With the school holidays just around the corner, it’s time to plan for some family friendly fun in the sun. We can think of few better ways to spend the day in Bali than by parking yourself and the family poolside and simply letting the hours drift by.
But not all pool clubs are created equal – especially if you’re bringing the kids. Some beach clubs in Bali have strict “no kids allowed” policies which is great if you want some adult time, but a bit of a bummer if you’re looking to entertain the family! From Uluwatu to Ubud and from Seminyak to Canggu, these beach clubs are family friendly and fabulous – and you don’t have to worry about getting dirty looks if your kids run amok.
Psst…! These pool clubs are also a great option if you are catching a late flight from Bali and need a place to hang for the day.
Sundays Beach Club
If you’re looking for a full day of beachside fun, you should definitely head for Sundays Beach Club down in the very tippy top of the Bukit Peninsula. Just riding the inclinator down to the beach will be a thrill for the kids – and if you’re anything like us, grownups will love it, too!
At Sundays, every day is a Sunday – if your average Sundays are spent on a pristine white sand beach munching on gourmet grub and enjoying beachfront massages should the mood strike you. Water sports like kayaking and stand up paddling are also available and the waters tend to be safe for the kids to enjoy.
While it’s not the cheapest option, Sundays Beach Club is definitely an all-day destination, so make sure you have enough time to get the full Sundays experience. Definitely stick around for sunset – the kids will love the sunset bonfires and getting to roast marshmallows on the beach!
Sundays Beach Club
Location: Jalan Pantai Selatan Gau, Ungasan, Bali
Tel: +62 811 9421110
Price: Adults IDR 300,000 (includes IDR 150,000 F&B credit); kids 3-11 IDR 50,000
One of our new favourites, La Brisa is a beautifully bohemian beach club located right on iconic Echo Beach in trendy Canggu. Featuring a nicely sized swimming pool and direct access to the beach, La Brisa has everything you need for a seriously chill day in the ‘Gu.
If you’re bringing the kids, it’s best to head to La Brisa earlier in the day – this is true for most beach clubs in Bali, as they tend to be less crowded and the atmosphere remains a bit more wholesome. La Brisa has a small playground for the kids and the pool includes a shallow section for the little ones.
If you’re bringing your baby or are travelling with young kids, it’s great that much of the venue is shaded by pretty palm trees, so it’s easy to cool off in the shade when needed. If you’re heading in early, you also get to take advantage of their yummy breakfast menu and at the time of writing, no minimum spend or entrance fee.
Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan Gang La Brisa, Canggu, Bali
Tel: +62 811 3946666
As they themselves put it, Jungle Fish is a “no beach… beach club.” In other words, this venue sits inland, miles away from the nearest beach, but offers a fabulous poolside setting none the less. Jungle Fish’s infinity pool, ranked as one of the dreamiest pools in Bali by Vogue, offers luscious views of – you guessed it – the jungle.
The oft-Instagrammed pool includes a shallow section so younger kids can enjoy the pool too. The venue is very popular with families, so if you’re looking for a serene tropical setting it might not be ideal – but if you’re travelling with tots in tow, the laid back ambiance is perfect. Jungle Fish also hosts fun events for families and their mermaid parties are beyond adorable. Jungle Fish also has a kids’ menu with prices starting at around IDR 60,000 (USD $4) per dish.
Location: Jalan Raya Sebali (at the Chapung Se Bali resort), Ubud, Bali
Tel: +62 361 8989 104
Price: Adults IDR 150,000; kids IDR 75,000; under 6 years free of charge
Panama Kitchen & Pool
Panama Kitchen & Pool might not be as flashy as some of its Seminyak counterparts, but it sure is stylish. Located in Canggu, this pretty white beach house is actually tucked away from the beach (about 100 metres to be more precise), but the turquoise pool more than makes up for the lack of beachfront access.
Panama offers a relaxed setting where kids can jump in the pool while waiting for their gourmet poolside grub. The pool includes a small shallow section and even has rails – a rare find in Bali! There are also fun floaties to keep young swimmers entertained.
Panama offers classic kids’ dishes like grilled cheese and fish and chips, with prices starting at around IDR 46,000 (USD $3) per dish. Panama Kitchen & Pool is also a great option if you’re looking to host a bigger get together with the family. Their yummy multi-course picnic packages are very reasonably priced, starting at just IDR 1,750,000 (USD $126) for up to 10 people.
Panama Kitchen & Pool
Location: Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 13, Canggu, Bali
Tel: +36 1 906 4715
Ku De Ta
While it’s definitely a golden oldie, Ku De Ta is still one of the most family friendly venues in Bali. Located directly on Petitenget Beach just off Seminyak’s famous Eat Street, this Bali icon is a bit of a must visit for anyone travelling to Bali for the first time. Though there is definitely a trendy vibe about the place, it’s amazingly kid-friendly.
Dominated by a beachfront pool and the venue’s signature red parasols, Ku De Ta is the kind of place where the whole family can while away the day in style, sipping chilled cocktails and munching on some truly excellent food. A day at Ku De Ta is definitely on the pricey side – a kids’ breakfast set is priced at IDR 100,000 (USD $7) – but you can happily wave your “But I’m on holiday!” card here.
On Sundays, things get particularly family friendly as Ku De Ta hosts fun activities for the kids. Again, it’s best to visit in the AM hours (they also serve a great breakfast menu) though if you and the kids are more of the night owl variety, those famous Bali sunsets you get from the pool are simply divine.
Ku De Ta
Location: Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, Bali
Tel: +62 361 73 6969
Artotel Beach Club
Sanur is one of the best areas to stay in Bali with kids and now, the relaxed neighbourhood has its very own pool club to keep the whole family entertained. Artotel Beach Club is prominently located just off the main drag of Jalan Danau Tamblingan, with direct access to Sanur’s golden sands and gentle waters.
The beach club’s generous grounds include lawns and a fun playground and there is a shallow section in the large lagoon pool. The beach is protected by a reef, so if you and the kids prefer to hang out on the sand, the waters are calm enough for the little ones to enjoy.
Once you and the brood start feeling hungry, Artotel Beach Club also has a designated Little Rascals menu with dishes like mac and cheese and nasi goreng priced at IDR 62,000 (USD $4.5) a pop. Artotel Beach Club also hosts regular family friendly events, including a somewhat sporadic Sunday market (check their website for upcoming dates) featuring local vendors, kids’ activities, live music and more.
Artotel Beach Club
Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 35, Sanur, Bali
Tel: +62 361 449 1888
As you can see, having kids doesn’t have to mean you’re doomed to hanging out at kitschy waterparks for the rest of eternity. Planning a family holiday in Bali? Ministry of Villas can help you find the perfect family friendly villa and arrange all the children’s equipment you might need during your stay in Bali. Contact our villa specialists to find out more.