Expect a calm, fragrant and sunlit-filled atmosphere in most Balinese spas, which range from the dazzling Matahari Beach Resort spa in Pemuteran, northern Bali, which resembles a grand water palace, to the equally charming Indiana Massage, a tiny open-air pavilion on the beach in Lovina. In the main tourist centres, luxury spa options worth treating yourself to include Jamu Spa in the Alam Kul Kul hotel in Kuta and Spa Me in the Bali Mandira Hotel in Legian, both redolent with Balinese style, and Hotel Tjampuhan Spa in Ubud, which is in a fairytale grotto setting.
Massage, scrub and soak
Massage and herbal body scrubs have an important place in Balinese family life. From birth, parents massage their children, and as soon as children are able it?s normal for them to reciprocate. Anyone with an ailment receives a specially formulated scrub, and men provide and receive massage as much as women. The Balinese massage techniques of stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure result in a lowering of tension, improved blood flow and circulation, and an all-over feeling of calm.
So what can you expect in a spa? It?s basically a three-stage process ? the massage, the scrub and the soak. Therapists are often female, although top-end spas may have male therapists. Many massage rooms are also set up with two massage beds, so you can have a massage alongside your partner or friend.