By Judy Chapman.
- CHAKRA CEREMONIES – FOUR SEASONS SAYAN
How good are these nurturing two–hour massages delivered with Ila-spa balms and oils, easily my favourite spa product brand in the world! There are seven massage styles to select from including grounding, inner strength and self-development. Try the Anti-gravity Yoga session in their cool bamboo bale and if you are up for a splurge, spend an entire day here.
The Kicker: The spa team here practice what they preach and receive year-round training in yoga, meditation, fitness, chanting and nutrition.
- GOLD-INFUSED ROYAL COUPLES MASSAGE – PRANA SPA
Everyone’s talking about the Gold-Infused Royal Massage treatment delivered in the Private Suite at this in central Seminyak spa. The massage is delivered with 24k gold massage oil, semi-precious stones and rosewater. What makes this one memorable is the over-the-top opulent interiors inspired by Persia, Egypt, India and Morocco.
The Kicker: To create the right music for this massage the founder of Prana, Jim Elliot, took a boat to a remote area in Papua and recorded natural ocean sounds and bird noises. Read our latest post
- MASSAGES WITH WELLNESS – PEPPERS SEMINYAK
When it comes to blending spa with wellness, then the spa at Peppers Seminyak have something good going on! Love both the Symmetry Massage and Detox Massage here (their spa consultant knows their stuff) but it’s their comprehensive juice and nutrition programs that are creating a buzz. Feel like a booster? Why not check into a 3 or 7 day Wellness Retreat where you not only get to experience the signature massages but will reap the benefits of daily yoga, colon therapy, breath, meditation and nutrition classes – all while staying in luxe villas plus your choice of either healthy meals or juice fasting – depart with a glow! Read more
- ZEN BALANCING MASSAGE – AWAY SPA AT W HOTEL
This unique massage begins with therapists performing a warrior ritual inspired by traditional Indonesian ‘silat’ martial arts to get the ci moving. Therapists then roll, press and massage warm bamboo sticks across your body to stretch out and soothe your limbs and ligaments. Feels so good! Read more
The Kicker: Outside guests who join in on the morning yoga have complimentary access to the steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, detox oxygen chamber and swimming pool facilities.
- THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE – SPA ALILA
Ever since Alila opened in Ungasan, I’ve been a fan of this brand and they have never let me down yet. Their signature offering is the Therapeutic Massage that is a blend of Balinese, Swedish, Acupressure and Thai techniques. It’s an exceptional sequence from start to finish and on the menu at all Alila spas in Bali. Finish up with an invigorating Vichy shower to get your skin singing.
The Kicker: Therapists undergo on-going training in anatomical physiology, nutrition and meditation and know what they are doing.
- COMO SIGNATURE MASSAGE – COMO SHAMBHALA
Trust me this signature massage is one of the best on the island as it is a real wellbeing massage. The sequence is unique and has been thoughtfully curated to reverse the effects of our digital lifestyle. For example, the movements counter how our body caves forward or inwards that gives lasting results. Not to mention, COMO is one of the most beautiful retreats in South East Asia.
INSIDER TIP: Practitioners are trained to understand your body at a glance and follow their intuition to deliver a personalised experience.
Who better to share with us the insiders` guide to Bali’s best massages than spa curator, Judy Chapman. In her own words: ‘As the former Editor in Chief of Asia Spa magazine and author of four spa books, I confess I know a thing or two about what makes a good massage.’ She says while Bali offers a plentitude of venues, there are definitely some standouts.