With its reputation as Southeast Asia’s relaxation capital, it’s little wonder that day spas of every description have popped up all over the island of Bali. No matter how you like to be rubbed, scrubbed, perfumed and pampered – there’s a day spa in Bali that has exactly what your body craves.
Whether you want to relax surrounded by the mountainous countryside of verdant Ubud, or get scrubbed down while being soothed by the seductive sounds of the Indian Ocean – these spas will transport you (face down!) into tropical paradise. And to make it even sweeter, they are all super affordable!
1. La Joya - A genuine spa by the sea experience in Jimbaran
A minutes’ walk from Balangan Beach are the traditional thatched roof villas of La Joya. Unremarkable at first glance, yet home to one of the most amazingly located day spas in Jimbaran. A garden path leads you to a secluded refuge of wellness and indulgence, overlooking the expanse of Balangan Beach just a few beats of a butterfly’s wings away. Stretch out beneath the thatched roof of the open air massage villa and melt away in both mind and body with an intimate view taking in coastal splendour of Jimbaran in all its glory. Treatments span the globe of healing knowledge, range from ancient Ayurvedic massage to hot stone therapy, shiatsu and traditional Balinese and Thai massage. Spa guests can also make use of the spectacular elevated plunge pool overlooking Balangan and the endless blue ocean beyond.
2. Tjampuhan Spa - Experience the healing properties of water at a mystical riverside spa
With an air of mystique and a magical outdoor spa setting to rival the most beautiful secret locations in Ubud, the day spa at the Tjampuhan Hotel is positioned at the base of a valley, mere metres away from the natural splendour of one of Ubud’s gently flowing river tributaries.Composed of several semi-open treatment pavilions and an extraordinary hot/cold spring water jacuzzi created within an elaborately carved mythical stone cavern. True to its natural setting, Tjampuhan spa is dedicated to the healing properties of water, and has sourced a collection of traditional Balinese healing and beauty treatments in a setting that evokes the inner peace and overall wellness of an intimate connection with Mother Nature. You don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to experience the unique riverside hideaway of the Tjampuhan Day Spa. Outside guests can enjoy the spa’s lush river valley surroundings and gorgeous spring grotto for $8 per half-day, including access to hot and cold whirlpool baths, a sauna and steam room.
3. Karsa Spa - Savour a magnificent massage in the mountains
Ubud is Bali’s day spa central, so the folks at Karsa Spa set out to do something different…with trained Reiki massage practitioners, Ayurvedic organic oils, an eco-friendly philosophy, and lushly designed and decorated relaxation rooms to match the stunning surroundings. At the top of a small mountain, the grounds of this beloved institution look out across verdant paddy fields, and the gorgeous treatment rooms are swathed in tropical flora and trickling waterfalls. After your rub down, enjoy a soothing fragrant bath in the outdoor spa overlooking Ubud’s countryside.
4. Bali Eco Village - Try a traditional Balinese massage in a hidden forest
Built in the middle of the hills in a hidden valley near Kintamani volcano and the traditional village of Pelaga, this cosy eco-lodge is 45km from Ubud in the mountains of central Bali. Whether you’re staying at the lodge or touring the area for the day, it’s worth making a visit to Eco Village’s spa room. Built in traditional Balinese style, the quaint and cosy spa room overlooks a luscious green valley with wraparound views of the cascading forest and tropical gardens. The traditional style spa room is a perfect environment to indulge in an aromatherapy oil massage or a Balinese mandi lulur (traditional scrubbing). With its amazing views, you know you have to make it part of your relaxation plans!
5. Karma Kandara - Splurge on the royal treatment on an amazing ocean deck
Located in the glamorous villa resort of Karma Kandara, the massages here are nothing short of the royal treatment. What makes the spa here so extraordinary is the incredible massage deck. Towering above the gardens to overlook the awe-inspiring Indian Ocean, the luxurious treatments here will take your every worry away (as long as you’re not scared of heights!). The treatments here cost slightly more than the others on our list, but for a uniquely Balinese luxury experience, we think splashing out that little extra is a worthy indulgence.
BONUS: Banjar Hot Springs, Lovina - Indulge the all-natural way
Known locally as Air Panas Banjar, this is not a fancy wellness spa but a series of baths carved out of sacred natural hot springs in the middle of the Balinese jungle. Set in a beautiful sculpture garden close to Lovina Beach in North Bali, the sulfuric water is a constant 37 degrees and is said to soothe and heal aches, pains and other ailments. The bathing pools, built out of stone, are centuries old, and have been upgraded with modern facilities over time! Hot spring water gushes from the mouths of eight stone Naga (dragon-like mythical creatures in Hindu legend) into a large upper pool, before cascading into a series of lower pools. Next to these pools, three Naga spouts create four metre high mini ‘waterfalls’ – and sitting underneath will give you a strong, reviving massage-like effect.
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