Holiday Inn Baruna Bali with kids

kicking back in the pool at the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali
It is somewhat of an understatement to say that both Raffles and Sugarpuff love the water. Whether it’s in the sea, in a pool or falling from the sky, my little Pisceans certainly live up to their pesce astrological personas, which is a touch ironic given that I think astrology is such a crock. So much so that I think it’s far more likely someone accidentally dropped a little dolphin DNA into the embryonic cocktail shakers at Casa Conception because, not withstanding their lack of scales or gills, I swear the two of them are part fish.

So it seemed almost serendipitous that on a recent holiday at the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali with kids we should be staying in a resort named for Baruna, the Hindu God of the Sea. It is no surprise that my amphibious offspring developed a bit of a thing for the wet and wild deity, who is said to offer aquatic protection and providence to the island’s majority Hindu people.

At the Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali, the dripping deity certainly delivers on his watery promises.

Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

As if providing a dazzling swimming pool and tranquil koi ponds isn’t enough, the beachfront location of Holiday Inn Baruna Bali, close to many of Bali’s best attractions, offers a backdrop of colourful, wooden fishing boats that have me wondering if Baruna might just be a divine show-off.

The Beach at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

It is here that we spend our evenings when the beach comes alive as lovely locals and tourists gather to watch one of Bali’s fiery sunsets.

Fishing boats on the beach Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

The Balinese people are every bit as friendly as they’re rumoured to be and the kids collect new friends like seashells.

Raffles making friends on the beach in Bali

The beachfront gatherings also bring a small army of hawkers spruiking everything from sarongs to snacks and massages.

Strolling along the beach Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

Bali’s hawkers are nothing if not tenacious but it is polite to at least acknowledge them with a simple ‘‘no thank you’’ or tidak mau (don’t want). If you’re not interested in what they’re offering don’t engage further and don’t try to fob them of by saying you’ll come back later because they’ll be waiting.

As lovely as our evening strolls are, it is floating on the massive beanbags in the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali’s enormous lagoon style pool that swallows most of our time.

Floating away at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

A shaded toddlers pool is an added bonus for Sugarpuff, as is the swim-up bar that Mr EatsWorld and I patronise each evening at happy hour!

Holiday Inn Baruna Bali Pool

We do manage to escape the pool’s watery depths for meals at the resort’s excellent restaurants.

Lunch at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

Where any pretence of decorum is soon forgotten as my ravenous ringleted rascals dive face first into the lovely local cuisine, particularly smitted with the bowls of noodles, nasi goreng and crispy perkedel jagung (Indonesian corn fritters).

Lunch at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

One great feature of the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali with kids is the cold stone kiosk in the resort Hub, where the kids take multiple breaks to gobble ice cream. Between scoops, we also discover a store that stocks snacks, beer and bottles of wine, which to our utter amazement are all sold at supermarket prices. Huzzah!

Given the Holiday Inn Baruna Bali’s generous bevvy pricing policy it seems the least we can do to imbibe each evening on the private terrace of our spacious studio room… after our little sea monsters fall asleep.

The garden view from our studio

Speaking of rooms, our studio, which looks out onto the beautiful resort gardens, is big enough for even the fussiest of sea dwelling deities with a massive king-sized bed, king-size sofa bed and a separate kids area with bunk beds, its own television and, much to Raffles delight, an X-Box. On the terrace there’s even a sizeable day-bed which Sugarpuff covers daily in fallen frangipani blossoms.

Sugarpuff hearts Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

And in keeping with our holiday’s watery theme, there’s also a colossal bathroom where family shower dance parties, complete with pumping music from Raffles iPod, become a daily occurrence.

Raffles and Sugarpuff do dry off long enough to visit the resort’s Tea Tree Day Spa where they relax and enjoy their first ever spa treatment.

Chilling at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

An insanely ticklish Raffles spends most of his massage giggling and wriggling about like a loon, but Sugarpuff is so hooked that I foresee a life long addiction to nail polish following her ocean blue mani.

Kids at The Tea Tree Spa at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

What with the awesome pool and beach, one could be forgiven for thinking a visit to a waterpark would be superfluous to requirements. But one obviously hasn’t spoken to my waterlogged weirdos. To appease the mighty Baruna, we’re off to sacrifice our children by chucking them down the slides at Waterbom. They take it extremely well.

So well in fact that what’s meant to be a morning of splashing and sliding our way down and around the waterslides and navigating the lazy river turns in to a very long day.

waterbom bali - lazy river

It proves near impossible to budge my kids, or Mr Eats World for that matter, as they have been sucked into the vortex of fun that is Waterbom’s kids water play zone.

Waterbom’s kids water play zone.

It takes being forcibly removed by the staff at closing time for us to exit the facilities and return to the resort where, after giving Baruna a metaphysical high five, all three dive straight back into the loving embrace of the pool.

25 Comments on Holiday Inn Baruna Bali with kids

  1. Amanda Kendle
    May 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm (9 years ago)

    On a shivery cold day at my desk this definitely has me rather envious and in need of a tropical escape! Gorgeous pics.

      June 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm (9 years ago)

      We can all use a tropical escape from time to time… especially as the temperature dips.

  2. Malinda (@MBPaperPackages)
    May 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I couldn’t decide what was more enviable the beanbag in the pool or the swim up bar, then it just kept getting better and better!

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    May 26, 2015 at 8:57 pm (9 years ago)

    Such a cute post!! They look like such water babies! And I don’t know what happened but yesterday when I checked your blog, the last post was Sokyo and now it seems that I have missed some!

      May 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm (9 years ago)

      They sure are. Blog has been playing up lately (had some trouble with host) but back in action now x

  4. Daria
    May 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm (9 years ago)

    What a beautiful family getaway. Thanks for letting me escape to paradise, if only for five minutes!

      May 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm (9 years ago)

      A pleasure Daria, keep your eyes peeled for a little slice of your personal paradise tomrrow.

  5. Sally@Toddlers on Tour
    May 29, 2015 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

    Kids and water – it’s a match made in heaven. As long as there’s a pool the holiday is bound to be a success.

      June 3, 2015 at 10:58 pm (9 years ago)

      Couldn’t agree more Sally

  6. Christine
    May 31, 2015 at 9:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂

      June 3, 2015 at 8:58 am (9 years ago)

      IT was amazing. One of our best family breaks.

  7. Pam @Threading My Way
    June 3, 2015 at 10:57 am (9 years ago)

    You have me dreaming of Summer and beaches to escape from the cold. Beautiful photos!!!

      June 3, 2015 at 10:59 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Pam 🙂

  8. Claire @ Life on Wallace
    June 3, 2015 at 2:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh gosh, we need to travel via Bali to visit Yogyakarta later in the year and I can’t say I am excited about it. This post was just what I needed to see the trip in a better light!

      June 3, 2015 at 11:01 pm (9 years ago)

      I think if you look at Bali as a holiday destination as opposed to a travel destination you’ll have a wonderful time.

  9. Lydia C Lee
    June 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Looks so lovely! Bali’s amazing…

      June 3, 2015 at 11:02 pm (9 years ago)

      It sure is Lydia 🙂

  10. Julie
    June 5, 2015 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    Such lovely photos! I’ve been travelling to Indonesia for many years as a solo traveller and with my partner, I’ve fallen pregnant this year {for the first time!} and I’ve been wondering what travelling with kids will be like…you’ve opened my eyes to lots of fun times ahead with a little one in tow. Thank you! 🙂

  11. Feed Me Dearly
    June 7, 2015 at 5:24 am (9 years ago)

    Awesome captures – thanks so much for sharing. 🙂
    Stop by and check out my latest post about my trip to New Mexico.

  12. Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    June 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm (9 years ago)

    Looks like the best holiday spot. My kids have been to Waterbom and rate it highly. They can’t wait to take me there.

  13. Talia
    June 30, 2015 at 12:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Yes, yes, yes, a million times yes. THIS is the type of holiday I want to go next!! Looks like so much fun, and relaxing to boot (and yummy!!). We went to Bali on our honeymoon, but didn’t stay anywhere near as nice as this. But even then, it was still good, so I definitely think I would love to come here!

  14. Shan@FortyUp
    July 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm (9 years ago)

    We’ve just booked a family trip to Bali next Easter – can’t wait to visit Waterbom with the kids next time, they’ll be 5 & 8 – perfect for heaps of fun!!

      July 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm (9 years ago)

      They’ll love it!


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Hey, I’m Aleney! A mum, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raff, the “boy” in boyeatsworld, and a fearless foodie, adventurer and eco-warrior. Along with his all-singing, all-dancing, all-adventurous sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari for the junior set.

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