Family friendly Bali at its best
THE Balinese adore children, so when we arrive at our family villa in Bingin on Bali's scenic Bukit Peninsula, my blonde, blue eyed, five-month-old grandson is greeted with beautiful big smiles from the adoring Indonesian staff.
Much to little Albie's delight, he is fussed over and immediately becomes the centre of attention.
He rewards the staff with big gummy smiles and laughter and it's a pleasure to see the delight on everyone's faces.
We are staying at the luxurious Fraser Baye villa equipped with everything a family could want - including a pool fence - a rarity in Bali.
There's also a gate at the top and bottom of the stairs which lead up to the massive master bedroom, cots, high chairs, a basket full of toys and books and a variety of pool toys - all the ingredients for a happy family holiday.
Managed by Bali Retreats based in Coolangatta, Fraser Baye has been designed by an Australian family and consists of two, three bedroom villas (which can be rented together or individually) separated by an 11m infinity pool.
It's located just back from the dramatic cliff tops at Bingin - one of Bali's best surf breaks.
The climb down to the beach and back up again is not for the faint hearted, but we manage it with Albie strapped to his dad in a baby sling.
Once on the beach, we settle into a shady spot and drink fresh coconuts.
A refreshing dip in the ocean is in order before we tackle the hot, uphill climb.
Surrounded by stunning tropical vegetation, Fraser Baye is made for relaxing with a large, thatched bale stacked with big comfy cushions, sun loungers and one of the most stunning bathrooms I've ever had the pleasure of bathing in.
It's open air, with a massive stone egg-shaped bath, separate shower with a fabulously large shower head, oval stone basin, white pebbles underfoot, plants and luxurious Australian-made Leif body products.
The villa also boasts a small kitchenette where guests can make a cuppa or enjoy a cool drink.
There's beautiful teak furniture, colourful artworks adorn the walls and surfboards can be stored in a secure side rack area.
Meals are prepared onsite by the fulltime staff in a central cooking pod known as Chloe's Kitchen (breakfast is included in the tariff) and are delicious.
There's all the favourites including thin and crispy banana pancakes just like I remembered when I first visited Bali in the 1970s, nasi goreng, chicken satays with peanut sauce and barbecued fish and prawns with spicy sambal.
And best of all there's someone to do the dishes and clean up so guests can enjoy more time with the kids, relax with a good book, or indulge in a rejuvenating massage.
Babysitting is also available day and night, you can walk to your daily yoga class, there's surfboard hire and lessons, fishing charters, golf tours, and best of all you can get your laundry washed, folded and iron.
Fraser Baye ticks all the boxes for a family-friendly holiday on the exotic Island of the Gods.
IF YOU GO:
Fraser Baye is located in Bingin, Bali.
Rates start from AUD$250 a night (low season) and include breakfast.