Brand-new in Bali

There’s even more in­cen­tive to visit the Is­land of the Gods with these bril­liant new of­fer­ings for fam­i­lies.

Holiday with Kids - - Bali -

With its ex­tra­or­di­nary cul­ture, stun­ning beaches, breath­tak­ing moun­tains and a sur­plus of awe­some fam­ily-ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties (all just a six-hour flight from Aus­tralia’s East Coast and less than four hours from Perth), it’s no won­der that Bali is one of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

Now with sub­lime new re­sorts, in­no­va­tive new ac­tiv­i­ties and at­trac­tions, im­proved travel op­tions and some hot new foodie finds, there’s never been a bet­ter time to visit.

Flight frenzy

Qantas is launch­ing daily non-stop flights be­tween Mel­bourne and the Is­land of the Gods from 23 June 2018. The one-flight process will al­low par­ents to stress less when trav­el­ling with chil­dren and si­mul­ta­ne­ously eases the risk of any stop-over mishaps along the way. With the num­ber of Aus­tralians trav­el­ling to Bali soar­ing, Qantas’ low-cost­car­rier unit, Jetstar, has also in­creased its flights to twice-daily be­tween Mel­bourne and Bali in or­der to meet de­mand.

Ho­tel hap­pen­ings

Lo­cated in the Badung area, Mar­riott’s Bali Nusa Dua Gar­dens is a new trop­i­cal re­treat de­signed to re­flect the spirit and nat­u­ral beauty of the In­done­sian par­adise. El­e­gantly ap­pointed one- and two-bed­room apart­ments with sep­a­rate liv­ing and din­ing space, and a kitch­enette for those want­ing to self-cater, are ideal for fam­i­lies. There’s no short­age of things to do, ei­ther, with a kids’ pool, re­fresh­ing la­goon pool with lazy river and – for the days when the lit­tle ones are liv­ing it up in the kids’ club – a pool bar and beach club for par­ents to kick back and cel­e­brate their hol­i­days in adults-only style.

In ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing in-room Baby Wel­come ameni­ties in­clud­ing cots, baby baths and bot­tle warm­ers, guests of Club Med Bali now have ac­cess to Bu­ga­boo’s chic prams, mak­ing the re­sort a per­fect fit for fash­ion­istas in the mak­ing.

With a stun­ning view of the soft vol­canic sand and rock­ing waves, the lux­u­ri­ous COMO Uma Canggu is the new­est ad­di­tion to the COMO Ho­tels & Re­sorts sta­ble. With en­vi­able views, the re­sort is de­signed with a fo­cus on ac­tive liv­ing and good times with fam­ily and friends. Ac­tiv­i­ties are fo­cused around the beach and sea, and cul­ture around Canggu’s vil­lage life with its Hindu shrines, shops and lo­cal warungs. The re­sort’s lux­ury surf­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, in part­ner­ship with Trop­ic­surf, will ap­peal to novices and ex­perts alike. Off the wa­ter, en­joy guided tem­ple vis­its by the sea, jun­gle trekking, ca­noe­ing ex­pe­di­tions and tra­di­tional vil­lage walks. While there’s no kids’ club, babysit­ting ser­vices are avail­able so par­ents can take full ad­van­tage of the ho­tel’s more adult-friendly fa­cil­i­ties.

The Möven­pick Re­sort & Spa Jim­baran Bali has cre­ated a new pro­gram called Is­land

of the Gods, de­signed to take the pres­sure off par­ents. Of­fer­ing a range of com­pli­men­tary ser­vices and ex­tras, par­ents will feel at ease with the knowl­edge that this is a hol­i­day for them­selves as well as their chil­dren. With pri­vate check-in ar­eas for young trav­ellers, wel­come toys, an­i­mal-shaped tow­els and a ‘choco­late happy hour’, plus ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cook­ing and fam­ily yoga, there’s some­thing to en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get in the hol­i­day spirit.

An­other Mar­riott prop­erty, Re­nais­sance Bali Uluwatu Re­sort & Spa, is one of the new­est ad­di­tions to the Bukit area. R Bar, the ho­tel’s lobby bar, is the best place to take full ad­van­tage of the ocean panora­mas and main ho­tel pool, with lo­cal mu­si­cians to get you in the hol­i­day mood. Each of the 207 rooms and suites is a haven with a large bath­room (com­plete with free­stand­ing tubs and rain show­ers) and an espresso ma­chine. Cre­ate pot­tery art with a side of break­fast at Clay Craft or share an In­done­sian feast at Dou­ble Ikat restau­rant. Fam­ily-friendly fea­tures in­clude three pools (an in­fin­ity pool, a salt­wa­ter pool and a sep­a­rate kids’ pool), a kids’ play area, Deluxe Fam­ily Rooms with two bed­rooms and early-ar­rival and late-de­par­ture lounges (mak­ing travel times one less thing to worry about).

We’re also ex­cited about the ar­rival of In­done­sia’s own Aryaduta Ho­tel Group in South Kuta. Aryuaduta Bali made a splash at its open­ing on 29 March 2018, opt­ing for a ‘big­ger is bet­ter’ men­tal­ity with 178 spa­cious rooms; rang­ing from 40 to 70 square me­tres, they’re among the largest in Kuta. Wa­ter ba­bies will be right at home in the kids’ area of Reef Top swim­ming pool, over­look­ing Se­gara Beach, or check out nearby Water­bom Bali for more aquatic thrills.

Pam­pered in par­adise

The days of spa-dream­ing are over with Canggu’s lat­est pam­per place, Spring Spa. The lat­est is­land branch (the third in Bali) is mak­ing waves with its chic in­te­ri­ors and vast se­lec­tion of treat­ments on of­fer. Along with ser­vices such as hair, nails, fa­cials, mas­sages and makeup, Spring Spa also caters for lit­tle ones with ser­vices that in­clude a kids’ foot bath, hair braid­ing and shoul­der mas­sage.

Or why not stay in and have the pam­per­ing come to you with Bali’s awe­some new Go­jek app? It’s a home-de­liv­ery ser­vice for any­thing from food to hair­dressers and highly skilled mas­sage ther­a­pists.

Food for thought

Foodie fam­i­lies will love Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali at Sayan’s new cus­tom-de­signed river­side cook­ing school-cum-din­ner venue, Sokasi. Daily lessons in lo­cal cui­sine have been de­signed to con­nect guests with Bali’s cul­tural and spir­i­tual heart. A Chef’s Ta­ble ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers a fam­ily-style din­ner

fea­tur­ing Ubud’s fa­mous babi gul­ing suck­ling pig and be­bek be­tutu slow-roasted duck. Sokasi also of­fers com­pli­men­tary daily classes for chil­dren as part of the re­sort’s in­cred­i­ble kids’ club pro­gram.

The Westin Nusa Dua, Bali has launched its lat­est culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence, Brunch Ad­ven­tura by Prego. The Ital­ian-style brunch is de­signed for fam­ily-friendly fun and runs from 11.30am to 3pm every Sun­day. With colour­ful en­ter­tain­ment and a wide­spread buf­fet, it is a great spot for the whole fam­ily to spend qual­ity time to­gether. To make it even more ap­peal­ing, kids eat free with pay­ing adults and there are games and ac­tiv­i­ties on the lawn for lit­tle din­ers.

A live band, all-white dress code and al fresco din­ing are just some of the high­light’s of Sof­i­tel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Re­sort’s Sun­day Brunch ex­pe­ri­ence. There’s cui­sine to cater to all tastes, from French and Ital­ian to fresh seafood.

Bali’s new­est culi­nary hotspot, AYA Street, has just opened in Seminyak. Chef Marco Cueva’s haven of Peru­vian gas­tron­omy (with a Ja­panese twist) will have even the fussi­est taste­buds tin­gling. With wall art by Banksy and Space In­vader, dishes that are uniquely styled and pre­sented, and quirky bath­room mir­rors, artis­tic flair is built into every nook and cranny of this buzzing venue.

Bali Re­port Card

Info bali.com Get­ting there There are reg­u­lar flights from all Aus­tralian cap­i­tal cities to Denspasar, In­done­sia. qantas.com jetstar.com Stay mar­riott.com.au clubmed.com.au co­mo­ho­tels.com moven­pick.com foursea­sons.com west­in­nu­sadu­a­bali.com sof­i­tel.com Do springspa.com go-jek.com ayas­treet.com

01 Sokasi Cook­ing School 02 Nyepi Cel­e­bra­tions in Bali 03 COMO Uma Canggu 04 Gar­den­ing class at Sof­i­tel Nusa Dua 05 & 06 Moven­pick Re­sort and Spa, Bali 07 Cook­ing class © Sof­i­tel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Re­sort 08 Re­nais­sance Bali Uluwatu Re­sort & Spa © Isaac Maisel­man/mar­riott06

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