Journeymarvel – Bali is one of the attractive vacation spots in Asia. With its beautiful nature and rich culture, these are some reasons why many Australians choose Bali as a family vacation destination. One of the frequently asked questions is where is the best area to stay in Bali with family? This of course depends on several factors such as your needs and the budget you have prepared.
If you are planning a vacation to Bali, here are some of the best areas to stay in Bali that can be recommended for your accommodation.
Best Places to Stay in Bali
Every region in Bali certainly has its differences and characteristics. The Legian or Kuta area has a variety of activities for children to do. The family resorts in this area are also amazing.
Seminyak is famous for its amazing food, shopping, and nightlife. Sanur is also famous for its delicious food and quiet atmosphere. Those of you who like relaxation, enjoying family time, and 5 star resorts can visit Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa.
Then, Ubud is famous for its culture and delicious food. The Canggu area is famous for its delicious food and great beach clubs. Those of you who like sunsets and a relaxed atmosphere can visit Uluwatu or Jimbaran.
In Candidasa or Amed, you can explore temples and go snorkeling. Then, Nusa Lembongan is famous for its cool island with varied culinary choices. Those of you who like mountain views and cool air can visit the Munduk area.
Based on the characteristics of each region above, this article will provide a more detailed explanation of these regions.
1. The Legian
The Legian place is discovered between the Kuta also Seminyak areas. Legian has good food, reasonable prices, and good shopping. So there is balance and you can avoid the hustle and bustle of Seminyak.
There is one of the best hotels in Bali that you can stay at, namely The Stones Hotel. This hotel’s facilities include free parking, the fitness center with the gym, changing rooms, fitness classes, restaurant, breakfast available, children’s pool, kids’ club, children’s activities, and others.
Apart from The Stones Hotel, there are 2 recommended accommodations that you can choose from, namely Padma Resort Legian and Bali Mandira Resort & Spa. Things you can do in Legian are surfing, visiting the Waka Waka Playground, joining the Legian Coffee Club, and visiting the Pandora Experience Escape Room.
Legian is a great place for you to visit with your family to enjoy the sunset and its indoor playground. Then, there are several things you must to pay attention to.
To visit tourist attractions, you need to drive. Family resorts in Legian may have expensive prices so bring extra cash. Apart from that, traffic can be slow so you need to be patient.
There are many recommendations for family accommodation in Kuta. Starting from Bali Dynasty Resort, Discovery Kartika Plaza, Hard Rock Resort, Sheraton Kuta Resort, to Holiday Inn Baruna. Then, there are various things you and your family can do in Kuta.
There is Lippo Mall, Crumb & Coaster Cafe, Waterbom Waterpark, Bare Bottle Cafe, Bali Sea Turtle Sea Society, Fat Chow Restaurant, Beachwalk Mall, Santorini Greek Restaurant, Dharmayana Temple, and Boardwalk Restaurant.
Waterbom Waterpark itself opens from 09.00 am to 06.00 pm, every day. This also applies the Christmas. The only exclusion is the Nyepi Day. That day, the entire island of Bali was closed, even the airport. This date alterations every year but is generally in the March.
One of the regulations at this water bomb is that food and drinks are not allowed. Security will check out your things and if food and drinks are found, you must go and leave them at the guest relations counter.
The facilities at Waterbom Waterpark are varied. You will find lockers, towels, spa, Wi-Fi, cashless payments, shops, disabled access, security, and safety.
Returning to the discussion about Kuta, there are various types of family resorts with water slides and children’s facilities. Shopping centers, cinemas, and playgrounds are things that are usually found in Kuta.
The restaurants tend to be good value and also family friendly. You and your family can also easily access Waterbom Waterpark. Then, there are things you need to pay attention to, especially accommodation. The range of villas is not that wide but can be cheap. So, it is suitable for those of you who have a limited budget.
There are several accommodations that could be an option for you. Starting from Montigo Resort Seminyak, Courtyard Seminyak, Trans Resort, Alila Seminyak, Sinta Villa Seminyak, and W Resort Seminyak.
Sinta Villa Seminyak itself is a luxury villa with 3 bedrooms, an open living room, and an entertainment area. The location of this villa is on Drupadi 1 Street. You only need to walk about 2 minutes to Legian Street to visit famous boutiques and restaurants.
This villa with a large L-shaped pool and stunning garden provides a 24-hour security system. So, you do not need to worry. This is a villa with 3 bedrooms that can accommodate 6 to 8 people. Two king bedrooms with private bathrooms. Then, 1 bedroom which contains two single king beds.
All rooms are equipped with an in-room safe, flat-screen TV, DVD player, ceiling fan, and air-conditioned bedrooms. Meanwhile, the kitchen is equipped with a microwave, stove, 1 gallon water dispenser, and refrigerator or freezer.
Then, at Sinta Villa Seminyak there are rules that you and your family must obey. Firstly, pets are not allowed. If you are not in the villa, please turn off the fan and AC.
If you smoke, it is still allowed as long as it is outside, on the terrace, and by the swimming pool. However, you must do it correctly with cigarette butts. Open fires are not permitted on the property.
Then, pay attention to the items. If broken plates, towels, glasses, and sheets are damaged, they will be charged to the guest as a replacement fee. Then, respect neighbors and maintain reasonable noise levels after 10:00 pm. Apart from that, you are also obliged to respect the villa and staff of Sinta Villa Seminyak like respecting your own home and family.
Returning to the discussion of the Seminyak area. Apart from accommodation, there are many things you and your family can do in this area. You can visit places like Spring Spa, Mano Beach House, Motel Mexicola, Biku Cafe, and La Lucciola.
So, in Seminyak you can find food choices that look luxurious, the coffee is amazing, shopping is fun with fixed prices, and a large number of accommodations are offered to suit any budget until the sun goes down.
Even so, you still have to be careful. The traffic can seem heavy, especially in the afternoon or evening so the streets can become busy for you to walk with children.
Accommodation in Sanur starts from Prama Sanur Beach Hotel, Prime Plaza Suites, Hyatt Regency Bali, Griya Santrian, Villa Kawan, and Segara Village Hotel. The atmosphere in Sanur feels relaxed. However, there are still plenty of spas, restaurants, and shopping centers to keep the family happy.
Things you can do in Sanur are visiting Big Garden Corner, Koa Boutique Spa, and Three Monkey’s Restaurant. Koa Boutique Spa itself is located in the heart of Sanur city. There are trained massage therapists and they offer Hot Stone, Balinese, Herbal massages, and All Natural Facials. The massage oil itself is 100% pure natural coconut oil with the aroma of all natural ingredients.
Then, return to the discussion about Sanur. The beach path is great for small children. You can get around Sanur easily by taxi or bicycle. Then, there are various types of affordable family villas.
5. Nusa Dua
The Nusa Dua area is quite close to the airport and this area is also famous for its 5 star resorts. This is a place to relax and the resort facilities are amazing.
You will be able to find The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Melia Bali, Grand Hyatt Bali, Novotel Nusa Dua, Club Med Bali, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua, The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Hilton Bali Resort, and Courtyard by Marriot Bali Nusa Dua.
Meanwhile, things you can do are visiting the Devdan Show at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre, surfing, and watersports. In Nusa Dua, you will find a calm and relaxing environment. Apart from that, the beach looks well maintained and clean.
6. Tanjung Benoa
You can reach Tanjung Benoa with a short drive via the airport. Tanjung Benoa is famous for its beach activities and water sports. The beach path is easy for you to walk together using a stroller in some parts and is of course very toddler friendly.
The accommodation in Tanjung Benoa is quite diverse. You will be able to find Holiday Inn Benoa, Conrad Bali, Grand Mirage, and Novotel Benoa. Things you can do in Tanjung Benoa, of course, watersport, then Rin Japanese at Conrad, Fishing charters, and visiting a hotel spa.
Tanjung Benoa has various advantages that you can feel. For example, there is easy access to water sports, slower speeds, to amazing family resorts with a variety of activities.
However, there is something you need to pay attention to. This area feels quieter with limited shops and restaurants. Some families even find it too quiet.
There are 3 accommodation options in Ubud, namely The Westin Resort and Spa Ubud, Padma Ubud Resort, and Alaya Resort. The Westin Resort could be your choice if you like spending time with your family in the infinity pool. There are kids club, spa, and gym facilities at this resort. Apart from that, you can visit the best spa in Ubud at this resort.
Then, what about Padma Ubud Resort and Alaya Resort? You can choose to stay at Padma Ubud Resort if you want a 5 star resort with fantastic facilities in rural Bali. At this resort, you can find special facilities for children, such as the Kids Club, tours to the animal park, and the opportunity to explore the river that runs through the forest, making it the best area to stay in Bali with family. Apart from that, all the food at this resort is of superior quality, including free afternoon tea.
Meanwhile, Alaya Resort Ubud, which is in the center of Ubud, has 60 well-appointed rooms. The facilities include housekeeping, room service, AC, private balcony, mini-bar, shower, Flatscreen TV, hair dryer, bottled water, to VIP room facilities.
Returning to the discussion about Ubud, there are many things you can do. For example, visiting Goa Gajah, Cafe Wayan & Bakery, Sacred Monkey Forest, Agung Rai Museum of Art, to Pondok Pekak Library & Learning.
Ubud is very suitable for you to visit. This is because the food choices are extraordinary, the temples and museums can be visited, the rice fields look spacious and beautiful, and the mountain views.
Various types of family-friendly villas are located in Canggu. For example, Villa Joju and Villa Joju Alit, Como Uma Canggu, Villa Moana Canggu, Swarga Suites Bali Berawa, and Lv8 Resort Hotel. Things you can do in Canggu are visiting Splash Waterpark, Strike Bowling, Atlas Beach Club, Finns VIP Beach Club, and Como Beach Club.
A large number of cafes and restaurants are available to cater for families. Canggu is home to a number of large beach clubs. Although, there are several things you should to pay attention to. It is difficult to walk with a stroller due to the lack of footpaths. The traffic is also heavy.
There are many accommodations available in Jimbaran, starting from Sea Shanty Villa, Le Meridian Resort, Movenpick Resort, Intercontinental Bali Resort, and Jimbaran Puri, a Belmond Hotel. Then, things you can do are surfing, visiting Balique Restaurant, Go Karts at Karting Star Bali, and Timezone next to Movenpick.
The beach is very appropriate for small children. Apart from that, the view offered is very beautiful because of the sunset view. You do not need to worry about access because it is close to the airport. Apart from that, it is also easy to access Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Uluwatu for day trips. Even so, Jimbaran looks quite relaxed and does not have shopping centers like Kuta or Legian.
On the south side of Jimbaran, there is an area called Uluwatu or Bukit Peninsula. There are many 5-star luxury resorts built along the edge of the stunning cliffs and also family villas near Bingin and Balangan Beaches.
The accommodations you can choose from include Rimba Resort, Ayana Segara, Ayana Resort, Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, Fraser Baye Villas, and The Shack Bingin. Things you can do are exploring Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park, visiting Ohana Restaurant, and Cashew Tree Collective.
The atmosphere around feels calm and relaxed. Uluwatu is also very good for surfing for experienced surfers. However, to access some beaches you need to be careful because there are lots of stairs.
Various accommodation options for you and your family are SeaMount Hotel, Vienna Beach Resort, Lagi Beach Bungalows, and Villa Melasti Amed. Then, the things you can do are also varied, such as diving, snorkeling, visiting Good Stuff Cafe & Eco Store, LA BOTTEGA Melasti, and exploring Lipah Beach.
So, there are many amazing places for you to visit. Apart from that, Amed is an area with a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Even so, Amed is quite far from the airport because it takes around 2.5 hours without stopping.
There are 3 accommodation options in Candidasa, namely Candi Beach Resort and Spa, Alila Manggis, and Sea Breeze Candidasa. The following is a discussion of these accommodations.
Candi Beach Resort and Spa is discovered along a private beach in the Mendira Bay. This accommodation has 3 outdoor swimming pools which include free WiFi and an infinity pool. Apart from that, this resort provides a variety of sports, such as scuba diving and sailing. In the culinary sector, there are 3 restaurants and 2 bars.
Each room has a terrace or balcony with beautiful panoramas like the garden or swimming pool. The places provide a minibar, coffee and tea making features. Then, there is also a hairdryer and safe. This accommodation is around 50 kilometers from Denpasar also you can drive in around 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Meanwhile, Sea Breeze Candidasa itself has room features in the form of air conditioning, room service, mini bar, private balcony, refrigerator, and flat screen TV. Then, Alila Manggis is a resort located between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung. All suites and rooms face clear sea views
The room features are quite diverse. Starting from AC, Room Service, bathrobes, private balcony, coffee or tea maker, walk-in bathroom, flat screen TV, sofa, seating area, bottled water, telephone, hair dryer, electric kettle, mini bar, refrigerator, to a wake-up service or alarm clock.
There are several things you can do in Candidasa, starting from exploring Candidasa Lotus Lagoon, visiting Dapur Aria Warung, Vincent’s Restaurant, BugBug Village, to Blue Lagoon Beach. The atmosphere feels more relaxed and calm. The distance from the airport is about 1.5 hours.
13. Nusa Lembongan
You can take a boat from Sanur for around 30 minutes to get to the amazing Nusa Lembongan Island. This island is very good for you to explore with children because there are many family-friendly restaurants and there is mini golf. Apart from that, there is Thai Pantry, The Deck Cafe & Bar, Mushroom Espresso, and Sandy Bay Beach Club.
On this island, you can relax accompanied by a truly amazing sunset view. For accommodation, there are Sanghyang Bay Villas, Lembongan Beach Club & Resort, and Ohana’s Beach Club.
There are several accommodation options for you and your family. Starting from Bali De Pardis Cottage, Bali Bening, Villa Dua Bintang, Aditya Homestay, Sente Homestay, The Winaposa, to Yoga Homestay.
Then, the activities in Munduk-Bali are no less diverse than the accommodation. You can take photos at Hidden Hills Wanagiri, play in the water at Munduk Waterfall, climb Mount Batur, and even do religious tourism at Ulun Danu Bratan.
Not only visiting tourist attractions, make sure you also visit and mingle with the local community. You can visit the traditional market, try eating their typical food, and even enjoy a cup of hot coffee. The traditional society and calm atmosphere make you feel at home here for a long time.
Apart from the places above, you can also visit Sidemen which is still part of Bali. Sidemen is a must-visit area if you plan to introduce children to nature. Sidemen has many restaurants, cafes, and food shops. Apart from that, you can walk around the rice fields because the atmosphere is calm and there are few tourists.
There are 2 accommodation choices, namely Wapa Di Ume Sidemen and Cepik Villa Sidemen.
Wapa Di Ume Sidemen is about 30 kilometers from Goa Gajah, 31 kilometers from Tegenungan Waterfall, and 34 kilometers from Ubud Monkey Forest. Then, Puri Saren Agung and Pura Taman Saraswati are 35 kilometers from Wapa Di Ume Sidemen. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport which is around 54 kilometers from Wapa Di Ume Sidemen.
For facilities, there is an outdoor swimming pool, free bicycles, garden, gym, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, room service, and airport shuttle. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and safe. Then, you will be able to find restaurants that offer Asian and American dishes. There are vegetarian, halal, and vegan options, you can also request.
Cepik Villa Sidemen is surrounded by rice fields, hills, mountains, and stunning gardens. An outdoor swimming pool overlooking rice fields and hills is available free for guests to use. There are many activities that you and your family can do, such as yoga classes, meditation, Balinese cooking classes, romantic dinners, Balinese massages, and Village Trekking.
Apart from the activities, the room features provided are also varied. Starting from air conditioning, blackout curtains, housekeeping, room service, private balcony, refrigerator, mini bar, cable or satellite TV, seating area, flat screen TV, and private bathroom.
Here are the best places to stay in Bali along with accommodation, facilities, and things you can do in each place with your family. The views and atmosphere offered in each area are also different. You can choose one or several areas according to your wishes, needs, and budget. Even so, you still have to know the things you need to pay attention to because every place definitely has its pluses and minuses. So, which place will you choose and visit first?