We were looking to decide where to stay in Bali with family during Christmas and there were a ton of options. We had a few things that we really wanted. First, we needed a place that had a kids club, although we had lots of opportunities for our kids to socialize, we were really looking forward to them(us) having time on their own. Second, we wanted a hotel or resort of some sort, Airbnb’s had been great, but we were ready to have someone else take care of us a bit. Finally, we wanted a place that really had a big Christmas Feast for dinner and maybe a visit from one of Santa’s helpers would be the icing on the cake.

The Padma in Legian seemed to check off all our wants and needs, and although it was a bit of a splurge for us, we figured that the lack of normal Christmas expenses, presents etc, would help offset the extra expenses.

The kids club was a home run, kids had a blast, parents had peace. 24 hours a day 7 days a week, it was a nice little hiatus from one another.

We also had our first trips up to Ubud, which is amazing, to the rice terraces and a few of the giant swings. Really beautiful, but I do feel there is a bit of price gouging on those swings going on. If it were anywhere else, I wouldn’t say a thing, but the costs seem disproportionate compared to the rest of Bali.

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