The central highlands of Bali, perched between the lush tropical forest and emerald rice fields, hide some dreamy and magical spots. It’s the land of infinity pools, pouring water down the jungle and a perfect place for refreshing both body and soul. Here are the best swimming pools in, and around, Ubud.
Managed by the reputable Alila Hotels and Resorts, this place is arguably the most iconic among their other excellent accommodations. Perched on the banks of the sacred Ayung River and designed to resemble a Balinese village, guests can experience what it’s like to live like locals, only with a luxurious touch. One of the hotel’s best features is the award-winning pool overlooking Ubud’s mighty hills and dense vegetation.
Located 20km from Ubud, Padma Resort is an absolute gem. Insta-worthy pictures all around here: it’s the largest infinity pool in Bali, overlooking the magical bamboo forest of Payangan. The water of the pool is regulated according to the weather: cool during the day, providing the much needed refreshing bliss, and heated when the temperature drops. Perfect for early morning and evening swims. Also, they have a pretty cool bar, the Sunken Pool: do try the tropical fruit smoothies and signature cocktails.
A boutique hotel advocating and specializing in leading an eco-lifestyle, Bambu Indah in Ubud is a natural and environmentally friendly haven. Made from restored Javanese bridal homes, the rooms here boast fine detailing and unique vintage charm. Inspired by the creativity and rich artistry found all over Indonesia, Bambu Indah retains personal engagement and features simultaneously luxurious and natural designs. So much more than just a hotel, watch the owners’ TED talks where they discuss using bamboo as a building material and sustainable living; truly powerful and inspiring ethics. Their swimming pool, called “kolam,” swimming pond, is specially designed, intending to lower their environmental impact and protect the surrounding nature.
Far from Bali’s buzzing bar scene and seemingly unaffected by the whole world’s affairs, Jungle Fish is the ultimate nature getaway for serenity seekers. The self-proclaimed “no beach … beach club” is like the green and calmer version of the vibrant beachside pools where visitors can bathe in the fresh water, warm sunshine, clear jungle air, or all three at once. The lavish pool is part of the Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa, but non-staying visitors can enjoy the much-loved facility at a separate rate.
Folk is that surprise in the backyard everyone is keen to find. Located off the back of Jalan Monkey Forest, right behind No Màs Bar, it’s an oasis of relaxation, with bean bags and comfy beds on the grass, or right on the edge of the large swimming pool. But here is the best thing: the bar is IN the pool. You can sit in the water while enjoying your favorite drink. A must for hot tropical days!
The award-winning infinity pool may precede this resort’s reputation, but that’s not the only wonderful thing about the Hanging Gardens of Bali. Nestled in the middle of Ubud’s verdant jungles, guests can enjoy a sweeping view of greens and blues as far as the eye can see. Each villa is designed with natural elements in mind, promoting a sense of calmness in its every detail, from airy terrace to earthy furniture. And that’s for when you’re not out enjoying the hanging pool that stretches over the jungle or enjoying the riverside spa.
Located in the central Tirta Tawar area, yet not too crowded, Sugars Villas is the ideal stop to drop by for a quick plunge on a hot day. The pool is average size, with saltwater instead of chlorine. There’s also a restaurant where they serve mouthwatering local food, with a cheap price and good quality.
The Onion is a collective in central Ubud: a homestay, co-working space and restaurant, three-in-one. They also have a decent sized pool … and it’s free! A perfect spot to have inspiring conversations with fellow travelers while chilling under the Bali sunshine.
Perched in between the emerald rice fields in the northern part of the town, Om Ham is a unique holistic retreat. They offer treatment, yoga classes, amazing food and also accommodation. The pool is marvelous: surrounded by nature, you’ll soak up the sun and mother earth’s healing powers.
Located in the lush and beautiful village of Penestanan, few minutes far from Ubud downtown, The Mansion is the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon. Hop into one of the several swimming pools for a refreshing time and then pamper yourself at the magical spa. As dreamy as it gets.