Use our guide to find the perfect Bali pool villa for your next escape.
Bali is more than just a swift sojourn into paradise. It’s where travellers of all kinds come to find their bliss: whether that’s a spiritual retreat, family-friendly getaway, surf break or party weekend with friends. Whatever the reason, when you come to Bali, you want to do it right – and there’s no better way than to stay in your very own private pool villa.
After a day exploring Bali’s buzzing sights, imagine escaping the heat and slipping into a refreshing pool in the privacy of your luxury villa. Read on to discover the five steps to choosing the perfect Bali pool villa for you.
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Step 1: Select a luxe resort with fabulous facilities
The first step to finding your ultimate Bali pool villa is securing a spot in a jaw-dropping, luxury resort with second-to-none facilities. This way, you get the best of both worlds: a secluded villa sanctuary just for you and five-star shared facilities when you need them. Apurva Kempinski Bali offers nine exquisite bars and restaurants, The Apurva Spa for heavenly treatments and Jalak Family Club to keep the kids entertained.
At The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, facilities include Sundays Beach Club, complimentary watersports hire, the tranquil Vela Spa plus a tennis court and golf green. Brand new for 2022 is the five-star Jumeirah Bali, the first Jumeirah property in Southeast Asia. Be one of the first to stay in the luxe villas and take advantage of the Pool and Beach Bar and traditional hammam, as well as yoga, sound therapy and sunrise meditation practices.
Step 2: Pair your Bali pool villa with superb scenery
There’s nothing better than floating in your private pool or lounging on your deck with an ice-cold beer in hand, gazing out over a spectacular sunset, the ocean or lush jungle canopy. Step two of finding your perfect Bali pool villa is to lock in an unbeatable view. At Māua Nusa Penida, stunning pool villas feature a sloped configuration and floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors, so all villas have wonderful views across Gamat Bay or Mount Agung. Opening in April 2022, this five-star haven is the first luxe, high-end resort of its kind on Nusa Penida, a 40-minute speedboat ride from Sanur.
Step 3: Pick a location that best suits you
Are you a beach bum who needs to be within walking distance of the coast? Perhaps you like to be in the thick of the action, with restaurants, bars and shopping at your fingertips? Or do you prefer utter seclusion in a hidden corner away from the hustle and bustle? When it comes to selecting the right villa for you, location really is everything. For a stay in the heart of Seminyak, choose the adults-only One Eleven. This minimalist villa resort is within easy walking distance of Seminyak’s must-dos, including Motel Mexicola, Ku De Ta Beach Club and Potato Head Beach Club. For something just off the beaten track, The Samaya Seminyak offers a quieter oceanfront location along Petitenget Beach, plus villas with full-size private lap pools.
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Step 4: Find a deal with incredible inclusions
What could be better than a day chilling out by your villa’s private pool? How about a hefty list of inclusions to make your escape even more unforgettable? When you stay at Hanging Gardens of Bali with Luxury Escapes, you can benefit from incredible package inclusions like daily breakfast, nightly cocktails in the lounge bar, a romantic candlelit dinner for two, spa treatments and a one-time floating breakfast in your villa.
Step 5: Choose a Bali pool villa with 24/7 butler service
From being greeted with a smile upon arrival in the lobby, to the bartender remembering your favourite cocktail and the concierge giving you tips on must-visit sights – incredible service will elevate your Bali experience. The best Bali pool villas take hospitality up a notch with dedicated butler service. At the breathtaking Alila Villas Uluwatu, you will be waited on hand and foot with 24/7 butler service. Whether you need a cold drink, a dinner reservation or a taxi booking – your butler has it covered. The Edge in Uluwatu combines all the luxuries of a five-star hotel with the privacy and seclusion of a villa experience, as well as 24-hour butler service. Your only job? To completely relax by your pool in your private villa.
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