Long, hot days drifting on an azure pool without the shrieks of children shattering the party. Sound good? The Yak spotlights Bali’s best adult only pools.
Alternative Beach Club
Wondering what to do or where to hang out during the day in Canggu? Open air pool, beach vibes, chill out music events with guests DJ’s, great food and tantalizing cocktails, welcome to Alternative Beach Club.
With a strict 17+ policy you’re guaranteed a good day kicking back by the azure pool in this chill and perfect spot away from the ankle biters.
Its modern, Mediterranean inspired facilities include two Jacuzzis, a social hub, restaurant (Eat Me), a cycle center (Bali Cycle Centre), a gym (Wanderlust Crossfit), a day spa (Allure Spa), Hostel accommodation (Kos One Hostel) and private rooms (Canggu Village Accommodation).
Hidden down a small lane right in the heart of Canggu, Alternative Beach Club is a gorgeous mix of white concrete, light woods and real sand … creating an Instagram-worthy replica beach, without the hassles of crowds, rubbish and hagglers. In their place, white day beds, white umbrellas, towering palm trees and staff dressed in all white with splashes of baby blue create the perfect spot to relax.
Well worth a visit.
Azul Beach Club
Azul Beach Club is a beachfront bamboo tree house serving sassy sunset cocktails, a great live music program plus epic all-day dining. The pool – which has a strict Monday to Saturday adult’s only policy – overlooks the beach with a view framed with palm fronds. Enjoy the big circular whirlpool, which is flanked by wooden decks topped with sun lounges, umbrellas and a few fabulous recessed Moorish-style banquets. Any child attempting to enter the pool is quickly dispatched to the kid-friendly lagoon pool of the Mandira resort that safely borders the beach club. Azul welcomes kids for a family BBQ every Sunday.
Of all the uber chic resort enclaves of southwest Bali, among the most understatedly glam is the Alila Seminyak. This darling of the champagne set has an exquisite trio of dreamy pools and one – the Serene pool – is for the exclusive use of hotel guests who are of voting age. No kids, no day guests. It is tucked away from the buzzing big pool and bars at the centre of the resort and serves as a stylish aquatic retreat for the more chilled guests at this heavenly destination.
The long established Padma Legian has a neat little beach club called S.K.A.I that sits on a hot spot right where the hotel grounds meet Legian beach. Best of all is the 38-metre infinity pool is reserved for the grown ups only. Think kid free space that is splash and squeal free 24/7. Expect to hear only the lapping of the infinity pool and rolling waves of the beach. The view from this perch is all white sand, endless sea and sky plus the dramatic Bali sunset, which is delivered daily for free. S.K.A.I is a childless zone at all times so take a lounge and enjoy the peace.
Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private & Villas & Spa
Among the low key glamour of Nusa Dua’s long white sandy beaches and exclusive resorts is the Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private & Villas & Spa. This beautiful estate, with its pavilions and gardens, refuses to accept any guest under the age of 16 years making it a perfect spot for those who are seeking exclusive serenity. The pool villas are set around a pool adult’s only communal pool with a private beach club. Guests staying at Kayumanis properties in Ubud, Sanur and Jimbaran – which are not childfree – can retreat to the Nusa Dua pool and beach club for some quality time without junior.