Experience the ultimate Balinese massage by the banks of a tropical river
What’s not to love about Bali? It’s a tropical paradise, complete with white sandy beaches, lush jungles and exotic animals – and it’s the home of some of the world’s best-known spa treatments.
If you’ve never experienced the Balinese massage before, book a flight to Denpasar Airport immediately, then head north towards the The Spa at Maya Ubud.
When you arrive at the resort, descend towards the river and breathe in the thick, fragrant air of the surrounding rainforest. Your therapist will be waiting by the water’s edge, ready to draw on thousands of years of cultural heritage to make you feel relaxed, refreshed and at one with nature.
There really is no better introduction to Bali’s luxury spa scene.
The tiny Indonesian island is home to several world-class spa resorts, but Maya Ubud Spa is continuously voted one of Bali’s best.
Situated between the Petanu River Valley and the Peliatan rice fields in the heart of Bali, it’s a little haven of calm and luxury spread across ten acres of perfectly manicured grounds.
The Maya Ubud resort itself is fully equipped with two swimming pools, a tennis court, a putting green, a yoga pavilion and a gym, and guided treks are available every day for anyone keen to explore the natural scenery.
However, the spa is the focal point of the whole resort. A Riverside Deck hangs over the banks of the Petanu River, and treatment pavilions look out across the stunning valley, adding an extra sensory level to your massage or facial.
The Spa at Maya Ubud specialises in massages, and there is a huge range on offer. The Relaxing Balinese Massage is a must-have, but the spa’s signature Soothing Mayan Massage will also be worth a try.
The spa’s traditional herbal treatments draw on thousands of years of Balinese tradition, and involve warm herbal poultices being applied to the skin, before you are treated to an invigorating neck, shoulder and scalp massage. The herbs and massage techniques are believed to have healing properties, and will help to remove toxins from the body, as well as nourishing the skin.
Specialised treatments include a Slimming Green Coffee Wrap, which can reduce cellulite almost instantly, and a series of Intraceuticals facials are renowned for their anti-wrinkle and skin hydrating effects.
Whatever treatment you choose, just make sure you take a moment to soak up the scenery, and make the most of a relaxing experience that has been thousands of years in the making.