With its picture-perfect landscapes, (occasionally) white sandy beaches and ever-evolving culinary scene, Bali is a destination many go to unwind at. And what makes or break a vacation? A good spa treatment or massage, of course — which is what the island is known for, especially the Balinese massage.
The Balinese massage is a full-body, deep-tissue, holistic treatment originating from the Indonesian island. Its treatments usually include a combination of gentle stretches, acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy combined with the aromas of essential oils to stimulate the flow of blood, oxygen and “qi” (energy) around the body to bring about a sense of well-being and deep relaxation.
Massage places aren’t just limited to roadside massage parlours on Jalan Legian or Seminyak, either. There are many chic and upscale spas around that specialise in certain treatments — so you’d probably be spoilt for choice.
Whether you choose to indulge in a lush coconut body scrub, or a 90-minute Balinese massage in a serene setting in the jungle right next to a flowing river, here are the most luxurious spas on the island you should know about.