rock climbing.
Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, T. 62 361 773 377, www.nikkobali.com
7. Banyan Tree Ungasan
Boasting some of the most spacious villas in the area, especially important when travelling as a family, the Banyan Tree Ungasan organises daily activities for adult guests and well-planned, full-days of both indoor and outdoor activities, with lunch provided for the kids down at the Turtle Club. This kids’ club is located adjacent to the stunning main swimming pool and offers some fun playtime for children aged between 4 and 10 years of age, which focuses on creative learning, sports and games, and arts and crafts. Junior is guaranteed to have a memorable vacation while you catch up on your reading and enjoy a bit of spa pampering.
Jl. Melasti, Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, T. 62 361 300 7000, www.banyantree.com
8. Padma Resort at Legian
A recent renovation of its entire compound has injected a breath of fresh air and modernity into the Padma, while the revamped kids’ club also turns up the fun factor by a few notches. The kids’ club is complimentary for children of 2 years of age and upwards and the staff here have been described as some of the friendliest on the Island of the Gods. The entire compound itself is vast—so vast, in fact, that the chances are you’ll get lost while trying to find your room. This also means though that you’ll never run out of new things to discover with your kids.
Jl Padma 1, Legian, T. 62 361 752 111, www.padmaresortbali.com
9. Semara Resort & Spa Seminyak
A terrific combination of value for money and an enjoyable ambiance has made the Semara popular not only with romantics and honeymooners but also with families. One reason behind this family popularity is the Samara’s dedicated Cubby House Kids Club, which can match children’s facilities found at higher-priced resorts elsewhere on the island. Available for 2 to 12 year olds and boasting a huge range of quality toys and activities to keep your children entertained for hours on end, you’ll be left with some quality time of your own.
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, T. 62 361 847 6661, www.semaraseminyak.com
10. Grand Hyatt
This respected resort caters to its young clientele with a gratifying attention to detail and a genuine sense fun and friendliness. The Camp Nusa kids’ club caters to youngsters aged between 3 and 13 years of age and offers many well-organised activities, including fish feeding, sports and games, Balinese arts and crafts and plenty more besides. One more thing, although there aren’t any specially designated family rooms available here, you can book a Grand Room, which has a day bed and which can comfortably sleep two adults and one child at no extra charge.
Kawasan BTDC, Nusa Dua, T. 62 361 771 234, www.bali.grand.hyatt.com