10 of the best - Hotel swimming pools
1. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali
The ‘wow’ factor: Against a backdrop of emerald green, terraced rice-fields and the tumbling waters of the Ayung river flowing below, Ubud Hanging Gardens is right at the heart of beautiful, mystical Bali. Just 20 minutes from the centre of Ubud, it is readily accessible.
Did you know?: There are 38 contemporary Balinese thatched villas perched precariously on wooden posts. The guest rooms consist of 15 deluxe pool villas (prices start at £296 per night, two sharing), 15 panoramic view deluxe pool villas, two panoramic view suite pool villas and six two-bedroom family pool villas. All pools are heated and the main pool overlooking the river offers an excellent setting for a relaxing sunset drink. The Ayung Spa is located on the riverbank amid rainforest and waterfalls and has three restful spa
pavilions. Each pavilion comprises of two large therapy areas and private spa treatments can be arranged for guests in the suite pool villa, including a Watsu massage treatment in the villa’s private pool. Products used at the spa are locally produced and mostly mixed with fresh ingredients including fruits and spices such as ginger, coconut, lemongrass and vanilla. The hotel has two infinity pools located at the centre of the resort that hug the contours of the hillside and are designed in harmony with the surrounding elevated rice fields. The water from the upper pool cascades over the edge into the lower pool six metres below.
Getting there: Prices at Ubud Hanging Gardens start from £296 including taxes, based on two sharing a Riverside Deluxe Pool Villa with breakfast. For further information or to book please visit www.ubudhanginggardens.com Tel: (+62-361) 982 700, or call the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd reservations department on 0845 077 2222.