Bali spas: Guide to the island's top treatments

Bali is a haven for travellers and definitely no secret. Something enchanting continues to pull everyone to the Indonesian island, from backpackers to luxury seekers. While the beaches, rice fields, and many attractions such as Sacred Monkey Forest are appealing, it's the range of Bali spas and treatments that delights many of those on holidays to Bali.

Bali spa © Friday -
Bali spa © Friday -

Bali spas: the top five treatments

So, you're in the mood for a soothing traditional treatment, but how do you know where to start when trying to choose between the multitude of Bali spa options? Follow our guide to ensure you sample some of the top treatments and spas that Bali has to offer.

1. Cantika Spa

Go to this Bali spa for: the facial

The secret to this Bali spa's success is in the outstanding homemade products created by the wonderful owner, Jasi, who uses local ingredients including herbs, fruits and spices, from her own garden. You'll enjoy a face scrub, mask and lotion as part of the facial, whichever of the two locations you choose to visit.

Cantika Zest, Penestanan - photo courtesy of Cantika Spa Bali
Cantika Zest, Penestanan - photo courtesy of Cantika Spa Bali

Head to the rice field spa for the setting and views, or choose the location near Penestanan for the calm atmosphere. Both of these Bali spas are traditional in their ambiance, with open air treatments in complete privacy yet surrounded by nature.

Take away: if you're tempted to take a product with you, opt for the hair creme bath; the wonderful scent will linger on your locks for days. Alternatively, sign up for a workshop to learn how to make Cantika Spa's products at home yourself.

2. Sedona Spa

Go to this Bali spa for: the traditional Balinese massage

Considered one of Ubud's best spas, Sedona Spa recently relocated alongside a rice field where you can now enjoy your massage within a private open sided pavilion to the sound of Balinese wildlife, from calling birds to croaking frogs.

All treatments at this Bali spa are followed by a soak in a fresh-flower-filled copper bath for pure Balinese bliss, and accompanied by ginger tea and a fruit plate to complete your experience. The spa also offers a pick-up service from wherever you're staying in Ubud.

Lotus flower Ubud, Bali © Tanti Ruwani - Flickr Creative Commons
Lotus flower Ubud, Bali © Tanti Ruwani - Flickr Creative Commons

Take away: if you can't quite drag yourself away from the pool or you're simply tired after a long day sightseeing, Sedona Spa will come to you, sending one of its trained beauticians to carry out a treatment in your Bali hotel or villa.

3. Bodyworks

Go to this Bali spa for: manicures and pedicures

Bodyworks is known as a leading Bali spa, and has a reputation for excellent treatments, including massage (the hot stone version is highly recommended) in a stunning setting. The solid service and winning spa menu mean you're unlikely to leave disappointed, so it's the perfect place to combine a variety of treatments and make a day of it.

Bodyworks Spa, Seminyak - photo courtesy of Bodyworks Bali
Bodyworks Spa, Seminyak - photo courtesy of Bodyworks Bali

Take away: the reason we've singled out the superior nail services here at Bodyworks is that meticulous manicures and perfect pedicures should stay with you for days if not weeks after your visit, and keep bringing you pleasure long after you've left the spa.

4. Aroma Spa Retreat

Go to this Bali spa for: the signature Airport Chill package

Sanur's Aroma Spa Retreat is a beautiful, open air, beachfront haven famed for amazing service in a high quality environment at great local prices. The spa arranges transport from your accommodation so you can spend your final day in Bali before hopping on a plane being pampered for up to six blissful hours.

The Airport Chill treatment at this Bali spa includes everything from a deluxe foot ritual including shiatsu massage, via reflexology to a firm detox massage, and rounded off with an OPI pedi, an Indonesian hair ritual, and a blow dry to leave you looking pristine before you're whisked off to their airport.

Aroma Spa Retreat, Sanur  - photo courtesy of Aroma Spa Retreat Bali
Aroma Spa Retreat, Sanur - photo courtesy of Aroma Spa Retreat Bali

Take away: booking yourself into Aroma for the Airport Chill Package means you'll literally be taking the serenity of a Balinese spa right onto the plane, and all the way home with you - you can't argue with that.

5. Goldust

Go to this Bali spa for: the 24k GOLD facial

For those seeking a higher end facial, Goldust in Canngu (near Seminyak) is the place to go. Those in the know rave about this golden mask, which aims to slow collagen depletion, stimulate your circulation and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

While this may cost a little more than the average Bali spa treatment, the value compared to Western prices and the long-lasting results make it worth a splurge. The treatment also includes a scalp, hand and foot massage.

Golden mask © Gennadiy Poznyakov -
Golden mask © Gennadiy Poznyakov -

Take away: there's a lovely shop selling kaftans, beautiful beachwear, and Balinese gifts, which you can browse before or after you've enjoyed the gold standard of our treatments from our favourite Bali spas.

If you're tempted to try these Bali spas on your break to Indonesia, Expedia and Mercury Holidays often have good deals to Indonesia, and if you head over to our dedicated Bali holidays section you'll see a full list of current offers to this ever popular island. If you can't find what you're looking for, make for our complete collection of travel deals, with savings on everything from flights and holidays to hotels.

Jaillan Yehia

Jaillan Yehia
Posted on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 in: Asia Luxury Spa & wellness

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