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.

 

 

What’s it Like to Live in Bali with Kids??

What’s it Like to Live in Bali with Kids??

I often get asked what it’s like to live in Bali and the answer always depends on the day. There is good and bad in every place you could live and everyone’s experience is different. But more and more families are moving to Bali with their kids, so it’s a topic I thought I should delve into more deeply. Here are my thoughts, pros/cons, and general ramblings on what it’s like to live in Bali with kids.

Day-to-Day Life

 

My day-to-day life differs a little from families who have moved here as a whole unit. I’m married to a Balinese man and live in the family compound so my life is somewhat more “local style” than others. I’m very lucky to be part of a tight community and have in-built babysitting and playmates for my kids. However, it can feel like I’m constantly being watched and everyone knows everyone’s business in a village. The kids even get tired of being asked the same questions over and over.

Generally though, life isn’t so different than it would be elsewhere. There are the usual routines of school runs, work, cooking, bedtimes etc. My real bonus is that I have a helper that comes to clean 6 days a week. This makes me a nicer person and keeps me from crying about dirty dishes and things like that.

We go to temple for Hindu holidays and help with ceremonies in the community. I don’t do half as much as the amazing local ladies, but try to help out when I can.

Pros:

– Balinese communities are incredible if you make yourself part of it. They will keep you and your house safe and your kids will have friends to play with all the time.

– Being able to hire help with cleaning and/or kids

– The weather is pretty much always good enough to go out and play

Cons:

– Everyone knows or wants to know your business

– Being treated like a tourist every day can be really draining

School Options

 

If we were in the UK the kids would have the choice of 2 schools. Here a lot of ex-pat families choose the area they live in according to the school their kids will attend.

Up in Ubud we don’t have a whole lot of choice, but from around Sanur and south there are a lot more options. Options don’t come cheap though. Schools in Bali range from $5,000 – $20,000 a year (US$). This may come as a shock, but international school educations are costly wherever you are in the world.

I personally have chosen to put my kids in a very local school called a National Plus school, but when they get to junior high they’ll be moving to an international school.

You can find more information in our blog: 11 International Schools in Bali

We also have a great blog about alternative schooling in Bali, which you can find here: The Definitive List of Alternative Schools in Bali

Pros:

– A large choice of schools (in the southern part of Bali)

– Kids socialize with others from all over the world

– They will most likely learn Bahasa Indonesia and maybe other languages

Cons:

– School fees are very expensive

– Holidays can differ from those back home making it difficult to have time with family/friends

– Curriculums can vary and may not match well if you move back home

Healthcare

 

Healthcare is one of my biggest worries about living in Bali. In the UK we would have the NHS, and no matter how slow etc. it would be there in an emergency. In Bali we have insurance but this can be expensive and difficult to get if you are an ex-pat family or have pre-existing conditions. Many families by pass this by using a yearly travel insurance plan while they live in Bali.

The other worry is the standard of healthcare. Even ‘international standard’ hospitals can be pretty rough and the doctors say some pretty insane things. I still don’t have any solid plan of what I’d do if one of us got really ill. My top choices would be BIMC or Sanglah International Wing, but I don’t think I’d be very happy about going to hospital at all in Bali.

In serious situations it’s possible to fly to Singapore, Bangkok or Australia for treatment. I won’t do a pros and cons here because I don’t really feel like there are any pros of living in Bali when it comes to healthcare. This may be a different story if you are coming from somewhere like America.

 

Costs

Rent

I’ve mentioned the cost of schools, but what about the cost of living? Rental houses are getting more and more expensive and most landlords expect at least 1 year’s rent in advance. You’re looking at Rp80million – Rp160million ($8000 – $16000) per year for a 2-bedroom house.

Depending on how many air conditioners you use and if you have a pool, electricity can be anywhere from Rp500,000 – Rp3million per month.

Visas

The other main expense you’ll need to consider is visas. It is possible to get a one-year stay permit (KITAS) for students from most international schools. Parents will need either a Social Budaya visa for a 6-month stay, or a Business Visa, which allows you to run a business in Indonesia.

If you decide to homeschool, you will all need either tourist visas that can be extended up to 60 days, or a Social Budaya visa for 6 months. Both options can get costly with having to do visas runs with a whole family.

Food

 

It is possible to eat extremely cheaply in Bali. Feeding a family of 4 on $5 a day is not uncommon in Balinese compounds. Morning markets are great places to shop for fruit and veg and the night markets hold delicious street food treats. However, if you want to eat healthy it can be way more expensive.

Over the past few years the cafe and restaurant industry has boomed in Bali. When I arrived you couldn’t buy fresh milk in the supermarket! You can now find just about any type of food you can imagine, world-class coffee shops and smoothie bowls galore. I love all this food, but it’s definitely taken a toll on my budget. $6 for a smoothie bowl, $7 for smashed avocado on toast and $10 for a pizza is the norm these days. We can easily spend $50 on dinner for the 4 of us.

Pros:

– You can find gorgeous villas with pools that you probably wouldn’t be able to live in elsewhere

– No paying for heating

– Amazing local food and so many great café & restaurant choices

Cons:

– Paying at least a year’s rent in advance

– Running air conditioners is costly

– Finding and keeping up the right visa and visa runs

– Food is pretty expensive

Activites for Kids in Bali

Bali is extremely kid-friendly and there are way more things going on than there were a few years ago. From art classes, yoga and sports, to holiday camps, there is always something happening. You do have to keep a really good eye out for events though. Things are rarely published until the very last minute and there isn’t yet a great online calendar for events. (we tried but it’s really hard!)

We have also found that classes tend to come and go very quickly because the numbers are never consistent. This is the transient nature of Bali and I’m not sure it will ever change. We end up doing a lot of one-off events rather than a term’s worth of classes or after school activities.

I have to say I’m quite jealous when I see my friends’ kids in Australia, the UK or America all booked up with consistent activities.

Thinking of Making the Move to Live in Bali?

Are you considering moving to Bali? What are some of the concerns/questions/reservations you have about the move? I’d love to know and to be able to help you with some insider advice. Follow our Facebook Page for great community advice and tips for holidays or living in Bali. You can also see what fun we have on a daily basis on our Instagram feed.

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!