Bustling streets, beautiful beaches and wonderful Indonesian culture… who wouldn’t want to visit Bali?With direct flights from Sydney and a travel time of less than 7 hours, it’s a great place to take your family. Here, we line up our top tips for taking the kids on a Balinese adventure…
Basic tips for going to Bali with kids
✔️ Stay at a resort out of the hustle and bustle of Kuta. The busy streets will only make travelling with the kids more difficult.
✔️ Check if your accommodation in Bali offers child-minding services or a Kids Club. Ensure the staff are qualified in childcare services, especially for babies, and also check the children-to-staff ratio.
✔️ Choose a resort with an adults-only pool! Sometimes on holidays you’ve got to take some time for yourself.
✔️ 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. Some Kids Clubs will ask for your child’s vaccinations records (including Club Med), so make sure to bring them with you.
✔️ Book your transfers before you arrive! Take the worry out of finding a taxi and cramming the whole family inside, and organise a bus to take you to the resort or hotel.
Best spots for families in Bali
So you want to see the sights, but you’ve got the kids in tow. Take a look at these family friendly activities that everyone will love!
✔️ Temple of Tanah Lot: Take the family on an adventure to a traditional Indonesian temple, filled with cultural significance.
✔️ Kintamani: What could be cooler than visiting a volcano? At 1500m, The Kintamani area is a beautiful place to appreciate Bali’s natural beauty. Meet the residents and experience local traditions first hand.
✔️ White Water Rafting: Maybe one for the older kids! 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: This Kuta waterpark is popular with the kids, whether they’re young or teens. With loads of waterslides and rides for all ages, it’s a great place for fun in the sun.
Tips for families travelling with younger children
✔️ When choosing a resort with child-minding facilities, be sure to pick one with a small staff-to-children ratio to ensure the little ones will be properly taken care of.
✔️ Find out what activities are on offer ahead of time! Resorts like Club Med will have an app or web pages dedicated to information on what is available for the kids.
✔️ No doubt you’ll be spending in the water, so bring the floaties and Aqua Nappies for the younger kids.
✔️ Even if your toddler can walk, bring a stroller for the busy streets of Kuta. With uneven footpaths and crazy motorcyclists, it’ll be much easier to push them around.
What about the big kids?
✔️ Choose a resort with a dedicated teens club to allow your older kids to socialise and meet others.
✔️ Consider booking a second adjoining room to give your teens space on holiday. After all, you might need it too!
Plus, some general tips for travelling to Bali…
✔️ The Balinese are accustomed to Aussies, but don’t get too comfortable! Don’t be afraid to haggle at markets.
✔️ Make sure you lather up the kids (and yourself) in sunscreen to protect yourself against harsh UV rays. Don’t be fooled: in tropical climates, you can still get sunburn.
✔️ Don’t feed the monkeys. They might look friendly, but they can bite.
✔️ Not everyone gets ‘Bali Belly’! Try and drink from sealed bottled water to keep the family free of sickness. Also, you can trust resorts like Club Med Bali to provide you with fresh gourmet dining.
Discover more about Club Med Bali in the video below or by clicking here.