Bali: the Island of the Gods is a destination so special to me … most likely as it is where my husband and I were engaged, married and if our dates are correct, the place of baby #2’s conception. It is also where I celebrated turning 30 and should I dare say it – 40!
Bali rightly earns its place as one of Asia’s most beloved beach paradises. So close to Australia and with so many low cost airline carriers flying here, the island is an easy holiday option for many of us, especially for those of us with children. Bali has a host of hotels, resorts and villas with close at hand babysitting, nannies, kids clubs as well an increasing number of activities such as Waterbom Park, Splashpark, white water rafting, safari and marine park and more to offer. Additionally attractive is the warm and caring nature of the Balinese who are so fond and friendly to children – even ushering you like a VIP through customs to avoid those painstakingly long queues.
I was privileged to be able to stay and review the new Alila Seminyak and return to one of my old favorites, the Alila Mangiss situated in a coconut grove on the quieter side of the island, east Bali, just near Candi Dasa.
The name Alila comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘surprise’ which suitably describes the refreshing character of the Alila properties. The goal of the Alila is to send its guests home with spiritual and emotional memories, not just souvenirs. This statement I can not disagree with – based on this I think we are already a good fit.
For any of you considering a trip to Bali, either for the first time or for your 20th time, I recommend accessing some of the brilliant blogs specifically on Bali . Some of my favourites and go to’s are little bali love, little miss bali, the bali guru, the bali bible and an old fashioned resource – a book – Bali with Kids guidebook!
Selamat tinggal (goodbye) for now. I will upload my review of both resorts and the experiences my children (and I) enjoyed at both destinations for you soon.