Many people would associate Bali with backpackers, surfers, and digital nomads. And whilst this is a big draw for a lot of these folk, there is so much more to Bali than this. For one, there is an entire world out there built for family adventure. And none more than the wonderful Ubud! Away from the beaches, filled with party goers and surfer types, Ubud is a jungle paradise filled with exciting adventure for kids and adults. Quite simply, its the family trip of a lifetime! And when you visit, you need somewhere to stay. Somewhere that will suit your family set-up. Which is why we have tracked down, for you, the 9 best family friendly hotels in Ubud!
Around an hour from the airport, Ubud is a rich cultural centre. Once you arrive, you need never leave for the whole trip. Travelers will love the bustling streets of the main thoroughfare, filled with markets and people selling handicrafts. But more so, kids and adults alike will adore the tropical forests, filled with wonderful wildlife and adventure. Ubud Monkey Forest is a delight, and many hotels are within walking distance. You can also take your pick from a range of high octane adventures such as zip-lining or rafting. And for more gentle pursuits, you have museums such as the ARMA.
But what you do when you’re there is up to you. In this article, we will be looking into the best hotels and resorts in the area. We will discuss just how independent you want to be, offering a range of self-catering options. But we will also be looking at those hotels that offer pure luxury and relaxation. We highlight pools, villas, bedroom styles, and the all important mod-cons like wifi and air conditioning. There are some stone-cold stunners in here. No doubt, you will find something that suits your family flow.
If you are looking for a hangout with a five star rating for your next family trip, this could be the haven for you. With a kids pool, indoor kids room, and babysitting service on request, you could not even see them from breakfast ’til bedtime! And being just minutes from Ubud means you always have adventure on your doorstep.
Not that there is any chance of getting bored of the resort. For the adults, the Kamandalu has something special in the way of relaxation. The hotel features two pools; the Aira which is connected to the kids pool, and the Awana pool and lounge. They also have two spas for guests to enjoy: the private and serene Chaya spa, or the Forest spa, so called for its outdoor setting and forest swing! That’s pure luxury and adventure tied up with a neat little bow. And if you get bored of relaxing, guests can also enjoy Yoga classes.
When it comes to dining, the forest deck, the Aira Cafe or the Petulu restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alternatively, request a picnic lunch or dinner on a boat. That’s right, board a small boat with your partner and happily sail along the lagoon as you enjoy a sumptuous six course feast. Including wine pairings! This will cost you extra, but it is so worth it. In fact, there are a number of neat little dining options guests can choose, including a floating breakfast in the pool!
When it comes to pools, the Kamandalu has them around every corner. And in almost every room! Technically, the accommodation falls into the category of Chalet or Villa, with a family of three able to book anything from the Ubud Chalet to the two or three bedroom Pool Villa. If you are a family of four or more, these last two options will suit you perfectly.
Each room features full en suite, outdoor shower (with a view!) and sunken bathtub, coffee and tea maker, electronic safe and a four poster bed. You will also find air conditioning and wifi throughout, and free fruit basket and bottled mineral water upon arrival in your room. If you are looking for the cream of family friendly hotels in ubud, this is for you!
Sri Ratih Cottages
Something for the budget-conscious, yet still with some rustic charm and little luxury. The Sri Ratih Cottages might lack the breathtaking views of Kamandalu, but the rooms large and are well appointed. Plus it is within walking distance of the centre. That’s just 15 minutes away from the bustling creative centre of Ubud Bali, and 10 minutes from the quiet village of Penestanan and the Campuhan Hill ridge hike. This is wonderfully situated, and at a fabulous price!
The hotel features an outdoor pool in gardens of the hotel, with the spa close by for everything from massage to manicure. There is a little shop selling Balinese handicrafts, and the restauant serves wonderful traditional fare from its a la carte menu. The tasteful Balinese decor in traditional materials and beautiful polished wood floors are both simple and sumptuous throughout. And each of the 30 cottage rooms are air conditioned with a full ensuite and a terrace overlooking the gardens, and feature TV, coffee and tea making facilities, and a mini bar.
This is the best family resort on a budget if you are looking for some adventure. And the hotel are more than happy to help with booking activities away from the cottages. You will likely not spend a lot of time in the hotel, but when you do, you can rest assured its peace and tranquility will leave you feeling ready to take on a new day.
There is free wifi throughout the hotel, though it can be a little weak at times. However, if you are here for the spirit of adventure, this is likely to be a problem for you. The Sri Ratih Cottages are great value, and with a rating of four stars on booking.com
Bali Dream Resort Ubud
Only a five minute drive from the centre of Ubud and the famous Ubud Monkey forest sits the Bali Dream resort. This sprawling hotel features lush gardens, an outdoor pool, salon and spa. In terms of kid friendly hotels, it is a little light on the on-site entertainment. But, with a world to explore outside the perimeter this isn’t likely to matter much. Plus those Villas have enough space to play, and facilities to give that self-catering feel. All in a fully catered hotel!
In the Villas, you can select 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms depending on the size of your family and age of your kids. Each one is simply yet tastefully decorated with lovely Balinese accents and polished wood. The bathrooms have both bath and shower inside, and each villa has a sofa and dining table. All rooms have air-con and feature mosquito nets for guest beds too.
Guests staying in the two or three bedroom villas can make use of the full kitchen, buying local produce at the market in Penestanan or Ubud. This can help keep costs down if you are budget conscious. If you are staying in the 1 bedroom villa, the kitchenette is smaller but serviceable. Alternatively, go for the tropical look and take advantage of the BBQ facilities in the resort grounds. Perfect if you’ve made friends with another holidaying Ubud family throughout your stay, the more the merrier! And if you don’t feel like cooking, the Dream Cafe Restaurant serves up a range of traditional Indonesian dishes alongside international cuisine, both day and night.
If you choose to rent a car during your stay in Bali, you can make use of the free on site parking. If you do, great! Maybe go explore Kanto Lampo Waterfall, only 25 minutes away by car. You can also rent bikes on-site and explore the surrounding areas on two wheels with the family. And if you need some time alone with your partner, you can also book the babysitting service for an additional charge!
This is another great value option for family friendly hotels in Ubud. Children ages between 6 and 9 years stay for free (sleeping on existing beds), with older children charged at adult prices.
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Bali Breeze Bungalows
Some families are far more comfortable with independent holidays, and we salute you! It takes guts to be that adventurous, especially when you have kids in tow. The Bali Breeze Bungalows is a great option, out of a few popular family hotels for independent travelers. Some of the bungalows are even rented to long-term residents, so these really do function as live-in homes. The communal gardens set around the bungalows are lush and beautiful, but inside the properties you get a lot of privacy away from other residents. This is just one of many benefits that some families will absolutely adore.
The 1 and 2 bedroom villas have a private pool. The two bedroom option features a second floor with balcony and an additional bathroom. Each bungalow has a full kitchen, sitting area with sofa, dining area, free wifi and air-con throughout. The interiors are tastefully decorated in a traditional Indonesian style, and all rooms are clean and comfortable. Families of three can book the 1 bedroom villa, though larger families will require the two bedroom villa.
It’s location just five minutes drive from Ubud, and the Ubud Monkey Forest means it is well-placed for adventure. Just watch out for Bali’s dangerous animals! You can buy all provisions from the local markets, and the friendly staff are always on hand to help if you do need assistance!
This is a place in Ubud, Bali where their is a family feel is real. Both for guests and the owners. All employees are local, and the owner really likes to take care of both employees and guests. If you like to give back to the community you are exploring, this is the perfect option for your independent family trip. The price is reasonable too! Please remember, however, that bookings can only be paid for in cash upon arrival. There are also no credit card facilities on site, so make sure to come prepared!
Ulun Ubud Resort
Just over 4km from the heart of Ubud is the village of Sanggingan. This is where you will find the Ulun resort, a magical oasis in the midst of the sprawling Indonesian jungle. It’s situation affords glorious views over the Tjampuhan River, and the holy Campuhan river valley. The sight is even more arresting with the morning mists over the tiered rice fields, with Mount Agung peeking through.
The hotel is comprised of 31 suites. Modern, yet with a traditional Balinese feel in its decor and beautiful natural materials. Each room has its own balcony, featuring views over pool or jungle, and all in-room necessities have been considered. The beautifully appointed ensuite has either a shower or a luxuriously deep tub (please request at time of booking). Toiletries, bathrobes and slippers are supplied for all guests, an you also have a electronic safe and tea and coffee making facilities. Air conditioning is also featured throughout each room, with wifi to boot!
The facilities in the hotel are as luxurious as the rooms, with a beautiful pool set like a jewel into the surrounding lush greenery. Guests can book in for meditation and yoga sessions, and you can book car or taxi 24 hours a day. You may also book car and even limousine hire from the desk. Plus you get a welcome drink upon arrival, which is sure to spark that holiday feeling!
But this hotel, whilst fabulous, is not suitable for all families. The emphasis at the Ulun Resort is on a serene and quiet atmosphere, making this a place to avoid for any noisy families who like to play. Additionally, the family suite also only has enough space for 2 adults, and a single child sleeping on the day bed. All other suites are suitable for two people only, so you will need to book more rooms if you have two or more children to accommodate.
If you are a smaller family who like to get out and explore, then relax in the evening, this is for you. And guests are able to take advantage of free afternoon tea in the restaurant from 3pm to 5pm.
Dupa Ubud Villa
The Dupa Villa’s are the second of these self-contained style family friendly hotels in Ubud. Both stylish and modern but with traditional accents, each 1 or 2 bedroom villa has a fully furnished kitchenette. Whilst most accommodations do not feature a pool, the Deluxe Villa does contain a private outdoor pool within the walled garden, giving extra privacy for guests.
Whilst the suites and 1 bedroom villas at the Dupa Ubud are have fewer facilities, each two bedroom and deluxe villa also includes a flat screen TV, a balcony and dining area. Guests will be delighted with the homely feel of the villas, whilst still maintaining the holiday vibe that is so welcome! The deluxe villa is also built entirely on the ground floor, so is wheelchair accessible. This is a lovely touch, and not so common in this region.
All guests can take advantage of the infinity pool situated in the grounds of the resort. And whilst there is no restaurant on-site, the location of the hotel means many local restaurants allow for hotel delivery. All rooms have air-con, and there is free wifi throughout the property for guests.
The Dupa Ubud Villas are located just 15 minute drive from Ubud Monkey Forest, 10 minute drive from the centre of Ubud. This is a great option for family friendly hotels in Ubud if you are planning on making your own fun! Parking is free, and just steps away from the hotel, and the staff are friendly and willing to help if you need assistance during your stay. Having a car will also give you the opportunity to get out and head to the beach. Perhaps try some surfing in some of the calmer waters of Canggu?
If you are looking out for something a bit special for your family trip, you might want to consider this next one! But be warned, with only 3 villas on the property, this place books up fast. The Jumah comprises of three private villas, located a fifteen minute walk from the centre of Ubud, surrounded by markets, museums, restaurants and shops. It is also walking distance to the Ubud Monkey Forest! And with only three villas standing on site, each with their own full-sized outdoor pool, family privacy is assured.
As family friendly hotels in Ubud go, this one is king. Choose from one of two, 2 bedroom villas, located by the road or in the middle of the complex. For a larger family, the 3 bedroom villa has a wonderful location by the river. Each building is modern, with clean lines and white washed walls, standing beautifully against the lush greenery of the surrounding jungle gardens.
Inside each two storey villa is a fully equipped kitchen, living room with flatscreen TV, and a dining area. All rooms are ensuite with soft bedding and modern accents. This is the definitive in modern luxury with a Balinese twist, and with daily housekeeping you also get a hotel holiday vibe. And to make things extra comfy, you can also request additional beds for an extra charge. Each two bedroom villa can house up to 7 people, with up to 10 people able to sleep comfortably in the three bedroom villa. Each outdoor pool measures eight metres by three metres, meaning plenty of space for family pool games!
Breakfast is also served every morning for guests, and you can even see glimpses of the monkey forest whilst you dine from your rooftop lounge. With little touches like this, you can let Bali come to you, in your own private space. And when its time to explore, the staff are on hand to help you book tours and car hire. This is most certainly one of the family friendly hotels in Ubud with a difference.
Luwak Ubud Villas and Spa
For a stay in a location bathed in luxurious Indonesian charm, look no further than the Luwak Villas and Spa. The aesthetic of thatched roofs and beautiful deep brown wooden buildings ties in wonderfully with the sumptuous greens of the surrounding tropical plants. And sitting inside the lush gardens, the outdoor pool adds a beautiful splash of blue. Quite simply, this is peace and tranquility in a residence.
Being just a 10 minute walk from Ubud’s centre, and a 15 minute drive from Ubud Monkey Forest, means adventure and evenings out are easy to come by! Here, again, we have a selection of free-standing villas, bringing groups of up to eight together for a glorious Ubud adventure. Choose from 1, 2, 3, 4 bedroom villas, each with its own private pool and air-con!
Featuring indoor and outdoor showering and bathing facilities, the bathrooms are modern yet in a traditional style. Set in slate and traditional wood. Each bedroom features a double, twin or single bed with four poster, and each villa holds a fully equipped kitchen. Both terrace and balconies have views over the gardens and onto the tropical skyline, it really is a modern day paradise! But that is not all, aside from the beautiful villas, the charm is in the range of activities you can take part in at the Luwak Ubud Villas and Spa. Both on and off site.
On site, the spa features an extensive range of relaxing massages and treatments, allowing you to relax after a days sightseeing. Guests also get a free thirty minute Yoga class each morning. The cozy Luwak Cafe features a range of light meals and drinks if you don’t fancy cooking. And if you’d like to learn to cook traditional Indonesian meals, you can arrange a cookery class, right in your own Villa kitchen! You can even learn to make traditional Balinese crafts.
Further afield, the hotel staff are able to book and organise other wild activities. Cycling, trekking, rafting, and several high octane pursuits are available for you! They can even arrange full day tours on request. The emphasis is really on family fun, and joining together. Both to learn about a new culture, and make memories together. That is something that doesn’t truly exist in all family hotels! But it certainly does here.
The Payogan Villa Resort and Spa
Finally, in our run-down of the top family friendly hotels in Ubud, the Payogan Villa. And resorts like this do not come along every day! Its location in Kedawatan Ubud means guests are guaranteed lush views over the tropical forest. Marvel at the stunning lagoon pool set into 7 hectares (17 acres) of terrace and garden, overlooking the two rivers set on either side. Stay one night, and you will never want to leave your new safe haven! Just be mindful of the mosquitos in this area. The tropical heat is a big draw for them.
Arranged around the property sits 40 beautifully appointed villas. Lush, modern homes created with Balinese style in mind. Each 2 bedroom villa will suit a maximum of four adults with two children, and has a private outdoor pool set into a walled terrace. The bathrooms feature either a bath or shower (make sure to request your preference when booking), with modern accents. Sadly, there is no kitchen in any of the Payogan villas, meaning cooking is out of the question. But with the sumptuous Lesung restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can leave the cooking to someone else!
each 1 bedroom villa will sleep 2 adults, with a child sleeping on existing beds. Some of these villas are equipped with a private pool, though not all! The garden villa is a good option if you’d prefer not to have one. There is a kids pool in the grounds, so your child will not go without! Each villa comes with a lounge area, private terrace for guests to enjoy, tea and coffee making facilities, air-con and a daily cleaning service. So you get to sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of Ubud and the surrounding areas.
For sheer aesthetic alone, this is the place to be. Combine that it with the view, the design of the villas, and location, there is no contest! And when booking early, the hotel will offer free treats, such as afternoon tea or a Balinese massage for a guest. And if that whets your appetite for relaxation, the on-site spa is available for guests, offering a range of treatments. Guests can also take advantage of daily yoga and meditation. There is a tour desk for assistance when you want to get out and about. Free parking is also available on site.
If you want pure family luxury, you have found it right here!
Ubud is a place of tropical wonder, filled to the brim with culture, arts and adventure! It is not wonder that this has become a top spot for families to stay when heading to Bali. Perhaps to combine with some beach time on a longer itinerary? Hopefully you have found something that suits your style, whether that be pure luxury, or pure independence.
What could be better than a trip to Ubud Monkey Forest, followed by a relaxing evening of quality time with your loved ones. All set to the beautiful backdrop of Bali’s lush tropical forests. There are some wonderful family friendly hotels in Ubud. So, get sharing this with your loved ones, and plan that trip of a lifetime. You deserve it!