Instagram-Worthy Swimming Pools You Should Check Out

With the rising temperature, I’m sure everyone’s itching for a summer getaway. And if you’re like me who loves lounging by the pool, then here’s my personal list of Instagram-worthy swimming pools you should check out.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

You’ve probably seen it on TV a lot lately, and I totally get why it’s often featured.

This infinity pool within Loreland Resort boasts of sweeping views of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila

Bring your girl friends or your partner and avail of their spa services for the ultimate R&R.

Luljetta's Hanging Garden & Spa Infinity Pool

Hacienda Isabella

Another one that’s also just a couple of hours away from Manila is Hacienda Isabella.

It’s secluded so you’ll definitely get the downtime you deserve.

With its rustic flair and beach-like grounds, this swimming pool is Instagram-worthy in my book.

Bluewater Panglao

This lagoon-shaped pool will greet you upon your arrival at Bluewater Panglao!

By the way, I love that they didn’t use tiles for the pool’s flooring. It’s totally non-slip.

Who says you can’t get a tan while in the pool? Snap a photo here and you’ll surely get double-taps.

Be sure to check it out at night, too!

The Bellevue Resort Bohol

50 shades of blue!

View of the pool from our 1-Bedroom Deluxe Room at The Bellevue Resort Bohol 

The pool’s depth ranges from 2 feet to up to 12 feet (dive pool)!

The best time to take photo ops? Early in the morning while everyone’s having their breakfast. 😉

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa, Indonesia

While the color of the water might not look as inviting, I’m including Sheraton Mustika’s Taman Sari Water Castle-inspired pool because of its uniqueness.

They used natural green stones from Lombok for this pool, hence, the color.They also have an indoor pool at the spa.

Bird’s eye view of the pool

Alaya Resort Ubud, Bali

Probably my favorite on this list is Alaya Ubud’s pool because of its tropical vibe. 🙂

alaya resort pool 1

bamboo bridge alaya ubud

The bamboo bridge

alaya ubud pool 2

They say the pool’s curves mirror the sloping contours of the surrounding landscape.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak

Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak’s main feature is their three-tiered pool.

courtyard seminyak pool barPool barcourtyard marriott seminyak pool1View of the pool from my room.courtyard marriott seminyak wading poolWading pool with daybeds

Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

It’s only fitting that a hotel as massive as Atlantis the Palm in Dubai have an equally massive pool exclusive for hotel guests, so it doesn’t get crowded. For the adrenaline junkies, there’s also Aquaventure Water Park within the compound.

The Royal Pool fronts the Royal Towers and looks out onto The Palm Jumeirah.
When the heat becomes unbearable, staff also hand out cold towels.

Do you know any Instagram-worthy swimming pools we should check out? Please leave a comment below.

A Taste of Java in Yogyakarta

Nothing excites me more than exploring another country for the first time, so I made sure to include Indonesia in my month-long solo backpacking trip around Southeast Asia.

My first stop was Yogyakarta (often called Jogjakarta or Jogja), a special administrative region in the island of Java.

I arrived on a late afternoon flight from Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia, and took the Trans Jogja bus to EDU Hostel where I stayed for 2 nights. Sure, it wasn’t the best accommodation, but for about $7.00 a night with breakfast, it’s definitely value for money.

The hostel also offers several day tours including, of course, tours to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Borobudur and Prambanan.

Borobudur looking ‘golden’ shortly after sunrise
Together with 3 Brit girls, we booked the ‘Beautiful Morning at Borobudur’ tour thinking it includes sunrise viewing. We only realized the following day that we got a different tour because it was already past 5:00 am when we were picked up from the hostel lobby by the tour operator. It wasn’t a big deal for me anyway.
Even though the sun had already risen by the time we arrived, we could still feel a cool breeze as we walked along the park leading to the massive temple.


I am always in awe whenever I visit an ancient temple. It’s fascinating how people in the early days managed to build such majestic structures without modern technology and equipment.

Review: Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa

Two nights of bunking with strangers at the hostel and I was already yearning for my own space, and space I got and so much more when I finally arrived at Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa.
Awang, Sheraton Mustika’s Public Relations Executive, picked me up from the hostel.
Photo from Starwood Hotels website
Our shuttle passed ‘under’ the grand ballroom, and we did a short ascent on a road lined by horse statues on both sides. It felt like entering an ancient city.
West Lobby

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