The importance of family to the Balinese is evident in their innate love of children and this, along with excellent accommodation options (many with kids clubs), a lot of off-site activities and relatively inexpensive on-ground costs, makes Bali a perfect family holiday destination. This Bali family travel itinerary steers you in all the right directions. Staying in Tuban, Kuta , Legian, Seminyak, Sanur or Nusa Dua, a typical ten day family holiday might look something like this, but of course you can cherry-pick for the number of days you have available.
Take some time to explore your surroundings and familiarise yourself with your accommodation before taking a short stroll outside to get your bearings and locate nearby restaurants and supermarkets. Head to the beach where the girls (young and old) can have their hair braided and nails done while the boys have a massage. Hire bikes to explore the local area, have a surfing lesson in Kuta (Pro Surf School ) or Legian (UP2U Surf School Bali Indonesia ) or marvel at the sealife with a Seawalker Tour, Sanur – Bali.
Even if you’ve chosen not to stay at Kuta, a visit is essential. Take a taxi to the Kuta Art Markets, where you will have the opportunity to bargain for a range of goods. But it is a case of “buyer beware” as brand names will be copies and silver may not be silver. Exit the Art Market where you entered and walk straight along Jalan Raya Kuta, where you’ll find several fixed price outlets including recognisable brands, some popular fast food outlets and a Matahari Department store which is great for fixed price bargains and also has a supermarket.
When you reach the end of this street, turn left towards the beach or right towards Bemo Corner. The former will bring you to a street that runs the length of Kuta and Legian to the flashy Cocoon Beach Club, passing several hotels and entertainment venues, including many on the beach itself. It is a long walk so, if modern shopping malls appeal, you may wish to end your journey at the Beachwalk Shopping Centre.
A right turn will take you to Bemo Corner where you can turn left and walk along Jalan Legian, past many more stalls offering an array of clothing, handicrafts and homewares. Turn left down the narrow Poppies Lane 1 and enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshing lime juice at the iconic Poppies Restaurant. After lunch, continue along Jalan Legian until you pass Poppies Lane II and pay your respects at the Bali Bombing Memorial on the right. Too early for a sunset so return to the hotel for an afternoon swim.
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Today is just for family fun! It is easy to spend a full day at Waterbom Bali, a cashless theme park in Tuban with water slides and attractions to suit all ages.
A morning stroll along the beach walkway can produce some interesting sights, but don’t forget to heed the bicycle bells as you walk. In the afternoon let the children take advantage of the activities at the Kids Club, while parents indulge in an afternoon of rejuvenating pampering. Many hotels offer their own spa centre but dedicated day spas also proliferate, varying from basic salons with a few massage tables to some of the most exquisite, with unbelievably extravagant treatments and price tags to match. Some midrange venues include Bodyworks, Jari Menari and Glo Day Spa Sanur.
Arrange a babysitting service in the evening and celebrate your newly energised self with a romantic dinner at one of Bali’s fine dining restaurants – Sarong, Sardine Restaurant, Metis Restaurant, Ku De Ta or Chez Gado Gado to name a few. Follow with a nightcap at Rock Bar or Sundara , both in Jimbaran.
You’ll need a full day to cover the Bali Safari and Marine Park and the whole family will enjoy it. Bring some swimmers for the Fun Park and a camera to capture your encounters with orang-utans, lions and elephants and more.
First time visitors will want to explore a little of Bali and a half day tour to Ubud will provide a taste without overdoing it. Hire your own car and driver for a half day (6 hours) for around Rp350,000 and customise your tour, visiting Celuk, Mas, Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Palace and Ubud Art Market.
Explore one of Bali’s outer islands, Nusa Lembongan, with one of Bali Hai Cruises. Families with children of all ages can enjoy a great day out, with plenty of water activities and a chance to see a quieter side of Bali where there are no cars, clear water and pristine beaches and a chance to visit a local village.
Spend a relaxing day by the pool or do a cooking class together – Bumbu Bali Restaurant & Cooking School, Casa Luna Cooking School and Bali Asli Restaurant & Cooking School are all excellent. Or introduce some adventure with a white water rafting experience (Bali Sobek or Bali Adventure Tours), or visit the Bali Bird Park.
Another great way to see Bali is with a downhill cycling tour. Bali Adventure Tours cycling offers a mountain cycling tour that includes entry to the Elephant Safari Park, a must for anyone who loves elephants!
Today is free for a last minute shopping trip, a final pampering massage and to ensure hair and nails are all in tip top condition before returning to real life.