BALI, THE ISLAND OF THE GODS, has a reputation for being a SouthEast Asian hotspot for the “coastal lifestyle”. It’s called ‘Balifornia’ for good reason.
The island is the capital of spas. Revivo Wellness Resort, in Nusa Dua in South Bali, is a sanctuary for massages, meditation and clean eating. The Alila properties in Seminyak and Uluwatu are blessed with uplifting beach fronts, and sweeping vistas of land and sea. The closest thing to a hassle here would be picking the right spa for your facial or full body massage.
Away Spa W Bali
Reprieve for Late Night Parties
W is the perfect insider’s club for trend-setters. The W Seminyak hotel’s lively, playful spirit is galvanised by the hip, laid-back staff and flamboyant interiors.
The Away Spa embodies the W spirit. There is glamorous respite here. Traditional spa decor philosophy doesn’t apply, as the serene space is bathed in blue ambient light, and fluffed by plush, purple accessories. There’s also a Chill Bar, serving a myriad of cocktails and champagne on tap.
Even the spa’s opening hours —whenever you wish— is catered for a late-night out. Highly-trained therapists are on standby 24/7, ready to pamper men and women alike. There is a treatment exclusive to men, called the “Man Up” Facial, which focuses on anti-aging and hydrating therapy for the party animal. A hot towel compress will wrap things up.
Staff will cocoon guests in 24K Gold Wrap, soak tangled hair in a creamy coconut and tangerine conditioner. Fatigued muscles can be soothed in a variety of ways, from placing warm ginger packs to rolling bamboo cane over the body in gentle rhythmic strokes. Take your pick, whatever and whenever.
For urbanities ready to suspend stress
You’re one with nature at Fivelements, a rustic retreat nestled alongside the Ayung River, near Ubud.
Wake up in a village-like sanctuary fashioned out of bamboo, created by award-winning Balinese architect Ketut Arthana. The whole place is fashioned out of natural materials — without any concrete in sight.
At Fivelements, healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life. Therapies are borne out of local beliefs rooted in nature and the divine. Ancient village remedies are distilled into deep-cleansing facials, soothing bathing rituals and good ol’ traditional Balinese massages.
For modern hippies, there are fire blessing rituals and water purification ceremonies on the spa menu. It’s a great way to recharge your mind and centre yourself. Local priests sprinkle holy water to cleanse guests on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Spa Alila at Alila Villas Uluwatu
For Yoga devotees
At Alila Villas Uluwatu, yoga devotees can enhance their practice on land, on water and in the air.
Practitioners can lunge into a warrior pose on land, or give the core a solid workout by balancing on paddleboards in the infinity pool. Aerial yoga here offers great spinal decompression for deskbound urbanites. At Alila, the gravity-defying session comes with a complimentary panoramic postcard view. Suspend in hammocks in a pavilion hovering on a rocky ledge above the vast Indian Ocean.
Reward yourself with a spa with the same breathtaking vista visible from airy villas sprawled across the hillside in Bukit Peninsular. Head over to its sister property in Alila Seminyak for a spectacular sunset view.
The Spa at The Legian Bali
For classic Balinese wellness therapy
The Legian ticks all the boxes when it comes to Balinese hospitality. Traditional Bali Style massages are deftly administered by trained therapists with over a decade of experience. But try to drift into slumber, treatment rooms offer a stunning, panoramic view of the ocean.
But Legian’s secret to sublime service lies in its name. This spa is located on a private stretch of Seminyak Beach, and both single and couple spa suites are available for booking. The spa’s decor is classic and traditional, but forward-thinking in terms of healing treatments and wellness therapies.
The spa only uses organic products in their massages, indulgence rituals and bathing ceremonies. And some people might be glad to know there is a minimum entry age of 16.