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Family Vacation Fun

Bali is a wondrous location for a family trip, exposing children and adults alike to a singular culture, spectacular nature and delicious cuisines. The proximity to wildlife is one of the unique highlights of visiting Bali, along with ample time to relax and explore their surroundings. Get ready to explore from beaches to mountains with jungles and forests in between.

Day

1

MORNING
  • River Rafting.

    Go for bold adventure by rafting on the Ayung River, where you’ll take in the gorgeous scenery, discover secluded waterfalls and swim in the pristine water. Your professional guide will help you navigate class II and III rapids, but keep in mind that this will be easier and safer with kids who are confident swimmers. Your outing will take about three hours total on the water. 

MIDDAY
  • Sculptures in the Wild.

    Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park is the ultimate in child-friendly art viewing with large-scale sculptures scattered throughout an expansive setting. There are dance and theater performances on-site hourly, so check the schedule when you arrive to see what’s on that day. 

AFTERNOON
  • Pool Time.

    Relax after an active day with time at one of the pools at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. You can head for the kids’ pool with water slides or for the main pool with its panoramic view of the ocean and umbrellas for shade. Order a frosty beverage and wait for the hourly poolside service of refreshments. 

EVENING
  • The Beach Grill.

    Enjoy food as good as the view at The Beach Grill. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of the restaurant as you overlook the Indian Ocean and enjoy freshly caught seafood and grilled specialties. And make sure to order a glass of the signature house sangria, available in white or red versions.  

Day

2

MORNING
  • Mount Batur.

    While pre-sunrise hikes are popular on this tall peak, we suggest letting the kids sleep a full night and starting up in the early morning. Take the walk slowly with breaks and snacks. At the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views. There is also a good stopping point most of the way up that avoids the final sandy walk to the peak, which might be more manageable with kids. And remember, it’s a lot easier on the way back down! It is a two hour-plus drive each way, but you’ll see a tremendous amount of the countryside as a bonus to the trip.

AFTERNOON
  • Photo Shoot.

    It’s always a challenge to get a great family photo on vacation, but what better time is there to get that holiday card shot? Take advantage of a complimentary guest photo shoot at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, and get hard or digital copies of photographs of everyone or just the kids at the resort.

EVENING
  • Pirate’s Bay Bali.

    A dinner worth arriving early for awaits at Pirate’s Bay. Let your children’s imaginations run wild as they climb treehouses, dress up like pirates, and generally maraud around giant wooden boats at this pirate-themed restaurant. Kids can participate in an hourlong treasure hunt on the beach to find the Great Pirate Captain’s treasure. 

Day

3

MORNING
  • Breakfast at Senses.

    Get off on the right foot with a filling breakfast at Senses. The little ones can find favorites like eggs and Belgian waffles, and adults can pick from healthy or indulgent options. Or if you are ready to embrace your time in Bali fully, try a regional specialty like chicken rice congee. 

MIDDAY
  • Camel Safari.

    Take in the stunning white-sand beaches along the southern coastline of Nusa Dua from your perch on top of a camel! The Bali Camel Safari is the only one on the island, and the steady pace of the animals makes it fun for all ages. Travel guides will accompany you on your beach tour, even holding the reins of the camels to make sure you’re moving at a safe pace. Don’t forget to bring your camera and sunblock. 

AFTERNOON
  • Sea Masters.

    Do you have a little mermaid or a future fisherman in your family? Ritz Kids allows your child to channel her inner mermaid with a swimsuit complete with tail for her pool time with a fresh coconut drink. The Little Fisherman program introduces children into the day in the life of a fisherman on the Sawangan Beach on the Indian Ocean. The fishermen will share their equipment, teaching the little ones how to fish the traditional way.  

  • Spa Time.

    While the kids are off learning to fish or splashing around in the pool, you can make your way to the spa for one of the nine unique treatment rooms or four treatment villas, if you prefer a combined couple’s treatment. 

EVENING
  • Night Safari.

    You’ve already ridden the camels, and now your children can feel as if they are continuing on safari with this special Ritz Kids package. They are set up in the room with a tent, flashlight, compass, lion toy and more to create the feeling of a full-blown campout. While is this aimed at kids 4–8 years old, children younger than 4 can participate and will get their own special takeaways. 

Day

4

MORNING
  • Cooking Class.

    Experience a different part of Bali by driving a little over an hour to Ubud. The whole family can learn more about Bali’s culinary history and present state in Ketut’s Bali Cooking Class. Get to Ubud early to start with a market tour, and then take your fresh finds back to the classroom to start chopping, sautéing and more. Finish your class by eating what you’ve made! 

MIDDAY
  • Monkey Forest.

    Children of all ages will be transported by the Monkey Forest, where 600 monkeys roam free in over 100 species of trees. You can feed the monkeys bananas that you purchase on-site, but be careful not to bring other snacks into the park as they might try to find them on you. Walk through the 25 acres of conservation land for a fully immersive experience.  

AFTERNOON
  • Gelato Stop.

    Time to refuel after walking in the Monkey Forest. Gaya Gelato offers creamy, handmade flavors that are sophisticated enough for adults (Ginger Stracciatella) but delicious enough for all ages (Peanut Crunch). Take your gelato with you as you walk through the Ubud Market, picking up souvenirs from your time in Bali.  

EVENING
  • Dinner in Ubud.

    Bridges Bali gets its name from its distinctive spot over the gently flowing Wos River. While you enjoy the view from the seven-story restaurant and the sophisticated approach to updated Balinese cooking, your kids can chow down on pasta and cheesecake from the flexible menu. Don’t miss the award-winning wine list as you order for yourself. 

Profile of an elephant eating from a green, leafy tree

Day

5

MORNING
  • Breakfast with Orangutans.

    With rambunctious kids around, you might feel like you are often having breakfast with monkeys, but the Bali Zoo offers a very real version of the experience. Eat your pancakes and drink Balinese coffee while surrounded by orangutans and other animals. Head out to explore the zoo itself after you’re done with your meal. 

AFTERNOON
  • Bali Safari & Marine Park.

    Get even closer to the animal action with a guided safari. Once you’re on the bus, you’ll drive through the habitats of Indonesia, Africa and India. Check the schedule for the regular shows like white tiger feeding and elephant patrol. If you bring a bathing suit and a change of clothes, you can also cool off in the on-site waterpark (you’ll find the pool café there as well).  

EVENING
  • Dinner at Breezes.

    End your stay with dinner at Breezes, the tapas bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. Enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails while taking in the panoramic view of the Indian Ocean over the beach. Little ones will be delighted with spaghetti al pomodoro and cheeseburgers, while you tuck into the Iberian sampler.