There may be plenty of pools in Bali, but not all of them were made equal. Our selection of the Indonesian paradise's best pool villas represents accommodations for every type of budget and for honeymooners, families, and groups. So if you're looking for something beyond the same ol' guest room, it's time to take the 'plunge'.
CHEAP & AFFORDABLE (BELOW USD$150)
BALI DIAMOND VILLASKeramas Photo: Bali Diamond Villas
Bali Diamond's aim is to make you feel right at home, whether it's with soft colours, Balinese materials like volcanic stone, or beautifully-maintained gardens with yes, oversized private pools in a local flavour. What's more, this modern hotel is nestled right along the shoreline where some of the island's best surfing spots are located, making it ideal for family vacations and exclusive holidays. Read our review here.
Starts from: USD$105 per night
Bali Diamond Villas is located at Jalan Pantai Keramas, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80550, p. +62 361 942 732.
JAS BOUTIQUE VILLASSeminyak Photo: Jas Boutique Villas
Hip and decked out in bright vibrant colours, this stylish villa is geared toward millennials and the young at heart. Or you know, for those who want to laze around their own personal outdoor pool with a book and snack in hand ordered from a handy mobile device. This is a place for anyone who wants privacy but be close enough to the hustle and bustle of Seminyak.
Starts from: USD$74 per night
Jas Boutique Villas is located at Jalan Raya Seminyak, Gang Taman Sari, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 741 0088.
THE SAMATADenpasarPhoto: The Samata
The Samata is Bali's only resort dedicated to health and fitness, and of course that applies to swimming too. And while both their one- and two-bedroom villas feature private pools, the latter has a longer one that's great for doing laps. Get some pampering at the spa, participate in dawn yoga sessions, or work up a sweat on the tennis court, then dine on super healthy dishes at the property's Zenso restaurant. Read our review here.
Starts from: USD$134 per night
The Samata is located at Jalan Pucuk I No. 67, Tangtu, East Denpasar, Bali 80237, p. +62 361 466 229.
TAMAN SARI BALI VILLASeminyakPhoto: Taman Sari Bali Villa
Staying in lively Seminyak doesn't always have to break the wallet, even when it's a zen pool villa with stone sculptures that spew water into your private white stone pool. Such is Taman Sari, the tropical resort with contemporary artsy furnishings, homely Indonesian meals and incomparable hospitality from the proprietor Yuda and team, and quick access to the rest of the neighbourhood - sleek bars, beaches, and more.
Starts from: USD$88 per night
Taman Sari is located at Jalan Taman Sari No. 22A, Teuku Umar Barat, Seminyak, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 849 6760.
MID-TIER TO HIGH-END (USD$150 TO $300) FURAMA VILLAS & SPAUbudPhoto: Furama Villas & Spa
Framed by the majestic Mount Batur in the distance, all of the traditionally-styled villas at this Conde Nast Johansens Award 2016 Winner are designed to let guests indulge in maximum rejuvenation and privacy. Think little luxuries like a private plunge pool filled with natural spring water (the leaf-shaped one in the Royal Pool Villa is especially gorgeous) and idyllic in-villa gazebos for massages and exercise.
Starts from: USD$167 per night
Furama Villas & Spa is located at Jalan Raya Mambal, Ubud, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80571, p. +62 361 898 8688.
As far as under-the-radar hotels in Bali are concerned, Villa Sarchi is one of the best. This glorious clifftop hotel in the tranquil area of Amed isn't the easiest to reach, but when you do, you will enjoy your own outdoor swimming pool that overlooks the sparkling ocean. Enjoy your mornings on the spacious patio while sipping local coffee before a hiking or snorkelling adventures nearby. This is the part of Bali you never knew about.
Starts from: USD$207 per night
Villa Sarchi is located at Jalan Pantai Banyuning, Bunutan, Amed, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80811.
KAYUMANIS UBUD PRIVATE VILLASUbud.Photo: Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas
Kayumanis is an intimate hideaway in the heart of mystical Ubud, taking you away from the chaos of crowds into a fragrant haven of cinnamon tree groves and colourful blooms. It's also snugly tucked next to the Ayung River, which you can observe from most of the 23 themed villas here. Furthermore, each comes with its own sizeable garden, swimming pool, as well as an open air living pavilion. Just note that Kayumanis does not accommodate children under the age of 12.
Starts from: USD$285 per night
Kayumanis Ubud Private Villas is located at Sayan Village, Ubud, Bali 80571, p. +62 361 972 777.
LUXURY (ABOVE USD$300)
THE SANTAIUmalas.Photo: The Santai
If you've always dreamed of having a pool in the middle of your house, this is it. The Santai has over 10 villas offering a peaceful Balinese experience, accentuated with highly personalised hospitality and well, an unusually large 10-metre long pool that starts between your bedrooms. Jump on the inflatable pool floats for your Instagram moment, take a cooking class to learn about the local cuisine, or enjoy a massage on your sun deck. Read our review here.
Starts from: USD$380 per night
The Santai is located at Jalan Bumbak No. 88A, Banjar Anyar Kelod, Umalas, Bali 80361, p. +62 361 300 1015.
FOUR SEASONS JIMBARAN BAYJimbaran.Photo: Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Sitting in the calm Jimbaran Bay with three miles of sand, this all-villa resort channels a Balinese village vibe and boasts everything you love about the Four Seasons brand. Inside your thatched roof villa hides oversized indoor and outdoor living areas, along with a personal courtyard and infinity private pool that's surrounded by flowering frangipani trees. As for the views that gaze out into the Indian Ocean, it's rather unforgettable.
Starts from: USD$660 per night
Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay is located at Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Bali, 80361, p. +62 361 701 010.
ALILA VILLAS ULUWATUUluwatuPhoto: Alila Villas Uluwatu
Remember OMNIA, the groundbreaking day club we featured last year? Conveniently situated next door is the jaw-dropping gorgeous Alila Villas Uluwatu, an eco-friendly contemporary hotel that checks all the right boxes: soothing Balinese-inspired design, unparalleled sea views (it's perched at the edge of a limestone cliff) and private pools with cabanas. Thanks to its impeccable 24-hour butler service, a dreamy honeymoon is not simply a dream anymore.
Starts from: USD$665 per night
Alila Villas Uluwatu is located at Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Bali 80364, p. +62 361 848 2166.
This article was first published in City Nomads.