Bali’s Best Resorts with Swim-up Bars
From surf days and temple visits to much-needed chakra realigning, a Bali holiday means different things to different people.
But if relaxing poolside is high on your vacay priority list, a hotel with a swim-up bar is a must.
Jungle views, sunset DJ sets, and daily happy hours are just a few of the perks of the island’s best pool bars.
Read on for our roundup of Bali resorts with epic swim-up bars — so you can swim and sip in unison.
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RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA
Set within lush forests on the south coast of Bali, RIMBA Jimbaran by AYANA delivers seamless luxury, an authentic Balinese feel, and a swimming pool for each day of the week.
There are adult-only infinity pools with killer sunset views, beautifully tiered pools crafted from natural river stones, and kid-friendly swimming areas with water slides. The huge lower pool features a Jacuzzi and tropical swim-up bar.
So, settle in with a cocktail and let the holiday begin!
Address: Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran
L’OH Pool Bar at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
The holiday feel-good factor is high at this sleek swim-up bar at Sofitel in Nusa Dua.
On one side, you can sidle up to the sunken cocktail bar and perch yourself just above the water on one of the concrete bar stools. The bartenders will be delighted to whip you up a cocktail or order you a light bite.
If you’d rather stay dry, there’s a circular, fully-shaded seating area on the opposite side. Scatter cushions adorn the low banquettes and there’s a central fire pit to keep you cosy at night.
Address: Lot N5, ITDC Tourism Complex, Nusa Dua
Find out more via the resort’s website and Instagram.
Pool Bar at Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak
Right in the heart of fashionable Seminyak, this elegantly-styled hotel wraps around a central, three-tiered swimming pool.
Positioned on the top tier, the rectangular swim-up bar has space for 12 guests on submerged concrete bar stools.
Contemporary light fittings hang over the bar, casting an ambient glow over the water in the evenings. Ice-cold coconuts, beers, and mocktails are all on the menu.
Bar snacks include Bintang crispy chicken and coconut shrimps as well as local staples like nasi goreng (fried rice) and sate (grilled meat skewers).
Address: Jl. Camplung Tanduk Jl. Dhyana Pura No.103, Seminyak
The Stones Hotel, Legian, Bali
Steps away from Kuta Beach, the highlight of this five-star stay is the 3000-square-metre palm-lined swimming pool.
Shaded sun loungers are planted on a shallow ridge within the pool, meaning you can wade out into the water with ease. And the beanbag island is perfect if you want to get lost in a few chapters.
But the swim-up bar — complete with shady, semi-submerged bar stools, daily happy hours, and live DJs — is the icing on the cake. Cocktails, beers, juices, and light bites are all available.
Address: Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta, Legian,
The Shack Bar at Hard Rock Hotel Bali
This rock-star-themed hotel in Kuta prides itself on providing family-centric fun.
And the free-form outdoor pool — home to the swim-up Shack Bar — is no exception. Half submerged at the western tip of the pool’s sand island, the straw-roofed bar serves up frozen treats for the kiddos and boozy cocktails for the over 18s.
Chill in the shade, play some beach volleyball in the pool, or watch the kids zoom down the flumes at the hotel’s impressive in-house waterpark!
Address: Jl. Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta
Barong Bar at Bali Mandira Resort & Spa
Swaying palms, warm ocean breezes, and island-inspired cocktails.
Barong bar at Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa in Legian ticks all of our boxes when it comes to swim-up bars.
Sunken into the ocean-facing lagoon pool, it’s surrounded by tropical gardens, traditional thatched cabanas, and a sandy sunbathing bank.
Paddle up to the bar for an afternoon cooler or watch the skies go pink from the pool.
Freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, jugs of fruity sangria, mocktails, and various iterations of mojito are all on offer. Go on, treat yourself!
Address: Jl. Padma No.2, Legian
Seruni Sunken Pool Bar at Padma Legian
You needn’t leave the pool to order a drink at Seruni, located within Padma Legian’s family-friendly main pool.
Immune-boosting juices, cold beers, and imported wines are all on offer. If you’re hungry, the chefs can rustle up healthy salads, spicy local fare, and gourmet sandwiches on the terrace overlooking the pool.
Address: Jl. Padma No. 1, Legian
The Pool Cafe & Bar by Padma Resort Ubud
Deep in the rainforests of Payangan, Padma Resort Ubud has one of Bali’s most idyllic swim-up bars.
Set in the main infinity pool, the circular bar sits 16 guests on semi-submerged concrete stools.
Come at sunset to see the jungle at its most atmospheric. There’s pool heating so no need to worry about the cooler temperatures around Ubud.
Glide over to the bar for a comprehensive choice of sundowners.
Local and imported wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails are all on offer. Their Padma Bellissimo — a sprightly concoction of sparkling wine, vodka, strawberries, and mint — is to-die-for.
If you’re hungry, the kitchen serves up zingy salads, proteinaceous mains, and classic pastas and pizzas.
Address: Banjar Carik, Desa Puhu, Payangan – Ubud, Bali
Bali Dynasty Resort
This family-friendly resort in the heart of Kuta has six restaurants, five bars, and numerous swimming pools, including a kids’ pool with a water park.
The sunken pool bar is the social hub of the hotel. And to get the conversation flowing, the bar serves up happy-hour drinks twice a day (lunchtime and sunset)!
That means you can enjoy half price on signature cocktails and 25% off beers and wines whilst keeping cool in the water. Win!
Address: Jalan Kartika, Kuta
Cascades at Viceroy Bali, Ubud
The heated infinity pool at this world-leading resort in Ubud overlooks “The Valley of Kings,” a spectacular jungle ravine.
Palms jut out of the canopy with wisps of mist shrouding the jungle in the early morning. This is the stuff dreams are made of. And the swim-up bar turns up the luxury factor another notch.
Under an attractive cone-shaped alang alang (thatched) roof, mixologists whip up frozen daiquiris, custom martinis, and fruity mocktail concoctions.
Perch your bum, take a sip, and breathe in that epic view.
Address: Jl. Lanyahan, Br Nagi, Ubud
Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head Beach Club is famous worldwide for its unique façade of multi-hued shutters, prime beachfront location, and high-energy music events. It’s a true Seminyak institution.
You can visit this swim-up bar even if you’re not staying at the hotel, as it’s situated in the beach club section. And if lazing poolside, bikini-spotting, and day-drinking at a swim-up bar are your thing, you’ll love it.
The futuristic-looking bar occupies one side of the oceanfront infinity pool. Float over for one of their notoriously strong Tiki-style cocktails.
Try their Barong Zombie — a potent mix of jackfruit and other tropical fruit juices, sugar cane juice, island rums, absinthe, and arak — it’s guaranteed to get the good times flowing!
Address: Jl. Petitenget Seminyak, No.51B
We hope this list has given you some holiday inspiration for sipping and swimming in the warm Bali sun. When you make it to the swim-up bar though…don’t pee in the pool, it’s not cool!
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