It’s no secret that Bali boasts some of the world’s most luxurious resorts and with competition fierce to create the most indulgent experience, their swimming pools are on the next level. Whether it be teetering over a jungle-clad hillside, perched atop a cliff with endless views of the Indian Ocean or hugging the hippest stretch of beach for those sublime sunsets, take your pick from five of Bali’s dreamiest pools:
Words and images: Rene Young of Together We Roam
1. Double-Six, Seminyak
With shimmering turquoise waters and unobstructed beachfront views in the heart of trendy Seminyak, there’s no better place to while away an afternoon than poolside at Double-Six, Seminyak.
Sip locally inspired cocktails from the infinity pool that lazily snakes the length of the resort or try a refreshing limoncello popsicle from the street cart, overlooking the private beach.
The luxury hotel has firmly asserted its place as one of Bali’s most sophisticated with the world’s largest rooftop bar. Watch the sun slide into the ocean from circular day beds, sunken into water ponds to the beats of Bali’s hottest DJ’s.
2. Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua
When it comes to lagoon pools in Bali, the Conrad at Nusa Dua has one of the largest, sprawling across the hotel’s spectacular coastal setting and surrounded by fine restaurants and bars. Opt for a Lagoon Access room and dive in from your doorstep.
Sink your toes in the sandy bottom lagoon at one end or enjoy signature cocktails and light snacks from the Azure lagoon pool bar at the other, with wide-open water to float in-between. The mammoth pool provides plenty of secluded spots to luxuriate with poolside cabanas, bali huts or frangipani-shaded sun lounges.
3. Sofitel Bali, Nusa Dua
A sapphire blue lagoon is the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua’s centrepiece, traversed by meandering pathways and interspersed with tropical gardens, dining spaces and private cabanas. Soak your feet in the shallow waters or swim right up to the lagoon bar, with some suites offering direct access to this indulgent oasis. The resort’s rooms and suites have been designed around this watery wonderland, creating a Venetian-inspired setting with a distinctly Balinese ambiance.
4. Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud
As the world’s first 7-star boutique hotel, the Hanging Gardens of Bali offer villas with private pools nestled into the Ubud mountains overlooking a ravine.
The resort has spared no expense creating an unforgettable escape and its pool is no exception. Designed to maximise views of the Ayung Valley, with two-level terraced pools teetering over treetops and views towards an ancient temple. Soak up the bird calls as you swim amidst the forest canopy or take a dip beneath the star-lit sky at night.
5. AYANA Resort and Spa, Jimbaran
Set atop the cliffs of Jimbaran, the spectacular Ocean View pool of the AYANA Resort and Spa has to be one of Bali’s most enviable places to kick back on a sun lounger. This saltwater body of water looks out across the boulder-strewn white sands below, with the choice to relax on its natural sand terrace or the poolside deck. The resort also boasts a double-tiered, secluded River Pool in its designer Cliff Villa area or an infinity-style Main Pool flanked by Balinese-inspired gazebos.