Affordable family-friendly resorts in Bali

By Akash Musku,

Travelling with kids can be super taxing. Kudos to the creator of the “family-friendly” hotel. Kids being tended to by trained hotel staff while you guiltlessly fall asleep under the sun… The following Balinese beachfront resorts guarantee that and more. Read on for hotel highlights and what’s unique for kids.

Family-first luxury resort

★★★★★ Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa | Tanjung Benoa, Bali

When it comes to Bali, luxury resorts usually attract a mixed crowd. It’s often Russian roulette when it comes to finding a nice hotel that’s family-first which is why this beachfront, 5 star family-friendly resort tops our list!

Hotel highlights: There’s no need for the planner in the family to plan activities. The hotel has so much planned, you won’t get through everything. Rent bikes, fly kites, learn diving/snorkeling as well as Balinese cooking. After all that physical activity, indulge in a Tea Tree Spa Family Package.

For the little ones: There’s sooo much! A kids club, games zone, a kid’s welcome pack including a PS4 upon checking-in to the family or kid’s adventure suite… Check out the full list of child-friendly activities on their family adventure page. By the way… children 12-years and under stay and eat free!

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Idyllic beachfront location

★★★★★ InterContinental Bali Resort | Jimbaran, Bali

Growing up in the suburbs/amid Singapore’s skyscrapers might detach children from nature. The InterContinental Bali resort will introduce your kids to the universal joy of lush green fields and deep blue waters.

Hotel highlights: Easy access to surfing, body boarding and sea kayaking. For an outdoor activity that exudes less energy, go on a guided bike tour of the gorgeous surroundings. Or, if “lazing by the pool” is more your cup of tea then you’re in luck – the hotel has five pools!

For the little ones: The in house childcare facility “Planet Trekkers” ensure younger guests are not only taken care of but also entertained while adults enjoy the activities detailed above. Kids can enjoy the children’s pool, playground, fishing, dancing, yoga and even language lessons!

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The family that plays together stays together

★★★★★ The Sakala Resort Bali | Nusa Dua, Bali

Be prepared for cannon ball splash contests with the kids in The Sakala Resort’s huge infinity pool! Be sure to rest between complimentary breakfast and your splash contests though! Looking to have sandcastle competitions too? The Tanjung Benoa Beach is right outside the hotel or, the popular Nusa Dua Beach is a 20-minute drive away.

Hotel highlights: The three top attractions of the Sakala resort are the Wellness Spa, the Health club and the infinity pool. The Wellness Spa has a full menu of massages and facials including reflexology, therapeutic Balinese massage and romantic couples’ packages. There’s also a new state-of-the-art fitness studio, called the Health club, for the more health conscious.

For the little ones: The Wellness Spa has a “Munchkin” massage and bubble bath package as well as a “Mum-and-me” spa package catering for children. The hotel has a kids club which organises activities like painting and lego building. In addition, a playground, special pool and babysitting services are also available.

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Green and spacious 5-star abode

★★★★★ Ayodya Resort Bali | Nusa Dua, Bali

While Nusa Dua is enticing enough, Ayodya Resort Bali accentuates the beach experience by offering guests the best views of the Indian Ocean. Set amid 11.5 hectares of spectacular gardens, the green space translates into a tranquil haven for adults and a creative playground for kids.

Hotel highlights: Sports enthusiasts, families and couples, all have something to keep themselves occupied with here. Activities range from traditional Batik making to the theatre, from surfing to snorkelling and from beach volleyball to aqua aerobics. Private beachfront does compliment in augmenting the experience of the guests.

For the little ones: The resort leverages its location by a beautiful lagoon and offers Fish feeding activity, where kids can experience feeding the amazing creatures. Origami lesson brings out their inner creativity and indulges them in some paper-folding fun. The Kids club, Camp Ananda, offers arts and crafts, treasure hunt and other adventure-based activities.

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Free accommodation for your kids at Nusa Dua

★★★★★ Novotel Bali Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences | Nusa Dua, Bali

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua is famous for its location next to an 18-hole golf course and for its kid-friendliness. Free accommodation and breakfast for two children under the age of 16 go to show how welcoming they are to kids.

Hotel highlights: The hotel has a daily activity schedule for guests, which are supervised by in-house experts/trainers. The entire week’s schedule is available here. Activities on offer are only limited by your imagination. There’s boot camp, Zumba, aqua aerobics, water polo, beach games, water Olympic games and so much more. In case you push yourself too far, relax in the outdoor lagoon pool and rejuvenate with a sauna, jacuzzi, massage or spa. On top of it, there are 4 dining options you can choose from at Novotel Bali. Need we say more?

For the little ones: Apart from extending free accommodation, they offer a special menu to satisfy kids’ appetite. Educational as well as exciting activities like Balinese dance, cooking and swimming classes are conducted by the in-house Kids club. They also supervise the building of sand castles at the beach, kite making/flying and pool/water games so the kids get their dose of fun.

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So what’s your pick? Do you have some recommendations for us? Let us know in the comments!