Bustling streets, delicious food, stunning beaches, and beautiful Indonesian culture… who wouldn’t want to visit Bali? With direct flights from Sydney and a travel time of less than seven hours, Bali is a great place for the whole family. Discover what Bali bliss really means at Club Med.
We recommend families stay at a resort out of the hustle and bustle of Kuta, as the busy streets can be challenging to navigate with children. Accommodation with kid-friendly services or a kids’ club is ideal, but be sure to check staff are qualified in childcare services.
Get the family up to date with their vaccines. In Bali, it’s recommended you have a Tetanus and Diphtheria shot, as well as Hepatitis A. At some kids’ clubs, you will need a record of your child’s vaccinations (including Club Med), so bring them along.
Finally, book your transfers before you arrive and take the worry out of finding transport to your resort.
Best spots for families in Bali
Temple of Tanah Lot: Take the family on an adventure to a traditional Indonesian temple.
White water rafting: Take a thrilling plunge in a raft down the Ayung River and through the Indonesian jungle.
Ubud Monkey Forest: Get up close and personal with the macaques in the mountains.
Waterbom: With loads of waterslides and rides for all ages, it’s a great place for fun in the sun.
Babies and tots can have just as much fun as the older kids. When choosing a resort with child-minding facilities, be sure to pick one with a small staff-to-children ratio to ensure little ones are properly taken care of. Don’t forget to find out what activities are on offer ahead of time. Resorts such as Club Med have detailed event information available on the resort App (available for free download), so you already know the kids will have a great time.
For babies, check if the resort you are staying at includes services specifically for babies. Club Med Bali includes a Baby Welcome pack of a cot, potty, bathtub, baby products, and a bottle warmer. And don’t forget the floaties and aqua nappies, as everyone loves playing in water. Finally, even if your toddler can walk, bring a stroller, as with uneven footpaths and crazy motorcyclists, it’ll be easier to push them around.
What about the big kids?
We get it, with teenagers it can be all good one day and chaos the next. Choose a resort with a dedicated teens club to allow older kids to socialise with kids of similar age. Also, consider booking a second adjoining room to give your teens some space on holiday (you might need it too!).
Don’t forget ‘me time’
Choose a resort with an adults-only pool, such as the Zen pool in Club Med Bali, so you can unwind and take time for yourself. Cocktails and holidays go hand in hand, so indulge and order a cocktail – or two – with lunch. Then book a massage at the spa before going exploring. Bliss!
Don’t be afraid to haggle at the markets to get that souvenir – The Balinese are used to it and you’ll have fun doing it too!
Make sure you lather the kids (and yourself) with sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy.
Don’t feed the monkeys – they might look friendly, but they can bite.
Not everyone gets ‘Bali belly’. Drink sealed bottled water to keep the family free of sickness. Also, you can trust resorts such as Club Med Bali to provide you with fresh gourmet food all day long.
Finally, don’t forget to have fun! A Bali holiday is the perfect occasion to let your hair down, forget about all daily chores, and just enjoy your surroundings. They say happy kids make happy parents – we truly believe you’ll come back home with a big smile and a mind full of great memories.
This story was sponsored by Club Med.