With so many places to pick from, it’s hard to decide which one is the best spa in Bali
Most people who visit Indonesia go to Bali at the end of their trip. I can’t blame them. It’s the perfect place to relax, soak in the sun, enjoy some gorgeous beaches, get close to the local traditions and pamper oneself. Bali is famous for its gorgeous resorts – they are some of the best places to stay in Bali; for its many healthy food options (there’s an abundance of great restaurants in Ubud), for its yoga retreats and last, but absolutely not least, for its spa.
Having one (or more) spa treatments is definitely one of the things to do in Bali. As a girl, I am all for the beauty treatments – waxing, facials, hair care, manicure for my poor bitten nails, pedicure. But I definitely appreciate other wellness treatments, such as Balinese massages and hot stone massages. Nowadays their easy peasy to book, various sites allow you to select the location of the various Bali spa, the treatments, and even show a number of regular discounts.
However, with so many to pick from, it’s hard to decide which spa you should go for. But worry not! I have selected what I think are the top Bali spa, scattered around the island, some of them located in some of the best places to stay in Bali, others just independent and all of them offering the most amazing treatments.
This Floating Breakfast, Jungle Swing, & Spa Day in Ubud includes a spa experience.
The Best Spa In Bali For All Needs And Treatments
The best spa in Bali – Ubud
Ubud is probably the loveliest city in Bali, one that definitely deserves a visit. It has retained much of its character despite the presence of many expats, and all around it there’s some amazing rice fields, part of the cultural landscape of Bali that also is a UNESCO heritage. Ubud has an incredible range of good hotels and resorts; upscale restaurants for any taste; and, quite obviously, some of the best spa in Bali.
Royal Kirana Spa
Royal Kirana Spa is located in Ubud, right next to the Royal Pita Maha, which is one of the best places to stay in Bali. One of the reasons I think it’s one of the best spa in Bali is its location: right against the Ayung River Valley, far from the main road (and the terrible traffic that somehow put me off in Bali), overlooking the gorgeous terrace fields Bali is famous for.
Once insise, the place is simply stunning: the cobblestoned footpaths go through a beautiful, lush garden. The treatment villas all have a private pool and a jacuzzi, showers and relaxation nook. The best treatment here is the Royal Retreat, which includes a massage, facials, use of the facilities in the village, and a meal. No doubt one of the ultimate Bali spa.
Riverside Spa at Maya
Maya Ubud actually has not one, but two spa complexes. It is located in the highlands of Ubud, and the spa by the riverside (hence the name) really is one of the best spa in Bali. Upon arriving, guests have to walk along wooden riverside boardwalks to get to the treatment area. All the while, and throughout the treatment, they can hear the sound of Petanu River below.
Among the best treatments in this Bali spa there’s the two-hour River Breeze package which includes a massave, a body mask and a body lotion. Other packages include baths in copper tubs. There’s also packages for couples and honeymooners.
The spa is located in the fabulous Maya, one of the best places to stay in Bali.
The Spa at Padma Resort
Padma Resort is one of the best places to stay in Bali. The spa is a fabulous, sophisticated place where anybody ends up experiencing what the therapists call “inner bliss.” Treatments go from those that follow the traditional Asian style to the newest ones. The products used are simply fabulous, and the treatment rooms incredibly stylish. It definitely is one of the best spa in Bali.
The Sanctoo Spa
The Sanctoo Resort is one of the best places to stay in Bali, also thanks to the incredible Sanctoo Spa, which has a fantastic series of wellness and beauty programs, that rejuvenate the body and mind. The aim at Sanctoo is to rejoice people with nature, to bring them back to what the therapists call “nature of soul” – which is characterized by love, peace, happyness, humbleness and purity.
This is done using the healing power of human hands and the body energy. Massages and facial treatments are done using high quality products for optimum results. It’s easy to see why it’s one of the best spa in Bali.
Visesa Balinese Healing Spa
Located in Desa Visesa Ubud Resort, which is by far one of the best places to stay in Bali, this is the ultimate Bali spa, a place to get blissfully pampered and to have a fabulous, holistic healing experience. The spa uses the principles of Bali Usada in its treatments, which consists in the use of ayurvedic medicinal plants, herbs and spices. Its signature treatments are the Balinese healing. The Cave treatment is also unique to the spa.
Taksu Spa is a beautiful, stand alone spa – not connected to any of the beautiful resorts in Bali. It’s one of the most popular Bali spa, and one of the reasons is that it is very affordable. But it’s not just that. The environment is tropical, quiet, soothing – a place to relax and feel completely peaceful. The treatments are fabulous. And to top this off, there’s some incredible dining options, which include raw vegan, sushi, baked goods. In other words, it is heavenly.
Jaens Spa Shanti
Another stand alone spa, and one of the best spa in Bali. Just like the Taksu, it’s affordable and very popular. It is located at a 10 minutes drive from the center of Ubud. Here, therapists use a blend of ancient remedies and modern spa rituals to help guests feel healthier and improve their overall wellbeing. The products used are a blend of natural ingredients, oils, herbs and spices that are simply fabulous.
The best spa in Bali – Seminyak
Seminyak is the most famous beach area of Bali, packed with some of the best places to stay in Bali, incredible restaurants, great shopping opportunities and, quite obviously, the ultimate Bali spa.
If Seminyak is somewhat hectic, Prana allows to escape from it all. What makes this one of the best spa in Bali, aside from (quite obviously) the great treatments available, is the design, with architectural designs that are clearly influenced by India and the Middle East.
Prana trademark treatment is the Shirodhara, which means “head flow” and is a typical Ayurvedic treatment. It begins with a massage to the head, scalp, neck and shoulder which is then followed by pouring medicinal oils. The treatment is particularly recommended for those suffering with headaches or insomnia – I don’t, but I can definitely do with some relaxation. I surely want to try this Bali spa.
The Espace is a stand alone, affordable and popular Bali spa. There’s two locations – one in Seminyak and one in Canggu. In both places, the environment is cozy and warm, the atmosphere elegant, and the treatments fantastic. Body massages have a relaxing, rejuvenating effect and they are done using natural products. The overall effect is a fantastic reduction of stress – I know I need that one! Quite likely one of the best spa in Bali.
Qi Shiseido Spa
Qi Shiseido Spa is owned and managed by Japanese beauty care company Shiseido (just that is enough to make me want to go). It is located in Seminyak Suites, one of the best places to stay in Bali. Qi Shiseido Spa core concept is “Omotenashi,” which means “devotion to clients;” and “Tsubo,” which refers to the meridian pressure points. Qi is meant to be the vital energy that runs through the body, and which gives beauty and balance to the mind, skin and body.
The spa is incredibly stylish, with beautiful treatment rooms. Treatments at this spa include massages, skin care and the ever so needed hair care (I am a hair freak, I know that whenever I go to the beach in Sardinia my hair gets dry and brittle so I assume it’d be the same in Bali). All treatments have the purpose of restoring energy, by inducing a deep state of relaxation. They are combined with Shiseido skincare. Guests leave feeling energized, relaxed and overall more beautiful. Easy to see why it is one of the best spa in Bali.
The best spa in Bali – Kuta
Kuta isn’t exactly a place I’d recommend visiting. It’s so chaotic, so crowded, that when I visited I ended up thinking that Bali has lost its magic. Yet, I have to grant it to it: Kuta has some of the best resorts in Bali, and some of the best spa in Bali that aren’t necessarily linked to a hotel.
Taman Air Spa
Taman Air Spa is located in Kuta, not far from Denpasar, and it is one of the most popular, stand alone day spa in Bali. In the chaos of Kuta, this spa is a real sanctuary where to get away from it all, get fully pampered and leave rejuvenated and relaxed both in the body and in the soul. For sure, one of the best spa in Bal.
Bali Orchid Spa
This is a stand alone, popular spa, also thanks to its unbeatable prices. It works according to the traditional local belief that body, mind and spirit ought to work in harmony and that health and well being lead to happiness. The treatments at Bali Orchid Spa aim at healing, releasing tension and in freeing the body of toxins and improving blood circulation. The staff uses natural and herbal medicines – ginger tea, lemon, etc – as they stimulate, soothe and rivitalize the body. The setting is gorgeous. Definitely one of the best spa in Bali.
Theta Spa by The Sea
Located in the beautiful Bintang Bali Resort – one of the best places to stay in Bali, when in Kuta – the main feature of this spa is the stunning sea view. It is set in a quiet, peaceful environment where to have fabulous treatments that aim at providing wellbeing and improving beauty. It is known as one of the best spa in Bali.
The best spa in Bali – Jimbaran
Jimbaran is home to some of the best beaches in Bali. With it come some incredible resorts, and some of the most incredible Bali spa.
Butter & Scrub Spa
Bali Paragon Hotel is where to stay in Bali when in Jimbaran. If the hotel is lovely, the spa is in and of itself a good enough reason to go there. It quite simply is one of the best spa in Bali. It is the perfect place for guests to pamper themselves with the aim of having a healthier skin with beauty treatments and feel overall relaxed and rejuvenated thanks to the other treatments. One of the signature treatments is a massage that is supposed to relieve the effects of jet lag. I am a sucker for jet lag, it hits me every time despite many years of traveling, and I’d probably head for that treatment right away!
The signature treatment at this spa uses frangipani flowers, which are supposed to instantly relive stress and bring an overall feeling of peace and relaxation. The treatment starts with a foot bath in orange blossom fragrance, which is then followed by a massage using frangipani body scrub and body mask. I love frangipani, so this is enough to make me say this is one of the best spa in Bali.
The best spa in Bali – Sanur
Sanur is seaside town in the southeast coast of Bali, famous for its many beautiful beaches, with the typical sight of traditional boats; its great choice of places to stay and restaurants. And quite importantly, there’s also a good selection of Bali spa.
Mandara Spa at Maison Aurelia
Maison Aurelia is one of the best places to stay in Bali. The spa includes 3 treatment rooms, plus a single room and a double room with bath and shower. The treaments are a great mixture of Asian inspiration and elegant and luxurious British skincare brands. Simply wonderful and one of the nicest Bali spa.
Known to be one of the best spa in Bali, Jamu Wellness is one of the most established spa, it has a great reputation and it’s actually quite affordable. It offers fabulous, holistic natural spa treatments all aimed at keeping the body healthy and revitilized, and free from diseases. Among the treatments available, there’s acupuncture, hormone balancing, nutrition support.
Other Fabulous Bali Spa
Visala Spa, Legian
Visala Spa has 3 venues, all in the Legian area and all beautiful, modern, clean and very affordable. The Visala at the Magani Hotel, for example, has four massage treatment rooms and male and female sauna. The treatment menu has a lot of options – it’s one of the best spa in Bali.
Royal Balinese Spa, Nusa Dua
The Royal Balinese is a stand alone Bali spa that offers a wide variety of treatments using a fabulous blend of ingredients. Among the best treatments to have at the Royal Balinese, there’s the Balinese massage, the ancient balinese treatment, and facials. All aim at pampering and revitalizing, and promoting a healthy body and soul. I love facials – I had one in the Maldives and after the treatment I felt at least 5 years younger, so I’d definitely go for that.
The Spa at the Edge, Uluwatu
The Edge is one of the best places to stay in Bali, and its spa is fabulous. It faces a stunning sea cliff, literally defying gravity. Needless to say, the views from there are incredible. Just this would be enough to make it the best spa in Bali. Yet, to add to it there’s the liquid floors, the wall-less rooms, the in-villa baths, the private steam coves – all with views of the Indian Ocean.
The Spa at Bulgari Resort
The name Bulgari is enough to get my interest. Not only is this one of the best places to stay in Bali, but its spa experience is out of this world. The spa is set on a cliff top, with fabulous, luxury treatments such as massages, hot stone massages, facials and more. These are provided by using techniques such as Balinese, Asian and European. There’s also private spa pavilions and a plunge pool. It’s expensive, but worth it – it surely is one of the best spa in Bali.
Soori Bali is one of the best places to stay in Bali. The spa is simply wonderful. Picture softly lit interiors, dark sandstone and tiles and a series of treatments that mix Asian and western style therapies. To top this off, Soori uses its special line of “natural active” spa products. The spa villas all have their own entrance, with a special herbal steam shower and bathtub and even an individually controlled sound system. Quite simply one of the best spa in Bali.
Have you ever been to Bali? Did you get any spa treatments and if so, what do you think is the best spa in Bali?
Make sure to check out my other posts about Bali:
- 26 Absolutely Unmissable Things To Do In Bali
- A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Bali
- Has Bali Lost Its Magic?