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Written by Nadia Crowe
Edited by Beverley Lennon
What makes Bali’s luxury beach resorts so alluring? Is it the impeccable service, the world-class architectural design, or the elegant rooms with beds fit for royalty and fancy pants bathroom amenities?
Egyptian cotton sheets and fluffy bathrobes are aemll rather wonderful, but it’s an eye-poppingly amazing pool that really lets you know you’re in high-priced paradise.
If you wouldn’t mind kicking back celebrity style in an extravagant 5 star resort pool, but don’t have the budget or the burning desire to actually stay in such exclusive digs – well, you’re in luck.
Many resorts offer day passes for non-residents, giving you access to the pool, and often other amenities as well. We’ve dipped our toes in at 20 of Bali’s top-end resorts to show you the best places to soak up their poolside luxury for a day.
Watch out for Bali’s first aquarium restaurant which is set to officially open on 14th November 2019 at The Apurva Kempinski!
1. Peace and quiet, away from the crowds – Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort
Bored with the ever crowded Kuta? Let me introduce you to an area where you can feel both a luxurious and a calm atmosphere – Wyndham Tamansari Jivva Resort, located in Lepang Beach, Klungkung.
The hotel is the perfect place for a relaxing pit stop after an exhausting visit to the Bali Bird Park, or Bali Safari and Marine Park, as they’re all fairly close to each other.
No need to worry about having to stay the night here, you can enjoy the tranquil environment with a day pass, which is a mere Rp.175,000, and gets you access to the beautiful pool, as well as the secluded beach! Marvel at the endless row of palm trees, as you play or relax. The choice is yours!
Don’t forget to pay a visit to Senja Poolside bar, where you’ll find a variety of delicious cocktails for you to sample. You most likely won’t be making it back to your hotel until the sun has set!2. Spend the day by Bali’s best beaches – Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
Clear blue skies, emerald blue oceans, and two pools which you can access all day! Switch between the salty seas, and the fresh swimming pools as many times as you want, and remember to explore each and every crevice of the beautiful surroundings!
Located in Bali’s south coast, where the crowds are thinner, the beaches are whiter, and the sun seems to shine brighter, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is the ideal place to park yourselves for a day of relaxation, lazing on the beach, and enjoying the facilities of a world-class hotel!
Enjoy surrounding yourself with an intricate blend of Balinese architecture, complemented with the functionality of modern design. Greenery surrounds your every side, and leaves you feeling at utter peace!
Feeling hungry? Take a trip to Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie and indulge in some of their impressive food, marvel at the way in which they created their restaurant with bamboo, and stare out into the gorgeous blue ocean!
What’s more? If you are visiting with family, your kids will never be bored here, as they not only have access to the world’s playground (which is the beach) but are also able to enjoy the special kids club that the hotel provides!
3. Experience another level of luxury – The Stones Hotel Legian Bali – Autograph Collection
How do you define luxury? For us, luxury is: a place that has easy access to the malls and cafes, it’s in a strategic location, doesn’t skip on comfort, and to the beach merely a hop, skip, and jump!! You can find all that and more at The Stones!
Did I mention that the pool is so large, you’ll likely be able to swim in it without being disturbed by other guests? Privacy and luxury!
All visitors who don’t intend to stay the night need to do in order to gain access, is just eat and drink in one of three restaurants (Big Fish Bar & Grill, Stones Kitchen, Swim Up Pool Bar) with a minimum amount of Rp150,000 and voila! The doors are open.
Oh yeah, the swimming pool also has a whirlpool section with warm water? It’s fun, right?! Happy hour is a time you shouldn’t miss, there are usually DJ’s and other music entertainment for your viewing pleasure!
4. Heavenly oasis for the ocean lover in you – Menjangan Dynasty Resort
In the midst of dry land and wilderness of Northwest Bali lies Menjangan Dynasty Resort, a slice of water paradise where luxurious glamping meets thrilling watersports.
In fact, glamping is an understatement as you get to relax in luxuriously fitted-out tents, sumptuous bedding, the beautiful ocean breeze and the gentle views of Banyuwedang Bay.
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Don’t miss the watersports here, which is not just way beyond your usual local providers’ standard, but also comes with a professional instructor and proper equipment.
If you aren’t a resort guest, Pasir Putih Day Pass allows you access to the resort’s impressive beach club, which is in essence a restaurant and bar with a sustainable bamboo architecture. Step barefoot into the shady retreats where cosy cabanas and the natural-finish open bar are. You can also pick a beanbag seat on the white sandy beach out front with chill music and blissful vibe all around.
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Next to the bar is an oceanfront pool, surrounded by lovely sunbeds on which you can lounge around in all day, while you sip the delicious Menjangan Margarita or nibble on other beachside delights.
When you’re all geared up and energised, do go snorkelling, diving, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking in the ocean!
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You can also check out the signature Pasir Putih spa treatment. With the glamping theme, your luxurious massage will take place in a private and semi-alfresco terrace with a view overlooking the white bay.
So treat yourself to a day where you can relax in comfort, experience the lovely ocean and reconnect with nature.
5. Modern tranquility at the edge of the world – LV8 Resort Hotel
Vue Beach Club is located in LV8 Resort and Hotel, a wonderful modern hotel in Canggu, which has a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
Designed with stylish decoration, and made sure to have that beautiful beachside charm that every Bali beach resort needs, you’ll never want to miss a sunset view from this place! The large infinity pool blends perfectly with the ocean, creating a never ending mirror of the sky and the magical colours that dance with it!
Did I mention that they provide flamingo shaped pool floats?!
Laze on the comfortable daybeds with your loved ones and rest well before dancing the night away to the international class DJ’s that Vue Beach Club features.
6. Melt into crystal healing waters – Mansion Wellness
Despite being the island of the Gods, sometimes visitors to Bali forget to connect with the soul, they’re too busy partying, trying to capture each moment, and exploring as much as possible.
Not to say that there’s anything wrong with any of those activities, but sometimes, we need to look after the soul.
At Crystal Blue Pool, the water is filtered through crystal blue structure units which give the water a special type of energy, it enhances the water’s vibration to the next level. The water is also vortexed at the same frequency as our heart – 432-hertz. As a result, the water is given a whole host of new minerals, and crystal clear components which make sure that it has the most restorative power possible.
All of these processes ensure the water reinvigorates your entire being! It freshens your skin, livens your hair, and heals your soul. No better way to end a hectic trip to Bali!
7. The longest beachfront infinity pool on the island – Sundara Bali, Four Seasons Jimbaran
The Sundara is Jimbaran’s most famous playground for the rich, the famous and the pleasure-seeking. A sultry beach club and home to one of Bali’s best restaurants, it also plays host to a world-class spa and the longest beachfront infinity pool on the island at an epic 57m.
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The pool runs right alongside the beach with just a sliver of sand between them. Day guests and their families are welcome to dine in the beachfront bar/restaurant, drop the kids off at the Jimba Kids Club (Rp. 80,000++/day for kids above 4 years old and Rp. 50,000++/hour for kids below 4 years old – Including Kids Club nanny), and make use of the pool and day beds for a fee.
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Sundara’s chic and spacious double day beds are stretched out along the pool overlooking the spectacular curve of Jimbaran Bay.
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Be sure to call and book your daybeds in advance. After a few lazy laps, stick around for mind-melting sunsets and live music entertainment from Bali’s top indie artist.
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Ps: Did you know that Sundara is top on our list of best places to find dessert in Bali? Known for the exquisite desserts created by their chef, and his penchant for creating whimsically inspired treats – they’re guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Also read: Our Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay review: Where dreamy oceanfront romance meets traditional Balinese charm
8. Get treated to a stylish dose of family fun – Club Med Bali
Club Med is synonymous with family fun, and their beachfront Nusa Dua arm is true to their philosophy, with an added sprinkling of Balinese style and hospitality.
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The resort sits on 24 acres of manicured gardens, dotted with tropical palms and day beds, meandering down to the water’s edge.
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There’s a huge, sparkling main pool with boardwalks, lounge decks, the Kintamani Pool Bar and the enormous Agung Restaurant right in the middle of the pool, serving delicious dishes and colourful cocktails alfresco on the pool deck.
Club Med specialises in treating day guests to the same level of service, so you won’t find like an outsider or an impostor.
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There are two passes available, a Day Pass from 10am to 6pm, and a Night Pass from 6pm to midnight.
The day pass includes lunch and drinks at the bar and gives you the opportunity to discover activities such as yoga, trapeze, windsurfing and tennis. The night pass includes dinner and drinks at the bar accompanied by live entertainment.
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Tip: Club Med’s day passes are extremely popular, so be sure to book at least 24 hours in advance.
9. 5 amazing pools including a traditional Balinese fountain pool! – InterContinental Bali Resort
The InterContinental Bali Resort boasts not just one, but five swimming pools (plus one private Club Pool for guests) spread across acres of magnificently landscaped gardens.
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The stunning Main Pool at 35m long never gets too crowded, surrounded by a garden-fringed terrace lined with plenty of sun beds, and of course the ever-handy Pool Bar at the water’s edge.
There’s also the secluded Balinese Bath Pool with its sculpted stone walls and water spouts, a traditional Balinese inspired Fountain Pool and two supervised kids’ Fun Pools.
If you do make your way down to InterContinental Bali Resort, treat yourselves to great food at the in-house restaurants – from the award-winning KO Japanese Restaurant, to Italian fine-dining at Bella Cucina, and fresh seafood off the extensive menu at Jimbaran Gardens.
Naturally, hit up Sunset Beach Bar & Grill for pitchers of sangria, cocktails and beer; and while you’re there, don’t miss out on The Gelato Counter’s chillingly good gelato.
Tip: The staff recommend calling up ahead of time, but walk-ins are usually accepted. Guest passes can be purchased from the leisure concierge in the lobby.
10. An all inclusive package that incites a magical feeling – Kamandalu Ubud Hotel
Despite being famous for the luxurious rooms and experiences available to guests that choose to stay overnight with them, Kamandalu doesn’t close its doors to those guests who don’t stay the night.
Perched in the middle of both the jungle and rice fields, you can take advantage of the serenity of this location using a day pass! Lounge in the pool where you can listen to the birds sing as you shoo away any of your worries.
There are three pools here, but unfortunately only one can be used by outside guests, namely the Awana Pool and Lounge. The pool package will give you full access to it, as well as a light meal and two drinks for you and your lucky plus one!
11. Cocktails and chill vibes at glamorous Woobar – The W Bali – Seminyak
Bold, beautiful and dripping with bling, Seminyak’s hippest hotel is magnet for the well-heeled and glamorous. The location is smack bang on the sands of Seminyak, but the most impressive water view here is the incredible three-tiered pool inspired by Bali’s terraced rice paddies.
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Spanning over 1,790sqm, surrounded by lush tropical palms and sundecks, it’s the setting for glorious sunsets and W’s sizzling music and fashion events.
Day trippers can visit the W’s pool free of charge and without any minimum spend, however it’s expected that you purchase in-house drinks and food if you’d like to use the facilities.
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The Woobar is the W’s poolside bar where you can grab a cocktail and have a little refresher. The sun lounges and chairs around the pool are reserved for in-house guests, but you can always sink into a sofa at the Woobar to enjoy the tropical vibes and resident DJ beats.
Do call in advance to book a sofa at the Woobar. The in-house DJs can usually be found sending out chill vibes from 1pm until late.
12. Unrivalled sunset views at one of Bali’s most hip beaches – Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak
Featuring an incredibly long swimming pool, and views that are hard to beat, Double Six beach is the place to be for those who want to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Carefully chosen music plays in the background while you enjoy your moments at peace, dipping your toes in the pool to relieve your body from the heat as you graciously sip on a cold beer.
Double six is an area that has so many diverse cafes/dining venues, but if you’re feeling like you don’t want to move from your fabulous spot, the Lagoon Bar next to the swimming pool has you covered! Pssst… Happy hour is from 4pm – 6pm!
In addition to an adult pool, the little ones also have their own little enclave, a pool that they can play in and not bother you, but where they can also enjoy the views.
13. Luxury gets super-sized at this Nusa Dua resort – Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach
Renovated and rebranded in late 2013, the Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach Resort is a chic 5-star resort in the prestigious Nusa Dua enclave facing Tanjung Benoa Beach.
The resort boasts 127m direct beachfront access where a variety of water activities are offered for guests.
The super-sized lagoon pool is a sight to behold, dotted with islands of palm trees and gazing out over a mesmerising blue sweep of ocean. Paddle over to the Aloha Pool Bar for fresh juices, cold Bintangs, cocktails and mocktails.
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One day pass will give you free access to the pools, beach, fitness center, and steam room. You are also entitled to a complimentary pool towel, poolside nibbles (your choice of buffalo wings, spring rolls or French fries), and special guest prices at Biwana Spa!
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14. Access the incredible interconnected pools and private beach – Hilton Bali Resort
One of the most luxurious beach resorts in Nusa Dua, the elegant Hilton Bali Resort’s claim to fame are its incredible island and ocean views – perched at the top of a 40m cliff towering above a secluded white sand beach.
The sprawling, landscaped grounds of the Hilton Bali Resort encompass a jaw-dropping series of four interconnected pools, crisscrossed by gardens, sculptures and bridges. There’s also a separate children’s lagoon and a 30-metre water slide.
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Hilton Bali Resort offers a special pass for non-hotel guests. The pass costs Rp 450,000 (approximately USD $34) per adult.
It gives you access to the resort’s pools and private beach, a complimentary towel per person, one hour access to the Jungle Camp Kids Club for children under 12, a 15% discount on food and beverages and a 25% discount on selected spa treatments at the Mandara Spa.
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Also, if you spend a minimum of Rp 500.000 on food and beverage, you get a half day use of your own Cabana by the beach!
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Tip: To get your Day in Paradise, ask at the Tour Desk counter on arrival.
15. Quality without a question – The Sintesa Jimbaran
If you’re looking for unquestionable quality, immense luxury, and a place which can cater to everyone’s needs, then Sintesa hotel is the one for you. Perched between Jimbaran Bay, and Bukit, this wonderful place was awarded the title of Best Family Resort in Asia and in the world in 2016/17!
There are 206 modern rooms and suites with various facilities that are ready to spoil the family. You’ll be spoilt for choice with places to eat (BARber, Angin Angin Restaurant, Rooftop on 7), not to mention there’s their spacious ‘Creative Room’ for children, and wellness facilities that are absolute top quality!
But the most incredible feature is the swimming pool, which has both an open and closed section, and is also home to a magnificent fountain!
You get all that and more with a day pass, for an incredibly reasonable price, what are you waiting for?
16. Food, fresh greenery, and soaking in the pool – Royal Tulip Springhill Resort Jimbaran
The swimming pool at this resort is in the middle of the hotel, overlooking a vast valley of green trees. Rows of chaise lounges are lined up around the pool ready to be a place to relax while sunbathing.
Not only is there an adult pool, but also a special children’s pool complete with sandy areas where they can play as if they were on the beach!
Surrounding the pool, you’ll find the bar which not only serves up great cocktails, but a variety of different cuisines for you to sample. There’s Mongolian barbeque, Polynesian dishes, and even some Brazilian ones! Talk about a feast!
Because of its location near Jimbaran, this hotel is a very fitting place to relax after the heat you’ll experience at Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
17. A convenient escape from reality – Pullman Bali Legian Beach
Luxurious, comfortable and close to nearly everywhere. That’s what makes this incredible hotel raved on by visitors.
Located directly opposite Kuta-Legian Beach, or just a few hundred meters from the Kuta Beachwalk Mall, Pullman Bali Legian Beach is equipped with three swimming pools and their respective advantages.
On the rooftop there is an infinity pool with views of Legian Beach, while in the garden area on the ground floor you can find an adult swimming pool and children’s pool surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. But keep in mind that only the two pools on the ground floor can be accessed by guests who don’t stay overnight.
Because of its strategic location it also makes this hotel the target of those who want to relax after a satisfying shopping trip in the Kuta and Legian areas.
18. A touch of blue to soothe your worries – The Sakala Resort Bali
This resort in the Tanjung Benoa area carries a modern concept with a touch of Balinese magic.
Once you set foot here, your eyes will be spoiled by the blue color everywhere, all of which are so soothing. Not to mention the rest of your surroundings, starting from the blue sky, the blue pool, and the wonderful blue ocean at the end of Sakala Beach Club.
Want to stay here but it’s too expensive? Relax, you can enjoy it all day by buying a Day-Cation package.
There are 2 swimming pools here, namely Lagoon and Sakala Beach Club swimming pools. But non-overnight visitors can only use the one at the Beach Club. Not that it’s an issue, in fact, it is the one with direct views of the ocean, and different areas which the kiddos can play in!
If you want to feast, The Sakala Beach Club also has a variety of menu choices suitable for poolside dining.
19. A Balinese village with all the aspects of a 5-star resort – Belmond Jimbaran Puri
Located in the Jimbaran area with white sandy beaches and clear sea water, Belmond Jimbaran Puri is likened to a Balinese village, though a tad more luxurious.
Cottages shaped like traditional houses with thatched roofs add to the impression of a village, even though the facilities inside are equivalent or above the average of a five-star hotel! You’ll be able to experience Bali life whilst also having a tranquil visit.
The main swimming pool is just as unique, it’s made using natural stones and is surrounded by canopies, and a few “huts” on the beach. Yes, from the swimming pool to the beach is just a few steps! Don’t forget to take a load off in one of the hammocks, and let the cool sea breeze rock you to sleep.
The Day Pass Package is equipped with a dining voucher at the Fisherman’s restaurant located by the beach. Try the seafood dish, it’s guaranteed fresh!
The most ideal time to come here is around dusk, because the view of the sunset from the beach area and the restaurant is really epic!
20. Lavish days by the pool, sun, sand and sea – Conrad Bali
Pampering is the name of the game at Conrad Bali, and the luxury isn’t just for hotel guests.
We’re sure your first stop will be the pool, and we don’t blame you. After all, the only thing better than a massive pool is Conrad Bali’s massive oceanfront pool! You can simply lounge the day away in the pool and watch the sun set over the sea. Thanks to its size, it won’t feel overcrowded even on a busy day.
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After your swim, don’t forget to check out the wide variety of other amenities that are open to non-hotel guests every day from 9am to 6pm. Be sure to book before noon the day before in order to get your spot!
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If you are a spa lover, don’t miss out on the utter bliss that awaits you once you step through the doors of Jiwa Spa. From full body scrubs, hydro therapy massages to reflexology, you will be spoilt for choice.
After your massage, simply head out to the beach (you have direct access!) and dip your toes in the sand. Or chill under a sun umbrella with a cocktail!
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Need to stretch your muscles? Visit the Fitness Centre for the ultimate workout package, which includes pilates, yoga, gym workout equipment, and a wide range of exciting beachfront activities. Windsurfing, anyone?
Special Mention 1: Swim in Alila’s world famous mountain pool – Alila Ubud
Perched above the Ayung River, the Alila lays claim to the most breathtakingly beautiful pool in Ubud.
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A sliver of an infinity edge pool which goes from an intoxicating emerald colour on Ubud’s misty mornings to sapphire blue in the afternoon sun, it gives the appearance of overhanging the plummeting valley below soaking up panoramic views of Ubud’s lush, forested hillsides.
The Alila pool is generally a guests-only indulgence, but if you come here for an afternoon tea, you’ll be given a complimentary access to Alila’s world famous mountainside swimming spot.
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Tip: Pool access will be at the hotel’s discretion based on occupancy.
Special Mention 2: Sit pretty on the picturesque Karma Beach Bali – Karma Kandara
Although the day pass at Karma beach club does not give you access to the main pool, but this beach club is too special to miss a mention.
Karma Kandara sits pretty on the Bukit Peninsula on Bali’s southern coastline, also known as ‘Billionaires Row”. The picturesque Karma Beach Bali is a lovely stretch of white sand with a relaxed, exclusive atmosphere, fully serviced by the resort staff.
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High-flying guests opt for Kandara’s opulent private pool villas, but for the rest of us, there’s the dazzling Karma Beach, and the dreamy expanse of the Indian Ocean beyond.
One of the best parts of day tripping at Karma Kandara, is taking their cable car down to Karma Beach! A fun way to reach your day’s destination, the kids will surely enjoy it.
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Once you’ve reached, you may use the facilities there, from the sun lounges and towels. There are DJs spinning which create a great party/uplifting tone to your holiday. Day trippers can make use of the resort’s kayaks and snorkelling equipment (with an additional fee). You may also use your day pass’ credit at Karma Beach Bali Restaurant.
Apart from that, did you know the exclusive and oh-so-hidden Karma Beach regularly hosts the cosiest movie sessions at the beach? Imagine comfortably cuddling up to a movie screening on the beach with the setting sun and glowing lamps. It’ll be one of the most memorable experiences you’ll have.