Returned last week from a lovely 2 week family holiday in Bali with our 2 kids - 11 and 8.
After a 90 min queue at the airport (Jetstar arriving at about 3pm on a Wed – may look into VIP arrival the next time…) we were picked up by our careful driver and whisked off to Agung Bali Nirvana Villas about 3.5 hrs north of the airport in Sambirentang. We were there for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. Amazing location and views and lovely villas ( see separate review) We did a morning trip to the nearby waterfalls which was fun and had lunch at the Spa Village Resort which was a lovely meal although they have a No Kids policy. We also did a few walks into the quiet fishing village. Other than that we lazed around and had a very chill time. Highly recommend these villas as comfortable, well priced accommodation in a very peaceful location with a fab view.
The 4 hr drive to the Tamu Seseh villas (30 min north of Seminyak), where we stayed for 10 nights, was gorgeous with a beautiful view of the volcanoes and volcanic lakes. We bought our package at Tamu Seseh on EBay and at approx AUD 200 a night it was great value (reviewed separately) A bit of a drive into Seminyak, which became a pain especially when the round trip for dinner was approx an hour. In the future we would probably stay here for approx 5 nights then move into Seminyak. Nonetheless a very restful stay in pleasant surroundings with a gorgeous view, great staff.
We had a memorable evening at Sarong – superb restaurant , lunch at Ku de Ta – still a special place, light lunch at La Lucciola – terrific casual beach side groove ; some shopping in Seminyak –personally I find Bali fashion shopping average and quality just OK , however did pick up a few lovely pieces of jewellery. Quickly walked through Kartika Plaza which I thought was a waste of time.
If I could, I would have shipped back a container of furniture as found some great,well priced high end shops. We had a lovely day white water rafting and another strenuous day at the Tree Rope Park – lots of fun and a real test of your core strength (which I failed dismally and watched my lithe 11 yo pass with flying colours). The kids had 2 fun filled days at WaterBom Park which was great as usual.
All of us came down with one ailment or another (a touch of the flu for the adults, a 1 day tummy bug for my daughter and an ear infection for my son- except for the tummy bug all these were caught at home so no fault of Bali ) however as we were staying in villas these hiccups were more than bearable as we simply lounged around in the villas (as opposed to being stuck in a hotel room).
In summary a great holiday, terrific value, restful but still lots of fun.