Ever planned a trip and then something happened and you had to cancel? Well, that is what happened to our Off the Beaten Track Bali with Kids holiday!
This was going to be our second trip to Bali with kids in less than 12 months. To say that we were enchanted with Bali on the first trip would be an understatement. On this trip, we planned to use the full 30 days tourist visa that is given on arrival in Bali.
This trip was focusing on places that were a little off the beaten track and not necessarily Bali family destinations. So, want to get off the beaten track in Bali with kids? This is our “planned” itinerary.
Note: It is important that you know that we have not done all of this trip, only parts of it. We have not stayed in most of the hotels recommended, and this was just what we had researched as suiting our family, and our family’s budget.
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Good pool, laid back accommodation – not too “resort like” or flashy. We don’t like resorts which have packed buffet style restaurants or kids in the kids club all day. We do like to splurge though, and particularly have a soft spot for infinity pools.
— TravelswithKids (@WorldofTravelsK) October 3, 2018
Speed Of Travel
This is a pretty “slow” itinerary. We are an active family, so we like to go out and do lots of things but that does exhaust the kids. So, in general, we try to do one “easy day” (pool, beach, rest at lunchtime in the air-con, some reading, math, or study) and then one “active day”. Also, being away from home and work for a month means that we need to keep up with our daily emails, blog, and social media, which inevitably takes TIME.
Remember that the first day (eg day 1) of any stay in any place is always traveling and in-complete. That means that while you stay 5 nights, you only have 4 full days there.
Days 1-5 Sanur
Yes, this is not an off the beaten track destination but as some of the others require quite a lot of driving we felt that this was a great place to start. Sanur is close to the airport and always recommended as a good family place. Busy and popular, but with a more laid back vibe that is perfect for families. Also, after travel and getting away from home, it is always nice to just have an easy place to stay!
Activities Planned Around Sanur
- Relaxing by the pool
- Uluwatu temple and Kecak Dance.
- Sundays Beach Club
- Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance and Jimbaran Bay
Accommodations Around Sanur
The two places that had researched as being suitable for our family to stay in Sanur:
Inna Sindhu – Located just a 20 minute drive from the airport with lots of activities within walking distance. The property faces the beach and has nice, large airy rooms. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Inna Sindu.
Peneeda View Beach Hotel – The only hotel in Sanur taller than a coconut tree as later imposed building regulations forbid it. Paneeda View Beach Hotel is located directly on the beach and has 4 pools, including a kiddie pool. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Peneeda View Beach Hotel.
Days 6 -7 Sideman
Our next stop was the small village of Sidemen purely to enjoy the fabulous Villa Sideman and the rice terraces.
Activities Planned Around Sideman
- Visit Semarapura while traveling between Sanur and Sideman.
- Walk in the rice terraces
- Firewood cooking class and organic farm tour
Accommodations Around Sideman
The two places that had researched as being suitable for our family to stay in Sidemen:
Villa Sidemen – Built by the royal family of Sidemen, this is a unique and stunning property. With an amazing infinity pool, it has been a resting place for many celebrities. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Villa Sidemen.
Samanvaya – A small, intimate boutique with an infinity overlooking the rice terraces. The property also offers spa treatments, yoga, and scooter hires. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Samanvaya.
Days 8-10 Candidasa Or Manggis
Our next destination; the sleepy coastal villages at Candidasa or Manggis (not sure which!)
Activities Planned Around Candidasa Or Manggis
- Visit the famous temple at Besakih
- Tirta Gangga (visit en route between Candidasa and Amed)
- Mother Temple Of Bali and Gates Of Heaven Tour
Accomodations Around Cadidasa Or Manggis
Where we would stay in Candidasa:
Bayshore Villas Candidasa, in a Villa or Bungalow – Newly built hotel and resort located on its’ own private beach. It has suites, villas, and bungalows at different price points and an on property hotel. Free WiFi throughout the resort. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Bayshore Villas Candidasa.
The Alila Manggis– Appears to have some good deals, but is described as an upmarket hotel style resort. Beautiful and architecturally designed to have a seamless flow between the sea and Mt. Agung. Check here for the latest rates to stay at The Alila Manggis.
We decided that at ONE hotel we would splurge, and for us that includes a spectacular infinity pool. We really liked the look of Amankila but, at the same time, thought that it was going to be a stretch for the budget.
Days 11 – 15 Amed
From Candidasa we planned to hop up the coast to Amed, hopefully stopping at some tourist sites along the way, including Tirta Gangga, Pura Lempuyang, and possibly Taman Soekasada Ujung. If this was not possible all in one day then we were going to visit them from Amed as a long day trip.
Activities Planned Around Amed
We planned to use Amed as a base for a summit of Gunung Batur, given that it was closer than many other towns. Our family is not afraid of a bit of hiking, but, at the same time, we HATE early starts and that is the kind of thing that sends the kids off the rails. Many tour companies offer a 1am start to Gunung Batur – clearly not something we were going to do with kids ! (Note, we were also investigating a camping trip entering on the other side and if that was going to prove less taxing would have allowed less time at Amed.)
Snorkeling was also on the priority list and we got this info from forum questions: Jemeluk bay (just east of Amed) was wonderful for snorkeling right off the beach in calm, relatively warm water. Blue Star end of the beach is pretty ideal I think for kid snorkeling trips. Definitely warmer water than Permuteran.
One great tour is the Mount Batur sunrise hike and natural hot springs tour. This tour starts early and assumes that you are staying in one of the more popular areas.
Accommodations Around Amed
These were the hotels that appealed to us in Amed:
Anda Amed Resort – Nestled on a stretch of secluded bays and facing the sea, this quaint property has 2-bedroom and family villas. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Anda Amed Resort.
Coral View Villas – Pitcuresqua villas within a lush garden and front trues. Coral View Villas grows its own fruit and produce which it serves to guests. Check here for the latest prices to stay at Coral View Viallas.
Life in Amed Boutique Hotel – Offering beach cottages and villas. Located on the beach with great snorkeling at your doorstep. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Life In Amed Boutique Hotel.
Days 16-19 Lovina
Traveling north from Amed to Lovina we heard that there were some interesting little known temples up past Tulamben on the way to Singaraja. However, whether by this time we would be “templed out” remains to be seen!
We fell in love in Lovina last year, which surprises some people who don’t like the black sand volcanic beach nor the pushy tourist touts in the central village. We stayed out of there and had a simple, cheap hotel called Bali Taman which was about half way between Lovina and Singaraja.
Activities Planned Around Lovina
- Dolphin trip which my friend described as, crazy, and a bit uncomfortable. (We had not done it with a 2.5 year old as we were worried he might jump out of the narrow boats)
- Banjar hot springs
- Sekumpul waterfall or Gitgit waterfall
- Air Sanih lake
- Sunrise tour with dolphins, waterfalls, and temples. This tour starts early and assumes that you are staying in one of the more popular areas.
Days 20 – 23 Pemuteran
This fishing village on the fair north coast was one of the non-negotiable places we wanted to visit, and if you drive directly is apparently only 4 hours from the main tourist areas around the Denpasar airport.
Activities Planned Around Pemuteran
- The Turtle Project at Proyek Penyu
- Monkey Temple right beside the road (Pura Pulakih)
- Snorkeling – Directly off the beach is apparently pretty good or Menjangan Island for snorkeling. It is much better than just off the beach which is certainly okay in its own right. You will have to hire a boat to take you out the short ride to the island. Take a walk around the island and check out the temple while you are there. It is one of the cardinal temples and therefore very holy to the Balinese.
Accommodations Around Pemuteran
These are the places to stay in Pemuteran:
Sunia Loka – Featuring traditional bungalows handmade by local artisans and located 300 meters from the beach. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Sunia Loka.
Taman Sari Resort – More upscale resort and spa right on the beach. Featuring cottages, bungalows, and suites. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Taman Sari Resort.
Days 24-26 Munduk
Little visited in comparison to the rest of Bali, Munduk is a welcome respite from the heat of Bali’s coastal areas. Green and lush, it is filled with wonderful agricultural lands and we loved our first visit so much were enthusiastic to return! For our full blog post read here – “Munduk & Bedugul, Bali for Families”.
Activities Planned Around Munduk
- To spend a full day around Bedugul and the Botanic gardens which we loved.
- Day in the life of the farmer tour at Tunjuk Village.
- We are keen to do a summit of Gunung Batur and were not yet sure what would be the easiest option. Staying at Amed or doing a overnight Camping trip like this here on the Bali Trekking Tour website.
- Tree Top Adventure Park Full Day Tour
Accommodations Around Munduk
Where to stay around Munduk?
Munduk Moding Plantation – We were going to stay here. Check here for latest rates to stay at Munduk Moding Plantation.
Puri Lumbung Cottages – We have already stayed here. Check here for latest rates to stay at Puri Lumbung Cottages and read our full review here!
Days 27 – 30 Tanah Lot
From Munduk we planned to head back towards the airport, and it seemed to us that Tanah Lot would be an interesting option, not really in the highly touristed areas, but close enough to provide a jumping off point. Remember that the final day is just travel.
Activities Planned Around Tanah Lot
- Maybe get a car into Seminyak to see what it is all about
- Visit Tanah Lot temple,
- Fly out on day 30
Accommodations Around Tanah Lot
De Moksha Boutique Resort – Property is surrounded by a traditional Balinese village and rice fields. This property has 8 private villas. Chere here for the latest rates to stay at De Moksha Boutique Resort.
Natya Hotel Tanah Lot – Newly built hotel close to the airport and beach. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Natya Hotel Tanah Lot.
Villa Ayo – Might be good option for bigger families. Check here for the latest rates to stay at Villa Ayo.
REMEMBER: we have only researched this itinerary and we did not actually travel it.
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