Not long ago we were super lucky to get an amazing invite from Jetstar to experience a Bali family trip. It was a dream come true for a big family like ours; we have never been overseas together so it was truly an incredible experience for us all.
We had to quickly sort out the boys passports as Leon didn't even have one and Tyson's was expired. But with an urgent request for them to be sent through quickly we were all sorted and ready to go!
Although a bit worried about Leon would go on his first flight we were just so excited about going so we were prepared for the worst. But he did so well, - in fact all the boys did. And we had the best flight which was just long enough to enjoy a couple of movies and some yummy food.
When we arrived we were greeted by the busy Bali airport and the heat hit us like a wall. - we couldn't wait to get into the pool!!!
The wonderful Bali Dynasty Resort where we were staying had arranged our airport pick up so it was nice and easy: the driver was waiting for us and guided us safely to the car with all the kids and a luggage. It was lovely chatting with him on the way to the resort and he could tell us a bit about the weather and all the news about Bali. Our resort was so beautiful! We got a delicious welcome drink when we arrived and got taken to our family suite. This was a wonderfull suite with a bathroom, a little bar fridge, bunkbeds and a pull out trunk and a huge king size bed for me and Matty. - there was even a playstation for the kids which was a huge thumbs up from all of the boys!
The resort itself is truly a family paradise, - with several restaurants, a gym, playground, kids club, pool play land and so much more. There was a few days where we just stayed around the resort as it had everything we needed.
Our 7 nights in Bali weren't enough for everything we wanted to do, - so we jam packed our days with loads of activities. - mostly things we had heard about or seen photos of. We just wanted to see it all to be honest. But had to take into consideration that the boys just wanted to play and have fun too. - so we had to do some stuff in the morning and spend the rest of the day around the pool.
We really found it the easiest to book a driver for a half day or a full day (a full day was around $50) With the heat and the busy streets it felt like the best option with the kids. At the end of the trip we were quite happy with what we managed to explore and visit. If you want to check out some tips about budget friendly things to do with kids and read some more about what we got up to check out our blog post for Jetstar here!
Below are some of the many things we did as photos are so much better than just words:
What an absolutely amazing trip we had! Who knew that an overseas trip as a family of five could be so easy - we all had the best of time. The kids got to see and experience so much, and both Matty and I enjoyed exploring alongside with them. We all have our favourite parts from the trip and the delicious food we will remember. Wish we could go back and do it all again!
Paulie & The Boys.