Written by Kristyna Schonova
Co-written by Laura Jodoin and Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon
Sometimes you deserve to treat yourself.
After months of hard work, all you need is a beautiful place where you can relax in. Bali is, of course, perfect for that! After finding your perfect destination, you need to find a perfect resort.
Everyone loves staying in resorts where you can simply jump right into the pool from your hotel room. And for more budget travellers, we’ve also introduced you to rooms with pool access under $55.
But now, we‘ve found a deal that‘s even better – hotels with direct access not just into a regular pool, but a lagoon-style pool! These pools are usually inspired by real, natural lagoons. Surrounded by tropical plants, you will feel like you’re resting in the midst of nature.
Just imagine – after waking up in the morning, all you need to do is to open your terrace door to enjoy a quick swim before breakfast!
And regardless of your preference to stay in Ubud, Jimbaran, Sanur, Seminyak or Nusa Dua, we‘ve found the best lagoon access accommodations for you.
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
1. Families favourite pick! – Meliá Bali
Checking into Meliá Bali is a bit of a tricky decision and let me tell you why – you won’t ever want to leave!
Located smack bang on the beach and in Bali’s most family-friendly coastal town, Nusa Dua (20 minutes’ drive from the airport), the hotel possesses an air of tropical luxury like no other – lush tropical gardens surround the property and their stunning lagoon pool sits right in the middle, making you feel like you’ve just stepped into a little sanctuary that’s also absolutely worry-free when it comes to health and safety!
As part of their ‘Stay Safe by Meliá’ initiative, a series of preventive measures have been put in place to ensure you’re living the ultimate tropical paradise experience. Daily health monitoring and disinfection are conducted, while the staff has been trained and certified by the Bali International Medical Centre. Besides, guests are also kept informed about the situation in Bali prior to their arrival and the hotel’s facilities have also been altered to meet health and safety standards – protective screens in the reception, digitalized systems and more!
Now coming to the best part – you can actually jump from your bed to the lagoon pool when staying at their Lagoon Access Junior Suite which has direct access to the cooling waters! No longer will you ever have to wake up extra early to be the first one fighting for some space at the pool!
And the spectrum of things to do within the resort makes it particularly compelling for families who often mix marine activities with other life enriching cultural programs taking place during their stay – Balinese offering workshops, Balinese dance class and so much more. Of course, that is when the kids aren’t at the exciting kids’ club that runs all day long from 9am to 9pm!
Not to forget, Meliá Bali boasts a collection of exceptional theme restaurants and bars with world-class cuisine that will blow you off your feet with a tantalizing gastronomic fantasy. There’s definitely something for everyone – from Sakura, their Japanese Restaurant which features its own sushi bar and teppanyaki tables, to the delectable Sorrento Spanish Restaurant and Tapas cuisine serving paellas and seafood dishes at the Sateria Beachside Restaurant as well as their own versions of Asian cuisine at the Lotus Restaurant, while the International Restaurant and Coffee Shop available 24 hours!
Check out special festive offers happening at Melia here2. For a fun family adventure: Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa Hotel
Searching for a place to satisfy the young ones? They would definitely vote for Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa Hotel.
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Your children will be entertained at the Kids’ Club, where they can have fun in an indoor playground – with a slide, mini rock climbing wall, costumes, and a photo booth where they can take pictures with their new friends.
As for outdoor activities, they will never get tired of the kids’ pool with waterslide, fountains and water-tipping buckets where they can splash around in delight. The kids’ pool is intentionally located such that you can keep an eye on your little darlings while they are having fun.
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But of course, games are not just only for the little ones. In Holiday Inn, even the grown ups can play in the Game Zone equipped with dartboards, pool table, foosball and variety of board games – perfect for spending some quality family time.
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If you choose the Benoa Atrium Pool Access Room, you can take some time to just relax on your private terrace, which has direct access to the pool. If you are tired of that, there’s an outdoor jacuzzi just a few steps from your room.
This is the right place for family adventure.
And the best thing about it? Kids under 12 years old can have breakfast for free (if parents purchase the buffet breakfast).
3. Sleep three steps away from the pool! – RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA
While we adore heading down (or up) to the pool to meet other fellow travellers on vacation, there’s something so satisfying in simply taking a few steps from your hotel bed to jump right into the pool.
Well friends, this is exactly what you sign up for when booking the pool access room or suite at RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA.
Besides escaping the crowd at the main pool, you also get to enjoy the comfort of being close to your room, with your own private sun loungers on the terrace. And, whichever you settle for – room or suite, you can be sure to be in for absolute privacy as you enjoy the tranquillity and almost-private access to a beautiful lagoon swimming pool.
For those of you here on a special occasion, why not settle for a floating brunch in the pool before heading off for a quick 35-second inclinator ride to Kubu Beach Club where you get to enjoy a “do-nothing” kind-of-day?
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The resort also features some signature dining experiences, with our favourite being their UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant that serves delicious Mexican cuisine. In here, you can enjoy their make-your-own-margarita and giant margaritas, ‘Mariachi & Salsa Night’ on Tuesdays while Thursdays are dedicated to tacos!
Besides, RIMBA is also Bali’s only integrated resort and this gives you access to the facilities at AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI. That means 12 pools, 19 restaurants and bars, as well as Rock Bar, BALI – the island’s top sunset spot! We’d sign up right now if we were you!
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4. A green oasis where you can take a shower in the pool! – The Oasis Lagoon Sanur
Sanur is known to be a connoisseur of the slow life, not as luxurious as Nusa Dua, but not as backpacker chic as Canggu, the perfect blend of the two!
Hidden in the heart of this area is a blend of modern chic and traditional Balinese architecture aptly named The Oasis Lagoon Sanur!
Offering a wide range of comfortable rooms, there’s ample space to relax and play, but the one room you should keep your eye on is the Lagoon Access Room where you can step from your room to the gorgeous aqua pool in less than five seconds!
Being a short way from the beach, The Oasis Lagoon Sanur even has their own beach club for you to spend your days at! Choose to walk for 7 minutes to reach there or be more relaxed and hop on their free shuttle, whatever it is, in less than 10 minutes you’ll have a coconut in hand and your toes in the sand!
5. Priceless family time – Bali Paragon Resort
Located away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak and Legian, but close enough to the city centre with boutique shops and bars, the Bali Paragon Resort is a study in serenity, a world all of its own nestled in Balinese nature.
With an inviting blue lagoon pool right outside your room, won’t you be tempted to jump in anytime?’
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Travelling with kids? The hotel offers a kids’ indoor playroom, outdoor playground, and even a small waterslide at the pool to keep your little ones happy. They’ll be having so much fun, you might have a hard time getting them out of the play areas!
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If you’ve been craving for a luxurious spa treatment, the hotel’s onsite spa is well-equipped to tend to your every esthetic need, from Balinese massage to traditional Western practices.
6. Swim up to lounge at the bar: FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa Ubud
A swim-up bar? Sure – that’s not uncommon.
But at FuramaXclusive Villas and Spa Ubud’s Lagoon Pool Villa, you get to jump into a magnificent 70-metre-long-pool directly from your room, and swim up to the bar – where you can order and sip your drinks comfortably while remaining in the pool. How awesome is that?
When you head on to the restaurant and spa, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views of the paddy fields.
And since FuramaXclusive Villas & Spa Ubud is situated in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali, the hotel offers its guests rich cultural programmes.
Consider trying out some Balinese Dance Classes – you can even select from a variety (Pendet Dance, Panyembrama Dance, Duduk Dance and others).
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If you aren’t into physical activities, you may enjoy their wood carving classes, during which you will learn to carve your name onto a range of natural media such as wood, stone, bone, horn, deadwood and even tree roots.
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For those who are fans of Balinese cuisine, FuramaXclusive offers special cooking classes. You can join the chef when he buys his ingredients in the local market, before teaching you how to prepare all those delicious meals.
7. A haven of R&R – The Haven Suites Bali Berawa
Ketambar Restaurant is set right beside the hotel’s infinity pool, making a tantalizing dusk setup. You might not be able to resist going for a dip after dinner— or vice versa!
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The cozy, muted interior wood decor of the rooms will make you feel like you’re sleeping in a jungle treehouse, and when you wake up well-rested, you can immediately head for the pool, only seconds from your bed!
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Or, if you’re an early bird, deck yoga might be the perfect way to start your day before a yummy breakfast!
If you’re traveling with your love, The Haven offers romantic dinners for two, with a delicious four-course meal for your special night. And if you want to plan a day inside to recharge your batteries, the hotel offers a state-of-the-art gym and a heavenly spa with treatments to soothe any body ailment!
8. Splashing fun beachfront family stay – Padma Resort Legian
Mention Padma Resort Legian and you’ll think about their 5 extensive pools, where your kids will love splashing in! Children love the water and you know it – they can’t resist putting one foot in, then the other, and before we know it, they are having the time of their lives.
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And if you’re a mermaid too like your little ones, you and your family will fall in love with the Lagoon Access Room, where you can jump into the resort’s crystal clear lagoon-style pool directly from your room!
Save the hassle of navigating through the grounds, you can wake up and take a refreshing dip. And if your kids follow suit, you can keep an eye on them while you enjoy your morning coffee from your room’s private terrace.
If you’ve got energetic older kids, why not join in exciting activities in the main pool such as water aerobics? A healthy family works out together!
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While the kids are having fun on their own, why not enjoy some quiet couple time with your partner at the adults-only oceanfront infinity pool? It even comes with a swim-up bar, so grab some cocktails and rekindle that romance with just the two of you, even if it’s just for a few hours!
As the sun begins to set, head to the S.K.A.I Beach Club and grab a pizza or two, while you watch the skies turn into hues of orange, pink and violet. We could not resist their Mojito Fantastico – a concoction of strawberries, lime and a dash of mint!
(If you stay in the Lagoon Access Room, you are entitled for Club benefits such as private breakfast (both buffet and a la carte menu) at S.K.A.I Beach Club and afternoon tea and cocktails at the Garden Club Lounge!)
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If your little ones are still not tired, they would have discovered these fun water slides in the kids’ pool, where they can splash around safely. Or bring them to the resort’s Wolly Kids Club and Games Centre, where they will be entertained with a variety of activities for the day.
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Then, head to The Spa for more me-time, or if you can’t bear to leave your little ones behind any longer, there’s mother-and-daughter treatments too! Don’t miss the cooking classes (sign the little ones up for the kids’ version – they get to make pizza and decorate cupcakes!) or even the free morning yoga classes! So much to do, so little time!
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9. Experience life in a village: Inaya Putri Bali Resort
The architects of Inaya Putri Resort created an unique project inspired by Penglipuran Village, a traditional Balinese countryside village. ‘The Village’ consists of 19 villas, all with private access to the 130-metre-long river-style pool.
Each villa has its portion of the river pool separated by walls, so guests can have some privacy.
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For a more budget option, you can opt for the Deluxe Pool Access room, which gives you direct access to the communal lagoon pool.
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The design of the rest of the complex is also worth noticing, as it represents a part of the Balinese culture and mythology. Look carefully and you will be able to find signs of several Balinese goddesses such as Rukmini (Goddess of Beauty and Grace) or Saraswati (Goddess of Knowledge, Art, Spirituality and Music).
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If you’ve always wanted to experience living in a Balinese village in comfort, you won’t be disappointed here!
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10. Surfers welcome at Hotel Komune & Beach Club
Do you and your partner have this yearly dispute about whether to go on an active vacation or on a relaxing one?
You will be spared from making a decision at Hotel Komune.
All surfers will be satisfied with the amazing waves, which are just a few minutes away from the resort.
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And as a cherry on the top, Hotel Komune is the first resort to night surfing installation directly in front of the hotel, where you can watch the spectacle of surfers riding the waves in the dark. If you are a surfer yourself, you can join in!
As for non-surfers, there are plenty of activities for you to dabble in too – from yoga classes, fitness classes to relaxing spa and massages. In addition, one of Bali’s top attraction, Bali Safari and Marine Park, is just three minutes away by car.
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The hotel’s stylish room with TV, minibar, luxury marble bath and, of course, access to the horizon edge dip pool won’t make you disappointed for sure – you get the pool and sea view, together!
11. Get artistic at Maya Sanur Resort & Spa
It is no wonder that Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is often tourists’ top choice.
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If you decide to stay in one of their 23 Deluxe Lagoon Access rooms, you can enjoy the resort’s 158-metre-long swimming pool as often as you want.
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Your own terrace with big cozy sofas gives you the privacy you need as you savour your breakfast in the morning.
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As for facilities, guests are free to use the fitness centre, three pools, rooftop garden, three restaurants, ballroom, seminar room, the library and the gallery.
Maya Sanur is well-equipped to organise all kinds of exhibitions, workshops and seminars. You can take part in one of too! Discover your artistic talent and bring home a nice self-made souvenir from your holiday.
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12. Everything at your fingertips – The Bandha Hotel & Suite
For those who want a little bit of everything while you’re on vacay, you’ll find all the creature comforts you seek at the Bandha Hotel and Suites. The huge rooms offer maximum comfort when you want to lounge around or spend an evening cuddled in bed with your love.
But if you want to get out and about, the hotel offers a multitude of activities to keep you happy and busy all day, from a golf course to an on-site cooking school.
The Lagoon Access Rooms offer nothing but a doorway and a few steps between you and a morning (or evening) swim, to prepare for the day or unwind after a long one.
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If you frequent the main pool, don’t miss out on the swim-up bar, where you can get a fruity and refreshing cocktail while enjoying your dip! After sunset, it’s time to chill at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Mozzarella by the Sea. With delicious food, an unbeatable view of the ocean, and a live Beatles cover band every Saturday, it will make a night to remember whether you’re with friends, family, or your love.
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And for the gym rats: there’s an on-site gym if you want to work on your beach bod. And if you really need a recharge session, be sure to check out the Visala Spa for a full range of utterly relaxing treatments!
13. Enjoy water activities at your fingertips: The Laguna Resort & Spa
Right next to the white sand beach, in the middle of the tropical garden, you can find The Laguna Resort.
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You can choose from three types of rooms with direct access to the lagoon pool: Deluxe Lagoon Access, Deluxe Lagoon Studio Access or Lagoon Access Suite.
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If you love water sports, The Laguna actually has partnerships with several agents offering water activities, so you can spend your day windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and more.
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And if you don’t want to go into the water, you can choose to take part in beach activities, such as building sand sculptures or kiting.
Have you always dreamed about seeing wild dolphins in their natural habitat? Sign up for a dolphin tour and you won’t be disappointed.
For music lovers, you can join the Destination Discovery and learn about Balinese musical instruments.
14. Immerse in Balinese performances and culture: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Have you always been fascinated by the Balinese culture? Do you want to experience it to the fullest?
Apart from amazing lagoon access rooms with full-length glass sliding doors, expansive gardens and three more swimming pools, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa offers special themed dinners as well.
Every Monday, you get the chance to see the famous Kecak dance performance while tasting delicious Indonesian cuisine. The Legong dance and Fire dance are also worth catching.
And during your stay, you would definitely catch sight of this iconic bamboo structure at the hotel – Tamarind Restaurant, a beachfront restaurant where you can dine while watching the crashing ocean waves. Even the restaurant itself is a view not to be missed!
15. The serenity of blue: Sakala Resort Bali
When you arrive, you will be greeted with a tropical fruit as a free gift from the resort staff.
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The resort’s modern interior is inspired by Balinese architecture. And if you stay at its Lagoon Suite, you’ll have a private balcony with access to the sparkling Lagoon Pool. The Lagoon view covers everything in blue, giving you the feeling of the tranquility of the ocean.
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Sakala is suitable for meetings and seminars as there are three meeting rooms to choose from. Their spa and gym are worth trying out too. Don’t let your kids miss the Kids’ Club if you’re bringing them along!
You can have your dinner at one of Sakala’s three restaurants or in the comfort of your room.
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16. Ocean View Lagoon Access in Gourmets’ paradise: Double Six
At Double Six, one of their most exciting suites is the Premium Suite Pool Access Ocean View.
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And as the name suggests, you will have not just direct to the pool, but will enjoy an amazing ocean view from the pool too!
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If you still aren’t impressed, it’s time to head up to their bar. 15 meters above the sea level lies one of the world‘s largest rooftop bars – the Double Six Club. Imagine having a cocktail in hand and enjoying such a magnificent view!
Once you’ve had your fill of refreshing yourself with the gorgeous views, don’t forget to make your stomach happy too!
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Double Six hotel itself is a paradise for all gourmets.
You can enjoy your meal in several dining venues under the command of restaurateur Robert Marchetti such as a modern trattoria named Seminyak Italian Food.
For meat lovers, there is The Plantation Grill, with a Prohibition-era ambience.
If you ascend to the top of its spiral staircase, you will find the Sling Bar, which serves up a variety of cocktails until the late hours. For more privacy, enter through the secret door into the ‘Boudoir’.
17. Enjoy poolside bliss in paradise: Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
An endless stretch of white sandy beach, sleek modern luxury, culinary perfection and glistening lagoon pools for days – Sofitel has it all.
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Perched right on the beach in Nusa Dua, Sofitel offers a sumptuous blend of French style and vibrant Balinese culture.
If you don’t want to miss a second of all that poolside pleasure, go for the Lagoon Room Pool Access, which allows you to swim off like a mermaid from your very own private terrace. You’ll also get exclusive access to Sofitel’s Club Millesime, a classy lounge where you can get complimentary all-day refreshments, afternoon teas and evening cocktails.
Don’t all these luxury and privacy give you such a great excuse to stay in with your loved ones and relax all day?
The resort’s lush landscaped gardens harbour gorgeous pools just waiting for you to dive in – and did we mention there’s also a swim-up bar?
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So you can indulge in a nice cocktail while enjoying a cool dip as you soak up the morning sun!
With so much fun you can have in the water, it’s good news for mermaids out there – you don’t even need to emerge from the pool!
And for all you foodies out there – you’ll love the sumptuous weekend brunch buffet at Sofitel’s Cut Catch Cucina, which includes a delicious range of seafood such as oysters and lobsters, cold cuts, roasts and grills, pastas and desserts. Kids under 12 years old dine for free, and you get access to the pool too!