The water palaces of Bali are landscaped gardens with pavilions and other buildings set amid ponds and pools. Among the most outstanding of these palaces is Taman Ujung, on the eastern end of the island, a former royal residence built in the early 20th century in a style that combines Dutch and Balinese elements. The palace stretches across three ponds and is surrounded by manicured gardens. Its sister palace, Tirta Gangga, also has several large ponds, one of which you can swim in. If you have time, visit Puri Agung Karangasem, a ten-minute drive away. Once a royal home, it features interiors with exquisite carved wooden furniture and doors.