On October 12, 2002, Bali fell victim to the deadliest act of terrorism in Indonesia's history. Three bombs were detonated in busy nightclubs in the popular Kuta district, killing 202 people and injuring more than 200 others. Among the dead were 11 tourists from Hong Kong, 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians. Members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a violent Islamist group, were convicted over the bombings and in November 2008 Imam Samudra, Amrozi Nurhasyim and Huda bin Abdul Haq were executed by firing squad.
Treatments from the heart
Bali's premier resort destination, Nusa Dua, is home to a cluster of luxury international-brand resorts edging an immaculate white sandy beach on the southern coast.
Many are family orientated, offering superb facilities, top-class security and a calm azure bay with coral reef -ideal for safe swimming.
Club Med Bali has family vacations down to an art form. 'Club Med's concept is created for parents able to enjoy all activities without having to supervise their kids,' says Club Med's management. Club Med Bali provides Kids Clubs for two to 17 year-olds (Petit, Mini and Junior groups), led by Gracious Organisers (GOs) -a unique Club Med feature.
A host of resort programmes and activities are provided, including Family Fairs, parent and children's fun pursuits such as sandcastle contests. Baby-sitting services and baby equipment are also offered.
Set in 20 hectares of lush gardens, Club Med Bali features charming traditional Balinese design and numerous facilities, plus water sports and sporting activities. Adults-only zones include the 'Quiet Pool', complementary access to the Turkish bath, sauna and Jacuzzi, plus the Mandara Spa.
Varied accommodation types include inter-connecting rooms most suitable for families.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is endorsed by Holidays with Kids magazine's accolade: 'Top 10 Overseas Family Friendly Resort, 2010.' A US$13 million guestroom refurbishment completed in May includes 117-square-metre Family Suites comprising two bedrooms and a spacious family room with PlayStation, DVD player and dining area. 'Parents with children can now indulge in a family suite with ample space for everyone to relax and reconnect,' says Bipan Kapur, the hotel resort's general manager.
Resort facilities run to a vast freshwater pool with a 12-metre water slide, saltwater pool and children's pool, each with waterfall, floodlit tennis courts, extensive water sports, including reef snorkelling, and a spa with customised healing treatments administered indoors or outdoors.
Complementary Westin Kids Club (four to 12 years) offers an outdoor playground with climbing wall, plus organised activities such as face painting, while Destination Club hosts family activities such as star-gazing and movie nights.