If you are staying anywhere near the beach in Bali then finding a place with a pool is not going to be your number one priority. You can always take a dip in the sea, enjoy the breeze coming from the water or go to a big name resort offering day passes.
In Ubud or surrounding area, for instance, things are slightly different. This city gets hot, and despite many cool things you can experience there, you’ll still crave moments spent near the pool. And this is actually one of the reasons why you come to Ubud. To experience stay at one of the resorts or villas that offer a beautiful infinity pool with a view.
Not everyone though is able to rent his own villa with a private pool or stay in a luxury resort that charges a hundred dollars or more per night. This is why the best way to indulge and relax will be through a day pass to resorts and villas that have pretty awesome pools.
We purposefully, during our first month in Ubud, rented a home without a pool. Staying in one place for too long is not our thing, and we do love visiting various hotels for some new experience.
After calling a bunch of places, knocking on many doors and asking if pool for outside guests was available, we found out there are actually a lot of various pools in Ubud you can visit on a day pass. This is how we came up with a list of some pretty gorgeous villas and resorts.
If you are traveling on a budget (are you? do you need cheap accommodation in Ubud for your stay? We have written on this topic too) or having an opportunity to splurge a bit, mark this post because it has some valuable tips for your upcoming trip. This list has quite a few fantastic options for a day of relaxation and complete zen.
LET’S START WITH BUDGET OPTIONS AND PROCEED TO MORE LUXURIOUS ONES:
Free Pool For Everyone
If you are traveling on a very tight budget and can not afford to pay for a pool day then this place may be a good option for you to cool down on a hot day.
We accidentally learned about this place from a local when were in the area. We haven’t used this pool but took a picture to write about it.
Apparently, the pool was built by some expats who live in the neighborhood and encourage locals (or anyone else who wants to use it) to swim there. It is free and you can visit at any time. For the quietest time though it’s probably better to come here during the first part of the day when children are at school. In the afternoon they often love to stop by and play, so it may get crowded and noisy.
I put coordinates below since there is no actual name of this place on google maps. The pool will be on your right before the turn.
Melati Cottages Pools in Ubud
Day Pass – 30,000 Rp (around $2) per person. This rate includes nothing, but pool only. Bring your own towels, or rent one for 5,000 Rp. Come in any time during the day.
This is probably the only pool in Bali without a bottom. Just kidding, it has one, but you can’t touch it without diving in.
When we were at Melati Cottages I had an injury and wasn’t able to swim. There was no area where we could just stay on our feet while being immersed in the water. We had to swim or splash on steps.
We thought it was a bit inconvenient for someone who comes with children or doesn’t swim well enough. Other than that the area was quiet and pretty.
It is a great place for budget travelers and everyone else who loves to be active in a pool.
Ubud Garden Villa
Day Pass – 50,000 Rp ($3.50) per person, includes towels. Monday – Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm.
A pool at this villa doesn’t have any jaw-dropping views, but it is long and wide enough to swim some laps. There are enough umbrellas and garden houses where you can stay in shade all day long.
This is probably one of the longest swimming pools in Ubud we have been to. Even with many guests, it doesn’t feel crowded at all. Check out more photos of the Villa.
Day Pass – 50,000 Rp ($3.50) per person, includes towels only.
It’s not an infinity pool, but this property is surrounded by lots of trees, and that creates an impression that you are in the middle of a rainforest. We thought the grounds of this hotel were very similar to Ubud Garden Villa, but it felt less secluded.
It is a great place to come in for a quick swim, but probably not very comfortable for a day stay. There are not enough sun loungers and it may get busy if the majority of resort’s guests decide to stay at the pool. Still, we believe you should check this place out and see if you like it.
Puri Sebali Resort
***Update*** One of the readers notified us that the entrance is not free any longer. A day pass is 130 Rp ($9) and you also have to get some food and drinks (it may be seasonal though, during the summer prices always go up.)
Day Pass – the pool is free, but there is a requirement to order something at the restaurant. Monday – Sunday, at any time from 8 am to 6 pm.
The location of this resort is just perfect. It is away from hustle and bustle of Ubud and busy loud roads. The hotel is small and very secluded.
If you wish to stay overnight, we guarantee you’ll be happy with a room, restaurant, pool, and grounds. In fact, there are rooms with private pools. If you are looking only to spend a day near there, this place will meet all your needs.
The pool area is facing rice paddies and the jungle, and it is very quiet and empty. The pool access used to be free but it may have changed if the motel management figured that too many people were visiting. You can also order anything you want from the restaurant and eat right by the pool. The menu has a good variety of dishes and prices are very decent. Stay a few hours or all day long.
Amora Villas Ubud
Day Pass – 100,000 Rp ($7) per person. From early morning to early evening. Includes towels.
As you can see in the pictures the pool at this hotel has incredible views of the jungle trees. It is also one of only a few places where you can get floating breakfast for a very reasonable price (100,000 Rp for a tray additionally to food).
You can either pay an entrance fee and use a pool only or come to eat at the restaurant and use the pool for free. There is also an option to order a floating breakfast and swim as long as you want.
Since most villas have their own private pools, not many guests are using this common infinity pool. It gives you an advantage of having this big pool to yourself.
The disadvantage is that there are no umbrellas and no shade what makes it difficult for visitors to stay during the peak sun-hours. Also, the pool is located right in front of the restaurant, that’s why there will be always someone who will be watching you at any time during the day.
Amora Villas Ubud is located not far from the Cambridge Walk. For the perfect morning, you can walk the ridge and come to Amora Villas for a floating breakfast and a bit of relaxation.
Day Pass – 250,000 Rp ($17.5) per person, includes towels, complimentary drink, and lunch. Open for outside guests from 11 am to 5 pm.
If you bring a child, 50% discount will be given for the entrance fee. Also, if you would like to use a spa, 10% off discount is offered towards any treatment. We haven’t swum in a pool or dined at the restaurant, so can’t tell much about the experience in Puri Wulandari. We have stopped to inquire about the pricing on the way when planned some other activities, but never found time to come back.
From what we saw the hotel looked lovely and was settled among rice paddies. The pool looked rather small, but still very nice.
The Samaya Ubud Bali
There is no actual day pass to this property. If you are not staying at the hotel but still want to come and swim in the pool, you have a few options to choose from:
– spend a minimum of IDR 500.000 ($35) in the restaurant which gives free access to the pool
– or get a SPA treatment and enjoy complimentary access to the pool too
This resort is simply gorgeous. It has a huge green territory with amazing views of the jungle and river. There are two restaurants on the property right in the garden and lovely infinity pool surrounded by palm trees, bushes and lots of pretty flowers.
Every staff member is exceptionally courteous and makes sure you are enjoying your time at their resort. The infinity pool is very secluded and has beautiful relaxing music in the background. We came to work, dine and swim. But ended up napping and relaxing all day long. The hotel also offers a floating breakfast in the pool and candlelight dinner on the banks of the river.
If you would like to stay overnight, The Samaya Ubud Bali has a few packages to choose from. One of them includes a stay at the villa with private pool, breakfast and two hours of spa treatment for two people. If you are coming to use a pool only, most likely you will be the only person doing that. Since every villa has its own private pool, guests rarely use a public pool. Tranquility is guaranteed.
Day Pass – 300,000 Rp ($21) for two people. Price includes juices for two, towels and a mini cake. Open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Kamandalu resort is a five-star luxury hotel offering two swimming pools for outside guests. One pool is located near the lounge and another one, infinity pool is overlooking the terraces and jungle trees.
The hotel was built in Balinese village style, so it represents a real-life of Balinese, but in an extravagant way. The property is stunning and you will want to return and book a room for at least one night. Kamandalu Ubud is surrounded by green rice terraces, has an incredibly beautiful restaurant and forest spa with a swing. Come to swim in the pool and experience luxury not paying much.
Day Pass – 250,000 Rp ($17.5) per person. Entrance fee at this hotel does not include anything except towels.
Viceroy Bali is a luxury boutique hotel where you will surely experience tranquility amid magnificent jungle.
You simply must visit this grand hotel! Especially taking into consideration a fact that the entrance fee is low enough for the hotel of this level. You will love every detail about Viceroy Bali.
There is also an opportunity to reserve a table for a romantic dinner near the pool.
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