All the Travel Stories From Our Bali Family Vacation 14

A year between family holidays is a long time.  By the time we depart for this Bali family vacation in the September school holidays we are more than ready for some warm weather, relaxation and fun family times.

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To get to this years Bali family holiday we fly with Garuda Indonesia again.  We last flew with Garuda Indonesia in early 2015.  On my new travel tips blog Tips 4 Trips, I review them once more and show why

Garuda Indonesia review from our Bali family vacation

On-board Garuda Indonesia

This year (2016) we return to the Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites – the resort had been so good the year before (you can read about what we thought of them last year HERE.)  But this year it is a different story.  The main features we loved are still there, but overall the quality of the service has deteriorated.  You can read all about this years stay on my new travel tips blog Tips 4 Trips.

Sanur Paradise Plaza suites on a Bali family holiday

Poolside at Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites

We actually wished that we were staying at one of their other Prime Plaza Hotels and Resorts, in particular:

Bali Dynasty Resort on a Bali family vacation

Bali Dynasty Resort splash park

One of the most disappointing parts of our stay at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites was the poor quality food.  Fortunately, there are plenty of other fantastic restaurants throughout Sanur.

restaurants in sanur for a Bali family holiday

Eating out in Sanur

One evening we even go across the island to the town of Seminyak to eat out.

Frankensteins Laboratory during a Bali family vacation

The entertainment at Frankenstein’s Laboratory Bali

It is actually quite easy and affordable to hire a driver to get around the island of Bali.  We get to know one of the driver’s at our resort and hire him a couple of times.  He takes us to:

Visiting Waterbom during a Bali family vacation

On the Lazy River at Waterbom Bali

Visiting the Natural Springs temple during a Bali family holiday

Natural Springs Temple

On the days we aren’t out exploring we just enjoy meandering about Sanur.  We love walking along the shaded boardwalk, hiring bicycles at a cost of 75 000RPH (2 hours for 3 bikes) to explore further up and down the coast and getting massages.

cycling along the sanur baordwalk during a Bali family holiday

Sanur beach boardwalk

We even pop over to another Prime Plaza sister hotel in Sanur the tranquil Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel – which had better quality food.

Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel for a Bali holiday

The pool at Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel

Whilst the resort didn’t live up to our expectations this year, we still have a wonderful Bali family vacation.  Thanks to all the other fantastic places we visit, explore and sample.  I can’t wait to start planning another family holiday to Bali.

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14 thoughts on “All the Travel Stories From Our Bali Family Vacation

  • jo

    It’s always good to know what went well and also what didn’t go so well. The water park looks fantastic my children would love it there. It looks like you had a brilliant holiday but shame the service and food at the hotel had gone downhill – frustrating! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • Ruth

    I really want to visit Bali! So nice it is a relatively close destination for you and you are able to visit every year. Since there is so much to do, it feels like you keep discovering places every time you visit. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  • Lolo

    I highly considered going to Bali for out honeymoon but we opted to do a road trip later this year through the Balkans and every time I see a Bali post, I regret my decision a little bit more! It’s so beautiful!! Happy to join #TheWeeklyPostcard! 🙂

  • eileen g

    my daughter would love that Hotel pool. between a good pool and a good hotel restaurant I’ll take the pool. As you say, you can always find other places to eat.

    • Sally-Ann Brown Post author

      For us living in Australia SEA is our close holiday destination, just as Europe is for those in the Uk and the Carribean is for those in the States. So most years we make it to some port in SEA. My favourite though is Penang Vietnam is next on my wish list) if you ever are going to make the treck Nanouk. Lots of interesting places to visit, good shopping and great food.