The Best Hotels With a Pool in Bali, Indonesia

Regal villa rooms, a soothing spa and smiley service are all on the menu at the Hanging Gardens of Bali
Regal villa rooms, a soothing spa and smiley service are all on the menu at the Hanging Gardens of Bali | Courtesy of Hanging Gardens of Bali / Expedia
Photo of Alex Robinson
13 January 2021

Lush forest where waterfalls drop into clear-water pools; valleys of water-filled rice fields that glimmer like mirrors in the sun; sacred springs, sea-sculpted natural lidos filled with tropical fish… and hotel swimming pools that pay homage to them all. Bali has some of the finest in the world: perched over paddy fields, merging with the ocean horizon or set outside a luxury villa, positioned to shimmer in the setting sun. Want the best? Read on to take the plunge into the finest hotels with pools in Bali.

Hanging Gardens of Bali

Independent Hotel, Luxury
Map View
Hanging Gardens of Bali
Courtesy of Hanging Gardens of Bali / Expedia

Regal villa rooms, a soothing spa and smiley service are all on the menu at the Hanging Gardens of Bali, the very definition of downtime. People come here for the lush views of misty rainforest-filled valley from the two-tiered main swimming pool; of the star-filled sky from the private plunge pools at the edge of the villa terraces; and of the glade of tropical trees from the massage pavilion, poised over a clear-water mountain stream. Everything here is tranquil, lush and green.

Everything you need to know

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Resort, Hotel
Map View
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Courtesy of Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali / Expedia

Ocean-view infinity pools are ten-a-penny in Bali, but few have a location like this, on a cliff edge above an almost-empty beach. The luxe but low-key resort seems to meld with the landscape: the minimalist-modish light concrete and stone villas, with their own pools, are faced with walls of glass that invite the outside in, and the inside out; a poolside restaurant is positioned to catch the best of the sun and the endless ocean view, while a poolside bathers’ pavilion hangs right over the cliff edge.

Everything you need to know

The Mulia Bali

Resort, Hotel
Map View
The Mulia Bali
Courtesy of the Mulia Bali / Expedia

There are more beautiful pools in Bali, but few hotels have as many as this beachside resort complex in the island’s far south. The biggest (which sits right on the beach) could accommodate a ship and is flanked by ranks of giant statues. They seem symbolic of the resort itself, which is a Hollywood theme park in scale and scope. There are myriad room types, restaurants and bars, chapels for weddings, an ice spa, three pools just for kids, tennis courts and so many activities you need never leave the hotel.

Everything you need to know

The Edge Bali

Resort, Hotel, Villa, Luxury
Map View
The Edge Bali
Courtesy of the Edge Bali / Expedia

It’s a real cliffhanger: this hotel is so close to a precipice that it feels as if a sea breeze might just blow it into the ocean. One of the two swimming pools hangs over the waves, with vertiginous views through its clear sides and glass bottom. Villa pools, bars and a fitness centre perch perilously close to the edge. The downside? Despite the muted tones, designer furniture and dizzying views, the smaller villas feel pokey. The larger ones are so vast and formal that they feel more business than beach. Still, if you’ve got money burning a hole in your pocket, you could do worse than a night’s B&B here.

Everything you need to know

Viceroy Bali

Independent Hotel, Suite Hotel
Map View
Viceroy Bali
Courtesy of Viceroy Bali / Expedia

There isn’t a location more regal on the island. The Viceroy’s swim-up cocktail bar overlooks Bali’s Valley of the Kings, a forest-green gorge cut by a rushing river just outside Ubud village, where the island’s royals once lived. Villas fuse stately European-colonial style with Southeast Asian influences, with leather club chairs and high teas, rattan-roofed villas (some with their own private infinity pools and teak-wood pavilions) and ornately carved Balinese furniture. If sedate is how you like it, this is your place.

Everything you need to know

Why Book With Culture Trip?

  • Free cancellation

    In these uncertain times, cancel or change for free on select properties.

  • Price-match guarantee

    Find a better price on your booking and we’ll match it. Simple.

  • Unbiased & trustworthy

    Book from recommendations handpicked by travel experts.

  • Ayana Resort and Spa

    Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    Map View
    Ayana
    Courtesy of Ayana Resort and Spa / Expedia

    It’s a luxury resort made for a mermaid. Count the swimming opps: a family-sized main pool set in orchid-filled gardens; a cliff-top infinity pool; children’s zones with water slides; hydromassage numbers on a rocky seashore; plunge pools fronting sumptuous villas (small enough for intimacy or big enough for families). That mermaid presumably likes package holidays: with 19 restaurants, an 18-hole golf course and guests gathering en masse for pre-breakfast aqua aerobics, it’s no boutique retreat.

    Everything you need to know

    Padma Resort Ubud

    Resort, Hotel
    Map View
    Padma Resort Ubud
    Courtesy of Padma Resort Ubud / Expedia

    Looking like paddy fields, the Padma’s enormous pools tier-drop through artificial cascades around a verdant hillside just outside Ubud village – in perfect harmony with the surrounding rice terraces and palm forest. Jungle-and-valley views from the pool are dreamy, as are the plush rooms, the spa and the lovers’ pavilions that dot the gardens. The four-storey concrete buildings feel somewhat out of step with the lush landscape, but guests can look outwards, contemplating Bali’s natural beauty.

    Everything you need to know

    Katamama Suites at Desa Potato Head

    Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
    Map View
    Katamama Suites at Desa Potato Head
    Courtesy of Katamama Suites at Desa Potato Head / Expedia

    Visually, it’s probably light years from your idea of Balinese paradise: an almost-brutalist outing in terracotta bricks handcrafted by island artisans, sunk in masses of fecund vegetation like some forgotten civic centre. But it’s a tranquil beauty, and just what the modern hipster ordered. Hence the plate glass, honey-toned timber and muted whites throughout the rooms. Sentried by trim palms, the pool’s a lean slice of paradise, so flop on a lounger and forget your everyday cares for a while.

    Everything you need to know
    These recommendations were updated on January 13, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.