Bali’s best luxe beauty spots are out of this world

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION | BALI - ELISSA DO­HERTY

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


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.



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


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.

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