The Australian - Wish Magazine - - GROOMING -

Imag­ine three thatched bales with twin treat­ment beds, open sides hung with floaty white cur­tains and rat­tan blinds, just me­tres from the sea. Pretty ther­a­pist Ari of­fers you cool lime juice and a choice of sweet mas­sage oils in stop­pered glass bot­tles with names such as Seren­ity, Peace and Bliss. There is the scent of frangi­pani on the breeze, the thrum of waves, and the prospect of ther­a­pies such as scrubs with coffee grains or smooth choco­late, Ayurvedic en­ergy-flow op­tions and good, strong mas­sages us­ing muslin com­presses of heal­ing herbs or heated volcanic pumice.

Bel­mond Jim­baran Puri’s Beach Spa would never win a con­tem­po­rary de­sign award but it is an au­then­tic haven of pam­per­ing with­out all the on-trend frills and flounces, mood light­ing and wind chimes. It sits at the far end of this flow­ered es­tate at Jim­baran Beach, one of the is­land’s best swim­ming and sun­set-view­ing venues. If you pre­fer, have a mas­sage on a day-bed near the wa­ter’s edge, by the main pool or in the gar­den of your walled villa, sur­rounded by bright bursts of hibis­cus and bougainvil­lea.

But it is to the Beach Spa that most guests wan­der, across the clipped green lawns, past the lily ponds, over the step­ping stones. The savvy among them have in­vested in in­clu­sive pack­ages that fea­ture a daily ses­sion, from foot scrubs and re­flex­ol­ogy to a flower bath in the whirlpool bale or even a 150-minute spa odyssey that in­cludes a re­fresh­ing fa­cial and zingy peel. Su­san Kurosawa

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