Known as one of Southeast Asia's most famous places to relax and unwind, the island nation of Bali is dotted with spas where anyone can get pampered to their heart’s content with a wide variety of treatments. Here you can find anything from professional nail services to heated salt baths and foot spas offering a heaven of serenity and harmony to visitors.
In Bali's capital city, Denpasar, spas can be found almost everywhere you look, so you'll be spoilt for choice as to which one to patronise. For a tranquil and peaceful experience, go for one that offers warm sea-salt baths, followed by a traditional Balinese massage and a session of foot reflexology.
It's typical for visitors to have more than one spa session on any given day, so take the time to try out different spas and treatments if you can. It’s hard to go wrong with so many different options.
A favorite on the spa menus in Bali is the Ayurvedic shirodhara ritual, where warm oil is gently poured onto the centre of the forehead and allowed to flow onto the scalp. Prana Spa in Seminyak offers a 60-minute session for Rp. 560,000 – a truly unique and relaxing experience that is a must-try for those looking to rid themselves of tension.
If you would like to experience the satisfaction of doing good for others while relaxing at the same time, try the Jari Menari Spa in Nusa Dua. This family-friendly spot is dedicated to teaching the art of massage to locals with limited opportunities.
There are also classes for anyone interested in learning how to give a massage held on Thursdays. For a more holistic experience, be sure to visit Ubud Bodyworks Centre, where healing practices and yoga classes are accompanied by massage sessions.
Some spas also offer massages in outdoor settings, often with views of the beach for visitors to feel truly immersed in their tropical surroundings. After you've had all the pampering you can ask for, take home some authentic essential oils or herbal teas as gifts, or better yet bring some home to repeat the experience.