Written by Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon
Travelling with my muslim family members can be difficult, though I try to be more flexible, they are less than willing – which is fine, because everyone has their own way of doing things! It does always open my eyes up to how limited the options are for us muslim travellers though.
Bali is no exception, despite Indonesia being a majority muslim country, Bali is not, and it shows! Thankfully in recent years more and more options have popped up, which is why I can finally write this mini-guide about the most muslim-friendly places to stay, restaurants to dine in, and activities to do (though these don’t vary much). I’ve also worked out a list of major mosques in each of the main areas too!
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Here’s a quick overview of this Muslim family guide to Bali
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1. Mosques around Bali’s main areas
2. Muslim-friendly hotels to stay at
3. Halal and muslim-friendly eateries to eat at
4. Muslim-friendly activities to have endless fun with
5. Getting around Bali (male and female drivers)
You can find mosques at each of the main areas here:
Kuta – Masjid Ar-Rahmat
Canggu – Masjid al-hasanah
Seminyak – Masjid At Taqwa
Uluwatu – Masjid Agung Palapa
Ubud – Masjid Ubudiyah
Nusa Dua – Puja Mandala
Muslim-friendly hotels to stay at1. A treat for the whole family (with 3 halal-certified restaurants) – Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Looking for a variety of family accommodations by the beach? This luxury beachfront hotel has Deluxe Rooms for 3 and 4, and Family Rooms are complete with kids’ space and bunk beds. And that’s not to mention the long list of activities your kids can indulge in.
The Gecko Kid’s Club offers half-day activities, and if you’re a parent to 3- to 12-year-olds, rest assured that your little ones will be supervised with highly qualified staff during playtime.
So enjoy some downtime in Bali, indulge in the resort’s amenities like a spa or enjoy a romantic meal at one of their three halal-certified restaurants, one of them even overlooking the ocean!
As a family, you can take part in activities such as Fruit Carving Class, Coconut Weaving Class, Garden Tour and Watersports. You can even make full use of the Game Room for entertainment!
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Nearest mosque: 7 minutes drive to Puja Mandala Check Rate on Agoda
Rates: From USD $125 (Approximately Rp. 1,745,000)
Address: Kawasan BTDC Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot. North 4, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363
Contact: +62 361 771 210
2. Tastefully modern ‘island getaway’ (with halal breakfast buffet) – Fontana Hotel Bali, a PHM Collection
Tucked away in a corner of Kuta lays Fontana hotel, which seems like an island getaway on its own. You wouldn’t believe this hidden gem exists along the busy streets of Kuta.
The design of the hotel is minimalistic yet with a hint of character. With little art pieces that add a splash of colour to white canvas walls, you’ll never be bored while walking around the property.
Now, did I mention? Their breakfast spread is halal, so you can eat as much as you want to energise yourself for a full day of exploring!
And what’s a beach hotel without a pool? You can simply chill by the poolside, surrounded with greens and serenity, and take a long-deserved breather from the everyday hustle and bustle. Perfect for a relaxing swim to calm your nerves too!
Even its restaurant, Portabella Bistro, has an outdoor seating area that allows you to reconnect with Mother Nature, and feel the warmth of the morning rays above you. If you’re an indoor person, enjoy the other side of Portabella that’s filled with unique decor.
The hotel is just a 10-minute drive away from Seminyak and Double Six Beach, and a 15-minute drive from the shopping streets of Kuta!
Fontana Hotel Bali, a PHM Collection
Nearest mosque: 4 minutes drive to Masjid Ar-Rahmat Check Rate on Agoda
Rates: From USD $25 (Approximately Rp. 350,000)
Address: Jl. Dewi Sri No. 68, Legian – Kuta , 80361 Legian, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 894 7100
3. A rooftop lounge with a view to die for (with halal-certified restaurants) – Aston Kuta Hotel & Residence
Walking distance to both a beach and a mall, could Aston hotel be located any better? Not to mention it’s close to the airport so you can go from the long immigration line straight to your hotel in no time and get your holiday started!
Besides their halal-certified restaurants, you’ll find a gorgeous rooftop lounge at Aston where you can spend your evenings sipping on ice cold coconuts while watching the sunset, and a nice refreshing pool for you to splash in when the sun gets too hot, this is the perfect hotel for a relaxing stay.
Aston Kuta Hotel & Residence
Nearest mosque: 12 minutes drive to Masjid Ar-Rahmat Check Rate on Agoda
Rates: From USD $132 (Approximately Rp. 1,843,000)
Address: Jl. Wana Segara No. 2 – 5 Kuta, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 754 999 / +62 818 0488 4888 (Whatsapp)
4. A HALAL Dim Sum buffet that everyone raves about: The Trans Resort Bali
Famed for their all-you-can-eat halal Dim Sum buffet, you can expect great things from The Trans Resort. With comfortable rooms and being in the heart of Seminyak, there’s honestly nowhere else you need to stay!
With a gorgeous sand-bottom pool in the centre of the resort, you could spend your days lazing about in the sun while the kids play in the man made beach beside you! If you’ve had enough, then head to their spa for a lovely massage before heading out into the hustle and bustle of the city.
Don’t forget to indulge your stomach every morning at their halal breakfast buffet, and definitely put aside one night to try out their halal Chinese food that everyone raves about!
The Trans Resort Bali
Nearest mosque: 6 minutes drive to At Taqwa Mosque Check Rate on Agoda
Rates: From USD $147 (Approximately Rp. 2,052,000)
Address: Jalan Sunset Road Kerobokan, Kerobokan Kelod, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 898 1234
5. Find this spacious tropical haven that’s walking distance to the mosque!: – Villa Kedis
Situated in Canggu, Kei Residence boasts of good value and accessibility to Berawa Beach. Not only is the stay located only a 12 minute walk from the nearest mosque but each villa here comes with a private pool and bedrooms that are decked in stylish furnishing, with a touch of local artistry for a signature Balinese stay.
The lavish decor is further enhanced by the spacious rooms and a sparkling swimming pool your kids will love.
Kei Residence also goes by its old name “Villa Kedis” and is well-known for its top notch and impeccable guest care by its attentive staff. And with just three villas in its exclusive complex, you can expect extra personalised and meticulous service.
There’s even a scooter rental service at the villa, so you can also explore popular beaches a few kilometers away, such as Batu Bolong and Echo Beach!
Nearest mosque: 3 minutes drive to Al Hasanah Mosque Check rate on Booking.com
Rates: From USD $208 (Approximately Rp. 2,905,000) for Two-Bedroom Private Pool Villa
Address: Jalan Raya Semat Gang 17 Gang Jalak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 852 4326 6208
6. Private pool with lush paddy fields near halal restaurant – Dewi Sri Private Villa
Being only 7 minutes’ walk from the famed Halal Ubud Burger, you won’t go hungry whilst staying here! With a signature view of tranquil lush paddy fields, a spacious setting, a big verandah and complete with a large private pool in a lovely garden, it’s easy to see why Dewi Sri Private Villa is a favorite choice for families with children.
Although not in central Ubud, commuting is fairly convenient because the daily shuttle service to and from Ubud central is available until late in the evening. So you can pack the kids in tow anytime for a trip down to Ubud Market or Ubud Palace that’s just a few kilometres away!
Dewi Sri Private Villa
Nearest mosque: 11 minutes drive to Masjid Ubudiyah Check Rate on Agoda
Rates: From USD $104 (Approximately Rp. 1,452,000) for Two Bedroom VIlla With Private Pool
Address: Jl. Subak Sala, Br. Sala,, Pejeng Kawan, Tampaksiring, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80552
Contact: +62 812 2017 5795
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7. A halal tribute to traditional art and local cuisine – BATIK Bali (Halal)
Mixing three delicious cuisines and paying tribute to an art form so familiar to Indonesia, BATIK Restaurant Bar, is a magical place to visit.
Batik is a traditional art form native to Indonesia, typically you see it on prints, and this is displayed in this cafe along the walls, on the cushions, and even the lamp shades! Batik varies from region to region, but one thing’s for sure, it’s amazing to look at.
The food here is a mix of Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Thai food, all of which have their own unique spices, tastes, and textures. You’ll have such a hard time choosing what to eat, it’s probably recommended you gather a group of friends and share a bunch of foods! If you do happen to be there alone though, the Beef Rendang seems to be something you just can’t miss!
BATIK Restaurant Bar
Halal?: Yes Website
Nearest mosque: 10 minutes drive to At Taqwa Mosque
Price: From Rp. 60,000 (Approximately USD $4.30)
Address: Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Seminyak, Bali, 80361
Contact: +62 361 735 171
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 11am – 11pm
8. Something anyone loves (even kids)!: Deliziosa Pizza & Pasta (Halal)
Pizza is by far the most superior food in the world. Gooey, cheesy goodness could never get old. On holiday, or no matter where you are, there’s an off chance that you’ll suddenly get a hankering for pizza. While Bali has no shortage of incredible Pizzeria’s, finding one that’s 100% halal can be a little bit of a challenge.
Thankfully Deliziosa Pizza & Pasta understands, serving up warm slices in their gorgeous blue restaurant, the ambience is completely vibrant! Everyone there is enjoying both pizza and pasta having great conversations, and savouring the night without having to worry about what’s on your plate and in your glass as no alcohol is served in here!
Deliziosa Pizza & Pasta
Halal?: Yes Website
Nearest mosque: 9 minutes drive to Masjid Ar-Rahmat
Price: From Rp. 65,000 (Approximately USD $4.65)
Address: Jalan Popies II No.46, Kuta, Badung, Bali (2nd floor of poppies spa),
Contact: +62 878 6200 7505 / +62 361 4727 524
Opening hours: Sat – Thu, 8am – 12am; Fri, 1pm – 12am
9. You’ll even find a prayer room here! – Halal Ubud Burger (Halal)
There’s nothing more satisfying than a nice juicy burger, it’s comfort food at its finest, and it’s the one meal that you can find in any destination! Now, we know you’ll think about big fast food chains for that but what if you could enjoy homemade burgers instead? And plus, these are halal-certified!
Capturing the market perfectly, Halal Ubud Burger aims to be the comfort food provider for all travellers, muslim or not! On the second floor, you’ll also find a prayer room for your every need, they provide praying mats as well.
Their adorable roadside cafe is the perfect place to stop by after exploring a little bit of Ubud’s cultural attractions. Fuel up before heading back out for more shopping at the market!
Halal Ubud Burger
Halal?: Yes Website
Nearest mosque: 11 minutes drive to Masjid Ubudiyah
Price: From Rp. 55,000 (Approximately USD $3.95)
Address: Jalan Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 813 5300 5772
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 10pm
10. Enjoy seafood the Jack Sparrow way – The Pirates Bay Bali (Halal)
Seafood is best enjoyed when you get the whole shebang rolled in one – experience it like a little scalawag, aboard a pirate ship overlooking the spectacular ocean!
Drown yourself in their glorious “Pirates Basket”, ideal for sharing – or guzzling alone. The restaurant has perfected the delicate balance of crispy seafood exteriors with interiors so tender and juicy, they almost melt in your mouth!
Served on a banana leaf, the seafood feast at The Pirates Bay features large portions of shrimp, fish, squid and crabs – our favorite crustaceans that are prized by every guests for their gooey, bright-orange roe and tickling Balinese flavors!
The beach is practically the national religion of Indonesia, a country where 99 percent of visitors logs at least one cooling session a week. And what better way to replenish yourself afterwards than with another Balinese tradition – a platter of perfectly marinated seafood?
The Pirates Bay offers seafood with a side of french fries but also spectacular ocean views to relish on!
With a scene straight out of the Pirates of the Caribbean and a kids-friendly menu, you can be sure that your little ones will be the happiest of them all while your hands get dirty with chunks of the freshest seafood!
The Pirates Bay Bali
Halal?: Yes Website
Nearest mosque: 13 minutes drive to Puja Mandala
Price: Rp. 550,000 (Approximately USD $40) (Sharing platter for minimum 2 pax)
Address: The Bay Bali ITDC Area Lot C-0 Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 894 8138
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 10pm
11. Discover the Middle Eastern side of Bali: Falafel Temple (Muslim-friendly)
Falafel Temple is a Middle Eastern escape in the midst of Bali’s bustling streets. Of course, given it’s in Bali, there’s a tropical aspect to it too in the form of its decor. Moroccan tiles line the floors, colourful cushions surround the tables, and brightly patterned plates are used to serve your delicious food. All of these little details make you feel like you’ve transported yourself to Marrakech!
Start with hummus, a quintessential Middle Eastern dish, order it with a side of freshly baked pita and you’ve got yourself ready to begin a feast. Then of course, you have to try their falafels, it’s in their name afterall! Crispy on the outside, but soft and flavourful on the inside, there are two types to choose from. Herb or Harissa, you can’t go wrong!
Halal?: No, plant-based Website
Nearest mosque: 5 minutes drive to Masjid Al-Hasanah
Price: From Rp. 30,000 (Approximately USD $2.15)
Address: Jalan Pantai Berawa No.35, Tibubeneng, Bali 80361
Contact: +62 811 396 7979
Opening hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 10pm; Sun, 11am – 9pm
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12. Have fun in some of Bali’s best natural attractions! – Desa Temukus and Gitgit Waterfall
One of the best things to do in Bali is immerse yourself in its magnificent nature! With endless options from cool mountain tops to vast oceans, you’ll find yourself completely spoiled for choice. Often though, spending time with family is equally important, so here are some family friendly natural options!
The Marigold fields of Bali are famous for how gorgeous they are, bright orange against vivid green sprawl across the horizon! Take a trip to Desa Temukus for an explosion of colour! Want to witness this golden flowerbed at its best? Drop by for a visit before their harvest season. (Do check with your local friends before visiting, as the date of the local religious festivals will change every year due to the Balinese saka calendar system.) Remember to seek permission before entering!
For the slightly more adventurous families, a waterfall is calling! Bali is famed for their gushing falls, though some are better than others. At Gitgit Waterfall, the water is clean, fresh and cool at 22° Celsius. One of Bali’s tallest waterfalls with a height of nearly 58 metres and located in the middle of a forest, Gitgit Waterfall is where you can indulge in a refreshing bathing session surrounded by lush greenery of the rainforest all around!
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How to get there: Head toward Besakih temple first. Once you’ve reached the temple, ask the local villagers for directions and they will show you the exact location of Desa Temukus, which is located only 2 kilometres from the temple. As the road leading to the village is pretty narrow, we suggest using a motorcycle or a small car (Coordinates here)
Entrance fee: Rp. 20,000 (Approximately USD$1.50) for adults, Rp. 10,000 (Approximately USD$0.70) for children
Parking: Rp. 2,000 for motorcycles (Approximately USD$0.14)
Rp. 5,000 for cars (Approximately USD$0.34)
Address: Jalan Raya Bedugul – Singaraja, Gitgit, Sukasada, Kabupaten Buleleng, Bali 81161 (Coordinates here)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 8am – 5pm
13. It’s unheard of to go to Bali and not visit a beach! – Nusa Dua and Sanur Beach
When in Bali, nothing beats the beach! While some beaches are more famous than others, when it comes to good old family fun, your best bet will be the beaches down south.
Avoid the crowds and the beach touts of Kuta, stay away from the endless partying in Canggu, and head peacefully towards Sanur and Nusa Dua.
Arguably two of the most family-friendly beaches in Bali, the waves are slow and the current is soft, you and the little ones will have a blast just basking in the sun on the soft sand, and enjoying a dip in the cool waters without a crowd!
14. Savour a magnificent massage in the mountains – Karsa Spa
Ubud is Bali’s day spa central, so the folks at Karsa Spa set out to do something different…
…with trained Reiki massage practitioners, Ayurvedic organic oils, an eco-friendly philosophy, and lushly designed and decorated relaxation rooms to match the stunning surroundings.
At the top of a small mountain, the grounds of this beloved institution look out across verdant paddy fields, and the gorgeous treatment rooms are swathed in tropical flora and trickling waterfalls.
After your rub down, enjoy a soothing fragrant bath in the outdoor spa overlooking Ubud’s countryside.
Karsa’s staff are highly trained and dedicated massage practitioners, offering both traditional and Reiki treatments for really affordable prices too! With both male and female practitioners on hand, you can rest easy knowing this massage is completely muslim friendly!
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Price: From Rp. 220,000 (Approximately USD $15.75) for a 1-hour Traditional Balinese Massage Website
Address: Jl. Bangkiang Sidem, Tegallalang, Kab. Gianyar, Bali
Contact: +62 813 5339 2013 / +62 812 3665 7908 / +62 821 4557 7203 (WhatsApp)
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 7pm
15. Spoil your little ones – Westin Kids Spa
This is the perfect place to spoil your little princes and princesses. Yes, while Mom and Dad are pampering themselves, the kids can get their fair share of facials, mani-pedi and massages too!
At Westin Kids Spa, one of Bali’s rare children’s spas, both you and your little ones will be delighted at all the cute mini-treatments they can get, from mini facials to nail art to hairstyling for both boys and girls.
Girls can get their hair braided and beaded for the beach, or get a Best Friends Forever girly treatments with their friend.
You can also spend some Mommy-daughter/son time with the ‘Mommy and Me’ spa, where both of you get a massage by the beach!
Parent-child bonding can’t get more fun and relaxing!
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Price: Westin Kids Massage from Rp. 400,000 (Approximately USD $28.40); Normal 90-minute Massage from Rp.1,500,000 (Approximately USD $106.60) Website
Address: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua 80363 Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 771906; ext= 6438 (appointment is required)
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 10am-10pm
16. Make the most of Bali’s top family things to do – Temega Treehouse, Waterbom, Trans Studio
There’s nothing better than quality time with the little ones, Bali has plenty of family-friendly activities for people of all ages!
a. Every kids’ dream come true – Temaga Treehouse
Your kids (especially the teens) will love you if you bring them to Temega Tree House – a restaurant, tree house with a view and a suspension bridge all rolled into one.
After digging into your local snacks, you can walk from your table, along the bamboo suspension bridge to the tree house where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lush rice terraces of Karangasem from above!
b. Every little one loves water, don’t they? – Waterbom Bali
One super fun family thing to do? Head to Waterbom for a day (or more) packed with many thrilling activities! Kids can get pretty cranky in the Bali heat, so cool them off with a day at this incredible waterpark – which also happens to be number one in Asia and number 3 in the world!
c. Have fun at Bali’s first ever indoor theme park! – Trans Studio Bali
If mum wants to head on a shopping spree, then Trans Studio Mall Bali has a hidden secret, it’s home to Bali’s first ever indoor theme park, and one of the biggest in the world! So while mummy is happily indulging in various brands, the kiddos are having the time of their life on rollercoasters! It’s a win win!
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Entrance fees: Rp 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.75) for an Adult; Rp 5,000 (Approximately USD $0.38) for a Child
Address: Jl. Raya Tirta Gangga, Temega, Padang Kerta, Kec. Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811, Indonesia (Coordinates here)
Contact: +62 852 3776 5727
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 7am – 6pm
Entrance fee: Check rate on Klook
Adult pass: Rp. 482,432 (Approximately USD $35.35)
Child pass: Rp. 347,323 (Approximately USD $25.45)
Address: Jl. Kartika PO BOX 1055 Tuban Kuta Bali 80361
Contact: +62 361 755 676
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun, 9am – 6pm
Trans Studio Bali
Entrance fee: From Rp. 375,000 (Approximately USD $26.85) for Indonesians; Rp. 600,000 (Approximately USD $43.95) for Foreigners Website
Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol 440, Pemecutan Klod, Denpasar Barat, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80119
Contact: +62 361 6202 300
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 10am – 10pm
17. Be forever Eid-ready by shopping for gorgeous Kebayas! – Wani Raya Butik
Wani Raya Butik completely understands the psychology of lace – a myriad of colour options awaits to help you inform your entire look, confidence and grace as a woman.
Get ready for the immensely flattering compliments on your kebaya; the store also offers rental options for events and while you might want to go a little extra mile, why not request for a full customization of your kebaya to make it the trendiest of them all?
A little bit of glitter here and there… And gone are the days of the stink eye – you won’t have to show up at an event with the risk of someone else wearing the same outfit! We know how terrible it feels but one thing is for sure – Wani Raya Butik comprehends how unique you should look on a special occasion!
To instantly upgrade your look, the shop also sells accessories like earrings and rings, so dress up with the right amount of bling and be prepared to charm everyone in the room!
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Wani Raya Butik
Prices: From Rp. 200,000 – 2,000,000 (approximately USD $14 – $140) Website
Address: Jalan Tukad Pakerisan No 39 Denpasar, Bali
Contact: +62 819 9910 6969
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 10am – 7pm
Price: From Rp.600,000 per day (Approximately USD $42.95) Website
Contact: +62 822 3602 2182
Price: From Rp. 400,000 – Rp. 700,000 per day (Approximately USD $28.65 – $50.10)
Contact: +62 812 3673 3969 (Whatsapp)
Please book at least 1 week in advance to ensure car availability.
Note: 14-seater car also available, on request as from USD$100 per day (Approximately Rp.1,437,504).
Now that you know how to travel to Bali with your muslim family, tag them all below to let them know how perfect your next vacation sounds like!
PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you!
|PLEASE NOTE: All the above information is correct at the date of publication. If you come across any changes or updates, please let us know and we will update the information accordingly. Thank you! |