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A fam­ily spa treat­ment at La­goon Spa

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - By Katie Tru­man

Five-star The La­guna, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Re­sort & Spa is renowned as fam­ily-friendly. The ho­tel is se­cured among Nusa Dua’s gated re­sort com­plex and nes­tled along­side the pris­tine and gen­tly slop­ing white sands lapped by clear, shal­low wa­ters – an idyl­lic spot for safe snor­kel­ing and swim­ming. And within pretty trop­i­cal gar­dens, The La­guna comes land­scaped around a 5,000-square-me­tre ex­panse of turquoise swimmable la­goon pools – which is one of the world’s first – stretch­ing down to Nusa Dua Beach and pro­vides a ded­i­cated kid’s pool and sandy beach in the shal­low end of the main swim­ming pool. True, there’s no kid’s club per se, but in-house guests get com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to those in neigh­bor­ing Star­wood re­sorts like The Westin Re­sort Nusa Dua, Bali and The St. Regis Bali Re­sort, while childori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties are or­ga­nized for spe­cial oc­ca­sions like Christ­mas and Nyepi (Silent Day).

How­ever, it doesn’t mean that the re­sort is short on fun ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­ily. The La­guna’s bou­tique­sized La­goon Spa of­fers qual­ity fam­ily bond­ing – and also wel­comes out­side re­sort guests. In­spired by the seven pil­lars of well-be­ing (life bal­ance, har­mony, beauty, vi­tal­ity, aqua, na­ture and nu­tri­tion), La­goon Spa is a bit of an aquatic ad­ven­ture, en­tered via a cas­cad­ing wa­ter­fall and sur­rounded by a sec­tion of the stun­ning la­goon pool. The spa pro­vides eight air-con­di­tioned

treat­ment suites (com­plete with shower and groom­ing area), five of which look out over the shim­mer­ing wa­ters. Al­though the de­sign ap­pears op­u­lent and ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary, the ap­proach is warm and nur­tur­ing, with their long-ex­pe­ri­enced, skilled ther­a­pists and some pretty smart fam­ily-friendly spa treats!

LIT­TLE TOES

For ju­nior guests (four to 12 years old, ac­com­pa­nied by a par­ent) the “Spa for Kids” menu of­fers wellthought out and fun spa treat­ments last­ing 45 min­utes (avail­able at Rp.450,000 nett or un­der). For the young, sen­si­tive skins the treat­ment uses all-nat­u­ral fresh and pure in­gre­di­ents, which are good enough to eat, lit­er­ally – quite the chal­lenge not to lick them off.

Other op­tions in­clude “Coco Mas­sage” that fea­tures a gen­tle mas­sage us­ing light and pure vir­gin co­conut oil, “Yummy Fa­cial” with creamy yo­ghurt, a rose pe­tal fa­cial bather and lime and honey mas­sage as well as choco­late or straw­berry fresh milk mask, and “Creamy Wrap­ping” that in­cor­po­rates a straw­berry, honey milk or choco­late ex­fo­li­at­ing body scrub and nu­tri­tious wrap. The spa also has “Fancy Nails” for cus­tom­ized nail de­sign art, from ex­otic flow­ers to flags.

For moms and daugh­ters, these spa treat­ments can be ex­pe­ri­enced

to­gether un­der the “Mom and Me” pack­age, rounded-off with a com­pli­men­tary milk­shake, smoothie or choco­late drink. The spa’s ded­i­cated mini-sa­lon rooms are set up ex­clu­sively for two for man­i­cure­pedi­cure, hair and beauty which are per­fect for mom and child treat­ments in pri­vate.

PAM­PER­ING PAR­ENTS

La­goon Spa’s ex­ten­sive menu also of­fers sev­eral pam­per­ing “me-time’’ treat­ments and rit­u­als for fraz­zled moms and dads, in­clud­ing “From Top to Toe for Him or Her” half-day va­ca­tion pack­age (Rp.3,750,000 nett). This is the per­fect choice as it com­bines look-good-feel-good cus­tom­ized treat­ments for dur­ing and post-va­ca­tion. How­ever, 90-minute

treat­ments are key as these can be nicely syn­chro­nized with a cou­ple of 45-minute kid’s ses­sions, ei­ther taken to­gether as si­mul­ta­ne­ous treat­ments in one of the cou­ple’s suites with twin mas­sage beds (open the wooden shut­ters for la­goon views and sooth­ing wa­ter­fall sounds) or with one or two kids spoilt rot­ten in a sa­lon room.

Amongst the 90-minute Body Mas­sages, the sig­na­ture La­goon Cus­tom­ized Mas­sage (Rp.1,000,000 nett) is both ul­tra-calm­ing and reen­er­giz­ing, com­bin­ing global mas­sage tech­niques cus­tom­ized to in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments: deep vig­or­ous Chi­nese acu­pres­sure ac­ti­vat­ing points on the meridian line, im­prov­ing the body’s me­tab­o­lism and drainage sys­tem, boost­ing the im­mune sys­tem, sooth­ing Swedish and Ba­li­nese mas­sages, and in­vig­o­rat­ing In­dian head mas­sage. Like all mas­sages, these work in unison with a per­son­ally se­lected, co­conut oil-based mas­sage oil in­fused with flow­ers.

Dads don’t miss out ei­ther, thanks to the “All about Men” menu which fea­tures “En­er­gizer for Men” (Rp. 1,400,000 nett), an all-rounder sig­na­ture treat­ment with a lav­ish all-nat­u­ral scrub and spice-in­fused oil mas­sage and Ex­press Mani’s or Pedi’s, best co­or­di­nated with the mini-gals in his life. Fam­i­lies can also take treat­ments al fresco at one of the re­sort’s three spa bales (rus­tic open-air gaze­bos) strate­gi­cally set around the kid’s pool on beach­front lawns shaded by trees. Here, par­ents can in­dulge in mas­sages while the kids splash around within eye­sight (the largest bale di­rectly faces the kid’s pool) or at least one par­ent can have a spa treat­ment ac­com­pa­nied by a child and the rest of the fam­ily can en­ter­tain them­selves at the pool.

All in all, La­goon Spa has the per­fect rather glam­orous so­lu­tion for bored young­sters, mini-spa di­vas in the mak­ing, or dur­ing Bali’s rainy days – or sim­ply, a mem­o­rable birth­day treat!

La­goon Spa The La­guna, a Lux­ury Col­lec­tion Re­sort & Spa BTDC Lot N-2, Nusa Dua (0361) 771-327 www.la­goon­spa­bali.com

Your chil­dren will be pam­pered with some choco­late too.

Nail pol­ish for the lit­tle girls.

The spa of­fers some milk­shakes for your lit­tle ones.

The lux­u­ri­ous de­sign of La­goon Spa’s en­trance.

En­joy a treat­ment at the bale ben­gong while your chil­dren swim­ming in the pool.

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