Guest Traveller Andrea Swain knows Bali very well and, until recently, loved it as a place for getting away without kids and warming up over the winter months. This year’s trip was different – in a good way: Her two children tagged along. Let’s read how this Melbourne-based model and mum made the most of her favourite holiday spot – Bali’s Seminyak and Ubud – with extra company (and baggage)…
It took me a long time to get my head around visiting Bali with kids. Each time I went there without kids for a quick, parents’ retreat, I fell in love with that island, more and more. No trip was ever the same. Not once did I have unpleasant experience.
So, this winter, we decided we’d throw the dice and add two children to the mix and see if the Bali experience was still as wonderful as we knew it to be.
We were headed to Bali for just over a week. Our first stop was Seminyak. The timing was carefully planned: Just before the Australian school holidays kicked off, so as to have the place as calm and quiet as possible.
We stayed at a hidden gem: Puri Madawi, in Seminyak. Less then five minutes walk to the beach through the back gate (remember it closes at 9pm), and you will find yourself right beside the W Hotel. There are many beach restaurants from which to enjoy the Bali beach lifestyle. Entering Puri Madawi from the street, you’ll come across cafes on rice paddies. It’s also an easy 15 minute walk to cafes and shops.
While staying in Seminyak, we couldn’t resist visiting Bali’s famous waterpark: Waterbom, in Kuta. It was about 40 minutes drive from our hotel, and the day was well spent – for all of us. Our kids are 14-years-old and 5-years-old but, oh boy, did we all have a time of our life! There were many rides to try out, comfortable cabanas to relax in, and great food and drinks. Note: BYO alcohol is not allowed at Waterbom.
An absolute must is Seminyak’s new hot spot – Mrs Sippy! We based ourselves at this heavenly place on our last day for about seven hours! We just could not get enough of it! And nor can we wait to go back…
Another great trip was to Ubud, from where we now have fine memories of our stay at the divine Chedi Club. A stay at the Chedi Club will recharge your batteries and satisfy you in every way.
On this trip, we visited Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. Do not bring any food in your bag, or you will not get rid of the monkeys! They can get aggressive. If you wear sunglasses, hats or colourful shoes, they will try to snatch them!
From the Monkey Forest, it was a short walk to the streets full of shops and restaurants. Many restaurants have a pool, which is always a welcoming sight in the heat. Ubud was so much more busier to what I remembered from two years ago. It may have great galleries and art shops, but Seminyak is bit better for clothes and gifts.