Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

Do you remember the excitement of a family holiday when you were a kid? Packing all your holiday clothes, the busy airport, the flight and then being somewhere totally new.

Now, think about how you feel about holidays as a parent… The excitement is all mixed up with the choices of airlines and hotels, the tediousness of packing, and, of course, the worry of how to keep your family safe and healthy. This can be a real pain, but with the right preparation and insurance you shouldn’t have to worry at all. Here are our tips for making holidays as stress-free as possible.

 

A Pre-Holiday Trip to the Doctor

Before you head out on your holidays, you should visit your GP or travel clinic to find out about any required vaccinations. Asking on an online forum is never a bad idea, but really a physician will know best. You can also check the Smartraveller website for any international health warnings or required vaccinations.

If anyone in the family has any pre-existing conditions, you’ll need to declare these when you’re buying travel insurance to determine whether or not they can be covered.

If you need to take any medicine with you, ensure it is in its original packaging, and bring your prescription note from your doctor, as well as a letter explaining why you need the medication, to avoid any trouble with customs. Some prescription drugs that you purchased at home could be illegal at your destination.

Allergies can also be an issue when traveling. If someone in the family has a serious allergy, carrying an EpiPen is a must and a card from your doctor with the details of the allergy translated into the language of your destination is very useful.

If your child has special needs or a specific condition, they should wear a special identity bracelet with the details of their condition and treatment. Your doctor can give you advice about where to get one.

Packing the Family Bags

 

Luggage can be a real pain, especially if you’re traveling with small children. You might want to take a car seat or stroller with you, but luggage rules can differ greatly between airlines and airports. Make sure to check with your airline about any luggage restrictions before you travel. Another option is to look into baby equipment hire companies at your destination.

Some airlines will allow you to take your stroller all the way to the departure gate, which is a godsend. You know how heavy kids can be to carry, especially if you are tired and trying to carry other bags.

You may also want to check what your insurance covers when it comes to lost or damaged luggage. Arriving at your destination without your luggage can be one of the worst letdowns, but if you know your insurance covers everything it is at least comforting. You also don’t need to worry about the money spent replacing things you need.

What to Carry-On

 

When you travel with kids, it can be fun to pack exciting bags for them. You’ll need to carry essentials like a favourite toy, some snacks, and a change of clothes, as well as plenty of things to do.

Older kids are easy to please with an iPad or game console, but babies can be more difficult. Make sure you have plenty of comforts from home, like a blanket, pillow and favorite stuffed animal.

Adding a couple of new toys, sticker books or activity books can go a long way to relieve boredom and make the trip more exciting.

Healthy Flying

Once you’re on the plane you’ll want to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable. No one wants to get sick on the plane, but with so many people in close confines you should do everything you can to keep everyone’s hands as clean as possible.

Baby wipes and hand sanitiser are essential for you and the kids, as we all know little hands are constantly grabbing things.

Little ears can also be very sensitive to the pressure, so make sure you are prepared for this. Babies can either be breast or bottle fed during take off and landing, and kids can be given a lollipop to suck on. They’ll love this treat and it really does work.

Food on the plane isn’t always to kids’ liking, so taking plenty of snacks with you is a must. Try to keep the sugar content low as you don’t want them bouncing off the walls, but biscuits, crackers, granola bars and sliced fruit are great to pack up and take on board.

At Your Destination

 

When you arrive you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy your holiday, but you might also be a little out of your comfort zone when it comes to the kids. You will have new foods, situations, and environmental factors to deal with.

When you arrive at your accommodation, check for anything that might be dangerous for little ones, for example stairs, balconies or slippery floors. If anything seems particularly worrying tell the staff immediately.

Also, be very aware of kids around pools, just as you would be at home. We all know toddlers that have no fear will head straight for the pool the second your back is turned, and not all hotel pools have lifeguards on duty.

Other problems you might face in a foreign country are stomach upsets that lead to dehydration. Try to eat at clean restaurants with a high turnover. You can also prepare by taking a travel probiotic before you leave to help strengthen good gut bacteria.

Get Insured

 

Southern Cross Travel Insurance has a comprehensive TravelCare insurance policy to put your mind at ease when booking a foreign holiday. Travel doesn’t always go to plan and accidents do happen. The most important thing is being covered by a solid insurance plan when the unexpected happens overseas.

Getting the best healthcare possible for your family should be your number one priority, and once you know you will be covered in the event of an emergency, you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Other Useful Tips

  • Know basic first aid, and take a basic first aid kit with you. Insect bites, choking, and falls can happen anywhere.
  • Be very clear to communicate between adults about who is responsible for watching children, particularly around water or heights.
  • Reinforce pedestrian road safety – particularly if cars drive on the other side of the road.
  • Research where the closest clinics/hospitals are to your accommodation.

This post is written in collaboration with Southern Cross Travel Insurance. For more information or to get a quote, visit https://www.scti.com.au.

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I came across Tijili Benoa on Instagram and thought immediately that it looked really cool and funky. I’m constantly searching for new hotels in Bali that might be interesting to families and this one seemed to fit the bill. So why haven’t I ever heard of it? you may ask. Well, I wondered the same thing, so I did what any self-respecting blogger mum would do…I took the whole family to check it out!

Getting to the Resort

& Checking In

 

Tijili Benoa is located just above Nusa Dua on the Bukit peninsula around 30 minutes drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The overwater toll road that runs from the airport to Tanjung Benoa has made this area easily accessible and faster to get to Kuta, Seminyak and other places for day trip. We drove from Ubud on a Friday afternoon, which was pretty smooth sailing thanks to the toll road.

We checked in at around 3pm and had a quick look around. Our first impressions were that it was a really cool little hotel. The lobby is really bright and funky and there are tons of cool design touches. We loved all the green walls and cool characters decorating the building and public spaces. Once we’d had a peek at everything we were roasting and headed for the pool to cool off.

Our Rooms

There are 270 rooms at the Tijili Benoa, which seems like a lot, but somehow it feels like a much smaller hotel. We had Interconnecting Deluxe Courtyard rooms perfect for our family of 4. You could even get a 3rd child in with no problem.

The rooms are bright and have lots of interior touches like the wall art, colourful tabletops and chairs. The galss doors of these ground floor rooms open out onto the hotel courtyard where there is a small playground. This was nice for the kids to be able to run outside a little while I was on my laptop.

The rooms were clean, but there is a little wear and tear on them. I noticed some holes in the curtains and a bit of mould. It didn’t smell mouldy in the room at all, but I think the curtains must be a little damp from the condensation on the large windows.

I was impressed with the quality of the amenities and also that the soap and shampoo in the showers are refillable. It’s one of my pet peeves when hotels don’t use refillable bottles, so this was really nice to see.

The Layout of the Resort

Tijili has rooms on multiple levels around a main courtyard. There is a large pool in the courtyard surrounded by grass and palm trees and a kids water play area at the side. Ground floor poolside rooms are available and there are chairs outside so you could watch the kids from outside your room.

The 2nd pool is on the 6th floor next to the gym and spa. It’s a beautiful spot but there are only a few chairs and one beanbag so it’s really better for couples or singles. There is a bar on the roof as well so an evening swim with a cold drink would be really lovely.

Tijili Benoa has two restaurant, Kakatua on the ground floor looking out to the courtyard, and Bamboo Restaurant on the beachfront. Kakatua is really stylish and modern where Bamboo is much more natural and beachy. I really liked the look of both restaurants and the kids loved all the big wall paintings of birds and bright coloured furniture.

Kids Facilities

Apart from the kids water play area there is also a kids club. The hotel recently moved it from the ground floor by the little playground to the 3rd floor above the lobby. It would have been nice to have the outside play area attached, but my kids really liked it anyway.

The room is really nice and bright with plenty of colourful toys, kids beanbags and a tv for watching cartoons and movies. We were really impressed with the quality of the toys and books and also the cleanliness of the kids club. Sometimes at bigger resorts things can be a bit rough around the edges, but this was pristine!

There was only one staff member but she was full of energy and all the kids seemed to immediately take to her. She really played with them and seemed like she was having fun.

My daughter Lola is 10 so doesn’t last long in kids clubs, but she was happy to be there for half an hour or so at a time. Marlow is 5 and would have stayed there all day playing lego and watching cartoons.

Eating

We only stayed one night but somehow we managed to fit in a number of meals. We arrived hungry and had a chicken burger with french fries by the pool, which went down a treat. Everything was really fresh and tasty and a pretty good size as well.

At night we went down to the beach for their Friday night BBQ. An acoustic band was playing and the atmosphere was really nice. Eating on the beach is also awesome when your kids don’t want to sit down and eat, or decide to spill everything. The selection was pork or chicken satay, pork ribs, or fish, which pretty much covered what everyone eats. The side dishes were a mix of salad, indonesian style noodles and rice. Dessert was a mix of fruit and Indonesian sweets that always go down well with the little ones.

The only thing I would say about the bbq was that we had to send fish back because it was pretty raw and I questioned the cook on some of the chicken. We all ate and were 100% fine, but it’s something to watch out for (wherever you are).

Breakfast was served at Bamboo Restaurant as well, although large groups are served in Kakatua. This is really nice because fighting tour groups for food is not fun first thing in the morning. The selection of fruit, cereal, toast, pasteries etc. was really good, and waffles, pancakes and eggs were cooked to order. The kids got waffles which were the best we’ve ever had in Bali!

 

A Roundup of Tijili Benoa

 

It can be difficult after only one night to make a judgement about a hotel, but in this case I think we got a pretty good feel for our accommodation. Tijili is definitely modern and funky, has great outdoor spaces, comfortable rooms and lovely staff. We loved the pools and the beachfront, and were really happy with the size of our rooms.

I think the atmosphere is the point that people might either love or hate. Some guests might love the quietness and the fact that there aren’t a million families around the pool, but others might say that hanging out with other families and finding new friends is the best part of the holiday. The majority of guests are Chinese and Indonesians, so the hotel is quiet during the day while groups are out on tours. We loved this, and if you’re going to be out a lot this is the perfect spot. If you plan to stay, eat and play inside your resort Tijili is probably not for you.

I think we’ll probably visit Tijili again for short breaks and would love to also check out the Seminyak property. For a great base, or if you just want a few days to chill, it’s a fantastic value-for-money hotel.

If you have any questions about Tijili Benoa, leave us a comment or get in touch on Facebook or Instagram

You can also check out the Tijili website for special offers and more info

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The Best Nyepi Packages for Bali’s Day of Silence

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Tijili Benoa

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Ayana & Rimba

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Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar

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Anvaya

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Hard Rock Resort Bali

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Movenpick Resort Jimbaran

  This resort is one of Bali’s newest and most family-friendly resorts. With fabulous pools, kids club and water play areas and great restaurants, this is an ideal place to be ‘locked in’ for the day. Their Nyepi Package includes daily breakfast for 2 people, complimentary selected children’s activities and Meera Kids Club entrance pass (4 hours), complimentary meals for children under the age of 6 when accompanied by a paying, Rp300,000net dining credit during the stay, and complimentary selected refreshments from minibar. There will also be a special meal package on Nyepi Day and price start from just Rp1,386,000++/room/night. Contact their reservations now to book

Sofitel

Experience the serenity of Nyepi in the sumptuous surroundings of Sofitel Bali. Enjoy the  blend of French elegance and unique Balinese culture at this lavish 5-star beachfront resort with landscaped pools, gardens and beautiful white sand beach. This Peaceful Nyepi Escape package includes a daily buffet breakfast for 2 people. Of course, their fabulous hotel grounds with lagoon pools and open areas will be the ultimate spot for relaxation – and star gazing at night! Prices start at Rp2.300.000 per room, per night. Book this offer HERE  

Hilton Resort

  Situated on the south side of Nusa Dua, the newly branded Hilton Resort Bali is home to 4 pools, 6 restaurants, waterslides, tennis courts and a very unique Kids Club. This is a popular choice for families and is great for Nyepi Day. This Nyepi enjoy a package including daily buffet breakfast for 2, free extra bed and breakfast for 1 child, free one-time special Nyepi buffet dinner for 2 adults and 1 child and free access to the Jungle Kids Club during the stay. You’ll be looking at Rp1.750.000 per night with a minimum of 2 nights. Email to book now HERE

Ayodya Resort

  The lush, traditional grounds of the Ayodya Resort Bali are surely going to give you the perfect atmosphere for Nyepi. Their special stay package includes daily breakfast and complimentary luncheon and dinner buffet on Nyepi day. The resort will provide a range of activities on the day of silence, including billiards, darts, ping pong, kids activities (treasures hunts, Balinese dress up etc.) and more. They will also hold their own Ogoh-ogoh parade from their lobby to the beach just for the guests. Prices start at Rp3.000.000 for 2 nights. Email to book this deal now HERE 

Alaya Ubud

In preparation for Nyepi Day when the island of Bali literally shuts down, Alaya Resort Ubud is offering an escape from everyday life. This restful two-night package honors this cultural holiday in the best possible way with essential time out to unwind and recharge. This Nyepi offer includes a one hour traditional Balinese massage at DaLaSpa , a set dinner at Manisan and a Nasi Raja lunch experience at Petani Restaurant. Other benefits such as afternoon tea and free wifi are also available to enhance the experience. Prices start at Rp4.200.000++ for the whole package. Get ready for Nyepi relaxation at Alaya Ubud by clicking HERE

Elephant Safari Park Lodge

  In the stunning village of Taro, north of Ubud, you’ll find Taro Elephant safari Park and Lodge. To celebrate Nyepi and the silence that comes along with it, take some time to be in nature in a Garden View room. This includes entrance to Elephant Safari Park, museum & gallery, tickets to the elephant talent show, daily breakfast at Mammoths Head Bar & Lounge, one time Elephant Safari day-ride, one time lunch and dinner, one time afternoon tea and a printed photo with the elephants. You’ll also get to bathe the elephants and have access to the fitness room, park relaxation pavilion & gazebos. This is definitely a unique Nyepi experience with the price of Rp4,950,000  per family (2 adults & 2 children under 12) Visit their website for More Info

W Retreat Seminyak

  If you really want to splash out for your Nyepi stay, W Bali Seminyak is the way to go. W is offering a special package that includes daily breakfast at the fantastic FIRE restaurant, buffet Nyepi dinner at the Great Room, unlimited access to their fitness centre, and complimentary access to the cold & hot plunge hamam and detox chamber at Away Spa. Prices start from Rp5.500.000 per room per night. Find out more HERE   

Nyepi Packages for Indonesian Citizens and KITAS/KITAP Holders Only

InterContinental Bali Resort

Take advantage of a fabulous offer to stay at the InterContinental Bali Resort for a Nyepi break. You’ll stay 3 days/2 nights in luxury with dining inclusions and discounts on spa treatments and food & beverages. Prices start from 4,500,000++ for 2 nights. To book email: icbali.reservation@ihg.com      

Padma Resort Legian

The much-loved Padma Legian is offering a Nyepi stay in a Classic Deluxe Room for Rp3,590,000. This is a great price and includes a daily buffet breakfast for 2 people, one time lunch for 2 people and one time dinner for 2 people. Wifi is also free in rooms and public areas. Get more details and book on their website

Nyepi Packages for the Whole Family

  If, like me, the thought of being stuck in the house with your own kids fills you with fear, get one of these packages booked now! Your kids will be entertained, you’ll have some time to chill and you won’t have to lift a finger cooking or cleaning all day. Enjoy!!  

Where to be on Australia Day in Bali 2018

Where to be on Australia Day in Bali 2018

Don’t miss out on all the fun on January 26th just because you’re in Bali this year. There are plenty of places to party on Australia Day in Bali. Take the whole family for a Aussie-style barbie, have a Bintang or 2, and play games with the kids. Get yourself to one of these events for a fun day out.

Splash Water Park

 

Jan. 26th, 9am-5pm

Splash Water Park at Finn’s Recreation Club is offering a massive 50% off entry for all Aussies to celebrate Australia Day. There will be games like a thong throwing competition, handball, and classic catch. And don’t forget a Aussie BBQ and desserts as well as all day happy hour!

Sea Vu Play Australia Day BBQ

Jan. 26th, 4-9pm

Celebrate Australia Day at Sea Vu Play. Come hungry and load up at the all you can eat BBQ for Rp300,000. Bring the family because there will be a children’s booth, a Pavlova eating competition, crab racing, and sports on the big screen.

Cubby House Kids Kitchen – Aussie Lamington Making

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!

Cubby House Kids Kitchen – Aussie Lamington Making

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!

Ikan Beach Garden Australia Day Celebration

Jan. 26th from 6:30pm

Celebrate Australia Day in true tropical style with a flavorsome barbeque dinner. Enjoy an array of grilled meats along with icy cold beer on hand in a setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. All you can eat will cost you Rp465,000++ per person.

Cubby House Kids Club Australia Day Party

 

Sunday, January 21st, 1-5pm

Bring the kids to join the fun at this Aussie-themed party. There will be games, competitions and Aussie snacks. Cubby House Kids Club is for children aged 4-12, but younger children are allowed with a parent.

Family-Friendly Australia Day in Bali

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!

Bali Kids Guide Check Out Bali Dynasty Resort

Bali Kids Guide Check Out Bali Dynasty Resort

One of the resorts that pops up in our Facebook feed in one way or another almost daily is Bali Dynasty Resort. This resort is one of the longest-standing and most popular resorts in Kuta. With newly renovated rooms and more room choices for families than ever, it was time to have a look for ourselves.

Getting to the Resort

& What’s in the Area

Bali Dynasty Resort is located in Kuta, on the way to Tuban. This makes it very easy to get to from the airport in around 10 minutes. It’s just next door to Discovery Mall and a couple of minutes walk from Waterbom – a must do on a Bali holiday! There are tons of restaurants, shops, bars and other entertainments within a short stroll of the resort.

We checked in just after Mount Agung started erupting at the end of 2017 so the resort was incredibly quiet. A few families were still waiting for flights out of Bali, but few were checking in. Usually, the resort would be getting packed at this time of year, so it was a little eerie.

Thankfully, I hear it’s since picked up and families are in full holiday mood again.

Our Room

We were in one of the newly refurbished Family Suites. This room has a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and a large living room with two single Murphy beds that fold out of the wall. There is also a sofa bed, so really this room fits 2 adults and 3 kids. This area also includes a nice sized kitchen and dining area and a small second bathroom with a shower.

I really liked the simplicity of the master bedroom and the huge bed. There was plenty of room and light and a nice spot on the balcony to sit out in the evening. We had a TV and DVD player in the room as well as one in the living room. It’s always nice not to have to watch cartoons.

The kitchen was complete with a fridge, microwave and water cooler. There were also dishes and cutlery enough for a family of 5 plus a few utensils for simple cooking. This is amazing to have if you want to save a little money, have a picky eater or even for baby food.

The living room was also great for a little extra space. A comfy couch, coffee table and armchair make a huge difference when a family are staying together in a hotel room for a week or two. That little bit of extra space and distance helps with the family harmony.

Speaking of family harmony, two bathrooms always help. The kids had their own bathroom and shower and there were even amenities laid out for them, which was a really nice touch. However, if you have two or three kids you might want to make sure there is enough of everything. We had a little scuffle for the toothbrush and rubber ducky.

The Resort

 

The Bali Dynasty Resort has been around for 27 years but to be honest the grounds look better than many newer resorts. The buildings look a little dated in their older Balinese style, but because the rooms have been renovated you don’t really notice.

The resort isn’t directly on the beachfront, but it’s very close. The path that leads down to the beach next to the kids club is well marked. There are Bali Dynasty Resort loungers on the beach, although when we were there the tide was high so there wasn’t much sand. Unfortunately, there was a bit of rubbish because of the rainy season, but the resort staff does clean the beach daily.

The resort isn’t directly on the beachfront, but it’s very close. The path that leads down to the beach next to the kids club is well marked. There are Bali Dynasty Resort loungers on the beach, although when we were there the tide was high so there wasn’t much sand. Unfortunately, there was a bit of rubbish because of the rainy season, but the resort staff does clean the beach daily.

The Pool Area

The pool area is the centre point of the resort and is extremely spacious. There are tons of loungers both in the sun and the shade. The pool itself is shallower towards the restaurant, but keep an eye on the kids because it does get to 2 metres deep. There are lifeguards on duty during pool hours.

The pool bar is on the shallower side so you can easily watch the kids from the bar. There are activities by and in the pool, which really gets families together and the kids make friends really quickly. We watched a lively game of water volleyball on the afternoon we were at the pool. It’s great how the staff joins in and really gets the other players going.

One of the greatest things about Bali Dynasty Resort is the thought that’s gone into the facilities for kids. The kids pool and water play area is fabulous! Plenty of loungers surround the pool for parents to relax in while the kids play. The colourful shades protect you from the full sun and little bales are great for napping babies.

Kupu-Kupu Kids Club

 

Kupu-Kupu Kiddies Club is newly renovated and is located right next to the kids water play area. The downstairs has an enchanted garden theme and is for kids 4-12 years. There are tons of games, a space to watch movies, books and toys in the kids club. Also a schedule of crafts and activities keeps the kids busy and engaged. If the kids want to play outside the kids club, there is also a small playground great for littler kids.

We found the staff lovely and the checking in and out system well organized. The kids loved feeding the fish and the hula hoop contest by the pool. Everyone was really friendly and there were lots of staff that got the kids excited about the activities.

The upper floor is The Den Teens Club for 10-16 year olds and has really cool graffiti on the walls. Both facilities are provided free of charge. The Den has internet, games consoles, movies, pool and tennis tables and also has lovely staff.

Both areas of the kids and teens club are open from 9am until 6pm and are free for hotel guests. After the renovation in 2017 they are far more spacious and the kids love the amazing paintings that decorate the walls. For all ages there are Movie Nights on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 6pm, which are really popular and allow parents to have a couple of hours a free time in the evening.

Food

 

There are 6 restaurants at Bali Dynasty Resort, all of which have a great reputation. While we were there the Golden Lotus Chinese restaurant was being refurbished, but we did get to try a few of the others.

We had breakfast at SEN5ES, where there was a good buffet. The kids were happy with pancakes, donuts, fruit and cereal. My husband had as much meat as he could find as usual. For me there were healthy options like yogurt, muesli and plenty of fruit as well.

We didn’t have lunch at the resort but did have dinner at H20 next to the pool. The kids menu was pretty standard, but great for picky eaters like my son. He liked the pizza and got a side of corn, which is one of the only vegetables he eats. We also had rice paper rolls, roast chicken and a couple of other dishes that were really tasty.

Every evening there is a different Themed Buffet Dinner at H2O where kids under 12 eat free with each paying adult (Rp225,000 per adult). This makes a great family dinner and is excellent value for money!

After dinner we headed over to Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub, where I had a pint of Guiness for the first time in years. Being from the Isle of Man, in the Irish Sea, it was very surreal to be in an Irish Pub in Bali. Every detail is perfect and the Guiness was good! We played pool and had a laugh with one of the staff members, who happens to be a high school friend of my husband’s.

Other Things We Loved About Bali Dynasty Resort

For me it was some of the extras things I learned about the Bali Dynasty Resort that really made it for me. I loved that a number of the staff had been working there since it opened 27 years ago. This really shows that the management takes care of their staff and knows the importance of experienced staff. They know families come back again and again because they are so well taken care of in the resort.

I was also really impressed with the evening craft market on a Friday night (also held every Monday & Wednesday). It was very quiet when we were there, but it’s a great chance to meet some of the locals that come to sell their products. We saw some really fun things for kids like names and animals made from glass and mirror mosaics.

I also learned a lot about the charity work Bali Dynasty Resort does. It’s pretty incredible how much money they’ve raised over the years from events they’ve held as well as donations collected in the resort. Their biggest fundraising night of the year is the Back to Bali Dynasty Party in Perth. This event raises money for Solemen Indonesia. 2018’s party will be the 25th anniversary of the event and will be held on February 10th. For more info on the party click HERE

So Much More to Mention About Bali Dynasty

 

There is actually way more to mention, but it’s so hard to get it all into one review. In the resort you’ll also find a salon and spa, kids hairdressers, small shops, a fitness centre, quiet pool and loads more. It’s really no wonder so many families have been staying at Bali Dynasty Resort for years.

The management obviously knows very well that to stay on top of the market they have to continuously upgrade and keep everything looking fresh. Kudos to them for keeping this resort on top for nearly 3 decades!

Where Can We Have Christmas Dinner in Bali?

Where Can We Have Christmas Dinner in Bali?

Just because you’re on the tropical island of Bali for Christmas doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a Christmas feast. Check out our list of restaurants serving up Christmas Dinner in Bali this year.

Azul Beach Club

 

Enjoy a sunny BBQ at Azul Beach Club for an alternative Christmas. Their tropical brunch will feature roasted honey mustard turkey, spiced yellow curry roast chicken, BBQ baby pork ribs, coriander roasted lamb, thyme and garlic roasted beef, grilled mahi-mahi, baked lobster, Kalimantan crab, a salad bar and much more. House-made mulled wine adds an extra Christmasy feel. Free-flow soft drinks, live entertainment, and kids’ activities are also part of this lovely festive day. Brunch starts at 12 pm and is IDR 320.000++ per person.

Golden Tulip

 

Family friendly hotel Golden Tulip will be hosting a great Christmas buffet this year. Bring the whole family for tons of activities and even a visit from Santa. There will be tons of food; from cheese platters, cold cuts, stations of Teppanyaki, pasta, waffles and a chocolate fountain too. After brunch guests are welcome to use the free-form swimming pool to splash and sunbathe away the rest of Christmas Day. Brunch is held from 12 pm to 3 pm and is IDR 195.000 per person with a 50% discount for kids between 5 and 10 years old.

Bali Dynasty Resort

 

Bali Dynasty Resort is one of the most family friendly resorts in Bali and has tons to do for families over the festive season. A Christmas Eve buffet dinner will be served at the poolside H2O restaurant from 7-10pm. With free flow soft drinks and entertainment adults cost IDR 390,000 and kids IDR 195,000. Choose from H2O or Sen5es  for your Christmas Day buffet lunch. Both are IDR 500,000 per adult or IDR 250,000 per child (over 6) including a present from Santa for every child under 12 years, Bucks Fizz on arrival for adults, free flow soft drinks and entertainment.

If you’d rather have a Christmas dinner H2O will be serving a delicious buffet dinner for IDR 400,000 for adults and IDR 200,000 per child.

Padma Resort Legian
How does a Beachfront Christmas Eve Feast sound? S.K.A.I Beach Club at the Padma Legian will serve up roast turkey, glazed gammon and all the fixings between 6pm and 9pm on Christmas Eve. Chill out with a glass of wine or two as the DJ plays your favorite tunes and Christmas jingles. Prices are IDR 450,000++ per person (food only), IDR 225,000++ kids 6 – 12 years old (food only), IDR 680,000++per person (food and wine), IDR 340, 000++ kids 6 – 12 years old (food and free flow drinks) You’ll have 2 choices for Christmas Dinner at the Padma Legian. Christmas Carol and Santa Day at Plumeria Grand Ballroom and/or Classic Christmas Dinner at Donbiu Restaurant. Both will feature plenty of delicious traditional dishes as well as amazing seafood and desserts. Prices are IDR 600,000++ (Plumeria Ballroom) or IDR 650,000++ (Donbiu) and IDR 300,000++ for kids (Plumeria Ballroom) or IDR 325,000++ for kids (Donbiu).

KU DE TA

Spend your Christmas Day beachside at one of the best-loved restaurants in Bali. The entire day will be spent feasting, drinking and celebrating with live music and DJ line up. 

Santa will be making an appearance, so be sure to be there to watch his grand entrance. There will also be kids activities and gifts. A four course Christmas lunch at KU DE TA will be IDR 950,000 per adult and IDR 400,000 per child. Mejekawi will also be serving four courses for IDR 1.500.000 per adults or IDR 550.000 per child. 

Zibiru

 

There isn’t much more warm and welcoming than a traditional Italian Christmas. Zibiru has made a special 5-course seafood Christmas Eve dinner to be enjoyed beneath the stars of this charming Seminyak restaurant. Mahi mahi, Lobster, octopus, a sweet dessert and an aperitif will be on the menu. There will also be a separate menu for Christmas Day featuring traditional Italian holiday dishes from various regions.

La Vigilia Di Natale: A traditional Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve 5 pm – 12 am, IDR 480.000++

La Festa di Natale: A Christmas Feast: Christmas Day 5pm – 12am IDR 480.000++

Cocoon Beach Club
Cocoon Beach Club knows how to throw a party and Christmas is no exception. Food, drinks, kids’ activities, and DJs will make it a great day to spend with loved ones splashing in the pool and feasting on a 3-course set menu. During the day, there is lunch with activities for the kids by the poolside. Dec 25th from 11am to 10pm. IDR 790,000 per person including a glass of bubbles on arrival and IDR 300,000 for children below 12 years old including soft drinks, juice, and water. Kids below 3 eat and drink for free.

W Resort & Spa

 

FIRE: Known for delicious grill, seafood and prime meat cuts, there will be a Christmas Eve buffet dinner from 6pm-11pm (adults start at IDR 950,000++ and IDR 475.000++/child). This is followed by the Christmas Day Super Brunch from 12pm-3pm (starting from IDR 1,100,000++ and IDR550,000++ for kids), or enjoy a Christmas Day Dinner from 6pm-11pm (starting from IDR 950,000++ and IDR 475.000++/child).

Starfish Bloo: Serving an array of  Pan-Asian cuisine with seaside views Starfish Bloo is a beautiful place to celebrate Christmas! A Christmas Eve Brunch buffet will be held from 12pm-3pm (starting from IDR 650,000++ and kids IDR325,000++), and a Christmas Eve Dinner with a 4-course set menu is available from 6pm-11pm (starting from 650,000++ kids order a la carte). On Christmas Day enjoy a Super Brunch buffet from 12pm-3.30pm (starting from IDR 1,100,000++ and IDR550,000++ for kids).

Seasalt at Alila Seminyak

 

Seasalt is a sophisticated beachfront seafood restaurant in Seminyak. This year they welcome you to enjoy a Coastal Christmas Eve with a 5-course dinner, Christmas carols and the waves rolling in on Seminyak Beach. On Christmas Day there will also be a Christmas Munch where Santa might pop in for a surprise visit.

Coastal Christmas: Christmas Eve 7 pm – onwards, IDR 750.000++ per person including eggnog or hot wine – Half price for kids under 12 years old.
Christmas Munch:
 Christmas Day 12 pm – 4 pm, IDR 750.000++ per person, including a glass of bubbles – Half price for kids under 12 years old.

Westin Nusa Dua
The much-loved Prego Family Brunch will be a special Fun Christmas Brunch this Monday. From 11:30am – 3pm families are welcome to join in activities in Prego’s garden including a parents tug of war, magician, balloonist, and photo opportunity with Santa.  Make your way to Prego for Christmas Day Brunch for favorite festive treats that make the holiday season feel just like home. There will be a delicious buffet of Italian fare featuring a live grill and much more from chef Alessandro Molini and his team. All of this for just IDR 650,000 per adult and IDR 325,000 per child 8 to 12 years. You can also join the Family Fiesta at Seasonal Tastes from 6:30 to 10pm. Gather with family and friends for an extensive buffet dinner with festive fare from around the world including all your favorite holiday dishes.  IDR 650,000 per person IDR 250,000 per child 8 to 12 years

The Mulia

 

The Mulia is famous for its lavish celebrations and this Christmas is no different. Choose from The Mulia’s many dining experiences from The Café for an elaborate international buffet, Edogin’s Teppanyaki Buffet, Chinese flavours at Table8, or beachfront favourite Soleil will present its  immaculate Mediterranean brunch for Christmas Day.

Sofitel Bali

 

Christmas is fun and sophisticated at the Sofitel Bali in Nusa Dua. Kids will also love it here as they can take photo’s with Santa and watch a magic show as well as other activities and games. The Christmas vibes continue all day long with the live acoustic band and a children’s choir singing Christmas Carols.

Christmas Day Brunch @ Cucina and Kwee Zeen Restaurant: 25th of December from 11 am to 3 pm. IDR 899,000 per person including non-alcoholic beverages and 50% off for kids between 8 & 12.  Kids below 8 years old eat free.

Byrdhouse Beach Club

Byrdhouse’s Executive Chef Alies Sugiarto will prepare a elegant buffet spread for those celebrating on Christmas Eve. Traditional roast turkey and lamb will be served with plenty of delicious sides, followed by Christmas pudding and eggnog. Australian singers Vogue Duo will perform on the night and Santa will also be stopping by. Dinner will be served from 7 to 10pm and will be IDR 300,000++ per person | 50% discount for children under 12 years old.

Maya Sanur

 

One of the most luxurious resorts in Sanur, Maya will host beautiful Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts. Christmas carols, live acoustic music, exotic fire dances and DJs are also on the menu. At Reef you can munch on grand buffet featuring extravagant and colourful versions of traditional dishes after having enjoyed a complimentary aperitif at Tree Bar. At Graze Restaurant, a traditional 3-couse dinner is on offer both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas Dinner Buffet @ Reef: 24th of December from 3.30 pm until 10 pm. IDR 695.000++ per person, 50% off for kids between 6 and 12 and free for kids below 6 years old. Add a free-flow beverage package for IDR 590,000 per person.
Christmas Dinner @ Graze: December 24th & 25th. IDR 295,000++ per adult & 50% off for kids under 12.

The Wicked Parrot

The Wicked Parrot is a favorite spot in Sanur for gathering with family. Traditional Christmas Carols and a Christmas atmosphere, Santa Claus, live music and a yummy 5-course roast Christmas meal will be served from 12-4pm and 6-10pm IDR 540,000++ per person or IDR 270,000++ for children below 12 years old.

Movenpick Jimbaran

Movenpick Jimbaran has a big lineup of great Christmas events for the family. Anarasa restaurant will host brunch and dinner buffets on Christmas Eve from 12-4pm and 6.30-11pm. These fantastic feasts will feature festive dishes including roast turkey with all the trimmings, grilled seafood and plenty more. An acoustic band will accompany dinner. Special prize draws will also be held, giving diners the chance to win free nights at the hotel or dining experiences.

Their “Family Christmas Brunch” will be hosted at Anarasa Restaurant from 12pm until 4pm on Christmas Day. There will be a full selection of festive treats, plus a sushi and sashimi bar, seafood platters and a Peruvian-Japanese corner. There will be lucky draws and Santa will pay a visit. 

Alternatively, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day can also be enjoyed “Under the Stars” with a sumptuous four or six-course evening dinner at Above Eleven rooftop bar and restaurant.

Finns Recreation Club

Finns Recreation Club (ex-Canggu Club) will host its annual Christmas Lunch from 12 until 5pm. This is a day of family fun, with a buffet lunch, and live entertainment. There will also be a carol performance by the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage. You’ll also get great kids activities, a bouncy castle, buy 1 get 1 on selected Champagnes as well as a special price for Splash waterpark. Prices start from IDR 600,000 for adults and IDR 250,000 for children 3-12 years.

Christmas Dinner in Bali: Options for All!

There are even more options than ever for Christmas Dinner in Bali this year. Whether it’s a BBQ by the beach or a luxurious dinner in a fancy hotel, there is a feast for everyone.

The Definitive List of Alternative Schools in Bali

The Definitive List of Alternative Schools in Bali

Over the past few years Bali has welcomed thousands of families from around the world. These families are seeking something different to the 9-5 jobs and national curriculums in their children’s schools. A few years ago choices for schooling were slim, but now there are tons of amazing Alternative Schools in Bali to check out.

Bali One Love Homeschool

 

Founded by veteran teacher Natasha Darrell, Bali One Love Homeschool is a small homeschool in Dalung. Natasha says of her school “It’s not a job… it’s my life”. She really is passionate about education and also about having fun!

The kids at Bali One Love get a whole range of experiences from cooking, dressing up, swimming, sewing and tons more. Of course they also take time to write essays, read and discuss world issues. Can you imagine a better way to get a well-rounded education?

Bali Lighthouse Homeschool

Located in Seminyak, Bali Lighthouse Homeschooling highlights the importance of academics as well as other activities. Sports, art, music and cooking are part of the curriculum and often involve children from all grade levels participating together.

The curriculum incorporates innovative teaching methodologies from International Baccalaureate, as well as the Cambridge curriculums to keep the students current with other schools. However, small class sizes encourage students to express themselves, ask questions, and not get lost in the crowd.

TACCE Wood School

Another school located close to Ubud is Wood School in Pejeng. The beautiful campus is surrounded by nature – plants and animals that the children take care of. The curriculum consists of daily lessons in maths, English, social sciences, Indonesian language, fine arts, performing arts, and language arts. It might seem like a lot to fit into a day, but is fun for the children when combined with hands-on experiences.

The Children at TACCE Wood School get plenty of outside time, delicious vegetarian meals and lots of fun extracurricular activities as well.

Samadi Kids

Samadi Kids is an educational facility offering schooling for children aged 6-13 in Canggu, Bali. I say facility because it is far from your bog-standard school and welcomes short and long-term residents. Samadi Kids holds four 10-week education retreats a year. This allows families to enroll their children for just session at a time rather than commit to a whole school year.

Samadi Kids’ curriculum consists of art, cooking, crafting, surfing, yoga and plenty of other explorations. Personalized education is the name of the game at Samadi, so if you want your kids to learn in their own way, this is a perfect school for you.

Alam Atelier

Alam Atelier School was born out of the yearning to extend learning outside the classroom and connect the learner with the natural environment. Large outdoor areas, water, mud, seedbeds and wood working areas encourage kids to use their hands to explore nature.

Alam Atelier is all about creative exploration and purposeful play, for kids from 6 months to 6 years. The school also encourages community and family to join by holding themed playdates, fun educational sessions, BazGym and Kindermusik classes.

The Anak Atelier

The Anak Atelier is an early learning centre in Balangan, Bali that caters to families with children aged 18 months to 6 years. Whether you live in Bali or are passing through, there are programs for your child at this beautiful learning space.

The approach to learning at The Anak Atelier is centered around the hundreds ways and languages children use to learn and communicate. Fun and curiosity lead to creativity that enriches children’s learning.

Trihita Alam Eco School

 

Trihita Alam Eco School is one of the first majority local schools that is aiming for a child-focused, play-based curriculum. This playgroup through elementary school is located in Renon, Denpasar, and children are taught in both Indonesian and English language.

Children are encouraged to learn at their own pace of development through imagination, curiosity, and creativity. Social skills, language arts and numerical skills, as well as gross and fine motor skills are the main part of the curriculum at this school.

Choose Your Perfect Alternative School in Bali

 

Every child is different and these Alternative Schools in Bali are great for those who don’t fit into the ‘traditional’ schooling system. We hope this post has given you some ideas of schools that your children might thrive in.

We also have a great blog about International Schools in Bali if you choose to go that route.

Montigo Resorts Seminyak – A Family Friendly Seminyak Resort

Montigo Resorts Seminyak – A Family Friendly Seminyak Resort

It was a full on week and the light at the end of the tunnel was a weekend in Seminyak checking out Montigo Resorts. As you can see in the pictures, we arrived in the evening after a Halloween Party (we don’t usually dress this way), and were pretty wiped out and ready for a chilled weekend at Montigo Resorts Seminyak.

Getting to the Resort

& Checking In

Montigo Resorts Seminyak is located on Jalan Petitenget, right in the middle of swanky Seminyak. From the airport it takes around 30 minutes, but this depends on the time of day and traffic. It can get pretty slow in Seminyak, so always plan to leave a little early for your flight. From Legian and Kuta it’s just a short taxi ride and to Ubud takes about an hour.

We checked in close to 8pm and the staff understood we were tired, hungry and ready to chill. They brought us a lovely welcome drink and cold towels, which were just the thing to unwind after a long day. The pool and restaurant looked lush but we were ready to see our room, take off our Halloween makeup, and get some room service.

Around the Resort

If you haven’t been to Seminyak before, think of it as the trendier younger sister of Kuta and Legian. There are tons of shops, restaurants, beach clubs, and bars within a stone’s throw of the resort. The road is busy but has good pavements to walk along, so no problem with kids. We stopped by Lycklig Ice Cream for dessert, which is just 100 metres from the resort. Yum!

Petitenget is known for being the home of Potato Head Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Biku and just about every other trendy Bali beach club, must-visit restaurants and bars. This might not seem like the ideal family area, but for younger families and even slightly older ones like mine that still like to party, it’s the best of both worlds.

If you want to rent a scooter the resort has these cute Vespas for just Rp100,000 a day! A little more than your basic scooter, but how awesome is it to cruise around on a Vespa for a couple of days!

Our Room

We were in a Balcony Suite, which has a huge king bed and a day bed set up for our daughter. The room is spacious and modern and has a huge balcony with a day bed on it. The only minus to this was the piles of rubble from the building site next door that was our view. However, I understand this wasn’t the fault of the resort and being in Seminyak you have to expect some building work.

The partition in the centre of the room is a nice way to make two separate spaces. The TV in the central console also rotates so you can watch from either bed. This was nice when everyone fell asleep and I wasn’t tired yet so watched a bit of TV from the daybed.

The kids absolutely loved the colouring pages and pencils all laid out for them. When we realized they also had their names on them we were all extra impressed. There were also little notes to the kids from the Executive Housekeeping, which was really lovely.

The bathroom was large and clean with an open shower. Once you get used to soaking half the bathroom while showering it’s ok, but a bit strange at first. I did really like the wooden slats on the shower floor though. They were non-slip and the water seemed to drain really quickly unlike some tiled showers. Double sinks and plenty of amenities were great for everyone being in the bathroom at the same time. And that little hiding space where the toilet is gave me the semblance of privacy. (Mums you know how it is)

The Resort

 

The resort looks quite small when you enter from the street, but in fact it’s long and narrow. It stretches almost all the way to the beach but for beach access you have to walk down to the next side street.

There are 3 pools in the resort, one on each side of the rooms and the one at the front next to the restaurant and reception. We spent most of our time in the front pool with the bar and loungers, although the larger pool on the right side of the rooms is actually better set up for families.

Kids Facilities

Tilo Kids Club is advertised as the largest kids club in Seminyak (330sqm), and I’m pretty sure it’s true. It’s a very big 2nd floor space with loads of building blocks, a whole lego area, costumes, video games and a mini cinema. The staff were fantastic and Marlow and Lola immediately felt comfortable with them.

There weren’t many kids there when we were staying at Montigo Resorts Seminyak so Lola and Marlow had the run of the place. They built all kinds of things, dressed up, painted at craft time and played some board games and video games too. At 9 years old Lola tires pretty quickly of kids clubs generally, but Marlow would have spent all his time there if he could.

Tilo Kids Club is free for in-house guests and is also open to the public for Rp100,000++ per hour. There is also a membership rate that you can enquire at the resort about. The wonderfully thoughtful thing about this kids club is it’s open until 11pm daily! Parents can go out and enjoy dinner and a drink without worrying about the kids. Any later and you can book a babysitter through the resort or check out our blog on recommended babysitters.

Eating

The restaurant at Montigo Resorts Seminyak is called Tiigo and is open to the public as well as hotel guests. It’s a really beautiful, trendy space with lots of light and cool designs on the windows and doors.

We were up early in the morning unlike most of Seminyak, so breakfast was very quiet. There’s a great selection of food, good quality breads and pastries, fruit, and freshly cooked pancakes, waffles and eggs. Outside guests can also have the buffet for just Rp100,000 per person!

Eating by the pool is one of the best things about staying in a resort, and lunch by the pool was great. My husband and I also got to do happy hour with snacks later on while the kids were in the kids club.

And finally, if you have a birthday boy or girl while you’re there, definitely let them know. Marlow turned 5 on the Sunday we were in the resort and got the most amazing chocolate cake for breakfast. The staff came and sang Happy Birthday without even telling us it was going to happen, so it was a surprise for all!

Montigo Resorts Seminyak: 5-Star Family Fun

So what did we really love about Montigo Resorts Seminyak? The number 1 thing for me was the staff. I couldn’t fault a single thing about them. Every single staff member addressed us by name and they couldn’t do enough for us. They were friendly without being fake and really amazing with the kids. We also loved the restaurant, the pools and the spacious room. The kids were totally happy in the kids club, which gave my husband and I some time to chill together and enjoy being in Seminyak.

If you are an active family who want to get out and eat, shop and play this resort is amazing! If you want total peace and quiet and to have a closed private resort feel you might not love this resort. However, I would definitely recommend spending at least a couple of nights at Montigo Resorts Seminyak to feel the buzz of fabulous Seminyak.

Now Open to the Public! Play@Sheraton Kuta

Now Open to the Public! Play@Sheraton Kuta

Play@Sheraton Kuta: For Kids & Parents

Play@Sheraton Kuta, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s kids club is now open to public. Created especially for kids to enjoy their time in Bali while you run errands or enjoying a guilt-free break! Find Play@Sheraton on the 2nd floor of Beachwalk Mall, perfect for some kid free shopping time!

Play@Sheraton’s concept is based on a simple goal, EDUTAINMENT, combining educational entertainment for the kids to explore their creativity. Kids from 3-5 and 6-12 are intellectually stimulated through engaging and fun daily games and activities, exploring Bali’s culture, community and people.

3- 5 years olds can enjoy the Kids Zone, which will introduce your little ones to technology, while exploring the world of their favourite characters.

6- 12 years olds engage with the I’m an Explorer program for curious young minds. This program offers children the opportunity to play and learn with a variety of activities. Arts and crafts, and learning about cultural experiences with the use of technology are big hits.

For some fun splashing around Play@Sheraton also features an outdoor playground and kid’s pool to keep kids active. It’s also great to get them playing outside. A healthy kid’s menu keeps their energy levels up and keeps both kids and parents happy. 

Admission to Play@Sheraton Kuta is just Rp70,000 nett per hour, per child for entry from 8.00am – 9.00pm daily.

We recommend booking in advance by visiting www.sheratonbalikuta.com/play-at-sheraton or just approach the friendly staff at the kids club. 

Bali Villa Escapes – The Best Family Friendly Villas in Bali

Here at Bali Kids Guide we are always looking for the best family accommodation in Bali. And what’s one of the things Bali is famous for? Its fabulous villas of course! You might worry that families with kids are better off staying in a resort, but in fact there are tons of reasons why a villa is perfect for a family holiday. We’ve been checking out Bali Villa Escapes to see the villas they offer that are ideal for families of any size.

   Are Bali Villas Safe for Kids?

 

Many parents ask us about the safety of staying in a villa in Bali. The worries are generally about the open nature of most Bali villas and the pools being so close to the building. This is definitely a concern, but luckily all of Bali Villa Escape’s villas can have a pool fence installed. You can be sure your little ones have plenty of space to roam, but are safely kept away from the water.

Other parents, and I know this is one of my worries, are concerned about the space between bedrooms. Often Bali villas have bedrooms that are separated by an open-plan area or even garden. Connecting bedrooms are often ideal, but a villa like Villa Aramanis also works perfectly as all the bedrooms are in one area of the villa that can be enclosed. This 4 bedroom villa is great for a larger family or 2 couples with kids holidaying together.

How Will We Cope Without a Kids Club?

 

You might think without specific kids facilities you will go crazy in a villa, but in fact villas are brilliant for parents who would like to have some time for themselves. The pool is generally the main focus of a kids holiday, and you will have you’re very own pool to splash, swim and play in all day long. Then when the kids are tired out from the pool you have room to hang out, chat, and swim without tip-toeing around or someone having to stay behind in the room while kids nap or when they go to bed. This space to have some adult time really allows you to enjoy your holiday.

Bali Villa Escapes also offers nannies or babysitters to come in and look after the kids in the villa so you can go shopping, have a spa treatment or even have a night out. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Why save up for a holiday all year if you don’t get some time to yourselves?!

Eating is Easy

 

Have you seen the kitchens in the villas in Bali? You’ll have everything you need to make snacks and meals that don’t cost a fortune. If you have picky kids you can whip up things they like and not worry about having to feed them chicken nuggets and chips for the whole holiday.

However, if you want a holiday from cooking as well, many Bali Villa Escapes villas have their own chefs on staff that will cook for you any time. All are trained to prepare international dishes and can prepare kid-friendly meals for even the pickiest of eaters.

Save the Money

Looking at family rooms at resorts that cost $500-600 a night? You can have a 4 or 5 bedroom villa for this price! If you love to holiday with family or friends, you could be looking at paying a quarter of the price you’d be paying in a resort. For big groups check out Villa Bibi, Villa Ipanema or Villa Daria, all with enough space for 8-10 people. Or have a look at the value of a stunning Canggu villa like Villa Kirgeo.

For families of 3 or 4 a smaller villa is idea and still saves you money. Have a look at gorgeous smaller villas like Villa Ashira in the heart of Seminyak.

Which Area Should I Look for a Villa in?

 

Some of the best areas to book a villa in are Legian, Seminyak and Canggu. Seminyak has tons of restaurants, plenty of beach, and shopping, spas and entertainment for everyone. Many of Villa Escapes Bali’s villas are within walking distance of shops, restaurants and some are even a short stroll from the beach. You will save money on transport and have everything right at your fingertips.

If you’d like to be in hipster Canggu there are tons of options as well. Canggu Villas tend to have a bit more space around them, gardens and also some fabulous views. Surfers, health and wellness enthusiasts and families who like to keep up with the latests music, food and style trends will love Canggu.

Time to Book a Bali Villa?

 

Bali Villa Escapes will help you find exactly the right villa for your needs. They have an easy to use website and live chat for immediate replies to your queries. Head to their website search for your perfect Bali Villa now!

You can also look in our directory for details on how to connect with Bali Villa Escapes.