Bali is the perfect destination for a family vacation. The amazing beaches, beautiful sunsets, fabulous restaurants, welcoming locals and interesting culture keep families returning to Bali for holidays every year.
There are many different areas to choose from in Bali, with each part of Bali boasting its own distinctive feel. Note that traffic can be pretty bad at times in Bali, so even though distances may not look far, don’t expect to stay in Nusa Dua and travel to Seminyak for dinner every evening.
Here we round up the selling points of each area in Bali to help you decide where to stay in Bali with kids.
If you are looking to just hang out on a beautiful beach for your Bali vacation, Nusa Dua is definitely a good option. You won’t experience a lot of local Bali culture here, as the area is really just dedicated to large international resorts. However, if you are just looking for some downtime and to enjoy some beautiful beaches, then Nusa Dua is an excellent choice.
The Jimbaran Bay beaches don’t really rival those in Nusa Dua, but there is a bit more to Jimbaran Bay than resort-laden Nusa Dua. There are the famous seafood restaurants on the beach to enjoy here, from where you can enjoy some fabulous sunsets. Another selling point for Jimbaran Bay is that it is close to the airport, making it the ideal location for a weekend break.
It’s all happening in Kuta – wild nightlife, busy beaches, and everybody’s favourite water park, Waterbom Bali. There is plenty going on here to keep the whole family entertained, and good shopping and supermarkets with everything easily on hand. However, it is known as the party capital of Bali, so may not be the obvious choice with a young family.
Seminyak is where the beautiful people hang out in Bali. More refined than its neighbor Kuta, Seminyak is the high-end restaurant, shopping and spa capital of Bali. Although my personal favourite place to stay, the downside of Seminyak for families is the beaches – the waves are usually too rough for kids and the black sand is less appealing than those white sandy stretches in Nusa Dua.
Just north of Seminyak, Canggu is a popular area with families, with its quiet beaches, relaxed dining options and wide choice of family-friendly villas in Bali. Canggu is close enough to travel into Seminyak for dinner in the evening, and also boasts fun family hangout Finns Beach Club.
If you’re looking for beautiful rice paddies, interesting temples and the chance to immerse yourself in local culture, then Ubud is the place for you. Ubud has a lovely laid back feel to it, but still boasts a good selection of restaurants and bars, and family friendly accommodation.
Located on the East coast of Bali, Sanur is a great choice for families looking for a quieter Bali vacation. More laid back and less built up than the beaches on the West coast, Sanur still boasts several family friendly restaurants, bars and accommodation. The beach is relatively narrow, but is protected by the reef meaning the water is calmer for kids to splash about in.
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