If you’re in Bali for vacation, you probably like beaches and nature. But the magnificent views aren’t the only reason people go to the island in droves. Bali is also a top destination for everyone looking for exotic Asian healing.
Today, you have your pick among so many spa and wellness experiences, including traditional Balinese massages, aromatherapy treatments, facials, body scrubs, wraps, and yoga classes. If you plan to stay in one of Bali’s luxury hotels or resorts, such as Four Seasons or Sanur Beach Villas Resort & Spa, you won’t have to go far to get the care you need from wellness experts. These places typically have wellness amenities like a yoga studio, a gym, or a spa. But the best procedures aren’t just for guests of fancy accommodations. If you can find your way to local villages.
But if you’re from a different area, it can be hard to determine which treatment, therapy, or program is worth the money. So, if you’re in the market for all kinds of activities and experiences that lead to wellness, please look at my recommendations. I’ve been to all these locations, so I’m confident their treatments will meet all your expectations.
1. Ours Spa Uluwatu
Located in the south of Bali in Uluwatu, Ours Spa is an amazing spa if you want the full royal treatment. It gives you a view of the shores leading to the Indian Ocean, which helps enhance the relaxing settings that they’ve created. Of course, the high-end interior further improves the aesthetics of your surroundings. In my experience, this helps me get into full-on relaxation mode.
To anyone who wants to try out this spa, there’s a whole menu of treatments and services that you can try out. Their wide selection of treatments includes massages, manicures, facial and body treatments, and massage therapies. They also offer hair removal treatments like waxing and threading if you want to look smooth from head to toe as you sunbathe. But my advice? If you want some waxing done, visit Ours Spa a few days before. From what I’ve seen, this will help prevent any bad reaction to seawater.
After getting your treatments done by professionals, I recommend heading to Ours Eatery for lunch or dinner. It’s just a five-minute walk, so you don’t have to be in the sun for long.
💸Average price: US $85
📍Address: Jl. Labuansait, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Bali 80361
💎Services: spa, massages, beauty treatments, shower/flower/milk bath, nails, couple massage.
2. The Istana Uluwatu
If you’re after a luxurious spa experience with all the bells and whistles, then The Istana is the place to go. Living up to its title, The Istana – AKA the royal residence – makes up an entire mecca of transformative spa treatments and ‘biohacking’ encounters. A one-stop-shop for boundary-pushing wellness offerings, get ready to be spoiled here in ways you’ve never envisioned, from tactile hardship tanks and contemplation withdraws to cryotherapy, hyperbaric chambers, and sound-dome saunas with infrared technology. You name it, they have it! Moreover, this is where you’ll spend numerous hours bouncing from the steam room to the jacuzzi and cold dive within the open-air spa region, which so happens to waver on the edge of Uluwatu’s awe-inspiring cliff-tops.
💸Average price: US $90
📍Address: Jl. Uluwatu Jl. Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Bali 80361
💎Services: spa, sauna, cold bath, recovery area
3. Amo Spa Canggu
One of our all-time favourite spas in Canggu, Amo, has everything you’ll love in an NYC-style day spa – and so much more. You will be in love with the finest of claim-to-fame medications from relieving techniques that will free you of any post-surf hitches, fab oxygen facials to spoil your sun-kissed skin, and an exceptional pedicure, including over 1,000 distinctive colours to select from! Plus, in genuine Canggu style, there are indeed bar and café options and a steam room, sauna, ice dive pools, and Epsom salt showers where Canggu’s finest meet in the detox.
Our best tip is to choose an IV treatment to keep your entire body fed from the inside out, or go all out with a sentimental couple’s spa bundle!
💸Average price: US $60
📍Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 69, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
💎Services: spa, massages, beauty treatments, shower/flower/milk bath, nails, couple massage, sauna, cold bath, recovery area
4. Goldust Bali
Canggu Club is fun if you want to lead a more active life, but it can put some tension on your muscles, too. Good thing there’s a getaway in the Goldust Spa. As someone who needs a lot of pampering, I love that this spa gives me an experience you won’t get with an ordinary body scrub. If you want the best that their team can offer, get the skin care service that turned this into one of the most famous spas in Bali or even the world.
The spa also has an exclusive service called 24k Gold Facial Treatment, which uses real 24k gold on your face to improve your skin condition significantly. Pampering yourself with Goldust surrounded by a laid-back ambience surely means good times!
If you’re looking for something more low-key, you can also choose to book facial treatments like acne or anti-ageing ritual, and other options, such as nail service or oil massage techniques. Clients can also enjoy pampering that doesn’t necessarily target improving the patient’s appearance. Body massage options, like the classic and Balinese massage are my favourites when I feel my neck is a little tense. Their range of services will help you find your serenity.
💸Average price: US $80
📍Address: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong Gg. Nyepi, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
💎Services: spa, 24K gold spa & mask, massages, beauty treatments, shower/flower/milk bath, nails, couple massage
5. Sundari Day Spa
The Sundari Spa experience is a unique one. This spa building is located in the heart of Seminyak. As soon as you arrive at the spa, they will take your shoes and put them in a box waiting for your departure. They will then take you to a private room where they give you a welcome drink and explain how their services work.
The spa offers many different types of treatments, including massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. They also sell products made by local women in Bali. The spa has many different secluded rooms for different treatments that couples can enjoy.
The staff is friendly and accommodating here; they will make you feel very welcome during your stay!
💸Average price: US $60
📍Address: Jalan Petitenget 7 Kerobokan, Seminyak, Kec. Kuta, Bali 80361
💎Services: spa, massages, beauty treatments, shower/flower/milk bath, nails, couple massage
Best Spa in Bali 2023. Our Author’s Choice
Many people see Bali not just as a tropical paradise but also as a wellness destination. And in my 10 years in Bali, I think this has been proven by how huge the demand is for spa experiences. Even if you’re not really into the wellness craze, having the space for relaxation and refreshment can still be good for your mind, body, and soul.
If you’re still on the fence about what spa center to go to, here are my top recommendations based on their treatments, services, therapists, atmosphere, cleanliness, and value for money.
The Istana Bali, Sundari Day Spa, Amo Spa Canggu.
For me, the best places for a spa treatment offes more than nice music, beautiful interiors, and healing rituals that promise to transform you. More than the results of health and beauty that you’d get from your appointment, I think it should be more centred on what you actually feel in that environment. For example, do you think you’re getting relaxation while you’re getting a massage? Having fitness and wellness-related events like pilates afternoons are also a huge part of the experience.
How much you’ll spend on this wellness retreat depends on the package and services that you’ll get. But on averge, you should expect to spend US $150 in one of the spas I recommended.
Location, facilities, hospitality of the therapist, and quality of the spa products… the list of things that you have to consider when choosing a Balinese spa just goes on forever! So, I hope the information that I provided her for my favourite spas help you find the best one for you. Sometimes, the quality of the service and experience you’re going to get depends on the staff. So, make sure to check out customer reviews as well.
I hope that you enjoy your holiday and have a good spa experience in Bali!