Author: Frances Wade

5 Amazing Hotel Pools in Bali

Have you been wondering about hotel pools Bali, because you are hoping to travel to Bali soon? Then if so, you will find our recommendations of the five best hotel pools in Bali to be beneficial with valuable insights.

There’s nothing like an amazing hotel pool to lure you into diving in and cooling off. I often wonder how the pool cleaners at Bali’s best resorts manage to work behind the scenes to keep these pools sparkling clean. Here are my five favorite hotel pools in Bali.

1 Kayon Resort

When you stay at the Kayon Resort, you will be impressed by the exquisite view. The infinity pool is fantastic, as it is set in the beautiful forest scenery that will make a truly unforgettable experience. The staff members at this resort are super friendly and are ready to help you. The food here is nothing less than delicious, and the bed offers a supremely comfortable sleep. Many people who come to this resort want to return many times. You will enjoy the beautiful Petanu River that surrounds this resort. The tropical rain forest that is mysterious and lush generates a relaxing vibe. This resort is serene, and yet it is close enough to the center of Ubud when you want to go to town to explore or do some shopping.

2 Bisma Eight

Bisma Eight is truly a luxury resort in Bali for when you need to forget all your stresses and getaway to relax. The natural tropical rain forest and the waterfall create a scene of beauty and peace that you will never forget. You can enjoy guided tours that are provided by the resort. This resort gives you a sense of belonging and that it is like your home in another magical world. This place will entice you to want to stay longer, especially as you enjoy the magnificent infinity pool that is warm, pristine and relaxing. This place will allow you to shut out all the noise and distractions of your life and to reclaim the calm and balance that you need so that you will return to your home, family and work with a refreshed outlook. Many people who come to this resort wish they could stay longer.

3 Udaya Resort

This resort is top quality in terms of the accommodations that it provides, which will ensure your maximum comfort and enjoyment at all times. The infinity pool will allow you to enjoy the green natural surroundings of the environment. You will feel so relaxed as the water of the pool is warm, inviting and serene. This resort applies the usage of many interesting Balinese elements in regard to the architecture and design of the resort. The service that you will experience at Udaya Resort is exceptional, and the food is wonderfully tasty. This place is spacious, clean and calm, which will add to the splendid experience of your stay at this fine quality resort.

4 Samara Ubud

Although Bali is famous for its beaches, when you come to Samara Ubud, the experience will undeniably exceed all your expectations. Many visitors are keen to return to this resort again because of the serenity of the place makes them forget the business and frustrations of their hectic lives. The green environment of the tropical rain forest that surrounds this resort is beautiful. The resort is decorated in an upscale manner. Enjoy personalized butler service. This private villa is spacious and offers its private pool. This is living top class with real luxury and refinement. Delight in five-star dining at the restaurant on site.

5 The Edge

When you want a fantastic experience, then you will find that enjoying the infinity pool that rests over the cliff of this resort is incredible. This place is so gorgeous. You can enjoy dining in a cave setting, which is unforgettable and breathtaking. This resort defies gravity, as it is built on the side of a sea cliff that measures five hundred feet. It is near the small village of Pecatu that is located within Uluwatu Bali. This resort provides detailed opulence everywhere, the views are splendid as you overlook the Indian Ocean, and the resort is pristine when it comes to a high level of cleanliness. This is the hotel to be when you need to get away and relax from the stresses of a busy life.


Escape To Ubud

Ubud, popularly known as the cultural hub of Bali, has a mixture of new and old. Ubud is a lovely spot to visit with family and friends. The great thing about Ubod is there are lots to do in a small area. From yoga retreats to visiting temples and from wandering around the town to learning how to paint. Ubud is also home to some of the best hotel pools in Bali. There’s plenty to offer visitors looking for an immersive holiday. Here are some ideas:

Swing ride over Ayung River 

Zen Hideaway is located about a 20-minute drive from the centre of Ubud. It’s in a traditional Balinese village where you can stay and have a local experience.

There are lovely views of a mini waterfall, the Ayung River, Mount Ayung and terraced rice fields. However, the thing that will amaze and delight is the swing hanging at the top of a hill between the coconut trees.

The thrilling swing ride offers breathtaking views of the Ayung River and the jungle from above.

Zen also has a private walking trail down to the waterfall and river, where you can relax and swim.

During your stay, you’ll be right in the centre of local activities like dancing, farming and the locals love visitors.

Adventurous River Rafting

It can be an unforgettable experience to ride the Ayung River.  Not only is the river a the source of life for the Balinese people, it also offers adventurous rafting experiences.

The river has 45 rapids to keep you busy and an Ayung River rafting experience is a blast. There are several rafting companies, like Bali Adventure Rafting, which provide you with safety gear and an experienced guide.

Yes, you’ll need to wear a helmet and life jacket!  Most trips are around 10km and take about two hours. The adventure is short and fun and quite challenging.

At the end of the river, the view is amazingly peaceful as you glide past rice fields and forest.

Paradise Ubud

Paradise Ubud is a raw food restaurant in Ubud that serves vegetarian and vegan cuisine at very reasonable prices.

What’s more, it has the world’s first organic vegan cinema experience. You can watch a movie in their in-house cinema too. This cinema is equipped with world-class facilities and seats 150 people.

It’s a great way to while away a rainy day or to entertain the kids away from the beach.


Bali for kids

Bali is well-known as a destination for families. Whether it’s playing on the beach, soaking in the sun or just splashing around in the private pool of a villa, Bali is awesome for families who just want to chill out.

When you’ve had enough of lying around the pool, there are plenty of shops where you and the kids can spend a few dollars. Fortunately, the exchange rate is pretty favourable to travellers from most countries. Actually, Bali is a great place to shop for kids clothing, homewares and gifts.

Bali For Kids

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For families looking for a cultural experience, Bali has beautiful temples to visit. There are traditional arts and crafts that you can go out and enjoy with your kids all day long. And plenty of traditional cooking schools. In the evenings, most restaurants put on fire dancing, which never fails to entertain the kids.

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Here are some things to do in Bali with your kids.

The Waterbom Bali-Kuta

The Waterbom at Bali offers thrills for the kids while you have a nice rest in the sun. Rent a gazebo and laze in it while you watch your kids play all day long. There are many other activities that take place at the Waterbom, such as traditional dances and performances.

Treetop adventure park

This jungle park is located in the Bedugul botanical gardens. This park offers a great experience as it has small circuits for younger kids, which offers enough of an adventure they will absolutely love. But it also has swings that offer fun for teenagers and adults. Try tightrope walking for a thrill. You’ll be amazed how easy it is to walk on the rope (of course, there are safety nets to catch you if you fall!).

Bali Bird Park

A Bali Bird Park trip is the best option for nature lovers looking for a relaxing day away from the beach. The park is a nirvana for exotic birds, with over 200 bird species from all over the world. The kids will enjoy getting close to the birds and taking photos. Here you will also find a reptile park with huge snakes and Indonesia’s famous komodo dragons.

Bali Zoo

This is a place where kids will definitely have lots of fun. Check out the lions and the elephants or go on a night time safari, when the nocturnal animals come to life. You don’t have to go to the zoo to see monkeys. They’re everywhere in Bali. But who doesn’t love a zoo?

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Best Beaches in Bali

There are amazingly many different types of beaches in Bali, many of which have white sand and palm trees. For such a small island, the number of beaches is astounding. You can find top Bali scuba diving sites, cliff beaches (popular with the surfers) and plenty of black volcanic beaches. Forget swimming in a hotel pool, here is a list of Bali’s best beaches. From soft-sand beaches to chill out on to busy beaches for fun in Bali.

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1. Jimbaran – South Bali

Jimbaran is located just under Kuta beach. Unlike the other beaches located north of Jimbaran and popular among travellers. This beach has soft, clean sand and is away from the madding crowd.

Unlike other Bali beaches, hawkers are not allowed here. So, once you’re on Jimbaran beach, you can relax in the sun and refreshing sea breeze without being hassled.

And when the sun is about to set, and you get hungry, Jimbaran is just a stroll to a plethora of restaurants located right on the beach. Imagine eating grilled seafood washed down with a glass of wine by candlelight. Bliss!

2. Sanur – South Bali

Sanur Beach is a clean beach set along a walking path and home to a string of Bali beach resorts. A lot of activities take place on Sanur beach, from sunbathing on the comfortable sunbeds and massages on the beach to renting traditional boats for a tour along the coastline.

You can also stroll along the walking path on the beach for a lovely walk. But don’t worry, it’s not too strenuous There are plenty of food and drink stalls along the way.

3. Padang Padang – South Bali

Padang Padang beach is in a beautiful and secluded bay. To get to the beach, you need to climb down a few stairs.

Soft sand and crystal clear water are the hallmarks of Padang Padang. Actually, the water is a brilliant green-blue emerald hue.  So, it’s no wonder day, it’s a popular spot for surfers on big-wave days. But most of the time the water is calm and the atmosphere is relaxing.

4. Balangan – South Bali

Balangan beach only has a couple of accommodation options, which makes it a quiet spot to spend a couple of days on the beach.

Surfers come here to catch some waves, but at low tide, puddles form near the beach where you can lie in and cool down. The soft sand makes it a perfect spot for a stroll while enjoying the sunset.

If you want to experience the white tropical beach, then this is the place to be…

5. Balian – West Bali

This black sand beach is a drawcard for surfers so if you’re into catching waves, you’ll want to stay here for more than a night. There are some decent accommodation options in Balian to choose from too.


Bali Luxury Resorts

Bali is a bigger island than what most people imagine. One of the best things about Bali is the incredible variety of places to stay and the number of things to on the island. Bali truly offers something for everybody and every area is different. Regardless of whether you are looking for an active holiday loaded or a shopping and surfing escape, Bali has lots to attract visitors. Of course, choosing the right place to stay can make a huge difference. So, here’s a rundown of the best places to stay in Bali.

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Bali Temple

1. Seminyak

Seminyak is a city that combines modern and traditional ways of life that are casual. Shopping malls and high-end restaurant are easy to access and you can easily get to these places by taxi. Seminyak is the villa destination, where you can rent a private villa with someone to wait on you hand foot. You can even have a private chef.

Some examples are Villa Lucia, with its typical Javanese climate, Villa Pablo, which get situated in the focal point of the stylish range of Seminyak, Villa Asta, an extravagant and tranquil five-room home. Most have amazing pools.

2. Kuta

Kuta is the most renowned resort in all of Bali and has a huge selection of lodgings, shops, surf schools, restaurant, spas and the most event nightlife on the island.

Kuta has turned into a surfing mecca and a great spot to learn how to surf. This beach destination attracts a younger crowd who love to party.

3. Legian 

Alongside Kuta is Legian, which is a touch more upmarket and less crowded than Kuta. Legion offers a range of cafes, restaurants and shops. There are also a few classy bars. There are plenty of hotels and villas here too.

4. Inland Bali – Ubud 

Ubud is Bali’s cultural centre and a residential area with amazing views. Thin of perfect green rice fields and cute craft shops. Ubud attracts those who are drawn to the spiritual side of things. There are many yoga schools, spas and vegetarian cafes.

5. Jimbaran Bay 

Jimbaran Bay is renowned as a romantic spot. There’s a lovely seafood restaurant on the beach and it’s a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

There are lots of five-star resorts and hotels here, which makes it a great spot for a luxury holiday.

6. Gianyar 

Gianyar is situated in east Bali and is the place to go for local experiences. You can visit sanctuaries, markets and see traditional food and crafts being produced.

If you’re looking for a hotel, here are TripAdvisor’s top 10 in Bali.