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Need help planning Bali vacation with kids

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Thanks to all the past posts, I've been able to piece together an image of a Bali vacation. We have a week and my problem is that I want to do it all. I hope someone can sort through my details and plan the week. Driving seems to be a pain, so I would consider staying half the week in one location and then moving to another part for the second half in order to take in more of what the island has to offer. Here are my consideration points.

We will be visiting in April and would like to stay around the $200-250 range for a hotel.
My son wants to get the second half of his scuba certification so I thought Amed would be good, but I don't want to spend the whole week there because the beaches don't look great. I would like to see Ubud, but we are beach people and I don't think I want to hunker down any nights there. Maybe a full day with a guide. I like the looks of the Hyatt Bali in Sanur and thought this might be a good location to experience the beach and also take the day trip to Ubud. I don't have a good feel for the area around Sanur. I like the looks of Seminyak because of the shopping and walking, but I don't want a place that is ridiculously crowded. I would like a beach resort or one really close. Seminyak seems more expensive than the other places. I definitely want to see the Tanahlot.

So the challenge is to pick 1 or 2 areas out of Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud and Amed to spend all or part of the vacation. Pick a hotel at each place and plan a 7 day itinerary. If anyone can do that I would be so grateful!

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    ubud and sanur would be and have been my choices... hyatt is older but still very nice... certification might be able to be done there..

    look at alam shanti for ubud... fabulous and in your price range..

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    I can't think of any location in Bali that has both good reefs for snorkling and SCUBA and a good beach. I haven't been to Amed for some time, but it's become quite popular for lowkey beach holidays. Another option is Pemuteran in the North. You might also want to consider Lombok, for nice sandy beaches and close access to SCUBA.

    Among the southern beaches, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran have the best swimming beaches, especially for small children. Many people swim -- and surf -- at Seminyak beach, but the waves can be quite aggressive.

    Hard to quantify the level of crowdedness. All of South Bali is developed, but the beaches are wide and sandy and to me don't seem to be crowded. Seminyak beach at low tide can actually seem deserted even though there are hundreds of people in the vicinity.

    It's difficult to generalize about the price as each beach has a range from luxury to value. If your dates are during Easter week, you'll see an upcharge.

    If your kids are younger, they'd probably like one of the full service resorts like the Bali Hyatt in Sanur or the Ayana in Jimbaran. If they're teenagers, they'd probably prefer Seminyak. For the adults in your party, it really depends on what you like to do. Seminyak has the widest choces of restaurants, spas, shops. Sanur is quieter. Nusa Dua is entirely resort focused. Jimbaran is hard to characterize.

    In Seminyak I'd look at the Colony (if your children are teenagers), Seminyak Beach Resort and the Royal Beach Seminyak. Also the Cicada for a suite-type arrangement.

    If you need two rooms you might be better off going with a villa. It won't be on the beach but it will be close. Again, the rates vary depending on how close to Easter you get.

    In spite of your preference for beach I'd reconsider Ubud. Staying in the countryside is so much of the Bali experience that it would be a shame to miss it. I live on the beach in Bali and I really enjoy it, but honestly the real draw of Bali is the culture. For a true beach vacation there are probably better choices.

    A week makes three places tough, but if you can I'd split 1/3 each diving beach, Ubud and Seminyak. If your son just needs one or two dive to complete his certification he can commute to the dive spots. The SCUBA operators will pick divers up wherever you are and send them back at the end of the day.

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