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Omg I can't believe I've just been accused of being racist! That is so very hilarious seeing as my DH is from Malaysia.
Yes thankyou PP I was of course referring to the mandatory police checks etc. I did think I explained that but obviously not very well
I have been skulking in the forums for a while now, but joined up to answer your post! :-D
At the start of 2011 we were invited to a destination wedding in Bali for July. Immediately booked flights & Accom for hubby & 2 kids, figuring we would just use bbsitter from hotel ( picked Hard Rock because of reputation as kid friendly) I found out through research much same as yourself that most kids clubs take kids aged 4 ( sometimes5) and up. We had a 2 yr old & 3.5 yr old.
Then we received the official invite and discovered that the wedding was up in the hills ( not at a Legian hotel like I had assumed) so we would be 2 hrs away and gone for an afternoon & evening with travel on a bus with wedding goers.
This didn't make me comfortable, I was also going to be 7 months preggers at time of trip and wasn't sure I would last til the last bus...
So lots of talking to friends and eventually one friend said that she had good friends who used the same sitter every year & that another of her friends had used this lady on their recommendation and found her lovely. So via txt we arranged her for a afternoon test run, plus the wedding day/ night.
I can't remember the rupiah but it ended up costing $10 an hour for both kids, she was lovely. She was a mum with grown kids and we found out once meeting her that she was a nanny not a bbsitter & ran a business with herself & 5 sisters/ cousins. Very professional, great english, kids loved her. We communicated via txt on the evening to check on kids and I would have no qualms recommending her.
I imagine you could negotiate day rates as she was used to working full days with one family. We ended up using her for a few extra days. The pool was so much more relaxing with her looking after kids and having an extra set of hands. We were still there but not constantly on duty. We were there to share the fun with our kids but also got to read a book on deck chair (OMG!!)
We ended up using this lady 3times & 1 of her cousins once, when she had started another job.
I'm going to Bali for R&R with my sister taking her 12 month old & my 6 mnth old and plan using her to help out.
So ask around your friends they may be able to recommend a baby sitter. I'm also happy to pass on this lady's name and number if you want it.
Hubby & I both agreed that using a nanny even if only for every 2nd or 3rd day would make our next holiday amazing and that's what we plan to do.
Hope this helps xx
Sorry, when I'm on my phone it's hard to proof read and be eloquent. Thanks for understanding. I'd hate to be seen as racist!
We're planning a Bali holiday next year with DS1, who will be 5 and DS2 who will be 19 months. We've offered to pay my mothers flight she'll stay nearby and watch the boys for a couple of hours a day for us so we can get some relax time she'll do her thing alone sometimes, as will we and we'll do some sightseeing together too. I'll feel relaxed knowing that the boys are happy when we sneak some time out
Would you consider Fiji?
My DP is Fijian, so I've been there with him and the Fijian people adore kids, they're amazing with them. The resort we went to was packed with families, and the staff were always talking to the kids, hugging them, holding babies etc.
I watched the staff in the kids club too (I used to work in ECL, so I know what they should be doing lol) and they were fantastic. I'd rate them up there with some of the best babysitters I've seen here.
I'm fairly sure that kids have to be around 3-4 for the kids club, but almost all the resorts offer nanny services. I know several families who've gone to Fiji for their family holidays for this reason alone
Still, I'd definitely ring the hotel or resort you chose to stay in and ask what qualifications and checks their staff have who work with children. It's definitely best to be safe.
BTW .... Hi BB........dont have an answer for you, but hope you find the perfect holiday location.
I have had DD babysat in Bali a number of times with no problem, but always through the hotel kids club or villa staff. I can recommend the Padma in Legian - same as the previous poster, DD was only little but they called in a lady especially to look after her. She would hang out on the swings and play with her, then feed her dinner, then go back to our room to put her to sleep. We were either at the hotel or just down the road so I could pop back in anytime or she could call me if there was a problem. It was cheap as chips (we tipped really well considering she came in at short notice) and the lady was just lovely.
Try tripadvisor - there are hundreds of posts on this topic.
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