First of its kind, Jungle Fish offers the beach club vibe without the beach. Ensconced in the secluded Keliki area in Ubud, the pool itself is perched on the side of a ridge overlooking the Osh River Valley. They also up the ante on the lounging situation with their cool hanging daybeds, and the snug cabana caves.
Jl. Raya Sebali, Keliki, Ubud, T: +62 361 8989 104, junglefishbali.com
LE MERIDIEN BALI JIMBARAN
The 1,300-square-metre lagoon pool uses natural saltwater that is believed to be energising and refreshing at the same time. Additional fun feature is the waterfall from the Swim-Up Bar.
Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, T: +62 361 846 6888, lemeridienbalijimbaran.com
THE MULIA, MULIA RESORT & VILLAS
The vast swimming pools at Mulia Bali is definitely a wonderful sight to see from the lobby balcony, with its majestic Balinese women statues. The pools comprise five main pools, and the best part is the pools are equipped with secluded cabanas if you want to get away from other guests.
Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, T: +62 361 301 7777, the mulia.com
SOFITEL BALI NUSA DUA BEACH RESORT
The sophisticated hotel establishment has an impressive swimming pool that features a Jacuzzi inside the pool to keep you warm and relaxed. There’s even a manmade beach and slides at the kids’ pool.
BTDC lot N5 Nusa Dua, T: +62 361 849 2888, sofitel.com
MUNDUK MODDING PLANTATION
While the leisure scene on the island mostly boasts beachside accommodations, the highland of Bali is also noteworthy. Take this scenic resort up in Gobleg Village. The altitude makes taking a dip in the resort’s infinity pool feel like swimming among the clouds. The view is just priceless!
Banjar Dinas Asa, Desa Gobleg, Buleleng, Singaraja, T: +62 362 700 5321, mundukmodingplantation.com
HANGING GARDENS OF BALI
The worldwide famous pool at Hanging Gardens of Bali needs no further introduction. The dramatic two-tiered infinity pools use Batu Chandi stones and walls of solidified volcanic ash. It is also located on a higher level of the lush Ubud forest, giving a magnificent view while swimming.
Desa Buahan, Payangan, Ubud, T: +62 361 982 700, hanginggardensofbali.com
PADMA RESORT UBUD
This pool might be the youngest one on the list, but it has already won hearts. Equipped with Sunken Pool Bar, and blessed with lush green surrounding views, the pool boasts an impressive size of 89-metre long and seven-metre wide. To impress you further, the pool is heated when the temperature drops to allow you to swim comfortably. Don't forget to check out the slightly hidden Jacuzzi nearby.
Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu, Payangan, Ubud, T: +62 361 301 1111, padmaresortubud.com
THE ST. REGIS BALI RESORT
Everything is big in St. Regis, including the pools. You get to choose to swim in the three inviting pools; from the swimmable 4,986-square-metre lagoon pool filled with saline water, the 3,668-square-metre main pool equipped with bale bengong, to the kiddie pool.
BTDC Nusa Dua lot S6, T: +62 361 8478 111, stregisbali.com
The swanky hotel is already everyone’s favourite destination when in Bali, not to mention the 1,790-square-metre swimming pool. In case you haven’t noticed, the gorgeous pool – dubbed as WET – is inspired by Indonesian tiered rice fields. So the next time you’re there, go to a higher spot and see if you can spot the rice field shape.
Petitenget, Seminyak, T: +62 361 3000 106, wretreatbali.com
RIMBA JIMBARAN BALI
The sister property of AYANA Resort and Spa has ones of the coolest pools in Bali – yes, we said “ones”. The property offers six different swimming pools, each comes in different shade of blue, and located on different levels as well to create a tiered aquatic illusion.
Karang Mas Estate, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, T: +62 361 846 8468, rimbajimbaran.com