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Best kids’ club experiences in Bali

From cultural to crafty, sporting to spiritual, Holidays with Kids rounds up some of the best kids’ club experiences in Bali.

With its endless beaches, terraced rice fields, tranquil temples, the locals’ warm affection for kids and a wonderfully unique culture – all a relatively short flight away – there’s no shortage of reasons for a family getaway to the holiday playground that is Bali.

But to sweeten the deal even more, Bali is leading the way in world-class family accommodation, from expansive resorts to private villas, boasting incredible kids’ clubs that are as much about learning as they are about fun.

Gone are the days when a hotel kids’ club was just a room with a few toys and a television; many of Bali’s hotels and resorts now offer valuable, educational and cultural experiences for kids. Meaning parents can relax by a stunning pool or indulge in a relaxing massage, knowing their little ones are learning, growing and staying fit as they play.

Culture vultures

Named for its gorgeous forest setting, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, with its 11 frangipani-fringed pools, is heavenly for every member of the family. While parents take advantage of the resort’s 18 restaurants and bars, putting course, private beach and two spas, kids can soak up a little culture at the recently renovated Rimba Kids’ Club. A daily-changing programme for children aged two and over offers traditional Balinese dance, crafts, dress-ups, cooking and games. A highlight is a visit to RIMBA’s own Balinese Hindu Temple where the resort staff make their daily offerings.

At Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, parents can immerse themselves in island living. As they relax by the pool in a swim-up hammock, unwind with a massage or explore the integrated Samasta Lifestyle Village shopping and cultural complex, parents can be assured the kids are enjoying the incredible variety of cultural and fun activities at the pirate-themed Meera Kids’ Club including Balinese puppet making and Indonesian and Balinese language lessons.

The lavish AYANA Resort & Spa, one of Bali’s most glamorous yet family-friendly resorts, is perched prettily upon limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. When they’re not slipping and sliding on the waterslides at AYANA’s children’s pool, the Kids’ Club has a sandpit, a trampoline, a cubby house and a great programme of eco and cultural activities including Eco Memories’ tree-planting; Balinese dress-ups; crafts and traditional games. Meanwhile parents can enjoy a treatment at the incredible Thermes Marins Bali Spa, or raise a glass at the open-air Rock Bar, one of the best spots in Bali for a panoramic sunset cocktail.

Hidden in lush jungle beside the Ayung River, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in Ubud is all about cultural immersion. Activities for families include rafting tours and a “Day in the Life of a Balinese Rice Farmer” programme. And, while parents linger in the luxury of the Spa, or lounge beside the two-level riverside swimming pool, kids four and over can enjoy the Pici Pici Kids’ Club’s creative and culturally enriching programme of Balinese dance classes and crafts.

Bali Dynasty Resort is renowned for its warm Balinese hospitality, convenient location in South Kuta and awesome facilities for the whole family including brand-new Family Suites and kids-eat-free deals at a themed buffet. The newly refurbished Kupu-kupu Kids’ Club and Kids’ Water Fun Zone offer an excellent balance of fun and learning for children aged four to 12 years. The extensive kids’ club programme includes traditional Balinese and Indonesian games and music, Balinese offering making and Indonesian language lessons, helping visiting children to gain an appreciation of the Balinese culture. Older kids aren’t forgotten, either, with the revamped Den Teens’ Club catering for kids 12 to 16.

Mini master chefs

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a sumptuous retreat located in eight hectares of tropical gardens and luxe accommodation on Bali’s tranquil eastern coastline of Nusa Dua. Its incredible Cheeky Monkeys Kids’ Club, for children ages three to 12, comes complete with its own swimming pool and man-made beach, and offers a variety of active and cultural activities. Little foodies can learn how to create local dishes in cooking classes and head out to the resort’s gardens to harvest ingredients to prepare tasty treats that are as fresh as can be.

Conveniently located on the beachfront in Kuta, Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali offers fun-filled activities for adults and kids. While parents lounge by the lagoon-style pool, partake in some pampering at the Tea Tree Spa or hone their boogie boarding skills, kids aged four to 12 are welcome to enjoy the range of activities from crafts to computers at Rascals Kids’ Club. One of the most popular activities at the kids’ club is the Cooking Class, where mini chefs can learn their way around the kitchen, practise basic safety and techniques, and whip up tasty dishes. When it’s time to cool off from all that work in the kitchen, the resort is just a short drive to Waterbom Bali and its tangle of water slides and aquatic fun.

Situated on a white-sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua offers a haven for adults as well as complimentary facilities just for toddlers, children and teens. The programme at Westin Kids’ Club, for little ones aged four and over, changes daily but has an emphasis on cultural activities such as batik printing, Balinese dance and basic Indonesian language. Along with the Discover Kids programme’s delicious and nutritious meals, kids can get hands on with fruit carving lessons.

The St. Regis Bali Resort is the spot for families seeking beach bliss, bespoke service and indulgent gastronomic experiences. While parents play, the St. Regis Bali Kids’ Club, for children aged four to 12, doubles as a Children’s Learning Centre boasting a varied daily programme of activities showcasing elements of art, music, dance and literature, while young food-lovers will especially love the local and sustainable cuisine cooking classes in the kids’ club kitchen.

Good sports

Located alongside Mertasari Beach in Sanur, the eco-friendly Prama Sanur Beach Bali offers spectacular ocean views and easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. There’s plenty for parents, and kids four to 12 are covered with an activity-packed kids’ club, Splash Zone with a family pool, water slides, playground and cabanas. A highlight for active families is the internationally renowned Rip Curl School of Surf, where little groms can learn to hang ten under the tuition of certified local and international instructors.

Occupying 14 hectares of prime beachfront, the Balinese village design of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay offers guests a choice of cultural and active experiences. When they’re not enjoying the buckets full of fun for kids aged four to 11 years at the Jimba Club, young guests can join in on a surfing lesson with the Tropicsurf team at Coconut Grove. There is also an inhouse tennis pro on hand, offering a group kids’ class every day, and the adjacent Jimbaran Beach offers stretches of golden sand for water sports.

Situated in the stunning southern part of Bali, with glorious views from its idyllic perch atop a 40-metre cliff in the prestigious Nusa Dua area, Hilton Bali Resort offers warm Balinese hospitality and extensive recreational facilities for families including interconnected swimming pools and a 30-metre water slide. Kids from four to 12 years old can also enjoy the many daily activities at Jungle Kids’ Club, which is equipped with a treetop playground, trampoline and climbing wall for active kids.

With its prime position on a pristine private beach in Nusa Dua and hypnotising views, the family-focused Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali offers wonderful leisure experiences for every member of the family. The activity-packed Bamboo Kids’ Club for children aged from four to 15 years and a mini water park offers cultural, educational and just plain fun activities every day of the week. But sporty families should check in on a Tuesday for the kids’ yoga class, water aerobics, beach sports, guided ocean kayak tour and a range of water sports.



This article appeared in volume 52 of Holidays with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

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