The island of Bali is home to a utopia of luxurious resorts and hotels. With an enormity of options to fit everyone’s ideal of luxury, it is often impossible to narrow down to just one. A centrepiece of each of these lavish resorts is, more often than not, a stunning pool. Here is a list of some of the 6 top pools in Bali which have blown us away through their beauty, size or setting.
The Hanging Gardens Resort is located north of Ubud – the cultural capital of Bali – in a small mountain village called Payangan. Here, two infinity pools overlook each other in in a manner that can only be described as breathtaking. Each pool is contoured and curved in shape, designed to integrate with the surrounding natural landscape of the Ayung Valley. The Hanging Garden’s pool offers an outstanding view of the surrounding rainforest and an ancient temple, which occupies the adjacent ridge. During traditional ceremonies, the forest comes alive with music.
At night, the pool reflects the beautiful starlit sky.
If you are in the mood for something a little more private, each Deluxe Pool Villa also has its very own infinity pool, heated to 29°C year round to provide perfect swimming comfort.
The pool is only available to those who stay at the resort to protect the privacy of the clients and offer a sense of relaxation like never felt before, floating blissfully above the rainforest listening to the birds and the monkeys in the trees in the distance.Hanging Gardens Ubud Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali 80571, Indonesia T. +62 361 982 700 www.hanginggardensubud.com
The Ayana Resort is set within 77 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens perched 1.3km along the Jimbaran coastline, offering stunning views of the ocean. The resort has an exclusive private beach, Aquatonic seawater pool and 11 swimming pools to choose from including; The Infinity Edge Pool, a freshwater pool set on two levels with an infinity edge to give the illusion of it merging with the ocean, The Children’s pool with two water slides to keep the kids entertained and the Ocean Beach Pool which overlooks the private beach and is countered to fit in with the natural curve of the cliff it is perched on, with comfortable launches and day beds this saltwater pool is one of the most ideal locations to enjoy the sunshine. The Ayana Resort is also home to the world famous Rock Bar which is a short walk from any of these amazing pools and the perfect place to relax and watch the sunset. With the number of pools and creative approach used to make them blend in with the natural surroundings it is easy to find privacy and tranquillity in any pool at the Ayana.AYANA Resort and Spa Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera Jimbaran, Bali 80364, Indonesia +62-361-702222 www.ayanaresort.com
The Mulia is comprised of 3 resorts set on 30 hectares of coast line. The Mulia, The Mulia Resort and The Mulia Villas.
The Mulia offers a labyrinth of pools to choose from including a hydrotherapy pool, hot tub and The Main Pool which is the most famous. Its Main Pool spans along the shoreline of the property finishing at the edge of the sand, the pool has relaxing day beds and luxurious cabanas to relax in as the waiters bring you cocktails.
Each of the Mulia Villas also offer a private hydrotherapy pool.
Lining the pool are rows of tall sandstone sculptures of Balinese women holding platters which add to the luxurious feel and add character to the resort.
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan Nusa Dua 80363 Bali, Indonesia. T. (62-361) 3027777 www.themulia.com
Situated on the cliffs of Jimberan overlooking the Indian Ocean, Karma Kandara is a luxurious resort made up of private villas, each villa overlooks the cliff and includes a private infinity pool perfect for honeymooners. The resort also has a two-story salt and chlorine infinity pool which sit below the Di Mare Restaurant and overlook the private beach below. The pool is surrounded by hatched roofs and colourful pillows and day beds. The pool here as well as the beach club known as Nammos Beach Club below are both available for those who are not staying at the hotel Rp 250,000 will get you entry and food and drink credit. Karma Kandara also offers weekly movie Mondays where a screen is erected on the beach.Karma Kandara Jl. Villa Kandara Banjar, Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, Tuban, Bali 80361, Indonesia +62 361 8482200 www.karmakandara.com
Bumbu Indah is an eco-luxury boutique hotel in Ubud which hosts a eco pool which is lined with high density polyethylene a material, which can be recycled after 60 years. the natural pool uses lava stones to naturally cleanse and filter the water so there is no need for chlorine or algaecides and is the only one of its kind in Bali. The pool takes the form of a winding river throughout the array of 100 year old Teak wood Javanese joggles.
The fresh water pool also has a swing rope for those wanting to bring out their inner Tarzan.
Don’t be afraid if you feel something swim past you while taking a dip, the natural pool also has a few small fish which add to the natural feeling of the pool. Bambu Indah overlooks lush green rice paddies and also hosts a number of organic gardens which it utilises to make the food in the restaurant. The organic eco conscience vibe at this resort is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and peaceful by the end of your stay.Bambu Indah banjar baung, desa sayan, ubud, gianyar, bali 80571 +62 (0) 361 977 922 www.bambuindah.com
Mick’s Place is a boutique resort located on the cliff at Bingin Beach with 180° uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. The small resort only has 6 villas which make it a very relaxing and peaceful place to stay, the intimate resort has a shared infinity pool which overlooks the surf break below providing a perfect vantage point for the devoted bali surfer. The resort also has a Honeymoon villa which has its own private pool, perfect for those who want a little more privacy.Mick’s Place Uluwatu, 80361, Indonesia +62 361 8470858 www.micksplacebali.com