Heal­ing Vil­lage Spa at Four Sea­sons Re­sort Bali, Jim­baran Bay

Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Sue Wal­lace

You can’t help but feel re­newed af­ter a pam­per­ing and Ba­li­nese bless­ing spa treat­ment at the pic­turesque Four Sea­sons Bali in Jim­baran Bay. The ‘Bless­ings of Bali’ two-and-a-half-hour treat­ment com­bines an­cient ther­a­pies and sa­cred rit­u­als at a cliff pavil­ion on the Jim­baran Bay fore­shore, where af­ter­noon breezes tem­per the heat.

Yoga poses in­clude stretch­ing and breath­ing tech­niques that leave you feel­ing re­laxed and ready for a mas­sage. Be­fore the mas­sage starts, you are treated to a rhyth­mic ‘sound bath’ cre­ated by the masseuse with a gong and singing bowl, known for its au­ral abil­i­ties that help clear the mind, body and spirit. The sound soothes the soul just as the long stroke Ba­li­nese mas­sage en­cour­ages re­lax­ation. Af­ter the mas­sage, you change into a tra­di­tional sarong and sit be­side the res­i­dent priest who sets up of­fer­ings to the Gods on the cliff edge with mag­nif­i­cent ocean views.

Chant­ing and prayers fol­low for a few min­utes fol­lowed by a dous­ing of colour­ful flow­ers and wa­ter from a china bowl that in­vokes re­newed spirit. The wa­ter brings with it a feel­ing of in­ner peace. It’s fol­lowed by a de­li­cious snack, co­conut drink and fruit to be en­joyed as you sit and con­tem­plate life look­ing out to sea – sheer bliss. foursea­sons.com/Bali

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