Measuring 89m in length, Padma Resort Ubud is home to the longest infinity pool in Bali. This is by no means an easy feat considering more than half the resorts and villas in Bali have infinity pools. Not only is this the longest infinity pool, it also happens to be heated. While this may sound slightly unnecessary given you’re in Bali, mornings and evenings in the mountains can actually get quite cool so a heated swimming pool is a welcomed delight. Set within 11 hectares of epic greenery, you’ll have nothing but bamboo forrest and rice terraces to admire from the warmth of that pool edge. If one infinity pool just simply isn’t enough, they also have a hidden one just a few steps down from the main pool. It’s easy to miss so most guests never find it, so if you’re lucky you and your flamingo inflatable will have the pool all to yourself. Now if you don’t happen to be staying at the resort but wish to check out Bali’s longest infinity pool for yourself, you can visit by paying IDR 250,000 (approximately US$19), which is also valid as dining credit.
Best Photo Location
The top floor Puhu Restaurant and Lounge could easily be home to the best breakfast view in Bali, offering 180-degree views of the famous infinity pool and surrounding forest and rice paddies. My favourite photo op though is located right next door at their Wine Bar and Lounge. With floor to ceiling glass doors that open up to the perfect balcony views, this was the perfect place to drink the many cocktails we made during our mixology class. We spent a couple of hours with Padma’s resident mixologist picking fruit and herbs from their garden and learning to make our favourite cocktails. We didn’t however manage to learn the butterfly garnish, that’s a skill we’ll have to master in another class.
Insta Worthy Balinese Decor
The lobby tiles here are seriously next level, so make sure to bring some nice sandals and paint those toes because you’ll be wanting to take lots of feet snaps while you’re here. With the resort only having its official grand opening in February 2016, everything at this property is brand spanking new. The rooms here are huge, and I mean huuuge. Measuring 59sqm, that’s basically double the size of most hotel rooms. The open plan design of the room also means you can roll the bathroom doors open to create one giant space. I’m sure the Balinese design elements throughout the room will also help to spark some creativity with some home décor inspo when you get home.
I love a hotel that includes lots of complementary activities for their guests, which is something Padma excels at. We started our days with morning yoga in the most picturesque thatched roof hut overlooking the forest, and with sunrise, mid morning and sunset yoga classes you won’t have an excuse for not trying a class while you’re here. They do of course have a small fitness centre that overlooks the pool, but we skipped this in favour of their jogging track that winds itself through the beautiful bamboo forest to the river flowing below the resort. This was an incredibly scenic walk we loved to make on our way to the breakfast buffet. We also experienced one of their afternoon guided village cycling tours that takes you through the surrounding villages, rice paddies and farms that surround the resort. This is a very local area so everyone we cycled past would go our of their way to stop and say hello. Needless to say it was a very fun and friendly experience, though a very exhausting return trip that was entirely up hill.
Located 40 minutes north of Ubud town in the village of Payangan, Padma Resort is surrounded by forest, rice paddies and local villages without another hotel in sight. A complementary shuttle into Ubud town is offered, though I imagine you’ll want to spend as much time as possible relaxing in the peaceful surroundings of the resort.
Top 3 Highlights
- Views of the infinity pool and surrounding forest
- Jogging track through the bamboo forest
- Insta worthy lobby tiles
With thanks to Padma Resort Ubud for welcoming me to their hotel. As always, all opinions expressed remain my own.