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.

 

 

Try Something New at the Kids Summer Holiday Camp at Novotel Lombok

Try Something New at the Kids Summer Holiday Camp at Novotel Lombok

Novotel Lombok Resort & Villas

Lombok, Bali’s closest neighbor to the east, is best known for the ‘Gilis’, the three islands off of the northwest coast, but stay on the mainland and it’s a different world. Kuta Lombok bares little resemblance to Kuta Bali, as it is still a small coastal town with gorgeous stretches of white sand and glistening blue water. Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas opened their doors in 1997 and remains one of the only major resorts in the area. This means plenty of space, sea breezes and quiet you rarely find in Bali these days.

Starting this year, Novotel Lombok and Rinjani Indah School will be running a Summer Holiday Camp for kids aged 4-12 years old. If you’re looking for a place to relax and explore, but also have the kids entertained and stimulated, this could be the perfect place.

Summer Holiday Camp Fun at Novotel Lombok

The Summer Holiday Camp will run Monday – Friday with a half day on Saturdays from the 18th of June – 27th of July 2018. The program will be held on the grounds of the Novotel Lombok but will be fully supervised by qualified teachers from Rinjani Indah School.

Kids will be stimulated with fun learning activities both inside and outside, games, water play, sports, arts and crafts and plenty more. Kids will get a healthy and delicious lunch (full day) to keep their energy up for all the exciting things they’ll be doing during the day.

Fees are paid on a half or full day basis, Rp200,000 and Rp350,000 respectively. This means you can enjoy the summer camp whenever for a few days or the whole month. However, spaces are limited so get in touch with Novotel Lombok as soon as possible by email or phone +62 (0)370 6153 333 to reserve your spot.

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!

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.