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Finding the right activities to entertain the little ones during the school holidays is no walk in the park. Fortunately, with these clubs, you can leave it to the experts. Eve Tedja shares what five of Bali’s best hotels offer to channel your child’s energy.
Picture this; you are in Bali with your children to enjoy the best the island has to offer. With an average attention span of 15 minutes, you need a gamut of activities to keep them engaged. Adrenaline-charged lads want a trip to Waterbom Bali, followed by surfing in Kuta, and finally, a jungle trek. You might also have other things on your itinerary, from savouring the best Indonesian cuisine on the island to getting the perfect all-over tan. What then is a time-strapped family with diverse interests to do?
Slam the brakes and hunker down at one of the many fantastic resorts available in Bali, especially the ones with kids clubs. These clubs often offer all the activities families will need to complete their Balinese holiday experience: private beaches where the
water is prime for kayaking, surfing, stand up paddling and more; exclusive play zones with 12-metre waterslides and climbing walls; and traditional dance, art and music workshops.
Beyond delectable offerings from resorts’ restaurants and beach clubs, where guests can savour authentic Indonesian flavours and classic favourites, cooking classes are a surefire way to bond with your child. There’s no better way to get kids invested in food than to let them have fun preparing their own five-star meals.
Here are five interesting kids clubs in Bali that tick all the boxes when it comes to a self-contained resort getaway.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
It’s not just the calm waters and white sandy beach that make Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay ideal for family holidays, guests can make the most out of the complimentary water activities at the resort’s private beach, Coconut Grove, be it kayaking, windsurfing or a hobie cat expedition. Family Surf & SUP is where guests can give surfing and stand-up paddleboarding a try. While parents rest and relax, their children get busy at Jimba Club. The kids club is open to those aged two to 11 years and offers activities like crab hunting and Balinese dance with the local kids dance troupe.
For a memorable culinary experience, join the Family Cooking Class (Rp3,600,000 for 2 adults and 2 kids) at Jala Cooking Academy. Led by head chef Kristya Yudha, parents and children are taken on a morning tour to the nearby Jimbaran Fish Market, where Yudha will dispense tips on how to select fresh seafood. The recipes that will be taught change regularly and are rotated according to six regional culinary styles: Balinese, Sumatran, Javanese, Sulawesi, home-style Balinese and Nusa Tenggara. Younger kids will get a chance to mix sauces, prepare glutinous rice balls and roll traditional pancakes (kueh dadar), while older ones take on more intensive duties, such as assembling sate lilit. Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Bali. Tel: +62 361 701010
Bali Dynasty Resort
Catering to both children and adolescents, Kupu-kupu Kiddies’ Club is divided into two sections for different age groups. Children from the age of four to 12 years old are welcomed to the Enchanted Garden themed facility on the ground floor, while The Den Teens Club upstairs is open to those between 10 and 16 years old who wish to play X-box, watch movies, and have a table tennis match.
Adjacent to the kids club, a colourful Kids Water Fun Zone enhances the experience with its giant tipping bucket, mini waterslides, water curtain and bubbler jets. The perks of staying at this family-friendly resort? The kids club facility is free for staying guests.
From a watermelon eating contest to kids yoga, there are different daily activities taking place from 9am to 5pm for the little ones to burn off their energy. It is also a wonderful way for the kids to make new friends. One of the crowd-pleasing activities is the Kids Pizza Making Lunch at SEN5ES. Every Wednesday lunchtime, kids will attempt to make their own pizzas under supervision of staff and a chef while garbed in aprons and toques.
Available at the resort’s F&B outlets are dedicated kids menus. The wittily named dishes are created to suit the sensibilities of the kids. Try Jack’s Chicken on the Bone, a honey roasted chicken drumstick served with rice; Batman & Robin, a grilled cheeseburger; or Vegemite Soldiers, toast with vegemite spread. Jalan Kartika, Tuban, South Kuta, Bali. Tel: +62 361 752402
Grand Hyatt Bali
The Kids Club is located on the sprawling ground of the beachfront five-star resort in Nusa Dua. Housed in an all-white pavilion with a sheltered patio, it provides an extensive range of programmes for kids three to 12 years of age. Whether it’s hourly, half-day and full day experiences, children will be chaperoned by experienced staff.
The Kids Club offers different cooking classes to cater for different interests. Mondays and Saturdays are reserved for My Happy Pizza where junior guests are encouraged to create their own version of pizza with various toppings. As the name suggests, Cookie Monster Tuesday is all about decorating cookies, while Wednesday sees the kids making their own tropical fruit Rainbow Kebab. Thursday allows them an opportunity to create their own fruit and vegetables blend through Smooth(ie) Operator. Friday is dedicated to Cupcake Party; sprinkles, frosting, laughter and messy good fun are part of the package. Chocolate molding and decorating take place every Sunday.
While mum and dad can steal some precious time together to enjoy the resort’s five swimming pools, spa and gourmet offerings, the children are invited to try the special Kids Menu at Grand Hyatt Bali – which is included in the half-day (Rp315,000) and full day (Rp495,000) Kids Club programme. They can build their own sandwich using different tasty, nutritious fillings and breads, or savour Grilled Seabass and tuck into desserts like White & Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake. Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Bali. Tel: +62 361 771234
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Fun day under the sun at Sundara
Cooking class at Jala Cooking Academy
Pizza making class at SEN5ES, at Bali Dynasty Resort
Splashing good fun at the resort’s own Kids Water Fun Zone
Cheerful colours draw the little ones to The Kids Club.
My Happy Pizza bi-weekly classes