Health, wellness and rejuvenating treatments are things that Bali is renowned for. Bali has long traditions in areas such as massage and body treatments that have been handed down from generation to generation and honed to an art form designed to give the bodies and souls of 21st century travellers a new lease of life.
The lulur began life as a pre-matrimonial herbal body-scrub but has become a firm favourite with therapists and patients alike. Standard Balinese massages are performed with aromatic oils and the therapist delivers long strokes. A special featuring the aforementioned duo plus a body coating of yoghurt to rehydrate the skin after over-exposure to the sun usually takes two hours and is a real bargain pricewise when considering the scale of the treatment.
Other treatments widely available are a head and shoulder massage with herbal conditioner, and fish spas. The latter has gained fans across Southeast Asia. People dip their feet into a spa-bath filled with tiny fish. The fish nibble dead skin off the feet and generate a pleasing tickling sensation. Some spas offer the same treatment for hands.
There are plenty of independent spas in locations such as Sanur and Kuta where visitors can enjoy Balinese treatments. Jamu Spa has salons in both locations in which tourists can kick-start their bodies with a lulur, a boreh spiced body mask, a body scrub or an ocean detox scrub with natural sea salt. Masseuses also offer massages at the busier surfing and swimming beaches.
High-end resorts with their own onsite spas provide alternate wellness therapy venues, albeit with a higher price tag, in opulent surroundings. The Thermes Marins Spa at the Ayana Resort is one such establishment. It provides an all-encompassing wellness package with a relaxing massage centre overlooking the sea and a thalasso seawater pool added extras.