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Baby Bliss in Bali – The Oberoi With An 8 mth old

Indonesia’s tropical island of Bali is a hugely popular tourist destination.  For a more sophisticated stay, head towards the Seminyak area, filled with boutiques, bars and chic hotels.  My chic friend Laura recently returned from her stay with 8 month old baby Lily.  She chose to stay at the Oberoi which is set in 15 acres of tropical gardens on a great stretch of beach.

Laura & Lily in Bali

Who:
Laura, Tim and 8 month old Lily

Where:
Oberoi Hotel, Seminyak, Bali

When:
26 Sept – 4 Oct 2013

Hotel Booking
The amazing Fannie at Sun Travel, she took care of everything, efficient and helpful as ever.

The Flight
We flew Cathay and got the bulk head in economy which was more spacious than BA. It was a five hour day time flight, not ideal with Lily wanting to crawl around everywhere, but the crew were fantastic and helped out whenever I asked. We were given a super little baby bag with mustela products, heinz organic baby food and nappies. I had asked for the bassinet which lily loved playing in, refusing to sleep, but it did work as a play pen of a sort for her!

Immigration at Bali’s Denpasar Airport
One word – painful. Top tip is to get VIP service in advance where you pay a fee (US80 per person which includes the necessary visa) and you are whisked through the never-ending queues and get through the whole horrific process relatively pain-free and in about half the time. Essential if you are travelling with kids. Do it online 48 hours in advance at www.thebaliconceirge.com

The Oberoi Hotel
The staff were amazing and this is definitely a very family friendly hotel. The week we stayed I saw at least four other families with kids under five. There is no dedicated kids pool or kids club but its such a family friendly place that doesn’t become a problem. There was a steriliser provided for us when we arrived along with a baby pack full of lotion, shampoo and soap.  There was no baby bath however and the bath was one of those sunken marble walk down into it luxurious hotel types that I normally drool over but ended up hating as it was very non 8 month old crawling/slipping baby friendly!

All Oberoi rooms are villas and whilst we were in the most basic one it was still a very generous size with an enormous bed – which was just as well as Lily refused to sleep in the travel cot and spent every night in our bed but luckily there was still enough space for us all. The hotel had thoughtfully placed us in a villa close to the pool and restaurant so we didn’t have to walk too far with her in the heat.

We took Lily to most meals with us at the restaurant and the staff were excellent at preparing fresh veg and fruit and baby friendly food for us at these meals. They were also very good at making sure we had shade in the outdoor restaurants and – discreetly- giving us a table that was tucked away from other diners so lily could crawl around the table or bang her spoon on her highchair and not bother people.

Beach at Oberoi

The hotel itself is situated right on Kuta beach but at the quiet end…  It’s a stunning beach with great surf, a little too wavey to take the baby for a swim but great fun to paddle in.

Next to the hotel is the bar Ku de Ta which you can walk to in five mins. The hotel rooms at the Oberoi are well situated far back from it though so you never hear a sound and I was really surprised just how quiet it was given the bar is next door. We went for drinks and dinner one night and took Lily and she had a blast, it’s a very kid friendly bar with lots of little ones running around and then as soon as the sun goes down and the music gets turned up and the kids go to sleep its a fab little party place.

Tim and Lily in Ku De Ta

Facilities

There is a super little gym with a beautiful view of the landscaped gardens.
Oberoi Gym
Oberoi Pool
There is a fab spa with masseuses that came to the room at no extra charge for me when I explained I had a baby sleeping and couldn’t leave her (and Tim was working on a call so couldn’t watch her). There is wifi and a business centre too if you or your hubby need to work at all while there.

There is also a baby sitting service that the hotel provides, incredibly good value at only US8 dollars an hour. The babysitter even turns up in a comical nurses uniform!
In Conclusion!
A lovely hotel that is very baby friendly and we would love to return one day.

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