5 Best Vacation Spots For Travellers With Kids

5 Best Vacation Spots For Travellers With Kids

Travelling with your family is one of the greatest joys of life! So if you are able to spare the time and money, packing up a suitcase and your little ones and heading off on an adventure is always a great idea. Of course, travelling with babies or kids does take an awful lot of planning – both in terms of the appropriate place to go and all the things you need to bring with you. You can find good quality baby equipment online to make sure you have all the necessities when heading off with your little ones in tow. In terms of destination planning, here are 5 of the best vacation spots for travelling families!

#1 Bali is Always a Hit


When travelling with kids, Bali is usually a top hit as a destination! Hannah Black-Wijana, who runs Bali Kids Guide,shares why this is so:

“Bali is an incredible place for a family holiday no matter what kind of trip you’re looking for. You can chill in a resort while the kids splash in the pool and socialise with other kids in a kids club, explore the culture and natural beauty of the island or even have your own private villa to live the luxury life for a little while. Bali has great food, international-standard health services and loads of shopping and entertainment options for parents and kids of all ages.”

So why not consider tropical Bali for your family’s next vacation? Check out the company on Facebook!

#2 Keep it Local: Take a Tour of Tassie


No one ever said you had to go overseas to have a fantastic family vacation. Why not keep it close to home? Tasmania presents awesome opportunities for hiking, visiting the beach, going on spooky tours and hitting up museums. Perfect for a lying low, chilling out type of holiday. It’s also a great destinations for families that love an active trip.

Go for heaps of walks! Bring along a bike trailer, and take your kids for glorious scenic rides. You may be close to home, but you’ll feel as though you’re in a whole new world.

#3 Head to Gorgeous Barcelona 

What could sound like more fun (for mum, dad and the kids) than a memorable holiday in Barcelona, Spain? Andre Arriaza, co-founder of Barcelona Eat Local Food Tours explains why Barcelona is a fantastic vacation spot for travellers with children:

“This Mediterranean city boasts fantastic weather all year round. Its beaches have calm waters and playgrounds! There is an overall trend for healthy food, and this includes delicious ice creams and child friendly menus all over the place. Kids also can have the opportunity to learn and have plenty of fun at museums such as Cosmocaixa or Museu Blau, and a thematic park on top of a mountain: Tibidabo that can be reached by an old tramway”

To find out more about this exciting adventure, check out the company on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

#4 Take a Wellness Trip/Retreat


Ever wanted to go on a wellness trip or retreat and felt like you can’t because you don’t want to leave your kids at home? Well that is a total misconception and experts from Health and Fitness Travel explain why:

“It may come as a surprise for some, but wellness holidays are a good option for people who are travelling with their children. Not only is it a rewarding experience for you, but it also teaches your kids invaluable lessons for healthy and responsible living. One particular vacation spot is Amatara in Phuket, Thailand. It’s a 5-star retreat, with amenities that will meet the needs of your children as well as yours. Spend some quality wellness time at the spa while your kids are engaged at the kids club. Bond with family activities, like snorkeling, kayaking and cooking classes before unwinding in your private villa for some more intimate family time.”

To learn more, follow the company on Facebook and Instagram!

#5 Any of The Disneylands/worlds


And finally….. The most magical place on earth. Disney: the quintessential childhood experience. Whether it’s through movies, books, toys, animations and adaptations, your child is bound to be a Disney fan of some capacity. If you have a chance to travel overseas to one of the constantly raved about parks, make sure you take it! There are even Disney cruise lines and other smaller theme parks available. You’re bound to have an amazing holiday, as after all – it is where dreams come true!

So there you have it – 5 awesome destinations that you should consider when planning your next trip, and here are 10 more if you feel like a getaway this winter! Just make sure you are well and truly prepared for the trials and tribulations of travelling with kids, and have packed extremely thoroughly for the next few days or weeks! Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and immerse yourself in adventure.

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Is Bali Safe? Fast Cover Travel Insurance Helps You Prepare for Your Bali Holiday

Is Bali Safe? Fast Cover Travel Insurance Helps You Prepare for Your Bali Holiday

What can I do to prepare for our family holiday in Bali?

Travelling to any foreign country raises a lot of questions and concerns about health and safety, especially if you’re travelling with children. If you’re wondering is Bali safe for your family, Fast Cover Travel Insurance covers some of the most common queries about travelling to Bali. Follow these practical tips to help make sure your Balinese family holiday is memorable for all the right reasons!

Get the family health in check

before you travel


Take the family for a thorough health check-up as soon as you know your travel dates. Your doctor may recommend vaccinations spread out over several weeks or months, so the earlier the better. These could include: Tetanus and Diphteria, Typhoid, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Hepatitis A and B. If anyone in your family takes prescription medication, remember to ask your doctor for enough to tide you over until you get back. Make sure you pack enough for the whole trip, plus some extra in case you’re delayed getting home, and keep all medicines in their original packaging to avoid any potential problems with airport customs. While you’re there, you may also want to ask your doctor for a letter describing any medical conditions or allergies your children have. This can come in handy if your child needs medical attention in Bali.

Pack Smart


Bali’s climate is hot and sticky most of the year, so it’s best to pack light comfortable clothing made from natural fibres. Loose, long-sleeved garments will help protect you from the harsh sun and insects, and a ‘rashie’ or swim shirt will help prevent sunburn.

A wide-brimmed hat, flip-flops and sunglasses are also Bali essentials, and a light shawl or wrap comes in handy to drape over prams and create shade. Pack them within easy reach in your carry-on or you can pick up some bargains when you arrive.

You may also want to pack some basic first aid supplies like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gastro stoppers, throat lozenges and paracetamol to help treat common illnesses and minor injuries. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and insect repellent too!

Chat to Your Kids


Before you leave home, talk to your kids and lay down some basic ground rules for your holiday. These will be dependent on their age, but as well as the usual ‘stranger danger’ spiel you might like to go over your emergency family plan so they know what to do or who to contact in an emergency situation.

If you’re travelling with teens who are old enough to go exploring on their own, make sure they have your travel insurer’s emergency contact number, some backup cash in the local currency, and a business card from your hotel. If they get lost and can’t contact you they can show the card to a taxi driver. For younger children, some parents like to put their contact details and hotel address on a lanyard for kids to wear in case they get separated.

Buy Family Travel Insurance

Travel insurance doesn’t just cover your suitcases and belongings, it also covers the most important asset of all: your family’s health and safety. In a commissioned survey of over 1000 travellers, Fast Cover found that 1 in 5 travellers needed medical help overseas, with some claims up to a staggering $60,000 AUD* for emergency transport and treatment. If someone in your family is ill or injured overseas, you might be coming home with a very scary hospital bill.

Insurance also has other benefits like cancellations, missed connections and travel delays, which came in handy for thousands of travellers in 2016 when all flights were grounded due to volcanic eruptions. Stranded passengers were forced to camp at Bali’s airport or fork out for extra accommodation to wait out the delay, and those who couldn’t fly in were left out of pocket for any pre-paid accommodation or tours they couldn’t use.

As well as the financial peace of mind, travel insurance also gives you access to a 24-hour emergency contact centre from anywhere in the world which can help coordinate medical treatment, emergency evacuation, consular services, and even translators.

How Do We Stay Safe and Healthy in Bali?

Let the Locals do the Driving


Hiring a moped to ride around in Bali may seem like a cheap and fun option, but Balinese traffic can be hectic. Road rules are rarely enforced and many vehicles are poorly maintained. Fast Cover reports that injuries from riding motorbikes and scooters are one of the most common claims in Indonesia, and may not always be covered. For safety’s sake, stick to licensed taxi drivers on your family holiday and let an experienced local deal with the traffic. Bluebird Taxis are generally agreed by travellers to be the safest and most reputable company in Bali. You can book them online, at the airport, or ask your hotel reception.

Watch What You Eat


One of the best things about travel is tasting the local cuisine, but be mindful when choosing where and what to eat. Children are especially vulnerable to food poisoning and a case of Bali Belly can quickly ruin a great holiday – especially if there’s only one toilet in your hotel room!

Choose cafes or restaurants that look clean and are busy enough to have a fast turnover. If you’re feeling adventurous enough to eat street food, pick a stall where you can see the food is cooked at a high temperature, fresh to order with minimal handling. Fruits and vegetables may seem like a safe and healthy choice, but avoid eating raw vegetables or salads rinsed in contaminated tap water. Fruits which you can peel yourself like bananas, mandarins and oranges are the safest option for snacks.

If you or your children have food allergies, learn how to say it in Indonesian or download a translator app on your phone to say it for you. The English word for “allergy” or “allergic” sounds very similar in Indonesian. Most Balinese restaurant staff in touristy areas speak excellent English anyway and will be used to accommodating food allergies, but you could also take a photo of the food to show them if you’re concerned about getting lost in translation.

Be Water Wise

Tap water in many overseas countries including Indonesia can be swimming with bacteria and nasty parasites like Giardia. To minimise your risk, drink only bottled water and forego ice cubes in your drinks away from the main tourist areas. Also remember to keep your mouth closed in the shower and use bottled water to brush your teeth!

Most hotels will provide clean bottled water in your room, but if you purchase water from a street vendor or in a restaurant check that the cap is still sealed and hasn’t been tampered with.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes in Bali can carry diseases like Dengue Fever which can be especially dangerous for your little travellers. Unfortunately there are no preventives for Dengue Fever, so the best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid getting bitten!

Fend off mosquitoes by wearing long, light-coloured clothing and using a tropical-strength insect repellent to spray exposed areas like the top of your feet and the back of your neck! Also avoid hanging around areas of stagnant water such as rice paddies and creeks, and try to stay indoors or cover up at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Appreciate the Local Wildlife from

a Safe Distance

  A day trip to Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest is on the itinerary for most families on their first trip to Bali, but remember that the monkeys are wild animals and can carry rabies and other diseases. Make sure the kids know not to try and touch or feed them. It’s also probably best not to let young children carry any food or drinks which may be snatched out of their hands at the first opportunity. Cats and dogs are also a common sight on the streets of Bali and may carry rabies and other infectious diseases, so keep a close eye on children who might be tempted to try and pat stray animals.

Swim Safely

Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, water parks and resort swimming facilities, but be aware that most beaches and swimming pools are not patrolled by lifeguards. It’s up to you to keep an eye on your little ones around the water. Even if your family are all confident swimmers, respect local warnings about surf conditions and be wary of strong currents and undertows.

So, is Bali Safe?

Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the world for a family holiday, and for good reason! As well as its unique culture, amazing cuisine, balmy climate and friendly locals, Bali has a huge variety of affordable activities to suit all ages and interests. The Balinese people love children and most accommodation options are well suited for families. Don’t be deterred from taking the family on what will surely be an unforgettable holiday. The best way to keep everyone happy and healthy is to simply be aware of the risks and pack some common sense in your suitcase!

Don’t Forget to Relax and Enjoy Bali with Your Family!

Kids will love exploring the ancient temples, splashing around at the beach and running rampant at the amazing waterparks. Stories of meeting funny, friendly locals and hanging out with wild monkeys will be retold at family dinners for decades. You might have such a great time you’ll want to take a Bali break every year!

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Bali Coeliac and Allergy Safe Restaurants (By Area)

Bali Coeliac and Allergy Safe Restaurants (By Area)

We get tons of questions about Bali coeliac and allergy safe restaurant options. It can be a serious worry with the language barrier and also the worry of not being close to the food and medical options you might be used to. It’s always a good idea to carry a card in Bahasa Indonesia that clearly states how dangerous you or your child’s allergy is. Attached at the bottom of this post is a downloadable card to print off!


Seaside Restaurant

This might be the last place you’d think would be serious about gluten free food, but it actually has an extensive GF menu and the staff are also well versed in other allergies. Whether you stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there is plenty on the menu from full breakfasts with GF bread to spring rolls and a great selection of soups.


Photo Credit: Seaside Restaurant

See Seaside Restaurant in our directory.


If you’re staying in central Kuta Poppies Restaurant is a must-do GF or not. Poppies opened way back in 1973 and has moved with the times, now serving GF Indonesian and International dishes as well options for allergies to peanuts, eggs and dairy.  Satay sticks in Poppies’ lush garden is always a good idea.


Photo Credit: Poppies Bali

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Dijon is a specialty shop, deli and cafe at the top of Sunset Rd. They serve and sell a number of gluten free and allergy-friendly products. Gluten free, wheat free and vegetarian items are highlighted on their menu and include plenty of salads, fish options and lovely GF cookies, cakes and other desserts. Yum!


Photo Credit: Dijon-Bali

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Mamasan is one of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in all of Bali, and for good reason! The food is incredible, the decor is gorgeous and the cocktails are stunning. Thankfully if you are GF or have other allergies there is no reason to miss out because their menu accommodates all dietary requirements.


See Mamasan Bali in our directory.


Sarong is the brainchild of the same chef/restauranteur as Mamasan so you can expect some of the best dining on the island as well as a full range of GF options. In fact the restaurant offers a whole gluten free menu including GF versions of some of their most popular dishes. One of my absolute faves is the crispy whole fish with kaffir lime ginger holy basil & chilli jam sauce.


Photo Credit: Pink Trotters

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Petitenget Cafe

Named after the street it’s on, Petitenget Cafe has become a go-to spot for GF dining in Seminyak thanks to their delicious gluten free bread. Perfect for those who crave a full breakfast with toast, Petitenget Cafe won’t fail to satisfy. Also great for GF lunch sandwiches like their chicken club, which should keep any GF kids happy.


Photo Credit: Petitenget Cafe

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Biku is a long-time favorite eatery in Seminyak, standing the test of time and competition with the millions of new restaurants and cafes that have arrived in the past few years. Known for their fantastic high-teas, they can make one totally gluten free or tailor them to specific dietary requirements! They also serve a GF carrot cake so good tons of people choose it over the non-GF version.

Biku Retro Bali Restaurants Bali Kids Guide

Photo Credit: Biku Bali

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Taco Beach Grill

If you love Mexican food but worry about the gluten in taco shells, tortillas etc. Taco Beach Grill will be your new favorite spot. Made in-house, the tortilla chips and taco shells are 100% GF and the staff are well versed on allergies to wheat and other dietary issues. They even have gluten free dessert options!


Photo Credit: Taco Beach Grill Youtube Video

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La Lucciola

This gorgeous beachfront Italian restaurant in Seminyak is a favorite for locals and holiday makers. For celiacs or those with allergies there is no better Italian eatery. They make a great GF bread basket and pretty much any pasta dish can be made with GF penne. They also offer gluten free toast with breakfast options, so it’s not just for dinner with a pretty sunset.


Photo Credit: Growing with the tans

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Strictly vegetarian, and lots of vegan, allergen free and GF options, Zula is one of the best places to go if you have serious dietary issues. They understand straight away when you tell them you can’t have something and will let you know exactly what is suitable for you. And don’t you dare leave without trying some of their GF desserts! Zula also has a Sanur location and is part of the Down to Earth & Earth Cafe chain. You can stock up on snacks while you’re there too as all their cafes have shops attached.


Photo Credit: Dte Bali

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Earth Cafe

With basically the same menu as Zula, Earth Cafe is another great option for anyone with dietary requirements. Try out their amazing buckwheat pancakes, wholegrain nasi goreng, juices and salads.


Photo Credit: Five More

See Earth Café in our directory.


Monsieur Spoon

There are now 4 incredibly popular Monsieur Spoon locations and all serve up some of the best GF dessert options on the island. Unfortunately they don’t have GF bread, but the amazing apple crumble makes up for that. Trust me, even if you aren’t GF you need to try it!

Monsieur Spoon locations in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and Ubud


Photo Credit: Monsieur Spoon

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There are lots of healthy choices at this Canggu hipster hangout especially for vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions. Gluten free bread can be hit or miss, but they have great salads, tempeh and tofu dishes and plenty of gluten and nut free dessert options too. You might have to wait for a table but service is incredibly fast.


Photo Credit: Return of the Road Trip

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Crate Cafe

Crate Cafe is the hippest of the hipster joints in Canggu (and that’s saying something) so is often packed out. There’s good reason for it though, the food and coffee are great, including the GF bread. It tastes great and is the perfect accompaniment to a poached egg, a power smoothie and a latte before a surf session.


See Crate Café in our directory.

Bungalow Living

The food, the decor, the staff, everything about Bungalow Living invites you to hang out, have a long lazy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) and just relax. There are tons of great GF, dairy free and allergy friendly options like flourless cakes, excellent GF sourdough and biscuits to suit any dietary requirements.


Photo Credit: Kura-Kura Guide

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Avocado Cafe

This bright and chilled out cafe is great for vegetarians, vegans and those with paleo, gluten free or dairy free diets. They do a good GF bread, carrot cake and healthy slices as well as plenty of salads, and smoothie bowls to keep you going throughout the day.


Photo Credit: Motion Fitness Bali

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Oka’s Bakery

Freshly baked every morning, Oka’s Bakery’s GF bread, banana bread and cakes are some of the best we’ve tasted in Bali. This unassuming bakery serves up all kinds of creative breads made with potato, rice and other flours can be ordered to take home and you can even get fabulous gluten free cakes for special occasions.


Photo Credit: Zomato

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Pizza Club

Pizza Club is a small pizza place often overshadowed by its famous neighbor Massimo’s. However, for those in need of a gluten free crust, this is the spot. The pizza chefs understand that the dough must be rolled on a clean surface with a clean knife, which shows they really know what they are doing. The crusts are crispy and delicious and pizzas can even be delivered to your hotel!


Photo Credit: Yvonne in La

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Dusk Blue Cafe

Dusk Blue Cafe has a great menu that indicates vegetarian, nut free and gluten free options. The staff are well trained to deal with allergen questions and basically you don’t have to worry. Try their gluten free muesli or scrambled eggs with feta cheese and a delicious salad free from any nuts or their byproducts.


Photo Credit The Grass Onion

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Hujan Locale

Another gem by the chef/restauranteur of Sarong and Mamasan, Hujan Local has a full separate gluten free menu. Heritage Indonesian and Asian streetfood is given a modern twist and the flavors are incredible. A must if you’re staying in Ubud and want a spectacular meal.


Photo Credit: Now Bali

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Down to Earth

From the creators of Earth Cafe and Zula, this cafe and market are an absolute must for those with allergies or intolerances. The menu is detailed and the staff understand every type of dietary requirement known to man. Don’t miss out on their raw chocolate desserts and energy balls. You can also order food from Down to Earth while you watch a movie at their connected movie theatre, Paradiso.


Photo Credit: Ministry of Veg

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Bali Buda

Bali Buda has been around forever (the first one opened in Ubud in 1994). It’s a great place to pick up healthy snacks, or have a meal any time of day. Their GF and allergy friendly options are plenty and they also deliver to anywhere in Ubud. You can also order GF breads to be delivered or pick up from one of their shops in Ubud, Sanur, Kerobokan or Uluwatu.


Photo Credits: Bali Buda

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The Elephant

Perched over the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud, The Elephant not only has gorgeous views, it is also the perfect place to get a delicious allergy-friendly meal. They have plenty of GF options like rice paper rolls, delicious salads and GF pasta as well as nut and dairy free meals.


Photo Credit: www.elephantbali.com

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New kid on the block in Nyuh Kuning, What About My Mother or WAMM is serving up amazing dishes made with only local ingredients and lots of love. GF cakes, breads, pancakes and more are freshly prepared and served in a gorgeous setting looking out on the village football field (Also a great spot for kids to run around).


Photo Credit: WAMM Café facebook page

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Swasti Eco Cottages – Beloved Cafe

The chilled out and very boho Swasti Eco Cottages’ Beloved Cafe is paradise for a laid-back allergy-friendly meal. A lot of produce comes from their own garden, which you can walk around and visit friendly goats and rabbits, and the rest is as local as possible. They do great juices, raw chocolate treats, soups and quinoa salads.


Photo Credit: Agoda

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Best known for its salad bar, Alchemy is a raw foodie’s hotspot. It’s 100% vegetarian, mostly local and has plenty to choose from when it comes to toppings in your salads. They also have a very wide range of fresh juices, tonics and desserts. If you need to grab GF or allergy-friendly snacks, this is also a good spot.


Photo Credit: Bali Go

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Kue have a small selection of (delicious) GF cakes and muffins and also make GF bread to order. They only make a small selection of GF items each day so if you know you’re going to need something make sure to order in advance. Birthday, or cakes for other special occasions can also be made gluten free to order.


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Kelly’s Warung

Looking for beautiful surf spot with gorgeous healthy food? Kelly’s is your place. Amazing juices, smoothie bowls, salads and grill nights will be the best options for those who stick to a GF diet. The staff are also great with allergies and will cater to any dietary requirements as best they can.


Photo Credit: Kelly’s Warung

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The Cashew Tree

Just up the hill from Kelly’s is The Cashew Tree, a lovely cafe with the same owners. A more comprehensive menu allows for all kinds of vegan, vegetarian, raw and gluten free options. They also have plenty of room for kids to roam and live music. Don’t miss!


Photo Credit: FRV Bali

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A note on Nusa Dua hotels: Although there aren’t really any specific GF or allergy-friendly options, all hotels in Nusa Dua will offer some options for dietary requirements. It’s always best to be clear when you check in if you have allergies or intolerances and ask if anything specific can be ordered in advance, i.e gluten free bread. Be especially careful at buffet breakfasts where foods can often get mixed, prepared or cooked together.

Printable Cards for Eating in Bali Coeliac & Allergy Friendly

Please note there are 2 cards here. 1 is for a gluten free diet, the other for peanuts and eggs. If you are allergic only to peanuts or other nuts (kacang = nuts) cross out telur (telur = egg). If you have other allergies you would like a card for please email us partners@balikidsguide.com



Why We Love Bali: A Big Bali Family Holiday

Why We Love Bali: A Big Bali Family Holiday

Back to reality today after an awesome 10 day trip to our favourite holiday destination….Bali!! I am a mother to two gorgeous kiddies aged 3 and 5 years, and between working in an office part-time, taking care of the household chores, mum duties and coaching cheerleading there isn’t a lot of downtime. So I really look forward to our Bali family holiday!!

My family LOVE going away and our favourite destination has always been Bali! Why you ask? Well where else can i get a $7.50 one hour long back massage and $8 meals!?!

I was 9 years old the first time my parents took my sister and I to Bali and I have been 6 times since. My mum would retire there if she could – she has been 17 times!! Four years ago my sister got married in Canggu, Bali, which started our holidaying with kids adventure. We love the warm weather, the cheap eats, the Balinese people, and all in all – we just love everything Bali has to offer. We have stayed in various parts of Bali from South Kuta/Tuban, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu. We have stayed in fancy hotels, cheap hotels, private villas etc.

Over the years the holidays have changed to accommodate the kids more, however, we generally still do the same things with perhaps just a little more ‘down-time’ and different hotels selected to better suit our family needs.

Bali family holiday 1

Over a year ago, my in-laws decided they wanted to take my sister-in-law and her 4 year old son to Bali as they had never been. My husband and I decided we wanted to go too, then from there my sister and her family of 4 decided to join us and of course my parents wouldn’t say no to a Bali trip so 15 of us in total (10 adults and 5 kids, aged 11 months to 5 years old) all agreed to go together.

We are from Adelaide so we took a 7pm Jetstar flight to Bali, seemed like a good idea kids might stay awake for a few hours then nod off ……well, yes thats pretty much what happened but when we got to Bali we had to wake them all up to land and get off the plane. We then had a missing suitcase to deal with (turns out it never left Adelaide) and in the end arrived at our hotel 1.30am Bali time (3am Adelaide time!) needless to say we were all a wreck and the children were deliriously running around the hotel foyer.

Bali family holiday 2 hard rock

Our hotel of choice for this stay was the Hard Rock Hotel in Kuta. When we booked this hotel I must admit I had reservations staying in such a busy area, and I really wanted to stay in the Legian area. On our last trip two years ago we stayed at the Bali Mandira and LOVED it. However, for this trip it was out of our price range and the Hard Rock was the best hotel to cater our kids needs and remain in budget.

The Hard Rock Hotel was amazing! Rooms and facilities were great and the location of the hotel was just perfect, across the road from the beach and a 5-minute walk to Beachwalk shopping Centre and Matahari Shopping Centre, 10-minute walk to Discovery shopping mall & Waterbom Park. Plenty of places to eat right outside our door – a Starbucks next door (came in very handy after not much sleep with the little children) and even the option of KFC, McDonalds etc. for the fussy eaters just on our doorstep.

After finally getting some sleep the first night, we woke the next morning to head down to the buffet breakfast – we had Premium Deluxe rooms which meant breakfast was a bit of a hike, as was the walk to the main pool being such a big hotel, but the kids didn’t complain once. Being ‘Premium Deluxe’ meant we also had access to a ‘chill-out’ pool which was a little lagoon pool just down some stairs from our room and usually always quiet and cabanas around it for us to use. We liked to use this pool in the afternoon for a quiet play. The main pool is huge and had a children’s water playground, water slides for slightly older kids, and lots of sun loungers and cabanas (cabanas are extra) around it. It really had everything!

Bali family holiday 3 slide

We spent the first two days hanging around the hotel, going in the pool and exploring our surroundings. We found a nice restaurant just near Matahari Shopping Centre called Dulang which offered a big range of meals priced from $7 up. My favourite being a Thai Basil Chicken dish for $8. We ended up eating there 4 times in total, it was just easy, it had nuggets and chips, steamed rice for the kids and the staff were helpful with my 11 month old nephew.

Day 3 was a bit wet so we decided to do the Bali Marine and Safari Park as my son is a HUGE animal lover. We know a driver in Bali so getting there was easy. The Marine Park was expensive to enter and we only went for the basic package but the day was really great and you can easily spend the whole day there. We went on a bus around to see the African and Asian animals, saw some animal shows, elephants bathing and the part the kids liked the most was the water park! All in all a good day.

Bali family holiday safari park

Day 4 was better weather so off we went to Waterbom Park. Again places like this are fairly expensive to get in to, but worth it. There is so much to do there for all ages and everyone was more than happy. We added the extra cost of hiring two Cabanas between the 15 of us so that we had a shady rest spot (in high season get there early to get one). The kids splash zone is fantastic, slides of great variety and my favourite the lazy river.

Bali family holiday waterbom

We then had a few rest days around the pool, with some shopping done by some and a few of the more adventurous of us went off to do water sports at Nusa Dua whilst others stayed at the hotel and watched the kids.

The Kids Club at our Hotel looked great but when I asked about it my impression was that it was going to cost $25 to put the kids in Kids club for a day, when all I wanted was to take them in there with me to play the toys and playground, so that was a bit disappointing.

We tried a few different dinner spots – Jamie’s Italian (pricey but yum!), Green Garden (cheap good meals) but we quite liked just eating at the hotel near the pool which was reasonably priced and just easy with the kids, especially after being out all day.

We also went for a visit to DMZ Museum ( a trick art museum) and had lots of fun posing for photos, this was very reasonably priced and you just take your own photos so a cheap few hours out. The kids got a little ratty and bored after a few photos though but still worth the trip.

Bali family holiday dream museum zone

Most of our days went like this (except days out) breakfast, back to room to get ready for the day, down to the big pool and slides for a few hours and some lunch, back to the room for a rest/watch a movie, then a swim in the ‘chill-out’ pool and the out to dinner and back to room for early bed. Then the adults just took turns going for walks and doing some shopping, getting massages, exploring. We found the best time to shop (especially at the markets) was at night as its cooler, so generally we would put the kids to bed then a few of us would head out to the market stalls.

Bali family holiday bali kids guide

We thoroughly enjoyed doing the sea turtle release on Kuta beach in front of the grand Inna Kuta Hotel. This was a new experience for all of us – 200 turtles were released into the ocean the day we did it. Amazing!!

Bali family holiday turtle release

The night we left (the dreaded midnight flight!) we got late 6pm check out at the hotel, went for dinner and had an ice cream near the pool before getting picked up. The kids were really well behaved and stayed mostly awake until we got on the plane and slept all the way home.

All in all a fabulous trip with all of our family which we would do again in heartbeat!! Travelling in a large group gave everyone the opportunity to do what they wanted to do without dragging the kids around shopping centres and long car journeys. We possibly could’ve done another day trip or two – like a cruise (which I have done a few times but I think it would be better when the kids are older), or another water park. Staying at hotel with so many water activities though and the young age of all our kids they were mostly happy just staying at the hotel all day if they could!

Bali family holiday splashing

Having been to Bali quite a few times I didn’t have too much I wanted to do there, just enjoy the sunshine and spend time with my kids and thats what I did.

Emily is a 33 year old mum of two who works part-time in Financial Planning and runs a Cheerleading club with her sister. She’s been to Bali many times and loves to spend time relaxing with her family.

Trip to Bali with Twins & a Toddler Too Much? Not for This Family!

Trip to Bali with Twins & a Toddler Too Much? Not for This Family!

My family took our first trip to Bali when I was 13 years old. My husband and I got married in Bali in 2011, with 100 of our closest family and friends joining us for a week of celebrations. When our first son, Mason, was born in 2014, we didn’t think twice about booking our holiday and went to Bali twice that year. Trip to Bali Giuliett Moran Bali Kids Guide But in March 2016, we ventured to Bali for the first time as a family of 5. Mason was not quite 2 and Brodie and Tyler were 5 months old. I know a lot of people thought that we were crazy, but I preferred to think of us as adventurous! The challenges of travelling with such a young family definitely comes with some nerves and uncertainty. This made me realise that for people who aren’t as familiar with Bali, the thought of taking young children could be daunting. As a Psychologist and a Mum, I am here to tell you, that I strongly believe that the benefits definitely outweigh the challenges, for EVERYONE! Here’s my take on why…

A Well Deserved Break – For Everyone

We all know that parenting is tough, not just for me staying at home with the boys, but also for my husband. He walks in the door from work and starts helping with the dinner, bath, play, bottle, bed routine. The boys can also get stuck in a mundane routine, especially during the colder months. Taking a trip to Bali allows us to remove ourselves from the day-to-day chores – no work, washing dishes, washing and drying clothes, cleaning, etc. We can spend quality time as a family, relaxing in the sun, enjoying warm weather, great company and endless entertainment. I know a lot of people find the idea of a nanny or babysitter a little scary and despite my love of Bali, it did make me a little nervous at first. I have always found the Balinese people to be the most beautiful souls; caring, genuine, honest and attentive, yet I was hesitant at first to leave a ‘stranger’ with my boys. I quickly overcame these feelings and this was how: Nanny Trip to Bali Giuliett Moran Bali Kids GuideDuring our trip in 2014, with only Mason, we stayed in a Villa and got to know the lady who cooked our breakfast and cleaned the villa. She was so wonderful with Mason and would always play with him while we were having breakfast. After the first couple of days, we asked her if she would be willing to stay a couple of hours extra (she finished at 2pm) to look after Mason for us and she was very excited by this opportunity. The first day, she looked after him for a couple of hours while we were in the villa. It gave us an opportunity to relax by the pool, yet still be close by. Watching her sing songs to him in the shade and keep him happily entertained before putting him to sleep gave me a lot of comfort and we would then be at ease, heading out for a lunch or a date-night, knowing that he was in good hands. I now do this every time. We talk to the staff (at a villa or a resort) and find someone that we are comfortable with. We then ask them to do some babysitting, initially with us there too and then, when we feel confident and the boys seem at ease with them, we venture out. In our most recent trip with all 3 boys, we would get a nanny (or sometimes 2 – at $4 – $5 per hour, why not?) to stay with us for a couple of hours during the day. This gave us help to feed and change nappies and meant that we could jump in the pool with Mason or take Brodie or Tyler for a swim, without leaving someone alone! We also found that due to the time difference (we’re from Melbourne), the twins were going to sleep for the night at 5pm and sleeping through to 5am. We would get the babysitter to arrive at 5:30 on most nights, so that they were sound asleep and we would go out with Mason for an early dinner. We would usually have an early night, in preparation for our 5:30am wake-up call (from the twins). After giving them a bottle, we would take the boys for a walk on the beach – twins in the baby carriers, and a play in the sand, before heading back to breakfast at 7am.

Exposing Children to a Different Way of Life

Yes, Bali is a 3rd world country. There is a lot of poverty, broken roads and foot paths and adults and young children asking for money along the streets. Obviously our boys are too young to grasp these concepts, but interestingly, as Mason walked down the street holding my hand, he waved and said “Hi” to the young children who ran over to sell us some bracelets they had made. It mNew friends Trip to Bali Giuliett Moran Bali Kids Guideade me realise how innocent and non judgemental children are. I want my boys to know that everyone lives differently, that they should be grateful for what they have but also learn from the Balinese way of life because they are some of the happiest people despite having so little. As the boys get older, I would like to introduce a ‘cultural experience’ to every trip to Bali. Whether this is taking educational toys to the local orphanage or going to the local supermarket to do a big grocery shop for a family of someone that we befriend. Talking to the locals, from staff at the villa/resort, taxi drivers, market stall owners, etc, you hear lots of really interesting stories if you take the time to chat.

Endless Options at Affordable Prices

As a family of 5, we are on a reduced income because we agreed early on, that I would stay at home with the boys. Having said that, we also both agree that it is important for us to prioritise a family holiday, it gives us something to look forward to, the opportunity to take a break and to spend quality time together, making memories that will last a lifetime! One of the things we love most about holidaying in Bali, is that there is so much variety and endless options. We love that the restaurants and cafes are of a Melbourne standard, with a casual dinner option where 2 adults could eat (and drink) for $20 in a nice cafe style restaurant to a beautiful dinner of the highest standard – the equivalent of a high-end Melbourne restaurant, that might cost us $70 for food and drinks. Then there’s the endless accommodation options, day spas ($8 – $20 for a 60 minute massage, depending on the quality of the place), supermarkets and convenience stores where you can get all the snacks, fruit, drinks, toiletries and anything that you may need!

Reconnecting with Your Partner on a Trip to Bali

There is no doubt that the arrival of children (especially when 2 & 3 arrived for us at once) has changed our relationship. Marty and I have less time together and even though we have the most supportive extended family, who are always willing to babysit so that we can fit-in a date-night, there is nothing quite like a holiday to reconnect. We always try to have at least 1-2 date nights during a trip to Bali. Even if this means a late dinner once all the boys are in bed, followed by a massage, there is something about being away from our day-to-day routines and in a relaxed environment that is so much more special. All of these reasons, are why, for our little family, Bali is a home away from home. It is somewhere where we can instantly relax and unwind, reconnect with each other, learn from the locals and remind ourselves of how grateful we are for the life and opportunities that we have.

Giuliett is a mum to 3 little boys and has been travelling to Bali for years. She has recently started a fantastic blog about her life as a Mum and a Psychologist – morepleasemum.com