Most visitors come to Bali to relax. And for the ultimate in relaxation, Bali’s luxury day spas are the holy grail of effortless indulgence.
With so many establishments specialising in the art of bodily pampering, spa aficionados in Bali are spoiled for choice.
So how about something different? Something you’ll only find in Bali?
Take your pick from one of these 12 impeccable day spas that have views of Bali’s countryside and coastline as serene and soothing as the treatment.
Enjoy a session at one of these places and you’ll want to keep your eyes open – at least for a little while!
1. Chill at a floating bed hanging over the river – Permata Ayung Private Estate Spa
“This spa, a bamboo cathedral, was a very personal project for me; a dream of mine made real beside the Ayung River.” – Elora Hardy
A true dream come to life, the health spa at Permata Ayung Estate might become top on your list of favourite memories when you’re in Bali with your friends.
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The gloating massage bed hanging over the river is not only great for a therapeutic spa with a view, it also makes a great experience for you to share with your family or friends.
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Photo by Permata Ayung
Apart from the floating pod above the river, you will enjoy stepping into the bamboo cathedral designed by world-famous bamboo architect, Mrs. Elora Hardy.
Surrounded by the river, and the soothing sounds of flowing water, the spa offers massage treats, as well as two natural stone pools carved from natural rock to lounge in and while the day away.
If you have a little cash to splash, this would definitely be a dream come true for you too!
PS: Permata Ayung Estate is super exclusive, so do make sure to enquire if the spa is available for booking!2. Find Inner Peace Amid Nature – Sacred River Spa, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
In a hidden sanctuary surrounded by lush jungle and verdant rice paddies, the Sacred River is no ordinary hotel spa.
Using its natural surroundings as inspiration, the treatments incorporates authentic spiritual traditions such as Chakra balancing, Balinese Ayurvedic practices, yoga and meditation which are aimed at deep restoration of both mind and body, from the seen and unseen.
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Experience Bali bliss with unique Chakra treatments like Muladhara, Swadhisthana, Sahasrara in enchanting settings filled with lotus ponds and exotic tropical flora.
The spa takes its name from the Ayung River, the beautiful waterway that runs past the spectacular grounds of the Four Seasons Sayan, just 10 minutes drive from Ubud Center.
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With its enchanting location and emphasis on Bali’s spiritual nature, stay in any of its 60 luxurious rooms, and enjoy specially curated highlights for guests such as – Rice Bowl Architecture Journey, A Day in the Life of a Balinese Farmer, and Antigravity® Yoga.
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What can we say? It’s perfect for those seeking a secluded and meditative escape, combined with world-class luxury and top-notch views.
3. Unwind riverside at a cliff-top oasis – Ayung Spa, Bali’s Hanging Gardens
Perched on top of a towering cliff in the midst of a splendid tropical forest and hovering above the holy Ayung River – the Hanging Gardens of Bali is Ubud’s most breathtaking luxury resort, and has an amazing spa to match.
Choose from the majestic Royal Spa Suite secluded in the heart of the jungle, or the River Bale, where the sounds of the rushing river make the perfect background soundtrack to relaxation.
For all day indulgence, splurge on a package that gives you full day’s entrance to all the spa’s facilities, complimentary drinks and a swim at the world famous Hanging Gardens swimming pool.
The spa menu covers a tantalising array of relaxation, beauty and hair treatments. The 90 minute Hanging Gardens Immersion includes a Skin Glow, an hour long massage and healthy three course meal.
4. Soak up spiritual vibes from the ancient temple – Aura Spa, Puri Gangga
Set in the countryside 25km from Ubud, the boutique Puri Gangga Resort is surrounded by the spectacular rice terraces of Tegalalang, considered to be among the most beautiful in Bali.
What makes Aura, the Puri Gangga’s spa, extra special is its unique view of the ancient, beautifully sculpted Royal Baths of the sacred Gunung Kawi temple, which has been carved into the nearby cliffs.
The spa’s semi open treatment rooms let you admire the view from the sunken baths.
And you’ll get to choose from a selection of treatments featuring natural oils with an exotic blend of perfumes, Indonesian herbs and fragrant, medicinal spices!
5. Take a sensory journey beside the majestic Petanu River – The Spa at Maya Resort
Just outside central Ubud, the stunning Maya Resort sits in splendid isolation, hemmed in by forests and rustic villages in the Petanu River Valley.
Its 10 hectare expanse consists of architect designed thatched roof buildings in a tropical paradise garden setting.
Nestled along the riverbank is The Spa at Maya.
The treatment pavilions are accessed by winding walkways through lush foliage, and overlook the valley embankment where it meets the swirling waters below.
The spa touts its treatments as ‘sensory journeys’ that recharge the body and leave you with a restorative tropical glow. The Maya’s facials and personal care treatments can be tailored for your specific skincare concerns.
And if all you’re looking for is a soothing foot massage, head to the dedicated riverside deck for reflexology treatments!
6. Gaze over the waters Candidasa while you destress – Ocean Spa, Candi Beach Resort
Far from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, Candi Beach Resort is nestled within a coconut grove garden that gently rolls on to a beautiful, white sand private beach.
The resort’s Ocean Spa lets you experience tranquillity Candidasa style.
With a stunning spa room where you can soak away your stresses in a healing herbal bath – enjoy the stunning sights of clear turquoise waters, and the golden shoreline of the Indian Ocean.
Ocean Spa offers up a range of customisable ‘healing journeys’ designed to improve circulation, restore a healthy glow to your skin, and leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
The ‘Energizing Journey’ includes a foot cleansing ritual, a warming scrub, an invigorating Balinese massage and a warming body wrap. Afterwards, drink in the glorious views with a complimentary health drink.
7. Enjoy low key indulgence with breathtaking views – Spiral, Bloo Lagoon
Created as an eco-tourism haven in the low key coastal village of Padangbai, Bloo Lagoon might not be as flashy as some of the larger resorts – but is just as appealing thanks to its relaxed sense of charm and down-to-earth hospitality.
For one of the best spa experiences on this part of Bali’s east coast, the Spiral at Bloo Lagoon is a gorgeous getaway. It also comes complete with panoramic views over the glassy waters of Padangbai’s famous Blue Lagoon Bay.
The peaceful ocean outlook is especially alluring around sundown, and Bloo Lagoon’s therapists are especially friendly and highly experienced.
Newly-landed guests should try the Jet Lag Reviver massage. If you’ve been baking in the Bali humidity for a while, freshen up with a hydrating body wrap, followed by a facial.
8. Take a break beachside – Tea Tree Spa, Baruna Resort
The Baruna’s Tea Tree Spa has delightful outdoor massage bales just metres from the shoreline, looking directly out over a remarkably calm stretch of South Kuta Beach.
With the sound of the lapping waves in the background, and a serene setting of landscaped water features and tropical gardens – a session of pampering at the Tree Tree makes it easy to forget how close you are to all the action of Bali’s most popular vacation destination.
The Tea Tree has a welcoming reception area and a choice of treatment rooms, as well as the beachside bales for enjoying outdoor treatments.
The spa menu is extensive, ranging from rejuvenating body scrubs and wraps to long, indulgent pampering packages.
The Tee Tree Signature package is 150 minutes of relaxation including an exfoliating body scrub, an aromatic mud wrap and a 60 minute aromatherapy massage.
9. Escape to the jungle in a stunning spa – Sabai Spa, Chapung Se Bali Resort
An exotic jungle setting makes the Sabai Spa one of the most unique luxury spas in Bali.
The Sabai can be found at the lavish Chapung Se Bali Resort, tucked away in a secluded part of Ubud above the Osh River valley.
A true sanctuary, the spa’s beautiful outdoor treatment villa is surrounded by beautiful rainforest and lush countryside as far as the eye can see. This means you’ll get to be one with the sights and sounds of nature, as you enjoy some of Ubud’s most decadent spa treatments.
Massage is the Sabai’s specialty, with a range of massage styles available to suit your needs and desires – including a detoxing Deep Tissue Massage, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Aryuvedic treatments and massages for new and soon-to-be mothers.
Other beauty treatments and longer indulgence packages are also on the Sabai’s tantalising menu!
10. Experience the healing power of the Campuhan River – Wana Jiwa Spa by Komaneka at Bisma
Komaneka at Bisma is part of the boutique Komaneka resort series, hidden away in a tropical forest close to the heart of Ubud.
The on-site Wana Jiwa Spa is named after its location and its philosophy. ‘Wana’ means forest, while ‘jiwa’ means soul.
The spa villa is located in the midst of tropical forest on the bank of the Campuhan River.
Open your eyes for a moment as you stretch out luxuriously in your outdoor spa villa – and you’ll be treated to an enchanting view of the sacred river, surrounded on both sides by giant ferns and other tropical flora.
The spa is reached by descending a series of gentle stairs, passing by the resort’s iconic infinity pool.
When you arrive for a treatment, you are escorted to a large and beautiful reception pavilion – where the floor-to-ceiling windows open onto views of the river jungle.
The treatments use carefully sourced natural ingredients, including deluxe imported Babor Spa products. Guests will enjoy a variety of treatments with Babor Spa Product such as facials, manicures, pedicures and massages.
11. Relax amid the treetops at the magnificent hillside – Pita Maha Spa
Steeped in local tradition and contemporary elegance, the Pita Maha Resort is located on a hillside overlooking the luscious natural greenery of the Tjampuhan Ridge.
Pita Maha’s spa is a private sanctuary located in a secluded part of the resort. From its spectacular elevated vantage point, the spa villa revels in glorious views of the tropical forests and luxuriant countryside that surround Ubud.
The spa offers a menu of treatments inspired by ancient Balinese healing practices to promote health, beauty and vitality.
Designed especially for couples, Pita Maha Spa also features an outdoor treatment pavilion, steam room, hot and cold tubs and a Balinese spring water plunge pool.