There are many reasons the Indonesian island of Bali draws millions of visitors from around the globe each year. There’s its natural beauty—impressive mountains and volcanos towering over verdant jungles, shocking green rice paddies and rippling terraces, and salt water in varying shades of azure and aquamarine lapping at sandy beaches. The people, some of the most genuinely friendly, joyous and open-hearted imaginable, play a role in its magic, as does the strong sense of spirituality represented by ornate Hindu temples, floral-filled offerings, and near-constant ceremonies. The shopping is world class, crafts painstakingly handmade and celebrated, and cuisine gloriously flavorful and fresh (not to mention the burgeoning collection of chic eateries serving healthy global fare). Balinese design and architecture defines tropical perfection.
In certain parts of the Island of Gods (as it’s nicknamed), it can be crowded, sure. Which makes it all the more important for visitors to discover their own slice of heaven where they can soak in the singular Bali spirit—and intense below-the-equator sun—with, say, a cold coconut or stimulating read. Yet another thing Bali does really, really well is create Edenic pool scenes. Whether hanging out in the top of the rainforest or perched over the Bali Sea, these bodies of water are seductive in their easy beauty and tranquility. In the case of the following, it’s not a bad idea to let the dreamy pool dictate your destination.
Checkout our top dreamiest pools on Bali below