GALAXY OF SPA STARS
Bali’s best luxe beauty spots are out of this world
No one does day spas like the Balinese – and indulging yourself with a massage, facial or body scrub on the holiday island has now gone next level. Think piccolos with your pedicures, Cleopatra-style gold masks, blow-dry bars and nail buffs for blokes.
What’s a day spa without a DJ spinning cruisy beats, gargantuan glasses of frose (frozen rose) and even a spot of homewares shopping?
At this pampering paradise, a perfect fusion of modern beauty spa and Bali beach club, there’s really no reason to leave. Ever.
In fact, the New Zealand chain should come with a warning. Think you can stop at the charcoal facial with takesumi-activated bamboo charcoal, the zesty lime salt scrub or chilled aloe cucumber face mask with ice crystal face massage? Ha!
You’ll be sucked into a vortex of bliss for hours, if not days, by the heavenly treatment menu and calming, chic white surrounds.
The Seminyak village location won the Best Day Spa 2017 at the World Spa Awards, while Harper’s Bazaar named the Hair Rescue treatment its Most Relaxing Hair Ritual in 2016.
The spa has three outposts in Bali’s hippest spots – two in Seminyak and one in Canggu – and if you really need screen time during your me time, Wi-Fi is free. SPRINGSPA.COM
COCOON MEDICAL SPA
Expect to feel like you’ve stepped into a sci-fi film as you enter this giant beehive on Sunset Rd, Legian, and get ushered over a path of polished pebbles and stones into a private glass pod.
The experience becomes even more surreal as doctors in white coats run you through other-worldly sounding treatments such as snail serum and cryo facials, or vampire lifts where your own blood is removed then reinjected (an anti-ageing therapy made famous by Kim Kardashian otherwise known as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy).
But this modern medi-spa draws travellers from far and wide, particularly the Instagram influencers and Australians, many of whom fly in especially for cutprice Botox and fillers.
If you dare, you can choose from colonic irrigation, vitamin drips and vaginal rejuvenation to send you home a new woman.
Staff at the Australian-run beauty institution are at pains to make you feel at ease, offering cups of ginger and lemongrass tea and showing you their equipment, like needles in sterile packaging before they begin.
KARMA SPA, KARMA KANDARA BEACH RESORT
When your eyes are rolling back into your head from the sheer joy of two hours of uninterrupted bliss, the view can be a moot point.
But if 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean from a clifftop massage bed are up your alley, or listening to the soothing sound of waves crashing below, then put this Ungasan spa at the top of the list.
The floaty white curtains of your thatched-roof bale are flung open during your treatment, which ranges from ginger massages to reduce inflammation from tech addiction, to Balinese coffee and cocoa scrubs and oxygen-infused facials.
If you really want to push the boat out, head beachside to the Ocean Spa Suite for sea salt scrubs, mini-facials and coconut oil-drenched massages.
The prices can be similar to what you’d pay in Australia, if not more, once you’ve added government taxes and service charges, but it’s worth it for the setting. KARMAGROUP.COM/KARMA-SPA
Where to start – the “stress buster” massage in an oversized lounge chair, complete with hot stones and herbal tea, that causes an out-of-body experience?
How about the hair spa treatment with a luxurious scalp, neck and shoulder massage?
Let’s go with the signature Cleopatra treatment that has inspired the spa’s name – and 1000 Instagram posts. The 24k Gold facial, which allegedly slows collagen depletion, stimulates circulation and reduces wrinkles, is the signature treatment at this luxe lounge, and it will leave you feeling like an Egyptian goddess.
Goldust Beauty Lounge reigns supreme in the hipster enclave of Canggu, located near Deus Ex Machina on bustling Batu Bolong St.
The decadent fitout is tasteful glamour, with bevelled edge mirrors, gold satin robes and matching cushions, and there is a cute frock shop downstairs. Make sure you book well ahead. GOLDUSTBALI.COM
AWAY SPA, W BALI SEMINYAK RETREAT
It’s hard to go wrong with a visit to one of the terribly hip W hotels, and their Bali-based Away Spa is no different.
Open 24/7, the heavenly haven combines ultra-modern design with novel features such as meditation platforms, beachside cabanas for blissful massages and martinis, oxygen rooms, a hamam and a manscaping menu.
Once you are suitably rested and rejuvenated, join the style set at the outdoor WOOBAR for a sunset session, cocktail class or probiotic smoothie taken poolside.
Check the website for special packages and offers. WRETREATBALI.COM/AWAYSPA
Floaty white curtains open to 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean during your Karma Spa treatment; soak up a perfect fusion of spa and beach club at Spring Spa, and feel like Cleopatra with the 24k Gold facial at Goldust Beauty Lounge.