Sharing Bali’s treasures with my children is a dream since before my daughter was created. I explored Indonesia&rsquo first;s island of the gods in my own twenties, on a quasi-backpacking trip with friends. Guided by the recommendations and reviews touted inside our dog-eared Frommer’s paperback, we experienced the very best of Bali on a less-than-modest budget. The island’s warm and welcoming people, dramatic landscapes and throng of warungs — small shack-style cafes serving absurdly flavourful and cheap street food — are etched in my own memory forever.
While Personally i think a deep sense of nostalgia for that bohemian-inspired adventure, as a mother now, my priorities have shifted profoundly. What I regarded as an innocuous risk &mdash once; think chicken satays cooked in a rundown market stall, void of refrigeration, food safety regulations and TripAdvisor reviews — seems completely absurd with a six-year-old (much to my husband’s dismay). However, since it sometimes appears by me, long-haul travel with small kids enough is arduous. Adding a complete case of Bali-belly to the itinerary will be disastrous. Also, having fantasized relating to this trip for ten years almost, the basic degree of accommodation I endured with my backpacker buddies is another unnecessary gamble. This adventure was about the splurge, which costs much less in Bali thankfully.
Bustling beach resort
To recover and decompress from the joys of jet lag, we stayed in the beach resort section of Seminyak, in regards to a 40-minute drive from the airport in Denpasar. While drivers are an easy task to secure in Bali, it had been kept by us simple by getting a private transfer through our hotel — the Courtyard by Marriott. The house was chosen by us, that is the No. 1 rated family hotel in Seminyak on TripAdvisor, because of its on-site kids’ club, complimentary buffet breakfast and exceptional value for the dollar. My daughter was also an enormous fan of the fusion tacos from the on-site What the Truck food truck, and I surprisingly enjoyed among the juiciest strip loins of my entire life at the newly opened Seminyak Meat Shop. The Courtyard is really a short walk from the beach and there&rsquo just; s a free of charge shuttle also. In order to get yourself a little wild and wet, Waterbom Bali in neighbouring Kuta may be the accepted spot to go. The world-class water park, set amid landscaped gardens beautifully, offers from a mellow lazy kids&rsquo and river; splash zone to thrilling high-speed water-coasters. Another unique attraction in Kuta may be the Bali Sea Turtle Society — a non-profit organization focused on sea turtle conservation. Time it right and you also might have the chance to greatly help release the hatchery’s tiny hatchlings in to the sea.
Bali Twice the Magic
After a couple of days of beach play we ventured to Ubud north. This cultural hub, surrounded by lush jungle and terraced rice fields, is really a haven for wellness and health, and home to visit and Leisure’s World’s Best Hotel for 2018. We were fortunate to be residing at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan on your day it received the prestigious title. Experiencing this luxurious sanctuary overlooking the Ayung River is really a true bucket-list moment and the villa-style accommodation is fabulous for families. After splashing her heart out inside our private plunge pool, my daughter was keen to generate Balinese play and crafts in Kids for several Seasons; allowing we to be a part of the hotel’s many cultural offerings, like the riverside cooking school, Sokaski. The four-hour culinary affair carries a tour of Ubud’morning market s, live chef demonstrations with hands-on-practice, and a drool-worthy Balinese feast featuring ceremonial dishes. Hang at Sayan&rsquo out; s spectacular infinity pool enough and you&rsquo long;ll soon be enticed to play in the sacred river below. Private rafting trips, available through the concierge, pair pristine jungle scenery with a lesson on the area’s farming practices and rich history and culture. Evening in the Jati lobby bar another hotel highlight may be the complimentary Balinese dance show performed each. Having attended the bigger Pura (temple) Lahur Uluwatu dance performance on my previous trip, I could concur that enjoying nibbles and drinks at Jati may be the simplest — and best — solution to experience this entrancing traditional talent together with your children.
Four Seasons’ Bali Twice the Magic package carries a two-night stay at Jimbaran Bay also. Although Sayan garnered top hotel in the global world, I’m deeply in love with Jimbaran&rsquo madly; s spectacular cliff-side beachfront and gardens infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. In case a villa at Four Seasons is above your allowance, day pass at the hotel&rsquo then spring for a;s Sundara beach club. We lived in among the poolside cabanas practically, arriving after breakfast and staying well past Jimbaran&rsquo just;s world-renowned sunsets for starlight swims. The only real i’m all over this Bali much better than Sundara, is Four Seasons’ open-air bamboo spa pavilion where I indulged in a blissful two-hour Ocean Embrace treatment with sea water foot soak, blue sea salt scrub and warm seashell massage.
Luxury for Less in Nusa Dua
While I adored the elegance and beauty of the Four Seasons’ Bali properties, my daughter fully embraced the family-focused fun available at the Ritz-Carlton Nusa Dua. The Ritz Kidz programming encompasses from Balinese cultural crafts and nature walks to soccer and kite-flying on the beach. While our daughter was occupied, we drifted into dreamland with a couples Escape to Romance treatment in a Spa Villa. A physical body scrub, afternoon of delight massage and rose petal soak with champagne and chocolates completed our. Complimentary bonfire s’mores, available nightly, are another win with the tiny ones, while all grouped members of the family will appreciate the free sushi-making lessons, outdoor movie nights, yoga sessions and Balinese dance classes. And, for just one of the greatest pepes ikan — Bali’s ancient signature suckling pig dish — on the island go on a delicious exploration of local cuisine at the Ritz’s Bejana Indonesian restaurant. Standard rooms at the five-star beach resort start at $310 Canadian per night. The hotel also offers among the best Marriott rewards points redemption values of most Ritz-Carlton properties, that is how we covered our entire 12-night stay.
The Long Haul
For flights, we booked premium economy on Cathay Pacific, via Vancouver and Hong Kong. Because of the excess legroom and lower seat recline in the premium economy cabin, we slept on the long-haul flight and felt human whenever we reached Bali almost. Cathay also allowed our daughter to utilize the inflatable foot pillow we brought ($20 on Amazon), in order that she could comfortably sleep over the seat. To help make the 25 hours of travel bearable, we planned stops in Hong Kong in both directions. On the outbound we overnighted at the SkyCity Marriott close to the airport and coming home, we organized a three-day layover to greatly help split up the journey.