THE EDGE OF REA­SON

AT THE LAV­ISH AWARD-WIN­NING THE EDGE, THE SPA AT THE EDGE TAKES SPA-GO­ERS TO NEW HEIGHTS IN BEAUTY AND WELL­NESS EX­PE­RI­ENCES IN BALI…

Bali & Beyond - - CONTENTS - The Edge – Uluwatu Bali Jalan Pura Goa Lem­peh, Ban­jar Di­nas Kan­gin, Uluwatu (0361) 8470-700 www.mesa­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com/ theedge By Katie Tru­man

Get pam­pered at lav­ish The Edge Spa

You may al­ready be fa­mil­iar with apt­ly­named The Edge, a lux­u­ri­ous villa es­tate with its eight ul­tra­pri­vate vil­las and lim­ited fa­cil­i­ties dra­mat­i­cally perched atop Uluwatu’s clifftops in Bali’s south­ern Bukit penin­sula. How­ever, you may not yet be fa­mil­iar with The Edge’s equally jaw-drop­ping The Spa that is nes­tled amongst this ex­clu­sive se­cluded es­tate and is open to both stay­ing and to out­side day guests. The Spa takes Bali’s spa de­sign to a whole new level, lit­er­ally, far re­moved from typ­i­cally tra­di­tional va­ri­eties on the is­land it is surely one of the coolest and most beau­ti­ful sanc­tu­ar­ies around – it was jus­ti­fi­ably awarded the “Most In­no­va­tive Spa 2010” by pres­ti­gious Asia Spa mag­a­zine.

Sus­pended 80-me­ter-high above the In­dian Ocean, cling­ing to the edge of sea cliffs, The Spa has been de­signed to fuse with its oceanic sur­round­ings. Sim­i­lar to The Edge’s vil­las, The Spa presents a stun­ning all-white ul­tra-con­tem­po­rary and min­i­mal­ist-styled space, but here, one vast open-plan cham­ber with curved, sen­su­ous outer walls nat­u­rally fol­low the cliff’s con­tours. The Spa pro­vides a cou­ple of wet and dry mini-therapy ar­eas with Vichy Show­ers and an el­e­vated main treat­ment deck, bathed in nat­u­ral sun­light, with a duo of stone mas­sage beds fac­ing wra­paround floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that re­veal spec­tac­u­lar In­dian Ocean views.

The ocean may be far away, but this quirky deck space, de­signed with a unique “liq­uid floor” and per­ma­nent an­kle-deep wa­ter, brings the ocean to you. And since there is just one spa cham­ber, al­beit with ad­join­ing male and fe­male chang­ing rooms, The Spa of­fers to­tal ex­clu­siv­ity for one guest book­ing at a time – which is why you should al­ways book ahead –, so you can get the lux­ury of hav­ing the spa all to your­self.

RICE AND EASY

The lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tions and spa are cut­ting-edge and high de­sign, nev­er­the­less, The Spa’s se­lect treat­ment menu pays homage to Ba­li­nese tra­di­tions. Treat­ments are pam­per­ing and such in­dul­gence and, apart from some top-notch Pevo­nia Botan­ica fa­cial and body treat­ments, of­fer­ing a quin­tes­sen­tial Bali spa ex­pe­ri­ence in­spired by four ba­sic el­e­ments of Ba­li­nese Hindu tra­di­tional rit­u­als and tem­ple of­fer­ings: fire, sa­cred flow­ers, blessed holy wa­ter and rice.

These, along with cus­tom-made spa prod­ucts con­tain­ing all-nat­u­ral cer­ti­fied or­ganic in­gre­di­ents, are es­pe­cially high­lighted in four ex­clu­sively de­signed Sig­na­ture Rit­u­als: Oceanic, Sa­cred Flower, Di­vine Fire and Dewi Sri. Each are sig­nif­i­cantly themed and suit par­tic­u­lar needs, and all last two-hours (avail­able at Rp. 2,100,000++) and loosely fol­low a sim­i­lar bliss­ful for­mat; they all com­mence with a foot rit­ual, con­tin­ued by core body scrub wrap and wash, and rounded off with a mas­sage therapy ad­min­is­tered by ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tion­ally-trained Chief Ther­a­pist Ny­oman.

I chose the “Dewi Sri”, named af­ter Bali’s sa­cred Rice God­dess and a ther­a­peu­tic rit­ual cen­tered on rice – which, for the Ba­li­nese, is a source of life-sus­tain­ing en­ergy and nour­ish­ment –, promis­ing to “re­vi­tal­ize a stressed body and fa­tigued mind with re­newed health.” This treat­ment is made com­plete with wet and dry heat ther­a­pies to soothe mus­cles and joints as well as im­prove blood cir­cu­la­tion and lym­phatic drainage.

The Dewi Sri Sig­na­ture ex­pe­ri­ence starts with a scented paddy wa­ter rit­ual com­bined with med­i­ta­tive breath­ing, fol­lowed by a Ba­li­nese Black Rice Scrub. The grainy ex­fo­li­at­ing body scrub uses ground black rice that is rinsed off for sev­eral min­utes un­der jets of warm wa­ter pelt­ing out from the over­head Vichy Shower, a won­der­ful tropical rain shower.

STEAMY STUFF

Ny­oman then slathered my en­tire body with a lus­ciously thick Lo­tus Seed and Herb Steam Body Wrap to sit for about 20 min­utes in a pri­vate steam pod; an in­di­vid­ual seat carved into the stone wall with steam holes strate­gi­cally placed

around the minis­cule seated area. The towel draped around my body cap­tures the herbal steam ris­ing up from these holes, max­i­miz­ing the ben­e­fits of this ther­mother­apy process and the wrap’s ther­a­peu­tic in­gre­di­ents, in­clud­ing ex­otic tropical spices like cin­na­mon, gin­ger and nut­meg to warm and nour­ish the skin. The Vichy Shower treat­ment area is cur­tained off to keep all the steam in. This cu­bi­cle is trans­formed into a Turk­ish-like steam room. Sit­ting here alone is al­most med­i­ta­tive and I could have stayed all day.

How­ever, I con­tin­ued on with a cin­na­mon and or­ange-in­fused cleans­ing body wash ly­ing face down on the bed, be­fore be­ing led zom­bie-like by Ny­oman up to the main treat­ment deck. The rice rit­ual con­cludes with an out­ra­geously re­lax­ing hot stone mas­sage therapy, us­ing heat-re­tain­ing vol­canic stones that sooth­ingly dif­fuses heat deep into my knot­ted neck, shoul­der and up­per back mus­cles. This is prob­a­bly the only spa where my ther­a­pist wears rub­ber boots slosh­ing about in an­kle-deep wa­ter while ad­min­is­ter­ing treat­ments – cre­at­ing the sur­real il­lu­sion of hav­ing my treat­ment at the ocean’s shore­line.

Af­ter all this, zoned out, de­stressed yet rein­vig­o­rated, I’m handed a Sun­set Or­ange drink (a healthy blend of or­ange juice and yo­ghurt) and re­cline on the in­door lounger, also semi-sub­merged in wa­ter, as if I’m at some in­fin­i­tyedge pool, gaz­ing out to sea – al­ter­na­tively, there is a pri­vate cliff-edge ter­race just out­side, for post-spa down­time. Be sure to book The Spa for late af­ter­noon to co­in­cide with to-die-for sun­set views. Who­ever said liv­ing on the edge is bad for your health?

The lav­ish set­ting of The Spa.

Get pam­pered while en­joy­ing a view of the ocean.

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