Looking for a destination for your next family trip? We’re way ahead of you. Bali is rich with culture and hospitable locals who dedicate their time to making Bali a paradise for kids. As you will soon discover, Bali is about more than just white, sandy beaches, in fact, you’ll find an immense variety of things to do with the little ones. We’ve narrowed it down to a carefully-curated list, and suggested some of our favourite family boutique hotels in Bali.
Here’s a list of our favorite family boutique hotels in Bali.
This eco-retreat is located in amidst the UNESCO heritage protected rice fields. Eleven spacious wooden bungalows have been designed for simple living. With a private terrace or a balcony overlooking the greenery of the rice fields – this property is a great place to recharge your batteries. Take a lesson in local village dancing or enjoy a fully organized picnic lunch surrounded by rice fields. Plenty of family fun in this child-friendly boutique hotel in Bali!
Boutique Eco Hotel Stone House is ideal for mindfulness and interior-lovers alike. With its familial feel (that is almost similar to staying at a good friend’s home), this is the perfect place for traveling families and those looking for a more intimate hotel experience. Each villa has its own soul. Antiques and treasures from the owners’ own travels in Asia are scattered across the interior.
This simplistic, yet luxurious collection of villas forms Kalapa Resort & Spa. It is an ideal place to unwind and bring some harmony back to your life. The villas are modelled after traditional Balinese houses and all materials are natural & recycled. After a day at buzzing Echo Beach, enjoy a dip in the pool or take a nap in a hammock overlooked by views of a starry sky.
Amid the hustle and bustle of exciting ‘hipster’ beach town Canggu, lies this collection of creative, yet tranquil boutique villas. Designed in Scandinavian, Mexican, or Moroccan fashion, the VYG villas offer you and your family a home-away-from-home with all the essentials for a stress-free vacation. Enjoy an independent holiday lifestyle, but with every luxury amenity at your disposal. After a surfing lesson or a day of market hopping, overlook the rice fields while taking a dip in your private pool or relaxing in one of your lounging areas.
Nestled between an exquisite temple and the river’s edge in the charming, traditional village of Cepaka, lies one of Bali’s finest collection of private villas. Committed to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine, and five-star hospitality, villas Sungai and Sungai Gold are the perfect places to unwind with your family. For thrill-seekers: rice paddies, tropical forests, and ancient temples are located at walking distance, and action-packed Seminyak, Kuta, and Canggu are merely 30 – 45 minutes way.
The boutique hotels listed above offer plenty of family fun, however, there are countless kid-friendly activities available beyond the realms of your home-away-from-home. Here are our top suggestions!
This fun and interactive art gallery is all about optical illusions and trickery. A rich array of masterfully painted artworks all serve as interactive backdrops for illusory three-dimensional photography. A total of 120 unique artworks provide a full day of discovery and creativity!
The mainland may not always be the best place to snorkel, which is why we recommend taking a day trip to the exciting Gili Islands or Nusa Penida. Discover the marvelous marine life by spending the day spotting turtles, tropical fish, and stunning coral reef. On a clear day, sightings are pretty much guaranteed!
Bounce Bali is perfect for a rainy day (quite common during monsoon season). This facility was designed and created for one purpose – to have FUN! On-site, you’ll also find a bowling alley and a small waterpark, very well suited for families.
Bali is filled with opportunities to finetune your and your children’s culinary skills. Enjoy a traditional Indonesian cooking class and educate yourself on sustainable farming, while preparing (and later feasting on) your own Balinese meal. We recommend Alila Manggis Cooking Class or the Kids Kitchen at Cubby House, a creative cooking school for 4 to 12 year-olds who love to cook and eat.
Kemenuh Butterfly Park is the perfect place for an enjoyable and educational afternoon. Take a tour of the park, marvel at hundreds of butterfly species, and learn about their stages of metamorphoses. You can simply visit the park, but you can also opt for a package deal. Lunch, waterfall visits, and treks are all available here.
Bali is home to countless stunning rice paddies, with Tegalalang Rice Terraces being the most famous one. Above the rice paddies, there are swings for kids and adults (which you will be harnessed into to ensure a safe ride). We won’t reveal too much, but the views are simply marvelous. This is the place to take your next family photo.
Visit the many Balinese beaches, such as Seminyak Beach and Echo Beach, and engage in a friendly soccer game with the locals, or start your own.
This activity is probably quite touristic, however, according to several parents, one that can not be missed! Pirates Bay Bali is a restaurant located on a big (artificial) pirate boat that houses plenty of kid-friendly activities. With several treehouses, a bay lookout tower, and a pirate’s kitchen, this open-air café and restaurant makes for a great day of family fun. Book your fun-filled family treasure hunt and be amazed!
Up for some adventure? Visit Mount Agung, an active volcano and the highest point of the island. This is a great option for families with older kids and teenagers, or simply for the thrill-seekers amongst the family. You can find a package deal here, starting with an amazing sunrise from the top of the mountain, followed by a White Water Rafting adventure on the Ayung River near Ubud.
Bali’s beaches are all about surfing; filled with beginners, intermediates, and pro’s alike. Enjoy a fun (supervised) surf session at a reputable surf school, and familiarize the kids (and yourself) with the notorious Balinese waves. Kids under 12 can only take private lessons; kids over the age of 12 can opt for a private lesson, but can also participate in a group lesson.
The Bali Sea Turtle Society is a Kuta-based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of sea turtles. Volunteer and spend the day taking care of and spending time with turtles of all shapes, sizes, and ages. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to release recently-hatched baby turtles into the ocean (nesting season is from March to September; hatching season is from April to October).
Enjoy the beauty of art-making with workshops in painting and drawing (for kids and adults) at Berawa Art House or learn how to sculpt and create stunning ceramic crafts at Sari Api Ceramics. Cultivating your kids’ (and your own) creativity is the perfect activity for a rainy day or as an escape from the hot and buzzing beach.
Although Bali is encircled with marvelous beaches, you may want to mix things up and enjoy a day at one of Bali’s exhilarating waterparks. We recommend Finns Recreation Club and Water Bomb. These hotspots are undoubtedly a paradise for children, but we must warn you, they are quite touristy, especially during the high season. For the teens and daredevils in the family who want to learn how to wakeboard or water ski, we suggest paying a visit to Bali Wake Park, a sporting venue with a cable system built on a 5-hectare lake.
Despite being typically regarded as a mass-tourist attraction, the renowned (and recently renovated) Monkey Forest in Ubud is a must-see. Spread out over 10 hectares of luscious forest and a plethora of walkways, the sanctuary usually does not feel crowded. The daredevils in the family will undoubtedly enjoy engaging with the monkeys, but look after your sunglasses and phones, the mischievous inhabitants of the forest may take particular interest in them.
Although Bali is rich with glamorous, Westernized sights and activities, traditional culture and heritage are an essential part of the island’s identity. Visit one of Bali’s renowned temples and marvel at its fantasy-like structure and details. We recommend Uluwatu Temple or Tanah Lot Temple, which both have fantastic ocean views, the unique Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, which is found on a lake, or Tirta Empul Temple for a holy water cleanse that is believed to bring serenity, luck, and sanctity.
Unravel your inner Tarzan or Jane by climbing, swinging, jumping, crawling, and zip-lining your way around this exciting park that offers seven different obstacle courses for ages 4 and up.