Top 5 pool bars in Bali

Published November 12th, 2015

Bali is the perfect place to spend lazy afternoons sipping cocktails by the pool, surrounded by tropical gardens and dramatic stone statues. The swimming pool is the heart of Balinese hotels and the pool bar is where it’s at.

If your idea of a good time is staying by the pool, these are some of the top places to swim, lounge and party poolside in Bali.


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The Coolest: W Bali

While it’s not the cheapest option in Seminyak, the W Retreat is quite possibly one of the hippest. Part of the ultra-cool global “W” hotel chain, Bali’s W Retreat takes the pool bar action to the next level.

The ‘WET’ pool is inspired by the Balinese rice fields, sprawling across 1790m of tropical landscape sandwiched between the hotel and the beachfront. When the need for a cocktail strikes (and it most definitely will here), the WOOBAR is on hand to serve up poolside bites and drinks alongside international DJ sessions.

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The Ultimate Back-to-Nature Spot: Hanging Gardens Ubud

Sitting at the heart of the property, the Hanging Gardens pool is probably one of the most photogenic on earth. The free-form design tiered level infinity pool(s) are built into the steep hillside, high over the surrounding jungle overlooking the treetops and valley.

When hunger (or the need for a cocktail) strikes, staff will serve up whatever you fancy poolside, and you can even have a spa treatment there too if you can’t drag yourself away. It’s no wonder this place topped the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller’s list of the best hotel swimming pools in the world. It really has to be seen to be believed.


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Jimbaran Poolside Hangs: Ayana Resort & Spa

If it’s wow factor you’re looking for, Ayana Resort is the place to go. Built into the cliff tops on Jimbaran Bay, poolside hangs here mean beautiful tropical gardens, oversized sun loungers and views over the private white sand beach and ocean below.

Lounge by the rock ‘River Pool’ in the resorts main area, or get closer to the ocean when you take a dip in the saltwater Ocean Beach Pool. Drinks and nibbles are available poolside, and if you can tear yourself away, the resort’s glam open top “Rock Bar” is one of the island’s most impressive, perched dizzyingly high on the cliff tops.

The Surfers Favourite: Komune

You can’t help but be mesmerised by the view from the pool at Komune Resort and Beach Club. Overlooking the famous Keramas surf break, you can frolic in or lounge by the large round aquamarine pool while taking in the views of the surf break directly below.

The poolside bar serves up delicious healthy options including fresh juices, as well as alcoholic drinks.

Kuta Classic: Bali Bintang

The iconic Ramada Bali Bintang Resort has around six hectares of tropical gardens linking the hotel with the Kuta beachfront. The jewel in this crown is the giant free form swimming pool complete with swim-up bar and cascading waterfall.

When you’re after a change of scenery, the popular Waterbom Park is located nearby for some serious waterslide thrills and spills.

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Amy Dalgleish

Wanderlust pommie, currently living the dream in sunny Byron Bay.