I live in Bali with my husband and two daughters. I blog about my experiences as Indomumma and I create content for blogs and websites at Stuff With Words.
Published July 2nd 2019
The 'coolest' new thing to do in Bali
Most people visit Bali to enjoy the tropical climate; think surfing, swimming, beaches and pools. But ice skating? It might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it's now an option if you fancy a break from the heat.
Bali Ice Skating Arena has just opened in Mal Bali Galeria near Kuta. Here's all you need to know if you want to try ice skating in Bali.
First of all, this is a proper ice rink. There was a temporary one in Discovery Mall earlier this year, but this one is here to stay (and they've opened up a whole new floor in the mall for it).
The skating rink isn't huge, but it's a decent size as long as it's not too busy. Weekends, I imagine, are best avoided if possible.
To find the ice rink, head to the end of the mall furthest from the parking, where Ace Hardware is. You can either go up the escalator inside Ace Hardware or head past the ATMs on the second floor. You'll see Play 'N' Learn soft play, and next to that is a staircase which opens up to this new third floor where the ice rink is tucked away.
If you don't know how to skate, that needn't stop you. Instructors are on hand to help, and you can also rent an IceMate - the penguin for support while standing or the seal or dolphin to ride around on while being pushed.
Pay attention to the session times; if you just turn up at any time then you could find yourself in for a short skate or a long wait since admission is for one session only.
Session 1: 10am - 12:30pm Session 2: 1pm - 3.30pm
Session 3: 4pm - 6:30pm
Session 4: 7pm - 9:30pm
Visitors can come and watch for a fee of 25k, which includes a drink. There's a concession stand selling drinks and snacks inside, and there are toilets right by the rink so you needn't miss out on too much skating time if nature calls.
I'm looking forward to trying it out, but with those prices, I don't think it will become a regular family activity.
What do you think about ice skating in Bali? Will you be packing gloves for your next trip?