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

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

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

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

Inside Hogwartz The Pub

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

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

The Show

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

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

 

The Food

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

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

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

Roundup of Hogwartz The Pub

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

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

A Day of Luxury Awaits at Club Med Bali

A Day of Luxury Awaits at Club Med Bali

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day Pass

(10 am – 6 pm)

Adults/Kids Rp920,000/550,000

– International Buffet Lunch

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 3 Swimming Pools

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

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

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Kids Club

– Changing / Shower Room

– Wifi

Afternoon Pass

(2 pm – 6 pm)

Adults/Kids Rp450,000/220,000

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 2 Swimming Pools

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

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

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Kids Club

– Changing / Shower Room

– Wifi

Evening Pass

(6pm – 12am)

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

– International Buffet Dinner

– Pre Dinner Cocktails with canapes

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

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

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

– Night Club

– Wifi

Full Day & Night Pass

(10 am – 12 am)

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

– International Buffet Lunch & Dinner

– Free Flow Drinks (Alcohol & Non Alcohol)

– 3 Swimming Pools

– Water and Land Sports Activities

– Circus Flying Trapeze & Archery

– Evening Shows

– Club Med Party

– Night Club

– Wifi

Bali Summer Holiday Camps

Bali Summer Holiday Camps

It’s almost the end of the school year again in Bali and local and international school students will be off for the long holiday. Bali Summer Holiday Camps are great for those living in Bali or even visiting for a few weeks. Here’s are rundown of the best camps to keep your kiddos busy…and save your sanity.

ThumbsUp Holiday Camp

ThumbsUp Camps are designed to be physically challenging, mentally stimulating, and educational. Campers will experience unique activities and make new friends, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Campers will experience the best activites that Bali has to offer in a motivating, safe, and educational framework. Kids from 5-15 years old will get to try their hand at surfing, fishing, paintballing, and wrestling. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available.

Click here for more info: ThumbsUp Camp

Wood School Holiday Camp

July 2-6 and July 9-13 2018

Wood School is located a few minutes outside of Ubud and offers an opportunity for kids aged 6-10 to head into nature and explore. Mornings start with yoga, meditation, song, and crafts. There will also be trips to Bali Bird Park, Bedugul Botanical Gardens, Historic Japanese Caves, and the Turtle Conservation Center, where the children are able to release baby Sea Turtles back into their natural habitats.

More information can be found here: Wood School Holiday Camp

Umalas Kids Club Camp

July 2-27 2018

This is a fun camp for the little ones (ages 1-5) with activities including craft making, games, science, water play, sensory play, music and movements. Choose from half and full day options from 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm (Rp250,000 & Rp350,000 respectively). Fees include a healthy morning snack, afternoon snack and all learning materials. Lunch can be added for an additional fee. Babysitting is also available from 3pm to 5pm at IDR 50,000 per hour.

Click for more info: Umalas Kids Club Holiday Camp

Bali Gymnastics Holiday Camp

June 18-August 3, 2018

Bali Gymnastics is run by a qualified gymnastics teacher who is very popular with the kids. For gymnasts aged 6+, this summer camp offers an opportunity to develop flips, stretches, and beam routines over the summer. Lessons combine artistic gymnastics drills and skills with yoga influences. Camps run from 10am-3:30pm 5 days a week and cost Rp450,000 per day or Rp1,800,000 per week. Snacks and drinks are provided and a performance will be held at the end of the camp.

Find more information here: Bali Gymnastics

The Garden Early Learning Centre Holiday Programs

June 18- July 27, 2018

Kids from ages 2-8 are welcomed to enjoy the beautiful environment and fun learning at The Garden Early Learning Centre. Join for the morning session from 9am-12pm or include Lunch club from 12-1pm. Each week has a different theme. This year learning will be based around favorite children’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

The price is Rp220,000 (includes snack) per session and an additional Rp30,000 for lunch club.

For more details click here: The Garden Holiday Program

The Anak Atelier Holiday Program

June 18-July 20, 2018

The Anak Atelier Summer Camp in Bali is back! There will be from June 18 – July 20, 2018! Carnival and Circus Magic is the theme this summer so there will be plenty of running, skipping, twirling and dancing.

Morning sessions run from 9am -12pm (Rp180,000rp) or the full day from 9am-5pm (Rp320,000 with lunch and snack). Discounts are available for weekly, 3 weeks and 5 weeks package bookings.

Find more information here: Anak Atelier Holiday Camp

Novotel Lombok Holiday Camp

This camp isn’t in Bali but we thought it would be a good addition to the list. The Summer Holiday Camp will run Monday – Friday with a half day on Saturdays on the grounds of the Novotel Lombok. Children will be fully supervised by qualified teachers from Rinjani Indah School. Fun learning activities, games, water play, sports, arts and crafts and plenty more are in store for your kids at this camp.

Find out more in our blog post: Try Something New at the Kids Summer Holiday Camp at Novotel Lombok

Bali Summer Holiday Camps For All!

We’ll be adding Bali Summer Holiday Camps as information is sent to us. If you’ve heard of others or are involved in a camp yourself please send details to partners@balikidsguide.com so we can add it to our list.

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.

The Best Nyepi Packages for Bali’s Day of Silence

The Best Nyepi Packages for Bali’s Day of Silence

Nyepi is an amazing time in Bali and is a great time to take advantage of Nyepi Packages at amazing hotels. Every year the whole island shuts down for 24 hours when the Balinese believe bad spirits visit the island trying to cause trouble. Finding the island ‘deserted’ they then leave the island alone again for a whole year. Locals and tourists are asked to stay indoors on this day and use as little electricity and make as little noise as possible. However, resort or hotel guests can use the facilities as long as they stay within the grounds. Hence, 2 night Nyepi packages for locals and visitors to the island to enjoy.

Tijili Benoa

  Tijili isn’t so well known yet, but this great little boutique resort in Tanjung Benoa might have just what you need for a 2 night getaway. Their Nyepi package is just Rp1,800,000++ for a Deluxe Courtyard Balcony room with breakfast for 2 people included. Benefits include welcome drinks & tropical fruit basket in the room upon arrival, free WI-FI throughout the property, free entrance to kids club, 24 hour in-room movie entertainment on the 17th, and a 1 time dinner on the evening of Nyepi. Get all the details on this deal HERE

Ayana & Rimba

  The Ayana Resort and Spa and Rimba by Ayana invite you to stay and take part in Bali’s famed Ogoh-Ogoh Festival this year. Checking in on the 16th of March you’ll relax and enjoy 2 nights in the resort, and even join the carrying of the Ogoh-ogoh with a complimentary t-shirt, sarong and udeng ceremonial headdress for men. Afterwards, the celebrations continue with a delicious buffet feast at Kampoeng Bali. On Nyepi Day itself, guests can enjoy their day relaxing by the pool or indulging in a luxury spa treatment. Included in the package is a 2-hour Aquatonic Seawater Therapy Pool Treatment. In the evening, when the stars are ready to blanket the night sky, guests will be invited to enjoy a “star grazing & gazing” dessert picnic on one of the resorts magnificent grassy lawns. Prices start from USD$243++ per room per night (Rimba by Ayana) including breakfast. Find out all your options HERE

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar

  Experience Bali’s day of silence in the relaxed surroundings of Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar. This 2-night package includes complimentary lunch and dinner for 2 persons. Rates start from Rp3,000,000nett per room for 2 nights in Deluxe Pool View and Jacuzzi Deluxe Rooms. The fabulous pool will be open for guests and free wifi internet is available all over the resort. Get the scoop on this deal HERE

Anvaya

The Anvaya Beach Resort offers the latest in luxury, with world-class facilities and service, a variety of accommodation choices, and authentic architecture and interior design. This Nyepi package is inclusive of a 2-night stay in a Deluxe Room, with daily buffet breakfast and a one-time buffet dinner on the evening of Nyepi for two. Enjoy the use of the swimming pools, spacious fitness centre and other in-house amenities while you relax in the resort. Prices start from Rp1.680.000 per room, per night. Check out the package HERE

Hard Rock Resort Bali

  Witness the famous Ogoh-Ogoh Parade, Melasti Ceremony and Kuta Beach’s festivities at Hard Rock Hotel, sitting beachfront on Kuta Beach. A range of exciting activities are specially prepared for guests so no one will be bored being stuck in the resort! This package is inclusive of daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old, 2 Rock Spa vouchers, and a Nyepi buffet lunch for 2 adults. You can also enjoy other complimentary services such as in-room blockbuster movies, all you can read digital newsstand with the most popular newspapers and magazines, free access to Body Rock Fitness Center including sauna, steam room and whirlpool, and Tabu Teen Club. Prices start at Rp2,500,000 for 2 nights Find more details on this package HERE Check out our blog post from last Nyepi at the Hard Rock HERE

Movenpick Resort Jimbaran

  This resort is one of Bali’s newest and most family-friendly resorts. With fabulous pools, kids club and water play areas and great restaurants, this is an ideal place to be ‘locked in’ for the day. Their Nyepi Package includes daily breakfast for 2 people, complimentary selected children’s activities and Meera Kids Club entrance pass (4 hours), complimentary meals for children under the age of 6 when accompanied by a paying, Rp300,000net dining credit during the stay, and complimentary selected refreshments from minibar. There will also be a special meal package on Nyepi Day and price start from just Rp1,386,000++/room/night. Contact their reservations now to book

Sofitel

Experience the serenity of Nyepi in the sumptuous surroundings of Sofitel Bali. Enjoy the  blend of French elegance and unique Balinese culture at this lavish 5-star beachfront resort with landscaped pools, gardens and beautiful white sand beach. This Peaceful Nyepi Escape package includes a daily buffet breakfast for 2 people. Of course, their fabulous hotel grounds with lagoon pools and open areas will be the ultimate spot for relaxation – and star gazing at night! Prices start at Rp2.300.000 per room, per night. Book this offer HERE  

Hilton Resort

  Situated on the south side of Nusa Dua, the newly branded Hilton Resort Bali is home to 4 pools, 6 restaurants, waterslides, tennis courts and a very unique Kids Club. This is a popular choice for families and is great for Nyepi Day. This Nyepi enjoy a package including daily buffet breakfast for 2, free extra bed and breakfast for 1 child, free one-time special Nyepi buffet dinner for 2 adults and 1 child and free access to the Jungle Kids Club during the stay. You’ll be looking at Rp1.750.000 per night with a minimum of 2 nights. Email to book now HERE

Ayodya Resort

  The lush, traditional grounds of the Ayodya Resort Bali are surely going to give you the perfect atmosphere for Nyepi. Their special stay package includes daily breakfast and complimentary luncheon and dinner buffet on Nyepi day. The resort will provide a range of activities on the day of silence, including billiards, darts, ping pong, kids activities (treasures hunts, Balinese dress up etc.) and more. They will also hold their own Ogoh-ogoh parade from their lobby to the beach just for the guests. Prices start at Rp3.000.000 for 2 nights. Email to book this deal now HERE 

Alaya Ubud

In preparation for Nyepi Day when the island of Bali literally shuts down, Alaya Resort Ubud is offering an escape from everyday life. This restful two-night package honors this cultural holiday in the best possible way with essential time out to unwind and recharge. This Nyepi offer includes a one hour traditional Balinese massage at DaLaSpa , a set dinner at Manisan and a Nasi Raja lunch experience at Petani Restaurant. Other benefits such as afternoon tea and free wifi are also available to enhance the experience. Prices start at Rp4.200.000++ for the whole package. Get ready for Nyepi relaxation at Alaya Ubud by clicking HERE

Elephant Safari Park Lodge

  In the stunning village of Taro, north of Ubud, you’ll find Taro Elephant safari Park and Lodge. To celebrate Nyepi and the silence that comes along with it, take some time to be in nature in a Garden View room. This includes entrance to Elephant Safari Park, museum & gallery, tickets to the elephant talent show, daily breakfast at Mammoths Head Bar & Lounge, one time Elephant Safari day-ride, one time lunch and dinner, one time afternoon tea and a printed photo with the elephants. You’ll also get to bathe the elephants and have access to the fitness room, park relaxation pavilion & gazebos. This is definitely a unique Nyepi experience with the price of Rp4,950,000  per family (2 adults & 2 children under 12) Visit their website for More Info

W Retreat Seminyak

  If you really want to splash out for your Nyepi stay, W Bali Seminyak is the way to go. W is offering a special package that includes daily breakfast at the fantastic FIRE restaurant, buffet Nyepi dinner at the Great Room, unlimited access to their fitness centre, and complimentary access to the cold & hot plunge hamam and detox chamber at Away Spa. Prices start from Rp5.500.000 per room per night. Find out more HERE   

Nyepi Packages for Indonesian Citizens and KITAS/KITAP Holders Only

InterContinental Bali Resort

Take advantage of a fabulous offer to stay at the InterContinental Bali Resort for a Nyepi break. You’ll stay 3 days/2 nights in luxury with dining inclusions and discounts on spa treatments and food & beverages. Prices start from 4,500,000++ for 2 nights. To book email: icbali.reservation@ihg.com      

Padma Resort Legian

The much-loved Padma Legian is offering a Nyepi stay in a Classic Deluxe Room for Rp3,590,000. This is a great price and includes a daily buffet breakfast for 2 people, one time lunch for 2 people and one time dinner for 2 people. Wifi is also free in rooms and public areas. Get more details and book on their website

Nyepi Packages for the Whole Family

  If, like me, the thought of being stuck in the house with your own kids fills you with fear, get one of these packages booked now! Your kids will be entertained, you’ll have some time to chill and you won’t have to lift a finger cooking or cleaning all day. Enjoy!!  

Where to be on Australia Day in Bali 2018

Where to be on Australia Day in Bali 2018

Don’t miss out on all the fun on January 26th just because you’re in Bali this year. There are plenty of places to party on Australia Day in Bali. Take the whole family for a Aussie-style barbie, have a Bintang or 2, and play games with the kids. Get yourself to one of these events for a fun day out.

Splash Water Park

 

Jan. 26th, 9am-5pm

Splash Water Park at Finn’s Recreation Club is offering a massive 50% off entry for all Aussies to celebrate Australia Day. There will be games like a thong throwing competition, handball, and classic catch. And don’t forget a Aussie BBQ and desserts as well as all day happy hour!

Sea Vu Play Australia Day BBQ

Jan. 26th, 4-9pm

Celebrate Australia Day at Sea Vu Play. Come hungry and load up at the all you can eat BBQ for Rp300,000. Bring the family because there will be a children’s booth, a Pavlova eating competition, crab racing, and sports on the big screen.

Cubby House Kids Kitchen – Aussie Lamington Making

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!

Cubby House Kids Kitchen – Aussie Lamington Making

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!

Ikan Beach Garden Australia Day Celebration

Jan. 26th from 6:30pm

Celebrate Australia Day in true tropical style with a flavorsome barbeque dinner. Enjoy an array of grilled meats along with icy cold beer on hand in a setting overlooking the Indian Ocean. All you can eat will cost you Rp465,000++ per person.

Cubby House Kids Club Australia Day Party

 

Sunday, January 21st, 1-5pm

Bring the kids to join the fun at this Aussie-themed party. There will be games, competitions and Aussie snacks. Cubby House Kids Club is for children aged 4-12, but younger children are allowed with a parent.

Family-Friendly Australia Day in Bali

Saturday Jan. 27th 10-11am 

Your kids can learn to make delicious Aussie Lamingtons in the Cubby House Kids Kitchen the day after Australia Day. Why not send them to this class so they can whip up Aussie treats for you anytime!