It’s already been two months since we got back from Bali. I’m seeing more and more people heading over now and I must say I am starting to want to plan a trip back already! Okay maybe not, as i’m preparing to give birth soon but you know what I mean. One of the main things expressed to me when on the trip was “are you scared to go while you are pregnant?” “What if you or the girls get sick?” “Where is good to stay, eat and take the kids etc” and the list went on. So, I decided to pop it all into a blog and help you out a little as yes, going pregnant is a little bit of a risk. But so is walking outside and getting hit by a car, dropping dead or not living because of something that could potentially go wrong, or potentially not?
The kids where very excited, one of them quite anxious though at the thought of the plane ride due to a bumpy turbulent experience just months before. Some of the things I did to ease the anxiety was show the girls pictures of where we would be staying, you tubing videos so they got more of an idea of the culture, showing them all the animals they have on the streets or jumping around villas that we only find in the zoo at home and talking about all the wonderful kind people they will get to meet. We never talked about it too much though as sometimes when a child has anxious tendencies less is best so they don’t continue to over think and feel overwhelmed. Well they both nailed the flight, sat with Mummy and both already wanting to head back. (Lollipops are a must, sucking on these for the take off and landing helps with their little ears. We also jumped onto the @_tiger_time_ instagram page and chose some of the really cool play based and sensory games they had to keep them occupied and their minds busy, which was also handy for delays at the airport and downtime when keeping out of the sun on those super hot days)
So first up, accommodation. Where did we stay you ask? The Grande Mirage resort. It was something that appealed to me as many of my friends with young children chose to stay there when they go over for weeks at a time. Its a place where you can find everything within and if you’re after a holiday full of relaxation and bonding with the kids it really is the place to be. I know of many who choose to venture around and stay in villas, do there exploring for the first part of the trip then nestle in at the Grande Mirage and spend the rest just relaxing and utilising all it has to offer. The rooms are beautiful, funky and clean. They have put much thought into making some of the studio rooms very fun and some quite girl or princessy which my girls LOVED.
We went over with my parents which was really nice, the kids and I stayed on the family wing while my parents stayed over the other side of the resort and that was quite good in the end as each of us had our own pool and restaurants that where different (they had the pool bar which was SO cool) so swapping between the two kept it really interesting with a 2 minute private beach walk in between. On our side, the pool had the most incredible water slide that someone would open up each day for hours until the kids had enough, Arlo is 2 and her and Milla could go down by themselves as I waited to catch them at the bottom with no worries at all. Smiles from ear to ear and the lovely man running it got to know them quite well giving me a thumbs up when they where on the way down, even calling them by their names which I thought was gorgeous. Leigh and my Dad where always ready to go down it too would you believe, boys being boys it was always a game to see who could get the biggest speed up and make the biggest splash. Biggest kids in the pool by far, Mum and I where not waiting at the bottom to catch them though.
The beauty of the Grande Mirage is the way they have set days for set activities for the kids to participate in.They have a kids club that you are more than welcome to leave your kids if they are of the age of 4 and above, if under you can hire a nanny to supervise them whilst you go and shop or relax and they will take care of them at the kids club. I personally wasn’t interested in leaving my girls, im just a stress head and wanted to experience everything with them as co parenting already requires me to have small periods away from them as it is. In saying that, when I was 5 I remember my parents putting me in a kids club with my brother and we had the best time so if that’s what you wish to do, don’t feel bad because I didn’t! You do you, and they have serious fun in there so the kids honestly looked and seemed to love it that where in there anyway.
We went to a foam party next to the pool one day which was just crazy! The following night they held a movie night for the kids which had popcorn and a big screen, there is pony rides, mini golf sessions, a kids boxing ring, indoor playground, kids lounge with PlayStation, mini water park JUST for the kids with a big a big octopus that shoots out water when the bucket is full, bracelet making for the girls on certain days. Honestly, there’s never nothing for you to do and if you aren’t doing any of those things and just lounging by the pool you are still having fun as the people you meet are just so friendly from all over the world there for the same purpose as you to just relax and have a good time with their family.
Now for the tricky part, what did we eat and especially me being pregnant. The resort has about 8 restaurants inside it so the need to leave and eat out on the streets of Nusa Due wasn’t what we really wanted to do purely for the fact that we aren’t really familiar with the area and of course I was wanting to make sure what I was eating was safe for the kids, and myself. Obviously I care about Leigh, Mum and Dad but the girls and I where my main priority, sorry guys! There was quite a diverse range of cuisine to choose from, from Italian to a Balinese buffet, chinese and Indian. We weren’t all that keen to go to hard on the dinner options as like most of you expressed to me the fear of dining in another country can be somewhat risky if you don’t know where the meat has been imported from etc but from what we had we where happy and if ever in doubt just order the spaghetti bolognese or carbonara. Breakfast on the other hand though, well that was another story! The Buffet they put on for us each morning was out of this world. There was so much to choose from and the kids where literally in heaven. Milla had about 4 Oreo cookies every morning because they too where on the menu!
Seminyak is our usual place to stay as we know it well, so we did end up taking a trip there on one of the days to a water park called splash and the kids had a great time. We got driven there by a friend of Leigh’s who is Balinese and has now actually started his own transport company – ill add that in here too as if you want to go to Bali half the stress is the Taxi’s and trying to not get ripped off which with young children you want someone who is reliable and Naya is certainly a real gentlemen who would do anything for anyone. ‘Easy Bali travelling’ is his company and you can make contact with him via email – firstname.lastname@example.org, his mobile +6282146441232 or facebook Naya Etb. Honestly if you have the airport pick up and drop off organised, you can eliminate a lot of your stress when you step off the plane and walk out as it’s quite overwhelming, not only that but he has a mini van so can fit luggage and your family with no stress. I PROMISE you are in good hands with him.
Bali is a beautiful place, honestly. I’m so glad we got to have a holiday with not only our family of 4 before we become 5, but also to have my parents share in the special time too. At the end of the day, you can be scared to travel to Bali because everything that ‘could’ happen and I completely understand that fear as you might have heard of the dreaded Bali belly or food poisoning etc, but I personally don’t think it should stop you from seeing this part of the world as there are more positive happy stories then there is bad I believe just like anything. The people are so kind, the culture is so different and what it can open your eyes to makes you come home and appreciate things a lot more. The people live so simply, they work hard but are always so happy and welcoming. We will be going back again for sure!!