Spend hours (and sometimes days) being massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, pampered, bathed and properly spoilt in Bali.
Whether it’s a complete detox and rejuvenation of the mind, body and spirit or simply a need for a quick fix soothing weekend, ever-increasing visitors to Bali are spending hours and days being thoroughly spoilt.
Here is your guide to seeking out a spot of rest and recouperation on your next visit.
Every upmarket hotel worth its stars has spa facilities. And these are almost always open to non-guests, offering health and beauty treatments. The W Hotel, Seminyak, perhaps offering one of the most sumptuous of serene experiences, offers various hourly and daily his and her packages.
Day spas are becoming more popular, with many being booked days in advance. Cost can vary from a Rp20,000 one hour beach rub to a couple of hours sybaritic soak for USD$100 or more. In general, it must be said that costs are quite low compared with other exotic holiday destinations, whilst the Balinese do have the perfect cultural background and disposition to enhance the overall experience.
Balinese massage techniques vary of course from simple stretching to skin rolling to palm and thumb pressure applications. All result in the lowering of tension, improved circulation and blood flow and a general feeling of calmness.
Based on traditional herbal treatments, some of the most popular spa options include the mandi rempah (spice bath) and the mandi susu (milk bath). Mandi rempah begins with a traditional massage, promptly followed by a body scrub with a paste, made up of assorted spices, and ending with a herbal and spice hot soak.
Good spas can be found almost anywhere on the island but the most renowned day spas are located in Ubud, Legian and Seminyak. Here are our top picks:
Mandara Spa, Jl Padma. This divine spa, part of the Hotel Padma Bali, is decorated with water features and impressive stone sculptural reliefs.
Jamu Spa, Jl Pantai Kuta, has treatments as yummy as they sound, including tropical nuts, coconuts, papayas and more, often in fragrant baths.
Jari Menari, Jl Raya Seminyak. Its name means “dancing fingers” and your body will be one happy dance floor! Many people say this is the best place for a massage in Bali, a claim backed up by numerous awards.
Bodyworks has been open for more than 15 years and is regarded as the initiator of the day spa concept. Bodywork’s reputation has built on the consistent delivery of high standard of massages and beauty treatments.
Prana, Jl Kunti, is a palatial moorish fantasy that is easily the most lavishly decorated spa in Bali.
Nur Salon, Jl Hanoman 28, Padangtegal, is set in a traditional Balinese compound filled with labelled medicinal plants.
Ubud Sari Health Resort is a spa and hotel in one. Enjoy a “total tissue cleansing” with organic and natural ingredients.
It’s worth noting of course that in a place such as Bali you don’t necessarily need to be spoilt and soothed by visiting a spa, given the island’s abundance of natural serenity. But we’d certainly recommend trying anyone of the above to compliment a truly memorable stay in a luxury Bali villa.
These low-key places in Bali also make every day an indulgence:
Air Panas Banjar has hot springs percolating down through a series of pools amid lush tropical plants; soak in the top pools, or get a pummeling massage from the water as it falls into the lower pools.
Lovina is a relaxed, low-key location. Seminyak’s polar opposite. Even the waves are calm. Here you can get Balinese or Ayurveda treatments in simple, soothing settings.
Nusa Lembongan is quiet, with untouched white-sand beaches. Simple rooms actually on the beach and incredible sunsets offer an even calmer alternative to it’s busier neighbour.
As well as help you connect with the right luxury villa in just the right location, we can recommend any number of soothing spa treatments, including those mentioned above. Just let us know a time to suit and we’ll have everything scheduled, leaving you to do what you came for – To find that spot of inner peace and serenity.
Drop us a line or simple call us and we’ll connect you with the finest luxury Bali villa experience imaginable.