Parents’ Travel Guide: Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Take part in cultural celebrations, learn how to make Indonesian cuisine and choose from a variety of aquatic adventures during your stay at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
Known for its staggeringly romantic tropical beauty, rich artistic traditions and a spiritual approach to life, Bali is the ideal spot for a relaxing family getaway. From snorkelling with manta rays to feeding monkeys at the Monkey Forest to Balinese cooking classes, there is a delightful balance of adventurous water sports and cultural discovery. All of this paired with a luxurious experience at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay makes for an unforgettable family vacation.
- Authentic cuisine. Enjoy flavourful dishes no matter where you dine, and learn how to cook a few Balinese and Indonesian dishes from chefs at the Resort.
- Balinese culture and festivals. Hindu festivals are some of the most beautiful and colourful celebrations. Take part in the cultural festivities around March and April for Nyepi (New Year) or Galungan, which occurs every 210 days to mark the triumph of good over evil.
- Luxurious accommodations. Relax in your own private villa with inspiring ocean views.
- Activities galore. Choose from snorkelling, cycling, horseback riding, sailing, fitness classes on the beach, an on-site art gallery and so much more.
What the kids will love
- Feeding the fish. Venture over to the Resort lobby to watch the swimming carp in lily ponds perk up when they see the kids prepare to feed them.
- Making and flying their own kite. This is just one of many activities available at the Jimba Club, the Resort’s complimentary children’s club. You’ll see kites, both simple and elaborate, flying high all over Bali, and your kids can be a part of this favourite island tradition.
- Learning something new. Sign up for a tennis lesson, where beginners will enjoy learning the basics and trying to become the King or Queen.
- Aquatic adventures. Try snorkelling at Padang Bai or Crystal Bay, a must for any kid who loves seeing exotic fish and sea creatures up close. It is best to visit during the dry season, generally May to September, as the water will be clearer.
What you’ll love
- Relaxation with a view. Sink into your private plunge pool or the Resort’s outdoor whirlpool after a long day while you take in views of the Indian Ocean.
- Alone time. Arrange a complimentary babysitter through the Resort and enjoy a night together exploring the area’s nearby attractions.
- The Spa. Choose from traditional Balinese massages and a full array of facials, wraps and other wellness treatments.
A Balinese dance performance with gamelan or traditional Javanese music. A definite highlight of your stay will be watching traditional Balinese dance performed in beautifully embroidered costumes.
The whole family will love trying authentic Balinese and Indonesian favourites at Taman Wantilan. Our top recommendations: iga babi panggang (barbecue-glazed pork ribs served with cucumber, tomato and wild ginger salad), udang kemangi (spicy jumbo prawns with chili-tomato sambal, sweet basil and long beans) and laksa sari laut (curry coconut soup with rice noodles).
Each restaurant has a kids’ menu, so you can enjoy spicy local dishes while the kids happily chow down on Indonesian chicken soup with lemongrass, prawn nasi goreng (fried rice) and mango sorbet. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the crispy fried banana with palm sugar and vanilla ice cream.
Take advantage of Jimbaran’s history as a fishing village by ordering from one of the fresh seafood stands set up on the beach. The kids will love choosing their own live seafood, and you can have it grilled to perfection while you watch the sun set along the ocean.
5 family to-dos
1. See the Manta Rays at Manta Point, Nusa Penida. The Resort can help organise a day trip to this popular spot, where you can see these graceful creatures in their natural environment. It is certainly one of the highlights of any trip to Bali!
2. Go under the sea. There are several excellent spots for snorkelling and diving, including Padang Bai, the Mangrove area, Crystal Bay and many other spots off Nusa Penida. The Resort can help organise a snorkelling or scuba trip for you. Note: Many of the Nusa Penida dive spots are for advanced divers only, but Mangrove Point on Nusa Lembongan is a good, calm area for beginning snorkellers.
3. Make a traditional Balinese offering. Just about everywhere in Bali, you’ll find colourful and fragrant traditional Balinese offerings to the Hindu gods. The base is made of palm leaves, which are then filled with carefully arranged blossoms and julienned Pandan leaves, sometimes with incense sticks as well. Your kids can join in on this cultural tradition and learn how to make these at the Resort.
4. Pool time. Enjoy some family fun at the Resort’s lower level pool, then relax in the toasty whirlpool with views of the sea.
5. Get cooking. You don’t want to miss the Resort’s Indonesian cooking class, which includes a morning tour of the local Jimbaran fish and vegetable markets. Chop, stir, marinate and sauté, then finished with a scrumptious lunch of the dishes you helped create. Balinese and Italian cooking classes are offered as well. For those of you with more of a sweet tooth, the Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy puts on a complimentary pastry class for kids, teaching them how to prepare traditional Balinese sweets.