My husband and I visited the Padma Resort in January 2016 with our 3 boys, aged 7.5, 4 and 8 months. We are originally from Australia, however have been living in Ubud for nearly 3 years. We drove down to the Padma Resort in Legian to test out their facilities, restaurants, pools and family room and here is a review of our experience.

The Padma Resort has long been one of the must visit hotels in Bali and for a good reason! It is fabulous. The hotel is beautiful from the moment you drive in to the moment you leave. Upon arrival we were met by a plethora of lovely men to help unload our bags. Check in was a breeze, especially as we were all given a cool, refreshing towel and a delicious welcome drink. Shortly after we were guided to our beautiful family room by a lovely young man called Wayan.

To our delight we found that we were right in front of the children’s pool area and waterslides. Our kids thought this was fantastic and were equally thrilled about their amazing bunk beds that came with their very own private view out to the pool.

Our room was Spacious, stylish and modern and overall one of the nicest I have stayed in on the island. It included a very large super king bed and also a table and two chairs. I was pretty happy with this as it allowed both my husband and I to use our computers at the same time. Most of the time we are given one desk and a couch so this was a nice surprise. The décor was lovely, natural and, while it had Balinese accents, it wasn’t over the top.

The bathrooms are also great. Very clean and neat and have recently been renovated with gorgeous turquoise tiles. The kids had their own bathroom which, much to their delight included a large stash of amenities and also (to my delight) temperature controlled taps. There are two televisions, one in the master suite and the other in the little sitting area in front of the kids bunks. They also have two fun bean bags for the kids to chill out in and a multitude of cable channels.

We were very excited about our lovely room but even more excited about being able to walk right out and hop in the pool. This was an absolute blessing when our baby needed to have a sleep but the big ones wanted to swim! We even managed to get food delivered across the water so we could enjoy lunch on the veranda while the baby slept!

The boys had a ball playing on the waterslides all day. They were a great size for our two aged 4 and 7 and they weren’t too crowded.

The standout highlight for our family was the Wolly Kids Club and Games Centre. Our boys have never been that interested in going to kids club in most hotels we stay at, often we get there and they turn around and want to stay with us. Not this time.

They have a foosball and air hockey table as well as a whole wall of toys and books. Everyday the activity schedule changes and on the day we checked out they were even having a party at 5:30pm for the kids (bring on wine by the pool for mum and dad). Kids club is open from 9am to 8:30pm and takes kids from 4-12years old.

There are a few lovely carers who will play with kids both inside and outside and there is a computer area that includes a Nintendo Wii and Playstation2 as well as an air hockey table and table soccer. Kids club also has a movie studio for the kids to chill out and relax if they need to. If you have a little one younger than 4 you can also utilize the babysitting service at Rp 65.000 per hour for two kids and Rp 90.000 per hour for up to 4 kids.

Outside in a fenced area there is a little playground and a new trampoline. You can see the pool and waterslides but the kids don’t have access so are completely safe at all times.

All kids need to be signed in and out and the area is very secure! Our boys ended up going in 3 times which truly made this a great stay for all of us!

DonBiu restaurant is where breakfast is held each day. It was one of the best hotel breakfasts I have had in Bali. So much to choose from and excellent service. Our boys enjoyed donuts and pancakes while we tried to sneak in little bits of fruit on their plates. They also loved the fresh juices and pastries. Scott and I loved the cook breakfast and the fabulous cereal section that include plentiful bowls of tried fruits, nuts, seeds, chia, berry compotes, yoghurts and granola.

Straight after breakfast the boys went out to join in the fish feeding activity which they loved. Each time the fish jumped up they squealed in delight! It was a really simple activity for them to do but they had such a great time.

We also went to one of the evening buffets at DonBiu restaurant. It was great. The night we were there it was an International BBQ and we had some really fabulous meat: beef brisket, ribs, roast pork, grilled chicken, fried fish and lovely bratwurst sausages. The salad options were fabulous and you could also make up a European antipasto platter if you wanted.

The deserts were a hit with both us and the kids. It included donuts, fried Chocolate, chocolate cake, pannacotta, crème brulee, raspberry mousse and much more. However, as the kids club opens back up at 7pm until 8:30pm our boys were keen to finish up quickly and head back over to have a play.

They also had some beautiful traditional gamelan music and Balinese dancers which we were able to enjoy for a little while before heading off.

The hotel is wonderful for families. It is easy to navigate, you can push a pram (or wheelchair) everywhere and it is really pretty. They are currently renovating their main pool which is up near the beach, however to be honest I think the lovely winding flow of the long pool leading up the kids area is actually much nicer. It includes a swim up bar and waterfall area. There are pretty arched bridges everywhere, allowing you to cross the pools or swim underneath. The gardens are also beautiful and provide a lot of shade over the pools.

There are also a few other restaurants that will deliver food to you poolside. We chose to have Pizza which was excellent and delivered right to our doorstep in front of the pool. The menu had just been released and was great! We also went to the swim up pool bar and enjoyed a beer in the water!

All up it was a great stay and I can highly recommend it to anyone with young kids. Some of the stand out features that I also came across were:

  1. The kid’s pool section has a great area that is only about 10cm deep which means if you have a baby or toddler they can play happily without you having to hold them. It is large and includes lots of little mini fountains that can keep the kids entertained for hours.
  2. The kids pool is lovely and shallow in one section. It came up to just above my knees which means that young kids (2 and up) can possibly play on the waterslide and not need your help!
  3. The taps in the bathrooms have water temperature controls
  4. Kids club is the bomb! They actually had new boxes of lego for my 7.5 year old to construct!
  5. There are lots of other activities that we didn’t get to participate in like; tennis, yoga and t-shirt painting for kids.
  6. There is an excellent gym that would actually put many gyms in Bali to shame. It was spacious, light, very cold and had modern equipment!
  7. They have wonderful spa facilities.
  8. The bedrooms are equipped with multiple power points, including ones with international sockets which made charging all our technology a breeze!
  9. Empty Minibar fridge. To some people this might seem strange but to families with kids this is a godsend. My boys have often helped themselves to soft drinks, chocolate and coke while we weren’t looking. This time around it wasn’t an option for them!
  10. Large soft white bath towels. There is nothing worse than tiny bath towels in hotels. The large rainshower was also divine!

Jen lives in Ubud with her husband and their three little boys. Originally from Perth, Western Australia, she and her family packed everything up in early 2013 and decided to travel the world. So far they have visited over 40 countries and are looking forward to many more. She is passionate about helping other families find a great way to travel that keeps everyone happy. If you want to read more please check out her blog LiveWorldTravel.com