With the June school holidays fast approaching, why not take the opportunity to plan for a little family holiday to Bali! A short 3-hour flight from Changi Airport will have you landing into Ngurah Rai International Airport, where your kids and you will soon be able to make new family memories.
You can look forward to having affordable massages every morning, do some yoga with the sun setting behind you, or watch your kids play in the pool while you catch up on your favourite K-dramas. Plus, with all the travel deals offered by budget airlines, there’s no better time to start planning for a short getaway to Bali.
To help you pull this vacation together, we’ve put together a guide of the best hotels and villas in Bali. Whether you’re looking for something cheap, or you want to splurge a little, there’s a place for every budget here.
Note: Prices are accurate at press time.
Per night: From $115
For families looking to leave the busy streets of Seminyak without having to forgo the comforts of good cafes and beaches, Canggu is a great place that you can consider.
The Eastin Ashta Resort in Canggu comes family-ready with a beautiful suite that looks out into a sun-drenched garden. Your kids will also love the swimming pool as well as the beach that’s a 4-minute walk away.
Walk up the street to Gypsy Cafe for easy brunch fare, or take a short car ride down to The Loloan for local food with a killer view.
Per night: From $106
Check into a villa at Alindra Villa that’s infused with Balinese-inspired elements. This duplex villa promises to give your family plenty of space to unpack and unwind, whether it’s in the spacious lounge area or on the sunbeds by the pool.
Pamper yourself further with a massage at La Vie Bali – a 7-minute drive can get your there – or head out to Cuca Bali for a delicious tapas meal with your husband and kids.
Per night: From $139
If you’re looking for a swankier place to stay, then La Loft is definitely up your alley. Less of a hotel and more of a homestay, you’ll get access to the entire apartment for the duration of your holiday.
It comes outfitted with modern furniture, a beautiful outdoor patio and a kids room with plenty of toys and books to keep your little ones entertained.
Just down the street from La Loft is Matra Bali Surf Camp, which offers surfing and yoga packages that is guaranteed to make your family holiday more memorable. And don’t worry – they offer lessons for people who are completely new to the sport of surfing.
Per night: From $116
Given that Seminyak is always a hive of activity, it’s rare to find a quiet enclave that you can rest at during the day. That’s why we love Mokko Suite Villas.
Located just behind the main Batu Belig Road, it’s tucked away on a small lane, so you can sleep in without being woken up by traffic noise. The villa also comes with a kitchenette, flat screen TV, a great pool and in-room breakfast.
Head out to the main street for plenty of food options like Strawberry Fields and Hog Wild with Chef Bruno, or take a 7-minute car ride to Batu Belig Beach for a more secluded spot of shoreline.
Per night: From $152
Managed by The Accor Group, The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel offers guests all the modern conveniences that they love, without having to shell out a fortune.
Located right at the heart of all the action in Kuta, each hotel room comes decorated beautifully, with contemporary furnishings for added comfort. Ask for a room with an ocean view, so you can wake up to the tranquil waters that stretch into the horizon. The hotel also offers babysitters upon request, so you can head out for date night with your hubby.
Check into the nearby BHAVA Spa for some TLC, or go on a shopping spree at Beachwalk Shopping Centre.
Per night: From $250
Designed as a modern oasis in the heart of Canggu, be greeted by contemporary art and lush greenery in this LA-inspired villa. Flanked with floor-to-ceiling palm trees, the biggest draw for staying at The Slow is definitely the privacy. It also comes with its own private pool (so you don’t have to jostle for the best sun spot) and a rain shower to help set your mind and body at ease.
Just up the street from the property is The Practice, one of Canggu’s best yoga studios. If you’re looking to sit back and sip on a sweet coconut, hop into a car and head to the nearby Finn’s Beach Club, where your kids and you will be hosted underneath a giant bamboo pavilion by the beach.
Per night: From $270
Villas are great for families, because you can enjoy all the perks of having your own property, without having to worry about other hotel guests. If you want a place that’s not too far-removed from Bali’s famous beaches and restaurants, consider The Grand Daha. It comes with private baths, kitchen and dining rooms and a big swimming pool for your kids to dive into.
You can also head out to Da Maria for some super-delicious late-night pizzas, or take a 10-minute drive to Jari Menari for their signature four-hands Balinese massage.
Plus, here’s a little tip: instead of having to fight with the masses at Potato Head Beach Club for a good spot to watch the sunset, go to Dash Hotel Seminyak‘s rooftop bar instead. It offers you a completely unblocked view of a beautiful Balinese sunset, and reasonably priced drinks.
Per night: From $283
Seiryu is a collection of affordably-priced private pool villas, which means it’s bound to get booked fast. It sits on a quiet street in the Drupadi area, and the villa comes with a 24-hour butler that can help your family with tasks like arranging transport or getting groceries.
The outdoor baths and hot tubs come with essential oils and bath salts, so you can create your own unique spa experience. Plus, you can request for a personal chef to create homemade meals at your convenience, or take a short walk out to Seminyak Beach for a breezy afternoon by the sea.
Around the villas, you can find plenty of great food places. A 10-minute walk takes you to Kilo Bali, where you’re served imaginative fusion dishes that blend the best ingredients and techniques from around the world. And right next door is Zibiru Restaurant, which is one of our personal faves. Dine on a plate of freshly-made pasta while the live jazz band serenades you, or ask to be seated on the rooftop for beautiful sunset dinner.
Per night: From $242
Want to escape the insanity of Kuta and Seminyak? Head to Breezy Point Villas in Nusa Dua instead. Situated on a sloping hill, you’ll be pampered by warm service staff and a killer view of the crystal blue ocean waters. It’s also a short drive to Geger Beach, where you can rent a sunbed for a small fee to relax and unwind.
For dinner with the family, bring them to Paon Doeloe, which is about 15 minutes away from the villa, and tuck into authentic Indonesian dishes. Make a stop at the Batara Dive & Watersport as well, where your kids will have tons of fun snorkelling.
Per night: From $245
What was previously a sleepy tourist spot for retirees in the past, Sanur is now an up-and-coming area that boasts plenty of amenities and eateries for the whole family. To truly enjoy all that Sanur has to offer, book your whole family into the the two-bedroom Villa Totem. Here, you can enjoy the luxury of having your own pool, poolside terrace and an al-fresco lounge to relax in during the evening.
A 15-minute drive gets you to Malaika Secret Moshka, where you can enjoy healthy organic dishes that are also super yummy. You can even sign up for a cooking class to learn how to make these nutritious dishes! And for dinner, Kayu Manis is also a short drive away, where you’ll be treated to amazing western dishes that are affordably priced.
Per night: From $450
Don’t be confused by a similarly-named property on Nusa Ceningan, because the Aqua Nusa Lembongan is located on the bigger Lembongan island. Situated atop a cliff, you’ll be treated to sweeping views of the crashing waves and beautiful sunsets each evening.
Lembongan island is about a 30-minute boat ride from the Bali’s main island, but the journey is well worth the hassle. Because the island is less developed, you’ll enjoy nightly views of the majestic starry sky (we saw shooting stars when we were there). Fortunately, Aqua Nusa comes outfitted with all the modern conveniences one could desire. Air-conditioned bedrooms, indoor and outdoor pools and plush beds await you.
Plus, you can find great food at the nearby Hai Bar & Grill or The Deck – just be sure to make a reservation and ask them to arrange transport to and from the villa.
Per night: From $629
Ask anyone who’s in the know for a 5-star resort in Bali and you’ll be directed towards Alila Seminyak. Each of the resort’s suites is elegantly finished to ensure you’re kept comfortable and relaxed. Book into a terrace, garden or ocean-view suite to enjoy tranquil views, as you lounge in the super-soft bed. You can also sign up for morning yoga lessons, or request for a babysitter should you want a night out with your hubs.
Next to Alila is the famous Potato Head Beach Club, and just a 5-minute drive will take you to Merah Putih, where you can enjoy Indonesian food that’s cooked with a European twist.
Per night: From $380
Need a hotel with a bit more space for your kids? Check into the bvilla+pool, which is located in Seminyak. This two-bedroom property lets you enjoy the peace and privacy of having your own sanctuary, whilst still offering you the best that Seminyak has. Take a long, leisurely bath in the villa’s sunken tubs before you climb into the comfortable bed, or having a cosy dinner with your family at the dining pavilion.
Treat your aching muscles to a wind down at the nearby Ki. Shiatsu + Massage, where you’ll be pampered by experienced therapists. If you’re in the mood for somewhere fancy (without the exorbitant check), go to the nearby Bikini restaurant, where the food is always good and the ambience is always chic.
Per night: From $584
Best loved by couples looking for a quieter spot in Bali to rest, Ubud is now attracting more and more families who want to have a private place that they can relax and make holiday memories together. So if this is your cup of tea, then check out the Ubud Nyuh Bali Resort & Spa.
The biggest draw of this villa is definitely the calm and quiet you can look forward to when you’re staying in Ubud. A complimentary welcome massage starts your holiday on the right foot, and you get to enjoy the resort’s signature floating breakfast. You can also bring the kids for a walk around the rice fields, or sign up for private Balinese cooking classes too.
Per night: From $310
Enjoy your “out of office” time at X2 Bali Breakers Resort, where you can look forward to a contemporarily-furnished suite complete with a terrace and a rain shower. Cool off in your own private plunge pool, or check into the X2 Spa for some well-deserved R&R.
Hop into a car and take a short drive out to Balangan Beach to get your tan going, or go sightseeing at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Then, stop by The Alchemist for some yummy refuelling, before your kids and you head to the New Kuta Green Park, a wet amusement park.