Written by Stephanie Peeters
Have you been searching for that ideal family beach holiday in Bali?
Just steps away from the beach in south Kuta awaits Bali Dynasty Resort, where every family member, be it young or old, will be very thoroughly entertained with fun-filled activities.
In this exciting family resort, I loved to hear the kids running around, laughing and splashing in the water! Everything is arranged for families to have an amazing time from morning till night. What’s more, your little one gets to be independent with the resort’s newly introduced (as of 2019) ATM Card for kids which you can simply top-up and they’ll be able to make their own purchases!
Being pregnant with my first child, I can imagine it must be difficult to trust the safety of your kids to someone else, especially strangers, but it was reassuring to see with how much care and kindness the kids are guided with from activity to activity. The sight of happy little faces around says it all – kids are safe and happy and if my children were there, I would be assured to know that they are well taken care of by the loving and professionally-trained staff.
And the best thing? Most of the activities are included in your room rate without hidden charges, such as the use of facilities, kids’ club and more (which is uncommon in many resorts)! Isn’t it such great value for money to stay here with your kiddos?
The resort is also located in the middle of a bustling neighbourhood in Kuta, near Waterbom (an exciting waterpark) and Discovery Shopping Mall, so you can be sure you won’t ever run out of ideas on how to have fun!
After spending two days at Bali Dynasty Resort, I understand just why this beachfront resort is the ultimate all-inclusive family getaway, and I’m delighted to share my experiences. Here’s 13 reasons why I enjoyed my time at this lovely family resort!
1. Water adventures: Kids pool with Caterpillar Splash water slide and Kids Water Fun Zone
Which child doesn’t love to splash around in the pool? Besides the main lagoon pool, there’s a water playground on-site, too.
Kids will go wild at the Water Fun Zone boasting of multiple slides, including a 56-metre-long caterpillar splash slide where you can race down and plunge into the water one after another. So much fun!
For the younger kids, they will love the colourful water palace with jets, cannons, and giant tipping buckets. There’s nothing better than the sound of laughing kids in the splashing water, if you ask me. It sure sets the perfect family holiday vibe and reminds me of the days when I was a happy little rascal myself.
Photo via Travel The World Family
Little babies can also be gently introduced to some water fun. For the tiniest family member, there is a baby pool with a giant mushroom fountain, where water cascades down into the shallow pool below. Toddlers can also play here!
After their water play, it’s time to take the kids to the outdoor shaded playground with slides, swings, see-saws and more.
2. Balinese costume dress-ups, traditional instruments, water games and more: Kupu-Kupu Kiddies’ Club
With Bali Dynasty Resort’s dedicated Kupu Kupu Kiddies’ Club, kids will never be bored! Every day, there is a full complimentary activity programme for the kids. The little ones will learn plenty of new things, have lots of fun and make tons of new friends.
Entering the kids’ club is like entering a little wonderland with beautiful wall paintings of much-loved Disney icons. There’s a craft and creative table where the kids will learn how to make photo frames from ice cream sticks and some towel origami!
During the lazy hours, they can occupy themselves with the colourful playing nook with a big stack of toys and books and a cosy TV corner with beanbags.
I was delighted to see the way children were introduced to the enchanting Balinese culture in a playful way. The kids get to make Balinese offering baskets, dress up in traditional Balinese costume and they can try out the traditional Balinese gamelan instruments!
For teens between 10 to 16 years old, they will love the cool graffiti-style teens club featuring lots of guided activities as well as free time where they can play pool, table tennis or challenge one another with PlayStation, Xbox and Wii games.
And yes, every parent’s concern is addressed – you don’t need to worry about them spending too much time behind the screen, because they can only enjoy these screen-time privileges if they join in the daily activities with djembe workshops (a type of drum) and fun outdoor activities such as water volleyball and the highest splashing contest in the main pool.
And while the kids are being kept so busy, you can take the chance to spend some couple time with your partner! You can be assured that your babies are in good hands. The kids are guided and supervised all day long by the loving staff of the Kupu Kupu Kiddies’ Club, who have years of experience taking care of kids. All kids under 12 years old are also signed in and signed out, and counted in between activities to make sure no one wanders off and gets lost!
3. Unleash your inner child and let your kids go wild: Kids Suite
Don’t worry, the Kids Suites in Bali Dynasty Resort are not just for kids.
These spacious suites are split into two compartments – one deluxe master bedroom for mom and dad and one compartment designed especially for the kids with a bunk bed and a pull-out trundle bed, sleeping up to 3 jolly kids beneath the happy Angry Bird blankets.
Photo via Travel The World Family
Separated by glass sliding doors, you and your partner can enjoy privacy, tranquility and romance in the evening when the kids have gone to bed. And in the day, it’s easy to spend quality time with the little ones as the room configures into one big family compound!
Photo via Travel The World Family
The kids’ bedroom also boasts a big wall-mounted flat-screen TV and… a PlayStation 3! Isn’t it any kiddo’s dream?
Before its time to tuck the little ones into bed, kids can enjoy a warm bath in the en-suite bathroom, so they will be clean, fresh and ready for a good night’s sleep. There is even a little rubber ducky for them to play with in the tub and brushing their teeth won’t be a problem with the provided toothbrushes and toothpaste specially for kids!
When the little ones finally fall asleep, it’s time for mom and dad to be a romantic couple once again, cuddling up together on the extra large king-size bed, watching a movie or two before that sweet goodnight kiss.
My experience? My child is not born just yet, but I absolutely loved sleeping in that giant, super comfy king-size bed. I woke up with the sunrise, had a nice complimentary cup of tea and went for breakfast at H20 (which is usually packed with parents and kids), happy to embrace another day in Bali and jump into the swimming pool!
You can also check out other room types for couples and families, such as the guaranteed Deluxe Interconnecting Rooms, Family Suites and Deluxe Terrace Rooms!
4. How about a Mickey Mouse Pizza or Batman & Robin burger? Kids have their own special menu!
When the little bellies start to rumble, it’s time for lunch! Bali Dynasty Resort adds a whole new dimension to a kids’ menu with their Mickey Mouse Pizza and the one-and-only Batman & Robin burger. Surely the littles ones would love a bite of that!
This lucky little girl got to try both, and yes, Daddy was allowed to have a bite of the burger too.
If you have little chefs, don’t let them miss this – make their own Mickey Mouse Pizza at the SEN5ES restaurant. They’ll be dressed up as true pizza bakers, complete with baking hats and aprons! Afterwards, the self-made Mickey Mouse pizza is ready to be munched on!
The kids’ pizza-making lunch costs Rp. 65,000 nett (approximately USD $4.87) and is available every Wednesday.
The kids’ menu is available at all of the dining outlets within the resort and you can be sure that no matter where you decide to dine at, the mini burgers and pizza are as tasty as can be – simple and good, just the way the kids like it!
5. Afternoon tea with the kids: Cafe Piazza
Something sweet, something hearty and something surprising – you are in for a real treat with a delightful afternoon high tea at Cafe Piazza. Dine in this classic café or get comfy in one of the gazebos situated around the resort’s large peaceful duck pond.
We chose to enjoy the classic high tea in the gazebo and it was wonderful!
Look at that! French croissants with ham and cheese, English scones, cakes and chocolate rolls. It’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mouth. We loved it till the last crumbs. The afternoon tea also comes with Lipton tea or a cup of coffee of your choice.
And guess what, there’s a little kiddo version too! Don’t let the kids miss out on the special Little Rascals Afternoon Tea with chicken fingers and cupcakes!
For those who like to try out something new, skip the classic afternoon tea and go for the Balinese Afternoon Tea with local sweets and treats such as fried banana, deep-fried coconut prawns and dadar guling (a famous local pandan pancake filled with coconut shreds and palm sugar).
6. Themed buffets by the pool: H2O
You know it’s dinner time when the sun sets, but the fun is not over yet – the dinner party is just getting started at the poolside H20 restaurant!
Every night, H20 features a different themed buffet dinner by the pool. We experienced Wild West Wednesday, and what a feast it was! Not only was it delicious but also great fun for both parents and children. (In fact, for every paying adult, a child below 12 years old can eat for free!)
With laid-back country music playing in the background, families dug into a grand master buffet, feasting on with ribs, burgers, buffalo style chicken wings, french fries, salads and a whole happy range of sweet desserts.
There was even live music – a cool musical quartet with contrabass, two guitars, a conga player and a singer, moving from table to table to steal the hearts of kids, Moms and Dads.
And that’s not all! Before we noticed, a magician had appeared out of nowhere, showing off tricks that clearly intrigued all the kids and teens around!
7. A well-deserved hairstyling session for mommy: Flair Hair Salon
How about getting a total makeover while on vacation? Moms can get their hair done right at the on-site Flair Hair Salon at Bali Dynasty Resort. Go for a nourishing cream bath, get a nice new haircut and why not opt for a style you’ve never tried before? Afterall, what happens in Bali, stays in Bali!
Photo Via Bali Dynasty Resort
Oh, before getting those toenails all painted and beautiful, do the Fish Spa first! You can do this together with the whole family. Moms, Dads, little boys and little girls, let the fish do the work! It may tickle a bit at first (at least for me it did), but they will eat up the dead skin cells and make your feet all clean and beautiful!
8. Indulge in a family spa: Ashoka Spa
Wow, I couldn’t have felt more relaxed when I awoke from a rejuvenation massage at Ashoka Spa.
This journey of deep relaxation for the body and mind started with a soft tinkling bell, followed by the gentle, warm touch of a professional spa therapist. Soft Balinese music, the sound of rippling water, skilled hands working out all of the tensions in my body… It was truly blissful!
I forgot about everything for a while, until I was brought back to reality with the sound of the same tinkling bell an hour later. After the treatment, I didn’t have to rush out, I could take it easy and was provided with a hot cup of ginger lemon tea, which naturally uplifted the body. I loved it!
Here comes the best part – Ashoka Spa has special family packages too, such as the Mom & Daughter spa package, which starts with a footbath ritual, followed by a traditional Balinese massage and topped off with a facial, manicure or pedicure. Doesn’t it sound ideal for a girls’ bonding session?
When the kids are occupied at the kids’ club, do go for a couple massage with your partner! The romantic couple massage rooms feature fountain ponds, two massage beds and a large bathtub where you can enjoy an aromatic flower bath together at the end of your treatment!
9. Dig into exquisite oriental meals: Golden Lotus
Are you impressed by the themed buffets? Guess what, your dining options in the resort don’t end there! Do you enjoy Chinese food?
Head over to the Golden Lotus Restaurant, where you can taste authentic Chinese flavours, specifically Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine. The interior is decorated beautifully with oriental carpets, wooden-carved furniture, Chinese ceramics, vases and lamps.
Photo Via TripCanvas, Bali Dynasty Resort
Order from the set menu and your table will be filled with plenty of mouthwatering Chinese dishes you can share with the whole family. It tastes as good as it looks – we know because we tasted everything!
Sip delightful Chinese tea and practice your chopstick skills. It is a Chinese family dining party, after all! Don’t miss out on the Sunday Dim Sum buffet lunch with over 50 choices of dim sum, appetizers and desserts! This is one of Golden Lotus’ most popular meal choices, besides Black Pepper Beef and Peking Duck.
The restaurant is also well-known for serving generous portions, so they are perfect for sharing among family and friends.
If you are keen to try out more oriental cuisine, don’t miss the Queen’s of India restaurant!
10. Dads, chill out at the sports bar: Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub
Note: Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub is currently closed for renovation and is set to re-open with a new look in March 2019.
Yes, Dads are sure to have an amazing time at the Gracie Kelly’s Irish Pub – the place to be for live music, darts, billiard and sports. It’s also the first and only original Irish pub in Bali!
Photo Via TripCanvas, Bali Dynasty Resort
Bring your kids and sit down in front of the big screen to watch the game together. You can enjoy a good old pint of Guinness or Kilkenny beer, and there are soft drinks for the kids. Now this is some priceless Dad and child bonding time! See the sports schedule here.
When the game is over, teach your kids the tips and tricks of playing pool and darts. Moms can join in too!
Don’t want beer? This Irish Pub serves some pretty amazing cocktails, too!
There’s also family quiz nights, which are great fun after a lovely Irish meal here. These burgers and fries look delicious and they tasted even better!
Photo Via Kikykim_Ss, TripCanvas
11. Romantic sunset cocktails: The Upper Deck @ H2O
While the kids have an extra long day at the kids’ club with dinner and a popcorn movie evening, you can take the rare opportunity to indulge in some romantic moments with your partner.
Climb up to The Upper Deck of the H20 Restaurant and relax on one of the sofas, while getting ready to watch the sky turn into glorious shades of orange and gold. Don’t worry, the bartender didn’t put any love potion in those striking cocktails, romance is already in the air – you can just feel it! (I know because I had a delicious mocktail and I also felt it!)
With the soft sea breeze in your hair, the enchanting view and presence of your loved one, these are special moments that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Put your arms around your love, order up some of the great tasting tapas to go with your drinks and let love flow. There is a reason why they call Bali the Island of the Gods – sometimes there is magic in the air, especially during sunset. Now you know!
P.S. Another awesome place for sunset cocktails – check out Bali Dynasty Resort’s new Sunset Bar!
12. Float along the Main Pool, Lazy Pool, and swim up the sunken pool bar
The main swimming pool is not only huge, but it also has all the elements of a lagoon, with beautiful curves and an exotic cascading waterfall. But it gets even better – this lagoon even features a sunken swim-up pool bar where you can relax at after a lovely soak and sip some great tropical cocktails before splashing back into the water again.
A strictly kids-free zone, this is where you can try out several cocktails on the menu while the kids are having a blast with the guided water activities such as volleyball, tug-of-war or pillow fights. Mom and Dad can chill out here and cheer from a distance!
Don’t miss the adults-only Lazy Pool too, which features idyllic spa-style pools with fountains. In this corner of the resort, the ambience is perfectly tranquil and peaceful – perfect for you and your spouse to enjoy some quiet time while the kids are having fun in the Kids’ Club or Kids Water Fun Zone.
Soak in one of the pools together, get your back massaged by the waterfall and soak up the sun on the poolside lounge beds afterwards, with drinks and snacks to go along. This is what holidaying is all about!
An all-inclusive family vacation is really what Bali Dynasty Resort is all about. I love the idea that most of the facilities and activities are complimentary (included in the room rate), and that young kids eat for free – it’s great value for money for the entire family. You aren’t just booking a room, but signing up for a full-blown family vacation! I know where I will be taking my future kids to during the summer break next time!
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