Bali Kids Guide are always looking for the best villas in Bali for families to tell you all about, which is why we were pleased as punch to have the opportunity to stay at The Sea Shanty in Jimbaran. This fantastic 4 bedroom villa is just about as family-friendly as you get. Although we went with just 2 adults and 2 children, the villa will easily accommodate 6 adults and 4 children. Oh Sea Shanty, let me count the ways I love you:

The Villa

First of all the entranceway with lush greenery and a huge carved door is just beautiful, and is a little sneak peak into what lies inside. We were welcomed whole-heartedly by the live-in staff Lina and Supri and their son Imam, who ushered us into the massive kitchen for a delicious fresh smoothie. The kids (Lola 8 & Marlow 3) were immediately impressed with the open spaces, and all the interesting wall hangings, and details around the villa.

Heading upstairs they were even more impressed with their room for the weekend! They made their marks straight away with some drawings on the giant chalk board and claimed their bunks and stuffed animals. There is also a fabulous bathroom in the kid’s room with an octopus mural above the bath, shower and kid’s bathroom amenities. It’s unusual to find a room tailored so perfectly to kids, but with 3 children of their own, the owners want it to be one of the best villas in Bali for families to really settle into on their holidays.

One of the things we really liked about the bunk beds was that if you put a pillow in the gap between the beds, it acted like a bed rail to stop Marlow rolling out of bed. They also have little personal reading lamps so Lola could still read when Marlow fell asleep.

The master bedroom is just across the landing/lounge area, which made us and the kids comfortable. Marlow, who still gets in our bed most nights was happy to go to sleep in the bunk beds knowing we were just a few steps away if he needed us. The lounge area was also really cozy for chilling and watching a dvd, and there were lots kids dvds and books, which was exciting for the kids.

The master bedroom is gorgeous and airy with a private balcony, huge bathroom with double sinks, massive built in wardrobes, and a lovely outdoor shower. There is also another big ‘master’ bedroom downstairs, which we didn’t use, but is about the same size and opens out to the garden. The 4th bedroom is just next to the kitchen and is a smaller room with an ensuite bathroom and semi-outdoor shower. It’s really charming and open and is great for kids (or adults) to have a rest in during the day.

The living room opens out to a large pool deck with loungers, a sitting bale and a beautiful pool with a shallow area for littler kids. We didn’t use it but the bbq area is amazing with countertops to prepare food on and an outdoor sink. It’s the dream bbq space of most men I know.

The Area

Being one of the best villas in Bali, we hardly wanted to leave The Sea Shanty, but it would have been a shame not to wander down the road to the beach. And it really is just a short stroll; 2 minutes and you’re on the white sand of Jimbaran Bay right next to the famous seafood restaurants. On the first evening we walked down about 5.30 in the afternoon and were amazed at the amount of people already there. Tables were full as far as the eyes could see, the corn sellers were in full swing and there were tons of kids splashing in and out of the water.

We found a couple of comfy beanbag on the beach and hung out with cold beer and fresh juice. It was truly lovely watching the sun set, even if it was with a million other people and a light-up, ear-splitting ray gun that I was stupid enough to buy.

The next day we spent the day chilling by the pool at the villa and went to the beach for a while during the day. The sun was incredibly hot though, so we headed back to the cool of the villa and went again later in the evening when the crowds had got back on their buses and headed home.

If you’re coming from the airport, it’s an easy 20 minute drive and if you want to head over to Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, expect about a 30 minute drive. The Sea Shanty is also really close to Finn’s Beach Club, Karma Beach Club and Uluwatu for days out and some culture.


Lina made the most amazing breakfast and a simple lunch of ham and cheese sandwiches that we had requested. Everything was laid out so beautifully and the pancakes were the most perfectly round pancakes I have ever seen! Everything was delicious and there is a menu of dishes she will cook on request in the folder of info on the villa. Healthy salads, Indonesian favorites and things like pasta for picky eaters are all on there.

We ate on the beach both nights; at a little place with beanbags one night and then at one of the seafood restos. The kids had pizza, which was pretty good and the seafood is always tasty, but it wasn’t anything amazing. However, the atmosphere more than makes up for it. We also ate at Sundara at The Four Seasons on Sunday, which was excellent. This is a real treat with their Sunday brunch and a dip in the pool and is only a 5 minute walk from The Sea Shanty.

What Makes The Sea Shanty One of the Best Villas in Bali

There are many, many things we love about The Sea Shanty, but the things that make it really easy to stay there as a family make a real difference. For example, the non-slip tiles throughout the villa, the nice big garden area for running around and even something as simple as a non-slip backing on the rug in the kids room. These are the little touches that make it such a special place to stay. We didn’t fit the pool fence, but there is one that is supposedly very easy to install and remove.

Lina and her family are absolute stars and were fantastic to have around. I can only imagine how indispensable they would be for a family in Bali on holiday. It’s also great to have the beach right on your doorstep and lots of places to eat and drink close by.

The only conclusion I can really come to after our stay is we’re totally ruined now. No villa is ever going to measure up to The Sea Shanty and given the opportunity I would pack up and move in there in a second!

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