Family Trip to Bali
Ana Carolina Garcia
Discover the magic of Bali with your kids for a truly unforgettable adventure! Last summer, my family and I embarked on an incredible journey to this enchanting island and it turned out to be the most rewarding and best trip of our lives. From the breathtaking landscapes to the warm and inviting locals, Bali offers an experience like no other. Dive into the vibrant culture, explore ancient temples and create cherished memories together in this paradise. Trust me, a trip to Bali with your kids will be a journey of a lifetime!
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Where to stay in Bali
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Upscale sanctuary on Ubud’s Ayung River where spa time and relaxation top the to-do list.
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Things to do in Bali
A cultural hub in Bali, Ubud offers a perfect blend of art, nature, and tradition. Kids will love exploring the Monkey Forest, where they can interact with playful monkeys. If parents are into yoga, The Yoga Barn is an amazing place to practice yoga, to book beauty/relaxation/holistic treatments, healthy food and if you dare, try the ecstatic dance!
This serene village boasts stunning rice terraces and traditional Balinese lifestyle. Take your kids on a gentle trek through the terraced fields, where they can learn about the farming practices and enjoy the scenic beauty. You can also join a Balinese farm-to-table cooking class.
Known for its breathtaking cliffs and mesmerizing sunsets, Uluwatu is a great spot for family fun. Catch the Kecak dance performance at Uluwatu Temple, an entertaining cultural show for kids and adults alike, and enjoy the amazing beaches. I consider them the best of the island! (Be aware of tides. Uluwatu is known for its surf, but there are quiet beaches as well).
For an unforgettable adventure, consider a sunrise hike up Mount Batur. While it's a challenging climb, kids will feel accomplished reaching the summit and witnessing the sunrise over the volcanic landscape. There are also springs that are very fun natural pools and this area is also known for it's coffee plantations. Do you dare to try the Kopi Luwak?
This charming coastal town offers a more relaxed atmosphere, perfect for family beach time. Take your kids on a dolphin-watching tour and they'll be thrilled to spot these playful creatures in the open sea.
Surrounded by lush forests and waterfalls, Munduk is a nature lover's paradise. Hike to Munduk Waterfall, a family-friendly trek that leads to a refreshing dip in the cool waters.
Bali elephant safari
A must-visit for families, this park allows kids to get up close to elephants. They will be able to touch them, bathe them, ride them and swim with them. You can book hotels were elephants come pick you up at your room to take you to dinner. Your kids will never forget their elephant taxi!
Amazing option for older kids. Located in Bedugul, this park offers an adrenaline-pumping experience with ziplining, challenging rope courses and rafting amid the beautiful forest.
This busy place is great for shopping, here you can find typical Balinese souvenirs, beautiful home decor or occidental items as well. Another option here is to book surf lessons for kids and adults.
More than a day trip, it would be a 2-3 day trip. This one is the largest of the three Gili Islands, is a captivating destination for families with kids. Its tranquil ambiance and car-free environment make it an ideal spot for a relaxing getaway. Kids will delight in the island's pristine beaches, where they can build sandcastles and splash in the gentle waves. Snorkeling in the shallow waters reveals a mesmerizing underwater world, allowing kids to encounter colorful fish and playful sea turtles. Families can rent bicycles to explore the island's charming pathways, or hop on a traditional horse-drawn carriage known as a "cidomo." As the sun sets, Gili Trawangan comes alive with beachside bonfires and family-friendly events. Sharing laughter and creating lasting memories amid the island's natural beauty make Gili Trawangan a truly enchanting destination for families seeking a tropical paradise with their kids. I would recommend not going during weekends with kids during high season. It gets crowded. Hotels near the mosque, can be very loud at night.
Places to eat & drink in Bali
The Cave Uluwatu approx $250 pp. Make reservations at least one month in advance.
Sangkar restaurant at the Bulgari resort, Uluwatu.
Finns Beach Club, Canggu
Lacalita Bar y Cocina, Mexican-Hawaiian-Cuban food, Canggu
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out this guide to Ubud by Fora Advisor Oscar Alcantara, Relaxing Five-Day Itinerary to Discover Ubud, Bali.
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