While we’re furiously rubbing our hands together trying to elicit a spark of warmth here in Australia, it’s comforting know that a tropical island escape is just a few hours north in Bali. While it’s known for its beaches, the popular destination certainly isn’t short on resorts with killer pools. Here’s ten to dive into in Indonesia’s travel capital.
#1 Alila Villas Uluwatu
The Alila Villas Uluwatu is a luxury five-star resort perched on limestone cliffs with panoramic views over the Indian Ocean and infinity pools to boot. Jump from your day bed straight into your private pool and take a moment to breathe in that sea breeze. Killer.
#2 Ayana Resort & Spa
The double-tiered Ocean Beach Pool at the Ayana Resort & Spa is surrounded by tropical gardens with high views over the Jimbaran cliff-top. Park yourself in a nearby sun lounge and greet those rays.
#3 Hanging Gardens Ubud
If you want to go all out on luxury, the Hanging Gardens Boutique Resort in Ubud is where it’s at. Nestled deep in the Balinese jungle in the mountain village of Payangan, this resort was built to reflect the surrounding nature and features a cascading pool with stunning valley views.
#4 Conrad Bali
Conrad Bali is home to the largest hotel pool in Bali, spanning over 4800 square-metres of swimmable landscape. The rooms are so close to the pool’s edge that you can practically plunge right in from your doorstep. There’s also a swim up cocktail bar. Boom.
#5 Alila Ubud
Get up close and personal with Bali’s natural wildlife at Alila Ubud. Enjoy some of that fresh mountain air from this serene spot while looking out for the the wild long-tailed macaques in the nearby trees.
#6 Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua
The behemoth that is Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Resort is equipped with 415 rooms, two restaurants, two bars, a gym, an “aesthetic clinic”, a kids club and 12 function rooms including two ballrooms. The resort is also surrounded by eight hectares of tropical gardens and the swanky pool sits smack bang in the middle of the resort’s two wings. Why walk to the bar when you can swim there?
#7 Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran
Located only seconds away from the beautiful Jimbaran Bay, Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran is home to a 1300 square-metre saltwater lagoon with pools upon pools connected by bridges and nature islands. Hire a floating bed to glide around on or just park yourself at the pool bar with a cocktail and a good book.
#8 Noah Villa and Chapel
The Noah Villa and Chapel located in south Kuta has the coolest backyard pool you’re likely to ever see. While the Noah Villa is intended for wedding parties (there’s a chapel out back shaped like Noah’s Ark) and honeymooners, this private villa and pool is the perfect spot for a Bali group getaway.
#9 Pande Villas
Only 20 minutes away from the bustling Seminyak area, Pande Villas is a private and peaceful spot hidden in the surrounding rice fields. While it’s a little more low key than the other pools on this list, you can still enjoy magnificent views of the greenery and the distant oceans all from the comfort of your own private pool.
#10 Hidden River Villa
Here’s one for you all you lovers out there. The cosiest of cosy hotel pools comes to us from Airbnb of course, with this listing located in North Kuta near Canggu Beach. This beautiful and spacious apartment comes equipped with a private plunge pool and a stunning view of the local river.
(Lead image: Alila Villas)