Have you ever dreamed of pampering your face with gold dust, and dipping yourself in a pool of chocolate and wine?
If you love to indulge in facials and spa, you would have heard of some of the most exotic treatments in the world – the Korean snail slime facials, Japanese bird dropping masks, the more common fish exfoliation, and some of the strangest products you can’t ever imagine putting on your own skin.
Although some of these spa have their share of critics who argue that they aren’t exactly effective, therapists who administer these treatments have stood their ground, citing celebrities whose skin have shown tremendous improvement.
And of course, as the land of romance, retreat and wellness, Bali has its own fair share of exotic spa you’ve probably never heard of.
So if you’re feeling adventurous, here’s 8 strangest (and tantalising) treatments you can dip your skin in!
1. Brush your face with gold at Goldust Beauty Lounge
Who says only diamonds are a girl’s best friend?
Next in line would be all that glitters – real gold.
Imagine caking your face in a gold mask – how lavish can it get? (And that can start getting you to think: how many carats?)
At the Goldust Beauty Lounge, you must not miss its signature treatment – the 24-Carat Gold Facial, during which you will have sheets of gold applied on your face, which apparently lowers collagen depletion, stimulates circulation and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
And surprise – this idea was actually originally mooted 5,000 years ago by the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, who was said to have drifted into sleep in a gold mask almost every night.
So after your very indulgent facial, you can go on to enjoy massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures after.
And if you bring along the kids, fret not – Goldust also offers mani-and-pedi and massages for the little ones!2. Soak yourself in red wine at Rumah Spa
You can sip red wine and bathe in it at the same time.
And the grapes and wine used originate from Singaraja in northern Bali itself.
The Vinotherapy Grape Red Wine Spa starts with a rose geranium sea salt foot bath, followed by a blend of grape seed and red wine body scrub to remove dead skin cells.
After that, you’ll take a shower, before enjoying a soothing body massage using grape seed oil, which will relax your body and mind.
Lastly, here comes the climax of your treatment – a body mask using a blend of grape, red wine and pink clay is used to polish the body, restoring and conditioning the skin.
You will end off your luxury spa by soaking in a bathtub filled with a blend of pure extract grape juice, red wine and flower petals.
And all this time during your treatment, you get a complimentary glass of red wine.
How much more decadent can it get?
3. Pamper him in coffee at The Balé
Ladies, this is the chance for you to treat your guy to an experience often dominated by women.
The Coffee Ritual at The Balé, a villa complex in Nusa Dua, is entirely for men.
This well-recommended spa will both ease your tensions and perk you up – better than just sipping your mocha in a cafe!
Your treatment will begin with a glass of lime & lemongrass iced tea and a foot bath, to ease you into a relaxation mood.
You can then lie back for a soothing massage using espresso oil, enjoy a cappuccino body scrub and end off with delicious latte body lotion on your body.
If you’re considering staying at The Balé though, take note that the premises are only open for adults, and no children under 16 are allowed, to ensure the serenity for couples and close friends to reconnect.
4. Be massaged with bamboo and mango at L’Occitane
Have you heard of L’Occitane’s signature indulgent treatments – the Bamboo Spa and the Mango Tree Spa?
With the Verbena Bamboo Fusion Therapy, your body is massaged with varied lengths of bamboo sticks, using rolling techniques and long deep strokes, combined with the spa’s Verbena blend.
This specialized massage target tense muscles and stimulates the flow of energy within the body – the best therapy if you have sore and tired joints from excessive trekking or work!
You can choose to simply go for the massage, or opt for more indulgent body treatments that include exfoliating, scrubs and polishes with the signature therapy.
At another L’Occitane spa outlet, you get to enjoy mango treatment on the top of a (what else?) mango tree itself.
While you are indulging in your massage in the peaceful Ayung River Valley in Ubud, you are treated to a majestic view from the treetop, serenaded by the song of the birds, music of the flowing river and the soft rustling of leaves.
Definitely a therapeutic haven to soothe your body, mind and soul.
The signature Mango Tango is a relaxing body massage based on Swedish effleurages, combined with Chinese acupressure points and long kneading Balinese movements with L’Occitane’s signature mango massage oil.
The full-body massage relaxes the muscles and enhances circulation, promoting overall health and well-being.
Similar to the Bamboo spa, you can choose to either just enjoy the massage, or get the more indulgent body treatment with mango-juice-infused scrubs and shea butter lotion.
This is the perfect place to spoil your little princes and princesses.
Yes, while Mom and Dad are pampering themselves, the kids can get their fair share of facials, mani-pedi and massages too!
At Westin Kids Spa, one of Bali’s rare children’s spa, both you and your little ones will be delighted at all the cute mini-treatments they can get, from mini facials to nail art to hairstyling for both boys and girls.
Girls can get their hair braided and beaded for the beach, or get a Best Friends Forever girly treatments with their friend.
You can also spend some Mommy-daughter/son time with the ‘Mommy and Me’ spa, where both of you get a massage by the beach!
Parent-child bonding can’t get more fun and relaxing!
6. Bathe in delicious chocolate at Rumah Spa
Imagine having thick, yummy liquid chocolate being poured down your entire body as you bask in its sweet fragrance.
Apart from its red wine treatment, Rumah Spa is also known for its Chocolate Body Spa.
As Indonesia is the third largest cocoa producer in the world, you can be sure some of the best chocolate is used on your skin!
If you’re a chocolate-lover, you probably know that chocolate is rich in high anti-oxidants and vitamins, while the glyceride from the chocolate moisturises and tightens the skin.
So after this treatment, you’ll emerge looking more youthful than before – with glowing skin.
You’ll start with a chocolate foot bath, followed by a chocolate body scrub. After a shower, you can lie back for a soothing body massage using chocolate oil.
And this will surely be your favourite part – your body will be wrapped in a chocolate mask, to polish the skin and tighten the pores, finally ending off with a chocolate bubble bath.
The spa comes with a complimentary mug of hot or iced chocolate, so you can literally lick off the sweet goodness while pampering your body with that delicious liquid.
Don’t be too tempted to lick that last drop off your skin!
7. Enjoy intimacy care like a royal lady at Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa
Have you heard of the Javanese pre-marital intimacy care for women?
Traditionally before their weddings, upper class Javanese ladies go through a six-day ritual that involves vaginal smoking and love massages – which form part of an intimacy spa package.
Although such treatments are widely popular in Indonesia, it’s relatively hush-hush in Bali, and only a few spa outlets carry it. One of them is the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa.
At Taman Sari Spa, this Royal Marital Happiness package has both men’s and women’s treatments. Both include the Asmaragama massage (known to increase sexual stamina) and Pelvic floor exercise.
In the women’s package, an ‘intimacy care’ portion is also included, which is vaginal smoking in other words – to cleanse and beautify one’s vagina, and to remove unpleasant odour. The procedure is this – you sit on a chair that has a hole in the seat, and fumes from a burner containing scented dried herbs waft up under you.
As a herbal remedy, the treatment is also said to be able to prevent and cure infections, improve blood circulation and even tighten the vagina.
Does it really work? Well, it’s based one of those old sayings and beliefs, so we leave the judgment entirely up to you!
8. Get spiritual healing at Hotel Tugu spa
Feeling unsatisfied even after going for the typical spa package with just massages, facials and baths?
Who says healing is just for the body?
At Hotel Tugu, spa treatments combine spirituality with physical healing, a practice stemming from ancient Indonesian traditions that focus on the holistic well-being of a person.
Apart from traditional massages and beauty treatments, meditations are also incorporated into some of its spa treatments, such as the Kamar Samedhi.
For the Kamar Mantra treatment, the therapist even chants Hindu mantra during the session while using soothing herbal oils, to ease your body, mind and spirit.
If you’re open to having these Hindu-inspired incorporations into your spa, why not give it a try? You may find that it works for you, and emerge more refreshed afterwards.
But if you just want a non-religious therapy, Hotel Tugu has a variety for you to choose from as well.