10 Best Hotel Pools in Bali

Bali’s Top Hotel Swimming Pools

Bali has an eclectic mix of hotels and resorts with stunning swimming pools that offer views of verdant upland hillsides and tropical beaches. As the hotel’s centrepiece and icon, swimming pools are the perfect spot for lazy days in the sun or for unwinding after a day out exploring. Some pools in Bali were designed to blend in with contours of natural landscapes, and others are marvellous feats of design with mini gardens, tropical islands and manmade sand beds. These 10 Bali hotel pools on our list are those that have wowed us either due to their settings, views, form and size. You can consider adding a plunge in one or all of these as a great addition your bucket list.

1. Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

This whole resort offers magnificent scenes with its vast tropical gardens and high views over the Jimbaran cliff-top. Our tip for making the most of the vista is from your sun lounger beside one of its several magnificent pools. The one on its main grounds is the double-tiered River Pool laid out with river stone, located in Ayana’s Cliff Villa section. To soak up some rays, the ground level of the River Pool is surrounded by parasol-shaded purple daybeds; while the upper level lets you rest on the edge and enjoy the ocean views. The winning view is down the cliff face on the resort’s private Kisik Beach, just before the stunning Rock Bar. This freeform saltwater Ocean Beach Pool lets you feel even closer to the waves with its infinity edge. Here, there are loungers on the pool deck and a natural sand terrace. Read More...


2. Ubud Hanging Gardens

This upland resort in Payangan, a verdant mountain village north of Ubud, has spectacular valley views, and the best place to enjoy it is from the resort’s two-level horizon-edge pool. This pool was designed to match the natural landscapes of the surrounding green Ayung Valley, and tapers towards the outer edges. Swimming at these heights, it’s so peaceful that the only sounds you hear come from Mother Nature, and an ancient temple on the other side of the valley adds an exotic feel to it, especially during its grand ceremonies. By day, enjoy the pool’s borderless reflections and wooden decks from the comfort of shaded loungers. By night, you’ll have a serene starlit sky with the temple’s lights in the distance, perfect for a romantic dip. Getting to this part of the resort is a steep ride down a funicular, as the resort is actually built down the western face of Ayung Valley. Read More...

3. St. Regis Bali Resort

The St. Regis has lavish villas with direct access to its expansive 3,668sqm blue-tiled and saltwater lagoon pool. It’s a wonderful place to swim at any time of the day and to gather for drinks at its central swim-up bar. Several corners feature wooden decks with uniquely designed tall four-poster cabanas and cushioned daybeds for sun lounging. The pool is surrounded by tropical gardens and palms, giving it a balance of sunny and dappled areas. Most of it is slightly hidden behind foliage, and you won’t notice the sheer scale of the pool until you actually get in the water. As a guest at its Lagoon Villas, besides the direct access to this blue lagoon you also have a private garden and your own large private plunge pool. Read More...

4. Conrad Bali Resort & Spa

Not just another lagoon pool, Conrad Bali’s is notably the largest hotel pool in Bali, and we actually had to crosscheck satellite images in comparison with other hotels to justify. Indeed, it is enormous, with over 4,800sqm of swimmable area that is child-safe and open by day and night. It features a sandy bank at one end and Azure, a lagoon pool bar that offers an extensive selection of casual meals, from sandwiches, pasta and pizza to refreshing drinks such as juices, crushed ice and fruit lemonades and cocktails. Conrad Bali’s Lagoon Access rooms are so close you can plunge right in from your doorstep. You can try a small adventure and swim from one end of the lagoon to the other, but for serious laps the resort also has another large 33m pool. Read More...

5. Hard Rock Hotel Bali

This fun Rock n’ Roll themed hotel suits families just right, and it has a massive pool to serve young and old. One of the largest hotel pools in Bali, this freeform water playground has a centerpiece called the Sand Island, which mimics a beach with sunbathing spots, volleyball nets and an occasional stage area for live outdoor performances. On its eastern end are waterslides and the main pool that is surrounded by 22 thatch-roofed cabanas that provide a cool, private retreat from the sun. Equipped with tables, chairs and day-beds, the cabanas also allow you to order food and refreshments served from Splash Bistro nearby. You can also enjoy various spa treatments in these neat huts. Read More...

6. Alila Ubud

Further south down the Ayung River valley in Payangan is Alila Ubud, with its large rectangular infinity pool offering dramatic views over lush jungle. Like most of the resort property, with rooms and villas located above a ravine, this pool looks as if it is hanging over the gorge. However, at the further end is a green lawn with loungers for those who wish to laze about in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the scenic vista. The pool itself is bordered by a stone-tiled sundeck lined with cosy parasol-shaded daybeds. From above, the pool mirrors the sky and forested horizon – a soothing sight for all guests. One of the hotels in Bali that lets you get close to nature, with occasional grey long-tailed macaques sightings in the nearby trees. Read More...

7. W Retreat & Spa Bali

The showpiece of the W Retreat in Bali is WET, the Seminyak resort’s large 1,790sqm saltwater pool, with forms inspired by flowing rice paddy fields. It overlooks Seminyak Beach with its spectacular sunsets, which you can enjoy from the comforts of a deckchair or while bobbing in the water. Swimmers will enjoy WET’s sunny open spaces, but it is also stunning by night as W’s signature fuchsia colours glow around the pool after sunset and colourful all-weather beanbags are spot-lit around the pool’s edges. Kids will love the 0.6m splash pool where they can enjoy lots of games and water toys. Lounging about is great with a good read, a laptop or tablet, and there’s strong high-speed Wi-Fi. Read More...

8. Nikko Bali

Nikko Bali has Club Pool Access rooms that offer direct access to semi private swimming areas, and the resort has four inter-connected pools that make up its whole grand freeform swimming realm. These gorgeous pools surround the resort’s pool bar and some of the rooms, and there’s a special children’s lagoon with a 30m waterslide. Arriving from the lobby and down Nikko Bali’s Clifftop Tower, the aerial views from the elevator’s wide window are spectacular, showing most of Bali’s eastern horizon, the private beachfront and all of the blue pool. Hop right out of the pools and after a couple of steps you hit sand. Read More...

9. Swiss Bel-Hotel Segara

Although this hotel might not fit into the beachfront or mountain-view category, it offers fun for holidaying families with its main building set between two impressive lagoon pools. Its Laguna Pool Access Rooms feature their own plunge pools that connect to the main pool, in which you will find yourself spending most of your time. The pools are well maintained and the northern side has a uniquely designed waterfall with vertical gardens and cascades that pour into its lagoon. Although manmade, this feature on the northern part of the lagoon also provides diners at the hotel’s restaurant a soothing view. The pool is open 24 hours. Read More...

10. Padma Resort Bali

Padma’s lagoon is a magnificent blue-tiled pool surrounded by sculpted rock gardens and adorned with artistic Balinese carvings and waterfalls. There is a bridge connecting one garden to another, and also a pool within a pool for kids that features underwater jets. Seruni Sunken Pool Bar is a great swim-up treat from where you can order various grills and bites and a selection of refreshing drinks and cocktails. Padma’s main swimming pool is less freeform, but is equally massive with broad sundecks dotted with loungers, pool volleyball nets, and The Barong Pool Bar & Cafe near its centre, where you can enjoy Asian and Western cuisine prepared in its elegant open kitchen. Read More...

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