How to have the best family holiday in Bali: a local’s guide
With great food, child-friendly accommodation and a huge range of activities for kids, Indonesia’s family-oriented tropical island promises a good time for kids and adults.
- December 2019
A sprawling, shaded play centre in Canggu, Parklife has become a regular on our rounds. We love it because it is the only family-friendly venue we’ve found on the island with those signature rice-paddy views. The park has lots of grass for barefoot exploration, as well as a splash pad, sandpit, playground and jumping pillow. Order a Bintang, rosé or latte and join the hive of parents looking on from the sunset deck or Skittles-hued beanbags and picnic blankets. It is still relatively new so it doesn’t get too busy, even on weekends.
Splash Waterpark, Canggu
For aquatic fun without the queues, head to Splash Waterpark at Finns Recreation Club in Canggu. It is easy to get to, lacks the crowds, has a relaxed setting and I like that the small baby slides extend to the sun lounges, which make it easy for me to keep an eye on my toddlers while I dig into a fresh coconut. If you want to make a week of it, the seven-day Super Fun pass includes visits to Bounce Bali trampoline park and Strike bowling alley, as well as the Cubby House Kids Club.
Made’s Warung, Canggu
Made’s Warung is around the corner from our villa in Berawa, Canggu, and has a creative kids menu and plenty of room to run riot. The teddy bear pancakes are almost too cute to eat but the energy-burning outdoor play area (cubby house, swings and trampoline) will ensure they demolish their meals. The new indoor creche, Shine, starts at only IDR Rp20,000 (about AUD $2) for entry and has a ball pit, playhouse and Lego (just remember to take socks). Whenever I have the kids on my own, I bring them here for an afternoon and grab a bite in the café, knowing they are in a safe, contained space.
Amplitude Skate and Bike Park, Kuta
Our three-year-old is getting pretty confident on the small balance bikes at Amplitude Skate and Bike Park in Kerobokan. The Swiss-designed racing pump track has a series of bends and hills that make learning to ride a little more thrilling, plus there’s a street skate park and skate bowl for those mad about tricks. The venue rents out all the equipment and can also provide professional skateboard coaching for little ones of any age. There’s a little café serving decent coffee, too.
The Trans Resort, Seminyak
We’ve made a hobby out of finding the best family stays in Bali and Seminyak’s The Trans Resort wins hands down. It’s five minute’s walk to Eat Street (Jalan Oberoi) and the hotel’s all-day free shuttle to Seminyak Square and Potato Head is a lifesaver for tired little feet. The complimentary kids’ club offers activities including arts and crafts and an ice-cream station, and the beach-feel pool is perfect for wading. From just IDR Rp1,955,000 (about AUD $205) a night, it is great value for families.
Bali Baby Hire
There’s no need to take heavy items on the plane. Hire out the necessities to keep your little ones safe and comfortable once you get to Bali with Bali Baby Hire. This mobile service delivers to you and can supply equipment including pool fences, car seats, high chairs and portacots.