Complete guide to Bali with kids

Seminyak Beach Cushions
Seminyak Beach Cushions

For families looking for a chilled family escape, Bali is one of our most favourite holiday’s. This is quite surprising as we had very low expectations of Indonesia.

For Aussies, places such as Bali, Fiji and Phuket are synonymous with backpackers and cheap holiday package deals. I would liken it to Brits vacationing in Mallorca, or Americans going to Cancun; where a traveller can comfortably feel like they have never left the country.

This could be a good or bad thing depending on your travel style. Bali offers it all from creature comforts of a resort holiday to getting off the beaten track and away from it all. There are good reasons why people flock to Bali – it’s the best!

Bali with kids is the best

Here are the reasons why:

It can cost almost as much to fly to destinations in Australia (Perth or Northern Territory) as it does to fly overseas to Bali. Keep an eye out on discounted flights, they can go as low as $300 return from Australian capital cities off-peak. Accommodation, room service, dining out and getting around in taxis is a much more affordable exercise with kids in tow.

When travelling with kids, any direct flights you can get a hold of is worth it’s weight in gold. There’s no need to worry about stop-overs or transits. Virgin, Jetstar, Garuda and Indonesia Air Asia fly directly to Bali (Denpensar) from Australian cities.

Your dollar goes further in Indonesia. Although Indonesians have long cottoned onto the tourist currency and mark everything up. It’s a very affordable country and you get to live like a king.

For Aussies check out Groupon, Living Social and Scoopon for packages. Even without packages, Bali still offers value for money; with many hotels, private bali villas and resorts to choose from varying from basic and comfortable to absolute luxury.

As an example, we visited Bali in September the cost of a 5 bedroom villa for the week equates to $300 AUD a night for 8 adults and 4 kids, inclusive of transfers and breakfast for the entire group.

This is an ideal destination for a chilled family holiday with a touch of exotic culture thrown into the mix. Our days were mainly spent swimming in the resorts pools or chilling by the beach.

Bali offers plenty of dining options from very affordable Warungs which are small local eateries serving Indonesian cuisine to gourmet fusion restaurants.

Dining out in high-end restaurants is affordable compared to back home and the standards are quite impressive, though considered expensive compared to local warungs and eateries. As en example, we hosted a pre-wedding family lunch for 20 people at Metis and two course meals with a-la-carte alcoholic drinks equated to aproximately $500 AUD

I have found Indonesians to be peaceful and kind people. To them, children are part of their day to day lives, therefore when dining at restaurants or visiting local attractions, kids are welcomed and accommodated for. Even at the prestigious venues of Bali such as Ku De Ta. Kids were happily jumping in the pool or lounging on beach chairs.

Holidaying in Indonesia means that you can afford to splurge out on a nanny, private drivers and a villa complete with butler.


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Complete guide to Bali with kids

If the above has convinced you of getting to Bali pronto, here’s our complete guide to Bali with kids

Before you go

Visas for Bali with kids

Bali has scrapped the US$35 Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Australians! Valid as of March 2016, you can enter Indonesia (Bali) un a visa-free facility.

It is now absolutely free to stay for up to 30 days as a citizen of Australia.

The catch – you cannot extend your stay over 30 days on a free entry visa. If staying over 30 days then the old method of applying for a Visa on Arrival for $35US is required. Or directly for your embassy or Consulate of Indonesia.

Notify your bank to avoid card suspension

Notify your bank that you are travelling to Bali so that they know your debit and credit cards will be used in Indonesia. Otherwise they may suspend your account and you will need to call to reconfirm your details overseas.

Request a high maximum withdrawal limit so you can take a large amount of Rupiah out in one transaction for instance; paying for hotel could cost “millions” in Rupiah (IDR).

Passport validity for Bali with kids

Ensure all passports have at least 6 months validity before expiration.

Those with less than 6 months validity may not be allowed to enter the country or airlines may refuse to board you. For more information check the Australian Passports office here.

Travel Vaccinations for Bali with kids.

Here are the vaccinations required for travel to Bali with kids and for families.

Apart from Hep B which is part of the immunisation register, travel vaccinations are not supplemented by Medicare and costs extra.

If you have private health insurance, depending on your level of cover you can get small amount back. With my health cover, flu shots were not covered.

Make sure vaccinations are up to date before you go to Bali with kids.
Make sure vaccinations are up to date before you go.

Vaccines should be given at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

It is recommended Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations for children travelling to Bali.

Ensuring your child’s immunisation schedule is up to date should cover Hepatitis B.

Hepatitis A is a separate vaccine for children, in Australia the common vaccine is called Havrix and is recommended for children aged 2 and over. A booster shot is recommended to provide protection for up to ten years. This is to be followed up 6 months after the initial injection.

Children aged under 2 are not able to have the Hep A vaccine.

My daughter was just over a year old when we first visited Bali and was not able to have the Hep A vaccination prior to travel to Bali. Therefore, we needed to exercise food and water precautions including avoiding uncooked foods such as unpeeled fruit, drinking bottled water and sanitising hands.

We stayed close to central tourist hubs and avoided remote areas just as an added safety measure. I found the MD Travel Health for the Travel Doctor site had comprehensive advice on vaccines, outbreaks and precautions.

This information was provided to me by my local GP. It’s best to consult your doctor for recommended travel vaccines for Bali which varies from country to country.

In the USA it seems 2 x Hep A shots given 6 months apart is allowed for children aged between 12-24 months. Which is not the case in Australia unless you are of Aboriginal and Torres Island who are eligible for free Hep A shots for children between the ages of 12 month to 5 years.

Other optional vaccines include Influenza vaccine which is highly recommended, whilst travelling on planes and being in public places. However it is not for the faint hearted, for a child the initial flu vaccine requires 2 shots spaced 4 weeks apart for it to be fully effective. That’s 2 needles for bubs. The good news is subsequent annual flu shots only require the one needle.

Another optional vaccination to consider is the Rabies vaccine. Though the likelihood of being bitten or licked by a rabid animal is very small, you can die from rabies. The risk is high and worth considering if you think you are going to be near animals in Bali. We didn’t get this and were fine. I would consider the vaccine for next time. From what I can gather it is 3 courses (injections) over a month.

It’s recommended that adults are vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B for travel to Bali. Hepatitis B consists a series of doses starting 6 months prior to travel for optimal protection.

Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended at least 4-6 weeks prior to travel. It is advised that adults check their childhood vaccines are up to date including; Measles, Mumps and Rebella and Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria or Polio. Consult a travel doctor or your local GP for travel vaccine and booster recommendations 4-6 weeks prior to travel.

For those going off the beaten track such as to rural areas or away from resort towns, the Typhoid vaccine is also recommended at least a week prior to travel.

Other optional vaccines include Influenza vaccine which is highly recommended, whilst travelling on planes and being in public places.

Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Rabies vaccine should be considered if travelling long term and to remote areas.

Travel Insurance for visiting Bali with kids

Travel insurance is essential for travelling to Bali especially with kids.

Make sure the travel insurance specifically covers Indonesia and carefully read the Product Disclosure Document (PDS) for what it does and doesn’t cover.

Check your children have been added to your policy to ensure coverage and ask what happens in the event of i.e. luggage delay for you and for your kids.

Some policies are tricky, whereby they pay per adult, so the benefit paid for each adult has to cover all your kids as well. Read carefully.

There are policies that just cover medical or there are ones that cover everything from medical, personal effects, delays and lost luggage.

I recommend one that covers everything with either a small or $0 excess. It’s a precaution just in case you are sick or hospitalised or even if an expensive camera was broken or stolen.

Check out my horror flight, stranded in Dubai and my review to come of the Bali Medical Center (BMIC) for reasons why you need travel insurance.

Must have travel insurance. We took a trip to the BIMC (Bali International Medical Center). At least it wasn't for the kids!
Must have travel insurance. We took a trip to the BIMC (Bali International Medical Center). At least it wasn’t for the kids!

Safety and Travel Advisory

Check your countries travel advisory for travel to Indonesia. For Australians consult the Smart Traveller site. It’s been on Yellow “Exercise a high degree of caution” for quite sometime. I doubt the warning will go green since the 2002 Bali Bombings in Kuta.

The threat of terrorist attack is a real one. As recently as March 2012, Indonesian police shot dead 5 suspected terrorists overnight, whom were planning to bomb a well known bar in Seminyak. These are things you need to consider when travelling to Indonesia. Do you live in fear and paranoia? Or do you keep on travelling with caution?

Google, research and read the Smart Traveller site to come to your own conclusion.

As far as security, our resort and many popular bars and restaurants have mandatory security inspection of the taxi or car you are arriving in. As well as requesting ID if required. The nannies we hired, were routinely questioned and bags searched before entering the premises. Whether this is being alert or to give tourists peace of mind is again up to your judgement.

If you intend on travelling, exercise caution by avoiding large crowded tourist hot spots, sticking close to the resorts, avoid peak times at restaurants and being aware of public spaces, it’s all you can do.

Know that Bali is not without it’s issues

Indonesia is a 3rd world country where the Gross National Income (GNI) is $3,580 USD compared to Australia’s GNI of $65,520 and you can see there is a large difference source World Bank.

The streets of Bali, Indonesia
The streets of Bali, Indonesia

Where I boast of luxuries such as nannies and drivers, Indonesia is not without it’s issues.

On the surface of it, Bali has all the modern amenities and services that of a 1st world country. There are however impoverished people and issues of petty crime, poorer standards of hygiene, safety concerns and considerations of emergency and medical treatment for kids in the event they require medical assistance or hospitalisation.

This shouldn’t be a deterrent to going, travelling to Indonesia or any 3rd world country requires some consideration, careful planning and exercising caution and common sense as to where to go with kids.

Best time to goto Bali with kids

Weather-wise the best time to go is April through September. Try and visit just before or after a school holiday so crowds are lower and rates aren’t too high.

September is a perfect time for weddings, my brother's cliff top wedding in Uluwatu, Bali
September is a perfect time for weddings, my brother’s cliff top wedding in Uluwatu, Bali

We have been to Bali in late April to Early May and September and each time was glorious. Blue skies, slight humidity and sunshine all day long.

In September there were a few overcast days which locals said was unusual.

Bali is an all year type of destination, there is a a wet season from October to March and a dry season, from April to September.

Language in Bali

If you stick to the resort and tourist areas English is common and most Indonesians are able to speak and understand the English language. You will have no problem getting by using English with shop owners, taxi drivers, vendors at tourist sites, restaurant and hotel staff.

The primary language of Indonesians is Bahasa though others also speak a regional language such as Javanese. It’s always good to speak a few phrases of the destination language and to teach your children new dialects.

Some essentials are Selmat Pagi – Good Morning. Selamat Malam – Good Night and Terima kasih – Thank You.

Pops of colour at a Balinese market
Pops of colour at a Balinese market

Religion in Bali

Although Indonesia is predominately Muslim, the majority of Balinese people practice a branch of Hindu knowns as Balinese Hinduism or Hindu Dharma unique to the island, mixing other elements including Buddhism and animism.

The Balinese are deeply religious and practice many rituals and festivals. Throughout Bali you will find small and large temples a place of worship to their Gods.

Common sights include the daily offerings, wherebeautifully decorated parcels made up of various colourful flowers, leaves and food are offered at shop entrances, along the streets, at busy intersections, at the foot of statues and temples anywhere requiring extra protection from bad spirits and even on the beach.

Common sight around Bali, offerings
Common sight around Bali, offerings

Time in Bali

Bali’s time zone is GMT + 8 hours.

Money in Bali

Indonesians operate on the Rupiah (Rp) currency.

Familiarise yourself with the notes and coins here. Don’t make the same mistake I did, acting like a complete tourist, arguing over 8,000 Rupiah thought to be $8.00 rather than 80 cents.

Bank Notes are; 100, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000. They have coins as well: 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000.

Click for Currency converter to check out the IDR against your dollar.

Exchange $35 USD for each family member entering the country for your Visa On Arrival. It’s best to go with USD, however, they do accept AUD and it’s around $37 AUD but this can change (have more just in case), change is given in Rupiah (IDR).

It’s also handy to exchange a small amount of Rupiah prior to departure for taxi’s or a bottle of water at the airport.

Generally; if you divide by 10,000 you can get a rough idea of the conversion. e.g. 10,000 = $1, $50,000 = $5 and $500,000 = $50 bare in mind it’s not exactly parity, currently a little less. For those numerically challenged like I am, it’s a quick calculation.

Departure Tax or Airport Tax in Rupiah

When leaving Indonesia a departure tax or they call airpor tax of 200,000 rupiah per person around $20 AUD payable in local currency only (as of September 2014). Make sure you keep exact change aside for this. This fee is for all members of your family regardless of age, this includes kids.

Ways to exchange money

We have used a few methods to exchange money, here are some methods:

There are many money changers with signs out on the road. Usually without fees.
There are many money changers with signs out on the road. Usually without fees.
Exchange to Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) prior to your trip

We exchanged our money in Australia, prior to leaving at the local Australia Post.

Exchanging Rupia at Australia Post involves ordering over the counter and paying by by card, cash or credit. No fees are charged and the exchange rate is very reasonable. For us it took 2 business days to order the money and an ID and receipt is required to collect. There is an option of nominating someone else to pick up the cash if needed. Allow at least a week to order the money in to avoid last minute rush.

Request small denominations of 1000’s and 5000’s to have on hand as taxi’s and convenience stores do not take large notes.

The benefits of exchanging prior to your tip is convenience. There’s no need to exchange at a foreign place in Bali during your holiday, you will be cashed up and ready to go. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the currency as cash is king and is used between the airport and resort.

The exchange rate over in Bali is generally a little better locally.

Exchange to Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) when you arrive at money changers

You can also exchange currency at the airport after customs. Apparently, they are trustworthy. However on arrival and not familiar with the denominations it’s easy to mistake a 100,000 for a 1000 or get confused over the currency.

If you are not taking a taxi or need to spend in IDR before checking into your hotel (e.g. you organised transport) are also local currency changers on the main streets of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak which are clearly sign-posted. Most changers do not charge a fee for service. But ask prior to changing.

The benefit of this is that you do not run the risk and stress of losing the money when travelling over to Bali, you get a slightly better exchange rate locally and also you can exchange small amounts as and when you need it.

You do run the risk of dodgy changers short changing you or charging unnecessary fees. However, some forums I have read swear by changing AUD or USD at the airport or local street money changers. Familiarise yourself with the notes. It’s easy to get 10,000 and 100,000 confused. Count your money right in front of the money changer to avoid an error.

Request some small notes i.e. 1000, 5000, 10000 Rupiah notes are great for taxis, supermarkets and convenience stores.

Exchange to Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) locally you arrive at ATMs

If you have a debit card that allows overseas withdrawals, generally all cards with Cirrus, Visa or Mastercard logo allows for this. But best check with your bank prior to departure.

You can withdraw local currency at an ATM. For Aussies, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ and Westpac ATM’s are located in the main hubs of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta.

Depending on the bank and the ATMS, maximum withdrawal us 1,250,000 Rupiah per transaction if the ATM is dispensing 5,000 Rupiah notes.

Some stand alone ATMS have a small withdrawal limit of 500,000. To confused the matter, some ATMS with a sign dispensing 100,000 RP notes has a maximum withdrawal limit of 2,500,000 IDR.

Try and go ones with the high limit if intending to withdraw large sums as most ATMS charge a transaction fee of between $2-5 AUD per transaction, this is on top of the unfavourable conversion rate nominated by the bank.

You can keep putting your card in until you reach your banks maximum withdrawal limit.

If you bank with a particular bank that has ATMs in Bali, try and locate that ATM e.g ANZ to reduce the ATM transaction fee.

The benefit of this method is convenience and avoiding dodgy currency changers. However fee’s are high as not only the transaction fee charged by the Bali ATM, there is a fee charged by your local bank and the exchange rate is not fabulous. Check with your bank about all the fees they charge then add the fee charged in Bali to see if it is worthwhile.

Pay by credit card

Most hotels, resort, retail outlets and restaurants all take credit cards with Visa and Mastercard being the most widely used.

Amex was welcomed in most places but was retailer specific. Rather than changing a large sum of money consider using a credit card or load up a debit credit card prior to going.

The exchange rates are reasonable though most cards charge a percentage transaction fee, Amex is 3% each time you use the card. Check with your bank before going.

Credit card reduces the risk of loss or theft to carrying around large sums of cash (millions of Rupiah). However, cash will be needed in smaller boutique shops e.g. the boutique clothing retailers in Seminyak, prefer cash, also the beach side stores and vendors, local restaurants and buying from street markets.

ATM's in Bali, there are many Australian banks here.
ATM’s in Bali, there are many Australian banks here.

Electricity & power supply in Bali

Indonesia operates on 220volts / 50Hz power supply; same as Australia and many European countries.

Bali 2 pin round wall socket, 220v / 50 Hz
Bali 2 pin round wall socket, 220v / 50 Hz

Different to North America whom work on 110-120v volt / 60Hz power supply. For Americans or those on 110-120 V / 60 Hz please use a step down converter or your electronics will fry. Check the watts on your electronic item and buy an appropriate converter.

I’ve used the Simran 1875 watt step down converter in Australia, and it works. Purchase them before going to Bali as step down converters are hard to find.

Plugs & adaptors

Bali uses a standard two round pin wall socket. Adaptors are readily available and can be purchased cheaply aproximately 20,000 IDR ($2 AUD or purchase a universal travel adapter before you go.

Travel hack use a power board

For Australians, take one adapter for a power board and plug all your devices into your power board, saving you on carrying and purchasing multiple adapters.

Using multiple devicesс in Bali? Take one adapter and a power board.
Using multiple devices? Take one adapter and a power board.

For those countries that operate on a separate volt, this travel hack is still possible, with the right converter, do not overload your power board with too many gadgets as the converter has a volt limit. If you want to plug in all your gadgets at once, calculate how much total power you need and purchase a converter that can handle the total power supply.

Tipping in Bali with kids>

Though tipping is not mandatory, it is appreciated given the low minimum wages.

Most hotel and resorts automatically provide a 21% surcharge on your bill for example, room service, dining pool-side or at a restaurant. No further tipping is required.

For some restaurants, a 10% government tax is applied to bills. No further tipping is required. For those that don’t charge a surcharge you can tip 10% of the bill. For taxis, tipping is not necessary. However, rather than getting coins and very small notes. You can round the total up.

Drinking water in Bali with kids

Tap water is not safe to drink. Don’t risk it especially with the kids.

Drink only bottled water, brush your teeth with bottled water and don’t accidentally drink the shower water or have the kids swallow the bath water.

Bottled water from the supermarket and convenience stores are inexpensive.

When cooking, you can boil water to cook with. However, the safest way to go is boil bottled water. This is what the housekeeping staff were doing at our villa when cooking breakfast.

TIP – bring bottles for water refills for the kids. Refill them at water stations at the hotel or buy a gallon to refill in your villa or room.

It's unsafe to drink tap water. Beer on the other hand is A-OK.  Warning - the ice in this Mojito gave me a tiny belly ache.
e It’s unsafe to drink tap water. Beer on the other hand is A-OK. Warning – the ice in this Mojito gave me a tiny belly ache.

What to pack for Bali with kids

Check out the Ultimate guide to packing for kids which outlines what to pack, tips and tricks for packing for travel with kids.

Here are specific tips for packing for Bali with kids

if you prefer your brand nappies, pack enough to last your trip and some ‘just in case’.

Inexpensive Mamy Poko brand nappies in Bali
Inexpensive Mamy Poko brand nappies in Bali

If you don’t mind another brand. Bintang supermarket in Seminyak stocked a Mama Poko brand and Pampers. The pampers were not exactly the same type of Pampers as the USA (a little thinner). They were still really good. I’m a fan of Pampers.

If there are specific snacks and a brand of baby food that you prefer back home i.e. the organic squeezable puree’s, you may find it hard to find it in Bali. Bring enough for your trip.

Although there are supermarket and convenience stores available that stock some well known western brands.

I packed just enough snacks for the trip on the plane and picked up some new things to try out.

The large shopping center, supermarkets, boutique shops and side market stalls do sell swimming gear, I found some great Speedo kids goggles in the Kuta Mall, though the range is limited.

I recommend bringing your own kids floaties and swimming gear as they maybe safer and Bali may not havethe brand you prefer.

There are sunscreen and insect spray to purchase, the range is limited and it’s obvious Indonesians don’t use this as the prices are quite high.

I would recommend you bring the brand and type you prefer.

Shoes and kids clothes are available and affordable.

There are some very cute kid brands that are specific to Bali and Indonesia along Seminyak. In Kuta the top floor of Discovery Shopping Mall have some US retailers like Baby GAP and Pumpkin Patch. At the very top floor there a few children’s shops that sell shoes and clothing. The prices are affordable and you can get brands such as speedo swimmers and Stride Rite shoes.

For beach gear, there are many options, including lots of beach wear retailers. Though the quality is suspect. I purchased a “Quicksilver” rash guard from what seems like a legitimate store front. It fell apart as soon as we got back.

If you forget a piece of clothing. You can easily pick it up in Bali. Either in the mall, at the supermarkets or on the side stalls. If you prefer specific brands then styles and sizes maybe a little limited then back home.

Kids Health and Safety

No pool fences for kids in Bali, consider hiring one for peace of mind.
No pool fences in Bali, consider hiring one for peace of mind.

If you are considering a private pool villa and heading to Bali with kids, you will find that most do not have pool fences.

However, there are companies that hire out pool fences for your villa pool. I found three that offer this service:

Particularly good for young children that aren’t strong swimmers and also for your peace of mind.

Consult your villa, hotel or resort if they can provide a pool fence, they maybe able to arrange one if required.

On our recent trip the best thing we did was hire a pool fence for our unfenced private pool villa. Ours was hired from Baby Service Bali.

The pool fence cost $15 (daily rates reduce depending on duration) and a $50 installation, setup and delivery fee. For 6 days the total cost was $140.

With young kids aged 2, 4, 5 and 7 that think they can swim, it was a wise investment and a small price to pay for peace of mind. The pool fence fully fitted the perimeter of the pool without damaging the property.

There was a secure lockable childproof gate with a removable key.

I received a $50 discount on the pool fence hire in exchange for reviewing Baby Service Bali, all opinions are my very own.

Please note, we also contacted Bali Pool Fence Hire and they offered the same rates for hiring the pool fence and offered similar services. Read a full Review on Bali Pool Fence Hire here.

We hired a free standing pool fence in Bali.
We hired a free standing pool fence
Story of my 3 year old heading quietly to the pool (click to expand)

My son aged 3 at the time, spent all day in the pool during our stay gaining new found confidence. He also woke up extremely early.

On one occasion I heard a door to the living room open which has direct access to the villa pool. I woke to find my son outside walking towards the villa pool with a flower in his hand, preparing to throw it into the water.

I would’ve hate to think what may have happened. All it takes is a trip or maybe an added sense of confidence for him to go under.

Luckily nothing happened and we changed the sleeping arrangements for the remainder of our stay.

I knew on my next trip I would hire a pool fence and thought to provide some options.

You can also hire safety gates for doors and stairs, car seats as well as other toddler equipment such as high chairs, cribs and cots if the hotel does not supply them. Bali Baby Service offers this as well as pool fence hire.

Regarding car seats in bali. They are rarely used. Though the traffic can be quite crazy. Taxis and private cars do not offer them. So if you want that extra bit of safety bring yours along or hire one.

Bali is hot and humid and perfect for mossies.

Make sure the hotel supplies mosquito nets for all beds. They come in handy at night.

Easier said than done, but try to avoid the dreaded Bali Belly.

It’s awful and unfortunately way too common. Primarily caused by food contamination.

There’s no sure fire way to prevent it. But to reduce the risk make sure the kids hands and yours are clean by washing them before meals and after the toilet.

Have the antibacterial hand gel close by and santise your kids and your own hands regularly. Avoid peeled fruits and raw vegetables and only eat foods that have been well cooked.

Drink only bottled water and juices and don’t drink any iced drinks. Bareful of buffets. Sometimes foods are kept at incorrect temperatures and there are lots of hotel guests and staff handling the shared utensils.

Eat at clean restaurants with high turn over. It is very important for the little ones with less immunity and particularly toddlers whom cannot get their Hep A vaccines. However, all it takes is one glass to be a little wet or one staff member that was in a hurry and slip on the hygiene and you have it.

There are also some unproven ways to prevent the Bali Belly. Taking a course of probiotics just before travelling to Bali may help. There are kids probiotics available in a choc ball variety as well as Yakult and Yoghurt products. I also sanitised their water bottles with Milton Tablets every day. With any of these things, it’s often a bit of pot-luck too.

Where to stay in Bali with kids

We prefer to stay in Seminyak with kids

When travelling to Bali with kids, we prefer to stay in Seminyak. Located on the west coast of Bali, offers a large stretch of Beach connecting Legian and Kuta.

It’s attraction are the resorts and hotels close to the beach with a vibrant Eat Street (Jalan Laksmana) nearby, offering a variety of dining options. Seminyak is also known for it’s more upmarket boutique retailers and shops (Jalan Oberoi). The best time to hit the beach is sunset, as the sun sets directly on the beach.

Whilst it may target holidaying couples. There are plenty of families here as well. I would still consider it touristy, just less of a hustle and bustle of Kuta.

Below are some hotel resort options in Seminyak that are nice. I have hand-picked kids friendly ones located on Seminyak beach. Though there are lots more:

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Best places to stay in Seminyak

Royal Beach Resort Seminyak

We stayed for 10 days at the Royal Beach Seminyak and loved it. It’s beautiful, whilst not as trendy as some, the location and the size made up for it.

There are only a few resorts situated on the beach, with several pools and within close proximity to Seminyak.

The Royal Beach Seminyak is also one of a few resorts that offer both standard hotel rooms and private pool villas in the same complex. We were in a pool villa which was great. Combining villa style living with hotel resort facilities. Check out the resort layout here The
Royal Beach Seminyak Bali resort map.

W Retreat & Spa Bali

W Retreat & Spa Bali in Seminyak is amazing. You can get a pool villa on the beach as well as standard hotel rooms check out the WOW 3 Bedroom suite – wow indeed. Kids are welcomed.

The prices are quite high though. For a ten day stay we would rather downgrade a little and afford some other luxuries. Like a nanny so you can enjoy a cocktail at the W.

The Legian Bali – A GHM Hotel

The Legian Bali – A GHM Hotel quite similar to the resort we stayed in with regards to size and location. They also offer private villas and during the summer have organised kids activities. When we looked, it was quite a bit more expensive than the Royal Beach Semiyak.

Bali Resort or Villa?

We debated whether to rent a villa or stay in a resort. In the end we felt a resort has allot more to offer for children.

Kids get to enjoy the resort facilities which can include several pool options, large walking spaces, beach restaurants and some even have kids clubs as well as designated kids playgrounds and pools. Plus, we wanted to be on the beach, my daughter enoyed a very early morning stroll on the beach each day (as she woke up at 5am). Whereas, many of the private villas are inland closer to Eat Street.

Ideally you can get the best of both worlds by having the privacy and space of a private villa within a resort. Through no endorsement of this blog (it didn’t exist yet) we were incredibly lucky to be upgraded to a villa during our stay.

Having stayed also in a private villa, albeit a budget one, there were benefits to having your own place in Bali. Including private pool, a personal cook that included buying groceries, meal preparation, table setting and clean up after meals. There’s also the benefits of extra space and privacy in your own villa.

However, if I had to choose between a resort or villa, I would still recommend a resort or a resort villa where you can use the resort facilities. Preferably on the beach front to take full advantage of the beach sunsets.

Map from Weather Maps indicating the regions of Bali
Map from Bali Weather Maps indicating the regions of Bali

Bali’s Legian with kids

It’s difficult to figure out exactly where Seminyak ends and Legian starts, the above image helps to get your bearings, though it’s not a complete and extensive list of all the hotels in the area.

Both Legian and Seminyak have similar laid back vibes and it’s easy to get to and from these main sections by taxi or a short walk. There are some nice places to stay around here and you may find villas offering more value for money around Legian. There are also a number of beachside resorts and a nice alternative to Seminyak.

Travel Bali with kids Legian Beach Sunset
Sunset on Legian Beach

We stayed in Legian in a private villa, just off Jalan Raya Seminyak which is a busy road connecting Kuta to the South and Seminyak in the North. The intersection of Jalan Melasti (which leads to Legian Beach) and Jalan Raya Seminyak is essentially the hub of Legian, along these streets and those nearby are various restaurants and shops to browse.

Best places to stay in Legian with kids

Some family friendly beach front resort options include:

Padma Resort Legian

Located right on Legian Beach this is a highly rated family friendly resort. There are several impressive pools to spend your day by including a designated kids pool. The extensive resort offers tennis courts, gardens, onsite spa and the cherry on top is the kids club which is recently renovated.

There are also several accommodation options including a choice of hotel rooms, a Family Room which splits the main bedroom with a kids room incorporating bunk beds and there are also 1 and 2 bedroom suites

Legian Beach Hotel

Located right on Legian Beach this resort offers bungalows with private pool within the resort as well as family friendly room configurations including a split level loft size room perfect for families with older kids.

Bali’s Kuta with kids

Kuta has more budget options also lots of families and backpackers base themselves here. With affordable hotel and kid friendly resorts, Kuta is a good choice. Kuta has a bad wrap for itself, as the main area for nightclubs and cheap drinking spots are also in Kuta.

Bar hopping aside, there are plenty of amenities to keep families occupied including the large Discovery Mall Shopping Center nearby with major retailers such as Zara and GAP as well as a top level just for kids featuring an indoor water park. Kuta is also where the large chain food stores are located such as McDonalds and KFC. Quite the kids paradise.

Best places to stay in Kuta with kids

Some family friendly places to stay include;

Hard Rock Hotel

Situated in the heart of Kuta with the beach across the road everything you need in Kuta is at your fingertips. The Hard Rock Hotel carries the same rock n roll theme across its resort complex. With plenty to offer the kids including a kids water playground, grand pools complete with water slides, organised kids activities and a kids club.

Bali Dynasty Resort

A highly recommended kid friendly resort for budget conscious families. Bali Dynasty is far enough to give you a slight reprieve from the Kuta crowds but also within walking distance to the major facilities of Kuta including Discovery Mall Shopping Center, Bali Waterbom Park, restaurants and market stalls.

Bali dynasty offers standard rooms as well as several tiers of family rooms or suites where the master bed is partitioned off from the kids bunk beds. There is also a great kids water playground, kid friendly pools and a highly rated kids club.

Bali’s Nusa Dua with kids

Nusa Dua is 40 kilometers south of Denpasar and around 20-30 minutes from the international airport. Located on the South East coast of Bali, this gated community is an area reserved for five star resorts known as the BTDC (Bali Tourism Development Corporation.

Nusa Dua is a good base for a relaxed beach holiday with easy day trips to Jimbaran Bay and Uluwatu. For golf lovers, Nusa Dua is the closest area to Bali National Golf Course.

The St. Regis Bali Resort image courtesy Tripadvisor
The St. Regis Bali Resort image courtesy Tripadvisor

The beaches are much prettier than the grittier dark sand of Seminyak and Kuta, the beaches at Nusa Dua is white, the water is a light blue and because the beach is sheltered by a reef 500 meters from shore, the breaks are further out leaving calm swimmable water perfect for families. The beaches are also much less crowded, noticeably vacant are the he throngs of beach vendors as most resort beaches are privately owned. It’s a perfect choice if you want to have a relaxed beach holiday away from the hustle and bustle.

The difference between Nusa Dua and Seminyak

Five star all inclusive resorts have all the amenities on-site where you can be quite happily stay within the confines of the resort for the duration of your stay. The main disadvantage of Nusa Dua is that the sun does not set on the beach. Altough you can still enjoy a sundowner just without the the sun going down on the waters horizon. Quite spectacular for Aussies on the East Coast but may not be a deal breaker for the lucky Western Australian’s.

The other major difference between Nusa Dua and resorts along Seminyak, Kuta or Legian in the North West coast is that Nusa Dua is a gated community, the flux of market stalls, local food vendors and retailers are not present. This can make it an ideal beach escape to really get away from it all, where days roll into each other on groomed beaches, manicured lawns and luxurious pools (sound’s pretty good really). Tucked away in a little enclave of Bali it’s quite a distance to get to Bali’s hotspots including the quality restaurants, bars and shopping hubs. With Kuta being a 45 minute drive away.

There is another area that is Tanjun Benoa near Nusa Dua

Tanjung Benoa near Nusa Dua

Whilst some say Nusa Dua’s gated resort community is sterile and boring there are resorts located outside of the gated community in an area called Tanjung Benoa on the Nusa Dua Peninsula. Still south of the airport away from the swanky shops and restaurants near Seminyak, it offers a great option for families on a budget, with many resorts being all inclusive.

Conrad Bali (Nusa Dua Peninsula) image courtesy Tripadvisor
Conrad Bali (Nusa Dua Peninsula) image courtesy Tripadvisor

Resorts within Tanjung Benoa has it’s own shopping and eating district. It’s quieter, the beaches are less pristine than that of the gated area but still nicer than Seminyak and Kuta. Tanjun Benoa is and still located on the South East side of Bali where there are no beach sunsets.

Best places to stay in Nusa Dua with kids

Top pick for family friendly places to stay in Nusa Dua include;

St Regis Bali

On Conde Nast Gold List in 2014 this resort is luxuriously fitted out with a most inviting lagoon pool. The decadent suites and villa options within the resort make it a perfect option for families. The one-bedroom spacious Strand Villa comes complete with ocean views and a split level tropical garden with private pool. When you tire of that kids can swim in the designated kids pool or try out the jacuzzis or huge main pool aside from the sprawling lagoon.

There’s also an incredible kids club for kids aged 4 – 12 with a difference, they call it a Learning Center where kids engage in educational activities such as; sustainable cooking, balinese music, dance classes and computer education to name a few.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua>

The Westin brand is a favourite with us and the Bali offering can hold its own agains the luxury 5 star resorts around Nusa Dua. Features chic, clean and modern decor with all the modern amenities such as iPod docks, on demand video games and DVD player. The two-bedroom family suites are extremely spacious with a large dining area and creature comforts such as kiddy tables and beanbags. There’s also a healthy choice kids menu specifically made for kids in mind.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua dream bed. Image courtesy Tripadvisor
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua dream bed. Image courtesy Tripadvisor

Outside of the suites there are plenty of kid activities to keep them entertained including bike hire, tennis courts, table tennis, badminton and water slides. For teenagers there are teen zones specifically for kids of this age to enjoy with playstations, WIFI, computers and a video library.

The kids clubs caters for all ages, with infants to toddlers (age 3) in a separate area with age appropriate activities. Kids aged 4-12 can join in on kids club activities including movie nights, cooking lessons, fishing and kite making to name a few.

Kids can enjoy swimming at the calm clear waters of the Westin’s private beach or the beautiful resort pools.

Club Med Bali

Set up for kids with a gamut of children’s activities such as a Flying Trapeze Academy, mini golf, organised beach events and water sports and bowling. The resort offers manicured gardens and well groomed beaches. There are several pools to choose from, for the adults there is a Quiet Pool and the kids have their own designated kids pools. The cherry on top is that it is an all inclusive resort with nothing to pay for any recreational activities, food, drink and alcohol.

Club Med Bali's Quite Pool Image courtesy Tripadvisor
Club Med Bali’s Quite Pool Image courtesy Tripadvisor

Tanjun Benoa near Nusa Dua with kids

Top picks for family friendly places to stay in Tanjun Benoa near Nusa Dua include;

Best places to stay in Tanjung Benoa

Conrad Bali

An excellent choice for the family on a budget. Conrad Bali is beautiful resort with influences on Balinese style decor. Rooms are modern and well appointed and extremely spacious. The 2 bedroom Family Suites offer interconnecting rooms and allows for an extra bed for the nanny.

The seven hectare property fronts a well manicured stretch of white sandy beach. With a sprawling lagoon, a main pool and a pool just for the suites. The resort offers pristine gardens, tennis courts, resort spa and fitness club.

The Kura Kura Kids club welcomes kids aged 3 to 12 years of age. Younger kids can access the kids club with an accompanied adult (nanny). The best part of this resort is that all kids ages 12 and under can eat free from the kidsmenu accompanied by an adult.

Novotel Bali Benoa

Another beautiful resort that won’t break the bank is the Novotel Bali Benoa. Another Balinese themed resort the complex offers 2 bedroom Family Suites that have bunk bed options and in-room Playstation consoles.

With a choice of three pools and restaurants, a gym, three restaurants and a beautiful stretch of beach. This is everything a family needs for a relaxing beachside holiday.

The Kids Club is available with surpevised kids activivities for childrend aged 6 – 12 years. Younger kids have baby sitting available for an extra fee.

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua image courtesy of Tripadvisor
Novotel Bali Nusa Dua image courtesy of Tripadvisor

Grand Mirage Resort Bali

The Grand Mirage Resort in Bali is a top pick for all-inclusive deals where all your drinks, meals and alcohol as well as unlimited use of non-motorised water sports all included in your package price. Even more value is that kids aged 5 and under are free of charge. They are not counted as an extra to be in the room.

Located on a prime stretch of white sandy beach with azure waters, when the kids tire of the Indian Ocean have a swim in the huge lagoon, main pool, spa or gym. There’s also tennis courts and a variety of water sports to particpate in.

Grand Mirage Resort Nusa Dua image courtesy Tripadvisor
Grand Mirage Resort Nusa Dua image courtesy Tripadvisor

For the kids, there is a playground and kids only pool as well as a lounge area complete with snooker a gym, tennis courts and kids game center.

The Grand Mirage offers spacious rooms with Balinese influenced furnishings and all your modern conveniences such as flat screen TV, DVD player and complimentary TV. You have everything you need for a comfortable family holiday.

Bamboo Kid’s Fun Club welcomes kids ages 3 to 12 years. Organised activities lead by coordinators include drawing, painting, dancing, crafts and sports activities. There is also a kids club area with computer games, play station, DVD libray and lego.

Kids aged not yet 3 can still be babysat for a reasonable $9 and hour.

Bali’s Ubud with kids

Ubud has a laid back green and lush feel and a whole different vibe compared to the beachside resort. It’s hilly, lush, green and rich with green jungle vegetation.

Strolling through Ubud rice paddies
Strolling through Ubud rice paddies

Most accommodation options are serene, hidden away smaller resorts and villas. Some with amazing pools overlooking rice terraces. Check out the famous Hanging Garden’s plunge pools.

Hanging Gardens Plunge Pool, Ubud image courtesy Tripadvisor
Hanging Gardens Plunge Pool, Ubud image courtesy Tripadvisor


It’s a perfect setting for yoga style retreats or a real escape from it all in the middle of Bali’s art scene. Although Ubud is still touristy with a bustling main area of street vendors, restaurants and souvenir shops. However you can secret away in your resort and truly getaway from it all.

We went to Ubud to sample the roast piglet, which was cheap and tasty. Our experience was positive, safe to eat without any Bali Belly consequences.

Best places to stay in Ubud with kids

The Chedi Club in Ubud looks fantastic as does the Amori Villas with a gorgeous infinity pool over lush green fields.

Bali’s Uluwatu with kids

Situated on the southern tip of Kuta in Bali; Uluwatu is a scenic spot made famous for it’s dramatic sunset over a sheer cliff face.

It’s an ideal getaway for honeymooners and wedding parties. There are gorgeous cliff fronting villas with plunge pools and the surf beach is beautiful. Check out the Bvlgari Hotel here. Incidentally these are one of the luxury hotels I’ve seen that do permit kids in their villas.

Romantic Uluwatu, Bali - perfect for a family
Romantic Uluwatu, Bali

Best places to stay in Uluwatu with kids

There are kid friendly and affordable options such as Ulwatu Surf Villas (watch the cliff edge though). However if you base yourself here, there aren’t many kid friendly things to do. It’s more a honeymoon or romantic getaway destination.

Bali’s Jimbaran Bay with kids

There’s not allot to do in Uluwatu, a nice base if you want to avoid the crowds of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta is Jimbaran Bay. It’s also a nice trip out if you want to indulge in seafood at sunset.

Jimbaran Bay area is a good option if you need to be close to Uluwatu for an event or wedding.

Jimbaran Bay sunset, Bali
Jimbaran Bay sunset

Best places to stay in Jimbaran Bay with kids

Super nice options around here include the Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran bay and the Ayana Resort and Spa. Hang on to your wallets, they are gorgeous and comes with a gorgeous price tag!

Getting Around Bali with kids

Getting to and from the Airport

Use the Airport VIP Service

Only in Bali are you able to pay for a VIP service through international customs. We took a shot at it using Bali VIP Service.

It’s great for families, but now unsure of legitimacy. Here’s how it works:

  • Book the service with the VIP or Fast Track service provider
  • On arrival, a representative meets you at the arrivals gate just before the Visa On Arrival counter.
  • A representative then takes your passports and your VOA fee and heads to the front of the line to have it processed (serious trust exercise here).
  • The representative then escorts you through immigration via a special immigration counter, jumping the queue where everyone else is lining up.
  • All passports are stamped, still without passport, you’re escorted through customs, where apparently they can negotiate extra alcohol to bring in (the limit is 1 litre per person), handy for people bringing in wine or spirits for a wedding as it’s more expensive on the island.
  • The VIP representative also helps you with all your bags and escorts you to your taxi or waiting car.

The whole process is extremely easy, though at times the procedure is shut down (as of March 2016 the service is under review, it may not be legal). It’s best to contact the VIP service directly to see if it still active.

To prevent kids from melting down in long immigration lines is worth it’s weight in gold however do some research to see if it’s available and worth the risk.

We paid US $20 per person (fee applies to kids also) but the fee may have gone up to $25 per person.

Unfortunately it was shut down as we arrived in September and didn’t get another go at it. I wished we did, the lines were incredibly long and the kids were impossible.

Hire a porter when in Bali with kids

You can always use an extra set of hands going through the airport with kids. There are official porters eagerly awaiting your service as you step out of your taxi or car service at Denpasar International Airport.

Free your hands at Bali Denpasar Airport, a porter dressed in beige pants and blue collared shirt will push your luggage, through security and up to check-in.
Hands free at Denpasar Airport. Hire a porter dressed in beige pants and blue collared shirt.

Porters conveniently wheel your luggage past security all the way to airport check-in. This includes unloading the car or taxi, loading and unloading your bags through security’s x-ray machine as they have authority to pass through the security gates with a trolley, waiting with you at check-in and unloading your bags onto the check-in conveyor belt.

Depending on your bartering skills you can expect to pay around 3,000-5,000 for this service. Money well spent.

Getting around in Bali with kids

Our ride in Bali in kids friendly van
Our ride in Bali

Traffic in Bali

There’s allot of traffic on the roads. Bikes and cars driving all over the place, so allow some time to get from the airport to your accommodation. What looks like a 30 minute drive on google maps would probably take double the time in heavy traffic.

Car seats in Bali are optional

Common sight - family on a motorbike, Bali.
Common sight – family on motorbike. Car seat and helmets optional.

You will probably find that walking, taxi’s and hiring a driver will be your primary form of transportation getting around Bali. However, car seats are optional. You can bring your car seat and attach it in the car or van you hire. Or hire a car seat during your stay.

Taking taxi’s in Bali with kids

Taxis are readily available and cheap to use. Take a Bluebird “taksi” and make sure you request the meter, unless you are good at negotiating. They generally accept cash in Rupiah only and are the honest ones.

There are other taxi’s disguised as Bluebird taxis we have hopped in them. Some meter’s compared to a Bluebird ran faster. We are talking a few dollars difference. If you know the fare, you can hop in any taxi and negotiate a fare. Walk out if they refuse this amount. As you exit the airport there is a Bali Taxi Counter with the official taxi rate to destinations. This is a pre-paid counter and legitimate.

Always ask for the meter when taking a taxi in Bali
Always ask for the meter when taking a taxi in Bali

The latest official rate for a fare from Bali Airport to Seminyak is somewhere between 60,000 – 75,000 IDR. However use this as a guide only. There has been some fuel surcharges and tax increases.

In the evenings if you want to go short distances and a blue bird taxi is nowhere in sight, you may have to negotiate a slightly higher fare. See the Bali Airport site has a guide to official taxi prices in IDR for popular destinations around Bali.

We paid around 80,000 to get from Seminyak to Bali Airport. If you ring for a taxi rather than hail one from the street, there is surcharge of 5,000 IDR or a minimum charge of 10,000 IDR fare.

Drivers in Bali with kids

Another little luxury available on a Bali family vacation is hiring a driver for the day or the week. We paid 625,000 IDR (approximately $60 AUD including tip) for a mini van which seated two families in air conditioned comfort.

Expect to pay anywhere between $40-$80AUD a day. The beauty of a driver is that they can take you anywhere you want to go, see our trip to Bali zoo, going at your own pace and making any stops you want along the way. This works out more economical than jumping in taxi’s for bigger trips.

I would recommend contacting your hotel for a recommended driver. Note that, there are no children’s car seats. It’s a free for all. The traffic is crazy, so bring your car seat if you don’t want to chance it.

Use of Strollers and Prams in Bali with kids

If you want to use the pram around the resort and between the airports or strictly inside a hotel or mall. Feel free to bring it. If you have a wedding or taking a long day trip it may come in hand it. However, prams are not really made for getting around Bali.

The footpaths are uneven, narrow and lined with motorbikes. The streets are full of potholes and if you intend to take it shopping, the stroller or pram may not fit in the boutique shops. A baby carrier maybe a better option.

Be careful of motorbikes in Bali with kids

Motorbikes and scooters are the main forms of transportation in Bali and there are lots of them. There appears to be an organised chaos to the road traffic.

Mopeds are zipping in-between cars, truck and vans. Motorbikes are coming on and off footpaths, taking up multiple lanes on streets. Be careful especially when crossing the road, there a few pedestrian crossings or traffic light intersections. It’s a free for all where crossing the road requires a bit of confidence and good judgement.

Motorbikes are the norm in Bali
Motorbikes are the norm in Bali

Generally speaking, the motorbikes slow down and some stop for you. However, on most occasions you need to exercise caution and cross when there is a break in the road. Hold your kids hands firmly, don’t run as they might not stop at all. Calmly and confidently cross the road. Safety in numbers and do as the locals do.

At some places such as resorts, car parks, shops and some restaurants there are traffic wardens whom directs traffic via a whistle and may assist you in crossing the road. There will be more times however however where you need to cross cautiously. With practice you will get the hang of it.

Where to pick up kids supplies in Bali

Bali’s Supermarkets

Supermarkets are cheap and readily available stocked with all the essentials you will need on your holiday including; fresh milk and produce, snacks, nappies, baby toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap.

All very affordable. If there is a particular brand you are looking for, then bring it over for instance they didn’t carry Huggies nappies but did carry Pampers (which I love).

Most supermarkets stock a range of things you may need such as brushes, bibs, cups, cutlery and clothing. I recommend packing light and picking up your consumables at a supermarket.

All supermarkets are fully stocked and have shopping carts and provide plastic bags. The only little difference is that you have to check your bags in at the front with security, you are given a tag to collect your bags after your shop. So make sure you remember to collect it afterwards.

Alcohol is also available at the local supermarkets and affordable prices. Beer is cheap the wine and liquor is more expensive.

Supermakets in Seminyak

Located in the Seminyak and within easy reach from Legian area as well, is the easiest to get to if staying in the area. It stocks a good range of products mainly asian and well known european brands and has all that you need for a stay in Seminyak.

They also stock emergency items such as thongs, towels, pool floats, swimwear and household items.

Apparently, it’s a little pricey as it’s a expat and tourist supermarket. I found the prices very reasonable.

Open hours: 7:30am – 11:00pm Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 17, Banjar Badung, Bali 80361 Taxi’s should be able to get you here just by saying “Bintang Supermarket”.

Note: There’s also a smaller Carrefour Supermarket on Jl Iman Bonjo which is harder to get to if staying in Seminyak but prices are lower.

Bali Deli is a “gourmet supermarket” offering selection of pastries, imported meat, cheeses and wines as well as a cafe on site.

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There is a Circle K Convenience Store open 24 hours on the main street for late night snacks, drinks or emergency items.

Prices are a little higher than the supermarket on par with 7/eleven stores.

Address: Jalan. Abimanyu No. 9A, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361 (across the road from Favehotel)

Scam Alert

Make sure you know how much your items are and count your change. Ask for a receipt. There has been a known scam of short changing or adding an extra item to the final bill by employees.

It’s not much $1-3AUD but are taking you for a ride nevertheless

You can find kids clothing in Seminyak along the boutique shopping strip. Don’t expect find bargains here.

are on par with medium to top end clothing retailers back home.

Some worth a mention include: Indigo Clothing, KidsAGoGo and Dandelion Kids.

Supermarkets in Kuta

Kuta offers more of a range with a huge supermarket and the popular Discover Shopping Center located in this area. It’s a short 15-20 minute taxi ride from Seminyak.

Located in Kuta Square in a popular area for shopping is the Matahari Department store. Expands four levels the department store stocks everything from bedding, clothing, cosmetics and household supplies.

Motorbikes are the norm in Bali
Motorbikes are the norm in Bali

There is a smaller supermarket inside as well as a food court. Address: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Open Hours: 9:00am – 10:00pm

The largest one is located on Sunset road with a huge range of products with a range of “western” brands as well as fast food options like curries and sushi.

It’s located inside a shopping complex. There are taxi’s readily available and inexpensive.

This is not to be mistaken for the smaller more “local” Carreforre on Jl Iman Bonjo.

Address: Sunset Road, Kuta Open hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm

This is the largest shopping mall in the area and located across from the beach. It contains some well known brands and a recently built section. It’s stores include; Zara, TopShop, Billabong and GAP.

You will find your American fast food chains here such as KFC, Starbucks and McDonalds.

On the top floor there is a paid water splash area as well as indoor play center. The top floor also houses kids clothing shoes and where I found swimming gear such as goggles and floaties.

Prices are very reasonable compared to back home. There is no supermarket but plenty of restaurants and food outlets.

Supermarkets in Ubud

Bintang Supermarket, Ubud

Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan No.45, Ubud Open hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm

There are also plenty of restaurants and a couple of convenience stores located on the main street.

Medical Help

Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC)

The hotel, resort or villa owner will be able to provide a local GP for medical assistance.

For anything that is more serious or requiring some expert help go straight to BIMC, rather than wait for the hotel GP to direct you there.

Unfortunately we had to take a trip to the BIMC and the standard of the Emergency area is the same as western hospitals. Depending on the amount of people there, the queue is prioritized and you are seen quite quickly. There is also a pharmacy on-site to fill any prescriptions given. Open 24 hours and easily reached. It’s the best option for visitors requiring medical treatment.

Treatment and care is similar to that back home and payment can be made in cash or card. They are extremely experienced in providing documentation for insurance purposes.

Bali International Medical Centre – BIMC Kuta

Address: Bali’s Ngurah Rai bypass road 100 X, with Kuta 80361 zip code.

Phone: (+62 361) 761 263

BIMC offers a 24 hour Medical center with a pharmacy attached. For the more serious incidents, there is also a 24 Accident and Emergency department.

There is one located in Kuta a 15 minute taxi ride from Seminyak. There’s also a BIMC in Nusa Dua


Part of why this was the best holiday ever was that we hired nannies. For the first time since the kids were born, my husband and I were able to enjoy a hot meal together with friends.

We were able to take a swim together and pop down the street for some exploration whilst the kids napped. It was an extra set of hands that we weren’t use to and a bit of freedom at night, whilst they were asleep. Nannies may not be your moral cup of tea, we weren’t very uncomfortable as a “westerner” exploiting the poorer nation. However, If I said everybody does it? Would that be OK? If I said that nannies are part of the tourism industry and if paid well are earning a decent wage for both themselves and their families, would that make you more comfortable?

Fears and anxiety about hiring nannies in Bali

I trawled through forums on whether to hire or not hire a nanny. There are some shocking stories from the eyes of the hirer where nannies stole valuables, quit without notice, neglected or hit a child. I am sure there are equally unwritten stories from the nannies point of view of poor treatment. By the way, the shocking stories are mainly from expats paying their nannies $50 AUD a month. We were quite nervous and anxious about the whole nanny approach.

Questions rattled through my mind like; What if they kidnapped them and sell them? What if your kids ran away? How can you trust them in a foreign country? What if they drowned? These are actually perfectly reasonable concerns.

Hiring nannies in Bali is the best thing ever

Fortunately for us, my friend whom we were travelling with have hired the same nanny before, and I trusted her advice “trust me, it’s awesome”. That’s all the reassurance I needed.

Though I can’t tell you to just trust me, I can tell you we had a very positive experience and provide you with information to make your own choice as to nanny or not to nanny.

Kid is in good hands, hiring a nanny in Bali
In good hands, hiring a nanny

Where to find a nanny in Bali?

Find a nanny through word of mouth. The good ones do not need advertisement. Our nanny was from a friend whom had hired her before. She was not a professional nanny but worked in a market stall and nannying on the side.

However, if you aren’t lucky enough to have a friend or family member recommend.

Then consult with the hotel or resort you are staying with. Or hire a nanny via a reputable agency the following are well known;

What questions to ask a Bali nanny?

Make sure you are comfortable and ask as many questions to ensure you and the nanny have the right fit.

This maybe through a phone call, via the agency or text and emails before you decide to hire your nanny.

Often through initial contact you can determine:

– their personality for instance if they are warm or friendly, quiet or reserved? – whether you can work with them
– trust that they can take care of your children. – whether they speak english well.

Some questions to ask a Bali nanny:

Some questions to ask a potential nanny may include:
  • whether they have had any first aid or CPR training?
  • whether they are trained or have been exposed to “western” hygiene? e.g. practice washing kids hands before and after meals
  • what they feel is the most important thing about looking after kids? e.g. safety, happiness etc.
  • how many years experience do they have?
  • could they provide references?
  • can they can swim? Ours nanny did not and we didn’t mind as we didn’t want the kids to go in the water with them.
  • can they provide ID and contact details?
  • have they had experience with food allergies and how they would react?
  • If there any other major concerns you should ask them here, such as social anxiety, fear of the dark, whether they understand and how would they tackle these concerns.

Note – with nanny agencies, these questions maybe vetted for you. Hiring your own nanny may mean you have to have these questions answered yourself.

Extra set of hands at breakfast for my kid, Bali
Extra set of hands at breakfast

How much does a nanny in Bali cost?

The reason why so many people take up a nanny or babysitter is that it is much cheaper than back home where it can be out of reach.

You hear about nannies working for $50 AUD a month, but I would recommend not to extort your nanny. Pay them what you think they are worth and what you can afford.

Remember that it is an added luxury and an expense. It does add up, but the benefit is simply – awesome. Costs of nannies varies on experience and whether they are from an agency or not.

Usually, nannies from agencies, from the hotel or highly sort after nannies are paid a premium, as a rough guide; Bali’s best babysitting website offer nannies for 12 hours at $66 AUD per day.

We paid a 4 million IDR (just under $400 AUD) for a live-in nanny for the two kids for 10 days in Bali or roughly 400,000 IDR a day.

You will need to pay for her lodging (she can stay in a bed in the same room as the kids). As well as her food and beverages. This is a fair price (as of April 2012) though not the cheapest. It’s also not the most expensive, where you can take advantage of the low cost of living without exploiting local workers.

Fair babysitting prices range from 40,000 – 70,000 IDR per hour ($4-7 AUD an hour). Some nannies can cost more depending on experience and where they were sourced from. Those offer by hotels can sometimes charge up to 100,000 IDR an hour ($10 AUD / hour).

Day tripping with the family in Bali? Give the nanny a day off.
Day tripping with the family? Give the nanny a day off.

What to expect from a nanny in Bali?

If you have an experienced nanny and like me, you are the one not experienced with having any help with the kids.

You will find the nanny will lead the charge with the kids. A good nanny will basically take your kids off your hands as soon as they see the kids. However, if there are things you specifically need or want done then make sure you say this upfront when you first meet her (I say her as it usually is a female).

Communicate expectations

Show them where the baby essentials are e.g. nappies, clothes and food. Explain to them whether you need them to wear specific things like a hat or sunscreen before going out.

Show them around the hotel or villa. Tell them where they can go or where they can’t go i.e. don’t go in the water with them. Tell them what your kids like to eat, play with or things they like to do. Show them any toys or books you may have packed. Tell them about medications or important things regarding their health such as asthma puffers or allergens. If you want them to prepare meals show them what needs to be done.

Your nanny is a human being as well. Treat them as you would a family or friend and they will do the same with your children. You don’t have to be super chummy with them. But they are there to look after your children and not your servant. That said, I had milton tablets for the kids water bottles that I used each morning to sanitise them each day. My nanny “Mahday” watched me do this once and every morning I would wake to fresh sanitised bottles. Bless.

What nannies in Bali do

Your nanny will be by your children’s side when you need them to be. They will keep them safe. They will be there for the every day things such as changing clothes, changing nappies, putting them down for sleep, feeding and playing with them. Sound good right?

You can be as hands on or as hands off as you wish with the kids. I don’t think we changed one nappy during our stay in Bali. Your nanny is not there to run errands, do your laundry, clean or cook for you.

They can prepare kids meals. Should you need additional things done. Ask them whether they would want to and pay them accordingly. They might be able to help; even if it’s not their primary responsibility.

A live-in nanny would stay with your kids and bunk down with them or in their own room. Our nanny Mahday, would sleep at night when the kids slept. She would even co-sleep with my 3 year old to get an extra hour or so out of her. Indonesians are big fans of co-sleeping so if you have concerns please let them know. For me, it’s A-OK.

What to provide a nanny in Bali

For a live-in nanny, a room or a bed in the kids room. Provide towels and bed lines for your nanny. No sleeping arrangements required for nannies not staying with you. Provide all meals and beverages for your nanny. They might feel we are putting them out with the food. Make them feel welcomed and that they can eat with you or eat the food provided.

Common courtesies for your nanny in Bali

Indonesians are kind hearted and genuine people. Our nanny became a friend. Often, she felt she was intruding on our personal space. Treat them fairly and make them feel at home.

The little things help them feel more at ease, for instance they can take a seat, freely eat the food we offered, help themselves to the fridge and relax when they aren’t needed. Our friends would insist on giving their nanny a newspaper ordering her a drink and to go relax on a lounge for a period of time.

Give your nanny a break. Your nanny isn’t expected to work round the clock. Make sure they have some time for themselves so they can rest, freely shower and take bathroom breaks.

An average day in Bali with a nanny:

Here’s our average day in Bali with Mahday to provide you an insight of how a nanny can work with you in Bali, this is just a rough guide. You may have a different style of travel, this is an example of how it worked for us:

An example of a typical day for us with a nanny in Bali
  • 5am 20 month daughter would be awake. Mahday, our nanny would already be up and changed (not sure how she did this). She would then take my daughter for a walk on the beach. Our 3 year old would jump into our bed and sleep a little more.
  • 6:30-7:00am Everyone’s awake. Our toddler is back from her morning stroll. Mahday has already changed her. Mahday would go and freshen up. We dress our son.
  • 8:00am We take the kids and Mahday to breakfast. We meet our friends and their nanny (whom are friends). I would get the kids breakfast from the buffet and the kids would eat. Mahday will get her own breakfast. We feed our two year old, often unsuccessfully. Our 3 year old eats his breakfast. Once Mahday is finished eating. She then takes the kids for a walk. Shane and I eat a hot breakfast together with a cuppa. I then fill up water bottles and collect some food from the buffet (pastries and fruit) for morning tea for the kids and Mahday.
  • 9:30am we all walk back to the villas
  • 10:00am we get changed into our swimming gear. Our friends arrive with their nanny and child. Mahday helps with the kids gear and sunscreen. We either swim in the villa pool together or in the resort pool. Mahday would sit and watch with her friend. Shane and I take turns swimming with the kids.
  • 11:30am Mahday takes 20 month old back to the villa, or if in the villa she gets her changed and some morning tea.
  • 12:30 Mahday puts toddler down for a nap. Mahday has a shower and a break whilst our 20 moth girl sleeps.
  • 1:30pm We return with our son from the pool to get changed and shower. We order something from room service for the kids and Mahday to eat. We either take our 3 year old son out with us for lunch or he stays with Mahday. This is usually the time Mahday and I are having a chat. What an amazing and interesting life she has lead. Mahday eats lunch. 20 month girl wakes during this time. Mahday changes her and feeds her lunch. Play time with Mahday and our friends before heading out for lunch.
  • 3:00pm We come back from lunch or finish lunch and have rest time in the villa
  • 3:30pm get changed into swimming gear, Mahday helps with the kids swimming gear and sunscreen and we go to the resort pool or beach for a swim. Mahday has a rest on a lounge somewhere, back at the villa or by the pool.
  • 4:30pm When our girl is sick of the pool (never our boy) Mahday takes her for a play or a walk. Sometimes Mahday sits by the pool keeping an eye on the 3 year old whom is just splashing in the shallow end with our toddler whilst Shane and I take a dip together.
  • 5:00pm Out of the pool back to the villa. Mahday baths our toddler whilst we shower with our son and get them all changed into PJs. We order room service for 6pm for Mahday and the kids. The kids either stay in the villa, or we all go for a walk on the beach before dinner.
  • 6-6:30pm Mahday and our friends child with their Nanny Agung all have dinner in our villa with the kids. The nannies eat dinner.
  • 7pm -7:30pm We brush the kids teeth and quickly get ready for dinner out. All the kids are piled into bed and we turn on a DVD to watch. Mahday and Agung finish dinner and sits with the kids. We make a quick escape.
  • 8-8:30pm lights out and asleep for the little ones. We would find our 3 year old boy asleep in our bed.
  • 10pm Return to the villa. We would find Mahday asleep with our daughter when we returned. We would then move our son back to his bed.

Lovely, caring nannies of Bali just for your kid
Lovely, caring nannies of Bali

We went for a day trip to Bali Zoo and gave the nannies a paid day off. They returned to their families a little drive away in Sanur and they were really grateful for this.

They returned by dinnertime that night. If you intend on taking day trips, perhaps you can give your nanny a day off.

Our nannies didn’t go into the water with the kiddies as we had a chance to play with them during the day. However, I saw many other nannies at the resort in the water with little ones.

Just make sure you ask if they know how to swim.

Our resort was quite big with enough to explore. As rule, the nannies didn’t exit the resort with the kids, the same would be for your private villa. The furthest they went was up and down the long stretch of beach. This reduced the risk of getting lost or running away.

I am confident Mahday and Agung would have been very capable of handling the kids in town, we just didn’t want to add this to the mix.

Nannies aren’t familiar with western discipline or perhaps not wanting to discipline the kids. If anything they spoil the kids rotten.

In our case the kids lead the nannies to where they wanted to go. They would be redirected or just picked up and carried to somewhere else if they were heading for trouble e.g. a fountain.

I was actually trying to sleep train our daughter (unsuccessfully) on holidays by telling Mahday to let our daughter cry a little bit in her cot. But she preferred not to. So, our girl ended up being held and cuddled to sleep. Perfectly fine on holidays and an example of how lovely they are.

I learnt that Mahday came from nothing. She lost her cousin in a motorbike accident. She is raising her nephew. So, anything you give her helps.

All the toiletries and hotel freebies such as shampoo, soap, shoe horns etc. I gathered in a laundry bag and gave to her. If doing this for your nanny, remember to write a note and your contact details so in the event hotel staff or security check (and they do) they aren’t caught stealing.

Also, just like house keeping or any other service. Tip them generously if you feel they met or exceeded your expectations.

Depending on your nannies preference they may not be accustomed to western food. Perhaps pick up some local food that they are more familiar with. We went to a local warung and ordered some local dishes for our nannies, which they much preferred. Other nannies may welcome the change in food.

Our nannies had local mobile phones which we were able to contact them via a quick text or a call if needed. You can get prepaid SIM card or have your mobile set to global roaming. Alternatively you can check in through the hotel room or villa’s local phone.

Things to do

Beaches and fun kids activities

Bali Beaches

Bali beaches aren’t the prettiest in the world; especially for Aussies spoilt with great beaches. They however will do the job and quite picturesque, with long sandy stretches of beach, warm clear water and perfect at sunset.

Seminyak Beach

The Royal Beach Seminyak is one of a few resorts that is located on Seminyak Beach. It’s a wide stretch of beach popular for locals and tourists alike. Bring some Rupiahs as there are bars and restaurants dotted along the beach. It’s most popular at in the morning and later afternoon.

The sand is blistering hot at midday. Though you can take surfing lessons or go for a paddle on the shore.

It’s a nice stretch of beach, what appeals is that you do feel like you are away in an exotic destination. There’s a constant hum of action with fisherman casting nets, well fed stray dogs taking a walk, small offerings laid out on the sand and local kids flying kites.

Most people aren’t swimming in the ocean but back in the resort pools, there are large waves at times and we’re told strong currents. Most people are taking strolls along the beach. You can hire beach chairs on the beach if the resort doesn’t provide them. Otherwise there is limited shade for the kids and sun is quite hot.

Enjoy at sunset with a few beachdowners as the sun sets directly on the beach and is magical.

Legian Beach

Legian beach is just as nice as Seminyak with the same relaxed vibe. You will also find a selection of restaurants and bar fronting the beach. Pull up a beanbag and watch the sunset with a tasty libation in hand.

Each of the restaurants have their own entertainment in the form of a acoustic duo covering your favourite easly listening tunes including John Legend, Adele and Bob Marley.

Travel Bali with kids Legian Sunset
Pull up a beach bean bag as the sun sets on Legian Beach and the band starts playing “All of Me” by John Legend. Cue wedding photos in the background.

Kuta Beach

Good times - chilling out at Kuta Beach, Bali sans kids
Good times – chilling out at Kuta Beach sans kids

Very much like Seminyak Beach in looks, there are also restaurants and bars fronting the beach. Kuta is heavily populated and there’s more hustle and bustle.

Kids can get their hair braided. Beach hawkers are selling anything from hand made kites, massages, pedicures, trinkets, sarongs, toys and beers. You will be hard pressed to not get approached. There are hawkers everywhere along the beaches in Bali. However the more persistent ones are on Kuta beach.

Stay for the experience, test out your bartering skills and enjoy a beach sunset. Once you’ve helped some ladies out you can kindly turn down anymore offers and they will get the drift.

Sanur Beach

Just a note, these ladies all pool their money together when getting paid and it’s a much better occupation than begging. If you have a few rupiah spare, have fun with it.

A quiet seaside popular families due to the calmness of the water. A coral reef shelters the beach from large surf breaks.

Sanur is a sleeply little place with not allot going on and more popular with locals.

Serene Sanur Beach, Bali, you won't be hassled by beach vendors here.
Serene Sanur Beach, you won’t be hassled by beach vendors here.

It’s OK and great if you want to mix it up a little or wanting a small rest stop when travelling back from day tripping Ubud. Unfortunately, Sanur does not offer a beach sunset, these can be found along the west coast such as Kuta, Seminyak and Legian.

For a list of beaches check out the CNN Travel list of the top 5 beaches.

Bali activities for kids

Best things to do with kids in Bali

Relax and take it easy or visit the many attractions set up for kids:

Bali Safari and Marine Park with kids

It’s a bit of a distance to get to Bali Safari & Marine Parkβ€Ž, located at Jalan Professor Doktor Ida Bagus Mantra about 44 minutes from Seminyak and requires a full day trip.

As with the Bali Zoo, hire a driver for the day. You can pet tigers, go on a safari to see African animals, feed zebras and watch “educational shows” with animals.

There is also a water park and a “fun zone” complete with roller coaster. I think with this Zoo attraction, you either do Bali Zoo or Bali Safari and Marine Park. Read about my review of Bali Safari Marine Park with Kids here.

Prices start from $49 and adult and $39 for each child ages 3-12. Kids are 3 are free for the standard “Jungle Hopper” package.

The packages go up from there with different inclusions such as photo opportunities, VIP seating at shows and different safari journeys.

My detailed review of Bali Safari and Marine Park with kids here.

Bali Zoo with kids

Feed an elephant a pineapple at Bali Zoo
Feed an elephant a pineapple at Bali Zoo

Bali zoo is a unique experience and allot of fun for the kids. Where else can you feed all sorts of animals such as crocodiles, elephants and tigers for a fiver!

It’s worth a visit Check out my full of Bali Zoo here.

Ubud Rice Terraces in Bali with kids

Though not specifically a kid activity, Ubud is a beautiful place to go exploring with your kids in tow. Just don’t do as I do and lose it with your son at on of the most serene places in Bali.

Click to read about how I lost it at my son here
Click to read about how I lost it at my son here

Hire a driver and swing by nearby Ubud for lunch and explore. There is a small fee of 5,000 Rp per person and kids were free payable to the roadside toll officer, whom will chase you down.

There are also people collecting small fees inside the rice terraces, whilst it’s optional bring a little extra and give freely. A little goes a long way for these folk.

The rice terraces are narrow, steep and is a little tricky with very young kids (3 and under) which requires kids in arms or if you have a harness this could come in handy.

After your explore the valley of the rice terraces, you make your way back up towards the exit amongst the shops, restaurants and cafes which overlook the rice terraces. Here’s where you can capture a nice family photo or sit down and cool off with a beverage and soak in the serenity.

Elephant Safari Park in Bali with kids

 This photo of Elephant Safari Park, Taro Ubud, Bali is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Elephant Safari Park, Taro Ubud is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Located in Taro, Ubud the Elephant Safari Park has a hotel onsite where the elephants pick guests up right at their villa door and you escorted on elephant to dinner.

Day trippers can ride elephants through the jungle and water, there’s an elephant show and opportunities to feed and meet baby elephants. You can also ride elephants at Bali Zoo and Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Ethical treatment of elephants

Readers have informed me that elephant riding is not ethical. If you love these magnificent beasts and wish them to be treated humanely, then choose not to ride. Or at least google “Elephant Crushing” a training technique which force elephants into a submissive state by caging them, beating them and depriving them of food and water to eventually get them ready for humans to ride them. It’s a contentious topic, tourist operators need to make money to live, elephants have no jungle left to go and the tourism industry is the one viable trade for both man an elephant, but perhaps there is a more humane way where we are happy to see them from afar.

Bali Waterbom Park

 This photo of Waterbom Bali is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Waterbom Bali is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Located in Kuta, Bali Waterbom Park boasts to be Asia’s biggest water park. It offers slides of all different variety’s, a lazy river, pools and kids under 2 are free. They have a paid towel service as well as lockers and gazebo’s for hire.

The prices seem steep for Bali standards but very good compared to “Wet n Wild” back home. Looks as though it’s tailored for the older kids. With two little ones, they are just as happy in a pool, anywhere.

Sacred Monkey Forest in Bali with kids

We found this guy wrote beside our car door in the carpark.
We found this guy wrote beside our car door in the carpark.

Located near Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest, you can go explore the dense jungle, visit temples and feed the resident monkeys some bananas. This attraction can easily be done when visiting Ubud and The Bali rice terraces of Tegalagang.

There is a cost of 20,000 Rp per adult and 10,000 per child (a little under $2/$1 AUD).

Watch your items and keep them hidden, unless you want them to be swiped. I’m not a big fan of monkey’s all over you and I think my kiddies might get a bit scared. However, the jungle and temple looks awesome and lucky the monkeys are damn cute!

This photo of Monkey Forest is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Monkey Forest is courtesy of TripAdvisor

TIP – for a quick snap of a monkey

Have your driver park in the car park by the entrance to the Sacred Monkey Forest and there will be lots of monkey’s lurking. Be quick as you will be told that the car park is only for fee paying guests and they will hazing monkeys via sling shot, to shoo them away from your camera and back into the official part of the paid monkey forest.

Tanah Lot Bali with kids

Purah Tanah Lot Bali is a 40 minute drive from Seminyak and an easy place to stop with kids for a quick visit. It’s super touristy with tacky souvenirs and beach vendors selling everything from kites to instant digital prints.

Whilst the crowds dilute the temple experience a little. It’s worth a quick trip to introduce the kids to a little Balinese culture without getting complete vacant stares. There is plenty to keep kids engaged and entertained from holy sea snakes in a cave, rock pools to discover and neat little trinkets to barter for.

The perfect Tanah Lot Sunset capture. Image courtesy Dennis Stauffer of Flickr CC
The perfect Tanah Lot Sunset capture. Image courtesy Dennis Stauffer of Flickr CC

Then there is the beauty. There’s a reason why Tanah Lot Bali is such a visited hotspot. The temple sit a atop it’s own rocky islet like a floating Bonsai Garden, only accessible in the low tide. The sunsets are amazing, capturing the silhouette of the temple island with the sun setting out at sea. See a complete review of Tanah Lot with kids here.

Places to eat & drink in Bali with kids

There’s plenty of places to eat in Bali, I found an extensive list from Indonesia-Bali website and also Gourmet Traveller, though their taste is a bit posh for families travelling with kiddies.

Below are my recommendations of places to eat and drink.

Where to eat with kids in Seminyak

Potato Head

Jalan Petitenget 51 B, Kerobokan, Bali

Eclectically decorated with a relaxed vibe. Potato Head is a great place for a bite and a drink.

The food is like the atmosphere a refined casualness to it. It’s a popular tourist hang out. Take note that prices are similar to a upmarket cafe back home, so a tad pricey in terms of eating out in Bali. However the service is great and the view is delicious.

Bring your bathers for a dip in the pool and enjoy the great vibes. Kids were welcomed and running around or swimming in the pool. Potato Head is a short cab ride from Seminyak. Visit Potato Head website for more details.

The Bloody Mary at Potatoe Head, Bali
The Bloody Mary at Potatoe Head

Ku De Ta

Jalan Kayu Aya Number 9, Bali, Seminyak

My favourite place and a short taxi ride from Seminyak. It’s perched high on a hill on the beach offering a great spot to drink cocktails and enjoy the sunset.

It gets very busy near sunset, so get their well before to claim a good spot. The menu is relaxed offering finger food such as pizza’s and oysters. The prices are high for Indonesia but not breaking the bank compared to back home. There’s an eclectic mix of locals, people with more money then sense (spotted gold lamaze swimsuit and very high heels) as well as families and fellow Aussie travellers.

Kids are welcomed and were seen lounging around and playing with toys that the occasional hawker would sell. Incidentally they don’t bother you as security keeps them at bay. Though if you want to buy something, they can be waved over from the beach. Check out Ku De Ta website for more details.

Sunset and good times Ku De Ta, Bali
Sunset and good times Ku De Ta

Soho Diner

Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

Located on Seminyaks ‘Eat Street’ (Jalan Laksmana) is a casual eatery open 24 hours. A great casual diner with fast orders, good service, affordable prices, clean and tasty food. Worth a stop in with the kids.

Try their tasty burgers and fries. There are also fresh juices, ice-teas and milkshakes that can be ordered in a take-away cup to prevent spillage. There are also burger sliders for the little ones.


Jalan Laksmana Oberoi No 100x, Seminyak, Indonesia

Also located on Seminyak’s ‘Eat Street’ a couple of doors from Ultimo (bit more posh) is a very family friendly Italian restaurant with reasonable prices.

The pastas and pizzas are delivous. Go for dinner not lunch. Lunch service is a bit average. It gets pretty busy that they have an overflow across the street. Check out Trattoria website here.


Metis is a french fusion restaurant with a very elegant outdoor courtyard and garden setting. The sheltered dining patio overlooks a large lotus ponds and rice fields. A paved path lead guests to a gazebo and also a great little place for kids to explore whilst waiting for their meals.

Children are most welcomed and are offered a sophisticated kids menu with some favourites like pizza, spaghetti or fish and chips with a refined twist.

Prices are on par with the upper scale restaurants back home which means it’s quite expensive for Bail. Servings are very generous, exceptionally plated and very tasty.

The Junction

Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak square, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

The Junction is located at at the bottom of Eat Street at the intersection before Seminyak Square. It offers great food in a casual setting.

Very family friendly and lots of choices for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Warung Murah

Jalan Laksmana, Bali, Indonesia

Inexpensive and clean local Indonesian food right in the middle of “Eat Street” in Seminyak a couple of shops down from Trattoria. It’s not very fancy with no air conditioning, but the locals eat here, it’s very cheap and family friendly.

You will find the taxi drivers are having a drink and a meal here. Pick up some local food for nannies here.


Jalan Petitenget No 21, Kerobokan, Kerobokan, Bali

Sardine's own rice paddy
Sardine’s own rice paddy

Sardine’s restaurant overlooks it’s own rice paddy. Dine on the catch of the day and watch the kiddies run around the green rice fields. A whole grilled fish meal would set you back 145,000 Rp (aprox $14.50AUD). Affordable fare in a beautiful green setting. Opened for lunch and stays open for dinner late daily.

Check out Sardine Restaurant website here.

Light fresh seafood dishes from a changing menu.
Light fresh seafood dishes from a changing menu.

Motel Mexicola

This place is great, it’s like walking into kitchy Miami Beach in the heart of Bali. With party vibes during the evening. Take the kids for a mexican style lunch in the sprawling grounds of Motel Mexicola.

Kids can have a play, visit the chapel and be entertained by the weird and wonderful decor.

Where to eat with kids in Jimbaran Bay

Sandara, Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan

Sunset and seafood at Sundara, Jimbaran Bay part of the Four Seasons Resort, Bali
Sunset and seafood at Sundara, Jimbaran Bay part of the Four Seasons Resort

Almost all the seafood in Bali is supplied from Jimbaran Bay. For seafood lovers head to Sundara at the Four Seasons resort in Jimbaran Bay and feast on seafood served straight out of the sea to your plate.

The best part is that you can dine right on the beach at sunset, watch the kid build sandcastles as you enjoy good food whilst the sun goes down.

There’s plenty of restaurant choices, but the Four Seasons is highly recommended.

Where to eat in Ubud with kids

Naughty Nuris

Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali

The understated BBQ at the front of Naughty Nuris, Bali
The understated BBQ at the front of Naughty Nuris

BBQ is the speciality at Naughty Nuris, there is also branch in Seminyak however Ubud is the original and the best. Feast on char grilled BBQ dishes such as baby back ribs, grilled chicken, satay skewers and pork chops.

If BBQ isn’t your thing, it also offers proper Indonesian fare all in a relaxed, kid friendly setting and easy on the budget.

The BBQ ribs at Naughty Nuris
The BBQ ribs at Naughty Nuris

Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3, Suckling Pig

Jalan Tegal Sari No2, Ubud

Ubud is famous for it’s suckling pig dish and it’s a tourist restaurant for sure. Our experience of Warung Babi Guling was pretty good, though it’s an acquired taste.

I prefer my crackling more crunchier (western). Still, the pig was moist and delicious and it was cheap without any Bali Belly consequences.

Worth a try if in the area. A meal cost 60,000 IDR. It’s a little hard to get to, down a long lane-way, keep following the signs. If in doubt ask for directions. There’s usually people, mostly tourists coming or going from there.

There’s also a Ibu Oka 1 and Ibu Oka 3. Ibu Oka 1 is right on the main street, packed to the rafters. If you can get a seat, the pig looks good there.

Have I left anything out? We are heading back to Bali in September and I’ll update this guide with more photos and attractions. If you have any suggestions please comment below.


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  • This is probably the best and most comprehensive guide i have ever seen. Thank you it will help with settling down in Bali. we hope to do it soon, thank you

  • Hi, you have very informative and inspiring travel story, but I must notice one thing. Why suggest burger and french fries in Seminyak? It is something you can find everywhere on this planet and is not something to mark off. I guess most people want to know more about traditional and authentic food. Folks, You can eat French fries and burger in Bali, is that news? πŸ™‚

    • I love a good Warung like not other, but kids sometimes just want burgers and chips! I know mine do and there are plenty of families that want to have a break from the local. We’re on holiday and we can eat as we please.

  • Found you from google, great old article enjoyed reading it. Thank you, Saw your comment that you be sure to update in the upcoming Bali Guide, just wondering if you did post anything yet? I hear many people saying Canggu is the new Seminyak is great with kids now. Should I consider book villa/resort at Canggu?

    • Thank you for a fantastic article. I have visited Bali once before and adored it (Ubud and childless). I plan to return next month for a week with my husband and then 11 month old. I really want to find a nanny to assist us so we can have some downtime. Can you please provide the details of the nanny(s) you used? They seem fantastic.

    • Thanks for reading Dean, not yet. I’m working on it and yes Canggu is rocking it. It’s a fab expat enclave, but jury is still out as to whether to stay there. I hear that it’s a more a private villa style holiday than a resort style holiday.

    • I hear great things about Canggu! It’s where all the expats live and there’s new bars popping up. I can’t give a proper review as we haven’t been over to check it out. I don’t think you can go wrong though. Enjoy xx

  • Hello! Thank you for taking the time to put together such a thorough guide for families! We are taking our family of 6 to Bali for the first time in a few months and I greatly appreciate all you included in your guide. I just wanted to know if you have any thoughts on staying in the Canggu area a little further north from Seminyak? Thank you again for the beautiful post!

    • Hello Gwen, sorry I’ve only gotten to this now as I’ve taken a wee break from the blog. Canggu is a good option to stay in with lots of expats hanging around Canggu. It’s quieter, family friendly and newly developed with local kid attractions such as horse riding, a new water park and a Bounce (indoor trampoline centre). It’s not a bad commute either to the action of Seminyak (though it’s not right nearby) and theres a beach. I’ll be sure to update in the upcoming Bali Guide. Thanks for reading if you do end up staying in Canggu please let me know how it goes.

  • Hi this is a fabulous guide, thank you.
    I have been to Bali 4 times but never with kids.
    This time we are going with a 2 year old & 4 year old. Am a bit nervous on how to entertain on the plane (luckily only from Perth!)
    And also nervous about Bali belly.

    Would appreciate any tips on keeping kids busy on plane as well as keeping bali belly away.


  • We will travel to Bali August 2017 with kids ages 5 and 3 at the time. This is the best and most comprehensive article on the internet about traveling with kids in Bali! Bravo! I’ve read so many other blogs and they just skim over or generalize so many things, I love how detailed this was. Especially since this is our first overseas trip with kids in tow, from reading your article I can grasp a better sense of what it will be like! Thank you a million times!

    • Thanks so kindly,

      It may need a tiny update as it was a couple of years ago now. I think there is no Visa on Entry fee now. Bonus!

      Thanks again for the kind words. Happy travels!



  • Love Love Love this! Going back to Bali after many years of travelling every but…thank you for such a comprehensive look at what to do – my teens are going to prefer Seminyak and I will love Ubud – so compromise in the air! x

    • Hey beautiful. Thanks for your kind words. I heard travelling with teens does involve compromise, a friend of mine recently said that Club Med’s are awesome for teens, might be an option? Ubud, Jimbaran, Seminyak and Nusa Dua so many choices! Looking forward to seeing what you decide on, I can see you shopping for antiques and beach wear in Seminyak and luxing it up in Ubud, why don’t you mix it up? Have fun, I love Bali xo

  • I just happened upon your article (albeit a couple of years late)! What a great read! We are heading to Bali next week with our two young children and was hoping you could shed some light on how you managed to keep your children safe from both the sun and the day time mosquitos! They always suggest you apply sunscreen first and then repellent, but the sunscreen only lasts a couple of hours when in the water and then you need to reapply. What then do you do about the repellent?? Most repellents are good for 8 to 10 hours and suggest a MAXIMUM of two applications a day (especially those made from picaridin or DEET). I’m guessing that the repellent has also washed off in the water after a couple of hours so it too should be reapplied and not to worry about the maximum number of applications in the day?? What products did you use? What was your application process throughout the day and evening, especially when spending the day in the sea/pool?

    • Hi Laura, thanks for reading πŸ™‚

      Honestly, I’ve never worried about the maximum application (maybe I should!?). I apply liberally in the morning before going on a day trip, if we’re heading into the jungle or zoo I carry one to reapply. I also apply liberally before bed at night when they come out in swarms!. I use both the tropical strength Aeroguard and Bushman’s which has high concentration of DEET. But if you’re concerned about the DEET levels then switch it up with a non-DEET variety and use the jungle strength for day trips and at night. In a Malaria zone I trust the DEET rather than the garden variety or natural ones (that’s just my opinion).

      I reapply after water sports if in a garden area or out at say the zoo which is surrounded by tropical jungle. When on the beach and around the pool I’m a little more complacent if mossies aren’t around and don’t often reapply. But it depends on the season, closer to the wet season and there are more mossies around. Our experience is that we didn’t find any mossies by the beach and pool during the day. The wind and salt water keeps them away or maybe even the sunscreen on the skin which we apply all day long. Night time and by stagnant ponds is where we found them and in our villa there was a pond right in front of the kids room.

      Call ahead and make sure the hotel, resort or villa has mossie nets in the room at night as they really help, I even spray the mossie nets and bedding with aeroguard before bed with the kids out of the room. We did this because one of our nephews is allergic to mossies, he can’t have one bite or he becomes swollen, in terrible pain and has ended up in hospital – first I knew about an allergy to mossies poor guy!

      Otherwise Malarone (malaria tablets) is the only safe way of being protected from malaria. I despise them and the problem with it is that they are in tablet form which aren’t great for little kids and quite an expense. You also have to keep taking them before your trip and daily during your trip and I’ve personally had some side effects on them, but it’s the only fool proof way. Have a chat to your GP if you want to head this way, there maybe better malaria tablets out there now. We just go the mossie spray route and are very vigilant.

      Hope this helps, apologies if it’s a bit long winded.


  • Awesome info! this article is very helpful for everyone who plan to holiday in Bali with kids.
    Just want to add a little more, if you want to search for affordable long term rental for weekly/monthly/yearly there is a local site Bali Budget Housing they list house, villa and apartment.
    Hope this help! πŸ™‚

  • Wow! this is so detailed and informative. We are going to Bali in late August and we have two weeks there. We have a 3 (almost 4 by then) year old and an 18 month old.
    I’m struggling to narrow down where to visit. My husband has a conference in Nusa Dua so thats non negotiable…where would you narrow it down to? We don’t like moving around lots with the kids as it becomes hard work. We like to see the authentic way of life along with some luxuries and entertaining the kids is very important so would be good to have some day trips to take them on. I’m thinking Ubud as a definite, Nusa Dua for a few nights…any other destination thats a must? I think 3 in total….happy for any advice you have!

    • Thanks Jackie, so glad you found it useful. Nusa Dua has some lovely resorts there and I think you’ve hit the money with authentic way of life, Ubud has it in spades. The terraces, lush green jungle and laid back art inspired vibe is awesome there. It’s also not far from the Monkey Forest, Bali Zoo and Bali Safari Marine Park.

      I’m going to throw in Seminyak for a stay if you don’t mind moving a third time, it’s a different Bali style altogether, it’s quintessentially Bali, yes it’s touristy but there’s a reason. The sunset on the beach and the happy vibes is the superb, with a nice choice of resorts and villas it’s the place to be. You are also within easy reach of the awesome restaurants (and nightlife) that places like Ubud and Nusa Dua is missing. There are local markets and the temples are not far away. But I can’t say that Seminyak is “authentic” it’s just good for families.

      Enjoy and let me know if there’s anything that you discover on your fab trip in Bali xo

  • I am going with my husband to Seminyak,Bali in April. While we do not have kids ( yet ) I love your suggestions for Seminyak. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Oh to be in Seminyak without kids, I’m jealous. Glad I could be useful. Be sure to check out Hotel Mexicola, such a cool bar owned by Aussies in Seminyak. Thank you again.

  • Hi Rene – thank you for this blog!! I love it all, its very motivating and the Bali information is very timely!!!
    We are travelling to Bali with our twin 1.5year olds in January. I have been to bali before, but not with Children. Your information on nannies has encouraged me to find a nanny for our girls. You write so fondly of Mahday I hope we are able to find someone as reliable / good / trustworthy as she sounds!
    On another note, I am confused – the girls are too young to get the Hep A vaccine – the same as your little one and you recommended avoiding unpeeled fruit!?… I assumed unpeeled fruit that i would then peel would be ok to eat?! My girls live on fruit – what fruits are safe to consume?!
    Thanks for any advice in advance!

    • I’m sorry I didn’t get to this reply until now. If you peel the fruit yourself then it will be safe to eat. It’s just that peeled fruit could have been contaminated by dirty hands either in the kitchen or sitting the the buffet line. If you wash it, peel it yourself it should be OK. i.e. Banana, mandarins, oranges and apples are all good if you peel it yourself. If contaminated the theory is that it’s on the outside. Wash both your hands and the fruit and peel to avoid germs. Best of luck with the nanny! If you find a good one, please feel free to share her details here. There are lots of people that ask for nanny recommendations.

    • Hi Michelle,

      Thank you so much for your support! I just adore what you do. You will LOVE Bali. I don’t know why we took so long to get to it, when it was so close to Australia. Looking forward to seeing your take on it. xo

  • This is amazing! Thank you so much for all the time and effort that goes into putting a post like this together! We are off to Bali in three weeks and this has us all so excited! Thank you Bron xx

  • Hi there… Thinking of taking kids to Bali for the first time in November. Do you think the weather will be ok? Also we’ve been recommended holiday inn in Tanjung Benoa….is there many places to eat or markets etc around there. I’ve only ever stayed at Seminyak or Legian.
    Thanks for your informative blog,

    • Hi Lisa, No worries. Sorry for my tardy response. I haven’t stayed in Tanjung Benoa. But it does look interesting and the pricees are pretty good over that side. But if you have stayed in Seminyak then you would know that shops and beaches are all central to explore. Tanjung Benoa looks more like a resort community and personally I would find this a bit boring, because Bali is all about the surrounding shops, markets and beaches outside of your resort. If you are just interested in hanging resort side, I think it’s perfect and cheap! It’s not too far away to go day tripping back to Seminyak but far enough…

  • What a wonderfully comprehensive article. I kept scrolling thinking “Well I’d like to know about …” And there it was!
    We have stayed at the Royal Beach the three times we’ve been to Bali pre-child, it’s like our home there ❀️
    What sorts of things does a Nanny do with a child if there is no kids club, as is the case at the RB? We’d love to stay there, but for this reason are considering the Padma in Legian .. Reluctantly!
    Thank you for the incredibly helpful guide πŸ™‚

  • Wow, I just loved reading all of the best places to stay, airport, kids hotspots, rides, where to eat etc…. And so much more
    My sister and I and our kids are looking at heading to Bali next year (mid) and we are reading up on as ,ugh info as we can, lol. This has helped heaps and more understandable. Thanks

    • Hello Natasha, so glad it was useful. I went with my sisters and kids and we shared a villa, it was so much fun! I’m sure you’ll have a blast. Let me know how you go or if there’s any new hot tips. Thanks for reading xo

  • Hey Rene, thank you so much for your blog post. My partner, 3 year old son & I are heading to Bali at the end of August and as my partner & son haven’t left Australia I am quite nervous about it.
    Your post is very informative, and if you could pass on any information about the nanny you had or how to get intouch with someone other than an agency it would be much appreciated.

    • Hi Charlii I can send you through some details. Have a blast. Please post any pics on FB page if you have time xo

      • Hi Rene
        Thanks for posting this fantastic blog! I’m heading to Bali with my family (same age littlies as yours) at the end of September and will definitely be using your recommendations! Could I ask you to share your nanny details with us too? It sounds like just the option we are looking for.Thanks again, Rebecca

        • Hi Rebecca,

          I am so sorry but I don’t have the nanny I used contact details. She was a friend of a friend. However Bali’s Best Babysitting offers screened nannies.


        • So sorry but I no longer have her details. Try some of the babysitting agencies or ask your hotel / resort for a recommendation?

  • Hello! Thank you so much for such a great article. We are travelling to Seminyak in August and were just wondering if you are able to recommend local activities for the kids ages 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 during the day besides the pool / beach. Are there any playgrounds / kids clubs / sports or games available for them to enjoy? And is waterbom currently closed?

    Many thanks in advance.


    • August will be a great time to go and awesome for picking Seminyak.

      There are a few activities for kids, consider checking out the Bali Safari and Marine Park

      Also Ubud Rice Terraces or Bali Zoo. If you are into temples it’s worth a quick look at Tanah Lot and not so far from Seminyak.

      I don’t think Waterbom Park is closed, I think it’s still operational. There’s also another new water park called Splash Waterpark but I hear it’s not as big.

      Other places to check out include the Monkey Forest in Ubud (you don’t need too much time).

      For kids clubs there is the Lollipops Playground but I hear mixed reviews. The Cubby House Kids Club is meant to be much better, however it’s located in Canggu which is 20 minutes from Seminyak. It’s like a temporary day care, so nannies and parents are not permitted. Drop and go situation? We did not use it but hear it’s good.

      Hope you have fun Jo

  • Hi,
    Thank you for this informative article! However, I think I am looking for even more low budget places than those you listed. I am planning on going to Tulamben for about a week with my husband and 4 year old son for diving, then just under a week in Ubud for temples, culture, etc. Then I’m looking for a third location to spend a few extra days that can really focus on kids (where my hubs and I aren’t trying to tour temples etc). I’m thinking somewhere nearish the airport, as those seem to be the main touristy areas. But I’m open to the whole island. All we need is a clean mellow sandy beach, preferably not too crowded, and maybe some cheap kids activities. I’m looking for places under $50 (USD) per night, hopefully with a pool and some open space to run around. Most of the children’s activities you listed are very overpriced imo (we can do zoos and safaris and waterparks at home for less), and I haven’t yet done the research to decide if the animal parks are ethically worth supporting (no offence meant to anyone who went/wants to go to these). So I’m hoping there might be more low key, “off the grid”, maybe local style (and cheaper) things to do with a 4 year old. Sooo…. can you rewrite this whole article for a low low budget? HAHA, just kidding. But any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks so much!

    • Sounds like an amazing trip Emma! I’m afraid this guide is more targeted at families that enjoy a little more of the nice stuff, but it’s not totally luxury either. But you’ve made me think that I should cater more to these two.

      Tulamben for diving sounds awesome! I’d love to hear about it. I haven’t dived for years and years.

      As for a clean mellow low key budget friendly spot. Check out Sanur, it’s quiet and sleepy and better on the budget. Other budget areas include Nusa Dua, Kuta and parts of Legian. I think it’s absolutely possible to even get a villa or family room in a resort with pool for $50. Maybe even consider a homestay (air bnb or

      The parks and zoos are targeted at tourists so charge the tourist rate, which isn’t extortionate but it’s not cheap, especially for Bali. If you have doubts about supporting the Asian zoos then it’s better not to go. Though I didn’t see any mistreatment of animals, it’s an Asian zoo in a poor nation and they are doing the best with what they have. There’s heaps to do without going down that route.

      Best of luck and please share what you found xo

  • hi, love this article its amazing .. i was abit hesitant in booking a trip to Bali as we didnt know if toddlers will enjoy but after reading this, i feel quite comfortable going as its not as far as compared to other destinations. Would you be able to share the nanny details with me too please πŸ˜‰

    many thanks

      • are you able to send me the details of the nanny you used in bali. I have no personal recommendations from friends and would much prefer to use one that someone has been happy with. Thanks so much.

        • Hello! Thanks for reading. Hooray for going the nanny option. You will not regret it! I will pop you through some details. xo Rene

    • I LOVE THIS! Honestly it covered absolutely everything that I wanted to know! We’re going to Bali with our 2yr old daughter Leyla (Same as yours different spelling hehehe) in Sept and honestly this info is a God send!
      Could you share the nanny info with me please?
      Thank you :)))

      • Thanks for reading and I’m glad it can help. I’m going to be writing a post about nannies in Bali really soon. I don’t actually have access to Agung or Mahday, it was a friend of a friend, but I can send your some details of how you might find your nanny! I hope you have a blast xo

  • Thanks for this incredibly detailed and informative article. We’re travelling for the first time with our baby and toddler later in the year and were a bit nervous about hiring a nanny before reading this. Any chance you could pass on your nannys contact details? I don’t know anyone to get any other recommendations from.

  • Good information. delighted to read your posts. Here we can see very suitable for travelers with their children. the next few months will make a visit to Bali. and I will be together with all my children. And the plan, one of the destination place we are Ubud. I often hear that in these places provide a lot of good accommodation for tourists who with his family. so we desperately need this kind of information. nice share.

  • Thank you for the mention of our agency in this wonderful guide. I really enjoyed reading it & it is a great resource for families. The exact reason we set up Balis Best Babysitting was because we turned up in Bali with a 6 month old & could not find a well trained reliable nanny service. 4 years later we are the #1 Nanny & Babysitting service in Bali πŸ™‚ Thanks again.

    • Hi Danielle, you are most welcome. You have a great informative website and doing a wonderful job. Happy to help in any way possible.

      If we weren’t so lucky to have a a friend recommending us with the best nanny ever we would have used your services for sure.



  • This is the most complete guide in visiting Bali. There is so detail about anything we can prepare before we travel with our family and kids to Bali. Thank you for this beauty article. The food is look gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much for taking the time to write this up to help us other parents out! I am a single mother about to take my twin 7 year old boys on our first over seas holiday! We are going to Bali and this has helped me be prepared with what to think of ahead of time. Bit daunting doing it solo with the kids but looking forward to it. Thank you so much for this it is awesome πŸ™‚

    • Hi Courtney, you just made my day. I don’t get many comments like this so I thank you for reading and glad that this can help. Especially travellng solo with twin boys! You are a warrior mum! Have a great trip and if you ever want to share pics or any tips. Please feel free to send them through. Thank you again, xo

    • Lovely to see our Bali Buddies nanny Agung featured in this article, she is truly one of kind and so beautiful with children. Great article – well done, love to see people sharing the beautiful side of Bali xx

  • Really complete article for all you need in Bali, great job!
    I just wrote an article too about activities for kids in Bali.


    • Thank you for reading my site and your top 10 list is great. We hope to get to the Monkey Forest in 3 weeks time πŸ™‚

  • This is just SO comprehensive. Timely too. My husband told me today that he thinks our next trip should be to Bali. I feel like giving you a hug too for mentioning the health and safety issues. The reason I started blogging was because as a doctor I was really concerned about families going to places like Bali and Fiji and not having appropriate vaccinations. I put together a whole lot of travel health info directed at families and had nowhere for it to go – so friends suggested setting up a blog.

    • Thank you! Feeling the love and big hugs back xo

      It’s so peculiar how things such as travel vaccinations is not readily available on the net. Your Travel Health section provides a wealth of information. Mind if I link to it on this blog?


  • I always love your detailed posts! I don’t have kids and still found this so very informative. Especially love all the info about hiring nannies- if I ever *do* have kids, I’d definitely consider hiring them for a vacation. πŸ™‚ Also-totally agree about the VIP service getting through the airport! (We decided against it and waited in immigrations FOREVER!)

    • Thank you so much! Your comment made me book my VIP service for next time. Waiting in immigration forever with kids – eeeeek. xo

  • Amazing! I never thought of taking our young kids to Bali. Your guide is so complete and full of great details and tips! Visiting you from SITS Girls.. πŸ˜‰ after you visited me and I’m glad you did! Because I am now you’re follower.

    • Thank you, your site is fabulous and I’m glad you popped by. I never though of taking the kids to Bali either and turned out to be the best trip ever. Highly recommend πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for these awesome and very detailed tips! <3 I totally love Bali – one of the place I like to visit in the future,

  • Thanks for these awesome tips! I remember, one of our clients for work was a website for someone who offered hotels in Bali!! We were so stoked of how beautiful the place was and how affordable prices were. If only I can travel there!

  • Bali is on my bucket list. Alas, I think the airfare is more (from U.S.) than where you’re coming from. My general tip for traveling with kids, is to remember to take breaks. I’ve seen parents push and push their kids because they have to see and do everything. It wears the kids out and they are irritable and cranky and it wears the parents out. You don’t have to see and do everything. ENJOY IT πŸ™‚

  • It’s good that Indonesians know how to speak in English because language can be really a problem when there’s a barrier in between folks.

  • This seems like definitely a great place, you provided us with a very detailed guide about the Bali. Nice pictures and many thanks for sharing such a detailed and beautiful post with us.

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