When you’re travelling with younger kids your holiday priorities change a little. One thing my kids really wanted was beach time. One thing I really wanted was a bit of luxury. And a rest… what parent doesn’t want a rest?!
Years ago I wouldn’t have been fussed about luxury. But now I’m a tired mother who just wants to be pampered. I also want my kids to be entertained while I get that pampering. How does one achieve both? With this in mind we thought a resort would suit us for our last week in Bali. But it had to be a resort with authentic Balinese touches. It had to have stunning gardens. It had to have a warmth about it. And, of course, it had to be right on the beach. That’s when we discovered The Intercontinental Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
Kids freshly bathed and dressed for dinner…only to plunge their fingers into the sand as soon as they saw the beach. What was I thinking getting them all clean?! Of course they couldn’t resist. Beach joy! Priceless.Rambling restaurants and cafes further down the beach. The famous corn vendors of Jimbaran Bay.
Back at the hotel the days were filled with sea and sun and salty air.
And pools… there were many pools.
The kids found a huge turtle living in the pond right next to our room. Turtle spotting is totally a thing.So how did I achieve my rest? Well, there was the hotel kid’s club to entertain my children some of the time. And my other secret was hiring a nanny for a few hours each day. (We actually hired her for the last 2 days we were in Ubud too). Given how sick I was, I’m so glad we did. It really gave me the break I needed. We were so grateful to get to know the lovely Ayu. We connected with her immediately. She was born in the same town as me in Java so we had lots to talk about! And of course she was so good with the kids. And they loved her! (And yes, I did invite her to live with us in Australia… but of course she has her own family. If we ever go to Bali again we will be saying hello!)
We took a couple of walks outside of our hotel in a food pilgrimage for me. I wanted to find flavours from my childhood that could only be found in street-side cafes.
We didn’t venture too far from the hotel all week. I took a couple of shopping trips to Kuta and Seminyak, but I much preferred the quietness of our hotel. We had plenty of activity and adventure the week before in Ubud. This week was all about relaxing. There really wasn’t much reason to leave our little bubble.
And of course reality set in pretty soon. But good reality. I love these crazy people.
Late on our last afternoon we headed to the beach to fly a kite that the kids made in kid’s club. There was so much happiness in getting that thing to fly. These pictures sum up the magic of this place. These moments were the making of memories. This was the view I savoured every night. On our last night the sunset did not disappoint.
See you next time, Jimbaran. We loved you!
I believe I achieved it. Rest, luxury and happy children. It was an awesome holiday.
Bali, you were good to us. Thank you.
And so ends my tales of our trip to Bali. There is one more instalment coming up though… one big delicious post about food in Bali. Stay tuned!