Bali with Kids Part 2

Monday, August 29, 2011

Our first glimpse of the main pool at our next port of call. We booked into the Paradise Plaza Suites in Sanur. I had never stayed in Sanur before so was not sure what to expect and we were very happy. A lot of families and Europeans which was nice. I specifically chose this place as we got a 3 bedroom apartment for a great price and there was a Kids Club. Can I even begin to explain how much we all loved Kids Club????? It operated from 9 - 12 and 2 -5 everyday and was included in the room rate. The next two photos are from the kids area. They loved that slide. The staff were gorgeous and looked after the kids so well. There were activities everyday including traditional dress up day. I so love the photo of the kids. They do have a parents escape that runs from 12 - 2 and includes lunch. It cost me $18.00 for the 3 kids and Mum and I went shopping to the fabulous Seminyak for the day. The hotel has a free shuttle every hour to the supermarket and the beach. I know my holiday would have been vastly different (i.e stressful) if we had of stayed in a regular hotel. This place ticked all my boxes.

the living area

While they were in Kids Club I was doing this.

Soon after arrival the girls absolutely had to have their hair braided. Now I have to confess I have never been a fan BUT how easy does it make hair maintenance? Didn't have to do a thing to their hair for a week. Everyone was happy. They also indulged in some nail painting.

If you are going to Sanur, go see Nency and the girls at Star Beauty near the Bonsai Cafe and tell them Janina sent you. They do a great massage, manicure and pedicure.

Very bravely I decided to take the kids to Waterbom Park as a treat for being such awesome amazing children and we had sooooooooooooo much fun. We hired a private Kabana or the day for $20 which was well worth it. We were there for 7 hours so kept going back for a rest and had our lunch delivered there also. We started on the very lazy river below but very quickly graduated to big, fast rides. Exhausting but well worth the effort. The grounds are so clean and beautiful, no cash is used, everything is scanned on to your wristband, it even unlocks your locker. Very impressive. Our favorite was the Superbowl and the Jungle Ride.

Restaurant Run Down

Little Bird Warung - Teensy, Tiny little restaurant run by some very cool and funky Balinese boys. The kids and I just loved this place. It did take a long time to come but we were happy people watching, drawing, laughing etc. Super cheap traditional food. A gado Gado for 20,000 rp (2.20 AUD) and a Nasi Goreng for 30,000 (3.20 AUD) Great Banana smoothie and nice cold beer for me.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan 34

Bonsai Beach Cafe - This is the drop off point for the hotel shuttle and taxi's etc. It is right on the beach and has a great outlook. The kids and I had a dinner at sunset and they ran themselves ragged up and down the beach which was nice. I did find it overpriced and the food average. You are definitely paying for the view. Still very cheap in AUD. We had the pizza and sate.

Poppies 1 in Kuta - I have been coming to this little gem for 23 years and I love it just as much each time. Set in beautiful gardens in the heart of Kuta it is well worth a visit day or night. My parents and I shared the Rijstaffel (Rice Table) which is a sampling of lots of amazing Indonesian goodies. TIP you could feed 3 people with a serve for 2. It was sooooo good. The kids rated their Jaffles, Hamburger and Milkshakes very highly. Worth the long drive in traffic.

Casa Luna Restaurant - Back in Sanur this was recommended to us but we were not huge fans. Servings were small and food average. I was the only one really happy with my fish but it could have twice the size. They do have live entertainment each night which is a draw card for some. Service was slow and forgetful.
JL Tamblingan, Sanur

Apa Kabar - We all really enjoyed this place, it is set up in the not so busy part of Sanur and positioned across the road from an empty block so has a nice view of palm trees. There is an amazing courtyard out back that was being used for a private function. They had Aussie Rules on at the bar which would make a few people I know happy. Great Sate, Nasi Campur and Nachos all very reasonably priced and excellent service including a free taxi ride home.
Jl. Danau Tamblingan 195, Sanur

Seaside @ Jimbaran Bay - All the restaurants here are crazily overpriced BUT you really must do a dinner while watching the sunset. It is spectacular and the beach is clean and lovely. Our driver chose this place for us and I don't think it differs much from the others. You get to go up and choose your fresh seafood and how it is cooked. We got there a little earlier and left our shoes at the table and went for a walk and bought the best corn ever from one of the beach sellers. Took the obligatory sunset shots and then had a meal.

love this fairy floss seller

As we had a kitchen we ate all our lunches in. The shuttle takes you to Hardys, a great supermarket that has everything you could want. A lot of Australian products like vegemite and vita wheats. Make sure you pop upstairs for some great shopping with no need for haggling and bargaining. They have everything you can possibly think of.

This next pic is what I work so hard for...having my nails done by one girl and my feet by another with a gentle sea breeze. Love it!!!!! We are already planning the next trip in 2 years.

Hope you enjoyed my travel tips.

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