Harry Potter Fans Listen Up – Hogwartz The Pub Bali is Family Fun!

Harry Potter Fans Listen Up – Hogwartz The Pub Bali is Family Fun!

Have you heard of Hogwartz The Pub Bali? We certainly hadn’t until we were scanning Instagram one day and came across their page. To be honest we’re not really Potterheads, but we’re always up for some family-friendly entertainment.

Hogwartz is located in Kuta, just behind Matahari Kuta Square. Our first challenge in getting there was parking. We found it easy to park in Discovery Mall and walk, but there are tons of Bluebird taxis around there too.

Inside Hogwartz The Pub

The décor is very dark and there is lots of Harry Potter imagery. It’s definitely Harry Potter-esque but could have done with a little bit of pulling together. The bathrooms are cool and we liked the wooden benches and tables like in Hogwarts School.

The Harry Potter Cabaret show starts at 6.30 and 7.30 every night. There are also magic shows in between and afterwards. We went on a Friday evening and arrived to a mostly empty restaurant. It filled up with a couple of big groups with plenty of kids of all ages.

The Show

I really had no idea what to expect from the show. When it started it was surprisingly a little bit scary for the kids, but they soon were fine with it. As for the show, I’m not sure how much it actually reflects Harry Potter. The dancers are good and it was definitely fun to watch, but really they are just dancing in Harry Potter costumes to modern songs.

What was nice was the kids were asked to get up and dance at the end of the show. Some of them really got into it and the dancers were all really friendly. Same for the magician. He was great with the kids and they enjoyed it even if the magic was pretty basic.

 

The Food

We were all pretty hungry when we got to Hogwartz The Pub. I assumed it would be a menu of standard pub fare and I was pretty much right. They do have some good satay and even some magical items on the menu.

We ordered the Chicken Popcorn and the Goblin Pizza, which is delivered on a magical platter, off the kids menu. It was a fun gimmick but the pizza was teeny and made from supermarket pizza crust for Rp55k.

It would have been nice to see more continuity with the Harry Potter theme on the menu. You have Goblin Pizza and Spaghetti Abracadabra and then Fish Fingers & French Fries. Why not Harry Potter theme everything? I was driving but if I hadn’t been there were some fun looking Harry Potter cocktails being set alight and downed.

Roundup of Hogwartz The Pub

All in all we had fun at Hogwartz. It’s great to do something completely different and the kids really enjoyed watching a live show. There are definitely a few things that could be improved but if you go in knowing it’s just for fun it’s good. Try to see the dancing and magic through a kid’s eyes and you’ll enjoy it as well.

Take a look at the Hogwartz show schedule and make a booking on their Website

Need a Night Off From Parenting? Hotel Tugu Bali Has Romance Galore!

Need a Night Off From Parenting? Hotel Tugu Bali Has Romance Galore!

You all know how it is…constantly moving, working, gathering clothes off the floor, making snacks 25 times a day. When do you find time to chill, sleep and enjoy being a couple with your partner? It’s been a long time (like at least 2 years) since my husband and I spent the night away from the kids. It was about time to detach ourselves for 24 hours. The beautiful Hotel Tugu Bali offered us the perfect opportunity to spend the night and attempt some romance. I say attempt because my husband isn’t exactly known for his romantic gestures and to be fair neither am I. 

Turns out it’s pretty hard to not feel romantic when you arrive at Tugu. The setting is perfect, atmospheric and very authentic with all the beautiful antiques, wooden furniture and lush gardens. It also helped that we were handed a nice glass of wine upon arrival. Our room was an incredible wooden bungalow with stunning views out to the surf, a massive sunken bathtub, and a four poster bed that could have fit the whole family including our many pets. Luckily, it was just the two of us.

Hotel Tugu Bali Nights

Canggu gets pretty wild on a Saturday night and, being old farts, we were ready to leave the youngins to their partying. After dinner with friends we had a wander around the gardens and headed back to our room. We could hear the music from the bars from our bed, which we sort of expected knowing Canggu. The only problem was we didn’t know it would go on until 4am. However, there are earplugs next to the bed and I’ve since talked to the staff at Tugu. They assured me it’s only on the weekends. They are also working on soundproofing some rooms closest to the bars.

Hotel Tugu Bali Mornings

In the morning I had a long soak in the enormous bath and we headed down for breakfast. You can actually have your breakfast served in your room or anywhere else around the hotel, which is a very cool touch. And if you want to stay in bed, you can have breakfast whenever you choose to get up. We chose the roof terrace where there was a nice breeze and we could watch the surfers. By the time we’d had our nice long breakfast (I savored every spoonful of my incredible smoothie bowl!), it was almost time to leave. It’s funny how you can’t wait to get away from the kids sometimes and then miss them terribly when you’re away. I definitely didn’t want to leave our beautiful room and the lovely feeling that Tugu exudes. But heading back to my kiddos was nice too. I think I can speak for my husband when I say we both felt refreshed after our stay. And we’d finally got to spend some real quality time together.

You Ready to Get Romantic at Hotel Tugu Bali?

If you’d like more info about Tugu and their romance packages click here: Hotel Tugu Bali If you can’t get a whole night away you might want to make a dinner reservation at Ji Bale Sutra or Ji Terrace by the Sea. Soaking up the unique decor and feasting on delicious Japanese and Asian cuisine is a certain path to romance.

A Day of Luxury Awaits at Club Med Bali

A Day of Luxury Awaits at Club Med Bali

Here at Bali Kids Guide we’re always willing to seek out information to make our blogs better. So when Club Med Bali invited us to come experience a day at their resort we said “absolutely”, and got our swimmers ready! 

Club Med is an international chain of all-inclusive resorts, with an amazing reputation for their guest activities and fantastic facilities. Knowing this, it was no surprise to find that their Nusa Dua is absolutely gorgeous and filled happy holiday makers. Read on to find out all the cool things we did with our Day Pass at Club Med Bali. 

We’re also going to give you the run down of the choices of passes you can get to make the most of your time and inclusions while you’re at the resort. 

We arrived in Nusa Dua in time for lunch (although the day pass actually starts from 10am) and delved into the massive lunch buffet. There was everything from salads, pizza, pasta, Indonesian, Japanese…I could keep listing forever. The kids loved the coloured trays and of course the ice cream selection for (lunch) dessert. 

After lunch we headed to the main pool, where we found a lovely cabana to hang out in and let our food settle. The pool is huge and not so deep, so we swam and relaxed under the shade of the over-pool canopies. 

We also wandered down to the beach where the sand is powdery soft and spotlessly clean. Non-motorized watersports like kayaking and paddle boards are included in the price of the day pass and there is a resort watersports station where you can get info and all the gear. 

Other sports like tennis, golf and squash are also included in the pass. My Sunday was being reserved for laziness, so I decided against all of this…

For the kids there is a great kids club that caters to ages 4 months to 17 years. It’s split into 4 different groups to ensure everyone gets the attention and care they need. Kids club is included in day passes, but there is an extra charge for under 4’s. 

My kids wanted to play in the pool and on the beach but did join in with the family carnival-style games in the afternoon. It was really fun, well organized, and they even won little prizes. 

The games were right next to the trapeze school, which was great to watch. Maybe next time we’ll actually join in! 

There are 4 options for passes to spend time at ClubMed, each one with slightly different inclusions. So have a look below and see which might be best for you and your family. We had a great time not having to worry about a minimum spend, how much drinks or food were, or if the kids were going to get bored. The staff are amazing, the location picture perfect, and we were able to truly unwind for the day. If you live in Bali or are visiting and want a great luxury experience, Club Med Bali is now well and truly Bali Kids Guide approved!

Day Pass

(10 am – 6 pm)

Adults/Kids Rp920,000/550,000

– International Buffet Lunch

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 3 Swimming Pools

– Water Sports (Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, Paddle Board, Kayak, )

– Land Sports (Golf, Tennis, Squash, Beach Volley)

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Kids Club

– Changing / Shower Room

– Wifi

Afternoon Pass

(2 pm – 6 pm)

Adults/Kids Rp450,000/220,000

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 2 Swimming Pools

– Water Sports (Snorkeling, Wind Surfing, Paddle Board, Kayak, )

– Land Sports (Golf, Tennis, Squash, Beach Volley)

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Kids Club

– Changing / Shower Room

– Wifi

Evening Pass

(6pm – 12am)

Adults/Kids Rp1,100,000/660,000

– International Buffet Dinner

– Pre Dinner Cocktails with canapes

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– Evening Shows
(Circus show, Cabaret, Comedy, Mini Club, Avatar)

– Club Med Party
(White Sensation, Glow Party, etc)

– Night Club

– Wifi

Full Day & Night Pass

(10 am – 12 am)

Adults/Kids Rp1,700,000/1,020,000

– International Buffet Lunch & Dinner

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 3 Swimming Pools

– Water and Land Sports Activities

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Evening Shows

– Club Med Party

– Night Club

– Wifi

Explore Bali by Quad with Aussie Bali Adventures

Explore Bali by Quad with Aussie Bali Adventures

Searching for something really special to do while you and your family are in Bali? You can’t go wrong with an Aussie Bali Adventures Family Quad Biking Bali Tour! Tailor made for families this tour takes you through jungle tracks, across vibrant green rice paddies and over miles of shimmering black sand beach. You’ll also get the chance to see temples, villages and locals farming and fishing as they have done for generations. Local kids smile and wave, and if you’re lucky you might even see a ceremony in the villages as you ride through.
“The tour itself was really fun, even our 8 year old had a go at driving the bike when we were on the beach and he loved it. Afterwards we were taken to a restaurant for some food and drinks & a bit of a relax. Overall, the day was outstanding and good value. The kids (8 & 12) really enjoyed it. The staff were amazing, very knowledgeable & friendly.We would definitely recommend this trip.” 

One of the best tours we have done! We decided to go with this company after reading many reviews. we were not disappointed. One of the best tours we have done and we have been to bali over 10 times. great staff. Bikes well maintained and beautiful scenery. Will do again for sure. thanks guys!”  – Trip Advisor Review

All bikes are fully automatic and easy for beginners to get the hang of with just a short training before the tour. The quads range from small for kids to larger ones for riding tandem and safety equipment is all provided. Kids from 2-10 years old ride with a parent and from 10-12 years they can ride on their own, depending on their experience and confidence level. Even if they don’t ride the whole tour alone, most kids can still have a go at driving on the beach!

You don’t even have to worry about getting to the Aussie Bali Adventures start point as an air-conditioned, wi-fi fitted van will pick you up and drive you in comfort to their beach front location in Tabanan Regency, just 15 minutes west of the famous tourist destination, Tanah Lot Temple. Expect the drive to take around 55 minutes from Kuta, Legian and Seminyak area’s, but once you arrive you’ll be amazed at the scenery and beauty of the area.

If you’d like to read a Bali Kids Guide review of Aussie Bali Adventures Family Quad Bike Tour click HERE

“Quad biking on the beach = Best day ever!!! I signed my family up for this before we arrived in Bali and they weren’t overly excited. Fast forward to the day and you’ve never seen such big smiles on their faces. We all say it’s the best part of our Bali holiday!”

Pricing and Tour options: ATV – STANDARD TOUR: 2 Hour Tour / Ride Time Single = $85 USD Tandem = $130 USD Group/family discounts available for groups or families of 6+ pax. Cash onsite only in Rupiah, AUD or USD.   ATV – VIP RESORT FINISH TOUR: 2 Hour Tour / Ride Time Single = $95 USD Tandem = $150 USD Maximum 8 pax per time slot, per day. Cash onsite only in Rupiah, AUD or USD. 
  Price includes: Return air-conditioned transport, onsite insurance, all safety equipment & training, photographer options, light refreshments & restaurant meal and drink, and infinity pool use for the vip tour. Pick up times:  Pick up areas are Nusa Dua – Sanur – Kuta – Legian – Seminyak – Ubud – Canggu – Jimbaran Bay Morning: 7.30am   –   Middle: 10.30am   –   Afternoon/Sunset: 2.00pm
Aussie Bali Adventures do not advertise or sell tours via tour desks, agents or hotel, all bookings must be made direct with them via the website. Book by filling in a booking form on the website and paying cash on the day of the tour. Here is the direct link to the website and family tour: http://www.aussiebaliadventures.com/family-quad-biking/  

Is this Paradise? It is for Families at Grand Mirage Family Paradise!

Is this Paradise? It is for Families at Grand Mirage Family Paradise!

Reviewing a hotel a couple of times may seem unnecessary, but I’m learning that it often gives us a different perspective on the hotel and the area. We first reviewed the Grand Mirage Family Paradise in 2017, not long after it had opened. It was a quiet time and the hotel wasn’t very full. We stayed in a Family bunk room last time with no inclusions, and a 2 Bedroom Suite with all inclusive benefits this time. The experience we had this time was quite different and I’ll explain why. You can also read our first review here: Is Grand Mirage Family Paradise the Most Family Friendly Resort in Bali?
Getting to the Resort & Checking In

 

The Grand Mirage is located in Tanjung Benoa, the peninsula that sticks out north of Nusa Dua. This area is only a 15-20 minute drive from the airport and is known as the watersports hub of the island.

The resort consists of 2 wings, the older Grand Mirage wing and the Family Paradise which opened in 2017. They are both beachfront and the walk between them is just 2 minutes.

We were checked in quickly (with a little stop in the VIP lounge) and got to settling in to our suite. 

Our Room

 

There are a number of different room choices at the Grand Mirage Family Paradise. This time we were in a 2 bedroom suite, which had a king bed in the master bedroom and a queen and a twin in the second bedroom. Both were en-suite and the master had a bath. The living room had a big fold out couch, arm chair, dining table and sliding doors to a balcony.

We were in the very closest room to the pool, which didn’t have direct access from the balcony, but the other rooms of this kind do. The room could easily sleep 5 and I was told the same room type but garden facing sleep 6.

My first impression of the room was that it didn’t look as big in real life as it does in the pictures, but I think it was more about the shape because we were in the end room. The bedrooms and living room are a great size and the bathrooms have tons of space. I especially liked that the wardrobe and shelves in the master bedroom were in the bathroom. I like being able to tuck my mess away so I don’t have to look at it.

We all found the room extremely comfortable and being so close to the pool was awesome. One thing I would have changed would be the fridge and unit with tea/coffee etc. in it looked like it had just been plonked in the room with no thought for what it looked like.

The Resort & Area

 

The layout of the Family Paradise is really exceptional. It’s small enough that you’re never far from the pool/restaurant/kids club. There are 2 restaurants on the 2nd floor, one by the pool, and the kids club and games area on the ground floor with the water park area just in front. A few steps from the pool and you’re on the beach.

Outside the resort the main road through Tanjung Benoa is lined with spas, restaurants and small shops. There isn’t anything really interesting along here, but you can easily get the shuttle to Nusa Dua and Bali Collection Shopping Centre in 10 minutes. Pirates Bay, Surf & Turf (small water park/beach club), restaurants along the beach and the Devdan Show are all just down the road as well.

Speaking of Devdan Show…go and see it! It’s managed by the same company that owns the Grand Mirage so guests get discounts and a free shuttle. I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much, but my whole family LOVED it and the kids still talk about it. You can read more about it here: Devdan Show: Learn About the Treasures of Indonesia

 

Kids Facilities

The Grand Mirage Family Paradise has everything covered when it comes to kids activities. There is a kids club with soft play area, ball pit, toys and space for crafting. This is open to kids from 4 years from 9am-5pm. Children under 4 can use the play areas with a parent or nanny. You can also use the facilities from 5pm-9pm but there are no staff during these hours.

Older kids will love the games room, which has xbox and playstations. There is also a big screen for movie time and interactive games. A pool table, ping-pong table, giant chess board, and mini boxing ring keep everyone busy. There are also daily activities like cooking classes, face painting, beach walks and crafts.

The mini waterpark is another big plus for the Grand Mirage. Kids under 15 can play there and there is a lifeguard watching from 10am-5pm, but we would recommend going along to keep an eye on them as well. Lola at 10 years old seems about the top end of kids that are interested in the waterpark. The bigger kids definitely love the slide in the main pool best.

I also noticed older kids activities like mini golf and movie nights on the beach. There are lots of posters around telling you what’s going on and the kids club staff are great for knowing what’s happening.

Eating

 

Just 2 days to eat our way through the 3 restaurants on the Family Paradise side as well as 5 more on the other, we had a big challenge. We started with Mahi-Mahi Poolside Resto where a really good Mediterranean-style lunch was had by all. Thumbs up for the falafel, wraps and hummus. They also make a mean Bloody Mary at the bar.

Our dinner wasn’t quite so inspiring unfortunately. We chose the Chinese restaurant Chopsticks and found it to be a bit of a let down. The food was ok, pretty standard Chinese takeaway fare, but it was the atmosphere that really fell short. The music was loud and totally random (think panpipes followed by Lady Gaga), the air conditioning was arctic, and it generally seemed like a Chinese tour bus stop rather than a resort restaurant.

Thankfully the resort was redeemed food-wise by an outstanding breakfast. Lunch was by the pool again and then we wanted to have dinner at La Cascata but it was full. The kids were hungry so we had pizza, spaghetti and BLTs in the room. The pizza was great but spag bol with no red sauce and cucumbers and fried egg in the BLT? Questionable.

To Do All Inclusive or Not?

 

The question I get most about the Grand Mirage is to do all inclusive or not. We’ve done it both ways now and, as terrible as I am at maths, I did some calculations while we were there. Bear in mind that when my husband is around we spend more and this time we were with my mum who eats like a bird.

So….breakfast is great and you can definitely fill up but the kids were always starving by lunchtime. Food is always a little on the expensive side at hotels so you can expect to spend around Rp400-500 thousand (approx. $40-50) on lunch without drinks or sweets. We found dinner to be about the same with added beers, so say around Rp500-600 thousand. Throw in a few drinks round the pool and you have a day of around Rp1 million plus a bit depending on how much you drink.

Gold all inclusive is $75 a day (half price for kids under 12 and free under 5). If you’re planning to do a lot of drinking and your family likes to eat all inclusive is great for you. We loved not having to think about how much each drink was or if the kids could have dessert or not.

You can add all inclusive days to your stay, so maybe if one day you want to go all out you can pay for that day. You can also go for the blue all-inclusive, which has a few more restrictions than the gold which is $65 a day.

A Little Round Up of the Grand Mirage Family Paradise

 

I think I know this resort pretty well now after 3 stays so here are my thoughts in Pros and Cons bullet point form. There are way more pros than cons to this resort for sure. We’d happily stay here on a holiday and definitely recommend it.

Pros:

– Excellent facilities

– Small and easy to navigate

– Clean rooms with really family-friendly layouts

– Well-trained staff (except for a few that couldn’t speak very much English and consistently got orders wrong)

– Lots if kids activities

– Wide choice of restaurants

– Choices of all-inclusive or not

Cons: 

– Really loud (bad) music by the pool

– Food (some great, some not great at all)

– Drain smell in the bathrooms (this is pretty normal in Tanjung Benoa)

– Internet was horribly slow (this mostly bothered me bacause I wanted to watch the England World Cup match and had to have my husband whatsapp me updates instead)

 

10 Bali Adventure Tours You Should Book Now!

10 Bali Adventure Tours You Should Book Now!

There are so many Bali adventure tours to be had on a family holiday that it can be impossible to choose! We’ve had the opportunity to experience tons of fun activities on the island, so read on to find out about our favorite things to do in Bali with or without kids. We’ve also put handy links to book each activity, so look no further for your Bali Adventures!!

#1 Cultural Tour in a VW Safari

Exploring Bali is more fun in a soft top Volkswagon Safari. There are tons of different tours you can do, but this one around East Bali is one of my favorites. You’ll take in tons of natural beauty and stop at some of the island’s most interesting historical and cultural sites.

 

With an English-speaking guide you will learn about Bali’s mother temple Besakih, visit one of the oldest villages and see the biggest banyan tree on the whole island. Lunch and drinking water is included, but you’ll definitely need a hat and sunscreen to keep from getting burnt.

#2 Bali Island ATV

If your looking for the most fun on 4 wheels in Bali you have to book a Bali Island ATV tour. Ride through rice paddies, villages and have a burn down a quiet beach.

Tours are either 1 or 2 hours and English-speaking guides will tell you about the area and culture as you ride. Kids can ride on with a parent, or those over 12 can ride alone depending on their ability.

Some tours include food and drinks and pick up/return transfers. Have a look at the options to pick the right one for your family. Mention that you follow Bali Kids Guide and you’ll get 20% off the published price!

#3 Half-Day Wakebaording

Have you ever wanted to try wakeboarding? If you haven’t, this is your chance! Bali has a world-class wakeboarding park perfect for any level of wakeboarder. Professional instructors are on hand to help with technique and safety whether it’s your first lesson or 100th.

 

Kids from 7 years old can wakeboard or kneeboard to get used to the feeling. For those not wakeboarding there is a pool and restaurant where you can relax and watch the action.

#4 Morning Food Tour & Cooking Class

Foodies get ready for a Balinese feast! Experience Kuta traditional market to buy fresh produce and then head back to the kitchen for breakfast of Balinese treats. You’ll then learn to make 9 Balinese dishes and 1 dessert and have an amazing lunch of all the delicious things you’ve cooked.

This activity is 100% kid friendly and is an amazing family experience.

#5 Mount Batur Dirtbike Adventure

Not kid-friendly, but if you love adventure and want to get out for an adults only day, this is the tour for you.

You’ll head into the mountains of Bali and meet your guides who will get you ready to ride a 250cc Kawasaki KLX. The professional guides will lead you up amazing dirt bike trails on the slopes of Mount Batur for an adrenaline rush.

The tour also includes coffee at a plantation and return transfers.

#6 Stand Up Paddle Lesson

Stand up paddle boarding is a great way for all ages to get out on the water. During this lesson you’ll learn about the equipment, basic paddling skills and get out on the water to practice on flat water. By the end of the session you’ll be able to balance an paddle as well as make turns on the board.

 

This is really a fun family activity that will bring you together, laughing at each other falling off and cheering as you all head off into the waves.

#7 Kids Perfume Workshop

Rainy days in Bali do happen, so why not book this kids perfume workshop for a great inside activity. Of course it doesn’t have to be rainy to learn something new!

This 1-hour workshop introduces kids to various smells and encourages them to mix and create their own unique fragrance. They’ll even be able to take home their own bottle of perfume and a diploma from the class.

There are also adult classes available, or you can even book one together.

#8 Bali Treetop Adventure

Bali Treetop Adventure is one of Bali’s best family experiences. Located in the Botanical Gardens in Bedugul, 7 adventure circuits raging between 2-20 metres up in the trees are available for all ages. Challenge each other to the 72 suspended bridges, spider nets, tarzan jumps, flying foxes and more.

This package includes 2.5 hours full access to all the circuits after 10.30am for 2 adults + 2 children, all your safety equipment, and insurance. Please note the minimum age for children is 4 years and they must be at least 110cm with raised arms.

#9 Downhill Cycling Tour

Downhill cycling is a great way to see a bit of Bali. It’s 100% family friendly and kids from 7 can ride on their own bikes. Younger ones go in a seat with a parent.

On this tour you’ll take in coffee and cocoa plantations, villages, and Bali’s natural beauty with jungle, rice field and river valleys. Your guides will lead the way as you slowly ride down from Kintamani volcano to Bambang just north of Ubud.

This 2.5-3 hour tour ends with a tasty lunch and includes return transfers.

#10 VW Cocktail Bus

Cruise south Bali in a modified VW Combi complete with a fully stocked mini bar and wi-fi!! This 9-hour tour takes in temples, cliff-top views and beautiful scenic sites off the beaten track.

You’ll stop for lunch most importantly sunset cocktails at a Jimbaran beach club. Once the sun has set the bus sets off again for Seminyak, where a nightcap at the famous KuDeTa awaits.