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. 8 km from Central Jimbaran, the Condé Nast Traveller award-winning AYANA Resort and Spa Bali offers luxurious rooms overlooking the private beaches of Jimbaran Bay. Set on limestone cliffs, it provides 5 swimming pools, 12 dining options and free shuttle services to Kuta Bay.
2. RIMBA Jimbaran Bali By AYANA
This resort features a collection of six breathtaking pools, each in a different shade of blue and connected by a network of manmade waterfalls, fountains and a variety of water features. Interestingly, the pools occupy different levels that result in a multi-layered aquatic environment. The best spot to take in the impressive view of the pools is from the lobby, from where they appear to cascade down amongst the lush forest and finely manicured landscapes of the resort.
3. Hanging Gardens Ubud
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.
4. The St. Regis Bali Resort
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.
5. Conrad Bali
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.
6. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua
This resort has a collection of swimming pools catering to all guest preferences. The main centrepiece pool is a spacious body of water in between the resort’s two wings, with towering structures and mini tropical gardens, and is divided by pathways. The pool’s perimeter features private cabanas with cushions and side tables with shallow pools where guests may also soak their feet in while enjoying a good read. Near the beachfront and the onsite Nikki Beach Club is a unique circular pool that features various Jacuzzi nooks on its borders.
7. Alila Ubud
One of the hotels in Bali that lets you get close to nature, with occasional grey long-tailed macaques sightings in the nearby trees. Further south down the Ayung River valley in Payangan is Alila Ubud, with its large rectangular infinity pool offering dramatic views over lush jungle. 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.
8. W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak
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.
9. Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa
Bali Mandira’s pool may not be immense when compared to the other fine resorts in this list, but the main pool is a wonderful body of water in a freeform border, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and mini garden ‘islands’ that provide ample shade for leisure goers, and even secluded lounging spots with sundecks. A swim-up bar and wooden sundecks and thatch-roofed cabanas create a relaxing pool scene. The uniquely designed sun loungers are even available in a submerged option at one space, making for enjoyable soaking under the sun.
10. Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran
Behold a magnificent 1,300sqm saltwater lagoon pool at this cool resort in Jimbaran. The pool is surrounded by other water features that seem to seamlessly blend in with this freeform centrepiece feature, including upper level mini pools with two coconut palms protruding through its surface from the ground level below. The main pool merges with the garden ‘islands’ and resort guests, especially Lagoon Access Room guests, may explore the whole pool for an enjoyable swim.