Take a dip in Bali's most breathtaking infinity pools, from oasis-like lagoons in Ubud to glass-bottom cliffhangers in Uluwatu...
There really is nothing quite as breathtaking as that first glimpse of a glittering infinity pool in Bali. That double-take moment where you have to squint and check that the sky hasn’t actually melted into a horizon of aquamarine ripples. Well, whether you’re looking for the ultimate infinity pools in Bali to really knock your sandals off (beach views and cocktail sundowners included) or you simply want to up your Instagram feed with fifty shades of blue – you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve dipped and dunked our way across the island‘s finest watering holes (this time we’re talking swimming pools, not bars!). From cliff-edge, gravity-defying masterpieces in Uluwatu, to tropical jungle oases in Ubud, here are Bali’s best infinity pools that’ll take your breath away – every damn time. So go on, dive right in… to infinity and beyond!
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: UBUD
Hanging Gardens of Bali
Perhaps Bali’s most famous infinity pool, this stunning multi-level masterpiece at Hanging Gardens of Bali in Ubud has been crowned “best swimming pool in the world” many times over – and you can see why. Standing tall in the jungle and towering high above the treetops, the pool’s dramatic drops, waterfalls and architecturally-perfected curves makes it an Instagram-fave.
Padma Resort Ubud
Ensconced within an untouched river valley overlooking enchanting bamboo forests, Padma Resort Ubud is a luxe jungle oasis, fronted by a lagoon infinity pool that connects to the resort via an enchanting glass-top tunnel. With refreshing mountain air all around, the water is cool during the day, then heated at night when the temperature drops to encourage dreamy sundowners at the Sunken Pool Bar.
Sitting hillside on the edge of the Ayung River valley, Alila Ubud and its mystical infinity pool looks as if it hangs over the edge of the lush green gorge. Take a dip here and you’ll easily lose yourself in the calmness of the tropical green jungle all around, or lounge poolside and gaze at the sky’s reflection mirrored in beautiful emerald shades.
Rooted on the edge of the Ubud jungle, the infinity pool at Bisma Eight divides untouched nature on one side, with boutique luxury to the other. It’s a glorious meeting of modern aesthetics with Mother Nature, where cosy cabanas and sun lounges fringe the pool which is heated to a perfect temperature by nightfall. Dreamy and oh so romantic.
A luxurious Ubud hideout, Viceroy Bali is nestled in the ‘Valley of Kings’, named after the many Balinese royals who have lived close by. Well, you too will feel like royalty here, dipping into the dramatic infinity pool that features a fountain and swim-up bar overlooking the spectacular Petanu Valley. Where the pool edge meets the treetops, you’ll feel like you’re swimming with the birds. Or simply cosy up in the chic poolside gazebos complete with romantic soft white cushions and curtains.
A pool club in the jungle? Sign us up. Jungle Fish sits high up in the treetop canopies of Ubud’s jungle, with its splendid 35 metre infinity pool fringed by natural accents and cute sun-soaking nooks. Bask in the water, enjoy a cocktail from the pool bar, and laze the day away with gourmet nibbles aplenty.
Four Seasons at Sayan
Hidden in a lush paradise beside the Ayung River, this remarkable resort was crowned the No.1 Resort in the World in 2018, and it’s easy to see why. Laced in luxury and architecturally-designed in the shape of a rice-bowl, Four Seasons at Sayan is fronted by a double-level infinity pool that’s nothing short of breathtaking. Facing the jungle and looked upon by towering palms, days lazed here are pure paradise.
Komeneka at Tanggayuda
If there’s one thing all Komaneka Resorts are known for (besides their Balinese touches and sublime hospitality) it’s their fabulous infinity pools. All 5 resorts in Bali come with gorgeous dipping spots and stunning views. Our fave is the infinity at Komaneka at Tanggayuda (pictured above). With lush greenery all around and the most adorable sundeck with decorative white umbrellas, this pool will add some serious kudos to your Insta-feed.
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: ULUWATU
Possibly the world’s most jaw-dropping infinity pool, this glass-bottom cliffhanger at Bali’s oneeighty cliff-club is not for the faint-hearted. Swim out to the end and look down through the glass – you’ll see the Indian Ocean crashing hundreds of feet below, met by a rugged cliff face and natural boulders… A view best enjoyed while sipping on one of the club’s carefully crafted cocktails.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
The sublime 50-metre infinity pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu might just be Bali’s most iconic yet. Defying gravity and stretching far out over the limestone cliffs, the views here are truly breathtaking – as are the Instagram opportunities. Contemporary, luxurious and oh-so dreamy, come here for a seriously suave sundowner or two.
There are plenty of sunset-paparazzi spots in Bali, but El Kabron is one of Bali’s very best. The stunning infinity pool takes centre stage here, with lounges and chairs all around to sip on Sangria and let the Spanish flare of El Kabron transport you from a sunny afternoon through to a dazzling night beneath the stars. It’s an incredible location overlooking Bingin’s waves and hidden bays.
A six-star sanctuary in the sky, The Ungasan is home to a gorgeous 28-metre infinity pool on the cliff’s edge that dramatically overlooks Sundays Beach Club and the ocean horizon out yonder. But that’s not all. Each of the private abodes at this all-villa resort come with their very own cliff-front pools, taking ‘infinite luxury’ to a whole new level. Each one boasts 30-50 metres of cliff-top frontage, and each one is more breathtaking that the last.
Epic elevated views, enormous poolside sofas and a cluster of bird-cage-like cabanas – the infinity pool at Mana Uluwatu ticks all our boxes, and that’s before we even mention the menu of soulful food and next-level cocktails. Perched high up on the cliffs at Uluwatu Surf Villas, this watering hole overlooks the pumping waves and is flocked by the Bukit’s coolest surf crowds…
With three blue hues all around you – the ocean, the sky and the pool’s shimmering water – Karma Kandara is the place where postcards are made. Watch the sun set as you float on the water and take in the picture-perfect scenery, or settle in for a seaside-inspired feast at Di Mare restaurant, sitting directly next to the infinity pool’s edge.
Perched up on the Bingin cliffs with 180 degrees of unencumbered Indian Ocean views, Mick’s Place is all about soaking up the best bits that Bingin Beach has to offer – best enjoyed from its tropical, terraced gardens and infinity plunge pool, which just so happens to sit in direct sight of Bingin’s world-class waves.
Banyan Tree Bali
Sitting 70 metres above sea level on the tip of Bali’s southern peninsula, the chic lagoon-like infinity pool at Bali’s Banyan Tree resort comes with ocean views all around. Where water meets water, swim to the uttermost end of this 10 metre pool and you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
Suarga Padang Padang
A stunning structure overlooking one of Bali’s most famous waves, Suarga Padang Padang is the luxe Uluwatu stay that had us at “infinity pool with surf break views”. Built with sustainability at the forefront of its design, the resort’s structure has been built on stilts to help preserve the ground’s indigenous flora and natural air flow, so you can just imagine the breezy, exotic surroundings here when lounging by the pool and watching the world-class surfers do their thang…
Bvlgari Resort Bali
Standing tall on the edge of Uluwatu’s limestone cliffs, Bvlgari Resort is nothing short of a six-star showpiece. Where pool meets sky, you’re taken to a tropical Nirvana and back again with a dip in their elite resort luxuries. This is a stand out destination and definitely one for the bucket list.
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: SEMINYAK & KUTA
Unfurling along Seminyak’s pristine 8km stretch of white-sand beach, Alila Seminyak is a designer playground full of fabulous food, stylish suites and five-star indulgences – and it just so happens to have one of the most dazzling infinity pools around. Settle into one of the comfy poolside lounges (conveniently close to the beach bar) and watch the sky’s reflection turn from fifty shades of blue to candy-coloured sunset hues.
Potato Head Beach Club
Step through the Colosseum-esque arena of Potato Head Beach Club, and you’ll find a chic beachfront infinity pool that’s positively thronging with sun-soakers, island addicts and culture vultures alike. Punctuated by a sunken, circular pool bar (slinging some of the best cocktails around) this beach club’s pool comes dotted with daybeds and sustainably created, Bali-inspired sun loungers for all-day lolling. Turn up before lunchtime to claim the best pool-side real estate, and stick around until golden hour for one of Bali’s best sunset seats.
The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa
Is it an ocean? Is it a lake? No, it’s The Seminyak Beach Resort‘s dazzling infinity pool, stretching 45 metres across Seminyak’s white sand coastline. Fringed by sunbeds and graced by a sunken pool bar, you never have to leave this sweeping oasis if you so choose. Hallelujah!
KU DE TA
Seminyak’s original beach club and haven of beautiful people and groovy sunset vibes, KU DE TA remains one of Seminyak’s best bars to see and be seen, in part due to the beachfront infinity pool that’s flocked’s by Seminyak’s finest. Surrounded by day beds and two trendy restaurants that both serve exceptional food, spend the day here soaking up the buzzin’ vibes while you sip and snap the afternoon away on a day bed – just be sure to make a reservation.
The Legian Bali
Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the 16m three-tiered infinity pool at The Legian Bali is pure luxury, sitting directly in front of the resort on the Seminyak beachfront. Watch the world go by from the comfort of a poolside sun-lounger, feast on a romantic dinner or take a dip at sundown for the most magical glow.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
You’d never guess that the bustle of Kuta Beach was below this oh-so tranquil oasis at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. A world away from the bars, boutiques and buzz of Kuta’s busiest beachfront strip, this curvy, infinity-edge pool is a welcome rooftop reprieve (and super family-friendly too!), complete with the silhouettes of palm trees as your sunset backdrop.
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: JIMBARAN & NUSA DUA
Sundara Beach Club
The Sanskrit word for “beautiful’, Sundara Beach Club is exactly that. Situated on the curve of Jimbaran Bay, you can relax in the double daybeds around this impressive 57-metre pool, sip on avant-garde cocktails, and appreciate the view of the pool merging into the ocean behind it – there’s even a fab kid’s club here so the whole family can dip and dunk! Swing by on a Sunday and pair your pool hangs with Bali’s longest Sunday brunch…
Sundara Beach Club at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, p. +62 361 708 333, [email protected]
The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas
This is what architectural dreams are made of. Aptly named “The Oasis”, this infinity pool at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas is just one of four stunning pools at this award-winning Nusa Dua resort, centrally positioned by the beach and reserved exclusively for guests. It’s lined by contemporary statues of Balinese ladies carrying flowers – a symbol of Bali’s daily rituals and prayers that make the island so special. Love!
AYANA Resort & Spa Bali
With a beachfront infinity pool tucked in a private bay, plus a two-tiered freshwater pool and luxury villas with their own infinities, you’re spoilt for choice at AYANA Resort & Spa Bali. Each of these tropical oases are nestled within this private and sweeping sanctuary, fringed by greenery and sheltered by swaying palms. Pure bliss!
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: CANGGU
At this ever-famous Canggu beach club, the oceanfront infinity pool comes with commanding views over the crashing waves, fringed by beach-chic daybeds, boho umbrellas, and crowds of beautiful people lapping up the sunshine and The Lawn‘s good island vibes. Top tip: pair your poolside hangs with their list of house-infused cocktails…
Sitting quietly on Bali’s south-western coastline (about 15 minutes from Canggu) and surrounded by a patchwork of green and gold fields, Soori Bali is an uber-contemporary resort tucked away amidst rich rice terraces, dramatic highland gorges and black volcanic beaches. At the forefront of this resort, shaded by palms and illuminated by twinkly, diamond-like sand, Soori Bali’s Ocean Pool Villas come with swoon-worthy infinity pools that face uninterrupted sea views. With cosy chillaxing areas all around, this pool just begs for Sangria sundowners – made even easier thanks to the help of each villas’ private butlers…
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: EAST BALI
Komune Beach Club
With Mount Agung behind you and pumping waves in front of you, the beachfront infinity pool at Komune Beach Club is a sight to be seen indeed. Sitting on the east coast away from the crowds, this resort and beach club combo sits on a black sand beach, surrounded by oceanfront day beds and scrummy coastal fare. At dusk, nighttime surf sessions take centre stage right in front of the glowing pool…
Built on a hillside, this three-tiered infinity pool at Amankila is a nod to Bali’s rice paddy landscapes, topped off with an azure ocean backdrop and views of the Lombok strait out yonder. You’ll want to wake up early to capture this aquatic beauty – it sits on the East Coast so you have front row seats to a stunning sunrise.
Patal Kikian Villas
One of our fave infinity pools in Bali and a little known hidden gem, Patal Kikian Villas in the hills of Sideman is home to one of the most breathtaking views around. Unlike most infinity pools, this one isn’t enclosed in a six-star resort. Instead, this dazzling watering hole is housed within a very unassuming environment – a humble, locally-owned guesthouse that’s Balinese to its core. The pool is of course the main focus here, overlooking Bali’s most dramatic landscapes, and sitting smack bang in the middle the ever-majestic Mount Agung. Come on a clear day and you won’t be disappointed…
BALI’S BEST INFINITY POOLS: NORTH BALI
Munduk Moding Plantation
An Instagram sensation, Munduk Moding Plantation is home to Bali’s “pool above the clouds”, where the sky seamlessly merges into soft ripples, and only a faint shadow from Bali’s mountain range divides the two. The 18 metre infinity pool centres this stunning eco-resort, with panoramic views of the jungle all around. Cloud Nine, eat your heart out.
See you poolside, Honeys!