Places to chill out and relax in Bali
Bali has been called the ‘Spa capital of Asia’ and almost every hotel has its own spa facilities (usually open to non-residents) with day spas also widespread across the island. Many different treatments are offered, from basic massage in a small local salon to extensive treatment programmes in Bali’s new luxurious spa resorts. There are beachside spas, spas in mountain retreats and spas in beautiful river valleys, in fact everywhere tourists are found there will be a spa.
Many travellers to Bali spend some time enjoying health, beauty and relaxation treatments as part of their holiday. Prices vary quite widely, but are generally fairly low compared to other countries.
Bali’s spas offer an enormous range of treatments from basic massages and facials, to exotic body scrubs, wraps and polishes.
Traditional Balinese massage is an ancient healing system relying on deep pressure massage to break down tension in the tissues, improve blood flow and promote harmony of body, mind and spirit. It claims to improve circulation and calm nerves. Other traditional treatments include spice baths, herbal baths and milk baths, all of which can also be offered after a massage.
In addition to Balinese massage, Thai, Swedish, Lomi Lomi and Japanese Shiatsu massages can also be enjoyed in spas on the island, as well as many other varied treatments.
Anika Spa in the Kuta district has been called the best spa in Bali. The range of treatment offered here includes ayurveda packages, stone massage and chocolate treatment as well as traditional Balinese massage.
This spa in Seminyak specialises in quality massage techniques with an emphasis on rhythm, rather than other treatments and staff here have won many awards. Here you can experience gourmet massage which combines massage for a group followed by lunch or dinner in the rooftop dining area. Jari Menari means ‘Dancing Fingers’.
Bali Samadhi Spa
This spa in north Bali is situated in a mountain resort above the north coast. It is renowned for the rebalancing massage which lasts 90 minutes and can be tailored to individual needs. Ayurvedic and Thai massage are also available and non-residents can take advantage of packages which include the use of swimming pool and lunch or dinner.
Mango Tree Spa
The Mango Tree Spa at Kupu Kupu Barong Villas, Ubud has five different treatment villas, each with its own specialist treatments. You can enjoy a massage in a traditional bamboo tree house overlooking the breathtaking Ayung River Valley and the rice paddies.
Ubud Sari Health Resort
Here you can experience a ‘total tissue cleansing’ with organic and natural ingredients. There is a wide range of treatments including various programmes featuring raw foods, sometimes combined with juice fasting in this resort set among lush tropical gardens.
This spa at Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort is set in calm surroundings with lovely gardens. The treatments on offer here include traditional massage, body scrub, flower baths and tropical nut facials.
The spas mentioned above are just a sample of what is available on the island and with all this choice Bali is definitely a wonderful destination for a re-energising spa holiday.
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