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Bali—A Wonderful Family Destination

An August 2004 trip to Bali by travelswithkids

Conrad Bali Resort & Spa Photo, Bali, Indonesia More Photos
Quote: Our family of four spent a fabulous 10 days in Bali. Our hotels were on the beach, and roughly every other day we explored a different part of the island.

Bali—A Wonderful Family Destination

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We visited Bali in August of 2004 with our two daughters, then ages 12 and 9. We had a fantastic vacation. We combined the trip to Bali with a 2 day excursion to see Borobodur, and other sights on Java. We also took advantage of Cathay Pacific's free stopover in Hong Kong, and spent 3 nights there on our way home, truly one of the world's most interesting cities. That also broke up the long trip home to Chicago a little bit.Tourism had just begun to pick up again after the first round of terrorist bombings in Bali. We were about the only Americans we saw all vacation. We felt quite safe all the time, except for maybe during our visit to the Denpasar night market. All the Balinese people we ...Read More

Conrad Bali Resort & Spa

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Hotel | "Conrad Bali Resort and Spa"

Conrad Bali Resort & Spa Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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This hotel was perfect for our stay in Bali, with wonderful pools, a nice beach, and an extremely helpful staff! From the moment we arrived (after travelling 24 hours from Chicago to get there), we were very well taken care of. There weren't a lot of young children at the resort, but ours were made to feel very welcome. Our kids (12 and 9) had a lot of fun in the interconnecting pools. It was also wonderful just hanging around in their open-sided beach "huts." The breakfast buffet in the hotel-restaurant was super. I think every day we discovered a new exotic fruit (and had to be shown by the staff how to eat it). They have a beach activities desk where you can book parasailing, jet skis, etc., or ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2006

Conrad Bali Resort & Spa
Jl Pratama Raya 168
Bali, Indonesia 80363
+62 (361) 778788

Peneeda View Hotel

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Peneeda View Hotel Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Most of the rooms provide you with your own little bungalow. We had a "family room," so it had two good-sized bedrooms and one bathroom. They also have more traditional-looking Lumbungrooms. Their pools are pretty small, just enough for a quick dip to cool off. The hotel is right on Sanur beach, and their beach-side bar/restaurant was nice and not too expensive.The hotel is right in the middle of the Sanur area, so there are a lot of restaurants (and souvenir shops) that you can walk to. We had a couple of very nice, very affordable dinners at restaurants in the Sanur area that we walked to from the hotel.The Peneeda View Hotel rooms were sort o...Read More

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Peneeda View Hotel
Jl. Danau Tamblingan 89 Sanur
Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
62 (361) 288425

Tanah Lot

Attraction | "Tanah Lot at Sunset"

Tanah Lot Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Tanah Lot is a temple built on a rock, and you can walk out to it at low tide, but it is surrounded by water at high tide. It is only a short drive (30 to 45 minutes) from the main tourist area of Nusa Dua, and watching the sunset there makes for a wonderful evening.We hired a taxi driver to take us there. He showed us how to get around a little bit and was happy to let us explore. (The total cost for the evening was less than $25). There is a small ceremony where you can receive a blessing from the temple priests.It is a very scenic spot (but nearly every place in Bali is) and the sunset was very nice. On the walk from the parking area, there is a small market where you can buy vario...Read More

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Tanah Lot
Tanah Lot, Kediri
Bali, Indonesia
+62 361 811 602

Ubud Art Village

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Attraction | "Bali is All Art"

Ubud Art Village Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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One of the more amazing things about Bali is how much of life on the island is steeped in art. Everywhere you turn, there are beautifully crafted items, and the very talented artists who have made these items. Staying in the beach areas near Denpasar, such as Nusa Dua, Sanur, or Kuta, one must-do thing for Bali is to visit the "art village" of Ubud and the surrounding towns. (Many people say you ought to stay in Ubud, but that's another whole big discussion.)Ubud was a lot of fun, and the actual arts and crafts are created in a series of villages. On our tour, we went through different areas/villages, each with a different specialty. These specialties included stone carving, wood carving, pa...Read More

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Ubud Art Village

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Sacred Monkey Forest

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Attraction | "Monkeys! Monkey Forest and Ulu Watu"

Sacred Monkey Forest Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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There are several temples with resident monkeys on Bali, and visiting them was a fun part of our trip. One of the most commonly visited is the sacred monkey forest in Ubud. It's a short ways from the center of Ubud. There, you can buy pieces of chopped bananas to feed to the monkeys. But beware! The different tribes of monkeys sometimes get into big battles. It was a shock to see one tribe being chased by another, across the paths, and hear the monkeys shout in the fight.We also visited the Ulu Watu temple area, west of Denpasar. Ulu Watu is perched on beautiful cliffs beside the ocean. Most people come here to see the sunset. They also have a theater where the Kecak dance is performed. (We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2006

Sacred Monkey Forest
Village Of Padangtegal
Ubud, Bali
+62 361 973 285

Bali Zoo

Attraction

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We had a few hours in the morning before our flight out, so we decided to visit the Bali Zoo, which is in the Denpasar general area—we were glad we did. We felt bad that we hadn't had time or money to make it to the other islands of Indonesia to see the Komodo dragons, so we got to see one of them in the zoo. They also have an orangutan in the zoo, looking rather lonely. But the zoo was really worth it just to see some of the exotic birds, and some really huge bats!They also have an area where you get to hold some giant lizards and birds, and that was fun for both the kids and adults.The zoo also has a nice cafe, which wasn't too expensive. We didn't really expect to go...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 14, 2006

Bali Zoo
Bali
Bali, Indonesia
+62-361-249310

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Bali is very easy and inexpensive to get around: you can just hire your own car and driver for a day for less than what a rental car costs you most places. For all four of us, it typically cost about $35 for car, driver, and English-speaking guide for the whole day. These were typically little mini busses that seated us all comfortably; it's not like we were just jammed into a sedan taxi cab. They were often arranged as a more-or-less set tour through one of many agencies that supply these tours. We were never moved into a big bus as part of a big tour group. The four of us always had our own private guide. When also used regular taxi drivers when going somewhere for a shorter trip, such as ...Read More