Thursday, 28 November 2019

Bali Family Holiday. Kid Friendly Food and Things to do (Part #2)




“Our Big Fat Bali Family Holiday” was magical! It really was a dream, family vacation. Full of adventure, food, culture and most importantly, relaxation. In Part 1 we shared where we stayed and some useful tips on travelling with small children on my recent blog here. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the activities we enjoyed and all the delicious places we ate at. If you’re planning on checking out Bali, be sure to tick off some of the awesome places we found.

Where we ate with kids



This place is the perfect spot for a family lunch. They serve traditional Balinese food in bungalows that sit over the water, providing an opportunity for kids to feed the fishies while you wait for your food. It was a totally unique experience and made for beautiful surroundings as we enjoyed our lunch. They also have a children’s playground. 



That's right, we found a rooftop restaurant that’s family friendly! Beautiful rooftop views that look out over the lush jungle can't be missed along with their beautiful decor. The menu is based on organic and seasonal fresh Indonesian dishes beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. They also have a kids menu which includes ice cream and fresh fruit with every order.



We found dim sums in Bali! If you love Chinese food and dim sums, then you really have to try the Golden Monkey restaurant. You won't find better Chinese food in Ubud and this is a great alternative to the traditional Indonesian food. Arlo’s favourite food is dumplings so this was a must stop for us. Plus, you get a fortune cookie at the end! 


What we did with kids


I was so happy that I found this place. Jungle Fish Pool Bar offers a different kind of luxury, perching on the edge of the infinity pool overlooking the Bali jungle. It is very family friendly and you can book a day pass to come and spend the day here. They have a range of loungers, hanging beds, caves, and comfy couches for you and your family. We booked one of their hanging beds which was draped with white fabric for shade, with nice comfy cushions and towels. They offer a mix between Western and Asian cuisine. We enjoyed some of their yummy food platters and drinks while bathing in the sun and frolicking in the pool. They also have a kids menu and a kids swimming pool area. 



Monkey Forest Monkeys here, monkeys there, monkeys everywhere! The Sacred Monkey Forest is probably one of the most famous things to do in Ubud, with thousands of visitors each week. It's a very picturesque forest with charming cobblestone paths covered with green moss and century old trees with hanging vines. If you have anything on your body that isn't secure (hat, iPhone, sunglasses, or water bottle), the little guys will definitely try to take it from you. Make sure to leave these items in the car or hidden in a large secure bag. However as much as we were prepared one of the monkeys still managed to get Arlo's dummy....haha! We hadn't thought of that! Bananas are sold outside the forest. While it can be fun to feed the furry guys, you should be careful with little kids as the monkeys are fast and feisty. When in doubt, go banana-free and stay your distance! We actually had a really lovely time in the Monkey Forest and loved watching these fascinating creatures up close. 



Ok this visit was more for myself…I couldn't visit Bali without getting one of these epic swing photos! However, the kids did enjoy watching everyone give it a go! You are completely harnessed and strapped in, so very safe. Definitely not for small children, though! There are a few beautiful platforms to view the gorgeous jungle scenery from, as well as a couple of ‘bird’s nests’ which are fun to climb into for a family Insta-worthy photo. This place also has a cafe where you can take time out for a light snack and drink. 


Ubud Water Palace

The Temple is a peaceful area located right in the middle of Ubud city centre. The entry is free, but there is a dress code and rules for entry which are the same for all of the temples in Bali. Better to be conservative and respect the culture. The lotus ponds and flowers were simply amazing. I have never seen that many beautiful lotus flowers in the same place. We loved exploring this landmark, spotting fish between the lilies and checking out the amazing stone carvings. 



Finns Beach Club is perfect for families looking for a beachy day out with sun, sea, fab tunes and yummy food. We booked a day bed in their Family VIP area which caters especially for families. The VIP family area is situated around the gazebo pool surrounded by day beds and lounges. This is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy a drink (or two) and recline in comfort while keeping a watchful eye on the kids in a family friendly atmosphere. The VIP area also has its own dedicated food and beverage service and first class VIP changing rooms and amenities. For those that want more, there are six restaurants to choose from, four pools and nine bars (including two swim up pool bars), all only 170m from the ocean. 

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