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Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

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Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

Have a few questions regarding a potential vacation in Indonesia. We would be traveling from Jan 29-Feb 11, coming from the US. Due to travel time and time different, it looks like we probably would not get to Jakarta until Jan 31 in the afternoon, giving us 10 full days in Indonesia. Tentative plan would be to stay in Jakarta for 1-2 nights, so will roughly be in Bali from 2/2-2/10 and to go back to Jakarta on 2/10. This will be our first time in Indonesia.

1. For first timers, where should we plan on staying? I am thinking we should split our time in Bali between two places. We are interested in food/culture, nature, light hiking, sightseeing, and beach. I know it will be rainy season, but lying on a beach all day isn't really our thing anyways. I am thinking Ubud and somewhere else but am not sure where that somewhere else should be. Any suggestions?

2. We are a family of 5 with the 3 "children" all being in our 20's. Any suggestions for accommodations? It seems like a lot of what I have seen only accommodates 2 people in a room, but it seems excessive to have to get a 3rd room just for a 5 person. Looking for places that will accommodate 2-4 in a room. We do want nice comfortable and clean lodging but it does not need to be over the top luxury. Open to big name hotel franchises as well as non-big name and villas or even airbnb suggestions. Location is important. Breakfast included is a big plus. Looking to spend no more than 300/night for all 5 of us.

Thank you!

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1. Re: Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

I would go with a private villa. $300/night will get you some lovely options, your own private pool and a unique holiday.

I would suggest Seminyak as your 2nd base, heaps of great shopping and dining options, although the beach here isn't the best at that time of year.

Another option would be Sanur, not as much nightlife here for the 20 somethings though. If you decide on Sanur have a look at Dream Haven Villa, Raven's Nest Villa, and Kejora Villas.

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A villa is definitely the way to go - unless your young people want to meet others. Check out Flipkey - hundreds of villas in Seminyak. The border of Seminyak and Legian would be ideal - Villa Cocos is a good option or for a hotel, Hotel Pearl would suit - two rooms with a third bed option in one. This would be within your budget.

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My 2 x 20 year olds chose to stay in Kuta this year but just south of Matahari's which they felt is a good location for the party strip but away from it.

We have never stayed there but it looked like a good location. We have 3 beds in one room.

If you go on the booking site once you find the area you are looking in, choose your dates and room and then it tells you if an extra bed is available for that room.

The Rama Gardens in Legian had massive rooms (Deluxe) and they had an intercconnecting door as well. You would all fit in there really comfortably and both rooms are around $80 a night depending on when you are going.

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4. Re: Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

No sorry, not Rama Gardens, Garden View Cottages.

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5. Re: Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

Thanks for the advice. Since it'll be a family vacation, we probably won't really be into the partying and nightlife. It sounds like Sanur has the nicer beaches. Is it easy to take day trips to other areas of the island? What else ors Sanur have to offer?

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6. Re: Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

Try Tuban, close to everything and yet villas just off main road can be quiet, can walk to most things and taxi ride to all .

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7. Re: Need Advice for Stay in Bali (family of 5)

Sanur has a more laid back, almost village, feel to it. It's still possible to walk down the back streets past heaps of local family compounds and meet the locals. The locals also spend time at the beach here, playing soccer and volleyball and weekends at Mertiasari beach in the south of Sanur are wonderful because it's like a carnival atmosphere with all the temporary local shops and food on offer.

It has the beach path which runs for over 5kms along the beach and is great for cycling or walking and because of the beach path there are dozens and dozens of restaurants right on the beach so you can stop and have a drink or a meal with your feet in the sand and look out over the ocean.

Because Sanur is more spread out than the other southern centres, it never feels busy or overcrowded and the traffic is much calmer, smooth flowing and safer. It's much, much easier just to cross the street here.

There is a great cycling tour that you can do of the Sanur area that will take you to some of the non-touristy areas of Sanur.

There is a morning market that is great to visit and in the same place a night market where it's safe to eat the local food off the carts that set up there every night. A very local thing to do as this is where the locals come to eat out as well.

And if the young ones want to go into Kuta for the nightlife occassionally it's only 15-20 minutes and less than $10 in a taxi.

Edited: 16 November 2013, 23:03
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