So the idea comes up of having a family holiday with your young children and Bali seems to be the obvious choice, especially if you live somewhere in Australia or Asia. But what about the logistics of taking your precious little ones away to an island that is part of a developing nation? Rest assure, a Bali break can be a whole lot easier than you initially thought. We have compiled a list of tips to put your mind at ease and help you make the most of your time away.
Bali is a Family Oriented Destination
There is no denying that the Balinese adore children. In fact, in the Hindu religion newborn babies have a godlike status where they are carried exclusively for about six months before being permitted to touch the ground. As visitors to the island, you will ﬁnd that your toddler will oﬁen become the centre of attention. He or she will be whisked away in restaurants by attentive staff members to play and sometimes fed. There is no need to worry, just enjoy the chance to ﬁnish our meal without the usual interruptions.
Bali Baby Hire
An innovative enterprise by the name of Bali Baby Hire has taken the hassle out of travelling with young children and eliminated the need to carry excess luggage. They provide a wide range of services and rental equipment to give you holiday peace of mind. This Australian owned company has all the essentials from branded car seats, cots, high chairs and strollers to bathtubs, bottle sterilizers, safety gates, monitors, nappies, toys and even food. There is no longer the need to bring any of these items from home and with prior consultation via email; everything you require can be delivered to your hotel or villa when you arrive.
Feeding Little Ones
Imported jars of processed baby food are very expensive in Bali. However, the island is blessed with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables that are suitable for your little ones if they have not yet been introduced to solids. Any hotel or restaurant will be more than happy to cook up and blend something delicious on request. When it comes to feeding toddlers, most restaurants have a children’s menu featuring familiar comfort dishes like chicken nuggets and spaghetti bolognaise. For picky eaters, you can’t go past a bowl of chips or one of Bali’s famous banana pancakes.
Although full day excursions migxt be a bit too muc for young hiheri, theiixie plenty of places that can provide you with a few hours of family fun. Waterbom Bali has a dedicated area for little ones featuring a shallow pool and slides. Alternatively, Circus Waterpark is a more affordable option and has been designed especially for families. Beachwalk Shopping Centre has allocated most of its third level to children with its Cheeky Monkey Day Care Facility and selected toy stores. There is also Miniapolis Bali, a supervised indoor play space with age-appropriate activities.
Young children love animals and Bali has no shortage of enviromnentally friendly parks to visit. Bali Safari & Marine Park covers a vast landscape and enables you to interact with your favourite animals up close and personal. There’s a petting zoo, elephant rides, fresh water aquarium, mini water park, fun zone and much more for a great day out. The smaller Bali Zoo is a shady setting with various enclosures, animal encounters, feeding zones, petting stations and pony rides that can be enjoyed during a morning or afternoon visit. Bali Bird Park is a tropical haven that is home to more than 1,000 birds. It is divided into different regions with lakes, enclosures and walk-in aviaries accessible by paved pathways that are suitable for strollers.
Kids Clubs & Babysitters
A number of Bali’s larger hotels have kids clubs that will enable you to take a well-deserved break by the pool or perhaps indulge in a massage. These fully supervised facilities provide safe play areas and are staffed by trained childcare workers. Scheduled games and activities are designed to engage little ones for hours on end. You may even choose to employ the services of a licensed babysitter during your holiday. This comes in handy should you want to pop out to do some shopping or enjoy a romantic dinner out.
No matter if you choose to stay in a hotel or a private villa, pool safety must be a major priority on your holiday checklist. You should never leave your children alone in a water enviromnent as accidents only take seconds to happen. Most big resorts do have guards on duty but never solely rely on this service as it is very difficult for one person to watch over a crowded area. Pool safety devices can be rented from Bali Baby Hire and ﬂoating toys are sold very cheaply at all major shopping malls.
The sun in Bali can be hars , even on cloudy days. It is im ant to be vigilant in applying a high factor sunscreen, especially when swimming, to protect young skin. A nasty case of sun burn can result in sleepless nights and general irritability. Keeping your children hydrated is also essential in the tropics. Bottled water is readily available and should always be carried whenever you leave the hotel.
Bali has a problem with mosquito borne diseases such as Dengue Fever. The application of a good repellent will prevent bites, but the process needs to be repeated at regular intervals throughout the day and evening. Some spas and local health food stores such as Bali Buda and Down to Earth sell natural repellents made from herbal ingredients that may be more suitable for your little ones. Most hotels have a regular fogging program that is conducted to disturb the breeding habits of mosquitoes and keep the numbers down.