The Bali Family Guide (i.e. myself and my helper (Danny, 6) have tested out the facilities so we can give you a full review. As usual, we aim to give you all the information you need so you can decide if this is the right place for your family holiday. Note – unusual for Bali – it was quite overcast the night we stayed, so the pics don’t look as bright as would be usually the case. Even in wet season, Bali generally has nice bright weather and rain lasts for a couple of hours before returning to blue skies. Here’s the Bali Kids Guide Courtyard Marriott Seminyak review:

Our stay at the Courtyard Marriott Seminyak

Danny and I arrived at around 1pm as we’d arranged a slightly early checkin – usual checkin is at the normal time of 2pm. The lobby and foyer are well organised with lots of helpful staff. You will go through a security screening ala airport style – Balinese resorts and hotels are security conscious. Checkin was nice and easy. Remember that you will need to show passports when you check into any Balinese hotel or resort (required by law), so have these handy so you don’t have to dig around in your bag if you’re already tired from a flight. At checkin we were giving a refreshing fruit drink. An extra nice touch was being given homemade fruit icypoles. This is a really nice touch and will keep kids happy while you go through the checkin process. Anything that makes life easier when you have tired / cranky kids gets a big thumbs up from me.

 After checkin we were shown to our room. We walked past the fabulous pool, with poolside restaurant – and a pool bar!

  You will find getting around the resort easy – sometimes resorts are very confusing, but the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak is well signposted and has a logical layout. Our rooms were up on the 5th floor, so it was just a matter of walking to the lift, getting in, and finding our room. Voila!

Our room at the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak

The rooms are well laid out, with SUPER comfortable beds, clean, tidy and well organised. The Courtyard is definitely catering to the western / Australian market, and Australians will feel very familiar here with. (I would even say, if you’re looking for a really Balinese decor, this isn’t the hotel for you- the hotel rooms are very similar to many Australian hotel rooms). Our room was an okay size – comfortable but not expansive. For families visiting the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak, there are interconnecting rooms available as well as 1 bedroom suites for those looking for room for the whole family to holiday comfortably.

Excuse the rumpled bedspread in the picture below, it had already had been tested out by a 6 year old!

Outside on the balcony is a lovely sitting area. There’s good fencing, but if you have a toddler remember they could still climb up onto the little cane table there and get up over the balcony. (Maybe I’m paranoid, but I have a 2 year old that loves to climb!). Definitely a lovely place to sit and read while the kids are busy.

From the balcony I had a good view of the pool. Doesn’t that just make you want to book a holiday to Bali rightaway?

The bathroom

I always consider the bathroom the ‘litmus test’ for any hotel I stay in anywhere around the world and I feel like I can tell a lot about a hotel from the bathroom – especially in Bali! A clean, well-equipped bathroom free from mold or damp and with nice fresh toiletries and towels is really important and the bathroom at the Courtyard Marriott Seminyak definitely passed the test. It’s not the open style bathroom that Bali-lovers may have experienced in villas and some other hotels in Bali (where part of the bathroom is open air, with very roomy fixtures) and is a more traditional western bathroom, but with a lovely feel of Bali nevertheless. I love a clean bathroom!

 By the way – the shower comes equipped with the lovely ‘rainfall’ style showerhead and had great pressure and lots of lovely hot water. Quality toiletries were also supplied.

In room supplies!

There was bottles of water already supplied in the hotel room, free of charge, which is great as it’s the last thing you want to be worrying about as soon as you arrive. Remember – don’t drink tap water in Bali! I was assured that if I needed more water, to just call reception and housekeeping would bring more up right away, which is great. Make sure you plan ahead and keep a stock of water in the room for yourself and your kiddies. The minibar is supplied with beer and soft drinks – if you’re travelling with a toddler (like me) then you might want to consider moving all this to a higher level! I’ve learnt the hard way that minibars and toddlers don’t mix! For everyone else, you can feel assured that a refreshing drink or Bintang is close at hand if needed. The TV has loads of channels to choose from. If you’re tired out from a day exploring Bali and just want to flake out in front of the TV, you’ll definitely find some channels in your own language to watch. There’s a helpful channel guide with the remote.

Hitting the Kids Club

Danny was already nagging me to go to the kids club, after seeing posters for it in the lift. Once we’d settled in a bit and had a rest, we headed on down.

About the Kids Club at the Courtyard Marriott Seminyak

As I mentioned above, there are daily scheduled activities for kids on at the Kids Club so be sure to check those out.

Ages

The Kids Club caters for kiddies between 4-12 years old. If you have a younger child, ask management to help you arrange a babysitter.

Hours

The Kids Club is open between 8am and 8pm, allowing you lots of flexibility to relax and explore kid-free.

Costs

For guests at the resort, the first 2 hours are complimentary. After that you will be charged 75K rupiah (about $7.50 AUD)for 2-5 hours and 150K rupiah (about $15 AUD) for 5-8 hours. If you need to arrange a babysitter, then the cost will be 65K rupiah (about $6.50 AUD) for every 2 hours.

Booking

Just call ahead to confirm that there’s space. I had no problem at all.

Staff

There are plenty of staff on hand to supervise and care for your kids while they are in the Kids Club. All attendants are trained to Marriott’s international standards. The kids club is very professional. Easy to find and centrally located within the resort. Lots of lovely equipment, including Playstation pods, a big ball pit, a soft play area for littlies and loads of tables set up for craft, colouring and art. There are regular activities scheduled so be sure to check the timetable.

 I gather Danny spent most of his time in the Playstation pod…

Time for a read by the pool..

While Danny was in the Kids Club I took the chance to read by the pool. It’s a huge pool that runs the length of the resort grounds. Lots of room to find your own space to laze around and swim. It was a little overcast, and actually started to rain later on, but I hope you get the idea from the pics!

Time for room service!

When it was time for dinner, it was raining, so I decided to order in. I played it very safe and non-adventurous with our meals. I ordered the Aussie steak for myself and a club sandwich for dinner. My steak was okay.. after living in Bali a while and enjoying the incredible fine dining here, a basic steak seemed a bit boring, but it did the job and will please those looking for a familiar meal. I also had the bread & butter pudding for dessert which was delicious!

The breakfast buffet!

After a great night’s sleep in our comfortable bed, Danny and I headed down to breakfast. Once again, the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak didn’t disappoint with a huge spread of freshly prepared options to please everyone.

 Don’t forget to enjoy the gorgeous Balinese fruits and fresh juices while you’re in Bali!

A last swim before leaving

After breakfast my husband arrived to pick us up and we enjoyed a last swim before leaving. Fantastic fun!

Final opinion of the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak

This is a well thought out and organised resort, with a very high standard in terms of customer service, cleanliness and facilities on offer. If you’re visiting Bali for the first time, in any way nervous about visiting Bali, or just want everything taken care of for you, I’d absolutely recommend the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak. You will be in the heart of Seminyak, near beaches and shopping, have a well equipped and staffed kids club on hand and just be able to relax and focus on having a great holiday. I don’t think you’re going to get a real Bali ‘vibe’ here – I’ve stayed in other resorts (i.e. the Alaya Ubud) which kind of give you that Balinese feeling whereas at the Courtyard by Marriott you could really still be in Australia. To be honest though, visiting Bali can be a culture shock, and I think this is an excellent choice for families because everything is here for you. I’ve already recommended the Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak to several of our followers and I think that at time of writing it has to be a first and logical choice for families visiting Bali and wanting to stay in the Seminyak area. I know my husband is already planning for us to come back! To find out more or make a booking, email reservations.seminyak@courtyard.com, call +62361 8499 600 or visit the website at www.courtyardseminyak.com. Don’t forget to mention Bali Kids Guide if you book directly through the website for a discount.