Relaxation for all the family

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am


In these stressful times, a relaxing vacation and spa treatment are even more essential -and Bali offers the perfect combination.

The island offers volcanic peaks, terraced rice paddies, surf-lashed beaches and dramatic sunsets.

Hindu traditions and customs permeate throughout daily life, imbuing Bali with a spiritual richness -even amid their spas. Treatments reflect Bali's spirit and traditions, where massage is a way of life and welcoming Balinese 'give from the heart'.

Beside Canggu Beach, Hotel Tugu Bali's Waroeng Djamoe Spa celebrates centuries-old Javanese and Balinese therapies, rituals and treatments, combining spirituality with healing, using island-sourced organic ingredients based on ancient traditions. Treatments take place in five atmospheric kamars (chambers, plus gubuk -outdoor huts), among tropical gardens.

Starwood's flagship W Retreat opened this year in Seminyak. W Retreat Bali's Away Spa is cutting-edge stuff, emphasising glamour, fun and escapism.

Resembling a 1,500-square-metre sleek white spaceship, facilities include detox/oxygen room, wired with pure oxygen masks, post-treatment decompression lounge, chill bar and wet area with hot and cold plunge pools and hammam (Turkish bath).

'Best Resort Spa in Asia-Pacific, 2011', is one of several accolades for Ayana Resort's Thermes Marins Bali Spa (TMBS), which offers ancient eastern healing therapies and modern European treatments.

'Our objective is to be [the] pioneer of innovative treatments available only at Ayana,' says Spa director Michi Sonoda. Four signature treatments introduced this year offer a more holistic approach. Like Ayana, 22,000-square-metre TMBS is sensationally perched on cliffs above Jimbaran Bay.