Planning ahead will help take the trouble out of travelling with tots.

Planning ahead will help take the trouble out of travelling with tots.

Bali is a great travel destination for families with even the youngest of children. Here are some tips for making your tropical trip even easier.

Beat the immigration blues
When travelling with tired children, nothing is worse then facing a lengthy wait in the immigration line after a long flight. The good news is that The Bali Concierge offers a VIP Arrival Airport Service (or Fast Track Service) to make this part of your holiday hassle free.

If your child isn’t old enough to spend time around an unfenced pool, it can be a good idea to choose a villa without a pool  

Using this service, an airport representative will hold a signboard with your name to meet you at the arrival corridor, in the arrival terminal, before the ‘visa on arrival’ counter. They’ll assist you in purchasing a visa on arrival (the visa fee is excluded, so you’ll need to pay US$25 per person, in cash, valid for maximum 30-day stay), stamp your passport without queuing, then collect your family’s luggage. You’ll then be escorted to the exit, where you’ll meet the driver who’ll take you to your hotel.

Ask your villa or resort to organise this service for you (priced from US$30), or learn more at The Bali Concierge.

Suck it up
Ideal for travel - particularly to countries like Bali, where tap water is unsafe to drink - the Sucker converts store-bought water bottles into baby bottles. It comes with its own carry container, is PBA free and can be re-used over and over. The Sucker retails for $12.95; see Bambini Pronto or leading retailers for details.

Pool fence safety
Staying in a private villa with a pool can be a great treat for families, but as pool fencing isn’t required in Bali it’s rarely used. Many Balinese people can’t swim, either. If your child isn’t old enough to spend time around an unfenced pool, it can be a good idea to choose a villa without a pool ... or be prepared to play lifeguard 24/7.

Little Luxe Bali
The LUXE City Guides is launching Little LUXE Bali for stylish family travellers, packed with invaluable tips on where to stay, things to do, nannies and more. It’s available in stores in May 2012, or you can purchase it online.

Packing essentials

  • Check beforehand if your villa or resort provides a mosquito net for your child’s bed or portacot – my daughter was bitten all over her face on our first night in Bali, so we learnt the hard way.
  • If your child is on formula, BYO from Australia. Formula is very expensive and kept under lock and key in Indonesia, and some Australian brands are unavailable.
  • Most taxis and vehicles in Bali don’t have baby car seats or booster seats (some don’t even have seat belts), so check if your resort or villa can provide a car seat or booster seat, or consider bringing your own. If you don’t want to lug your gear around, Bali Baby delivers strollers, prams and more to the airport or your accommodation.

Read Sheriden's picks of places to stay in Bali with kids, or share your own tips about family-friendly holidays in the Essential Baby travel forum.