The Most Breathtaking Swim Resorts in Bali
AirBnB Villas with Private Pools, 5 Star Luxury Resorts, Infinity Pools with Epic Views & More
Practically every day I see a gorgeous Bali resort pop up on my Instagram feed. Usually there’s a pretty girl in a bikini, possibly a sun hat and most definitely a stunning pool. I recently returned from Bali and luckily had the opportunity to hotel hop a bit and experience different resorts and neighborhoods so I thought I’d put together a dream list of epic Bali hotels with pools
These Bali swim resorts represent the best of the best – everything from private pools to ocean view infinity pools to overlapping swimming pools in the jungle! Yes most of them are 5 star luxury resorts, it is Bali after all, but you might be surprised to find that Balinese villas can be affordable and come with their own private pools as well.
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Top Swim Resorts in Bali – Summary Chart
Here is a quick chart listing our favorite swim resorts and hotels in Bali. Keep reading below for why we think they’re unique and worth a stay!
|Alila Villas Uluwatu||Uluwatu||Couples||Check availability and rates here|
|Sofitel Nusa Dua||Nusa Dua||All travelers||Check availability and rates here|
|AYANA Resort & Spa||Jimbaran Bay||Luxury||Check availability and rates here|
|Villa Ariana Grande||Seminyak||Families||Check availability and rates here|
|Munduk Moding||Munduk North Bali||Adventure travelers||Check availability and rates here|
P.S. If you’re just looking for a beach resort for the day, check out Sundays Beach Club in Bali. Great food, epic views and perfect for all travelers.
Another option is visiting Lembongan Island on a day trip, to have a beautiful beach entirely to yourself! Organized tours typically include water activities as well, like snorkeling, banana boat rides and round trip transportation. You can find more details here.
Bali, Indonesia – 7 Swimming Resorts to Soak Up the Sun
1. Alila Villas Uluwatu
“I think this is the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed in,” I said to my friend Christina. I think we each repeated that phrase 10 different ways over the course of our incredible stay at Alila Villas.
All the rooms at Alila Villas Uluwatu are free-standing villas with private pools. At the hotel lobby, there’s a massive infinity pool overlooking the ocean and even a sunset cabana to enjoy the views. Alila is one of those resorts you go to to escape the world. Because of its open, modern concept that blends easily into the Balinese tropical environment, you feel like you’re the only guest in this stunning luxury resort.
Other highlights from our stay: in-villa breakfast, inviting our friends to hang out at the pool, going for night swims, making friends at the infinity pool.
Alila Villas Uluwatu is luxury at its finest and our recommended Bali hotel for weddings, couples and any romantic vacation experience.
You can read my in-depth hotel review of Alila here.
2. Sofitel Nusa Dua
This luxury resort is massive. Combining French and Balinese influences, the Sofitel’s architectural design is stunning from the moment you drop your bags at check in. Our rooms were spacious and spectacular, with a seated lounge area, small dining table and massive open concept bathroom complete with rain shower and free standing tub. There’s even a balcony and swing chair to enjoy the views!
Definitely make sure to try out their breakfast. It can be a bit of a wait at peak times (the hotel has over 600 guests in peak season) but in particular we sighed with relief to have a proper cappuccino, reset our bodies with beet juice and enjoy everything from Western food to Indonesian food to Indian, Japanese and Italian.
Finally, make sure to enjoy the many pools at the Sofitel Nusa Dua! There are upgraded suites with direct pool access, a large central pool, beach access and also a swim up bar. We spent hours basking in the sun and enjoying happy hour.
Due to its luxurious villas, incredible swimming pools and discreet service, the Sofitel Nusa Dua is an excellent choice for really any traveler. Families with kids will love the many lounges, pools and hotel activities while couples on their honeymoon should take advantage of the spa and suite options.
3. AYANA Resort & Spa
Perched on magnificent cliffs overlooking Jimbaran Bay – the location famous for its romantic beachfront dinners – the AYANA Resort & Spa Bali is one of the crown jewels of Bali swimming resorts. The AYANA’s 7 room and suite options are simply palatial and feature finishes such as canopied beds, antique wood furniture, and stunning Indian Ocean sunset views.
It only gets more impressive as AYANA’s amenities are highlighted by private pool villas, 12 swimming pools overall, 19 restaurants and bars, a world-class spa, and even a putting green!
One of the AYANA Resort & Spa Bali’s true delights is the world-famous Rock Bar Bali. Standing sentinel over Jimbaran waves crashing into distinctive rock formations, Rock Bar Bali is one of the most deliciously opulent bars anywhere on the planet.
The bar is only accessible via cliff side inclinator, contains 18 gorgeously-appointed semi-private villas, and features a DJ booth carved directly into the cliff.
If this sounds like your kind of Bali swim resort, bring extra friends – the AYANA offers a 50% discount on the second room when two rooms are booked together!
4. Villa Ariana Grande
It’s incredibly fitting that the only thing on this Earth as beautiful as Ariana Grande is the Bali swimming resort that bears her namesake. Located in Canggu, a resort village on Bali’s south coast known for its strong surf and upscale shops and restaurants, this Bali villa with private pool perfectly blends seclusion and convenience.
Guests at the Villa Ariana Grande can choose from one of just five villas that have private pool access as well as terraced gardens. The villas are quaint yet stylish, featuring wood-finished furniture, canopied beds, and flat-screen televisions.
Though idyllic and hypnotizing in its seclusion, the Villa Ariana Grande has an extremely convenient location among swim resorts in Bali as well. The Villa is less than 10 miles from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and both the Bemo Gunung Agung and Ubung bus terminals.
Additionally, guests at the Villa Ariana Grande are nearby the phenomenal surf of Canggu and Echo beaches, the boutiques and fine dining of Seminyak, and the absolutely electric nightlife of Kuta!
5. Resort Munduk Moding Plantation
Set in the picturesque mountains of northern Bali, the Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa combines nature and luxury to redefine the Bali swim resort experience. The Munduk Moding villas and spa are interspersed throughout an organic coffee plantation, offering guests an unrivaled viewpoint of authentic Indonesian vegetation, ecology, and commerce.
In fact, the World Luxury Hotels Association named Munduk Moding Indonesia’s best eco-luxury resort. Guests at the Munduk Moding receive the luxury of being surrounded by coffee trees, rice fields, and lush jungle all while supporting local businesses and sipping fantastic coffee to boot!
Though its surroundings are beautiful enough, the Munduk Moding spares no expense in enhancing the guest experience and creating one of the best swim resorts in Bali. With its tropical hardwood parquet floors, Sualwesi cream marble bathrooms, private terraces, and outdoor showers overlooking the Java Sea, the villas at the Munduk Moding overflow with luxuriance.
For the cherry on top, the Munduk Moding has a private pool villa featuring one of the 10 best infinity pools in the world, as rated by Asia Spa!
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