Jump to content
Bali Travellers thread #8
115 replies to this topic
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:41 PM
Planning to take DH, DS 10 and DD 6 in September this year...staying for about 12 days.
Will be following these threads with great interest.
I see there are flight on special at the moment - but you have to travel before or around July.
Im tossing up between letting a travel agent do it all, or do it myself - any tips?
Probably stay around Legian...have stayed there once before with a girlfriend...not sure about villas or hotels, we wont be needing kids club...
Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:26 PM
I'd do it yourself, heaps cheaper, easy to book online flights and hotels. Legian has heaps of nice accommodation and IMO it's the best location, you get the best of all worlds.
I always start here: http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels-g6084...ali-Hotels.html
when looking at accomodation, i usually start at the top and then have a seperate window open where i look at the hotels website and go through about 10 or so, crossing out one's that don't appeal usually i end up with a short list of 4ish then it's all about narrowing it down
Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:12 PM
count down is on for March. YAY can't wait. We got married over there last year so plan is to go back every year for our anniversary. Met a family there from adelaide last year who we have kept in touch with, meeting them again this year. We stay at the same hotel.
Ramada Bintang from the 11th March to the 22nd.
We will be there for Nyepi this year.
Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:39 AM
We've booked flights to Bali for my husband and I in April. Now the hard part, choosing accommodation. I'm looking for some recommendations. I like the look of Kuta Paradiso but a friend of mine thinks it looks run down. Has anyone stayed there recently? We would prefer to stay in South Kuta, within walking distance to Waterbom, Discovery Mall etc. We'd like somewhere that does a decent buffet breakfast too. We tend to fill up at breakfast and it get's us through the day. Any recommendations?
Posted 20 January 2013 - 05:48 PM
My friend swears by Kumala Pantai, right on the beach front in Legian and about $100 a night I think? (I know of a great place just behind there that makes made to measure sandals for $25 and will copy any shoes you like!)
Posted 20 January 2013 - 06:01 PM
Upstyledown don't bother with the kuta Paradiso.
It looks flashy in the foyer but rooms are run down and pool is old.
Enjoy your trip
Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:00 AM
Can anyone give advise for Bali travel with a family of 5.
We are looking at Kuta and have found a place called Bali Dynasty which looks lovely and can accomadate a family of 5 but has anyone stayed there and is it as good as it sounds? I know pictures can be taken to make it look nice, this will be my first trip overseas so I am excited but also want it to be as awesome as I imagine.
Also can anyone suggest some fun family activities either they have done or know of? I have a 14 yo DD, 9 yo DD and by the time we travel a 6yo DS
Thanks heaps Caz
Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:07 PM
I have stayed at the Bali dynasty before, long way of from the beach, i would say the hotel is around 3 star, they have a pub which is relatively quiet except on theme nights, forgot the name of ti though.
Room wise is very normal, nothing luxurious and the aircon can be quite cold, used to go to Bali for work and the company would send me to stay there as it was cheapest and nearer the airport but further from kuta beach.
If you really want to find the best hotels, consider using travel websites like wego.com.au to look for accommodation to suit your needs. Also, look online for reviews , as in real reviews by people, can go visit travel blogs to see what the others recommend.
Also, in Bali, there are many areas to stay,
kuta beach (main), hard rock cafe is there
seminyak - higher upscale restaurants, party, night life
ubud - further and ideal for those seeking a retreat, think zen and yoga, ommm
sanur - somewhat like ubud but a tad livelier. just a tad
Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:24 PM
Bali Dynasty is nice, I have stayed there, but it is expensive as well. Its really not central to everything, and I think with small children that is important. One good thing is it does have a kids club if that interests you, not many other places do. Consider the Bali Garden Beach Resort. Its right on the beach and across the road from waterbom etc. Another option is the Kuta Townhouses. Friends of ours stay there a few times a year and we will be staying there in March.
Miss K - we will be there from the 16th til the 26th of March (we fly out at 11pm) We are staying in Ubud as well as Kuta. I wanted to stay at the Ramada Bintang but we couldnt get a family room there
Joolz, I research EVERYTHING online, and then my sister the travel agent will beat the price (most airlines charge booking fees etc and she will waive this) Most travel agents will to get a sale. For this trip its been good because she was able to book a hotel I wasnt able to book myself (they kept telling me that they didnt have what I wanted), I booked our KTH accomodation direct with them as its the only way you can book with them. I also find it comforting that someone is managing my booking, and as they are professionals they dont miss things like I probably would.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:49 AM
Thanks for the feedback paod. I've taken Kuta Paradiso off my list.
The next on my list is the Ramayana Resort & Spa. Does anyone have any feedback on this one?
Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:21 AM
Thanks ladies I love the feedback, any help is awesome , I will look into the Bali Garden hotel, my partner is intent on Kuta. I wouldnt mind somewhere with a kids club so we can have time as a couple as well as being there as a family.
Is it far to travel to Ubud from Kuta? Can you do a day trip there and back?
I would like to see the Monkey forest, and I think DD 14 would be thrilled (as will the other two but she is animal mad) I'm finding it challenging to find places for a teenager as well as the 9 and 5/6 yo.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:43 PM
Bali dynasty is nice but busy, we prefer the quieter holiday inn which is a few hotels down adore the kids club there, santika, kartika and the cheaper Bali Gardens are all nice down there. Depends on your budget, another popular budget hotel along there is febri's.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:45 PM
Ubud from kuta depends on traffic but definetly doable as a day trip, the majority of things in bali are, most are about 1hour to 1.5 hours away and most people get a driver to take them in the morning and return late arvo.
Posted 25 January 2013 - 10:24 AM
Joolz...definately consider doing it yourself or at least researching yourself and then seeing how the travel agents compare.
Best tip is to check all the airlines daily as specials can pop up instantly. We have just booked for September and booked one way with Air Asia and return with Garuda. Thats another tip, you dont have to fly the same airline both ways. Garuda had been $300 one way and a few days ago I checked and there were limited seats at US$58 one way ($140 with tax).
Jetstar had a sale when I last checked so have a look at their website.
I check the following airlines if you are flying from Perth:
FPVmum - did you just book Hard Rock direct on their website?
Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:22 PM
FPVmum - take a look at Balis Best Babysitting on Facebook all of their nannies are:
First Aid & CPR Trained
Experienced with western children
Warm & caring
Non - smokers
Have Police Clearance (SKKB)
They will also look after 2 children at a time or 3 if the 2 older only require supervision not changing/feeding etc.
This is who I will be using for our next planned trip in December. Also check the Bali Travel Forum for babysitting/nanny services
Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:37 PM
thanks for the babysitting link. I will check them out. It would be great if DH and I could have a couple of nights out without the kidlets xx
40 days for us!! I know its the wet season but hopefully its not too bad. The kids ask every day how much longer we have to go. Im going to help Ashton make a countdown calendar tonight.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:41 AM
The Bali nanny idea is awesome thanks for sharing that link.
We keep hearing about different hotels, has anyone stayed or heard about Fabris or Wina holday villa in Kuta? They seem to have specials all the time... I've got three favourites at the moment, but we are waiting for airfare specials for November so I'm wanting backups incase they are booked out by the time we book our flights..
Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:53 PM
Cazjade, my MIL has stayed at the Wina holiday Villas as far as I know from what she has said it was a great place to stay, I am sure she is staying there again when she goes back in May.
35 days too go
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:24 PM
Ladies & Gents anyone know of a small 2 bed villa with private pool that has a permanent pool fence!!
I've found a few but they are larger.
Happy to look at Seminyak, Kerobekan, Canggu etc - NOT Kuta
Edited by PurpleNess, 11 February 2013 - 06:25 PM.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:06 PM
We have stayed at Febris twice in 2010 and 2011, we loved it there.
The location, the staff, the rooms ( huge family rooms with a good size fridge for supplies) Buffet breakfast was great and the day spa is awesome.
My girls are desperate to go back and if we were going back to Bali would definately stay there again,but there are so many countries to see. We were all sad the last time we left knowing it would be a while before returning.
If you do stay there I can also recommend a driver that is just outside, we used him every day as well as airport transfer.
I'm happy to answer any specific questions you have.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 06:18 PM
If anyone is looking for a fantasic family friendly resort, I can highly recommend the Novotel Benoa. We stayed there for ten days in January and we all loved it.
We stayed in one of their family rooms which has a king size bed in one room and a bunk and day bed in an adjacent room. We can't fault the resort. It was fabulous. If you are looking some where to relax and get away from the hassle of Kuta, it's great.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:12 PM
Just booked DH and I for our 10yr anniversary in June. Just us. No kids! And with Mum and Dad looking after them I'll even come home to a clean house .
We are staying 5 nights in Ubud at Greenfields and 2 nights in Seminyak - probably Royal Beach Seminyak but tossing Niksoma about as well.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
To celebrate Essential Baby reaching half a million Facebook fans, we have a Mountain Buggy Swift to giveaway to a lucky fan.
You're out shopping with your little one and they're incessantly whining that they want a treat. It's easy to say no ... the first time, at least.
A jacket similar to the one found with the remains of a brutally murdered little girl in South Australia has been identified on eBay.
Shelley Parker had to keep driving buses until the date her baby was due and will have to rush back to work at the end of this week after being denied paid parental leave on a "technicality".
It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.
Some parents who conceived through a sperm donor will be wary of telling the child, while others prefer to deal with it early on. But recent research suggests it makes little difference either way.
We've probably all seen a passed-out bridesmaid at one wedding or another, but it usually happens towards the end of the night.
Pregnant TV meteorologist Katie Fehlinger has hit back at haters who called her a "sausage in casing".
I didn't want to say anything negative to my pregnant friend, but I wish I'd been more honest.
Harper had seen rain from the comfort of indoors before, but had never had the pleasure of being outside and experiencing it first hand.
Many people suppose that it must be much more tiring to have a baby in middle age, but all the mothers in the playground look exhausted, whatever their age.
An American reality TV star has been busted with a cheating website account, according to US media.
A little girl is more alert and starting to talk after being hit by a car a week ago, but still faces a long recovery.
Q: My almost-3-year-old is starting to figure out that he can lie when asked if he ripped the book, threw the food, hit his brother, etc. Totally normal, I know. How do we respond?
A mum-to-be experiences the frustration of dealing with Centrelink, myGov and everything in between.
Singer Kelly Clarkson has announced she is pregnant with her second child during a concert in Los Angeles.
At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison's user data on the public-facing internet.
There are a fair few ways to distract yourself and beat pains while in labour, but it's probably a rare woman who chooses her dance her way through it.
Baby Jacob, whose photo of him born at just 27 weeks was deemed 'too graphic' for a fundraising site, has died.
Niall Pilkington's death last summer apparently raised little alarm in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tragic accidents happen, after all.
When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.
Top 5 Articles
Thirty seconds was all it took to turn a shopping trip into my worst nightmare.
George has overtaken William in the official rankings of most popular British baby names - and Game of Thrones is still having an impact on parents.
What's more important, a baby or a baseball? That's a question this dad seems to struggle with.
It's not often you hear the words labour and luxury in the same sentence but for some, a 5-star start to parenthood is exactly what they seek. And with a number of private hospitals now offering packages which include a post-birth stay at a sumptuous first class resort, many mums are choosing to recover in style.
Most women carry a smidge of baby weight after giving birth. If you're lucky enough to have an older child in the house, they can keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
Is it too soon to be reading to my two-month-old son? If not, what should I read?
Sibling rivalry is an act of competition, but if your children feel involved and special, this type of jealousy will be minimised.
I remember when I was trying to decide if I could combine motherhood and furthering my university education.
To celebrate dads and families, we are giving away a Picos Pack from Pacapod Australia filled with a few extra goodies ENTER NOW
A mother has had a frantic race to the hospital after her daughter was hit by a car, just four weeks after her infant son died.
A six-month-old baby girl is trapped in the Thai capital in a bitter custody wrangle between her Thai surrogate mother and her biological father.
A mother of six has been denied access to IVF treatment in order to have another child over concerns about her parenting skills.
Exhausted parents from around the world are singing the praises of a "miracle" book which promises to put even the most restless child to sleep in just minutes.
Parenthood can make you feel bad, but you're not alone.
The British royal family criticized paparazzi on Friday for what it called their increasingly dangerous attempts to photograph young Prince George.
"Anti-vaxxers" face not being able to send their children to childcare centres or kindergarten if they refuse to have them immunised.
Giving birth in a hospital surrounded by medical experts is tough enough, but some women deliver babies without a clean sheet to lie on.
When their son Jacob was born at just 27 weeks, Christina and Jeff Hinks were thrown into an uncertain world.
Bugaboo sure likes to keep things fresh, and with the Australian spring/summer season coming up, there are two new Bugaboo pram releases.
Mum's room or their own room? Cot or bassinets? Deciding where twins will sleep can be tricky.
Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!