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.

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

We all know travel with kids can be stressful but travel can have an immensely positive impact on them. The knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories they will gain from travel, makes it totally worth it! Plus there are some really great travel products; info and tips out there that can help you make it a stress free and enjoyable experience.

Keeping children comfortable and entertained as well as being organised are vital when it comes to family travel, and Australian company Kooshy Kids has products that will help you achieve all of these things.

Child Comfort – Getting Some

Sleep Onboard!

Kid comfort is key, especially on long-haul flights, which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child fall asleep comfortably. They will be sprawled out all over you for hours with no one is getting any quality sleep. One of the most practical ideas I’ve seen for travel in a long time is from Australian business Kooshy Kids.

The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space for kids to enjoy as a couch or bed on the aeroplane (or for that matter train or bus). It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and then inflated, providing a large flat surface for legs to stretch out and little ones can lay flat for sleeping. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and comfortable with a soft material on top.

Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during flight with some conditions like it must be deflated for takeoff and landing. This product is a must when flying with kids, if the kids can get some sleep then so can you and it makes a big difference!

Toys & Games – Keeping kids entertained!

For kids with tablets and gadgets letting them watch their shows and play their games really is the best way to keep them entertained. Just make sure they are fully charged prior to departure. But a tip, before its time for sleep give them a break from the back-lit screen to help them wind down, perhaps read them a book or tell them a story, or quietly sing them a song if they are small, to help them relax before sleep. If you’re looking for some alternate entertainment that engages children’s creative minds and gives them a nice break from technology there are some great travel friendly games available.

Kooshy Kids recommends and stocks Tiger Tribe products. Tiger Tribe games are compact and portable and encourage independent play, they are perfect for travelling kids. Magnetic games, play scenes and design boards help develop imagination and fine motor skills. Other entertainment options you can include are books, packs of cards, yoyo, journal and any small toy that is portable and easy to pack (hanging toys you can click to their backpacks are good).

Pack snacks – Fill their little tummies!

Kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the plane food or be provided with enough snack type options. So best to pack some snacks with you, take something healthy and their favourites, or surprise them with something new. Carry them in a separate easy to access bag, snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet. Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots of water and walk around; they may like to explore the plane or train!

Plan in advance – be organized and prepared!

One last thing, you do need to be extra organised when travelling with kids. Research the destination and find out what activities there are to do with kids, what restaurants and hotels are family- friendly and what items you can order in advance to help you out. Think about pram or car seat hire at the destination. It also pays to be organised with your families travel documents and its helpful to keep all passports and other paperwork together in a safe place. A Kooshy Kids family passport wallet is ideal for this. The wallet makes it easier when needing to access passports quickly and minimizes the chance of losing one or misplacing essential documentation.

Making Travel with Kids as Stress Free as Possible

 

Travel really is the best gift you can give your children so go book that family holiday, use the tips above and grab some Kooshy Kids products to help make it stress free and create some happy memories exploring the world together!

Click HERE to go to the Kooshy Kids Shop.

Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

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

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

 

A Pre-Holiday Trip to the Doctor

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

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

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

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

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

Packing the Family Bags

 

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

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

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

What to Carry-On

 

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

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

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

Healthy Flying

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

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

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

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

At Your Destination

 

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

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

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

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

Get Insured

 

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

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

Other Useful Tips

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

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

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

Getting to the Resort

& What’s in the Area

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

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

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

Our Room

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

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

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

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

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

The Resort

 

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

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

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

The Pool Area

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

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

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

Kupu-Kupu Kids Club

 

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

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

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

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

Food

 

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

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

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

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

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

Other Things We Loved About Bali Dynasty Resort

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

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

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

So Much More to Mention About Bali Dynasty

 

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

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

Where Can We Have Christmas Dinner in Bali?

Where Can We Have Christmas Dinner in Bali?

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

Azul Beach Club

 

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

Golden Tulip

 

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

Bali Dynasty Resort

 

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

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

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

KU DE TA

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

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

Zibiru

 

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

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

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

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

W Resort & Spa

 

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

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

Seasalt at Alila Seminyak

 

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

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

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

The Mulia

 

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

Sofitel Bali

 

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

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

Byrdhouse Beach Club

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

Maya Sanur

 

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

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

The Wicked Parrot

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

Movenpick Jimbaran

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

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

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

Finns Recreation Club

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

Christmas Dinner in Bali: Options for All!

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

Bali Villa Escapes – The Best Family Friendly Villas in Bali

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

   Are Bali Villas Safe for Kids?

 

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

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

How Will We Cope Without a Kids Club?

 

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

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

Eating is Easy

 

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

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

Save the Money

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

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

Which Area Should I Look for a Villa in?

 

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

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

Time to Book a Bali Villa?

 

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

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