Prior to our trip we did considerable research online and were frustrated by the amount of information that was available for Resort Style of accommodation vs more affordable family friendly hotels!
We’re slowly uploading detailed reviews of where we stayed as a family in Bali. This is our list of where we stayed, where we considered staying, and where we might stay next time. This is a list of the Best Bali hotels in our experience.
Our ideal budget was in the vicinity of $100 US (or $125AU) a night but we ended up (unfortunately) exceeding that many times.
Tuban Family Friendly Hotel
Patra Jasa Resort and Villas
For more info, check out our detailed review about the Patra Jasa Resort. We loved this hotel because it was just 5 minutes from the airport, had huge, comfortable rooms, great big gardens to run in, excellent pools for young kids, and was a 15 minute walk from the relaxed Tuban area. For full property information, please refer to Patra Jasa Resort & Villas.
Nusa Dua Family Hotels
Westin Nusa Dua
The Westin Nusa Dua is on lots of the ‘best kid friendly hotels in Bali’ lists – and with good reason, it’s got an excellent kids club, and has a service style that you can’t fault. It is polished and is perfect if you are looking for a getaway complete with nanny. Everything is so perfectly orchestrated for the many hundreds of people staying here, we felt like one of the crowd. We had a great time participating in the kids’ activities with the kids club, and enjoyed the facilities alongside our children. Nusa Dua itself is somewhat removed from the ‘real Bali’ and this detracted from our experience. There is a large shopping mall with many restaurants up the coast from this resort. The pools at the Westin were a slight disappointment as they were too deep for our kids. (Aged 6 and 3) For full property information, please refer to the Westin Nusa Dua
Melia Bali – The Garden Villas
We very nearly booked the Melia Bali – The Garden Villas Family Room, and after doing a bit of a recky around its pools when we were staying nearby, these pools and even the atmosphere might have been a better choice for us. For full property information, please refer to the Melia Bali.
Bali Taman Resort & Spa
This one of two hotels that we would definitely stay at again; which is ironic as it’s probably the lowest rated Trip Advisor hotel on this list, and also the cheapest.
The Bali Taman Resort and Spa, is situated halfway between Lovina and Singaraja, so it is “isolated”. That really worked for us: beautiful gardens filled with frangipani and bougainvillea, a great (though relatively small) pool area, huge rooms, (an even bigger bathroom!). The hotel was not particularly full of people, and just a short walk from a local village with some local restaurants and shops.
The Lovina Beaches are black volcanic sand and a little dirty, so after some consideration we elected not to swim here, though we did see a few foreigners doing so. For full property information, please refer to the Bali Taman Resort and Spa
Puri Lumbung Cottages
For more info, check out our detailed review about the Puri Lumbung Cottages here.
We loved staying in this hotel where the rooms have been converted from old rice storage houses. We were right amongst the rice paddies and the frogs. That said, a lack of pool meant that we missed our ‘go to’ hotel activity and may choose somewhere else next time. For full property information, please refer to the Puri Lumbung Cottages
Munduk Moding Plantation
This is a luxury nature resort, spa and boutique hotel in North Bali on a working coffee plantation. Located higher up in the hills than the Puri Lumbung (closer to Bedugul) this hotel has an infinity pool has been ranked amongst the best in the WORLD!!! Online prices show that you might be able to get it for $200 US a night, but you might have to convince them to let you co-sleep with the kids!!! We really enjoyed the Munduk area and are definitely considering this hotel for our next visit. For full property information, please refer to the Munduk Moding Plantation
Ubud was the most difficult place to get our heads around; we were actually disappointed as it was the place we expected to love.
We enjoyed our stay at the Inata Bisma as it had 2 great pools. We had a deluxe room which was very large, with a huge bathroom and balcony looking right out over the pool. As a bonus we had views of the rice paddies, and it was very quiet and tranquil. (The standard rooms which we checked were a bit dated and stuffy). For much of the stay the hotel was empty, which meant that we had unlimited access to their shuttle around town. Though on the map this looks to be well located, it’s down the bottom of the hill and a long walk to get there for little legs. For full property information, please refer to the Inata Bisma
Inata Monkey Forest Hotel
We were very happy with the Inata hotel, just that the location was not ideal -we might consider the other Inata hotel on Monkey forest road. (Very centrally located) For full property information, please refer to the Inata Monkey Forest Hotel.
We would also check out hotels along Hanoman Street.
Inna Sindhu Beach Sanur
These people were so patient with all our questions it was a shame that we didn’t stay here and in fact had to skip Sanur all together. We liked that the Inna Sindhu was an affordable hotel – think under $100 US per night for our whole family, on the beach, and with an attractive pool – while we take Trip Advisor with a ‘grain of salt’ it appears that people return here regularly, like walking down to the shops, along the beach or watching the fishermen. Sounds like our kind of place.
We had booked the renovated room #206 which they were going to fit in an extra child’s bed. There was some confusion during the booking process about which room we were going to get – but the helpful folks on Trip advisor questions assisted with that. For full property information, please refer to the Inna Sindhu Beach Sanur.
Peneeda View Beach hotel
This hotel offers many of the same features as the Inna Sindhu, on the beach, great location, and slightly dated facilities. They weren’t as flexible with the bed arrangements and said that for a family of 4 we needed to book a 2 bedroom bungalow which put us into the $150 US price range – which is ok to pay for a luxury resort, but not so much for a dated bungalow. (We would have appreciated a bit of flexibility! For full property information, please refer to the Peneeda View Beach hotel.
The Elephant Safari Park Lodge
This was our splurge for the trip and was picked by Little Miss as she sat on Mumma’s knee as she scrolled through Bali Travel sites. We consider ourselves ethical travellers so checked out the story and liked the fact that they were rescued from Elephant Camps in Sumatra. This visit remains a highlight, and Little Miss still asks when we will go back. It was an experience that surpassed all expectations, from bathing the elephants, to dining under the stars with them feeding nearby.
We talked a lot with the handlers – about ‘days off’ and rest, and coming from a farming background know the signs of an unhappy or unwell animal. We were content that given the circumstances the elephants were not mistreated. Since then, we’ve read often on social media that elephants shouldn’t be ridden. In short, the experience was out of this world and we loved it. However google things like “is riding on elephant’s backs ethical?” so you can make an informed decision before heading off. For full property information, please refer to The Elephant Safari Park Lodge
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