Grand Hyatt Review – Is This Bali’s Most Family Friendly Resort?

Grand Hyatt Review – Is This Bali’s Most Family Friendly Resort?

The Grand Hyatt Resort Bali is one of the original resorts in Nusa Dua with over 30 years of 5-star service to boast about. How we hadn’t done a full rundown of the resort until now I have no idea! We’ve been through the resort with a fine toothed comb and compiled all our thoughts about every aspect of our stay.

Generally when we do a hotel review it’s just me, my husband and the kiddos. This time we were lucky enough to have my dad with us from the UK so we can give you a grandparent’s opinion as well. After 12ish years of coming to Bali it was his very first time to Nusa Dua!! Read on to get a picture of what a stay at the Grand Hyatt Resort Nusa Dua is all about.

Getting to the Resort

& Checking In

The Grand Hyatt Resort is in the main part of the Nusa Dua resort enclave or BTDC. 

Taking the toll road from the airport it takes just about 15 – 20 minutes to get to the resort. We drove from Ubud, which took a bit longer. But with the great new underpass at the airport roundabout it’s pretty easy going.

Arriving at the Grand Hyatt the first thing you might notice is that it is a massive resort! I always knew it was big, but holy cow, it’s huge!

There are lotus ponds everywhere you look and fish for the kids to watch while you check in. When we checked in we were given a map, which is definitely necessary at first, and escorted to our rooms. It was quite a hike, but totally worth it when we got there.  

The Location

Nusa Dua is one of my favorite places to holiday in Bali. I know it isn’t for everyone. Many families choose to be in the hustle and bustle of Kuta or Legian, but for my family it’s the spot we can just chill. 

One nice thing about the Grand Hyatt is its location. For families who want a little more action it still delivers as Bali Collection shopping centre is just across the road. Walking out the the main gates of the resort there are shops, salons, restaurants and just a bit of bustle. 

There are also often events at nearby Peninsula Island, like the annual Nusa Dua festival of lights. Families can easily stroll over to take a look.  

Our Rooms

With 3 adults and 2 kids in our gang we needed 2 rooms for this stay. 2 Ocean Front Deluxe Rooms were absolutely perfect and had the added bonus (for us, maybe not grandpa) of being interconnecting.

The rooms were really spacious with a king bed and day bed made up into a bed that easily fit both kids. 

We were on the ground floor and had sitting spaces in the front of the room facing the beach. There was also tons of grassy space for the kids to run around and play. 

 

I loved the way the bathroom was divided into sections. There’s a shower, bath and sink area, toilet with a sliding door and then a wardrobe/dressing room area. When you don’t have two bathrooms, this is the next best thing.

My photos of the room turned out awful for some reason, but you can see all the room choices on the Hyatt Website

The Layout of the Resort

Like I said, the Grand Hyatt Resort is massive. 600 rooms, 5 pools, 6 restaurants, 3 bars, a shopping gallery, fitness centre, tennis courts, and a spa that might as well be its own hotel massive. 

It seems overwhelming at first but we got used to it really fast. However, you really need to think about what you need before you go out.  It’s a long walk back to grab the water wings or sunscreen if you forget them.

The main pool and river pool (where the big slide is) are right next to each other and there are tons of chairs around both. There is also hot spa pool with plunge pool next to it, which the kids challenged each other to get in over and over. The other pools are more adult friendly so we stayed around the main and river pools. 

The restaurants are scattered around the resort, but strolling through the gardens in the evening to dinner is lovely. It’s also wonderful to stroll along the beach and even borrow a bicycle to cruise along the beach path. 

 

Kids Facilities

What would a holiday to Bali be if you had to entertain your kids every moment of the day. May as well stay home right?

Thankfully the Grand Hyatt has you covered with a newly renovated kids club. Not to mention water slides, babysitters, a playground on the beach, and kids spa treatments.

The kids club at Grand Hyatt is bright and spacious with a fenced garden area outside and wonderful staff. Fun activities like crafting, cooking, movie time and learning about Balinese culture keep kids busy all day long. Even our almost 11 year old daughter who is over most kids clubs had a great time. 

You can book kids in for a full day Rp495,000++ – 9am-6pm or half days or half days Rp 315,000++ – 10am-2pm (with lunch) or 2pm-6pm (with evening snacks).

The kids club accepts kids from 3-12 years and just note there is no option for kids under 3 to go with a nanny. Some people have mentioned they didn’t use the kids club much because of having to pay. It does add up but I think it’s a great option for days you really want some adult time. 

 

Eating

Many resorts have a large variety of restaurants but don’t really do any cuisine that well. The Grand Hyatt Nusa Dua is a great example of a resort that excels in every cuisine. 

The first night we ate at Pasar Senggol, which is a cultural buffet of Balinese and Indonesian dishes with a show and market. We live in Bali and have been to plenty of cultural dinners and performances. However, I can honestly say this was beautifully set and the food was excellent. 

Breakfast didn’t disappoint either, and as an extra special treat we had lunch at Garden Cafe while the kids were at the kids club. A childless meal?? Yes! The food was delicious, varied, and there was plenty of it. We had Indian biriyani, a mozzarella tomato panini, and ribs. Each dish was as good as the other. 

Despite still being stuffed from breakfast and lunch, we had to give the poolside restaurant Salsa Verde a try as well. We did however, opt for lighter salads. Of course the kids still went whole hog with fish and chips and the most incredible desserts. 

As with most Nusa Dua resorts, the prices aren’t the cheapest. But for the quality and portion size at all the restaurants in the resort, we were seriously impressed. 

Kriya Spa

On the 2nd day of our stay my daughter (Lola, 11) and I walked to Kriya Spa where we had an appointment for some mum & daughter time. Arriving at the spa I was blown away. It was like a whole other hotel within the resort! Gorgeous water features, bridges, and comfy loungers created a total oasis of calm. And this is all before we saw our spa villa… Wow! 

We got changed into our totally adorable matching robes and were started off with a relaxing foot bath. I then had a 1-hour Balinese massage and Lola had a 30-minute massage (with chocolate oil no less) followed by a 30-minute facial. 

The spa therapists were amazing and very gentle and good about making sure Lola was 100% comfortable. As you can see by the pics, she’s pretty relaxed. 

We came out feeling wonderfully refreshed, spoiled, and Lola’s skin looked even more glowing than usual. One thing we absolutely loved was the bracelets we were given afterwards. They have ceramic bead that was dripped with the oils that had been used in our massages so we could smell the scent for hours after. 

We were served a lovely spicy tea in the lounge and floated off back down to reality and the boys for dinner. It was 100% an experience we loved and will remember as special time together. 

Is there anything bad about the Grand Hyatt Resort?

 

In a word, no. We all LOVED this resort and highly recommend it. The atmosphere was wonderful, the staff helpful and charming without being forced, and the activities perfect for families. The resort really reflects Bali and has stayed true to the landscape and culture. The kids had a great time, we got some adult time, and my father wants to go back immediately. We can’t say enough good things about this resort basically. 

Have you stayed at the Grand Hyatt? We’d love to know your opinions of it as well so leave us a comment!

Find out more about Grand Hyatt Bali Resort

How to Celebrate Christmas in Bali with Your Family in 2018

How to Celebrate Christmas in Bali with Your Family in 2018

 Saturday –  22nd – Love on the Rocks + Tropi Xmas Market

Local artisan market from our Uluwatu creative community. Last minute gifts and fancy finds, with beachside beats throughout the day.

Sunday – 23rd – Local Artisan + Family Afternoon

Kids crafts, Market place, Tropi Xmas workshop, Christmas classics on the big screen & more family fun festivities all afternoon – Extended free kids meals & drink specials! 

Monday – 24th – Tropi Xmas Eve

festive beats on the dancefloor, Inflatables poolside and seafood delights for mum and dad. Tropi Santa craft hut and rumour has it, there may be a visit from the man himself!  

Tuesday – 25th Cliffmas Day

Come as one (or ten) and be merry! Enjoy a chilled long lunch of beachside seafood delights or a set menu with all the trimmings.

10am – 10pm

Wednesday – 26th Boxing Day Barbecue

The ultimate recovery with our daybed barbecue menu and surfside bubbles flowing. For the sports enthusiasts, you won’t miss a wicket – we’ll have all the action from the Boxing Day test and Sydney to Hobart updates throughout the day! Pool volleyball, beach games and totem tennis to top off our Tropi Xmas with seaside feels.

Menu

Tropi Xmas Lunch or Dinner 

Per person with welcome drink IDR 700k++

– with Prosecco IDR 1.5mil*++

– with Duval Leroy Champagne IDR 1.8mil*++

* Free flow is entitled for 2.5 hours and includes softs and beer

Christmas Feasts in Bali

The Movenpick Resort

The Movenpick Jimbaran is one of Bali’s most beloved family resorts. There will be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brunches and dinners on both days at the resort’s Anarasa Restaurant. Enjoy all the festive goodies from roast turkey, grilled seafood and plenty of international dishes too. Santa will also be making an appearance on Christmas Day.

Brunch (12pm-4pm) and dinner (6.30pm-11pm) – Prices start at IDR 498,000++ per person, 50% off for children 6-12 years, an free for children below 6 years of age.  

You may also want to check out the Movenpick Cafe for Christmas stollen, chocolates and hampers. 

www.movenpick.com

Finn’s Recreation Club

Finn’s is the perfect choice if you want a traditional Christmas roast in Bali. A lazy six hour Christmas Day Buffet Lunch (11am-5pm), entertainment for the kids, and special entrance to Splash Water Park come included in the price. The children from Jodie O’Shea orphanage will also be invited and will receive presents and perform Christmas carols. Starting 1 December, the jodie O’Shea Wishing Tree will appear at the Finns foyer, decorated with tags with pictures of the children. You can choose a tag and buy a gift for that child.

Lunch and Splash Water Park Package: IDR 950,000 (adult), IDR 480,000 (child, 3-12).
Lunch only: IDR 600,000 (adult), IDR 200,000 (child), children under 3 eat free of charge.
Special Offer: Two for One Moet Chandon bottles.

www.finnsrecclub.com

Karma Kandara & Karma Beach Club

The Karma Group is revving up for the Christmas season in luxury again in 2018. Between December 23rd and January 5th they will be celebrating the ‘12 Days of Karma’, with tons of holiday experiences happening at Karma Kandara and Karma Beach Club.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day there will be festive meals at the beautiful di Mare restaurant. Christmas Carols by the children of the Bali Life Foundation, followed by a 3-course meal will be held on Christmas Eve and brunch from 11am on Christmas Day.

Or if you want a relaxed beachfront meal Karma Beach is the spot for a beach barbecue, movies and DJs through the day. Santa will be hanging on the beach in the afternoon as well.

Check out the full program for 12 Days of Karma.
www.karmagroup.com

Bella Cucina

InterContinental Bali Resort knows how to do Christmas in style. Christmas Eve offers complimentary Christmas Cocktails served in the Saraswati Lounge accompanied by Christmas Carols performed by the children of Widya Asih orphanage. In the evening, a set dinner will be served at the resort’s Bella Cucina Restaurant.

Santa Claus will arrive on Christmas Day at 10am and will spread Christmas cheer arounf the resort. A Festive Family Brunch and dinner will also be served at Bella Cucina on the day.

www.bali.intercontinental.com

The Mulia Nusa Dua

The Mulia has tons of Christmas Day options to choose from. Whether you feel like an international buffet at The Café, a less conventional Japanese buffet at Edogin, or Chinese flavours at Table8, it’s your choice. The beautiful beachfront Soleil will also present itsincredible Mediterranean brunch for Christmas Day.

Details on each restaurant here.

www.themulia.com/mulia-bali

Petani

If you’re in Ubud for the holidays, Petani at Alaya is a fantastic option. Centrally located close to the Monkey Forest, they will be offering a Christmas Eve dinner from 7pm-10.30pm. Accoustic music will accompany the meal.

On Christmas Day Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting during an amazing three-course holiday spread. IDR 425,000++ per person.

www.alayahotels.com

W Bali

W Bali holidays are legendary and the brunches and events that they throw are even better at Christmas.

For Christmas Eve, FIRE Restaurant will have a night market with a twist, with a festive carving station, roast turkey, smokehouse barbecue and Christmas sweet cave. The famous Starfish Bloo will also be serving a Pan-Asian array of cuisine in a seafood market. Starts at IDR 700,000++ / person . 

Christmas Day is no less decadent. An incredible Christmas brunch spread includes a visit from Santa festive activities for the kids and toys and movies in the W ballroom. Prices start from IDR 950,000++ / person. 

Find all their Christmas dining options here.
www.wbaliseminyak.com 

Alila Seminyak

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated with a 4-course dinner menu and a sumptuous Christmas Brunch respectively. Seasalt Restaurant will also offer carol singing, eggnog and a warm Chritsmas welcome on the beachfront of Seminyak. Both meals are IDR 750,000++/person

Kiddos will be entertained with cupcake decorating, handicrafts, games, movies, storytelling and even a slumber party. 

www.alilamoments.com

Sundays Beach Club

If you want a traditional christmas lunch but also want to chill on the beach, Sunday’s is your spot.  This gorgeous beach club will be offering a buffet spread fill of fresh seafood, roast turkey, whole roast pig, glazed ham and a dessert station that will have you wanting to climb back up the stairs instead of riding the inclinator.

Price: IDR 1,300,000++ per person

[email protected]

KU DE TA

KU DE TA may be one of the chicest restaurants in Seminyak but they know how to do family days as well. Spend your Christmas Day feasting, sipping and enjoying kids activities like arts and crafts and a visit from Santa. There will be a choice for lunch of KU DE TA or upstairs Mejekawi, which is a serious foodie destination.

Price for KU DE TA: Adults IDR 950.000 net & children IDR 400.000/net
Price for Mejekawi: Adults IDR 1.500.000 net & children IDR 550.000 net

www.kudeta.com/christmas-family-day.html

Christmas in Bali is Family Time!

There are tons of traditional and non-traditional things going on for families who choose to spend Christmas in Bali. I’ll be adding them as they come in.

If you know of more or are a business that wants to be included on this list shoot us an email – [email protected]

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

Need a Night Off From Parenting? Hotel Tugu Bali Has Romance Galore!

Need a Night Off From Parenting? Hotel Tugu Bali Has Romance Galore!

You all know how it is…constantly moving, working, gathering clothes off the floor, making snacks 25 times a day. When do you find time to chill, sleep and enjoy being a couple with your partner? It’s been a long time (like at least 2 years) since my husband and I spent the night away from the kids. It was about time to detach ourselves for 24 hours. The beautiful Hotel Tugu Bali offered us the perfect opportunity to spend the night and attempt some romance. I say attempt because my husband isn’t exactly known for his romantic gestures and to be fair neither am I. 

Turns out it’s pretty hard to not feel romantic when you arrive at Tugu. The setting is perfect, atmospheric and very authentic with all the beautiful antiques, wooden furniture and lush gardens. It also helped that we were handed a nice glass of wine upon arrival. Our room was an incredible wooden bungalow with stunning views out to the surf, a massive sunken bathtub, and a four poster bed that could have fit the whole family including our many pets. Luckily, it was just the two of us.

Hotel Tugu Bali Nights

Canggu gets pretty wild on a Saturday night and, being old farts, we were ready to leave the youngins to their partying. After dinner with friends we had a wander around the gardens and headed back to our room. We could hear the music from the bars from our bed, which we sort of expected knowing Canggu. The only problem was we didn’t know it would go on until 4am. However, there are earplugs next to the bed and I’ve since talked to the staff at Tugu. They assured me it’s only on the weekends. They are also working on soundproofing some rooms closest to the bars.

Hotel Tugu Bali Mornings

In the morning I had a long soak in the enormous bath and we headed down for breakfast. You can actually have your breakfast served in your room or anywhere else around the hotel, which is a very cool touch. And if you want to stay in bed, you can have breakfast whenever you choose to get up. We chose the roof terrace where there was a nice breeze and we could watch the surfers. By the time we’d had our nice long breakfast (I savored every spoonful of my incredible smoothie bowl!), it was almost time to leave. It’s funny how you can’t wait to get away from the kids sometimes and then miss them terribly when you’re away. I definitely didn’t want to leave our beautiful room and the lovely feeling that Tugu exudes. But heading back to my kiddos was nice too. I think I can speak for my husband when I say we both felt refreshed after our stay. And we’d finally got to spend some real quality time together.

You Ready to Get Romantic at Hotel Tugu Bali?

If you’d like more info about Tugu and their romance packages click here: Hotel Tugu Bali If you can’t get a whole night away you might want to make a dinner reservation at Ji Bale Sutra or Ji Terrace by the Sea. Soaking up the unique decor and feasting on delicious Japanese and Asian cuisine is a certain path to romance.

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

Family Meals Made Easy by The Pie Lady

Family Meals Made Easy by The Pie Lady

The Pie Lady pies have been a favorite in my house for ages, so we were very excited to hear she now sells family-sized meals! Nasi goreng (fried rice) has always been our go-to for non-cooking nights but now we also have the choice of a home cooked lasagne, pasta bake, pie, mac & cheese, or quiche. All of the Pie Lady’s delicious dishes are made from fresh, natural ingredients with no fillers or preservatives. The menu also checks all the boxes when it comes to feeding vegetarians, vegans, gluten free diets and also just picky little ones.

 

All pies and meals must be ordered 2 days in advance as all the delicious dishes are cooked to order to ensure they are fresh.

The pies are delivered by Go-Jek, which is a great app if you don’t already have it. Imagine a whole meal just turning up at your door without you having to lift a finger! Heaven sent!!

Don’t forget you can also order all the Pie Lady pies you love for those quick easy meals. Hungry kids love a pie when they get home from school or need some energy for after school sports. For a sweet treat the fruity crumbles and chocolate tarts are an absolute dream.