Baby in Bali (Jimbaran)
By Sara, mother of Rafael
At six months pregnant I organised and booked a five-night holiday in Bali for October when Rafael would be three and a half months. (I figured that if I left it until after he was born, I probably wouldn’t do it at all.)
We wanted to stay in a villa with a pool and chose the Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran Bay which was fabulous: vast bathroom and dressing room, large bedroom (with heavy curtains, a must-have with a baby), living area and, best of all, a garden with private pool and huge daybed with thatched roof. It was late when we arrived so I draped a mozzie net over the travel cot (supplied by the resort) and put Raffie to bed. He promptly fell asleep. He was up at 4am the next morning (7am Sydney time).
We spent most of our daytimes lounging by the pool. Raffie loved the hot weather; he slept a lot and ate a lot (thirsty baby). He was also thrilled with his first experience of swimming in the pool. The resort has several restaurants and cafes, plus an 18 hole putting course, tennis courts, a gym, award winning spa and a kids club for over threes, so we mostly stayed close to home. We ate room service most nights and took advantage of the babysitting service on the remaining two evenings (with the same baby sitter each time) for a couple of hours to try out the restaurants.
In Bali, children traditionally do not leave the house for the first six months so he was a bit of a novelty in more ways than one. The culture is generally much more baby friendly than I had experienced at home. Locals wanted to play with him and hold him and there was always someone eager to help out with doors and steps. Everywhere we went, the local people were fascinated by our fat, white baby.
I’d do it again without hesitation. It was a great experience and a lovely way to relax into motherhood.