Written by Alya Maisarah
Co-written by Laura Jodoin, Beverley Lennon, Stella Siow, Anne Scott and Junanto Xu
Edited by Laura Jodoin and Beverley Lennon
The best part of travelling to Bali is getting to choose unique, fun, and sexy stays!
What makes the stay even more unique is the infinity pools! I mean, isn’t there something so alluring about infinity pools? Especially when these hotels come with unhindered views of Mother Nature’s wonders – the ocean, jungles, volcanoes, mountains and more! Taking a plunge in one of those pools guarantees a complete awakening for all your senses!
Below, we have hand-picked the most unique and stunning infinity pools in Bali where you can not only swim at the edge of the world and cool down on a scorching day but also indulge in magical views of the surroundings. Yes, besides being great for a dip, these pools are also amazing vantage points!
P.S. Want it all for you? Here’s the best hotels with private infinity pools too!
1. Experience luxury atop a cliff – Alila Villas Uluwatu
If there’s one thing we absolutely love doing while on vacation, it is spending time at the pool.
While we’ve always enjoyed big, bustling hotel pools, the infinity pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu left us speechless, it gave us a chance to float over the Indian Ocean. The pool itself hangs on top of a cliff and I can guarantee you that swimming here isn’t a casual affair – you’ll notice it in the highly addictive Instagram pictures.
Straddling the edge of a cliff was even more spectacular at sunset as the tides changed – I recommend you to first enjoy a few drinks at the Sunset Cabana Bar before you drop by the pool for a prolonged swim if you want to catch every colour change the sky has to offer.
What’s more, every villa category here also comes with a private pool too. I have to say that this is one of the most romantic stays we’ve experienced so far. The staff was exceptional too; there’s nothing they can’t solve and you can be sure that you’ll never go hungry throughout the day as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner options are remarkable!2. Check into a luxurious sanctuary nestled on a clifftop: Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa
While most people only think of Uluwatu, as the place to go to find wooden shacks and surf camps, it’s also a place of great luxury.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is the pioneer of luxurious experiences down south, sitting atop sprawling cliffs and above crashing waves, this incredible display of architecture is the ideal place to base yourself for exploring all the unique things to do around there. One thing is for sure – you can expect to be fully immersed in peace and quiet during your stay here.
The infinity pool is by far the most spectacular aspect of their resort, blame it on the views it has to offer. Truth be told, you could easily get lost in time just soaking your body and indulging in some boozy cocktails or poolside snacks. If that’s not relaxing enough for you, take a trip to their spa for some truly soothing treatments. Even your little ones can enjoy some pampering services!
Coming to your resting abode, be ready for even better views. Get to choose between lush green gardens or splurge a little to feast on endless views of the blue horizon! There’s no shortage of options when it comes to room categories at Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa – they have something for everyone out there!
Besides lazing away the day, you can also sign up for a pottery or cooking class at Clay Craft – their art and craft inspired restaurant!
Now, if you manage to leave your cocoon, just head on down to Roosterfish Beach Club, their very own place which is located a short shuttle ride away! If luck is on your side, you could be in for a party of a lifetime, with live DJs and more. With plenty of space to run free, their beach club is also family-friendly!
3. 500 Feet-high clifftop bar with a glass-bottomed infinity pool – The Edge
What’s bringing clifftop infinity pools to a different level? A crystal blue glass-bottomed infinity pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, that stretches all the way out from the cliff 500 feet high, creating a gravity-defying concrete-encased lagoon with a million-dollar view – the highlight of One Eighty, a new sophisticated bar and restaurant that’s a recent addition to The Edge Villas at Uluwatu.
Before you know it, you’ll be floating in mid-air with the sweeping waves crashing beneath you. And if you want to escape, look out for their magical lagoon-like tiered pool that is almost hidden in what resembles an oasis!
These dramatic 180-degree ocean views extend all the way to your rooms. Isn’t it simply therapeutic to sip a cocktail while gazing out at the endless deep blue vistas ahead?
Your villa comes with a private plunge pool and personalised butler service, so you will be pampered from head to toe!
4. Breathtaking Cliff Top View – The Ungasan Clifftop Resort
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is perched on a cliff, 150 metres above the Indian Ocean – which means the views are absolutely breathtaking! You can see the ocean for miles and take in all the stunning scenery around you
The show-stopping features in this resort have to be their infinity pools. Here, you can opt for your own private infinity pool or the main shared pool. These infinity pools overlook the sapphire blue Indian Ocean, offering a breathtaking view everytime you take a dip.
If you don’t feel like swimming, lounge by the cliff-edge infinity pool or have a game of tennis at the lawn and hard courts. They also offer a Balinese spa massage with its signature ocean view.
When you feel hungry, hop over to Sundays Beach Club for some seafood and woodfire pizzas! But of course, you can always opt for in-villa dining if you don’t feel like it.
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is a 20-minute drive to the beautiful Uluwatu Temple. As it is located in a relatively secluded area, do note that it is a 10 to 15 minutes’ drive to nearby stores and restaurants.
5. Soak up the sun by this cliff-hanging infinity-edged pool: AYANA Resort Bali
With sweeping views across lush tropical gardens toward the Indian Ocean, it’s easy to see why many choose to stay at AYANA Resort Bali.
Playing host to the iconic Rock Bar, one of Bali’s best restaurants for sunset views, the resort is quite possibly among the most photogenic on the island. Inside, rooms and suites display artisanal Balinese-inspired design with rich, deep toned materials and intricate traditional wood carvings.
Fancy a morning swim? You have a variety of pools – the Main Pool, Ocean Beach Pool, River Pool, and even a Kids Pool – suitable for all ages!
The first pool that dazzles with its ingenious ocean-merging design is AYANA’s Ocean Beach Pool. Located just above Kisik Beach, it provides a breathtaking spot for swimming, lounging, and soaking up the sun.
The pool seamlessly blends into the ocean, and you’ll be able to capture some of the nicest ocean horizon photos here.
When it’s time to dine, discover AYANA’s finest restaurants and bars, with multiple options including an upscale steak and seafood option as well as a rooftop bar, the best place to be for a sundowner with drinks and tapas.
Tried and tested by TripCanvas – read our full review of AYANA Resort!
6. A heated infinity pool like no other! – Padma Resort Ubud
Ubud might not be your first thought when you think of stunning infinity pools but Padma Resort Ubud has one of the best we’ve been to so far! They feature one remarkable 89-metre long heated infinity pool where you get to pretend you’re at an oasis in the middle of the jungle!
The resort is far enough away to be a true oasis after a day of sightseeing around the muddy paddy fields of Ubud but it’s also still intimately located in the lush jungles so you get to take in the magical green views from the room, pool or restaurant!
We visited once and thoroughly enjoyed swimming up to the lip of the pool in the morning. As the sun rises, golden rays set the spectacle by piercing through the dense bamboo forest ahead of you as the pool gets steam-coated.
We’d also recommend you to carry on with their indulgent (read; Insta-worthy too) floating breakfast in the lower pool. And if you feel like it’s too early to go fancy, why not consider their floating afternoon tea?
These unique dining experiences are open to in-house and non-staying guests too; you can opt for their Swim and Dine day pass to benefit from access to the swoon-worthy infinity pool, F&B credit and a delectable complimentary afternoon tea!
Between enjoying the jacuzzi, spa or swimming up to the pool bar to order some colourful cocktails – it’s never a boring time at Padma Resort Ubud. And besides being romantic, it also has family-friendly vibes as well; you’ll find an agroforestry garden, animal garden, fishing lagoon and miniature rice field around the resort.
And if you are here on a special occasion, come and celebrate at their photogenic Bamboo Nest that is tucked in the forest!
At lunch time, you’re invited to The Pool Café and Bar to enjoy a luscious Mediterranean feast by the pool before nap time in your expansively comfortable room.
Tried and tested by TripCanvas – read our full review of Padma Resort Ubud!
7. Stand at the edge of an infinity pool overlooking lush paddy fields – Jannata Resort & Spa
If you’re bored of the typical ocean view infinity pool, take a peek at the one Jannata Resort & Spa hides. The cascading water here flows right down to panoramic paddy fields and the Wos River!
And what’s best is that the pool spreads over two different levels. Drop by in the morning to enjoy sunrise, followed by the privilege of taking breakfast right in the pool! They also have one scenic over-water walkway that looks perfect for an intimate wedding or to pop the big question!
Not only does the infinity pool here blend in with nature but their accommodation options are also designed to portray a real tropical paradise! Staying here means you get to sleep under traditional Balinese Alang Alang thatched roofs while being surrounded by Bali’s vibrant flora.
8. Choose from endless activities – Sthala, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Ubud
We’d completely understand if you opted to stay in this hotel forever. After all, they have almost everything here! If surrounding yourself in lust tropical greenery while lounging in an infinity pool sounds like your kind of trip, this hotel is definitely the one for you.
If you’re in the mood for a little night life but don’t want to stray from the hotel, throw on your cutest top and plan a little date night at the Naga Rooftop Bar for cocktails to watch the sunset and take in the sweeping views.
Daytime activities are in no short supply, so if you want to plan a full day, there’s tons to choose from – Balinese cooking classes, kite flying, and cycling tours are just a few from a long list of super fun things you can do during the day.
You can also start your morning with a little sunrise yoga, and begin your day feeling relaxed and ready to go out on adventures!
9. Plunge into a three-storey infinity pool! – The Kayon Jungle Resort
What would be your definition of a top resort? Because this one right here even features its own jungle pool club and bar!
During peak seasons, it is almost impossible to secure a room at The Kayon Jungle Resort but there are obvious reasons for that. The resort is simply spectacular. It is not difficult to see why it is so popular on social media either – look at this stunning view across the valley and their fabulous main pool that is tiered over three levels, presumably mimicking the rice terraces for which Ubud is famous for.
The property takes full advantage of the natural abundance and the best part yet is that it is an adults-only resort (no kids allowed!) so you can peacefully take in all of the jungle sounds!
The surroundings are on par with some of the bigger chain hotels over on the Sayan Ridge. The only thing is that the resort is pretty far from the main tourist attractions. However, they do provide a complimentary shuttle to take you to Ubud Central, which makes it very convenient if you are planning to explore!
To say the least, the resort was deemed as “easily the best part of an entire trip to Bali” by several guests! We’ve also heard that there’s nothing the team at The Kayon can’t solve. Replace the coke in your minibar with coke light? Consider it done! Prefer croissant to toast? Also possible!
10. Sleep with the lions – Mara River Safari Lodge, Gianyar
One of the best things about Mara River Safari Lodge, is the infinity pool with a view of the rhinos and zebras, and even scampering lion cubs too. Imagine having a lovely soak in the pool, while watching the rhinos and zebras graze together.
This super unique accommodation combines luxury and adventure perfectly – now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.
Located in the heart of Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities. Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony.
You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!
From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.
On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff! We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.
11. Gazing on rice paddies and river valleys – Komaneka at Bisma
This dreamy resort gives a unique edge as the resort offer views of the Campuhan River, coconut plantations and rice fields!
They have one of the most impressive infinity pool in Ubud. The pool is situated on the edge of a hill, creating the illusion of a never-ending horizon that seamlessly merges with nature. Can you imagine swimming in a such majestic pool?
You can take a dip in the pool while enjoying the stunning views, or simply relax on one of the comfortable lounge chairs while sipping on a refreshing drink. Whether you’re a swimmer or simply looking to relax, the infinity pool at Komaneka at Bisma will make your stay feel surreal.
For those seeking more space and privacy, Komaneka at Bisma also offers a range of private pool villas! While you’re here, do try their Balinese cuisines in Seneng’s Kitchen. If you have any diet restrictions, just let the team know.
Komaneka at Bisma is located about 1 km from Monkey Forest and Central Ubud. The location is fantastic as you can reach the town on foot (15 minutes’ walk)!
12. One for the art lovers – Tanah Merah Art Resort Ubud
Are you an art lover with an eye for aesthetics? You’re going to love staying at Tanah Merah Art Resort Ubud where locally crafted wares are combined with a natural setting.
The crown jewels of the Tanah Merah Art Resort are the brilliant infinity pools. Two shared infinity pools are perched high above the dramatic gorge of Tukad Petanu, a.k.a. the Cursed River. Other pools are perfectly placed to separate each villa and allow guests to feel secluded in nature.
Not only does Tanah Merah Art Resort deliver in terms of a unique infinity pool, it is also home to an art museum full of artifacts collected from across the region. As a guest of the resort, you will enjoy special access.
Finally, holidaymakers can expect plentiful facilities. A fitness center, spa, billiards table and table tennis are available for guest use. All rooms come equipped with views of the jungle, TVs, WiFi, bathtubs and air-conditioning, not to mention local, artistic decor.
While you might want to hang out in your artistic room or around the infinity pool throughout your stay, Ubud Central is only a 15-minute drive away. The resort supplies guests with bicycles to travel back and forth. It’s a great way to enjoy the classic Balinese topography!
13. Check in for laid-back luxury – Alila Seminyak
Spread across a sprawling stretch of sandy beach, Alila Seminyak is one of Seminyak’s hottest properties. There are ocean view suites, beach suites and an elegant penthouse to choose from. The latter comes with three bedrooms, a spacious infinity pool and in-room dining services.
Their beachfront restaurant Seasalt presents wild-caught and sustainably harvested seafood from the waters around Indonesia and there is also the Beach Bar for cocktails and ice-cold beers by the ocean.
When you’re not at the beach, you can spend your time at the spa and experience age-old beauty recipes and ancient healing practices.
Otherwise, head out to discover the best things to do in Seminyak – don’t miss the trendy shops and hipster cafes!
14. Sunsets over the stunning horizon at The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa
In the heart of bright and bustling Seminyak, find serenity in The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa. This resort offers a stunning beachfront infinity pool, with private access to the beach too.
It goes without saying that their infinity pool comes with a panoramic beach view. It is complete with sunbeds too! This small luxury resort has its own beach club too. Here, you can dine and wine over the sunset.
Enjoy Mediterranean cuisine at Sanje Restaurant with gorgeous views of the panoramic Indian Ocean. You can also enjoy local dishes amongst the tropical greenery at Santan Restaurant.
Besides their luxurious rooms, the resort also offers private pool villas for those who prefer more privacy, overlooking the picturesque ocean!
The cherry on top of this resort has to be its prime location – nestled along the famous Eat Street of Seminyak, close to so many cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs!
15. Stunning oceanfront infinity pool with unique pool deck – COMO Uma Canggu
As you enter the master bedroom of this luxurious three-bedroom penthouse, slide the door of the pool deck and you’ll be greeted by a sunlit infinity pool, overlooking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Isn’t this celeb-worthy suite simply the ideal luxury nest for a very special getaway?
Notice that the arc-shaped pool deck makes the perfect frame for sipping cocktails on a lazy afternoon, and we think this is arguably the best feature of the penthouse.
The penthouse is designed and furnished to please and excite the most fastidious of you – spacious, bright, with nods to both traditional and modern!
Aside from the usual dining options, the resort features a healthy grab-and-go juice bar- no excuses not to keep up with your New Year’s resolution! Healthy drinks, snacks and salads are all you can find at the Glow Juice Bar.
Experiences at the COMO Uma Canggu are endless. They include surfing classes, golf, tours at nearby attractions but also soothing moments at the resort spa.
And when your vacation stay is one that includes services from a private butler, you know it is one to consider!
16. Ride the waves in a surfer’s paradise: Lv8 Bali Resort Hotel
If your plan in Bali is to stay as close to the ocean as possible and maybe even catch some waves while you’re at it, look no further than the hip Lv8 Resort Hotel located in Canggu.
Settle down on the balcony of Lv8’s Studio Suite with ocean views and drink in the sights – majestic waves crashing down onto the shore, with more than a few daredevils heading out for the lineup.
Once you’re able to tear yourself away from the stylish room, the resort’s gorgeous beachfront infinity pool offers a prime spot for indulging in some fun in the sun, with chic sunbeds that are ideal for an afternoon nap – just make sure to pose for a few holiday snaps before dozing off.
Even if you’re not an in-house guest at the Lv8, you can still get a taste of that seaside bliss if you check out the resort’s Vue Beach Club, where drop-in visitors can enjoy a swim with a minimum spend from Rp. 350,000 (USD $23.25). Not to mention it’s the perfect place for sunset drinks and a wild night, knowing your room is just a few steps away!
17. Experience the luxury of privacy and seclusion guaranteed at Amankila
Resting on a lush hillside beneath the sacred Mount Agung is Amankila, an ultra-luxe hotel in East Bali. It features stilted suites offering spectacular views high on the hillside and all across the Lombok Strait.
Amankila’s remote location means it’s far away from any tourist sights, but there’s plenty to do right on property – a three-tier infinity pool cascades at the property’s heart and the Beach Club leads to a private black-sand beach.
Amankila’s hillside, poolside and seaside dining venues serve exquisite Indonesian and international cuisines with produce sourced from the resort’s own organic farm and garden.
The spa combines splendid ocean views with relaxing body treatments which can be enjoyed in a beach bale or at a secluded open-air spot with tropical canopy.
In the region of East Bali, emerald-green rice paddies call for adventures in nature. You can set off on bicycle rides, go trekking past traditional villages or head to the water instead and discover the treasures of the coastline with surfing, fishing and cruising trips.
18. Where a volcano replaces buildings on the skyline – Villa Patal Kikian Sidemen
Villa Patal Kikian Sidemen lets you enjoy an extra special dip. It features an outdoor infinity pool with the best view of the imposing Mount Agung. If we were you, we’d start your morning off with a stroll in the Balinese gardens of the resort for a burst of fresh, fragrant morning air before beginning your day.
This villa is tailor-made for those who want a place with incredible beauty and serenity, but far away from the hustle and bustle of nightclubs and traffic jams. And if you’re hoping for a little daytime getaway from the hotel grounds, just sign up for a tour of Besakih – the Mother Temple of Bali!
19. Enjoy a 360° panoramic hillside view of Mount Agung – Wapa di Ume Sidemen
There is no better feeling than being hugged by nature and this is what you get to feel at Wapa di Ume Sedimen.
Surrounded by the dense tropical forest and guarded by Bali’s most admired volcano – Mount Agung, this resort is where you can appreciate the calm and charm of nature at its fullest. While there are different corners to take in the greenery, the resort’s ultimate vantage point has got to be its incredible infinity pool!
And if you are here with your loved one, why not make the moment extra special? Opt for one of their incredibly intimate villas that come with a private pool! We absolutely love its stunning bathtub as it offers incredible views of the hillsides – throw in some rose petals and you’re set for the most romantic moment ever!
20. Swim towards infinity – Villa Infinite Horizon
Villa Infinite Horizon is found along the east coast, surrounded by traditional Balinese rural life, villages, temples and breathtaking unspoiled nature of pristine black-sand beaches, volcanoes, rice paddies and tropical jungle.
The Infinite Horizon features opulent villa suites, and all of them boast of jaw-dropping ocean views.
While swimming in the glorious infinity pool, you’ll appear to be floating into the sea, or even better, flying away in the clear blue sky.
Staying here allows you to bathe in luxury while still being kind to your holiday budget. The lavish suites feature private terraces overlooking the infinity pool and the ocean.
Swim in the infinity pool, enjoy on-site watersports and snorkel in Tulamben (10 minutes’ drive away) to see the rich colorful marine life and a sunken Japanese Shipwreck.
21. You’ll love meditating here! – Bella Kita Mountain Retreat & Spa
Bella Kita Mountain Retreat & Spa is your getaway to one of the most beautiful mountain scenery in Bali. The resort is the ideal place to escape the stress of the modern world. It is as though you are stepping back to Bali 20 years ago. Checking in here means you sign up for jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains and lush
As it is set in practically untouched scenery, you will feel as though you have walked right into a fairytale that’s in perfect harmony with nature. On the interior of your villa, you’ll find antique furnishings, natural elements and original artworks from a local Balinese artist, along with magnificent vistas of endless forests from the hillside.
What really is the spectacle at Bella Kita Mountain Retreat & Spa is its expansive infinity pool that is beautifully adorned with a giant 4-metre-tall stone Buddha statue. Take a dip and enjoy the vast forest lying before you, outlined by the ocean and Lembongan Island resting in the background.
And where better to rejuvenate than in nature? Enjoy the resort’s yoga hut and book yourself a series of soothing body treatments at the spa – both experiences are nothing short of magical.
The venue also features a restaurant – The Monkey Bar at Bella Kita offers all-day dining, homemade snacks, traditional Balinese dishes, as well as plenty of healthy eating options. Their healthy homemade dishes are all made with love using local seasonal produce, including some freshly picked ingredients from their organic farm next to the restaurant.
22. Overhanging views of the rice terrace valley – Samanvaya Villa
Want to experience Bali life as much as you can? Samanvaya Villa is a bit further out from Ubud town but this villa will show you another divine side of Bali that you need to experience!