Experience Bali: The Old, The New and The Futuristic

Bali is widely known as one of the most romantic trips you can take as a couple. What many don’t know is that it can also be an exciting adventure for families. Though Bali is a small island, different areas offer very different experiences. Plan to travel around to experience all it has to offer while staying at these fun and family friendly hotels.

Novotel Bali Benoa, edge of the peninsula of Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua.

Benoa is the premier destination in Bali for motorized water sports. A quiet and idyllic beach is not on the menu but parasailing, fly boarding, banana boating and more are at your fingertips. Your family adventures are only limited by your budget and your bravery.

Novotel Bali Benoa is a beachfront resort just down the beach from all the busyness. With 187 rooms, it is a great resort for kids and adults alike. Rooms are built with all the amenities of a modern hotel (including free wifi) but have a Balinese feel. Each room opens up onto a courtyard or a balcony overlooking either lush gardens or the ocean.

Kids will love the included kids club where they can learn about Balinese culture and crafts. There are also 3 swimming pools, 3 restaurants and 2 bars for your enjoyment. We highly recommend adding the breakfast buffet to your stay. It is extremely kid friendly and a great way to fill up before heading out to explore and kids 0-12 years old eat free.

Puri Saraswati Bungalows, Ubud

Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali. You may recognize the name from the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Take a hike and explore the terraced rice farms just steps from the centre of town or enjoy the macaques in the Sacred Monkey Forest (just don’t feed the monkeys, those little suckers are mean!). Ubud has every kind of shop you can imagine and delicious restaurants as far as the eye can see.

Exploring the Rice Paddies Outside Ubud

Exploring the Rice Paddies Outside Ubud – Photo Merry About Town

Puri Saraswati Bungalows combines the convenience of being in the centre of Ubud with the quiet quaintness of an traditional Balinese resort that has been in business for 35 years. Each room has its own private veranda and is surrounded by a rainforest-like garden. Built on Royal Palace lands, Puri Saraswati is next door to the beautiful Saraswati Temple complete with lotus pools. Though the pool is smaller and there is no kid’s club, children will enjoy hunting for snails in the garden and watching the activities in the adjoining temple including cultural dancing lessons. Mom and Dad will enjoy that it is steps from Starbucks. All of this for an amazing low rate per night (~$78 US for a double) including a delicious free breakfast.

Luna 2 Studiotel, Seminyak

Seminyak is known for its gorgeous beaches and breathtaking sunsets. A visit to Seminyak leaves much of traditional Bali behind. You will find high end clothing, jewelry and art boutiques. Restaurants are also higher end and generally more expensive than elsewhere on the island. Wide expanses of gorgeous beaches will make it easy to understand why.

The super cool Luna2 Pool in Bali

The super cool Luna2 Pool – Photo by Merry About Town

Luna 2 Studiotel is also a departure from traditional Bali. You won’t find any Balinese architecture here. Instead, Luna 2 is designed to look like what a futuristic hotel may have looked like if built in the 1960’s. Think Andy Warhol meets George Jetson. Kids will love the hallways decorated with Monopoly squares, Lego and spaceships while parent will love the super comfortable rooms available in either red, green, yellow or blue.

Activities can be planned for kids while they stay at Luna 2. Kids movies are on tap in the Luna 2 movie theatre every afternoon. Expect out of this world service at this unique and fun hotel.

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