When it comes to spa treatments, there is perhaps no better place to pamper tired muscles than Bali. Home of the traditional Balinese massage, the spa industry has come a long way from the simple beachside treatments offered to the island’s first wave of tourists in the 1950s.
1. Jiwa Spa – Conrad Bali
When it comes to relaxing in elegant luxury, the beachfront Conrad Bali resort boasts a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces – including water gardens and two pool pavilions – aimed at soothing and rejuvenating tired souls. Regularly voted one of Bali’s best spas, this child-friendly, tastefully decorated venue offers a broad range of therapeutic treatments.
Address: Conrad Bali Resort and Spa, Jalan Pratama, South Kuta, Badung, 80363.
2. AWAY Spa – W Retreat and Spa
Privacy is paramount at the AWAY Spa in Seminyak, which boasts separate male and female change rooms and a seemingly infinite array of secluded treatment rooms. Treatments range from pedicures to facial scrubs, full body massages and tantric meditation. In fact, there’s not much you can’t to revitalise at this award-winning Seminyak spa retreat.
Address: W Retreat and Spa, Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Denpasar, 80361.
3. Kriya Spa – Grand Hyatt Bali
Inspired by an ancient Balinese water palace, the Kriya Spa at the Grand Hyatt Bali is renowned for its clean lines and contemporary architecture, as well as its dedication to using healing products indigenous to Bali. That means you’ll receive a treatment based on Balinese healing philosophies of harmony, purity, energy and bliss, provided you book in advance at this eternally popular spa.
Address: Grand Hyatt Bali, Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Nusa Dua, 80363.
4. Serenity Spa – Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran
One of Bali’s newest and most modern spas, the Serenity Spa boasts three private experience rooms and three couples’ rooms, as well as plenty of dedicated salon space. Indeed, the funky décor and modern treatment facilities make it one of Bali’s most contemporary spa experiences, ensuring a steady stream young and young-at-heart clientele passes through its opulent surrounds.
Address: Jalan Bukit Permai, Badung, 80361.
5. The Spa at The Legian
With an exclusive outlook over Seminyak Beach, the well-appointed Spa at The Legian offers four single and two couples’ spa suites boasting super beachside views. It’s not just the views that can leave you breathless but also the extensive range of Health Club and Yoga facilities, although the numerous spa treatments – including romantic bathing ceremonies and therapeutic massage – are just as in-demand.
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, 80361.
6. The Chedi Club
An inland companion to The Spa at Legian, the ever-popular Chedi Club boasts a resplendent outlook over the lush green rice paddies of Ubud. It’s the ideal place to indulge in some traditional Balinese massage, with the three spa villas boasting dedicated treatment rooms, a sauna and private plunge pool with views over the rice fields.
Address: Jalan Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, 80571.
7. Thalasso Spa – Ayana Resort and Spa
If you’ve ever pined for the restorative qualities of seawater, then the Thalasso Spa at Ayano Resort has got you covered. Enjoy the curative effects of 700 million litres of seawater pumped directly from the Indian Ocean into the resort’s popular Aquatonic Pool. If that’s not spectacular enough, the two spa villas perched out on the surrounding coastal rocks provide the ultimate in spa luxury with an outlook that's hard to surpass.
Address: Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera Jimbaran, 80364.
8. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Known simply as the Spa, what the Four Seasons’ lacks in a snappy name it more than makes up for in facilities. Boasting oceanfront villas, couples treatments, a full range of salon services and the traditional Balinese massages the island is renowned for, this high-class, highly rewarding spa experience will invariably leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.
Address: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, 80361.
9. Spa at the Bulgari Resort in Bali
With an emphasis on function as much as form, the Spa at the Bulgari Resort provides the perfect relaxing escape with its dedicated yoga pavilion, relaxation lounge and multiple treatment rooms. Its Royal Pavilions feature private plunge pools and gardens, while its hand-carved teakwood Joglo treatment house is almost as eye-catching as its arresting cliff-top location.
Address: Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin Uluwatu, 80364.
10. Spa at the Royal Santrian
Not necessarily top of the list for many Bali visitors, the Spa at the Royal Santrian is nevertheless a wonderful place to while away an afternoon. Its Signature Ritual Spa Package is a hedonistic slice of sumptuous indulgence, while its Love Eternity – Wine Spa Treatment is designed to rekindle the romance for the lucky couples who indulge.
Address: Jalan Pratama Tanjung, Benoa, Kuta Badung, 80361.
Words by Mike Tuckerman