We uncover the best family resorts in Bali for a memorable family vacation. From monkey encounters to kids’ clubs with Balinese art classes, here’s to making the most of Bali with kids.
There’s a simple reason we – Aussie travellers – are consistently drawn to a Bali family holiday: its resorts, with on-site amenities for families, safety and security for children, and diverse natural beauty, have the power to inspire even your angstiest teenager and quieten your most determined toddler. And with temperate weather year-round, you’ll find even a quick trip can be on the cards when you get a gap for school holidays. Between May and October promises near perfect weather on most days, with the majority of the country being dry and warm for hours of temple exploring and soaking in the tepid Indian Ocean.
We’ve kicked off your travel planning with a curated list of the best family resorts in Bali and ideas of things to do in Bali with kids, making sure that both you and your kids will feel comfortable, safe, and entertained from arrival to departure. And don’t forget that our experts at Westpac Concierge are on hand to curate an Island of the Gods itinerary that suits your family’s travel needs, with flights, resort and restaurant bookings with exclusive benefits, and anything else you might want, taken care of. If you’re a Westpac cardholder, you might already be eligible for our insider advice.
RIMBA by AYANA Bali
RIMBA by AYANA’s about 222-acre beachside sanctuary blends Bali’s natural splendour with the assurance of an enclosed and protected locale. Families can take part in enriching experiences such as family yoga and monkey encounters in the on-site forest, plus kids can join Green Camp Ayana, which teaches them about the indigenous flora and fauna, creating art from natural materials, andseed-to-table Indonesian cooking.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Little ones will have their pick of activities at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, as the Pici Pici (or ‘little snail’) kids club has a full schedule of Balinese art and dance classes, fruit carving, and organic veggie garden tours to keep them busy. While they’re at it, you’ll have plenty of worry-free time to invest in your wellbeing with chakra ceremonies, guided meditation, and antigravity yoga awaiting adults.
Things to do in Bali with kids
As comfortable as your chosen resort may be, Bali’s vibrant locales will inevitably call and when they do, its world-famous rice terraces should be your first stop. Kids will enjoyTegallalang Rice Terrace, a UNESCO World Heritage site a short 20 minute drive from Ubud, with lush, stepped rice fields that you can explore easily by foot. Just make sure to pack water, sun hats, and sunscreen to protect yourself on hotter days.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Music-loving families looking for something a little different than Bali’s island-style resorts can stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali, where kids’ suites feature understated rock and roll themes, cosy bunk-bed rooms, and PlayStation 4s. Even the most discerning diners will have something to tuck into at one of the seven on-site restaurants, which, of course, includes a Hard Rock Cafe with American-style burgers, steaks, and more.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
No visit to Bali is complete without a restorative spa treatment (or day, if you’re lucky). The Westin Resort Nusa Dua not only has Balinese massage rituals, Himalayan salt wall saunas, andcomplimentary yoga for adults, it also lets kids relax with manicures and pedicures, hair braiding, and temporary tattoos. That is, only if your kids can pull themselves away from the sprawling pool and zigzagging waterslide.
What to eat with kids in Bali
It’s generally easier said than done getting kids to try new flavours, and although Bali’s Indonesian cuisine is packed with mouthwatering spices and fresh local produce, it can be challenging for pickier eaters. Luckily, there areplenty of local desserts for sweet-tooths to dig into, such as dadar gulung, or Balinese pancakes, that are made with rice flour, coconut milk, and sugar and have a subtle sweet taste that’s great for a quick morning snack.
Keep your vacation carefree with all-inclusive Meliá Bali, where you and your kids can enjoy endless on-site amenities. Younger kids can explore the beach with crab fishing and sandcastle building, while older children can learn about Balinese culture on expertly managed temple visits – all while you get to take a well-deserved nap with covetable views of Nusa Dua’s glassy ocean or rejuvenate with a traditional Balinese massage.