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Monkeying Around In Bali & Phuket

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Monkeying Around In Bali & Phuket

story by: Mike


There was once a time when the words 'Bali' and 'Phuket' were synonymous with 'party' and 'surf'. While these two elements are still very much a part of the culture in these two special parts of the world, a new wave of holidaymaking has opened up. These days, you’re just as likely to see families traipsing down the beach as you are young travellers, such is the friendly and inviting nature of these Asian destinations.


One of the perks of a holiday in this corner of the globe is the affordable accommodation options. Many hotels in both Bali and Phuket offer seasonal discounts and bonus packages, where you receive free nights’ accommodation after staying for a certain length of time. Inter-connecting rooms also keep families together while allowing everyone a bit of peace and quiet.

Bali and Phuket are family favourites for good reason, both offering resorts that cater for the clan. Like Bali Dynasty in South Kuta, which has fun bunk beds for the little ones and an on-site waterpark. And if Phuket is calling your name, Centara Karon Resort is a goodie, boasting a huge kids club, 3 pools and an E Zone, a separate space for teens.


It’s not a case of what there is to do in Bali and Phuket, but rather a question of what can’t you do. You name it, they’ve got it – from kayaking and snorkelling in spectacularly serene coastal waters through to indulging in your Master Chef fantasies with a cooking class that even lets the kids get in the mix.

Splash out with a Bali Hai boat trip, where you board a luxury catamaran to cruise around Bali and Nusa Lembongan before mooring at a pontoon to embark on action-packed activities such as banana boat rides and watersliding. Let the aquatic adventures continue at Bali’s Waterbom Park, where children can enjoy the slides and rides while you sneak away for a massage and a bite to eat.

Speaking of massages, these are pretty easy to come by in Bali and Phuket and are typically a fraction of the price of what you’d pay back home. Indulge in an hour-long foot massage in exchange for a tenner (we’re serious) and then you’ll know what affordable luxury truly feels like. Your mini-me can even have her nails painted at the same time… cute!

Like many Asian destinations, Bali and Phuket are enhanced by their cultural attractions. Immerse yourselves in the local history by visiting temples, such as Bali’s Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, and don’t forget to add a trip to the Phuket Heroines Monument to teach the kids a thing or two while they holiday. Many resorts also offer cultural evenings where you can try your hand at traditional dancing and enjoy some local entertainment.


It’s no secret that the street food in Thailand is some of the best in the world, and it’s cheaper than almost anything you can find in New Zealand. Look for busy stalls with lots of locals for the best picks.

Alternatively, there are plenty of western-style food outlets throughout Bali and Phuket and convenience stores seemingly on every corner to help keep the troops fed and watered throughout your stay.

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For the adults
Adults-only Zen Pool with ocean views • Discovery classes in aqua fi tness or snorkelling • Gourmet Bar serving upscale wines and spirits (hint: go at sunset for a romantic dinner) • Pampering treatments at Mandara Spa (additional cost) + much more!

For the kids
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