We recently explored every inch of InterContinental Bali and finally reached this verdict – InterContinental Bali is one of the best places to have an unforgettable beachfront family vacation with the kids in Bali.
Don’t believe us? Check out the never-ending awesome family activities, excellent kid-friendly facilities, and all the other great ways to enjoy the hotel that we’ve unearthed during our stay!
InterContinental Bali has successfully infused true Balinese culture within a vast green oasis complete with amenities guaranteed to give your family the best settings for a holiday that allows you to bond, have fun, and create beautiful memories.
Without further ado here are the 6 fantastic ways to have the ultimate family vacation at InterContinental Bali!
1. Fun family bonding begins in these luxurious pools!
Always a highly anticipated hotel feature, InterContinental Bali has 6 incredible pools with a different pool for everyone. Here are our 3 favourite picks that will definitely satisfy every family member’s needs!
(We certainly took this chance for a quality swim, and mingled with other guests who were enjoying their own down time with their kids!)
1-a) Fun for the whole family (with a swim-up bar too!) – The Main Pool
Positioned right smack in the middle of the resort gardens, the 35-metre long pool comes with different pool depths.
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Feel free to relax in style and float adrift while the kids play a round of marcopolo or ball tossing – and when you need refreshments, swim up to the pool bar at the side to order up some drinks and snacks for everyone! If you prefer to catch longer break, there’s also a sun terrace on the other side of the pool with rows of sunbeds perfect for lounging in the sun.
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1-b) Everyone will love this special replica of Bali’s famous public baths – Balinese Bath Pool
The Balinese often enjoy public baths in a temple courtyard, and it is one of the Bali ways of life. InterContinental Bali replicated this extraordinary experience in a pool with a shallow depth especially dedicated for children where they can enjoy water flowing out of the 5 sculptures that look just like a real public bath.
Parents are also welcome to lounge in the surrounding lazy chairs and enjoy some quiet.
1-c) Have fun with water spouting out off the walls of this pool! – Fountain Pool
Perfect for the family, the Fountain Pool is placed beside a stone bridge that leads to the resort garden. With a traditional Balinese design, it’s an instant favorite especially for kids and teenagers, since there are plenty of mini fountains spraying cool water from its walls. Though it’s also quite shallow, this irresistibly fun pool will make even the adults long to jump in for a splashing time.
2. Have a blast with exciting family bonding activities at every corner of the hotel!
We were surprised at the wide variety of activities were available at InterContinental Bali! This hotel is constantly livened up with recreational options every hour. Designed for kids and adults alike, check out the activities you simply must try!
2-a. Good times ahead with endless complimentary guest activities.
Fast service and awesome activities that are free? Surely it can’t get better than this
2-a-i. Chill around the best spots & playground in the Alun-Alun Garden.
The hotel’s vast Alun-Alun Garden is a huge green estate with strategically placed gazebos, sun terraces, long recliners, and cosy bamboo pods. There are even several hammocks if you fancy a quick nap or a suntanning session.
Photo by InterContinental Bali Resort
Despite our best efforts to stay awake and fully enjoy the scenery, the whole ambience put us most at ease that we dozed off (more than a few times!) on the lazy long chairs. Now if that isn’t the very definition of relaxation, we don’t know what is.
Tip (Secret areas around the resort!):
– Hidden at the left side at the rear end of Alun-Alun Garden is a small playground that is perfect for your little ones, with swings, a tube, a slide and more on a neatly-trimmed grass expanse.
– The Spa Garden right in front of Uluwatu Spa also has a hidden resting place shaded by tall trees with a calm pond and the perfect view! We’re not ashamed to admit that we exploited the place by instagramming every inch of this spot #heavenonearth.
2-a-ii. Have a family sports day anytime you want
InterContinental Bali provides balls so you can always challenge your kids to an impromptu soccer game. If you prefer something more relaxing, hop on the parked bicycles and explore every nook and cranny of the resort. There are also watersport activities and a volleyball field at Sunset Garden, all of which are free for your use!
2-a-iii. Frolic at InterContinental Bali’s stretch of Jimbaran Beach
The InterContinental Jimbaran beach is most favoured for its views and and pristine white sand that allows kids to explore without parents having to worry too much. The waves are soothing and mild for all kinds of swimming, surfing, and other water sport activities.
Lined with long rows of lazy chairs and bamboo shades, InterContinental Bali presents 600-metres of the impeccably clean beach strip that is the perfect sunset viewing spot!
While the Jimbaran Beach of Intercontinental Bali is not a private beach, we definitely saw how its strip is much cleaner and more well-kept than the rest. It’s easy to tell where the hotel’s side of the beach begins and ends – it is THAT obvious!
2-b) Exclusive and extraordinary activities at InterContinental Bali worthy of the price.
If you’re ready to take your family to the next level of excitement, then there are options available such as the most popular and recommended Kedonganan Fisherman Bike tour. With a bicycle and a helmet, have a fun exploration with a trusted guide.
The experience begins with a 10-minute cycle to the colorful and lively local market with fresh produce and tasty local breakfast. Next, you’ll get to see a banjar ( community hall) up close, a primary school, a beachside, and the largest fish dock in Bali before finally hitting the pedals back to hotel for your scrumptious breakfast.
The whole cycling trip takes around 2 hours due to the stops, and the track is quite mild and relaxing. Overall, it’s a different experience that allows you and your family to witness firsthand how the locals live, especially in the Uluwatu area.
To us, the highlight of our trip was the rare glimpse into the everyday life of the Balinese – the primary students’ morning exercise routine in their school, and fishermen preparing their nets and boats to go out to sea in the late morning.
Price: From Rp.150,000++/ USD $11++ person. Book a day prior as the tour starts quite early at 6am in the morning. Find out more here
3. Let the kids have fun at the cultural and educational kids’ club – Planet Trekkers
Kids come first when you’re in InterContinental Bali. Let your kids learn the Balinese ways of life in their signature kid’s club, Planet Trekkers. The consistent Balinese theme is applied in an educational way so that every child can experience local perspectives and skills!
The best part is that they have a professional on-call nanny facility that you can count on by the hourly rate. Check out what your kids can learn in their unique daily schedules.
3-a. Feed the ducks, visit a cow farm, and release sea turtles
While the kid’s club is a spacious room with an outdoor playing space, Planet Trekkers loves giving kids an unforgettable experience interacting with animals. Every afternoon, kids will pack a bucket of bread to feed ducks at the pond of Alun-Alun Garden, or visit the cow farm that is located within the hotel complex.
Their sea turtle release program is also a favorite for every Thursday and Sunday. Just make sure to check in with their daily activities to plan the best time for your kids to have fun at Planet Trekkers.
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3-b. Hone your kids’ cultural understanding and artistic skills.
Introduce your kids to the charming local lessons that take place every day in Planet Trekkers. From learning to speak Bahasa Indonesia or the Balinese dance – they may even practice their artistic skills in T-shirt or egg painting, and Balinese art & craft!
This experience was one of the best parts of Planet Trekkers for our kids, partly because they were introduced to something entirely different and yet meaningful to them. Our biggest salute goes to the staff and the nannies who put in every effort to win our kids’ hearts – and guide them through every little process with such care.
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3-c. Simply relax in Planet Trekkers‘ complete facilities and professional care
As you step into the cosy kids’ club, be prepared to be greeted by friendly staff who are always ready to help your kids play. The indoor club is divided into a computer section for interactive learning, a clean mat area for play pretend with toys, and a movie area with bean bag chairs.
The outdoor space promises an equally awesome playtime where a sandpit, pool, playground, and a mini basketball court awaits. There is also a mini foosball table and hockey table for their enjoyment. Let your kids play to their hearts’ content in this kid’s paradise under the watchful eyes of the staff!
Photo by InterContinental Bali Resort
4. Redefine the meaning of family bonding in each dining experience.
A meal is never simply a regular occasion at InterContinental Bali. With a mission to spoil you with their tasty culinary creations, here are the best spots to dine with your family throughout the day!
4-a. For breakfast (or brunch), enjoy an extensive selection! – Taman Gita Terrace
There are actually several breakfast options you can enjoy ie. the Club Lounge or Jimbaran Gardens, but Taman Gita Terrace will be the best choice. It provides the most complete choices from fresh pastries and local delights, to international buffet, tasty desserts and fruits. This endless selection will put your mind at ease as your kids will be able to pick from the many alternatives available.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day of our kids – and we definitely enjoyed this vast selection! Even our picky young one had more than enough of her fill before the day started.
The ambience is also a defining factor. You can choose from dining indoor in their posh restaurant or enjoy the lovely tropical garden from the terrace outside.
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4-b. For lunch, you’ll love the views and relaxed environment – Jimbaran Gardens
How about an extraordinary meal with the sea right in front of you? Make use of the resting area shielded by bamboo shade just beside the Jimbaran beach as the cafe rolls out your order made by the hands of professional chefs.
From local delights such as the signature suckling pig (Babi Guling) and mixed rice (Nasi Campur), to the heavenly oxtail soup. Get ready to have your tastebuds tantalized. There are of course, other lunch menus where pasta, steaks, sandwiches, and other international favourites are available!
Don’t forget to get your kids the fine creme brulee or black rice pudding with vanilla ice cream on top for a little sweet ending to your lunch-by-the-beach experience.
4-c. For afternoon tea, lounge around the private posh club facilities – Club InterContinental Lounge, Club Pool Bar
Paying for a Club InterContinental will get you more than what you pay for. A dedicated exclusive club lounge means complimentary flow of snacks and drinks every hour, complimentary afternoon tea, and also 3 hours of complimentary cocktails and canapés every day including alcohol and other beverages.
This makes it the perfect time to cool down if your kids are still off exploring the hotel. If they want to stay in tow, then head out to the Club Bar where the wooden deck provides seats for younger kids who wants to relax with cool drinks in their hands.
Either way, anyone can always appreciate a tall glass of Rosella Ice Tea and a few bites of mini tarts and cakes arranged in tiered glass plates before you carry on your awesome day at the hotel. We certainly did!
4-d. For dinner, treat your family to an unforgettably fancy experience! – KO Japanese Restaurant & Bella Cucina
There’s no harm in treating your loved and little ones with extra attention in these fancy dinner options :
4-d-i. The award winning & highly entertaining Japanese venue – KO Japanese Restaurant
Head to KO for an authentic contemporary Japanese dining experience situated at its own lavish wing with two options, Teppanyaki or Sushi. Teppanyaki promises an interactive culinary experience, where chefs cook and grill Japanese specialities before your eyes, then serve them directly on the elegant marble counters.
They will not only fill your appetite with fresh ingredients and matching taste – but also provide entertainment for your kids in the form of live acrobatic skills in the kitchen accompanied by the chants and claps of amused patrons
What really stood out for us was the quality and freshness of raw ingredients that they prepared. We could tell that they provided only A grade and nothing less! Combined with the generous chef who was willing to cook certain dishes to your liking – we definitely requested more red wine with our ribs!
4-d-ii. The Italian dinner with a twinkling view – Bella Cucina
An Italian dinner always means a warm family affair and Bella Cucina definitely provides that intimate dining experience. Bella Cucina or the “beautiful kitchen” is housed in a posh restaurant with cosy ambience and a busy kitchen that serves classic Italian dishes.
This opulent restaurant also offers various vintage wines and champagnes that are kept with care in the fully-stored wine cellar. You may request to be seated in the al fresco dining section in front of the building to enjoy your family evening under twinkling stars and lanterns.
4-e. Beachfront supper and desserts not to miss – Sunset Beach Bar & Grill
Overlooking the sweeping Jimbaran bay, Sunset Beach Bar & Grill is an open-air beachfront bar for the more casual crowd. As the soothing ocean breeze puts an end to your fun-filled day, get the best front-row seat to the beach and its crashing waves.
With your toes in the sand and tall shades above your head, order some cool drinks from the bar for yourselves with complimentary salted peanuts. Treat the kids to gelato cones or cups with variety of tropical flavors from the counter to quench their thirst .
The fancy flavours had us coming back two nights in a row since the kids simply couldn’t have had enough of Tiramisu and Lemon Meringue Pie.
The balmy evening will serenely pass you by as the tree lanterns and fire torches burn their last fickle flame, while the memory stays with you forever.
5. Watersports at its finest – Learn & bond as a sea-loving family
Remember when we mentioned how Jimbaran beach is an all-around family-friendly beach? Yeap, InterContinental Bali brings it to another level by working with Rip Curl to establish a watersports centre!
5-a. Little surfers in action – Little Ripper by Rip Curl
Coached by professionals themselves, your little ones can brave the relatively calm waters and learn how to ride the ideal waves. Specially to educate kids on this fun sport, Little Ripper is a one-hour basic surfing lesson.
However, if you have experienced teenagers who already know how to surf, they can have fun on the experienced surfing trip where Rip Curl organises traditional fishing boats trips to the outer reefs in the bay and hunt for bigger surf breaks to surf!
As parents to young kids, we know how such a different experience can make a memory of a lifetime. It’s not everyday we can have our girls connect with the sea, and learn something that is not only fun but also good for physical fitness as well!
Photo via RipCurl
5-b. Boogie down with your kids – BodyBoarding
Nowhere else is better to learn BodyBoarding than at Jimbaran Bay. Sometimes known as Boogie Boarding, it is a water activity that is highly suitable for beginners and children. In this 1-hour session, embrace the waves while boogie-ing on the epoxy boards provided by the hotel with your kids!
Photo via RipCurl
5-c) More for adventurous teens – Sea-Kayaking
Great for your older kids, calm waters means some kayaking is in order. Hire a single or double sea kayaks and pair up! As you paddle ahead, the hotel will also encourage you to do some fun light fishing and gear will be prepared for you.
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6. Want to head out? Unveiling more of Bali just minutes away from the hotel!
Located just 15 minutes away from the airport, InterContinental Bali is also strategically placed right in the middle of Kuta and Nusa Dua. Depending on your mood and schedule of the day, you can visit the more tourist-famous beach destinations or the more laidback and tranquil south.
There are also two famous spots just minutes away from InterContinental Bali that you can visit for the family entertainment of the day:
6-a. The epic cultural park – Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Uluwatu
Devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu and the majestic Garuda Bird as his fierce mythical companion, this 60 hectare cultural park is often chosen to host many large-scale local and international events.
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Blurring the line between fantasy and modern technology, the uniquely themed park is an all-age tourist spot with breathtaking panorama, traditional performance, and impressive gateway to an unforgettable cultural experience.
6-b. The internationally renowned ceramic workshop – Jenggala Ceramic, Uluwatu
With over 3 decades of handmade experience, your family will get a taste of local glass and ceramic handicraft.