Let me introduce you to Sally-Ann. This lovely Perth-based lady shares her family travel tips and tricks over at Toddlers on Tour. With Bali only a hop, skip and a jump away from the West, I have asked her to share what she and her family love most about this tropical oasis. Visit Toddlers on Tour or follow Sally-Ann on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
We have travelled to Bali with our child twice; once when our son was 2 and a half, then again more recently for a short getaway when he was 6. We are now planning to return in a couple of months for our annual 2 week family holiday.
So what have we discovered about Bali that is so good families keep going back for more?
This has to be the number one reason, a trip abroad in 3 ½ hours from Perth. With our popular local getaway location Margaret River a 3 hour drive why not add on half an hour and be in an entirely different country.
To add to the close proximity is the wide choice of airlines flying in and out of Bali at all times of the day and night. There is bound to be an airline, price and time to meet your needs.
Choice of Accommodation
Once you arrive into Bali you are spoilt for choice with a plethora of accommodation options. Resorts and hotels ranging from 3-5 star with amenities including: water parks and slides, kids clubs, child minding and family rooms.
Or you can easily hire a self-contained villa giving you separate bedrooms plus a fully functioning kitchen, perfect for fussy eaters and the bottomless pit of teenagers. Just be careful of the unfenced plunge pool if you are travelling with babies and toddlers.
Just as there is a huge choice of accommodation there is an even great choice for eating out and for me one of the great things about travel is eating.
There are plenty of little local establishments dotted everywhere. To avoid that little niggling worry of Bali belly I like to stick to freshly grilled foods like satay sticks and steer clear of the stews that could have been made days ago.
However these days there are also loads of high end restaurants in all the major tourist regions. You can get a top class dish for local Australian café prices. That’s one way to get a taste of those high end restaurant dishes at half the price.
Crystal Blue Ocean Grill, Bali
Things to Do
Another high end item in demand for at half the price is clothing. Bali has all the top designer stores, which have discount racks with Kmart price tags. Or get some locally made goods from one of the weekend markets.
However as you’re on a family holiday, the kids and possibly hubby are going to get tired of shopping pretty quickly. So keep the whole family entertained with fun day trips.
- Cool down at Waterbom
- Take in a Safari at Bali Safari and Marine Park
- Check out the range of birdlife at Bali Bird and Reptile Park
- Discover some Balinese culture at Tanah Lot
- Or watch a stage show like the Devdan Show
There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Grand Mirage Rama stage show
With such a diverse range of airlines, accommodation, restaurant and activities there is a budget alternative for everyone.
- Middle of the road and
So start researching – there’s a Bali holiday option for your family.
Sally-Ann is a wife, mother and blogger with a passion for travel. A degree in Tourism, 20+ years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industries plus lessons learned travelling as a family; she has discovered a plethora of tips and advice for travel with kids. Her goal is to help you have a better family holiday.
What is your favourite family Bali attraction?