Moving your family to Bali? Congratulations, this is going to be an exciting time for you! Whether you’re planning to stay for a few months, weeks or years, it would be wise to do some research to find out which area would suit you and your family best before you live in Bali with children.
If you’ve been to Bali before, then you’ll know that all major tourists’ areas are well-equipped with all of today’s modern amenities, facilities and necessities such as international schools, internationally-accredited hospitals and clinics, shops and well-stocked modern supermarkets. This is especially true for Canggu, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
You’ll be sure to get the very best of modern and tropical living when you choose to stay in any of these towns. There are gorgeous private villas, amazing beaches, restaurants and beach clubs, shopping and spa, and a thriving expat community. Let’s take a look.
Seminyak and the surrounding neighbourhoods of Umalas and Petitenget are the most “prime” locations in Bali. You’ll find everything you need for luxurious, upscale island living with plenty to see and do. Seminyak is home to exciting shopping, beach clubs and world-class dining. There is live music and entertainment everywhere, which is really great for families with teenagers.
Peaceful and picturesque, Sanur is a family-friendly neighbourhood with a host of international schools. Families love the quiet, laid-back yet luxurious ambience of this wonderful seaside town. There are great restaurants as well as a wide range of shops to explore too. The beaches in Sanur are perfect for sunrise sessions with a boardwalk connecting these expansive golden sands together. The waters are calm, clear and shallow, perfect for little children!
Undoubtedly Bali’s most exciting neighbourhood, Canggu has earned its reputation as Bali’s most stylish boho-chic seaside town. With a wonderful mix of residents, it is trendy, hip and edgy with a cool, creative “young” vibe. Teenagers will feel right at home here in its many unique and expressive cafes, clubs, shops and outlets. Meanwhile, parents would love Canggu’s stunning luxury villas – many come with gorgeous rice field views, away from the crowd and the noise.
Ubud is a wonderful neighbourhood if you love greenery and nature. It’s perfect for families with little children. You can rent a villa surrounded by a lush green jungle and go exploring with the ducks in the rice fields. Not too far away is Ubud’s city centre where you can find everything you need, from world-class dining to beautiful shopping and spa, healthcare and other amenities. Ubud is also Bali’s cultural and spiritual hub, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to expose your family to traditional Balinese arts and crafts, dancing, and even yoga.
These two towns aren’t too far away from each other and while Jimbaran is renowned for deliciously fresh seafood and Nusa Dua for its luxury tourists’ enclave, both towns are unique with a delicate balance of modern meets luxurious with a subtle laid-back island vibe. You’ll find a wide range of accommodations here to suit all your needs. It’s a great area for families who love to surf and explore Bali’s hidden beaches!