At Ministry of Villas, we truly believe staying just one night in a villa means you’ll never stay in a hotel again. Booking a private villa gets you all the privacy you need and services ranging from personal chefs to daily maids, all the way to drivers and in-villa massages. One of the best things about staying in a villa is having a ridiculously beautiful pool all to yourself. From Bali to Phuket and from Koh Samui to Maldives, here are the most beautiful pools in private villas.
Alila Vilas Uluwatu officially has one of the dreamiest pools in Bali as ranked by Vogue magazine. The villas don’t pale in comparison to the infinity pool. Guests get to choose between one and three-bedroom villas and enjoy dedicated butler service and unparalleled five-star design. If you prefer lush jungle views to dramatic ocean vistas, the massive lap pool at Alila Ubud Villas is nothing to sneeze at, either.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Location: Uluwatu, Bali
Samujana 30 is a five-bedroom villa with some serious views. The villa boasts immaculate vistas from its infinity pool that seems to blend in with the waves of the Andaman Sea below. Once you’re done with the pool, you can enjoy the villa’s private Jacuzzi, pay a visit to the gym or settle in for a movie night in the in-house cinema room.
Location: Choeng Mon, Koh Samui
Soneva Fushi has done the impossible and made the turquoise waters of the Maldives look even more inviting than they already appear in our Instagram feeds. The resort island’s lavish sunken lounge sits in the middle of the lagoon-like pool with the turquoise hues perfectly matching the ocean lagoon. Soneva Fushi offers villas with up to nine bedrooms and the resort’s luxurious facilities include a star-light movie cinema and observatory for star gazing.
Location: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Keemala might just be one of the most magical resorts on the planet. Keemala’s private one and two-bedroom pool villas are tucked into the rainforests of Phuket, five minutes from Kamala Beach. The villas’ design draws inspiration from four mythical tribes and the private swimming pools offer spellbinding views high among the treetops.
Location: Kamala, Phuket
Villa Kalayana pulls out all the stops and really, staying at this sprawling 14-bedroom villa feels like ruling over your own private resort. Not least because of the pool, which is incredibly blue, irresistibly inviting and so big that there is an actual bridge crossing over it. After a heavenly dip in the pool, you can take a few easy steps to reach the beach or enjoy a pampering treatment in the massage room.
Location: Laem Sor, Koh Samui
Viceroy Bali offers the ultimate Ubud experience. The sublimely luxurious spa resort is tucked into the rain forests surrounding Bali’s spiritual capital. The one-bedroom villas are ideal for honeymooners and couples. There’s no better place to take in the lush tropical views than from your own private pool, followed by a massage in the resort’s superb spa. In a word, this is paradise, found.
Location: Ubud, Bali
The only thing better than staying in an over-water villa is staying in an over-water villa with a private pool. At the fabulous Finolhu resort, you can gaze at the turquoise waters of the Maldives from the privacy of your own over-water pool. The one and two-bedroom villas have a groovy retro inspired décor which includes vintage record players and designated champagne telephones. The resort is known for hosting epic parties where you’re as likely to spot daring fire dancers as world-class performers taking the stage.
Location: Baa Atoll, Maldives
Celadon offers sublime modern architecture and an amazing L-shaped pool overlooking the Andaman Sea in Koh Samui. The villa sits 100 metres above sea level, so the panoramic views you get from the pool feel infinite. Our team spent most of our time in Celadon sprawled on the amazing sunken lounge. The four-bedroom villa is staffed with a personal chef and the ensuite bathrooms are simply to die for with their circular terrazzo bathtubs.
Location: Maenam, Koh Samui
The name of this villa really says it all: the ocean views you get from this four-bedroom villa’s pool really do deserve a big fat OMG. Next to the magnificent poolside views, we love that Villa OMG offers access to a private white sand beach, butler service and a tranquil setting in the luxurious neighbourhood of Nusa Dua.
Location: Nusa Dua, Bali
Beautiful pools come in many shapes and sizes. The 19-metre pool in Villa Tiga Puluh is surrounded by swaying palm trees and the dreamy bale gazebo at the other end works as the perfect backdrop for celebrations in Bali. Next to the beautiful pool, the seven-bedroom villa has the perfect location in Seminyak within a short walk of the famous Eat Street. The bedrooms are divided into standalone pavilions, which is a great setup for families.
Villa Tiga Puluh
Location: Seminyak, Bali
There are ocean views, and then there are ocean views. The vistas you get from the private infinity pools at The Ungasan Clifftop Resort are nothing short of mesmerising. The resort offers private villas with up to five bedrooms and the facilities are first class all the way, both in the villas and at the resort. Guests have access to the resort’s tennis court and gym.