We love Bali! Bali is where the LB Swim factory is. One of the best things about Bali is its natural beauty and the local’s commitment to protecting climate change. But not only that, Bali is one of the best places to travel with kids! It’s thought of as a great place for teenagers to travel to as part of their gap year, but what you may not know is that there's plenty to entertain the whole family and although the flight is long, if you haven’t been there you should definitely take the kids!
After visiting our swimwear factory in Bali we thought we would give you our family-friendly recommendations from a family who has actually been there, done that, and got the t-shirt (or swimwear…)
We've put together the ultimate guide to having the perfect family trip to Bali, where to stay, what to eat, the best beaches and top tips.
Where to stay
Bali is a surprisingly large island, and if you haven’t been before you’ll be glad to know there’s plenty of places to hop around and travel to. We’d recommend staying in a couple of different areas, and taking day trips to other areas. This is because it can be difficult when you’re travelling with kids to up camp and move every couple of days. Perhaps the most well known places in Bali to stay are Seminyak and Ubud, but there is other gorgeous places that you can stay too if you’re not into the hustle and bustle.
Kuta & Legian
Kuta is where most of the action takes place in Bali, there's plenty of budget accommodation here as well as beachfront restaurants and surf lessons, but be warned it can be crowded as it's a party destination. For something a bit quieter but still close to the action try neighbouring Legian.
Seminyak is becoming an increasingly popular beach destination in Bali. It's a bit pricer but has plenty of family resorts and villas. Here you'll find bustling streets, hipster cafes and family-friendly restaurants.
If you're looking for somewhere quiet with a slower pace, Sanur is a great place to go as it's away from the hustle and bustle of town. It's a popular destination for families as the beach is protected by a reef meaning that the water is calm and shallow; plus, there’s a brilliant array of other family-friendly activities located nearby.
Nusa Dua is full of bigger resorts, so if you want plenty of family-friendly entertainment on your doorstep then this will be a good choice for your family. Like Sanur, the beach is protected by a reef so it has calm and shallow waters which means the kids can splash around safely.
Located inland, Ubud is known for being the cultural hub of Bali. It's surrounded by rice terraces so has a totally different vibe to beach towns. It’s known for it’s yoga schools, markets, monkey forest and walks. There’s also a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafés and hotels. If you’re on Instagram you’ve probably seen Bali’s famous infinity pools surrounded by rice fields. So if you’re after a picture perfect, relaxing hotel like this then Ubud is the place for you to stay.
Best places to eat in Bali with Kids
We all know kids can be fussy when it comes to food. As well as Bali’s well know healthy, organic and vegan hotspots, it’s also home to some fantastically fun and adventurous places for you and the family to enjoy! Here’s some of our top recommendations:
Address: 22 Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Grab breakfast, lunch and dinner at this super Instagrammable destination, which serves everything from vegan scrambled tofu to Mexican tacos and milkshakes. And for the adults there’s even margaritas!
Address: Jalan Kayujati 9X, Seminyak
Mexican food is quick, delicious and hands on. If you love Mexican food as much as we do, then a trip to Mexicola is a must. Enjoy everything from fresh ceviche to indulgent churros. Mexicola is a restaurant by day and nightclub come dark, so there’s always something fun going on to entertain the kids – and of course, adults.
Address: Jalan Batubelig 9N, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta
Authentic Greek food? Check. Alfresco dining? Check. Incredible views? Check. Live entertainment? Check. What's not to like?
Jimbaran Bay Seafood Club
Address: Jalan Pantai Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Kuta
For the freshest local seafood visit Jimbaran Bay Seafood Club which is a collection of over 30 restaurants on the beach with panoramic sunset views and live music. We love seafood and with plenty of restaurants to choose from on the beach front, there’s no better place to enjoy fresh, tasty seafood.
Address: Jalan Petitenget 6, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta
Bali isn’t where you’d expect to find exceptional French cuisine, and Metis is the picture of Al Fresco dining. With stunning interiors, this modern restaurant has views of tropical gardens situated in the heart of Seminyak; and there's even a gallery. If you like fine dining, you’ll love Metis!
Address: 21 Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Kuta
For an authentic Balinese dining experience head to Sardine where you'll find fresh fish and seafood served up with fresh vegetables from the garden. The best part? The restaurant is surrounded by beautiful working rice fields. The interiors of this restaurant are stylish and comfortable with gorgeous umbrellas, and plush outdoor seating.
Address: Jalan Petitenget 19XX, Kuta
Hailed as one of the best restaurants in the region, Sarong is well worth a visit for award-winning traditional South East Asian food in an incredible setting. Again, fine dining – but definitely worth a visit!
Address: Jalan Raya Kerobokan 135, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta
Mama San is for anyone who likes to lounge in style and eat quality South East Asian food without a hefty price tag, which makes it perfect for a family meal. The interior of this restaurant is inspired by colonial British Shanghai in the 1920s which makes for a stunning dinner setting!
Address: Jalan Petitenget 100X, Kerobokan, Kuta
If mum and dad fancy a Balinese date night, then head to Merah Puti for a beautiful fine dining experience. Their food merges traditional regional recipes with a creative twist, celebrating the finest cuisine and flavors from across Indonesia.
Best beaches for kids
Double Six Beach, Legian
This beach in the heart of Legian and Seminyak has plenty to offer: golden-white sands, umbrella rentals, live music, horse riding, surf schools and a chilled ambience. The perfect place to keep the whole family entertained for the day!
Batu Balong Beach, Canggu
This beach can get pretty wavy, so it’s known by locals for it’s surfing. The most popular beach in the Canggu area, it's popular among locals and tourists and has a great selection of cafes, surfing and beach rentals. It can get pretty touristy though, so if busy and noisy areas aren’t your thing then perhaps our next suggestions might be…
Nusa Dua Beach, Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua has some of the safest beaches in Bali, this one in particular is long, wide and clean. The surrounding reef means waves are low and the waters shallow. Make sure you pack beach shoes as there are coral and seaweed on the sand – and the last thing you want on a family holiday is to get the first aid kit out at the beach!
Sanur Beach, Sanur
Sanur beach is the perfect getaway for those looking for something a bit quieter. It may not be as manicured as other beaches but it's clean and safe for kids – again, it has a surrounding reef which protects the beach from waves. There are plenty of cafes and shops nearby and you can even rent a bike and ride along the beach paths if you fancy an activity. Although we’d recommend getting up and cycling early – the sun can get pretty strong come midday.
Lovina Beach, Lovina
Lovina Beach’s unusual black sands are thanks to the volcanic activity on the island. It's much quieter than the beaches in the south and it's the perfect places to relax and unwind in peace. Here you can swim, snorkel and even watch dolphins from the shore!
Must-Sees and Activities To Do With The Kids
We all know how hard it can be to keep the kids entertained on holiday. Our girls love nothing more than just swimming all day – but when we can manage to get them out of the pool there’s actually some really fantastic things to see and do in Bali that are both family friendly, fun and cultural!
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali, it's a must-visit place for anyone wanting to escape the beach and experience an authentic Balinese town in the mountainous highlands. It’s about 1hr away from Seminyak by Bluebird Taxi and there is plenty to do to keep the kids entertained.
On the main street, you'll find local craft markets, galleries and art studios as well as shops selling locally made woodcarvings, textiles, paintings jewellery and antiques.
If you’re keen to soak in some local culture, take a trip to Puru Saren Royal Palace in the center of town which is home to one of Bali's royal families. Remember the house in Eat, Pray, Love? You can visit where it was filmed!
If you’re keen to soak up some local culture, Ubud is a great place to go on a jewellery making class, and it’s also nearby to the rice fields which is well worth hiring a tour guide and visiting, as well as stopping off at some nearby waterfalls!
The surf resort of Canggu is in Southern Bali, it's surrounded by beautiful rice fields and is known for its beaches and great surf. It’s about 30 minutes from Seminyak. If you fancy a few hours away from the sun (or the heavens decide to open), there’s an indoor trampolining centre here -Bounce Bali - where the kids can bounce away some energy, and play a game of bowling or two. You’ll also find The Garden Early Learning Centre in Canggu, an eco-friendly learning centre and kids club with luscious gardens and playrooms for kids of all ages.
For a quieter day out head to Sanur where you'll find some of the most well-kept beaches on the island alongside the bustling Sindu market. There is also some great shopping opportunities along the main street of Japan Danau Tamblingan.
We all know kids love to swim, so a snorkelling trip is definitely a must - especially when there’s so much sea-life to look at! Regarded as the best place for snorkelling in Bali, you should definitely visit this remote island if you want to spot some sea-life.. Experience schools of tropical fish, coral, caves and incredible visibility. While you’re there, Pulau Menjangan is also home to what is believed to be Bali's oldest temple, Pura Gili Kencana, which dates from the 14th century.
Bali Treetop Adventure Park
If your kids are active and itching to do more than swimming, there’s nothing like a treetop adventure in the adventure park. It’s situated within the Bali Botanic Garden so you can appreciate the local nature before or after a thrilling adventure in the treetops!
Ubud Monkey Forest
No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest. Home to 3 holy temples, over 700 Balinese macaques and 186 species of trees, Ubud Monkey Forest is pretty spectacular. But beware of your personal belongings because those cheeky little monkeys will grab whatever they can get their hands on! For brave mums, dads and kids, locals sell bananas you can buy and feed the monkeys with. Make sure you hold on to your camera!
Waterbom Park, Tuban
Just in case the endless beaches weren't enough fun, Waterbom Park has some of the best waterslides and water games in South East Asia. Allow an entire day for the kids to splash around - there is 17 waterslides spread throughout the tropical gardens and pools for you to enjoy!
Goa Gajah Temple
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, is a historical site in Bali located about 6km outside of Ubud. It dates back to the 11th century and has a deep cavern where you'll find ancient Hindu statues and rock carvings. If you’re travelling with aspiring adventurers, you’ll need to take them here to enter the temple through the mouth of a giant monster!
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Top tip for travelling by Taxi
Bali has it’s own Uber – called BlueBird. It’s an app that’s available on the app store. If you’re going to get Taxis to get around in Bali our top tip is to never get into a taxi from the street. There’s plenty of fake BlueBird taxis out there that fix their metre in an effort to con tourists. All of the locals will only get taxis from the official BlueBird app because the rates are fair and the taxis are safe – something you will want to ensure the safety of the whole family!
Bali is a lovely place, but due to the tourism you need to keep your wits about you! There’s plenty of locals out there who will try to con you in an effort to make money. If someone unexpectedly asks you for money for a small task like carrying your suitcase, if you haven’t agreed to it remember you can say no!
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We love visiting Bali as a family and we know that you’ll love to travel there too!