Family Fun

Waterbom Park – wet and wild fun

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Happy kids mean happy parents and with dozens of waterslides and rides set in lush tropical gardens, kids will have a great day splashing around at Waterbom. The little ones won’t be able to get enough of the fully supervised Funtastic Zone – a child’s safe aquatic play area with slides, rides and water cannons. While bigger kids looking for more advanced thrills will be satiated with some serious adrenalin-inducing rides with fitting names such as Climax, Fast ‘n’Fierce and Smashdown (fancy being shot down a tube by a 2.5g force?) The kids will be having so much fun you might have trouble dragging them away, but there’s actually plenty to do for the whole family, including gentler options like floating in tubes down the Lazy River, sidling up to the sunken pool bar for a pina colada, or treating your feet to reflexology, fish spa therapy or a pedicure at the onsite spa. An assortment of restaurants, cafes and a food court give plenty of options for replenishment.

Book with My Villa Holiday and we can have your tickets ready and waiting at your villa. Go to the MVH Waterbom page

Jalan Kartika, Tuban (map location)

 

Elephant Safari Park

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Acclaimed as one of the world’s best, this award-winning park comes with a remarkable story. Many of the park’s elephants were rescued from dire conditions in Sumatra and brought to live in a veritable elephant oasis deep in the ancient forests of Taro, in Bali’s hinterland. The ‘Operation Jumbo’ documentary captures the rescue and can be purchased on DVD. It makes compelling watching.

 

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Hand feed the elephants, join an elephant trek through the forest, catch a talent show and watch the gentle giants as they joyfully bathe in the lake. The museum is fascinating and you can also enjoy excellent food in the tropical restaurant. If you are staying in Ubud, think about rising early to beat the crowds, and sign up for the ‘Bathe and Breakfast with the Elephants’ package, it’s an experience you will never forget.

To spend a day your won’t forget book here with the  My Villa Holiday. Email us at [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908 and be prepared for a day of hectic fun.

Taro, Central Bali (map Location)

 

Paintball

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Prepare to get splattered as you head into the battle fields dressed in camouflage and helmet, armed with an arsenal of colours. A favourite with the young and the young at heart, Bali has some great paintball set-ups including battlefields, trenches, mock houses and forest. Various packages are available, including lunch and transfers. Some operators also add on adventure activities, such as ATV (quad bike) rides. Children aged 5 and up can ride with a parent or guardian through rainforest, across creeks and farm land – an exciting way to explore Bali’s great outdoors.

If paint balling is your thing you can make a booking enquiry with the  My Villa Holiday contact form. Email us at [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908 and be prepared for a day of hectic fun.

Wake Bali Adventure   Keramas (location map)

Bali Paint Ball  Jimbaran (location map)

Bali Paint Ball Arena  Ungasan Bukit Peninsula (location map)

Paint Ball Bali Pertiwi  Pertiwi (location map)

 

Bali Marine Safari Park

my-villa-holiday-bali-activtites-bali-safari-and-marine-park-tiger-dinner-1200x710pxJump on the safari bus and take a tour through Bali Marine Safari Park where meer cats play, tigers wander, giraffes roam and crocodiles wallow in the mud. Located in 40 hectares of pristine forest, the park is home to 60 species of animals and you will also spot orangutans, monkeys and hippos. Cultural performances include the epic ‘Bali Agung – The legend of the Balinese Goddesses’, with a massive cast of characters made up of people, puppets and animals. Dining at the magnificent African-inspired Tsavo restaurant is also a must. One of the most unique dining experiences in Bali, only glass windows separate diners from a pride of lions that live amidst the boulders. Or, you could do the night safari and really come face to face with tigers…

To take your family on a safari they’ll never forget make a booking enquiry with the  My Villa Holiday contact form, email us at [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908 and be prepared an experience of a lifetime.

Gianyar (location map)

 

Bali Treetop Adventure Park

wooden-bridge-1001x458pxA favourite with the kids, and with good reason this well set up adventure park is set in beautiful botanical gardens in the picturesque mountain top town of Bedugul. 12 flying fox circuits run up to 160mt long and you can swing through the trees on ropes, wobble across suspended bridges and throw yourself into spider nets. Adventure circuits are graded according to age and fitness, with everything from mini flying foxes for the little kiddies on the Yellow Squirrel Circuit, to flying swings, climbing wall, monkey rope and tarzan flying fox on the Adrenaline Black Circuit. Safety is paramount, with European safety equipment provided and patrol guides situated along the circuits. The park is very popular and gets super busy, so arrive early if you can and consider treating the family to a VIP trip that includes private transportation, buffet lunch, temple visit and a stop at Munduk waterfall.

For a day of great family fun and activity at Treetops make a booking enquiry with the  My Villa Holiday contact form, email us at [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908.

Bedugul (map location)

 

Bali Bird Park

my-villa-holiday-bali-activities-bali-bird-park-children-1200x710px-1024x606Dedicated to winged creatures, this fascinating park is home to the biggest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as African, Australian and South American varieties. Displays include the rhinoceros hornbill – who really does have a head shaped like a rhino. Many of the birds ramble freely, including some cheeky macaws and you will also spot flamingos and pelicans by the lake. Wander through the misty Papuan rainforest, a giant aviary filled with the sight and sound of some of the most exotic birds in the archipelago. Make sure to catch ‘Basic Instinct, the Bird of Prey Show,’ where falcons, eagles, owls and kites put on an impressive air show. As well as being a highly interactive tourist attraction, Bali Bird Park operates a conservation and breeding program – and is now home to 50 Bali Starlings – a critically endangered native Balinese bird.

For a day of great family fun and activity at Treetops make a booking enquiry with the  My Villa Holiday contact form, email us at [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908.

Batubulan, Gianyar (map location)

 

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Bali’s best dive spots

Bali’s east coast is home to beautiful reefs that create a veritable underwater fantasy world inhabited by frolicking sea horses, giant trevally, schools of barracuda, clown frog fish, reef sharks, turtles and a diverse range of hard and soft coral. The thriving marine life is attributed to the phenomenon known as the Indonesian Through flow which links the Indian and Pacific oceans with streams of nutrient rich cold water that nourish the reefs of eastern Bali. Day trips are easily organised from the south of Bali, but conditions can change rapidly and currents are strong in these waters, so make sure to use a reputable dive company (check our MVH recommended options), and follow their advice.

 

Padang Bai

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The harbour town of Padang Bai is gateway to Lombok and also home to a picturesque small cove known as Blue Lagoon – an animated underwater world where a plethora of friendly fish make colourful company. While the reef here is not quite as vibrant as those further north in Amed, it’s still a wonderful place for snorkelling (you can rent gear from the warungs on the beach.) Expect to see astonishingly big fish, including chunky rainbow-hued parrot fish and titan trigger fish, as well as lavender table corals, purple-tipped staghorns, and fluttering copper-hued spinal corals. Speaking of big fish, divers also explore the waters of this region on the look out for the illusive oceanic sunfish – the world’s largest bony fish which can weigh in at a hefty 1000kg. Manta Rays are often spotted at Manta Point on the tip of Nusa Penida , where an army of ‘cleaner fish’ provide a swim-through service for these graceful sea creatures as they nibble off parasites and dead skin.

 

Amed/Tulamban

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The coral encrusted Liberty shipwreck in Tulamban on Bali’s north eastern coast, is one of Bali’s most impressive dive sites, while Shark Junction in the nearby islands of Gili Mimpang is also a hit with those looking for an adrenaline surge. Both divers and snorkelers will find much to explore in the sheltered coves of nearby Amed, including a Japanese wreck at Banyuning which nestles on a pretty coral garden filled with sea fans and soft pastel corals just a few meters off the beach. Jemaluk Bay boasts a plethora of tropical fish, as well as pygmy seahorses, while the steep slopes that descend from its rocky headland are known as the ‘drop off’ and are covered in giant gorgonian fans and red barrel sponge corals. Jemaluk is also home to Bali’s first free-dive school, Apneista which teaches the art of diving unencumbered by a tank, allowing a far more intimate and natural experience with marine life.

 

Pemuteran

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Located on the island’s northern coast, Pemuteran sets the scene for one of the world’s most fascinating coral reef restoration projects, Karang Lestari (Everlasting Reef.) Here, ancient reefs blown apart by dynamite fishing in the 90’s have been rejuvenated by a revolutionary technology called Bio Rock which uses electric currents to stimulate the growth of coral. Snorkelers and divers can explore close to fifty large steel structures shaped in the form of a caterpillar, whale, igloo, dome, flower and a goddess, all covered in a profusion of brightly coloured coral. Starfish, lionfish, snapper and cheeky little Nemos dart in an out of the corals which thrive on the structures and in the reefs surrounding them. The island of Menjangan is close by and provides some of Bali’s best wall dives.

To book click here to go to the My Villa Holiday enquiry form, email [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283 908

 

Recommended Dive operators.

Waterworx Bali

Geko Dive Bali

Aquamarine Diving

Bali Hai Diving

Scuba Bali

 

Article written by Alison Bone

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Bali’s most luxurious spas

Bali abounds with spas, many inspired by the ancient healing traditions of Indonesia. While a $10 beach massage will ease weary muscles, why not splurge on a luxurious ritual at one of the island’s high end spas for a decadent pampering experience that you could only dream of back home? These are our tried and tested picks for spoiling yourself rotten.

The [email protected] The Edge

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A trip to The Edge takes you into the futuristic world of spas. With its modern, utterly minimalist white décor this surreal spa blends seamlessly with the limestone cliffs that it clings to and offers uninterrupted views of the sparkling azure sea. Marble massage tables rise from the water and treatments are delivered by a therapist in rubber boots. Signature rituals are based on flowers, holy water, rice and devotion – all essential elements of Balinese traditional temple offerings.

We tried: Divine Fire Ritual. This treatment is designed to restore harmony and equilibrium and started with my body being gentle tapped with a wooden hammer to release residual tension and remove energy blockages. I was then scrubbed with coconut and aloe vera, coated in a thick mask of coconut and white clay, and gently steamed before wading through the water to a massage bed for a luscious body massage with blueberry oil. My treatment finished in a deck chair overlooking the ocean, sipping rich hot chocolate, wondering if it had all been a beautiful dream.

Where: Pecatu (Bukit Peninsula.)

 

Maya Spa

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Few resorts can match the stunning setting of Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, which clings to a lush forested ridge in Bali’s scenic hinterland. It’s renowned Maya Spa is equally unrivalled in both scenery and treatments. Thatched spa pavilions perch along the banks of the Petanu River, where gurgling water mingles with bird song to create a soothing sound track. Outside guests are welcomed to the tropical piece of paradise, and spa treatments include complimentary use of the picturesque infinity pool. ‘Day at Maya,’ is the ultimate ritual and includes a yoga session, guided walk in the rice fields, relaxing Balinese massage, a facial, herbal bath and a cooking class featuring simple Balinese and Indonesian dishes.

We tried: Soothing Maya Massage and Flower Bath. Making our way through the tropical gardens of the resort we descended to the spa where we were welcomed with iced lemongrass tea and chilled face towels. Our therapists invited us to select a fragrant massage oil from the customised range before leading us to a luxurious open-sided treatment pavilion overlooking the rainforest. The 75 minute Maya signature massage turned out to be a wonderfully unique rhythmic massage of long soothing strokes that simultaneously relaxed the mind and rejuvenated the body. After, we soaked up the scenery and the deep sense of peace while immersed in a flower-filled tub overlooking the river. Lunch in the nearby River Café was a healthy affair of salad, salmon and a divine vegan chocolate mousse made with avocado, honey, raw cacao and vanilla bean. Floating in the infinity pool proved the perfect way to conclude out spa experience which, if you pardon the cliché could be described as heaven on earth.

Where: Ubud

 

Prana Spa

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Prana provides an exotic spa experience straight out of a princess fantasy – it’s even set in a faux castle resplendent with arched walkways filled with silk paintings and plush carpets. Décor is inspired by the Moghuls of 16th century India, with more than a hint of ‘Arabian nights.’ For a real splurge opt for one of the signature rituals that takes place in the Private Suite – a dreamy, harem-style turreted room lit with velvet drapes, golden candelabras and frosted lamps.

We tried: Jewel of the Nile

Our ritual – indulgently set in the Private Suite, started with a soothing massage complete with a rich, 24 Karat gold-infused oil, and a deluxe facial with pearl powder, vanilla and coconut. Hot stones balanced our chakras, and the warm rosemary oil that was gently drizzled through our scalps sent us into a transcendental state. Sinking into a massive mosaic-tiled free standing bath tub filled Cleopatra-style with creamy white milk, we were served canapés and a bottle of Champagne on ice. Hours after arriving we stumbled into the Seminyak sunlight glowing from the inside out. This royally-inspired treatment is definitely one to share with a lover or a close friend.

Where: Seminyak

 

Bamboo Spa by L’OCCITANE

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A divine sensory experience, Bamboo Spa blends Balinese healing traditions and Ayurvedic principles with the products and fragrances of Provence – home to the renowned L’OCCITANE grand herbarium. The extensive use of bamboo and mirrors creates a surreal bamboo forest ambience.

We tried: Secret of Verbena Bamboo Deluxe

This three-hour luxurious spa journey combines bamboo with the refreshing scents and healing properties of Verbena, known as the ‘holy herb’ in the early Christian era. A fragrant citrus bamboo polish gently exfoliated my skin and all cares in the world melted away as I floated in the soft and silky foam of a Verbena bath where I was served tea and home baked macaroons. A fusion massage followed, combining acupressure, deep strokes and the delightful rolling of warmed bamboo stems across my back and limbs. My therapist then diagnosed my skin condition and customised a facial accordingly – using rich shea butter which left me silky soft and luminous. A deeply nurturing treatment, I emerged from a cocoon-like state feeling radiant and renewed.

Where: Jimbaran

 

Acqua Perla

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Presenting a very modern face for Bali spas, Acqua Perla at Double Six Luxury Resort has an eclectic range of treatments inspired by the therapeutic benefits of water and set to a background of soothing marine-themed décor. It’s a little like entering a futuristic underwater world and you can opt for deluxe facials, wraps and scrubs, a California silk signature massage or a six-hour Queen of the Nile pampering ritual.

We tried: Detox and Soul Body Balance

I loved the adventure element of this treatment as I embarked down the Sensorial Hydro Trail – a softly lit tunnel where I waded through foot deep water from one hydrotherapy treatment to the next. My legs and lower back were pummelled with water jets, my body was dowsed in crushed ice in the misty steam cave, then a powerful waterfall shower massaged my neck and shoulders. Arriving in the haman (Turkish steam room) I was scrubbed with sandalwood then left to relax amidst the steamy vapours. Feeling cleansed and purified I was treated to a wonderfully relaxing Balinese massage and a chakra balancing session that sent me into a state of dream waking.

 To book an in-house treatment at your holiday villa or to book one of the above spas go to My Villa Holiday, email [email protected] or call +62 (0) 361 283908 seven days a week.

 

Article written by Alison Bone

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Bali’s best beach clubs

A day at the beach gets a luxury make over when you check into one of Bali’s sun drenched beach clubs, where cocktails are served direct to your deck chair, live djs usher in the sunset and fabulous food completes the picture.

 

Ku De Ta: The legend.

Ku De Ta positively hums with the vibe of good times. The first of Bali’s beach clubs this iconic venue set the standard and is still the place to see and be seen. Cruisy house music provides the backdrop for chilled out afternoons but as the sun dips towards the horizon the tempo rises and the party set arrives. More than a beach club, Ku De Ta is well known for serving up excellent food, whether a casual beachside breakfast, classy modern cuisine in the dining room or an elaborate Pan Asian chef’s table experience upstairs at Mejekawi. August is party season and sees top international djs on the decks, while the legendary White Party draws anyone who’s anyone.

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The vibe: Jetsetters meet Bali party people.     Where: Seminyak.

 

Potato Head: A colossally good time.

Inspired by the owner’s lifelong obsession with the Colosseum, Potato Head’s whimsical design features 10,000 vintage teak shutters mounted into a quirky replica of one of the world’s most celebrated buildings. Fabulous acoustics and an atmospheric location set the scene for some of the island’s most fabulous parties. The infinity-edged swimming pool has gorgeous ocean views and swim up bar, while exotic cocktails are crafted with the freshest fruit, herbs and spices. Try the spiced Indonesian island punch served traditional style in a big glass bowl blending Cuban rum, spiced sugar, mango, guava and a dusting of nutmeg. The day beds on the deck are the best place to be, so get there early to grab one.

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The Vibe: Fun and funky.      Where: Seminyak.

 

Sundara: Bondi meets Bali

Translating as beautiful in Sanskrit, this sleek and sexy hideaway nestles discreetly into the rocks at the end of Jimbaran Bay and is perfect for those looking for a more refined beach club experience. The calm azure waters of Jimbaran beckon seductively, but there is also a pool surrounded by day beds and a stunning Mediterranean-inspired sun deck for soaking up the rays. A team of talented chefs prepare sensational modern Asian cuisine with an international twist, while the mezzanine level is the place to take in sunset with a bespoke cocktail or two.

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The Vibe: Effortlessly chic.      Where: Jimbaran.

 

Karma Beach Lounge: Barefoot luxury.

Tucked into a picturesque cove at the base of limestone cliffs, this hedonistic hideaway is the stuff of holiday fantasies. Getting there is half the fun, with an inclinator gliding down the cliff face to reveal stunning views over the Indian ocean before depositing you on a white sandy beach lapped by a cerulean sea. Ibizan-inspired tunes provide the coolest of sound tracks and you can dine on decadent seafood platters in the beach shack, have a bento box delivered to your deck chair or splurge on a bottle of fine Champagne in the comfort of a private cushion-clad pavilion. Not feeling spoilt enough? Head up to Karma Spa for a decadent cliff-side spa ritual, or the Kasbah-like Temple Bar for middle eastern tapas and shisha.

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The vibe: Beach holiday bliss.       Where: Ungasan, Bukit Peninsula

 

Komune Beach Club: Surf shack chic

Clinging to the black sandy shores of Keramas on Bali’s deserted east coast, Komune Resort and Beach Club has a remote location and a laid back surfer vibe. If the surf is up you might even spot a pro out in the waves. A far cry from the trendy beach clubs of the south, Komune is ideal for those who want to escape the crowds. Built with surfers (and those who love the ocean) in mind, the casual style of Komune is epitomised by its Beach Club – a round and futuristic-style pavilion that looks a little like a UFO plonked right on the sand. As for the view, well, it doesn’t get much better – this is pure, tropical Bali, where lush jungle creeps down to a sparkling sea. Hammocks, shady day beds and poolside deck chairs provide ample lounging opportunities, while friendly staff serve up well-priced, surprisingly tasty food, some of which is plucked straight from the resort’s organic gardens.

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The vibe: Young and hip.       Where: Keramas.

 

Nikki Beach: Globally-Inspired.

A pleasure-seekers playground of sun kissed days and golden dusks, where world class djs hit the decks and Champagne flows thick and fast, Nikki Beach combines glamour and cutting edge style with a relaxed tropical vibe. A sleek white colour scheme predominates, from designer day beds to chic pavilions arranged around the sprawling pool. There are even underwater speakers so you can keep your groove on as you swim up to the sunken cocktail bar. More than a stylish beach club, Nikki Beach is a global phenomenon with 12 venues from St Tropez to Marrakesh, Ibiza and Phuket. The club is at its most fun and flirtatious during the weekly ‘Amazing Sunday Bruch’ with live cooking stations, up-for-it DJs, and a sexy sax player wooing the crowd.

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The Vibe: St Tropez meets Bali.       Where: Nusa Dua

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