This post is sponsored by the all-inclusive Bali hotel Grand Mirage Resort and Samabe Bali
This is a family holiday to Bali full of firsts.
OK so it may not be our first holiday to Bali with kids (it is our second). The previous time Lewis was a toddler and you can read about that trip to Bali with Toddler HERE.
It is however our first time to Bali with a school aged child.
The idea of visiting Bali in March all came about when the all-inclusive Bali hotel Grand Mirage Resort contacted me about coming over in order to write a some posts about their hotel and sister hotel the Samabe Bali. This would be my first series of sponsored posts resulting from a famil trip. Whoa Hoo!
You can read about our stays at both of these all-inclusive Bali hotels here:
One of the great things we love about staying in both these resorts is that we are on their all-inclusive packages. This means all food, activities and entertainment are included.
We have never stayed on an all-inclusive package before – normally preferring to venture out and explore. However we learn that this offers a great option especially for a short getaway like we are doing for 5 days.
We don’t have to navigate the poorly maintained streets in order to find a meal from a restaurant we are unsure about, and I love the fact that on the nights when we are heading out to see a show like the Fiesta Latina at the Rama Stage or the divine Devdan Show I can order Lewis a room service meal prior to going out as it will be too late for him to eat after the show.
I am really loving the all-inclusive activities at the Grand Mirage Resort. For the first time Lewis uses the games room (he starting to get too old for the kids clubs) really enjoying playing air hockey, pool and table tennis.
I enjoy the cooking demonstrations and yoga. Ok I’ve been to yoga before at a resort but I have never made use of all the additional demonstrations.
The non-motorised water sports are also included and for the first time we try ocean kayaking.
We head down to the beach front kayak hut and put on life jackets. Steve and Lewis board one kayak and I am in another with one of the friendly staff. As we paddle out round the first groin the waves of the passing motor boats rock us. Paddling further along the shoreline the boats towing flying fish, banana boat riders and para-gliders continue to zoom past increasing the swell ever so slightly but it is too much for Lewis he is not enjoying the rocking sensation and begs to return to shore. Whilst this first may not have been a huge hit I do like that we are trying new activities as a family.
The other new activity we try is having some family fun in the Thalasso Bali Spa. Steve does not like massages so opted for the Aquamedic pool while Lewis and I had a massage. Lewis loves his massage so much that he joins me for another one when we are at the Samabe Bali Resort a few days later.
The Samabe Bali is a huge hit with our family and the first time we have experienced such decadence from a resort. With a suite larger than our 1900’s inner city home. The suite has sweeping 180º ocean views, a butler who is on call 24 hours a day and (Lewis’s favourite) a buggy to take us wherever we need to go around the resort.
But all too soon our getaway is over and we are back on the Garuda Indonesia flight home and it is the first time since Lewis was a baby that he has not suffered from air-sickness Yeh!!!
If you would like to read more stories and see more photos from our recent getaway to Bali go to Bali with Kids – ALL the travel stories