Thinking of heading to Bali for your next family holiday? It’s the perfect holiday destination for us Australian’s; it’s close to home meaning it’s cheaper to fly to Bali than just about any other overseas destination, there are plenty of direct flights and the weather is warm year round.
Once you have booked your Bali flights, your next question is likely to be where to stay? Given that Bali is such a popular holiday destination there are endless accommodation options, but how do you know which is going to be best for you?
Hotel or Villa
The main two accommodation options in Bali are the typical hotels/resorts and villas. There are pros and cons to each, and the best option for one family won’t always be the best option for another.
Hotels and resorts are often close to the action and tourist areas, which makes them a great option if you like to be in amongst the action. You will also have on site bars and restaurants, plus many hotels have kids clubs.
One of the biggest downsides of hotels is that the rooms aren’t overly large, which can be hard to tolerate when on holiday’s with the kids. You will probably be craving your own space after a few days, and the kids will want space to stretch out and play. Meals can also get very expensive when you are forced to eat out for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks thanks to the lack of kitchen facilities.
The pros and cons of villas are basically the complete opposite to those of hotels and resorts. Villas are likely to be located away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas, meaning you will probably need transport to get around. However, being in a quiet, slightly secluded area can make for an amazing Bali experience. You also won’t have on site bars and restaurants.
To make up for the need for transport and lack of dining options, most villas will have staff to assist you with making transport arrangements, and have staff on hand to cook meals for you, right in your very own villa! Most villas also have a full kitchen, so you can easily prepare your own meals, which saves a massive amount of money. Besides, eating out gets a little old when you are doing it for every meal.
Contrary to hotels, staying in a villa will mean you have huge amounts of space for the family to spread out, plus your own private pool to relax in. Staying in a Bali villa is really the ultimate luxury, family friendly holiday that won’t break the bank.
How to choose the right villa
There are so many villas available, it can be hard to know where to start looking. Start by thinking about locations you might want to stay in, and narrow your search down to villas in those locations. Also consider the number of guests that you will be travelling with. If you only have one or two kids, there is little point booking a 4 bedroom villa when you only need 2-3 bedrooms. Alternatively, if you are travelling with another family, you could choose a villa that sleeps 8 and split the villa cost.
Villa Bali have an amazing range of villas available, and will help you every step of the way, from booking the actual villa to making arrangements to ensure everything is ready for you on arrival.
We have picked our top 5 Villa Bali villas to help you start your search, and you can find these and plenty of other on the Villa Bali website.
Villa Crystal is perfect for large families, having been revamped in February 2018 to now have 4 bedrooms. It’s right in the heart of Seminyak, being only 1 minute walk to Oberoi ‘Eat Street’.
The villa has an amazing poolside gazebo with lounge chairs, super fast WiFi and is a 10 minute drive to Ku De Ta beach.
Villa Crystal sleeps up to 8 people, and starts at $381 per night.
Located only a 10 minute walk from Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach and other major attractions. Villa Anjali Green is a French-Indonesian inspired holiday home an 8 metre private swimming pool, open plan living areas and 2 bedroom. It sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms, each with a king sized bed.
Villa Anjali Green starts at $284 per night.
Villa Little Mannao is a stunning, newer 4 bedroom villa located parallel to the rice fields in Kerobokan. It’s a great central location, only 13 minutes by car from Batubelig Beach, Seminyak and Canggu.
This villa is great for families, with a baby nursery connected to the master suite, which can also be a separate bedroom if needed. All bedrooms feature an ensuite, and the villa comes with your own private 11 metre swimming pool.
Villa Little Mannao sleeps up to 8, and starts at $336 per night.
Another newer villa, Villa Du Ho is located in Kerobokan, a peaceful spot just 10 minutes from Seminyak. It’s the perfect villa if you want to be nearby to Bali’s best dining and shopping, yet at the same time away from the busy hustle and bustle.
The villa has 3 bedrooms, all with queen sized beds, and can sleep up to 6 people. It comes with a beautiful 10 metre pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
Villa Du Ho starts at $220 per night.
This villa has more of a rustic feel than some of the other villas, featuring antique furniture and traditional decor. It’s more of a compact design than some of the other sprawling villas, which makes it perfect for younger families.
Villa Chamade is located in a quite section of Seminyak, yet with the beach being only a 10 minute walk. It includes a fully equipped kitchen, and sleeps 6 people in its 3 bedrooms.
Villa Chamade starts at $284 per night.