Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach, Bali

Bali is a popular travel destination for a short, beach getaway.

Asher and I went on a father and son only getaway last month. This was the first time I traveled alone with Asher without Rachel. Usually, the mother is the one taking care of the child during a family vacation while the father takes care of the itinerary. For this trip, I had to do everything and it turned out pretty okay.

Father and son only getaway

Father and son only getaway

We stayed at Sheraton Bali, the only 5-star resort in Kuta and flew with JetStar, which offers two daily flights to Bali from Singapore.

Very cosy airport transfer to Sheraton Bali hotel

Very cosy airport transfer to Sheraton Bali hotel

Everything went smoothly and here are five reasons why you should choose Sheraton Bali if you are planning for a short, family vacation to Bali.

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1.

Convenient Location

Kuta Beach

Kuta Beach

The hotel is located in the heart of the bustling Kuta Beach where all the actions are. Jamie’s Italian is nearby and at the connected upscale shopping mall, Beachwalk, adjacent to the hotel, there is a kids’ amusement park as well as a LEGO shop:

Jamie's Italian is within walking distance

Jamie’s Italian is within walking distance

Lego store

Lego shop

Kids indoor gym

Kids indoor gym

A whole floor of kids entertainment shops

A whole floor of kids entertainment shops

Beachwalk mall

Beachwalk mall

As mentioned earlier, this is the only 5-star resort in Kuta, offering spacious rooms with views over the Indian Ocean. Check out the size of our lavish suite:

Living room area

Living room area

Beverage station

Beverage station

Comfy large bed

Comfy large bed

Wash area in the bathroom

Wash area in the bathroom

Shower

Shower

Bathtub

Bathtub

View of the room from the attached bathroom

View of the room from the attached bathroom

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Lounge chair by the balcony

Lounge chair by the balcony

Wide balcony area

Wide balcony area

Vanity kit

Vanity kit

A 5-star welcome!

A 5-star welcome!

2.

Childcare Facility

There is a free childcare centre for kids, [email protected], provided for hotel guests. This was mighty awesome for me as I was traveling alone and get to go for a massage while I checked Asher at the childcare centre.

Computer stations

Computer stations

Outdoor pool area

Outdoor pool area

The centre follows the concept of ‘edutainment’, merging education and entertainment, encouraging intellectual stimulation and fun whereby children will experience fun and educational activities.

Facilities in [email protected] include:

  • Welcome area
  • Communal table with 3 computer stations
  • 42″ TV with international channel selection and DVD movies
  • PlayStation 3
  • Complimentary wireless internet access
  • Local and international books selection
  • Mini toilet and wash basin
  • Outdoor sand pit
  • Outdoor wet area with cascading water feature

While the kids are at [email protected], the adults can then pop over for your own pampering at Sheraton’s Shine Spa:

Shine Spa at Sheraton Bali

Shine Spa at Sheraton Bali

Waiting area in the spa

Waiting area in the spa

3.

Kids Friendly Facilities

There is a nice little kid’s pool where Asher gets to swim at every morning while I jog on the treadmill in the gym. The gym faces the pool, so I get to keep watch on him while I exercise.

Pool area

Pool area

The infinity pool with a view of the ocean

The infinity pool with a view of the ocean

Sunset by the pool

Sunset by the pool

Gym with view of the pool

Gym with view of the pool

Inside the gym

Inside the gym

Kids slippers provided in the room which you can bring home

Kids slippers provided in the room which you can bring home

Towels folded like animals to amuse the kids

Towels folded like animals to amuse the kids

Kids' amenity kit

Kids’ amenity kit

4.

Quality Food Choices

There are three restaurants within the resort itself – Bene which serves Italian cuisine; Feast Restaurant which offers international cuisine; and The Lounge, for bar and drinks. Most important of all for family travellers, they offer kids menus.

Bene

Bene

Dining in Bene

Dining in Bene

Asher enjoying his Muffin Burger from the kids menu

Asher enjoying his Muffin Burger from the kids menu

Rack of Lamb at Bene

Rack of Lamb at Bene

Steak at Bene

Steak at Bene

Feast Restaurant

Feast Restaurant

Asher enjoying his breakfast

Asher enjoying his breakfast

International buffet spread

International buffet spread

Salad bar

Salad bar

Asian selection

Asian selection

Pastries

Pastries

Ice cream

Ice cream

My breakfast

My breakfast

The Lounge

The Lounge

Sunset view from The Lounge

Sunset view from The Lounge

Gorgeous isn't it?

Gorgeous isn’t it?

Great view, with glasses of the signature cocktail

Great view, with glasses of the signature cocktail

5.

Friendly Staff

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The service standard is top-notch. When I checked Asher in at the childcare centre, he got to know one of the service staff so well that he asked me to bring him back there before we leave the resort so that he can say bye to the guy! Some of the other reception and wait staff also made effort to remember Asher. He was greeting and even chatting with some of them like friends by the end of our two nights stay.

The wonderful kitchen team at Feast

The wonderful kitchen team at Feast

If you are thinking of booking a stay at Sheraton Bali, they are currently running several promotions, including a FAMILY FUN package that is specifically for family travellers. This offer includes:

  • Daily buffet breakfast at FEAST
  • An entertaining kids welcome pack upon arrival
  • Free access to [email protected] during your stay
  • Free meals for kids with the SPG Kid’s Pass
  • A manicure , pedicure or massage treatment exclusively for your kids
  • Free drink bottle for kids below 12, to use for free refills with chilled juices and hot chocolate

Room rate starts from IDR 2,170,000++ (~SGD$220) per room per night, with minimum 2 (two) nights required. One room can accommodate 2 adults and 2 kids below 12 in existing bedding. More details are available via the official Sheraton Bali website.