Ad­ven­ture and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties abound

Holiday with Kids - - Bali -

that trained per­form­ers do with ease is an ex­hil­a­rat­ing feel­ing, and it was great see­ing how quickly kids as young as four picked it up. You could eas­ily spend your en­tire trip at the re­sort, but if your fam­ily is crav­ing some ad­ven­ture or cul­ture there are day ex­cur­sions galore to choose from, from the adrenalinepump­ing to the cul­tural. Dur­ing our stay, we had an amaz­ing day out white­wa­ter raft­ing down the Ayung River. The one-hour drive from the re­sort was half the fun – pass­ing rice paddy fields, im­pres­sive stone carv­ings and Ba­li­nese peo­ple go­ing about their day. Once on the water, our guides made it both a play­ful and safe ex­pe­ri­ence, the kids on board gig­gling as they taught us how to splash the rafts pass­ing by. Other fun day out op­tions in­clude a jun­gle dis­cov­ery with ele­phants, an In­done­sian folk dance show or a visit to the pic­turesque tem­ple of Tanah Lot.

It’s all about lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion

The re­sort is sit­u­ated on a calm beach­front in Nusa Dua, lo­cated in south­ern Bali 30 kilo­me­tres from Den­pasar and 12 kilo­me­tres from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Kuta. This penin­sula is a sanc­tu­ary for fam­i­lies look­ing to take it easy and with­out a doubt one of the most tran­quil places on the is­land.

There are kids’ clubs for all cubs

Need time for par­ents to un­wind? No prob­lem. With four dif­fer­ent kids’ clubs at the re­sort, all ages will be kept busy and smil­ing, from Baby Club Med (four to 23 months) and Petit Club Med (two to three years) to Mini Club Med (four to 10 years) and Ju­niors’ Club Med (11 to 17 years). A busy event sched­ule is posted daily with ac­tiv­i­ties all around the re­sort. And when the kids fi­nally ex­haust them­selves from all the fun, there are nap rooms at the club for a lit­tle lay down. Nan­nies are also avail­able for more flex­i­ble babysit­ting times.

A room that suits your fam­ily’s needs is guar­an­teed

With over 393 rooms and three ac­com­mo­da­tion types to choose from – Club, Deluxe and Suite – all travel styles are catered for here. All de­signed in tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese-style ar­chi­tec­ture us­ing wood and nat­u­ral colours, my room was not only beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated, but spa­cious and mod­ern. In­ter­con­nect­ing rooms pro­vide kids with their own area and a re­lax­ing space for par­ents.

The friendly staff

The Ba­li­nese are known for their hos­pi­tal­ity and the staff at Club Med Bali are as warm and wel­com­ing as they come. Dur­ing my morn­ing run around the re­sort the staff would all be smil­ing and cho­rus­ing, “Hello Miss Lisa.” The ac­tiv­ity Gen­tle Or­gan­is­ers (GOs) in par­tic­u­lar are a spe­cial kind of ex­tro­vert, com­ing from all around the world to work here – my Ba­li­nese wind­surf­ing in­struc­tor, for in­stance, gave a les­son to our group in English, Ja­panese and Man­darin!

You are in Bali!

The re­sort is a great place to base your­self while you check out the art mar­kets and bus­tle of Kuta, the glam­our of Seminyak, the bo­hemian streets of Ubud, the surf­ing in Canggu and stun­ning sun­set seafood din­ing at Jim­baran Bay. Bali is on your doorstep so be sure to ex­plore.

Jet­star flies to Den­pasar from Bris­bane, Syd­ney, Mel­bourne, Dar­win, Ade­laide and Perth. www.jet­

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