We asked Jemma Reynolds, mama to two little girls and creator of online family travel guide Little Bali Love, to share her top places to EAT, PLAY, SHOP & STAY when on a family holiday in Bali.
Our top 3 places to EAT in Bali with kids:
High tea here is a fave! With a glass of bubbles for the mamas and a special menu for the tiny diners, including fruit tea in little teapots, pretty cupcakes, mini-gingerbread men and finger sandwiches.
Also great for brekkie, lunch or dinner — with healthy kids’ meals, highchairs, toys, colored pencils and tea-party inspired coloring pages.
La Lucciola (+62 361 730838)
An oasis of calm amid the hustle and bustle in the heart of Seminyak. At night it’s incredibly romantic with the cool ocean breeze, cocktails, candles and fresh frangipanis (hire a babysitter for that!). But by day, this restaurant is the perfect family brunch location. The kids love the colorful icy granitas, the huge grassy lawn, and the clean sandy beachfront that offers plenty of space to run and play.
Sunset Dinner on the beach
(Canggu or Jimbaran)
The simple things in life are often the best! A fresh young coconut, tropical fruit juice, or cold Bintang to start off. Plus some hot buttered BBQ corn, a splash in the waves, and happy little sandy feet. Followed by some nasi or mie goreng, an ice cream and perhaps a helium balloon! A sunset dinner at a beach warung is the way to go! Our favorite spots are Batubolong in Canggu or Jimbaran Bay.
Our top 3 places to PLAY in Bali with kids:
Enjoy a pony ride at BEC followed by lunch or an ice cream! And spend the afternoon hanging out swimming in the pool and playing in their gorgeous spacious grassy garden, complete with cubby house, sandpit, swings and slide.
A day of fun in the sun, spent at a swanky beach club. We love Sundara located at the Four Seasons in Jimbaran as well as Sundays Beach Club (Tel: +62 361 8482 111; previously known as Finns Beach Club) and Karma Beach in Ungasan.
Sunday Family Dayze at KU DE TA
Sunday is the day when little people rule at KU DE TA! Brunch is served up along with chilled DJ tunes — plus all kinds of fun activities on offer, including face-painting, jumping castles, balloons, magicians, games and an amazing kiddie-craft area. There is pizza, sushi, dips and other nibbles for the family to share, or there is a healthy kids lunch menu too. Take your togs too for a splash in their pool!
Our top 3 places to SHOP in Bali with kids:
This shop is just heaven… so much prettiness, happiness, color, and love all under the one roof. Hand embroidery, soft silks, smocking, lace, unique floral prints and hand woven fabrics – every piece in the collection has been ethically made on the Island of the Gods with love. The Little Bali Love girls’ wardrobe is full of Coco and Ginger dresses!
(Seminyak, Legian and Kuta)
A Bali institution that has been dressing kids in their wares for over 20 years! On-trend casual, easy to wear fashion for babies and little boys and girls with playful designs and colourful prints.
(All over the island)
The sellers on the beach or a local market — such as the Seminyak Flea Market on Oberoi or the Ubud Market — are great places for spending pocket money and buying treasures for friends back home. Think friendship bracelets, little purses, fans, trinkets and sarongs.
Our top 3 places to STAY in Bali with kids:
Luxury 4 bedroom family-friendly villa including fun kids room with bunkbeds, toys, books and chalkboard wall. Fabulous team of staff, stunning pool and garden and just a few mins walk from our fave kid-friendly beach.
You get the best the both of worlds here — your own private villa but with resort facilities onsite, including main pool, restaurant (with a great kids’ menu), bar, spa (with kids’ treatments) and gym. Great location close to the trendy Petitenget shops and cafes and the beach.
A big and beautiful resort right on the beach in Nusa Dua. It ticks all the boxes for families — family rooms, waterslide, kids’ club, playground, kids’ spa, kids’ menus. And activities for the whole family — think star-gazing on the beach at night! Delicious Sunday family brunch at their onsite restaurant Prego, too!
Jemma Reynolds, Creator of Little Bali Love