Lots of hotels in Nusa Dua’s “resort zone” appeal to families with beachfront locations, pools, and game rooms. There are some resorts, though, that blow the others out of the water with their super-special kid-friendly features, like beachside camel rides, tree houses, trapeze lessons, Balinese dance classes, river pools, dinner theater — even a spa for kids. Take a look at our expert picks for the best kid-friendly hotels in Nusa Dua, Bali, and start planning your getaway!
Situated right on the sea, The St. Regis Bali Resort, an exclusive Balinese luxury resort, has an expansive stretch of private beach with clean, soft sand and smooth, calm waters shallow enough for children to splash around in. The water-sports center can arrange snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, kite surfing, parasailing, fishing, and Jet Skiing, on-site or nearby.There's also a kids' pool and children's learning center that features Balinese art, music, dance, literature, and cuisine.
The Hilton Bali Resort stands out among island resorts for its attention to families with kids. Family Rooms come with bunk beds, toys and video games, and children's movies and books. Water sports and camel rides are available (for a fee) on the resort's private beach. The pool complex features four interconnected pools with a huge lagoon section and a kids' pool with a waterslide. The indoor/outdoor kids' club includes a jungle-style playground, tree houses, a trampoline, a rock-climbing wall, and a game room with video games.
It's the multitude of activities -- for all ages -- that attract visitors to this beachside resort. Along with multiple pools and sports courts (badminton, soccer, beach volleyball, and tennis), there are golf classes and water sports, even trapeze lessons. There's a Baby Club with lots of toys for children under two -- parents can can simply drop their little ones off. Two- and three-year-olds can hang out at the Petit Club Med, which offers arts and crafts, dress-up games, and lunch. The Mini Club Med (included in rates) is for kids between four and 10 years old, and offers arts and crafts and sports activities. Pre-teens and teens up to age 18 can hang out at the Juniors Club Med (also included in rates), with a range of organized activities, but it's open only during school vacations.
The clifftop Karma Kandara offers 54 large multi-room villas, each set in a private garden with an infinity pool. All units feature flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and full kitchens (complete with stocked fridges, stovetops, microwaves, ovens, toasters, electric kettles, and dishwashers). The kids’ club is open to kids between two and 11 years old, and offers a wide array of activities, including arts and crafts, swimming, and family-friendly excursions. A fun funicular takes guests from the top of the cliff to the hotel’s lovely beach below.
The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxury family-friendly property located right on a quiet sandy beach in the Nusa Dua Peninsula, an area home to many other high-end resorts. Its 382 rooms are spacious, sunny and upscale, with plenty of traditional Balinese touches such as delicate wood carvings and flower designs, and furnished terraces, some with direct access to the lagoon pool. On-site perks include two large pools, a kids’ club, playground, game room, and free daily activities like including scuba diving and dance lessons. Family-friendly excursions are also available.
Right on the beach in central Nusa Dua, this 287-room luxury resort centers around an enormous network of seven lagoon swimming pools, including a shallow children's pool, which wind their way through the tropical gardens. The Laguna also has outdoor tennis and bocci courts, table tennis, billiards, and a white-sand beach with lounge chairs and bale bengong (cabanas). A water activities desk at the resort helps guests arrange water sports, dolphin tours, and fishing. Children's activities include Balinese music lessons and sarong making.
This lavish, 636-room beachfront resort is across the street from the Bali Collection shops. It has five outdoor pools, including a beachfront lagoon pool and river pool, as well as a white-sand beach with water sports, beach soccer, and volleyball. The kids' club offers Balinese art and crafts, cooking and music lessons, dancing, and Indonesian language classes (for a fee).
The Novotel Nusa Dua Hotel & Residences is a contemporary upper-middle-range, mid-size family-friendly resort with a beautiful bi-level pool and poolside bar, activities for kids, and two on-site restaurants. The 175 rooms are generic and lack the traditional decor found in many other area hotels, but are modern with mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, and balconies. The hotel offers a kids' club and spa (with mini-beds and services), children's pool, playground, and babysitting, and its private beach is a five-minute walk away.
Located at the top of a cliff five minutes from central Nusa Dua, the ultra-luxurious Samabe Bali has 81 suites and villas -- all housed in thatched structures with indoor-outdoor designsh. The Samabe has its own private beach, a lovely, quiet stretch of powdery sand dotted with padded loungers and umbrellas, where food service and free non-motorized sports are available. There's also a kids’ club with daily indoor and outdoor activities.
The 127-room Sol Beach House Benoa Bali is an upscale all-inclusive situated on a beautiful sandy beach in the Tanjung Benoa area. Large rooms have contemporary decor with a few traditional Balinese details, as well as private balconies, spacious bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi (Family Suites are bi-level units with ocean views and jetted tubs). The outdoor areas are particularly appealing, and include a freeform pool with a kiddy section (part of the kids' club, which also includes a game room), several dining options, and manicured lawns with hammocks and beanbags.
There's a distinct family-friendly vibe at this contemporary resort, located in central Nusa Dua's tourist area. Though the 246 rooms feel cookie-cutter modern, the grounds are quite lovely, with a huge lagoon swimming pool. There's also kids' pool and club, featuring sandcastle-building, storytelling, movies, Balinese dress-up, and arts and crafts. The Courtyard is not right on the beach, but its beach club is accessible via a free shuttle.
Designed to resemble a traditional Balinese temple, the 541-room beachside Ayodya Resort Bali has large lake-like fountains featuring water-spouting dragon statues, pagoda-style structures with orange roofs, and exposed wooden beam ceilings in common areas. On-site features include lagoon-style and infinity pools, a shopping arcade, the Balinese Theater, and a kids' club that offers inside activities, a big outdoor playground, and babysitting.
Many daily activities, a kids’ club, shallow beach, free buffet breakfast, and spacious rooms make the Bali Tropic a convenient pick for families. All 150 rooms have furnished terraces, large bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. The property has three restaurants, including one by the beach open 24/7. The large pool features a kiddy section, and the sandy beach offers a wide array of water sports (there's a fee for motorized ones).
The Westin Nusa Dua Resort is an upscale seafront resort in central Nusa Dua, across the street from the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. While not quite as luxurious as some of its neighbors, the Westin has enough style and features -- plus direct access to the beach -- to make it a popular choice. The 433 spacious rooms have sharp modern decor, flat-screen TVs, and balconies with views of the ocean, gardens, or pool. Features include a saltwater pool surrounded by tropical gardens, tennis courts, a full-service spa with shiatsu room, a kids' club and Teens Zone, and several restaurants and bars. About 10 minutes away, the Ayodya Resort Bali has similar features and free breakfast, though its ambience and decor are not as nice as The Westin's.