Re­lax­ation is on the menu

Holiday with Kids - - Bali -

Lots of ac­tiv­i­ties, scrump­tious food, im­mer­sive cul­ture and qual­ity time with loved ones – these are the ingredients that make for a per­fect fam­ily hol­i­day. Dur­ing my re­cent visit, I found Club Med Bali em­bod­ies all these things and more… so what are you wait­ing for? Here are 10 rea­sons why it’s time to take that Bali break right now.

There is water fun for ev­ery­one

Water ba­bies are spoiled for choice at this aquatic oa­sis. The re­sort is host to three swim­ming pools and is sit­u­ated right on the Nusa Dua beach­front. The 33-me­tre main pool is fun for the whole fam­ily – from splash­ing about in a blow-up toy to join­ing a water aer­o­bics class – and it’s al­ways a hive of ac­tiv­ity. Par­ents can visit the adults- only Zen Pool while the lit­tle ones are at the kids’ club, and once sep­a­ra­tion anx­i­ety sets in all ages can play in the Splash Pool. Kayaks, stand-up pad­dle­boards and wind­surfers are all avail­able at the beach – as well as shady ca­banas and a beach bar. I as­sumed that with my one wind­surf­ing at­tempt seven years pre­vi­ously I would be a world- class wind­surfer – turns out this was not the case. Luck­ily, the re­sort has daily lessons and water sports in­struc­tors for aquatic ac­tiv­i­ties.

As soon as I ar­rived in Bali, my stress melted away. The com­pli­men­tary air­port trans­fer was fol­lowed by a pool­side piña co­lada – and my feet re­mained up for most of my stay. The re­sort has over nine hectares of man­i­cured gar­dens to stroll through and day beds al­most ev­ery­where. Par­ents should find some time dur­ing their stay to spend some time at the Man­dara Spa to en­joy its re­lax­ation pool, hot tub, sauna and Turk­ish bath… mmm, I’m re­laxed just think­ing about it.

It caters for all taste­buds

Gourmet de­lights can make or break a re­sort – and Club Med Bali sure de­liv­ers. Choose be­tween The Agung’s huge in­ter­na­tional buf­fet, with mouth-wa­ter­ing Asian cui­sine (I in­dulged in dumplings ev­ery day) and yummy Aussie clas­sics for the kids – like the al­ways-pop­u­lar fish fin­gers or bangers and mash. The more for­mal The Deck, Gourmet Lounge of­fers over­sized so­fas and late al fresco break­fasts. It be­came my ‘se­cret spot’ when I was in need of some me time – fol­lowed by the de­li­cious espresso mar­tini at The Kin­ta­mani Bar – which even has a kids’ lad­der so they can or­der their own mock­tail.

There are on-site ac­tiv­i­ties galore

From archery to yoga, guided walks to surf­ing, ten­nis and golf lessons to squash and bas­ket­ball courts, the re­sort has an ar­ray of on-site ac­tiv­i­ties and these are al­ways a great way for the kids to make hol­i­day friends. A high­light for kids is def­i­nitely the fly­ing trapeze. Soar­ing through the air, at­tempt­ing the tricks


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