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Bali with 3 year old

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Bali with 3 year old

Hi TA members!

This forum is extremely helpful and I've gotten a lot of useful info to plan our Bali holiday.

We will arrive in Bali this Thursday and have booked ourselves at the highly recommended Ellie's for the first two nights. We plan to stay in Ubud next for 3 nights. Or should we stay at Ellie's 3 nights and 2 nights in Ubud? We just plan to relax, have a sunset dinner at Jimbaran and maybe shop for some children's clothing. Where would be a better base?

I've checked out the many recommended villa and hotels in in Ubud but am still totally undecided! I must say we are spoilt for choice! I gather a lot of the accomodation in Ubud has steps as the properties are built on steep hills. Will this be a problem for a young child plus a clumsy pregnant mommy? :)

I was thinking Aston Nandini Ubud, Ulun Ubud, Ubud Village Hotel Villa and even Honeymoon Guesthouse (so I can attend a cooking class!). Does anyone know if they accept young children at Aston Nandini and Ulun Ubud?

I have tried booking/emailing on BaliFriendly website but I have not gotten any response for a week. So I have emailed directly but still waiting for a reply.

Has anyone tried the elephant ride by Bali Discovery Tours? My son is crazy about elephants but I thought the USD$69 per adult is rather steep!

Any suggestions about what we can do in Ubud? Thank you very much!

Cheers! Lily

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1. Re: Bali with 3 year old

Hopefully Ellie's provide a shuttle service to Nusa Dua and Jimbaran as it's off the By Pass ( motorway ) between Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. Nothing close by.

Shopping area is Legian and Seminyak.

How old is your son? I wouldn't stay in a villa with small kids as they need to be watched all the time, so they sneak out and jump into the ( deep ) pool by themselves. Better choose a villa without private pool for the kid's sake. A hotel even better as they have a life guard and other guests who could assist you in case of emergency.

Ulun Ubud is the most steepy one, the step is narrow. The terrace of the bedroom of Aston Andini isn't safe for kids who intend to climb evrything.

Kajane Mua is more flat, but they have a building project.

The flatter ground will be villa style hotel, such as Komaneka Resort, Ubud Village Hotel, Pertiwi etc. You could stay at Arma if you want to attend their cooking class as well, it's another villa style hotel.

Elephant ride for family of 2 adults and max. of 4 kids is US$ 165.00

while adult is US$ 55.00 and kids 5-12 is US$ 38.00 and kids under 5 is US$ 15.00 from a local agent.

You could do many outdoor activities at Ubud, also excursion trips around Bali, visit many museums and galleries. You could shop at Ubud market for not so modern childern clothings.

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>Does anyone know if they accept young children at Aston Nandini and Ulun Ubud?

I am well acquainted with the Ulun Ubud but not well acquainted with the others you mentioned.

The Ulun Ubud will welcome young children and young families because it is VERY Balinese and therefore very traditional in outlook. Children are not just tolerated, they are cherished -- all the more so when they are well behaved and quiet. That said, there is nothing "special" at Ulun Ubud for children, no playgrounds or swingset. But, you will have your own villa, and private balcony, so your child will have some space, and it is a very interesting place for a young child to explore with parent in tow. You cannot let young children roam the grounds unescorted because the Ulun Ubud is built on a steep ravine. Similarly, depending on the age of the child, you will want to inspect your villa to determine if it is suitable for you. The Ulun Ubud will provide you with a spare single bed for your child (and it is a real bed, not a temporary fold up one). For the same reason, a pregnant mom can stay at the Ulun Ubud but, depending how far along you are, only the villas closest to the reception area will allow you to avoid a lot of stairs (the ones closest to the top of the ravine -- presuming you can handle three or four steps in a row without handrails -- require about ten steps to get to the lobby). My choice for the Upper Level villas are Suite 302, 411, or 304. The pool, however, is many steps below the reception area (lobby to swimming pool is 98 steps by my count).

For an opposing view on the Ulun Ubud, see:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g297701-i8984-k675…

See also my review at:

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g297701-d309…

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hi Rob,

thank you so much for your insights! in my enquiry email to Ulun Ubud, i did tell them i'm 5 months pregnant and my child is 3, so they were very honest to tell me the suite i was interested in was not suitable due to the steep steps.

we booked Aston Nandini thru Bali Friendly but were told we have to pay cash upon reception. "For room payment, you can pay to Bali Friendly by cash or credit card (with additional 3.5% bank charge) when you arrive at the hotel"

any TA members can advise on this? i thought by giving my credit card details, payment would be settled by card either upon checking in or out. but it seems it is "only for booking guarantee, so we will not charge it unless you cancel your booking".

cheers, Lily

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hi Ersano,

my son is 3 years old and he is not the active, jump about type. quite docile actually and always prefers to stick to us, i hope he'll be OK with the terrace steps at Aston Nandini!

he just had three elephant rides at our local zoo today so i think we might skip the elephant park in Ubud. thank you so much for sharing the detailed information.

i've written to Sam at Ellie's to ask for help to book the dinner and arrange transport. i've heard and read so much about the sunsets at Jimbaran Bay, i really don't want to miss it!

Ulun Ubud replied to my enquiry and told me honestly the suite i was interested in would not be suitable for my pregnant state and young child. so we will not be staying there.

i booked Aston Nandini thru Bali Friendly. saw the picture of the gondola and i thought it would be fun for my son to take a ride on it!

i'll write to them again now. by the way, do you have any info about payment to Bali Friendly? i had given credit card information but was told this is only for booking guarantee, and will not be charge unless i cancel my booking. but for room payment, i have to pay to Bali Friendly by cash or credit card (with additional 3.5% bank charge) when i arrive at the hotel. is this standard procedure? my husband travels to Jakarta frequently and always pays by credit card. i'm just wondering if it is unique to Bali, so we will be prepared and have enough US currency on hand.

thank you again Ersano for your thoughtful reply!

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5. Re: Bali with 3 year old

hi Ersano,

my son is 3 years old and he is not the active, jump about type. quite docile actually and always prefers to stick to us, i hope he'll be OK with the terrace steps at Aston Nandini!

he just had three elephant rides at our local zoo today so i think we might skip the elephant park in Ubud. thank you so much for sharing the detailed information.

i've written to Sam at Ellie's to ask for help to book the dinner and arrange transport. i've heard and read so much about the sunsets at Jimbaran Bay, i really don't want to miss it!

Ulun Ubud replied to my enquiry and told me honestly the suite i was interested in would not be suitable for my pregnant state and young child. so we will not be staying there.

i booked Aston Nandini thru Bali Friendly. saw the picture of the gondola and i thought it would be fun for my son to take a ride on it!

i'll write to them again now. by the way, do you have any info about payment to Bali Friendly? i had given credit card information but was told this is only for booking guarantee, and will not be charge unless i cancel my booking. but for room payment, i have to pay to Bali Friendly by cash or credit card (with additional 3.5% bank charge) when i arrive at the hotel. is this standard procedure? my husband travels to Jakarta frequently and always pays by credit card. i'm just wondering if it is unique to Bali, so we will be prepared and have enough US currency on hand.

thank you again Ersano for your thoughtful reply!

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hi Lily,

Can't help with prepaying. It's something I've never done in Bali.

Glad to hear Ulun Ubud responded quickly and honestly. To really enjoy the Ulun Ubud with children, you should be able to access the pool and if you are 5 months, I wouldn't think you would want to be doing the steps to the pool. If you have the chance, you might want to drop in just to take a peak for another time when your children are (much) older.

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thanks again Rob for the helpful info! will update more when we return.

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Yes, it's a common practise to ask your credit card details for securing your bookings and it'll be used for cancellation fee only.

The additional charge is various between 2.5% - 3.5% depends on the company and it's not only in Bali, but all over Indonesia and I believe in Singapore too if buy a travel agents service as their profit margin is so low, therefore they couldn't afford to pay the bank charges if credit card is used for the transaction.

Yeah...that's the problem, you have a lot more facilities for a 3 years, such as the Zoo, Snow World, Science centre etc. Bali only offer nature, culture and people and a 3 year couldn't enjoy the culture and people. So, you'll end up with the beach as the trekking will be too hard for a pregnant woman.

They do cruising with underwater view boat, but it's more pricey than the elephant ride. There's also a camel ride next to Nikko Hotel, won't be too far from Ellie's, although it's not a walking distance.

You have all the other parks back home, buttefly, reptile and bird park.

Welcome to Bali and have fun. By the way, I go to Singapore for shopping, funny huh?

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9. Re: Bali with 3 year old

Hi Ersano and Rob,

Just to update about the "prepayment" requested by Bali Friendly for our booking at Aston Nandini Ubud. We didn't have to pay upfront in the end, the staff at the lobby said only when we checked out. So that was cool :)

We paid in USD. They didn't have change and required exact amount. They also didn't have a credit card machine, hence they requested we pay them in cash for all the other expenses which we had charged to the room.

Ersano, my boy enjoyed the short holiday in Bali very much. He loves nature and all the things he got to experience while staying at Aston and at Turtle Island in Tg Benoa are things he won't get to try in Singapore! He also enjoyed talking to the locals (he understands and can speak a bit of Bahasa, so it was quite cute!) To me, Bali is definitely a child-friendly destination and I'm recommending it to all my friends! We didn't encounter any hitches and it was smooth sailing everywhere.

I guess shopping is always "greener on the other side"! I definitely want to go back to Bali again and this time I will make lists of what I want to buy and do proper homework before I get there as I didn't end up with much at all! But it was still a fantastic holiday!

Thanks again for all the info you shared! It was very helpful and most appreciated! :)

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HappyQ : good to hear that you are nothing but HAPPY! Possible you could share more info about the turtle island trip? How did you do it, how much did it cost, how long did the trip last etc.