Bali is such a popular destination for a family vacation – and with reason. This laid-back tropical island has it all: beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, amazing boutique shopping – and of course, plenty of family-friendly accommodation.
There are many distinctive parts to Bali, and each area has its own selling points. We love the beaches in Nusa Dua, and if you are looking to just hang out in a beautiful resort and enjoy the beach, Nusa Dua is definitely a good option. However, if your idea of holiday heaven is trying out all the best bars and restaurants, then Seminyak is a better option for you. If you’re all about amazing scenery and culture, then you should head to Ubud.
So if you are deciding where to stay in Bali with kids, here we give you our pick of the best hotels in Bali for families.
The Best Family hotels in Nusa Dua
If you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches in Bali, then Nusa Dua is the place to come. You won’t experience a lot of local Bali culture here, as the area is really just dedicated to large international resorts. Equally, most Nusa Dua restaurants are found within these resorts.
However, if you are looking for some downtime and happy just hanging in your resort and enjoying some beautiful beaches, then check out our pick of the best family hotels in Nusa Dua.
The Grand Hyatt Bali
The Grand Hyatt Bali is one of the best Bali resorts for families. This luxury family hotel in Nusa Dua features 636 rooms and suites, set amid 42 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical gardens and lagoons and boasts a fabulous white sandy beach.
There are facilities galore at this family friendly Bali hotel, including five restaurants, four bars, three tennis courts, squash courts, gym, spa and five swimming pools. The kids will particularly love the River Pool, which features two water slides to play on.
When they tire of building sandcastles and whizzing down the waterslides, drop them off at the Kids Club (kids aged 3-12 welcome), with its outdoor playground and arts & craft corner. Activities are as varied as Balinese dancing, beach soccer and fish feeding. As you would expect from a luxury family hotel, babysitting is also available.
The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali
The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali, is set on a white sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. This family hotel in Nusa Dua features 433 modern luxury rooms. Families should definitely check out the Family Suite – a two-bedroom suite with separate living area, which includes a DVD player and board games for the little ones.
This 5 star Bali family resort boasts six restaurants and bars, so you never need worry about leaving the resort for dinner. We particularly love the sound of the Funday Family Brunch at Italian restaurant Prego. Here, mum and dad can tuck into a buffet of scrumptious Italian fare, while the Westin Family Kids Team supervise indoor and outdoor activities for the kids – ideal!
As well as the gorgeous beach, there are also three swimming pools at this luxury family Nusa Dua resort – one with a 12-metre waterslide, and a Kids Club. The Kids Club welcomes kids aged 4-12, and boasts a spacious outdoor playground and entertains the kids with activities such as face painting, kite making and movie nights.
The St. Regis Bali Resort
If you have cash to splash, The St. Regis Bali Resort is undoubtedly the jewel in Nusa Dua’s crown. This suite and villa-only family resort in Bali prides itself on offering opulence and luxury to its guests. From the elegantly designed suites, to the waiter service on the pristine white sand beach, this luxury family friendly Nusa Dua hotel promises you an indulgent family vacation in Bali.
The St. Regis Bali Resort offers some of the best in Nusa Dua dining from its beachfront dining restaurants. We particularly love the Vista Bar, where you can choose to swim-up from the swimming pool, or lounge beachside.
Kids will love exploring the expansive saltwater lagoon, with its islands, Jacuzzis and sundecks, and splashing around in the main pool with its beach views, while the shallow kids pool is ideal for toddlers.
Additionally, you can drop them off for a half or full-day program at the Children’s Learning Center, with its outdoor playground. The program activities here include leaf painting, gardening, sand art and badminton – in addition to cultural outings such as visits to a temple or turtle hatchery.
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The Best Family hotels in Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bay is a halfway point – both literally and figuratively – between Nusa Dua and Seminyak. Its beach can’t quite rival those in Nusa Dua, but you feel less resort-bound here than in Nusa Dua. And it may not have the nightlife options of Seminyak, but it does boast the famous seafood restaurants on the beach from where you can enjoy some fabulous sunsets.
Jimbaran Bay is also close to the airport, making this the ideal location for a weekend break. If this sounds like the right mix for you, then check out our pick of the best family friendly Jimbaran Bay hotels below.
Intercontinental Bali Resort
The Intercontinental Bali Resort was the first luxury five star resort in Jimbaran Bay and remains one of the best Bali resorts for families. This luxury Jimbaran Bay resort features 417 rooms, ranging from classic rooms to duplex suites and two-storey villas.
There are five restaurants to choose from – including the gorgeous Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy toe-in-the-sands dining with 180-degree sunset views over Jimbaran Bay.
There are so many activities for families at this luxury Bali resort – including cycling tours, beach volleyball and soccer, in addition to tennis courts and five swimming pools. The main pool features a large shallow area for the little ones, while the two ‘fun pools’ have water fountains to play in.
But the highlight for families at this upscale family Bali resort is the kids club, Planet Trekkers, open to 4-12 year old guests. This fabulous kids club boasts a large outdoor playground with swings, slides, climbing frames, mini basketball courts and a fully supervised 10m kids pool. Inside in air-conditioned comfort, kids will enjoy the arts & craft corner, internet cave with Wii and Playstation consoles, cushioned reading corner, DVD library and range of board games. A comprehensive activity program is also on offer, including face painting, kite flying, treasure hunts and Balinese dance classes.
AYANA Resort & Spa Bali
AYANA Resort & Spa is a gorgeous clifftop resort overlooking Jimbaran Bay. This family friendly Bali resort has the unique benefit of shared facilities with its sister resort RIMBA. With a complimentary shuttle service between the two resorts, guests have access to 17 bars and restaurants and 11 swimming pools (including kids pool with two waterslides), in addition to spa, tennis courts, gym and 18-hole putting course. AYANA resort is also home to the famous Rock Bar, recently named by the Telegraph as one of the world’s best rooftop bars.
The kids club at AYANA Resort & Spa Bali is amazing, featuring a trampoline, hockey table, kids billiards, table tennis, Playstation & Wii consoles and outdoor playground. Activities are divided into those for ages 2-4 and those 5 years and above, and include ceramics painting, tree-planting, crafts and traditional games. Guests at AYANA are also welcome to use RIMBA’s kids club, giving you the choice of two activity programs.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Four Seasons resorts are well renowned for their luxury hotels, but many are surprised by just how family friendly their resorts can be. The Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay is a great example of such a luxury family resort in Bali.
The 147 villas are inspired by traditional Balinese architecture and feature all the mod-cons you would expect from a luxury resort. For families, they offer complimentary rollaway beds, in-villa pool fences and fluffy kids bathrobes. Beyond the villas, kids are well catered for too at this family Bali resort – with Balinese dessert making classes at the Cooking Academy, kids’ tennis clinics, kids’ menus in all restaurants (and kids aged 5 and under eat for free with an adult), and the main restaurant Taman Watilan even has a kids play area.
The Jimba Club caters for kids aged 4-12, and offers different themed days, such as ‘Pirates of Jimba’ and ‘Masterchef’, with fun activities including sand castle building, crab hunting and coconut bowling. Down at Coconut Grove, the hotel’s private beach, you will also find beach games such as badminton and table tennis. No wonder this has the reputation as one of the best hotels in Bali for families.
The Best Family hotels in Seminyak
Seminyak is the high-end restaurant, shopping and spa capital of Bali. This is where you will find celebrity chef restaurants, achingly trendy bars and boutiques and a host of fun beach bars for sunset. Personally I love Seminyak, mainly because of all the awesome Seminyak restaurants! But it doesn’t have the best beaches in Bali for families – the waves are usually too rough and the black sand is less appealing than those white sandy stretches in Nusa Dua.
For all the above reasons, there is less family friendly accommodation in Seminyak (no kids clubs here), but if, like me, you can’t resist those fabulous restaurants and bars – then here are our pick of the best family hotels in Seminyak:
W Retreat & Spa Bali
The W Retreat & Spa Bali is a super-stylish trendy resort, right on the beach in Seminyak and in amongst Seminyak’s best bars and restaurants. With its super-cool DJ-led Woo bar and cocktail culture, this is not an obvious choice for a child-friendly hotel in Bali. There’s no kids club here, and no water slides to zip down.
However, if you’re not bothered about kids clubs and waterslides, this is a surprisingly good option for family accommodation in Seminyak. The staff are amazing with the kids, and they have a toy box in the restaurant. The beautiful tiered swimming pool should keep the kids happy and there are plenty of grassy lawns to run around on.
There are 229 retreats, suites and villas to choose from, but we particularly like the pool villas for families. Here you are protected from the noise of the resort and you can enjoy a private pool and sundeck – perfect for quiet sunbathing if you have young children who still do daytime naps, or for a quick cool-off after sightseeing. The two- and three-bedroom villas also include BBQ facilities for private at-home dining under the stars.
The Oberoi, Bali, is ideally located on the beach and just a short walk from some of Seminyak’s best bars, restaurants and boutiques. The traditional Balinese thatch and natural stone lanai rooms and villas are set within 15 acres of tropical gardens, which are dotted with ancient Balinese temples.
The swimming pool and four bars and restaurants all overlook Seminyak’s beach, giving you an enviable position to enjoy Bali’s famous sunsets. There’s no kids club here, but you do have a gorgeous swimming pool to play in, and plenty of grass to run around on. Plus rooms and villas are spacious, and they are happy to provide child-friendly amenities such as sterilisers, baby toiletries and high chairs on request. Most importantly, they also offer babysitting if you want to get out and enjoy the Seminyak nightlife.
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The Best Family hotels in Ubud
If the Bali you dream of features infinity pools overlooking the rice paddies, wandering around temples and immersing yourself in local culture, then Ubud is the place for you. Ubud is Seminyak’s laid-back cousin – you will still find a good selection of restaurants and bars, but everybody heads home to bed early in sleepy Ubud, so they can be up early to hike the rice terraces and visit the temples.
If this sounds like Bali heaven to you – then check out our pick of the best family friendly hotels in Ubud below.
Padma Resort Ubud
The Padma Resort Ubud is a luxury family-friendly hotel located north of Ubud. This 149-room hotel is set within 11-hectares of tropical gardens and boasts stunning views over the bamboo forests. The highlight of this luxury family-friendly Ubud hotel is its fabulous 89-metre infinity swimming pool overlooking the forest, with a gorgeous swim-up bar, perfect for lazy sunny days.
There are two restaurants, a Kids Club, a fully-equipped gymnasium and even a 1.5km jogging track, which winds its way through the bamboo forest. The Wolly Kids Club, although small, is one of the best-equipped kids clubs I have come across, with train sets, lego, computer games, books and dolls galore. There’s even a bunk bed room for naps! Most importantly, the hands-on staff are brilliant with the kids.
Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
The Four Seasons Bali at Sayan is a 60-room luxury resort, hidden amongst the rice terraces just a short drive from central Ubud. There are 18 suites and 42 villas to choose from, but we particularly like the Family Suites, which include a master suite, children’s bedroom, and living area with outdoor terrace all on one level. Children’s menus are available in both restaurants.
There’s a gorgeous two-level swimming pool to play in, but the highlight for kids is the Pici Pici, providing complimentary entertainment for kids aged 4-12 (children under age 4 can enter with a resort babysitter). Pici Pici is divided into two zones – a brightly coloured playzone and a fun Rice Barn Tree House. Activities include arts & crafts, sports and adventure, dance classes, and there are also DVDs to choose from and Playstation and Wii games to play.
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