If you're after the ultimate day spa experience, look no further than the beautiful island of Bali, in Indonesia, which won the esteemed AsiaSpa Award for Asian Spa Capital of the Year in 2011. Bali exudes calm, rest and relaxation. Where better to treat yourself to a traditional herbal treatment, spice bath, milk bath, body scrub or massage than in Bali? A visit to a day spa in Bali will have you feeling relaxed, refreshed and - almost - ready to return home.
Here are our five best Bali day spas.
Away Spa, in Bali's W Retreat and Spa in Seminyak, Denpasar, is a day spa of a different kind. Open twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, Away Spa is a favourite haunt of the celebrity spa pack and boasts a guest list that includes Heidi Klum. Packages include Pimp Me Up, Goddess Glow, Over the Top and Top Performance. Or experience a Body Bliss massage, a Slimming Body Treatment or a Gem and Light Therapy session, which will loosen up your body and calm your soul.
Five Elements, one of the Healing Hotels of the World and recipient of the 2011 AsiaSpa Destination Spa Award, is a healing centre of tranquility, peace and harmony, located beside the Ayung River near the village of Ubud in Bali. Guests are invited to adopt a Balinese approach to life for the duration of their stay, which involves selecting from a smorgasbord of "Balanced Arts", including yoga, dance and meditation, and a host of traditional beauty and detox treatments. Five Elements also offers an organic Living Food (raw vegan) menu.
Bali Botanica, located in lush tropical gardens not far from Ubud, offers spacious treatment rooms and a tranquil atmosphere for those seeking some time out from a busy Bali holiday. Bali Botanica's signature treatment is the sensual, spiritual Ayurvedic Chakra Dhara massage. Warm herbal oil is dripped onto the chakra points to balance energy flow and purify the mind, body and spirit. For something refreshing rather than slumber inducing, try a milk bath or the 17th century royal floral bath.
Jamu Traditional Spa
Bali's Jamu Traditional Spa, located in Nusa Dua, offers a service menu that includes both traditional and contemporary multi-sensory beauty treatments. Choose from a Vanilla & Mocha Body Scrub, a Selandang Body Wrap or a Kemiri Nut Scrub. For something more modern, try a refreshing Jamu Treatment, which is based on ancient Indonesian rituals designed to cleanse, balance, relax and heal, and given a contemporary twist using the freshest, most natural local ingredients.
Bali's luxurious Mandara Spa concept was built on the Indonesian tradition of the healing arts; integral to the Balinese way of life. Mandara Spas are located at Padma Resort in Legian and in multiple locations across Nusa Dua. Mandara's signature services include a Pevonia Botanica Lift and Firm Facial and the Mandara Massage, combining five different massage styles delivered by two therapists.