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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BALI FOR FAMILIES -

BEST FOR … TOTS

Beach and pool play are plen­ti­ful in Bali, but al­ways be mind­ful of rub­bish on pub­lic beaches and if you’re swim­ming, stick to the calmer shores of Jimbaran Bay, Sanur and Nusa Dua. For some­thing a lit­tle more stim­u­lat­ing, tots can en­joy an ed­u­ca­tional play date at The Gar­dens Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in Canggu, which wel­comes chil­dren from 18 months old for mu­sic and sen­sory classes, when ac­com­pa­nied by a carer. Mean­while, the Bali Sa­fari & Ma­rine Park has more than 100 species to spot with your mini-mes, in­clud­ing lions, hip­pos, ele­phants and Ko­modo dragons. As well as of­fer­ing both night and day sa­faris in a 4x4, the park also has lodge ac­com­mo­da­tion for fam­i­lies to ob­serve the an­i­mals up close overnight.

BEST FOR … YOUNG KIDS

Voted the best water­park in Asia for 2018 by trav­ellers on TripAd­vi­sor, Water­bom Bali has spills and thrills for all types of fam­i­lies. The 3.8ha park caters to most lev­els, from the more mel­low lazy river and kids’ fun park area to adrenaline­filled slides such as the Pipe­line and Twin Racer. En­try is about $150 for a fam­ily of four with kids un­der 11. On a smaller scale, Splash Water­park Bali at Finns Recre­ation Club in Canggu has six dif­fer­ent wa­ter­slides and of­fers Su­per Fun Day passes for a fam­ily of four from about $176. This in­cludes one-hour ac­cess to Bounce Bali tram­po­line park and Strike Ten Pin Bowl­ing, also on-site, plus en­trance to Finn’s Beach Club. Pam­per­ing is a daily rit­ual for most Bali hol­i­day­mak­ers and there are a hand­ful of sa­lons en­cour­ag­ing self care for lit­tle ones, too. Glo Day Spa has sa­lons in Seminyak, Canggu and Sanur and pro­vides hair-braid­ing and nail treat­ments for kids 12 and un­der.

BEST FOR … TEENS

From white­wa­ter raft­ing in Bali’s sa­cred Ayung River to horserid­ing on the black­sand Echo Beach, ac­tive teens will have more than enough to fill their days in Bali. Kuda P Sta­bles out­side of Canggu of­fers peace­ful rice paddy, beach and vil­lage horserides for chil­dren of all lev­els. For sun, surf and sand-lov­ing teens, Rip Curl School of Surf hosts teens for surf­ing and stand-up lessons in both Le­gian and Sanur. They also have lit­tle rip­per pro­grams for kids un­der 13. In Ubud, Bali Quad Dis­cov­ery Tours of­fers four-wheel­ing ad­ven­tures across five types of ter­rain, in­clud­ing jun­gle, rice pad­dies, muddy tracks and vil­lages, and chil­dren can ride as pas­sen­gers. If brain­teasers are more your fam­ily vibe, the new Totem Room Es­cape Bali in Seminyak has six dif­fer­ent chal­lenge rooms with themes like Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble and Jun­gle Book.

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