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The paradise Indonesian island of Bali is definitely one of my all time favourite destinations for luxury travel; forested volcanic mountains, achingly beautiful beaches, tropical coral reefs and a wonderful spiritual essence – what’s not to adore?! Luxury travel means luxury facilities and direct access to a pool; shared or private is top of that list for me; here’s our guide to the best luxury hotels in Bali with rooms with direct pool access…

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Bali

Located within the exclusive and serene five-star beach resort enclave of Bali’s famous southern peninsula, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a glorious retreat within close reach of Bali’s tranquil eastern coastline. The resort is a 15 minutes’ drive via toll road from the Ngurah Rai International Airport also known as Denpasar International.

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua mixes French elegance with Balinese culture in a lavish 5-star beachfront location. The resort offers gorgeously landscaped pools and 8 hectares of tropical gardens bordered by an immaculate stretch of white sand on the edge of the Indian Ocean. The modern architecture of the resort gives it a sophisticated ambience and you can take leisurely walks along leafy pathways to get around.

Enchant your taste buds at the resort’s three restaurants and two bars, relax by the lazy river pool or at the centrepiece lagoon pool or on the beautiful beach which borders the resort. Indulge with a treatment at the exceptional SoSPA and keep in shape at the SoFIT fitness centre. There are also 12 function rooms, including a grand ballroom and a ballroom with ocean views.

Stay in one of the 415 well-appointed rooms which include 39 suites and villas. For that magnificent pool access, you can choose between private plunge pools or rooms with direct access to the resort’s immense lagoon pool; you really can’t go wrong with either!

Montigo Resorts, Seminyak, Bali

In the cosmopolitan resort of Seminyak you’ll find the 5-star Montigo Resorts. You are a 5-minute walk to Seminyak Beach and the very trendy Potato Head beach club is just next door. The resort is housed in sleek modernist buildings and inside traditional wood furnishings sit alongside contemporary design finishes. The facilities at Montigo Resorts include three beautiful pool areas surrounded by lush tropical gardens, a gym and a trendy restaurant. While the kids are entertained at Tilo Kids Club, book a spa treatment at the serene Montigo Spa. For your direct pool access, opt for either a Deluxe or Premier Rooms or Junior Suite. If you’d rather be near the spa, go for a Garden Pool Suite and enjoy your own pool.

Hotel Review: Montigo Resorts, Seminyak, Bali

Samabe Bali Suites & Villas

The tropical getaway of Samabe Bali Suites & Villas with its private beach just a minutes’ walk away is located in the Nusa Dua region of Bali. Scattered amid the tropical rainforest-covered terraces on top of the picturesque cliffs are the beautiful Balinese-style thatched villas, all positioned just so to make the most of the ocean views. Days here are spent lazing by the outdoor pool, dipping your toes into the warm sands of the private beach and relaxing with a treatment at Thalasso spa. There’s a lot of flexibility in your accommodation choices; you can opt for all-inclusive, standard or honeymoon benefits; you can choose to have a private pool or not (though of course, you’re going to choose TO have a private pool!) and you can choose from 39 suites or 42 luxury villas. As well as direct pool access to your private pool, most of the suites also have direct ocean access. If you’d prefer a view opt for a villa which are situated higher up to allow for panoramic ocean views.

The Pavilions Bali

The all villa boutique hideaway of The Pavilions Bali enjoys a prime location in the timeless and laid-back seaside town of Sanur a 45-minute drive to Ngurah Rai International Airport. There are just 25 traditional Balinese villas in this intimate resort; each are unique in décor and design but all benefit from original Balinese artwork and woven organic fibre furnishings. The villas are surrounded by magnificent tropical gardens and feature private sundecks and all offer discrete butler service. Pool access here entails your own private plunge pool as most of the villas include a pool. If budget allows, definitely splash out on a Honeymoon Pool villa, you have more space both inside and even more importantly; in your pool! Dine at the authentic Jahe Restaurant or take a leisurely lunch at the Poolside Café and Bar. There’s also the Pavilions Spa, a well-equipped fitness centre, an open-air yoga studio and an outdoor pool.

Hidden Hills Villas

Hidden Hills Villas is nestled amidst the hills of Pecatu on the beautiful garden isle of Bali, also known as the ‘Island of Gods’. You are just a 20-minute transfer from Bali International Airport and a stone’s throw from the magical Uluwatu temple. There is an exclusive, secluded feel here and it’s the perfect place to come if you value your privacy. There are just ten bedrooms across six stunning, private boutique villas. Each of the villas has a different style based on a different nationality; choose from Greek, Chinese, Moroccan, Persian or Balinese. The villas all have a private pool apart from Joglo which has a Jacuzzi. You also have customised butler service, an ensuite bathrooms, kitchen and dining area, and spectacular 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean, mountains and beyond. There is a luxe spa and a private chef to cater all your meals.

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