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Updated: September 19, 2023
My Favorite Hotels in Bali
Bali Family Resorts – Where to Stay With Kids
- The best months to visit Bali are April to October. But Bali is a great year-round destination. Hotels often get busier, and flights are usually more expensive during the Australian school holidays (mid-December to late January) and during summer from mid-July to August.
- Booking.com – The best website for finding family hotels in Bali.
- Best Luxury Hotels in Bali for Families: Westin (Nusa Dua) • The Oberoi (Seminyak) • Grand Mirage (Tanjung Benoa) • Hard Rock (Kuta) • Hyatt Regency (Sanur) • Four Seasons Sayan (Ubud)
- Best Mid-Priced Hotels in Bali for Families: Febri’s (Kuta) • Klumpu (Sanur) • Dream Beach Huts (Nusa Lembongan Island) • Grand Whiz (Nusa Dua) • Calmtree Bungalows (Canggu) • Dasa Warna (Candidasa)
- Best Hotels in Bali with Kids Clubs: Mövenpick (Jimbaran) • Hyatt Regency (Sanur) • Grand Hyatt (Nusa Dua) • Conrad (Tanjung Benoa) • Grand Mirage (Tanjung Benoa) • Westin (Nusa Dua) • Hard Rock (Kuta)
- Best Hotels in Bali with Children’s Pools: Grand Hyatt (Nusa Dua) • Conrad (Tanjung Benoa) • Bali Dynasty (Kuta) • Sofitel (Nusa Dua) • Andaz (Sanur)
- Best Bali Hotels with Water Slides: Holiday Inn (Tanjung Benoa) • Hard Rock (Kuta) • Padma (Legian) • Bali Dynasty (Kuta) • Grand Hyatt (Nusa Dua)
- Best Bali Hotels with Special Family Rooms: Padma (Legian) • Hyatt Regency (Sanur) • Novotel (Nusa Dua) • Hard Rock (Kuta) • Grand Mirage (Tanjung Benoa) • Westin (Nusa Dua) • Mövenpick (Jimbaran)
- Best Bali Hotels with Family Activities: Westin (Nusa Dua) • Conrad (Tanjung Benoa) • Padma (Legian) • InterContinental (Jimbaran) • Holiday Inn (Tanjung Benoa) • Mövenpick (Jimbaran)
- Best Hotels in Nusa Dua for Families: Westin • Grand Hyatt • Novotel • Sofitel
- Best Hotels in Tanjung Benoa for Families: Grand Mirage • Conrad • Holiday Inn
- Best Hotels in Kuta for Families: Hard Rock • Bali Dynasty • Bali Garden
- Best Hotel in Legian for Families: Padma • Legian Beach Hotel
- Best Hotel in Seminyak for Families: Avani • The Oberoi
- Best Hotel in Jimbaran for Families: Mövenpick • Four Seasons • InterContinental
- Best Hotel in Sanur for Families: Hyatt Regency • Andaz • Prama
- Best Hotel in Ubud for Families: Four Seasons Sayan • Alaya • Kamandalu
- Best Hotel in Candidasa for Families: Puri Bagus • Ramayana
- Best Hotel on Nusa Lembongan for Families: Hai Tide
- Best Hotel in Bukit Peninsula for Families: The Ritz-Carlton
- Best Hotel in Southern Bali for Families: Anantara Vacation Club
- The beach towns of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak form one long strip of hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes. It’s a fun and entertaining area but can be too busy and chaotic for some. This is where you’ll find the best shopping on Bali. And it’s also a great place for kids and adults to take beginner surfing lessons. The farther north you go (from Kuta to Seminyak) the more upscale and quieter it gets.
- Nusa Dua has a large variety of kid-friendly resorts in the 4-star and 5-star categories. This is the place to go for a relaxing vacation with great beaches and huge pools – but it can feel a little isolated from the main cultural attractions of central Bali.
- Sanur is a good mix of tourist-friendly amenities, great food, and relaxed vibe. The location is great for exploring Bali’s cultural highlights. The beach here is not the best on Bali but it’s great for kids as its calm shallow waters are protected by an offshore reef.
- Jimbaran is a beautiful beach town with fantastic restaurants spread along the sand. Great seafood is the highlight here. The town has a wide mix of hotels in all price brackets. It’s quieter than Sanur but close to Kuta’s shopping and nightlife, and minutes from the airport making it a perfect first stop after a long flight.
- Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by small villages, rice paddies, and enchanting green forests it makes a great base for really digging into the history and traditions of the island. It’s also the best place to shop for art and local crafts.
The 26 Best Family Resorts in Bali
For decades, Bali has been a favorite destination for families. Balinese people adore children. They believe they are gifts from the gods. Bali offers adventure parks, water palaces, beaches, water sports, and opportunities to learn about Balinese music, dance, and cooking. Most resorts have swimming pools designed for children, often with a waterslide or playground in the pool. Many resorts have rooms with bunk beds, and almost all provide adjoining rooms. Larger resorts usually have a secure and supervised kids club offering fun-filled activities. For parents, there are tennis courts, game rooms, and discounts for children’s accommodations and meals.
1. Four Seasons Sayan – Ubud
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 977577
2. Padma – Legian
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 752111
3. Andaz – Sanur
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 3201234
4. Conrad – Tanjung Benoa
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 778788
5. Mövenpick – Jimbaran
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 4725777
6. Westin – Nusa Dua
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 771906
7. Grand Mirage – Tanjung Benoa
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 771888
8. Hyatt Regency – Sanur
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 281234
9. Four Seasons – Jimbaran
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 701010
10. Grand Hyatt – Nusa Dua
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 771234
11. The Oberoi – Seminyak
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 730361
12. InterContinental – Jimbaran
• My review • Phone: +62 001 800 656888
13. Hard Rock – Kuta
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 761869
14. Sofitel – Nusa Dua
• My review • Phone: +62 (0)361 8492888
15. Bali Dynasty – Kuta
Phone: +62 (0)361 752403
16. Hai Tide – Nusa Lembongan
Phone: +62 361 720331
17. Holiday Inn – Tanjung Benoa
Phone: +62 361 8947888
18. Legian Beach Hotel – Legian
Phone: +62 361 751711
19. Kamandalu – Ubud
Phone: +62 361 975825
20. Bali Garden – Kuta
Phone: +62 361 752725
21. Alaya – Ubud
Phone: +62 361 972200
22. Avani – Seminyak
Phone: +66 2 365 9110
23. Ramayana – Candidasa
Phone: +62 363 41974
24. Puri Bagus – Candidasa
Phone: +62 363 41131
25. Novotel – Nusa Dua
Phone: Telephone: +62 361 8480555
26. Prama – Sanur
Phone: Telephone: +62 361 288011
Family Hotels in Bali – Where To Stay
For many reasons, Nusa Dua is the perfect place for a family holiday. Unlike most of Bali, the streets are flat, wide, clean, and almost traffic-free, so walking and cycling are enjoyable and safe. Numerous luxury resorts offer excellent facilities for the family, including kids clubs with engaging activities. Booking adjoining rooms is easy to arrange. Many resorts have suites and villas with two bedrooms and a living room. Some even come with bunk beds and toys. Pools are large and shady, and the clean beach with shallow calm water is just outside or within a short walk. There is a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, which is also convenient to attractions throughout southern Bali, including water sports at Tanjung Benoa (see below).
Westin – Nusa Dua
Smaller and more personal than some rival resorts nearby, The Westin offers 19 types of rooms and suites. All are comfortable, functional, and warmly decorated. Each offers floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the gardens, pools, or ocean (at a distance). Some rooms have two double beds. All accommodations can add on a single fold-up bed. Many rooms are adjoining. And for larger groups, the Family Suites with two bedrooms, bathrooms, and TVs can easily accommodate five.
The Westin faces a scenic and sheltered bay with immaculate sand and calm, shallow water for swimming. There are five pools shaped like lagoons, and some have a “waterfall” and a “beach.” The kids club accepts children aged from a few months to 12 years in separate secure indoor and outdoor areas. A shady playground, trampoline, and special spa are part of the club. Family activities include tennis, water sports, snorkeling, and traditional games. Children can enjoy lessons in fruit carving and Balinese dance. The Westin is centrally located, so everything that Nusa Dua has to offer is within walking and cycling distance.
Grand Hyatt – Nusa Dua
The lobby of this expansive resort sets the tone with its lotus ponds, thatched roof, and friendly staff. Most accommodations are in traditionally designed buildings that form “villages” across expansive lawns and gardens. Rooms and suites feature wide balconies or patios overlooking the sea or gardens, while villas offer additional luxury and privacy, complete with a beachfront setting and large private pool. Families can book adjoining rooms or opt for a villa with two or three bedrooms, a private pool, and a separate living area. Guests appreciate the five shaded pools and curved beach, where the sand is pristine and white, and the water is calm and shallow.
The resort offers many family activities, including squash, tennis, and water sports. The games room is well-stocked for a rainy day. The vibrant Camp Hyatt kids’ club features indoor and shaded outdoor areas, a trampoline, mini-golf, and activities like beach soccer, traditional art, and kite-making. Young ones will also enjoy the beach playground, two children’s pools (for different age groups), and an extra-long waterslide. The Grand Hyatt is centrally located, just a short stroll away from everything Nusa Dua has to offer.
Sofitel – Nusa Dua
The Sofitel is exceptionally accommodating for families. All rooms and suites at the Sofitel have modern decor, complete with a corner sofa, marble bathroom, and a balcony or patio that overlooks the gardens and/or pools. Accommodations can fit an extra single bed, and it’s easy to book adjoining rooms. Alternatively, families can opt for a villa with two bedrooms and a private pool. Many ground-level rooms provide direct access to the main pool from the patio. The expansive pools feature a unique design, some with sandy “beaches.” The impeccably maintained gardens are comparatively modest, with shady lawns extending up to the beachside path that winds through Nusa Dua and beyond.
The kids club is fully supervised and uniquely divided into three separate age groups. There are indoor and outdoor areas near the beach, and it offers activities like puppet-making, treasure hunts, yoga, gymnastics, and dance classes specifically for children. Additional family-friendly features include a children’s pool with a waterslide, a special reading room, and bicycle and water sports rentals. The beach out front is pristine and protected by a reef, making the water calm and shallow for swimming. The Sofitel is also close to the neighboring area of Tanjung Benoa, within walking and cycling distance to shops, cafes, and water sports.
Novotel – Nusa Dua
The Novotel exudes a quintessential Bali vacation atmosphere with its traditional gates, ponds, statues, and abundant palm trees. Its comfortable and spacious rooms boast wide balconies or patios with views of the gardens and/or pool. The suites, ideal for families, can have up to four bedrooms and a large lounge/kitchen/dining area, with some featuring a private pool or Jacuzzi. The resort has no beachfront but has an expansive, two-tiered lagoon-style pool and shuttle buses to the private beach club (just 500 meters away), offering white sand and water sports.
The Novotel is highly family-oriented: it has a substantial kids’ club with imaginative activities, and the spa offers “funny massages for kids” and “beautiful Barbie packages.” Young ones enjoy the special children’s pool, playground, and bicycle rental, while parents appreciate the discounts on children’s accommodations and meals. Additionally, many affordable shops and cafes (just outside Nusa Dua’s gates) are within easy walking distance of the resort.
Tanjung Benoa extends along a thumb-shaped peninsula just north of Nusa Dua. This laid-back area has more of a small-town feel than most tourist spots in Bali and is famous for its wide variety of water sports. Almost everything is located along one main road, which is excellent for walking and cycling. Many resorts here are as family-friendly as those in Nusa Dua but have a more affordable price tag. Tanjung Benoa is also conveniently located near all the attractions of southern Bali, including Nusa Dua’s immaculate beaches and charming outdoor mall.
Grand Mirage – Tanjung Benoa
This resort is split into two sections, about 100 meters apart, connected by a charming beachside path and accessible by golf cart. One section boasts expansive grounds with seemingly endless lawns and lagoon-shaped ponds. All accommodations in this section are spacious and feature an elegant design, most with genuine ocean views. The other section, aptly named Family Paradise, is uniquely designed for those with children. Everything in this area is vibrant, cheerful, and packed with amenities for young ones. There are five types of rooms for families, including the Family Studio Bunk (which accommodates a family of five in one room) and Girls Suites (two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a lot of pink).
For those traveling with children, there’s the excellent kids’ club (divided into three separate age groups), a family pool with a children’s section, a water park, a playground, and a games room. The whole family can enjoy tennis, yoga, “sea walking,” and Balinese cooking. Attractive “all-inclusive” packages include meals/drinks, water sports, activities, and traditional performances at the resort’s amphitheater. The beach is clean and pleasantly distant from noisy water sports.
Conrad – Tanjung Benoa
The Conrad is spread over a vast area and features three large wings: one housing suites and villas (some with a private pool) and two filled with rooms. Almost all types of accommodations can comfortably hold a family of four. Even better are the special Deluxe Family Rooms, which sleep six people in two adjoining rooms with connecting doors. The gardens are expansive, the main lagoon pool features “islands,” and another has a toddler-friendly “beach.” The beachfront sand is wide and impeccably groomed, with thatched umbrellas providing plenty of shade. The water is calm and shallow.
Children enjoy the extensive playground and the excellent Kura Kura Kids Club, which offers a range of engaging activities such as puppet-making, origami, and Balinese dance. The family can also participate in tennis, ping pong, and other activities like Balinese cooking. The Conrad offers attractive rates for families, which may include complimentary meals for children and free access to the kids club. Additional attractions include cribs and other amenities for babies, spa treatments for children, special kids menus, and bicycle rentals. There are enough shops and cafes nearby. Water sports kiosks are within easy reach but sufficiently distant to ensure that jet skis won’t harm swimmers or disturb sunbathers.
Holiday Inn Resort Benoa – Tanjung Benoa
This comfortable and relatively low-key resort is conveniently close to Nusa Dua, providing access to a broader range of cafes, shops, and water sports. Some of the 14 types of rooms and suites offer ocean views or direct pool access from a patio. Families can easily request extra beds or adjoining rooms with connecting doors. Alternatively, the spacious Family Adventure Suites (with four beds) and Kids Adventure Suites (with bunk beds) feature two bedrooms and kid-friendly amenities like a PlayStation.
The vibrant, colorful, and supervised kids club boasts a climbing wall, computer games, and a plethora of toys. The impressive activities include face painting, treasure hunts, and Indonesian language and Balinese culture lessons. The special children’s pool has an enticing waterslide and those tipping buckets that elicit delighted screams from kids. Families can also enjoy a bike ride along the lengthy beachside path, cooking classes, beach games, snorkeling, and the extensive Games Zone room. Moreover, the competitive rates often allow kids under 12 to stay and eat for free.
Kuta is bustling and consistently crowded, famous for its sunsets and surf, conveniently close to the airport, and home to the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center. Kuta’s facilities are among the island’s finest, ranging from affordable and cheerful cafes to reliable, friendly taxi drivers. However, those traveling with children should be aware of the constant traffic, potholed winding lanes, and aggressive street-side sellers. A better option might be the family-friendly resorts in Tuban, sometimes called South Kuta. Tuban is home to the fantastic Waterbom water park and features quieter streets with a more small-town feel. While the beach may be less appealing, Kuta is just a few minutes walk away.
Hard Rock – Kuta
This impressive large resort is located on Kuta’s busiest corner but shielded from the crowds. As part of the renowned international Hard Rock chain, the walls have autographed guitars, and gold records adorn a massive cocktail bar. The seemingly endless pools feature “islands,” a “beach'” with volleyball courts, lifeguards, and large gazebos where families often spend the entire day.
All rooms are luxurious and are about 200 meters from the road noise. Deluxe Rooms comfortably accommodate a family of four, while the suites can also house two children in a separate living room. The best options are the Roxity Family Suites and Luxury Kids Suites, both include a separate bedroom with a twin bunk bed, a PlayStation area, and a second bathroom.
There are even more reasons why Hard Rock Bali is likely the finest resort on the island for families: it boasts an extensive playground (and another inside the children’s pool), a rock-climbing wall, and two thrilling waterslides. The supervised children’s centers are divided into ages 4-12 and 13-18. The Roxity Kids Club offers many activities and facilities, such as a Beach Party and a dedicated painting room. The TABU Teens Club features a games room and mini-cinema. The whole family can enjoy aqua aerobics, a giant outdoor chessboard, and something called Giant Ball. Incredibly, the resort’s main gate is only 50 meters from Kuta Beach, renowned for its legendary sand, surf, and sunsets, and just a few minutes stroll from the world-class Beachwalk Shopping Center.
Bali Dynasty Resort – Tuban
The resort’s main pool, complete with “waterfalls,” volleyball nets, and a swim-up bar, is truly expansive. A separate children’s pool features a 56-meter waterslide, an in-water playground, and those giant tipping buckets that make kids squeal with delight. The beach, just 100 meters away, has grayish sand (typical for this area), but the water is always calm and clean for swimming. All rooms are very comfortable, and many have connecting doors. Most offer views of the gardens or pools (though some face the parking lot and road, so choose wisely). The special Family Rooms are incredibly spacious, while the Kids Suites accommodate two adults and three children with a separate bedroom containing bunk beds and a second TV with a PlayStation.
There’s free access to the Gardens Kid’s Club and a separate area for teenagers. Both are vibrant and inviting, substantial and supervised, and offer a range of engaging games, movies, and activities. For the family, daily activities range from aqua aerobics to cooking lessons and bicycle rentals to towel origami. Moreover, all rates include a buffet breakfast. Packaged deals often include complimentary meals for children under 12, and babysitting services are available. The location in Tuban (South Kuta) is ideal and less hectic than Kuta. It’s an easy walk to the Discovery and Lippo malls (with familiar fast-food outlets) and the award-winning Waterbom water park.
Bali Garden Beach Resort – Kuta
All rooms at the resort are stylishly designed with contemporary Balinese decor and offer views of the sea and/or tropical gardens. Each room is spacious enough to accommodate an extra single bed without feeling cramped. The special Family Rooms have a twin bunk bed in the same space and can house two adults and three children, while the villas feature two or three bedrooms and a kitchenette. Adults will appreciate the hotel’s traditional design, abundant lotus-filled ponds and trickling fountains, and can relax in a beautiful gazebo next to the adults-only pool. Young ones will enjoy the children’s pool and the shady beachfront infinity pool.
The beach in front of the resort is part of scenic Kuta Bay, one of the most appealing stretches of sand in Tuban (also known as South Kuta). The resort offers “family packages” but does not have a kids’ club. However, it’s a great option for families with teenagers due to its excellent beach, pools, and location. It’s adjacent to the Discovery Mall (with familiar fast-food outlets), opposite the world-class Waterbom water park, and next to a lovely beachside path perfect for cycling. Moreover, the Bali Garden is a 500 meter walk to Kuta but far enough to avoid the relative chaos.
As Kuta grew in popularity and became more crowded, resorts emerged north in Legian. They are generally larger, quieter, and more appealing than most in Kuta, and some offer sea views and direct access to the delightful traffic-free beachside path, perfect for walking and cycling. Legian shares the same surf, sunsets, and white sands as the more renowned Kuta Beach, just a few minutes walk to the south. Legian is also near Seminyak (north), known for its trendy boutiques and charming restaurants, although there are plenty of amenities in the backstreets of Legian too.
Padma Resort – Legian
The five-star Padma Resort is one of the first resorts built in Legian, boasting endless lawns and tropical gardens. The grounds are so expansive that guests need maps (and are also shielded from traffic noise). The bungalows (chalets) feature modern Balinese decor, a wide balcony or porch, and an extra single bed in the lounge area. Some suites have two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four children. Perhaps even better are the Family Rooms with two bathrooms and two bedrooms (one with twin bunk beds). They’re housed in a special Family Block with an attached Family Pool featuring three waterslides.
A wooden deck surrounds the shaded beachfront pool, and beautiful Legian Beach is just across a delightful beachside path perfect for walking and cycling. In addition to the tennis court and extensive playground, younger guests will also enjoy the Wolly Kids Club. Quiet, safe, and fully supervised, it offers fun and engaging activities like towel origami, turtle feeding, and Balinese cooking. The Games Center next door is home to all the latest electronic games, table soccer, and mini-billiards. There’s Balinese cooking, water aerobics, and yoga for the whole family.
Legian Beach Hotel – Legian
Ideally situated where bustling Kuta transitions into laid-back Legian, one side of the resort faces a quiet pathway alongside the wide, shady beach. The numerous amenities include tennis courts, a surf shop, and two attractive pools – one with a special section for younger guests. Families have several options: a villa with two bedrooms (and even a private pool), a standard room that can add a single bed, or book two adjoining rooms with connecting doors. Alternatively, the Deluxe Family Rooms are ideal – they’re split-level, providing space between adults and children – and the Superior Family Rooms have separate bedrooms on one level.
The vibrant Little Starfish Kids Club (for those aged three to 11) offers more exciting activities (like Balinese dance and squirrel feeding) than most competing resorts. Additionally, a games room is open for those over 11, the quiet beachside path is excellent for cycling, and the whole family can enjoy activities such as movies, fruit carving, and tai chi.
As Kuta and Legian overdeveloped, entrepreneurs began building resorts (and all the amenities tourists would need) further north in Seminyak. Generally, everything in Seminyak is classier – and often more expensive – than Kuta and Legian to the south. The advantages include an excellent array of shops and eateries along comparatively quieter streets; the downside is that the sand becomes increasingly gray and less appealing. However, the sunsets and surf are just as fabulous as in Kuta and Legian. Many resorts in Seminyak cater more to couples than families, although some offer villas with two or three bedrooms and apartments with a kitchen and living area.
The Oberoi – Seminyak
The Oberoi proudly states that 70% of its 15-acre property in downtown Seminyak is dedicated to vibrant green lawns and tropical gardens, providing ample space for children to run around. Villas have traditional-style stone walls and thatched roofs, offering luxury and beautiful furnishings. Some even feature a private pool – and, importantly, it’s large enough for an entire family. All villas have room for two extra fold-up beds, and many standard rooms have connecting doors, so they can easily accommodate a family of four. The wide beach is lovely, with a few lounge chairs and umbrellas available for rent, but the waves can be a bit rough, so caution is advised.
However, The Oberoi is more suitable for families with older children. While there’s no kids club, there are activities for younger guests, such as swimming and tennis lessons. Older children (and families) may enjoy other activities like adventure cycling, surf lessons, and watching turtles lay eggs. Additional attractions include the beautiful beachside pool, tennis court, and an amphitheater for traditional Balinese music and dance. Also, it’s surrounded by dining and shopping options in a quiet area that’s safe and distant from traffic.
Avani – Seminyak
This resort offers a range of accommodations perfect for families who prefer a quieter environment without the distractions of malls and other attractions – and it’s well-designed, ensuring distance and safety from traffic. The secluded villas feature a sizable private pool. Those with one bedroom can accommodate a family of four, and the others with two bedrooms can comfortably house six people. The spacious “apartment suites” feature a lounge area, dining table, well-equipped kitchenette, and a charming balcony with a daybed in a separate building at the back. One bedroom suites can fit a small family. Others have two or three bedrooms and even a plunge pool.
The kids club is vibrant (though small) but offers engaging activities. For teenagers, there’s a pool (with a shallow end) and colorful cabanas. Other attractions include ample parking spaces and a charming poolside restaurant. A few restaurants and boutiques are starting to appear along the nearby street, but the Avani is a bit isolated, which suits some guests perfectly. Otherwise, grab a taxi or use the resort’s complimentary shuttle service to the lovely beach, known for its famous surf and sunsets, and nearby shopping malls.
Despite its outstanding beach and proximity to the airport, Jimbaran has remained relatively underdeveloped, but that’s starting to change. There are enough amenities along quieter streets for most travelers but fewer than in more popular tourist regions like Kuta. Most resorts in Jimbaran are large and cater well to couples and families who appreciate the safety of the area and the powder-white beach without the potentially dangerous surf of Kuta. Dining at a table on the sand at sunset will likely be a highlight of any trip to Bali.
Mövenpick – Jimbaran
This relatively new and extremely large resort is now the premier destination in Jimbaran for families. The four pools are so expansive that there’s a “pool directory” map in the shady gardens, a Jacuzzi, a sunken pool bar, “beaches,” and a terrific playground in the special children’s pool. The spacious rooms and suites feature a contemporary design and decor. Add a fold-up bed to a standard room or arrange adjoining rooms with connecting doors to accommodate more people. Alternatively, book the special Family Duplex rooms with a second bedroom and attached bathroom on another level. The top-tier option is the Jimbaran Pool Suites: four times larger than standard rooms, with a private pool and (distant) ocean views.
With a lovable pirate theme, the Meera Kids Club is on two levels for different age groups. The interactive and fun programs include aerobics and yoga classes and Balinese culture. Young ones will also love the adventure playground and special “children’s dining zone” at the main restaurant. Conveniently located next door is the Samasta Lifestyle Village, a pleasant outdoor mall that also features a Timezone games arcade. And about 1km away is the glorious stretch of white sands at Jimbaran Beach, where cafes set up tables for dinner at sunset.
Four Seasons Resort – Jimbaran
This resort is quietly positioned away from the main road and cascades down an extensive hillside facing the sea. It’s only a five-minute walk from Jimbaran, with its powdery-white sand and beachside cafes. Ornate tropical gardens surround the villas just a few meters from the cliffs with the constant sounds of crashing waves below. With up to four bedrooms, every villa also has a private pool – often large enough for a whole family. Villas are spacious and feature a stunning bathroom, large sofa (which can convert to a single bed), and abundant windows, maximizing views of Jimbaran Bay.
For those aged four to 12, the supervised and welcoming Jimba Kids Club provides an impressive range of ever-changing culturally-focused daily activities. The whole family can take lessons in Balinese cooking and dancing. There are also children’s menus with special prices, complimentary babysitting, portable safety fences for private pools, and attractive family rates. The access road and paths around the resort are steep, so golf carts are available. These can also whisk guests to the immaculate, private beach club and the seafood cafes set up for yet another magical sunset.
InterContinental Resort – Jimbaran
The grounds are so colossal that guests need a map, yet rooms are close together. However, they are spacious inside – easily large enough for two double beds – and some offer connecting doors. The decor combines modern and traditional Balinese furniture, and the sizable balcony or patio provides pleasant garden views. The resort fronts an immaculate stretch of bleached-white sand and calm water, nicely distant from fishing boats and noisy water sports. Most guests, however, prefer to relax at any of the six magnificent pools, including one specifically for children.
The impressive Planet Trekkers kids club claims to be a “mini-resort” in its own right and offers plenty of engaging activities. Lessons in wood carving, surfing, and gamelan playing are available for the whole family. There’s also a tennis court. The resort is a few minutes stroll from the tourist facilities along the main road, including the cafes on the glorious beach for watching Jimbaran’s renowned sunsets. Note: extensive renovations were underway in the older wing as of mid-2022.
Sanur is becoming increasingly popular for families who enjoy a more relaxed vibe without the malls and nightclubs of Kuta and Seminyak. (This will change dramatically, however, when the four-level mall and “entertainment complex” called Icon Bali is completed by late 2023 in northern Sanur.) Sanur can’t offer any sunsets or surf, and the beach is unattractive at low tide, but the water is calm and shallow, and the beachside path stretching the length of Sanur (about 6km) is ideal for walking and cycling. Larger and more family-friendly resorts are in quieter southern Sanur, only a 30-minute taxi ride from all Kuta, Seminyak, and Jimbaran facilities.
Hyatt Regency – Sanur
After major renovations, the Hyatt has firmly reestablished itself as one of Bali’s premier resorts. The grounds are expansive enough to need maps, and with all the ponds, plants, trees, and lawns, it truly resembles a city botanical garden. The rooms and suites feature a sizable balcony or patio, and many are large enough to accommodate a king-sized bed easily. There’s also an excellent selection for families, including adjoining rooms with connecting doors or using fold-away beds for one or two children. Alternatively, the Family Suites have a living room, the Regency Suites feature living and dining rooms, and the Executive Suites contain living, dining, and kitchen areas. (Note: only children under 12 can be in the same room as adults.)
There’s a children’s pool, playground, and Camp Hyatt kids club offering abundant activities – some for the whole family. Parents appreciate the superb facilities of this renovated five-star resort. Everyone will enjoy the beach with clean sand with calm water, a magnificent beachside pool, and a range of water sports. Remarkably, all of this is in downtown Sanur, with enough places to eat, drink, and shop along the main road and beachside path, perfect for walking and cycling. (Rent bikes at the resort.)
Andaz – Sanur
Built on a massive property that lay remarkably undeveloped in central Sanur for decades, the Andaz has thankfully resisted the urge to overbuild. As a result, probably half the grounds are lawns and gardens as fine as any city botanical garden. The overall design and layout of the buildings and the three lovely pools are modern but with delightful Balinese touches. All types of accommodation feature a substantial balcony or patio overlooking the lush gardens, while some suites provide ocean views and others have direct access to the Lagoon Pool. Villas are secluded and contain some of the finest furnishings in any Bali resort. For families, many rooms and villas have connecting doors, and some villas have two bedrooms, a living area, a private pool, and a kitchen.
The Andaz also offers some of the finest facilities for families outside Nusa Dua. The kids club is bright, airy, and spacious, catering to all ages. The children’s pool is huge (and not just an addition to the main pool), and there are numerous activities for pre-teens, teenagers, and the whole family. Other attractions for families include special rates, children’s menus, and the enchanting Village Square offering regular live music. The wide clean beach has calm water for swimming – and water sports are not far away. And, incredibly, all of this is in downtown Sanur, with plenty of facilities within a short walk.
Prama – Sanur
Undergoing significant renovations during mid-2022, the Prama may not be as flashy as rival resorts, but it still offers fantastic facilities. The elegantly designed gardens are larger than expected, and swaying palms pepper the expansive lawns. The beach is wide, immaculately groomed, packed with cabanas, and virtually private because it’s more remote. The main Lagoon Pool is gigantic and sparkling blue. Most rooms and suites have been tastefully renovated but are still spacious and functional. Many have connecting doors so families can book adjoining rooms. Fold-up beds are available for a single child, and the resort restaurants offer children’s menus.
The kids club is cheery and well-supervised, offering numerous activities. The children’s pool has tipping buckets, a playground in the water, and three waterslides. The whole family can play tennis, arrange water sports, and walk or cycle along the lovely beachside path. (Rent bikes at the resort.) The Prama is in a quiet location with far less traffic than elsewhere in Sanur, but there are still enough great places to eat, drink, and shop nearby.
The undisputed cultural heart of Bali is Ubud, a disorganized collection of villages about an hour’s taxi ride north from Kuta. Ubud is understandably popular for its abundant cultural attractions, ancient temples, traditional dancing, and the eerie Monkey Forest sanctuary. The area has crowded streets, gridlocked traffic, and extensive walking, so it may be more suitable for families with teenagers. Ubud is an ideal base for visiting “must-sees” like the Gunung Kawi rock sculptures, volcanic lakes of Bratan and Batur, and more modern attractions such as the Bali Zoo and Bali Bird Park. Outdoor activities like rafting, mountain biking, and trekking are easily arranged. Very few hotels in Ubud are focused on families and lack facilities like kids clubs and children’s pools.
Four Seasons Resort at Sayan – Ubud
A footbridge spanning a deep valley leads to the lobby shaped like a spaceship, which seems to hover in mid-air. Split-level suites with separate living and dining areas overlook the river and ravine, and villas with private pools hide behind tall walls. All accommodations are spacious, luxurious, and immaculately furnished, featuring a wide balcony or patio and abundant windows to maximize views. For families, suites can accommodate an additional fold-up single bed, and villas can fit in one or two extra single beds. With a separate bathroom and children’s bedroom (with a second TV), the special Family Suites easily accommodate two adults and two children under 12.
These suites are conveniently close to the Pici Pici (‘Little Snail’) Kids Club, one of the finest in Ubud. For ages four to 12, it offers diverse and imaginative activities such as lessons in Balinese cooking, dance, and culture. Families can also enjoy most of these activities together. Alongside the river (used for rafting), the massive infinity pool blends into the forest. Additional extras like babysitting, discounted meals for those under 12, and special children’s menus add further to the appeal. Located in Sayan, the resort is 20 minutes by resort shuttle bus from central Ubud.
Kamandalu – Ubud
This refined and luxurious resort offers something unique: a collection of villas arranged like a traditional Balinese village in a rural setting. Palm trees, gazebos, fountains, and statues pepper the expansive landscaped gardens. Perched alongside a ravine is the heavenly infinity pool with a classic swim-up bar. The chalets and villas have a separate living area, can accommodate up to three bedrooms, and overlook rice fields, lagoons, gardens, or the valley. Each is traditionally designed and elegantly furnished, with some villas offering a private pool, personal butler service, and club lounge access.
While the Kamandalu actively promotes “romantic getaways,” it caters nicely to families. The range of activities for children includes classes in the Indonesian language and Balinese dance, arts, and crafts. The whole family can enjoy various activities (often free), such as cycling, bird-watching, yoga, and hiking, and tours can be arranged through the resort. Additional attractions include the sizable children’s pool, playroom, and extensive gardens, which are safely and quietly distant from traffic. The resort is somewhat isolated, but some facilities are opening up along the road 200 meters away, and free shuttle buses regularly transport guests to central Ubud.
Alaya – Ubud
This surprisingly large boutique resort offers spacious rooms with charming Balinese decor. Those further from the busy road feature a freestanding bathtub, elongated desk, and ample luggage space. The attractive bamboo-lined balconies/patios are wide enough to accommodate a table and chairs comfortably, and they overlook the long pool, lush gardens, or rice fields within the hotel grounds. Some rooms and suites have connecting doors and space for an extra single bed. The two peaceful lagoon-style pools are shaded, and the on-site restaurants are trendy.
Families, especially those with older children, would appreciate the expansive grounds, proximity to cafes and the adjacent supermarket, and activities such as cooking classes. Ubud hotels cater less to families than destinations like Nusa Dua or Legian. But remarkably, all this space, charm, and tranquility are located at the junction of Ubud’s major thoroughfares: Monkey Forest Road, packed with shops and bars, and the more upscale Jalan Hanoman street, lined with boutiques and restaurants.
Located in eastern Bali, about two hours by taxi from the airport, Candidasa is a beach resort that paradoxically has little beach. It also lacks malls and nightclubs, and all other tourist facilities are relatively modest compared to those in Seminyak and Sanur. However, these are precisely the reasons why some travelers prefer Candidasa. Mainly situated along one busy road, Candidasa is an ideal base for exploring eastern Bali and the magnificent water palace at Tirta Gangga, and the remote coastline collectively known as Amed. While only a few hotels cater well to families, most offer competitive prices and a variety of attractive deals.
Ramayana – Candidasa
Although large and relatively modern, the Ramayana (formally Rama) feels compact and personable. While a breakwater does offer some sheltered swimming, the lack of a beach is massively compensated by one of the most stunning pools anywhere in Bali. The gardens are also enormous, and the immaculate lawns, swaying palms, and trickling fountains are a haven for abundant birdlife. The facilities – especially the spa and gym in a glass-fronted building in the gardens – are among the finest in eastern Bali.
The Deluxe (standard) rooms are spacious, and feature Balinese photos and carvings, and the cottages are secluded; some have perfect sea views. Families can book adjoining rooms with connecting doors. Otherwise, the staff are pleased to help with a fold-up bed or two. Several activities are offered (some for free), such as snorkeling, cycling, yoga, and classes in traditional art and massage. The resort is a peaceful 200m from the main road, but walking to central Candidasa (1.5km) is not that pleasant, so take advantage of the resort’s shuttle bus.
Puri Bagus – Candidasa
Puri Bagus offers a different experience than the massive resorts in Kuta and the swanky apartments in Seminyak. While it could use some modernization, it thankfully lacks concrete and is not overcrowded. The cottages are spread out across the extensive gardens, providing some privacy, and many offer genuine ocean views. Families can fit an extra bed into a standard room or book two adjoining cottages. The staff is very accommodating towards families.
What sets Puri Bagus apart from its competitors is its yoga retreat and the on-site international-standard dive center, which can arrange diving/snorkeling trips and training. Other activities, such as cooking classes, cycling to a traditional village, mountain hiking, and boat trips to a “secret” beach, are also offered. Serenely located in eastern Candidasa, The hotel is a delightful 1.5km stroll from most facilities. (There’s also a free hotel shuttle bus.) While it doesn’t have kids clubs like those found in Nusa Dua and Legian, families with older children would appreciate the quiet location away from traffic, the interesting range of activities, the spacious accommodation, and the value for money.
The tranquil island of Nusa Lembongan, approximately 30 minutes by speedboat from Sanur, is rapidly becoming more popular. Villages are filled with coffee shops, and trendy beach clubs line the sandy shores. With only a few hotels catering to families, the island is more suitable for those traveling with teenagers. There are excellent beaches and a myriad of activities available both on the island and underwater. (However, be aware that speedboat boarding and disembarking often involves wading through the sea, frequently up to knee.)
Hai Tide – Nusa Lembongan
One of the first hotels on Nusa Lembongan, this resort spans a vast area, dominating Mushroom Bay, the island’s most beautiful (and safest) beach. The resort boasts the best location on the island, with entrances along the coast and access road. The accommodations include garden villas and two-level bungalows designed like lumbung rice barns. Some comfortably accommodate a family of four and are barely ten meters from the sea. The premium family option at the resort – and anywhere on Nusa Lembongan – are the Private Villas with a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a private pool. Furthermore, the gardens are lush, the three pools are gorgeous, and the restaurant is classy.
Hai Tide is easily the finest resort on the island for families. The kids club is modest (but free), and activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, snorkeling, and banana boat rides are available at no cost. The bay out front offers white sand and calm waters for swimming and snorkeling, and water sports, scuba diving, and boat trips are easy to arrange. Added attractions are the Beach Club, with even more lounge chairs, direct speedboats from Bali (30 minutes), and complimentary breakfast included in all rates.