When Western vacationers prepare a trip to Asia, the first things that come to their minds are the white-sand beaches, cheap shopping, friendly locals, and soothing Oriental massage. Asia is known to offer the best exotic massages and therapeutic spas, especially in Thailand, Japan and India. Indonesia is not far behind. Spa and massage in Bali perfectly complement the tiring fun activities along Bali’s pristine beaches and other intriguing tourist attractions. When in Bali, make sure to check out the island’s leading spa and massage facilities.
Considered by many to be the spa capital of Asia, Bali has everything from the mobile massage ladies offering their services on the beach to the most luxurious spa resorts that could easily rival the best in the world. Found in all major hotels and in almost every street corner, spa and massage centers offer an assortment of massage treatments and styles, which include Balinese, Indonesian, Thai, Shiatsu (Japanese), Swedish, Lomi-lomi (Hawaii), Chinese reflexology and Ayurvedic (Indian) treatments, as well as other side services such as body polishes, wraps, and scrubs. Some parlors offer unique and special services that are more healing than relaxing, such as colon hydrotherapy, vaginal smoking, and craniosacral therapy. Also common in Bali but not in other parts of the world are tandem massage (or four hands massage where two therapists work together in perfect synchrony), double rooms for couples, and gay-friendly massage centers (mainly found in Ubud, Jimabaran and Kerobokan).
Some of the leading (and most pricy) spas in Bali are the following.
Galuh Spa, perhaps the most luxurious in Bali, is located on Ngurah Rai Juta, Badung, just 5 minutes from the airport by car. In addition to its 20 relaxing treatment bed areas, Galuh Spa has a meditation room, jacuzzi, swimming pool, locker rooms, and a very relaxing garden. Service costs US$27.50 (235,000 Rp.)
Talaga Spa, on the other hand, is located on Sunset Road in the happening town of Kuta. This huge facility has 25 standard rooms and 49 bed rooms, bathrooms, and posh lobby and corridor areas. The place is well lighted, cozy and very inviting. Simply entering this spa already offers an aura of relaxation to its guests. Service costs US$27 (230,300 Rp).
Meanwhile, traditional Balinese massage is best enjoyed in Bali Ratu Relaxation and Spa, also found in Kuta. “Ratu” means queen in Balinese, and this is the goal – to treat guests as queens (or kings). Other services offered here are face foam, face massage, face scrub and face mask. Service costs US$ 24 (205,000 Rp).
Another spa that’s worth checking out is Well Being Spa on Lasmana Street in Seminyak. With services beginning at US$23 (196,000 Rp), the specialty here is a gentle body exfoliation using herbal extracts. It is very relaxing as it is therapeutic.
These are just four interesting spas to visit. They are not the best ones since all massage parlors in Bali have something special and unique to offer. They are not difficult to find; in fact, all major hotels and resorts have their own spa and massage centers. Hotel guests do not need to worry about going out and looking for the best place to get a soothing massage.
A friendly warning: prostitution is rampant in Bali and there have been cases of tourists contracting the HIV/AIDS virus. Local prostitutes usually walk the beaches plying their trade in the guise of an innocent massage. For a clean and healthy massage experience, go to luxurious parlors instead of risking your health and wellness in dark, obscure massage parlors. Spa and massage in Bali is best enjoyed this way.