Bali, known as the island of gods, is a stunning Indonesian Island located in Southeast Asia that has beautiful temples, great surfing beaches and picturesque landscapes.
But what makes Bali a must visit destination is the Balinese people. So warm and welcoming, they invite you on to their island with open arms.
The mixture of culture, delicious food and family-friendly resorts makes it a great choice for your family holiday to Bali.
Choosing where to stay in Bali with kids can be a hard decision, there are so many options that it can be hard to know where to start. But we are here to help!
If you’re planning to visit Bali with kids, we’ll point you in the right direction of where is the best area of Bali for families plus things to do with kids in Bali and the best family friendly resorts in Bali, Indonesia.
Lets be honest, Kuta often gets a bad rap from the media. Yes it is busy and the nightlife can be a bit crazy at times, but there are so many things for families to do.
Located close to the airport, there are a great range of shopping options, both shopping malls and market shopping, to keep the whole family happy.
Kuta has a great range of accommodation options too. You will often find the most budget-friendly hotels in Kuta close to the action of this bustling area of Bali.
Things to Do in Kuta with Kids
The number one thing to do in Kuta is to spend a day at Waterbom Water Park.
It is consistently voted as the best water park in Asia and family attractions in Asia and is incredibly clean with a huge variety of water slides and kids pool for all ages.
We love to hire a gazebo for the day so we have a central point to come back to and enjoy lunch together.
Shopping in Kuta Bali is fantastic and the market stalls lining the streets have a huge range of souvenirs and clothes. Make sure you barter for the best price, it’s a lot of fun!
In Kuta you will find shopping malls like Beachwalk Mall, Lippo Mall, Discovery Mall and Mal Bali Galeria. They have well known brands plus cinemas, arcade centers and even ice skating at Mal Bali Galeria.
Where to Stay in Kuta with Kids
Hard Rock Hotel Kuta
Researching where to stay in Bali with kids in Kuta? There are so many facilities for the kids at Hard Rock Hotel.
Think water slides, playgrounds, foam parties and even a recording studio. Located in the center of Kuta, the Hard Rock is a good choice to keep all the kids entertained.
Bali Dynasty Resort
Another one of the best hotels for kids in Bali. Our kids love staying at the Bali Dynasty Resort as there is always so many things to do.
They have a huge range of kids activities, water slides and a fun kids club. If you’re researching where to stay in Bali with toddler, the family rooms are perfect for younger kids and the new lagoon pool rooms are a great choice.
Holiday Inn Resort Baruna
The huge grounds at Holiday Inn Baruna make you feel like you are not staying in Kuta.
The gardens are stunning and the sunset views from the pool and restaurant Envy are spectacular.
The rooms at the Holiday Inn Baruna are very comfortable and plenty of space for the kids in the kid suite rooms as the bedrooms are interconnected.
Located next to Kuta, Legian is the upmarket cousin to Kuta for your Bali family holidays.
There is still plenty of markets to get your shopping fix but the Bali family resorts are nicer and the streets not as busy as Kuta. The beach bars along Legian Beach are perfect to watch the sunset each night to enjoy cheap drinks and good times in Bali!
Things to Do in Legian with Kids
After exploring the markets, going for a surf on Legian Beach is a fun activity to do in Bali with kids. We love surfing with Santai Surf School as they are fully accredited and great with the kids.
After you have had fun in the sun the kids can have a chill out at the Coffee Club Legian kids club while parents enjoy their food in peace and quiet.
Waka Waka Playground located at FuramaXclusive Ocean Beach is fun for the kids and Mum can enjoy the spa downstairs while the kids have a play.
Where to Stay in Legian with Kids
Padma Legian Resort
Choosing where to stay in Bali with kids that parents will love too?
One of our favourite Bali family resorts, Padma Legian is a fantastic resort for the whole family. So many pools, great Bali kids club, beautiful grounds, delicious food and an adults only infinity pool!
Bali Mandira Beach Resort
Located nearby to the Padma Legian, the Mandira offers better value for money and has a beautiful pool area directly on Legian Beach. The kids club is not rated as highly by families but worth checking out.
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Food and upmarket shopping are two of the main draw cards of Seminyak Bali.
The quality of restaurants and cafes is exceptional but don’t expect ultra cheap Bali prices. When visiting Bali with kids they can have fun in Seminyak too but at times it can be tricky to navigate the streets with a stroller.
Things to Do in Seminyak with Kids
Seminyak is famous for it’s beach clubs and most are kid-friendly during the day. Ku De Ta is a family favourite and visiting on Family Sundays is a lot of fun.
Watching the sunset from a bean bag at places like La Plancha is something everyone should do at least once on a trip to Bali.
Shooters Bali is worth visiting for a game of mini golf with the kids. Great value plus lots of food and drinks to ensure plenty of laughs and fun for the whole family.
If you have any unicorn lovers then a visit to the Unicorn Cafe is a must. It is located on Batu Belig at the northern edge of Seminyak and you can also shop at Coco and Ginger plus have a manicure at Think Pink Nails.
Afterwards indulge in high tea at Biku, the most gorgeous cafe in Bali.
Where to Stay in Seminyak with Kids
Courtyard by Marriott Resort
Looking for Seminyak family resorts? Located only a short buggy ride away from the beach, The Courtyard Seminyak is one of the fun places to stay in Bali.
The central pool is great to meet other families on a trip to Bali and the breakfast is delicious. A huge variety of rooms including larger apartments with all the modern essentials.
A great location on Jl Petitenget, Montigo Resort has modern rooms and 2 bedroom apartments to sleep the whole family.
The kids will love pool hopping between the 3 pools and the huge kids club is always fun. The spa is not to be missed and has great value massages.
The Trans Resort comes highly rated from families and the small water slide plus sand lagoon make it perfect for families with younger kids.
Located on Sunset Road the location isn’t perfect but it’s an easy walk with the kids to Eat Street.
If you are after a relaxing Bali holiday with kids in a luxury resort, Nusa Dua is one of the best places to stay in Bali with kids.
Nusa Dua is a gated community full of 5 star resorts. You won’t find a huge amount of culture in Nusa Dua but will be well looked after by the amazing family resorts.
Things to Do in Nusa Dua with Kids
There are a few activities to do in Nusa Dua with kids and they will love shopping at Bali Collection.
It has a huge range of shops and restaurants with a couple of small playgrounds. Set over a large area this is the spot in Nusa Dua to stock up on supplies.
Pirates Bay is located on the beach and the kids can dress up as pirates and go on a treasure hunt. The food gets mixed reviews but is fun for a couple of hours.
The beach path in Nusa Dua is easy to walk along and very pram friendly.
Where to Stay in Nusa Dua with Kids
Club Med Bali
Looking for Bali hotels with kids club? We love this all-inclusive resort in Nusa Dua and the beach front location is beautiful.
The gardens are huge and the kids clubs are fun, making it one of the best family hotels in Bali.
The kids get to try all sorts of activities including the trapeze. The food, drinks and entertainment make this a great choice in Nusa Dua.
Located on the beach, The Westin Resort is a good option and one of the best family friendly resorts in Bali with kids with great pools and lots of other families visiting Bali.
When choosing where to stay in Bali with kids, consider the family suites here which are very spacious and the location on the ground floor a great plus.
Novotel Nusa Dua
If you are after a better value option of places to stay in Nusa Dua with kids, the Novotel is a great choice.
Located a short buggy ride from the beach, the pools and gardens are spectacular. They have large apartments that are great value and suit larger families. Don’t miss the spa, the kids spa is very good!
Ubud is one of the best areas in Bali and the cultural heart surrounded by beautiful rice paddies and stunning views.
The drive from the airport can take over an hour but once you arrive you will be ready to explore the real Bali.
Things to Do in Ubud with Kids
One of our favourite things to do in Bali with kids is to go on a bike tour. A fantastic way to experience Bali and the lunch at the end was very yummy at a local warung.
Another great outdoors activity is to walk the Campuhan Ridge. It’s easy to with the kids and the views are gorgeous.
Titu Batu Club is a great place to cool off in the pool and they even have a skate park and dance classes for the kids to participate in.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Padma Ubud Retreat
Looking for Ubud family accommodation?
Located a 30-minute drive from central Ubud, Padma Ubud is a stunning resort with the biggest infinity pool looking over the jungle below. Kids are well looked after at the resort with a kids club and a cute animal garden.
There is a huge amount of things to do in Canggu and the food is amazing too!
Canggu is spread over a large area and one consideration is how you will get around. Scooters are very popular but please ensure you are licensed and covered by travel insurance before you get on a bike!
Taxis and Grab cars are easy to get plus some villas come with a private driver.
Things to Do in Canggu with Kids
Finns Recreation Club has lots of things for the kids to do.
Splash Water Park, Bounce Trampoline, Strike Bowling and Cubbyhouse Kids Club are all favourite things to do with kids in Bali. After you have had fun at Finns, head to Finns VIP Beach Club to enjoy the sunset.
Parklife Bali is a must visit with the kids. Indoor slides, ball pits, jumping pillow, toddler area, there are so many great aspects of this place. There is yummy food and drinks at the cafe plus daily activities. You will need a taxi to visit but it is worth the effort.
Tamora Gallery has a huge range of stores and cafes plus a playground for the kids to play on. Keep up to date with them on social media as they have different weekly activities.
An institution in Canggu is Milk and Madu Cafe. The best food and a playground for the kids to play on while you enjoy a latte.
Gardens Kids Club is an option if you need the kids looked after for a couple of hours. Our kids love visiting the center and a bonus is the Sprout Cafe next door if you need to catch up on some work.
Where to Stay in Canggu with Kids
Looking for Bali family villas? In Canggu you will find that the most family friendly choices are villas. There are a huge range to choose from and some even come with permanent pool fences.
Villa Joju Bali
We fell in love with this gorgeous 5 bedroom villa and it is so kid friendly! Think bouncy castle, fish spa, pool fence, kids toys and the most gorgeous kids bunk room.
Click here to book on Airbnb.
Researching where to stay in Bali with kids away from the crowds?
Sanur is a lovely spot for a change of pace from the main tourist destinations in Bali that we have spoken about above. It is easy to get around and the beach path is perfect for bikes and prams.
There are a large amount of restaurants and cafes with something for every budget. The shopping is more limited in Sanur but Hardy’s Supermarket in central Sanur has a good range of food, souvenirs and clothes.
Things to Do in Sanur with Kids
Artotel Beach Club is located on the beach in northern Sanur and includes a pool and huge playground for the kids. The food is yummy and hiring a day bed is a great way to spend the day.
Spending a few hours at Big Garden Corner is a must if you are visiting Sanur. You will need a taxi to visit this place but it is easy to get to.
The garden is full of awesome sculptures and the kids will love the splash park. Food is well priced plus you can pay to dress up in traditional Balinese outfits and have photos taken.
Fun Wheels Bali is a new addition to Sanur and our kids loved the pedal go carts. Adults can join in on the fun too as they have family size carts to go exploring the local village.Family friendly accommodation in Sanur
Where to Stay in Sanur with Kids
Located on Sanur beachfront, Prama Sanur is a larger resort with a great kids area by the pool. Plenty of entertainment for hours and lots of other kids to meet.
Hyatt Regency Bali
A luxury resort, the Hyatt Regency as the most beautiful gardens and pools directly on Sanur Beach. Kids are well looked after and adults must not miss the beautiful spa.
Prime Plaza Suites Sanur
The location of Prime Plaza Suites is not great but the huge, excellent value apartments make this a great choice for budget-friendly family travel.
The kids love the water slide and the kids play area is huge. Kids are a big focus at this resort.
Just down the beach from Nusa Dua is Tanjung Benoa.
The beach has lots of water sports and there is a good range of local shops and restaurants close by to the resorts. It’s also a great place to watch the sunrise over the beach, perfect way to start the day.
Things to Do in Tanjung Benoa with Kids
There are many different water sports operators along the beach where you can try out jet skiing, banana boats and para sailing.
For a cultural experience nearby, visit Caow Eng Bio Chinese Buddhist Temple. It’s a beautiful temple that is very colourful and interesting for the kids to see.
Bali Wakepark and Aqualand is a great spot to take the adventurous kids. They can try out wake boarding or attempt the inflatable obstacles on the water.
Where to Stay in Tanjung Benoa
Holiday Inn Resort Benoa
A family friendly resort, Holiday Inn Benoa has huge family suites that the family will love. The kids club is great for younger kids and our kids loved the pools. The spa is worth a visit and I love that the kids eat free.
Grand Mirage Benoa
Spread over two wings on the Benoa Beach, The Grand Mirage is a kids paradise.
The family wing has a huge amount of activities for the kids including a splash park, water slide, climbing wall, indoor kids play ground and much more.
It is easy to walk to the main wing of the resort and there are a huge amount of eating options including all-inclusive rates.
Jimbaran is famous for it’s beautiful sunsets while enjoying a seafood dinner on the sand of Jimbaran Bay.
Looking for places to stay in Bali with kids close to the airport? Jimbaran has a laid back vibe with a good range of food options.
You won’t find as many shops in Jimbaran, but it’s only a short drive to Kuta.
Things to Do in Jimbaran with Kids
The beach at Jimbaran Bay is great for the kids as the waves are nice and calm. Towards the airport, Hidden Beach is fun to watch the planes come and go.
Sundara Beach Club is a nice spot to enjoy the day swimming in the pool and eating yummy food.
Samasta Lifestyle Village next to Movenpick Resort has a range of different restaurants, supermarket and often has live music to enjoy.
Where to Stay in Jimbaran
Movenpick Resort & Spa
The kids may not want to leave this family friendly resort!
Fantastic kids club, huge pool area with splash park and modern rooms. A short walk to the beach and Sunday Brunch has so much food and a dedicated kids area.
Check out our review of the Movenpick Resort, Boracay Island.
Located on Jimbaran Beach, this luxury resort has traditional Balinese charm with modern amenities. Food is amazing and the family rooms very spacious.
Bukit Peninsula (Uluwatu)
Researching where to stay in Bali with kids offering 5 star luxury?
The southern most area of Bali is known as the Bukit Peninsula or Uluwatu. It is home to luxury 5 star resorts in Bali on a cliff top that enjoy the most spectacular Bali sunsets.
Not as close to the airport as the other tourist places in Bali, it’s a perfect place to chill out.
Things to Do on the Bukit Peninsula
Sundays Beach Club is located at Ungasan Clifftop Resort and is a lot of fun with the whole family.
An inclinator takes you down to the gorgeous beach where you will find sun loungers, day beds, stand up paddle boards plus yummy food and drinks.
A visit to the Uluwatu Temple to watch the Kecak Dance at sunset should be high on every families to do list in Bali. Just be wary of those pesky monkeys that like to take sunglasses and hats!
Ulu Cliffhouse is a family friendly cliff top beach club with a pool, lots of days beds and great food. A great spot to spend the day then watch the sun go down.
Where to Stay on the Bukit Peninsula
A luxury cliff top resort that includes the famous Rock Bar, the family is well looked after with stunning pools and a great kids club.
Other Places in Bali
There are so many other places to visit in Bali including the islands near Bali. One thing is certain, you will never run out of things to do in Bali with kids!
If you have any tips on the best place to stay in Bali for familes, share in the comments.
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