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For a spa treat­ment amid na­ture, the first place that springs to mind is Spa at Maya Ubud. Walk­ing through the ver­dant land­scape of Maya Ubud Re­sort & Spa's grounds to­wards the rugged river val­ley is a gen­tle way to ease your mind into na­ture. Tak­ing the pri­vate lift down a level takes you to a sep­a­rate world; other than the ad­ja­cent River Café and swim­ming pool, you are al­most in a world that time has for­got­ten. Wooden walk­ways lead along the banks of the gen­tly me­an­der­ing Pe­tanu River to the open-air re­cep­tion and then on to­wards the spa's in­di­vid­ual treat­ment pavil­ions nes­tled into the con­tours of the un­du­lat­ing land and look­ing out onto the wildly wooded hills across from the river. Each room is sit­u­ated in its own dark wood hut and is semi-open to na­ture. Af­ter chang­ing, your ther­a­pist starts with the foot-wash­ing rit­ual, be­fore set­tling you onto the treat­ment bed and set­ting the ceil­ing fan for your com­fort. Then, as she starts to knead away your weari­ness and the fra­grance of your mas­sage oil adds to the glo­ri­ous am­bi­ence, your mind can let go, wan­der­ing free with the sound of the birds and the gen­tle breeze. Your flower bath is a rit­ual it­self, cov­ered in bright yel­low fra­grant blooms you can soak for a while gaz­ing out into na­ture in all its glory. All the mas­sage oils and treat­ments are based on In­done­sia's an­cient beauty rit­u­als, hon­our­ing the coun­try's long tra­di­tions, which, along with the skilled ther­a­pists, make this spa jour­ney one that lingers in the mem­ory.

Maya Ubud Re­sort & Spa Jalan Gu­nung Sari, Peli­atan, Ubud Bali 80571, In­done­sia T: (+62) 361977888 E: ma­yare­

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