Our regular travel expert, Sue, from luxury travel agent Exsus (recently voted a Top  Specialist Tour Operator by Conde Nast Traveller), shares her favourite destinations for fabulous family escapes during the school holidays. Today she recommends the perfect summer in Bali.

Where to stay:
The Balinese are wonderful with kids, so Bali is an obvious choice for families. For an exclusive slice of the island stay at The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay which has gorgeous villas and fantastic surfing.

The beaches:
Jimbaran Bay is a sweeping arc on Bali’s south coast, away from the livelier parts of the island, and with lovely golden sand.

What to do or see:
Jimbaran Bay is fantastic for water sports and surfing, and if you’d like to experience Bali’s cultural heart, a stay here combines brilliantly with a few nights in Ubud.

Parents will love:
Visiting the stunning Uluwatu Temple which juts right out into the sea.

Kids will love:
Visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest where long-tailed macaques can be seen capering about amongst ancient temples.

Don’t forget to pack:
Your Kindle – all the villas have private pools and beautiful secluded gardens: perfect for relaxing with a good read.


To organise your escape to Bali, or any other holiday contact Sue, or any of the fabulous Exsus team.

Sue has over 15 years of experience, specialising in Latin America and the Indian Ocean. A Scot with a Latin soul, Sue grew up in Brazil and Chile and has racked up a chronicle of Central and South American adventures from riding across the Andes (at the age of 11) to watching the sunrise from the top of a Mayan temple in Tikal.

And her wanderlust hasn’t stopped there: Sue has also travelled extensively though the Indian Ocean and the Middle East and is the fount of all knowledge for clients seeking R&R in Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Dubai and Oman. Meanwhile her son Dylan has been well and truly bitten by the travel bug; having clocked up eighteen countries by the time he was ten, he is our resident guinea-pig for child friendly travel.

If like Sue you want to swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon, fly across the Costa Rican rainforest on the world’s longest zip-wire, or just blot out the rest of the world in an Indian Ocean paradise, Sue’s Latin spirit and years of know-how are just the ingredients you need in planning the trip of a lifetime.