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    Go to Bali most years, going with the kids in a couple of weeks ☺
    Bali is what you make it...it is a beautiful island and the people are beautiful. Unfortunately some areas have been over taken by the party crowd but there are lots of quieter areas.
    I have never felt unsafe over there.
    It's cheap and cheerful and the kids absolutely love it.

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    We go to Ubud every year or so I really like it. Stayed in Seminyak before and wasn't keen at all

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    We are going in October & have booked a villa in Ubud (the mountains) we have our own pool & it's a very small resort... This is our type of holiday, maximum relaxing & minimum contact with people! Just want our own space to be together.

    It's my hubbies first trip to Bali so this is another reason we chose Ubud, easy him into the place rather than go to the more popular (read bogan) areas like Kuta!

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    Pros:

    * It's warm.

    * I had a lovely massage in a flash hotel near Ubud for a great price.


    Cons:

    * Being constantly hassled by people who want you to buy something

    * Beaches not remotely as nice as the ones near home. (We went to the area known for on-the-beach fish restaurants, and they were burying rubbish in holes on the beach. The packs of stray dogs didn't help either).

    * Lots of bogans in Bintang shirts.

    * Diarrhoea. Oh my god, diarrhoea.

    * Scary roads and driving.

    ETA: We stayed in Ubud and Jimbaran Bay.
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    I think everyone needs to remember Bali is in a 3rd world country....

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    I've been to Bali twice, once for my honeymoon and once with DS1 when he was 18 months old. I absolutely love Bali, but preferred my time there sans-children. If we go back, it won't be until kids are much older.

    Pros - people are so friendly, food is delicious (never got food poisoning, whereas I've Been to Fiji 3 times and got sick every time), culture, nature is breathtaking, relaxation, day spas, everything is cheap.

    Cons - touristy, especially in the south coast.

    Stick to the mountains or the east coast of Bali and you will love it

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    I didn't find the roads scary at all. There are a lot of pot holes, but people drive so slowly, it's hardly scary, especially compared to driving in Europe where people are gunning it down motorways at 160kmh

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    I have been to Bali dozens of time. I normally stay a couple of days in Kuta in the action and then follow this with a week in Tanjung benoa or Nusa dua. Last time I had my 12 month only with me and it was definitely easier and more comfortable at benoA than Kuta as we were in an apartment with multi bedrooms. So depends on yr children's age. It is more relaxing in areas such as benoa or Nusa dua.. But more expensive than the areas closer to Kuta. Enjoy yr trip.

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    We spent my sisters birthday in Bali and loved it, we stayed in Seminyak at peppers resort, it was so indulgent!
    It is dirty in Bali, lots of street dogs etc but the people are so beautiful, We went to a dingy little nail salon, they were so lovely that we went back and they were so excited to see us, I made friends with some of the staff at the hotel and still talk to my guide on Facebook. That alone made my holiday so worthwhile, so friendly.

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    I've been as a single, couple & family with toddler. Just keep on going back! You can't beat it for value. Agree with pp's, stay clear of Kuta which can be crowded and dirty. For couples I say Seminyak - the area up near the W has a good range of hotels and restaurants. Canggu is also an option - a but further north and more about surf and relaxation.
    For kids I recommend Sanur or Nusa Dua - beach access and not as busy as the main areas.


 

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