Of the countless ways you can waste your precious hours in Bali, few are more enjoyable than a pampering session at a day spa. A paradise for tired bodies and a treasure trove for those addicted to their own aesthetics, Bali’s spa selection is seemingly infinite; from traditional Balinese massages to Ayurvedic therapies, with all manner of microdermabrasion, manicures and magic moments in between.
Here we round up just a small sample of the best for your holiday pampering and pleasure.
If you like the sound of a day spa experience served with uninterrupted serenity, a raw vegan lunch spread and a venture into the Balinese rice fields, then Fivelements is the destination for you. Water healing, colonic cleansing, pregnancy massage – there’s not a lot this spa menu doesn’t offer. The healing at Fivelements Puri Ahimsa spa is inspired by the Balinese way of life, nurturing a greater harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Meditation, deep bodywork and prana energy are infused throughout the sessions, all of which will leave you feeling like a new you from the inside out.
Within the eccentric walls of Prana Spa, Seminyak, you will find proof that it’s really not necessary to travel beyond the fringes of Bali to experience some of the world’s most exotic treats. Middle Eastern architecture, ancient Indian body treatments and Turkish bathing rituals can be enjoyed right here in the arms of Seminyak at the unmissable Prana Spa. Top off your treatment with a class of Vinyasa Flow and you are sure to be left feeling and looking a million dollars.
With a brochure of moderately priced treatments and a team of exceptionally trained therapists, AMO Spa is an island favourite. A bounty of beauty products and OPI polishes fill the walls of their busy reception area, which is conveniently sealed off from the various areas of indulgence where the meticulous mechanics of their makeovers take place. Don’t miss their great facials and a manicure / pedicure enjoyed over a glass of vino or two. The complimentary banana snacks and ginger tea are just the icing on the cake.
While the Canggu dining scene has come along in leaps and bounds, the day spa selection of this beachy ‘burb is still a little bit lacking. Thankfully, there is an exception to the rule, and it goes by the name of Goldust. All decked out in yellow trimmings and splashes of gold, this little nest is known for its gold facial collection, where actual leaves of 24 karat gold are applied to the face in order to slow collagen depletion, stimulate circulation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Yes, please.
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Perched on a cliff by Padang Padang beach, Anantara Spa sits patiently waiting to spoil its guests with kaolin clay body masks, Javanese Lulur body scrubs and a banquet of other treatments evolved from the spices of an Eastern garden. All of this is set amidst zen aesthetics, where wooden floors meet stone walls, and the scent of green plants and aromatherapy oils fill the air.
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Flower petal baths, a steam room and valley views of Ubud’s luscious jungle – what more could one indulgence-hungry traveller in Bali ask for? Lembah Spa offers all these things and more. The menu’s must try? The Four Hands Harmony massage, where two therapists give you a royal rub down for 60 minutes. This could very well be the best 1.35 million Rupiah your holiday sees you spend.
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Need to escape the hot and hustle-filled streets of Bali and step into somewhere a little more, how do we put this – New York inspired? Spring Spa in Seminyak is your answer. Sign up for a coconut foot scrub, an eyebrow overhaul, or some stretch therapy involving Thai, yoga, shiatsu and Balinese techniques. Better yet, sign up for all three. Born of Ina Bajaj, founder of award-winning luxury spa destination East Day Spa and Derek Lockwood, Worldwide Director of Design for advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, the immaculate décor and DJ booth come as no big surprise.
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