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Help with family holiday planning.

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Help with family holiday planning.

Hi there,

I have been reading through this forum and would love some help in planning our 2 week holiday in May.

We have 2 children aged 2 and 4

We would like to move a couple of times probably staying in 3 different areas, so can anyone suggest where to go? We do no want to stay in the heart of Kuta we would prefer smaller places that are great for exploring (as much as we can with 2 young ones).

Nusa Dua, Sanur, Legian they all look lovely to me.

Things we would be interested in are Massage, good food (but on a budget although a couple of nice nights out with good seafood would be great), facials and manicures, animal type activities for the kids... any recommendations on places that are animal friendly(with reference to the treatment of the animals) would be great. We visited Phuket last year and got some great advice of the forums to avoid the bad places. We would also like to visit some lovely cultural places. MY husband would alos love to go fishing.

Where ever we stay has to have a goo pool though, as we tend to spend alot of time in it with the kids!

I would alos prefer spacious rooms as our youngest still sleeps during the day so it would be horrible being couped up in a tiny room trying to get her to sleep.

I have looked at Lovina, is it worth while travelling there to stay for a few days??

Also can someone advise on the costs for babysitting and the most reputable resorts for this??

Budget wise we would sit fairly low i guess max $A120 a night?? Can this be done??

Gosh i think i have covered everything. Thnak you to all in advance for looking through this. I plan to do everything myself as I am not a fan of travel agents.

I am planning to travel virgin blue out of Brisbane because they r the only ones from brissy who fly directly. I am not wrapt in the idea as i hate the cramped seats on virgin but i do not want stopovers with the kids, lets get the pain all out of the way at once!!

Thanks again


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1. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

If your husband goes out fishing with a local fisherman it can be cheap. If however he goes out on a charter it can become quite expensive. I am yet to see tourists have much success when fishing in Bali.

The reefs here have been raped for years. Just wander down to the beach on a Sunday and you will see the locals lined up shoulder to shoulder in the water, taking anything that they can.

You will get good cheap massages in many places. Seafood does not have to be an expensive meal. A lot of the fish, prawns and crabs are actually farmed locally.

I am not sure on your budget, if you mean $120 a night for accommodation you will do it easy. If the $120 also includes your daily living expenses you may struggle a bit.

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2. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

A recent thread that could help is


Also check out the Melka's site at


It's very quiet but a nice trip away for a few days. Even their high end rooms are cheap compared to most other places, and the rooms are huge. There's also some good things explore over that side of the island too.

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your children will love the melka hotel in Lovina , it has animals and dolphins and is a very quiet hotel ( well it was when we were there) the restaurant's food is great & a good price , leaving you to relax by the pool and not have to venture far for lunch or dinner.

I highly recommend it , you will get to see a lot of countryside by going to lovina and can even include stopping for sightseeing along the way .

I would also recommend a stay at Ubud , you can do lots of day trips from here to see the culteral & nature part of Bali. The tegal sari is a good cheap hotel , that has transfers for free to and from town . It has rice paddies as a back drop and is very peaceful.

Sanur is a more layed back ( but still busy ) part of bali , legian is a lot busier , so for your 3rd choice i would toss up between these 2 . shopping is a lot better and less hassled in legian , a lot more choices for shopping and you have waterbom park at kuts only a short drive away ....... If you choose to do Lovina and Ubud , both quiet places , then I would tend to lean towards staying at legian for the 3rd place and maybe do a daytrip over to sanur for a look and some shopping and a walk along the beach and markets .

A lot of people are recommending the kumala pantai lately , good family hotel .

If you want babysitting to go out for dinner ...dont worry , as soon as the staff see kids in most restaurants ...they take the kids off your hands and play with them for hours !

You can usually get any staff member of any hotel to babysit , but i would recommend having a good chat with them to get your own feelings about the person first .

Here is a list of things to do that I have put together ...while you wont get to see it all , it will give you some idea of what you would like to see .

01-horseriding on the beach


02-waterboom park


03- kintamani volcanoes


04-quad bikes and buggies

http://www.balibuggy.com/index.html or http://www.baliquad.com/

05-sling shot in the heart of kuta






08-fly fish


09-turtle island


10-bannana boat


11-glass bottom boat. ( 6-11 all at Tanjung Benoa)


12-white water rafting ( easy -ubud )


13-elephant rides (ubud )


14-elephant park


15-bird park




17-Bali Reptile park


18-Bali Butterfly park








22 -cooking classes in Ubud


23-camel riding






25- helicopter tours




27-rock climbing






30-jeep safari




32-water ski


33-Batur Lake


34-bungy jumping


35-hot air balloon ride .


36-dinner cruise


37-water garden


38-monkey forest


39-water park in the middle of the ocean ,.


40-the sea walker , where you can walk on the bottom of the sea with a big helmet on ,


or you can go down in a submarine.

41-ulu watu


42-swimming with the dolphins


43-jimboran bay for a sunset seafood dinner




45-Bali Tree Top Adventure Park


46- the waka experience


47- bali safari and marine park


Tanah Lot temple good for sunset (usually with visit to monkey forest at alas kedaton and Taman Ayun Temple at Mengwi)


Ubud, is centre of Balinese art, paintings, you can visit monkey forest too there, this one I most like, the forest is beautiful.


Bedugul, good view, on the mountains, Ulun Danu temple in the lake of Bratan, fruit market http://tinyurl.com/ahsow9

-If you visit Kintamani area, you may visit en route Tampak Siring, Goa Gajah, Batuan temple, Batur volcano and lake, silversmith at celuk, batik at tohpati, wood carving at mas, where you can buy souvenirs and arts.


-Besakih mother of temples in Bali,


-Yoga in Ubud


-Batik classes


-Balinese dance classes


-paintball 62 361 770300




-nightlife (Kuta, Seminyak-double six) all over !


Istana Tampak Siring, Ubud This legendary pond inside the inner courtyard at Tirta Empul temple is said to have magical healing powers.


Hope this helps



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4. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

Hey Batt,

Im impressed with all the info you have given Melinda, as we are going to Bali in may, I will check out these sites for our day trips.

Thanks heaps


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5. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

Nusa Dua is not as cheap as the other areas but look at Tanjung Benoa as thats next door and cheaper.I believe the Aston rooms are quite spacious.

Lovina is very quiet so if you do go there I would suggest maybe just 2 ights.Rambutan cottages is not that big but have nice grounds and 2 pools with a range of acommodation. Spa in that street too.It takes 3 hours to drive to from Kuta area.

Or Ubud is central for many things like the Zoo, bird park, elephant park, monkey forest, palace dancing. Markets. Zen spa is very nice.

Tuban offers waterbom park and a nice hotel opposite that is Bali garden hotel with newly renovated grounds and pools.

Spa's and salons are all over Bali really and massages can be had for as little as 40 000rp ($5)

A cheaper seafood place is Ullawatu cafe JL Toya Ning No. 4B


Tel: (0361) 708782

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6. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

No probs ... good luck , it is hard choosing what to see and do !! LOL



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7. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

Hi Melinda

We have travelled a bit with our kids when a similar age so hopefully this will help.

We stayed in Sanur in April but wouldnt recommend it - its quite a bit more expensive to eat & shop there vs Legian or Kuta and mostly Europeans who tend to stick to themselves more than us social Aussies !

I would recommend staying in Legian as it is quieter than Kuta but you still have everything you need for shopping & eating. We have stayed at Puri Raja which is lovely ( you would need 2 rooms ). Someone else has suggested Kumala Pantai whih has also been recommended to us by friends and you can get a family room which has 2 bedrooms joined by a living area - great with young kids. You might also look at the Jayakarta as they have 1 & 2 bed apartments. All of these are well located in central Legian.

Ubud is lovely - very quiet and sensational restaurants although they are a bit more expensive than elsewhere but its worth it ! We stay at Bali Spirit which we love but there are a lot of stairs - Tegal Sari also supposed to be very good.

As far as activities go Waterbom park is great they have good slides for little kids ( as well as big ones eg Dad ? ) allow a whole day and get a cabana - they are cheap & a good "base camp" for the day - kids can have a sleep in there as well.

Dont miss Bali Safari Park - our kids are animal mad & they loved it - they have an elephant show ( & feeding ), safari bus tour, cuddle a baby orangutang and pat a baby lion, photos with parots & macaws, small water park and probably more by now as it is a work in progress - again allow a whole day if you can.

Your kids are to young for white water rafting but the elephant park is great, there is a show & you can have a ride - safe for the kids - allow about half a day - check show times before you go.

Hope this helps - good luck with your planning and have a great trip.

Cheers Roz

PS - very varying reports on the Melka on this site re treatment of animals so have a good look at it if you are thinking of staying there.

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8. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

There is always controversy and conflicting reports on any place that houses animals ..... this is even going on with the safari park .

Everyone comes on with their own opinion , unfortunatly , sometimes these are facts , but sometimes they are fiction , without any real proof of aligations that are being thrown left right and center . ( not only about the melka , but any zoo , anywhere , not just bali )

I dont think this will ever stop , unfortunatly !

I think if people want to go , they will go and they will come to their own conclusions .... No use getting into forum debates over it .



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9. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

We love the Melka altho it's always with unfortunate trepidation that we mention it here given the controversy that all to often follows. Eloquently put Batt.

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10. Re: Help with family holiday planning.

sanur is a very good place to stay with young children. the beach is calm and a lot safer than kuta beaches for children. it does have lots of cheap restaurants and hotels. the beach front restaurants are very good and i have had some lovely seafood (very cheap). it is much quieter and less traffic. a lot of locals fish here in the afternoon. ubud is worth visiting and staying a few nights for sure . if you want to be near kuta then legian to the north or tuban to the south would be more suitable for you. the febris hotel in tuban has huge family rooms, big pool and a fantastic smorgasboard brekkie that keeps you full for hours. the dynasty hotel is also a good choice for families. kids clubs take children from 3 (sometimes 4 yrs). you can still use the clubs with younger children if you stay with them. nusa dua looks nice but hotels are more expensive and there is not a lot to walk to. would not recommend here also does not suit your budget. it is really not the 'true bali' you could be holidaying anywhere.