Posted on Dec 30th, 2012 by Allison (Bali, Reviews/Recommendations, Travel)

Bali is a wondrous place… especially if you’re into pampering and massage.

A fabulous local massage therapist makes house calls and charges 150,000 Rp (about $16) per hour. I enjoyed a reflexology session last week.

For Christmas, my kids decided to treat me to a pampering spa experience, and selected Sedona Spa in Ubud.

Brandon dropped me off this morning and I was led through this flower-covered arched path to my private room – the Gardenia.

I was in heaven even before I got on the table.

While water gurgled, birds sang and meditative music played in the background, I received an incredible one hour massage. This was followed by a stimulating coconut body scrub… and then a coconut milk body mask.

Are you jealous yet?

As I showered off the scrub, my attentive Balinese therapist was preparing my flower bath (she was a little surprised when I asked for cool water, not warm) – along with fresh ginger tea and a fruit plate to enjoy.

I generally I prefer showers to bathing. I find I get bored soaking in hot water – and most tubs are rather uncomfortable for me. But this was an experience and a half, and one I’d like to have again.

The deep tub was so comfortable, the water cool and refreshing on a hot Balinese day – and the luxury of bathing with flower petals made me feel like a goddess.

I sipped my tea (and took a few photos), and swirled the flowers in the water with my toes. I wanted to stay in that tub for an hour 🙂

When my flower bath was over, I was given a sarong to wear and led to the salon where I enjoyed a hair cream bath, scalp massage, hair steam treatment and neck/shoulder massage…

And because my facial skin is so sensitive I opted out of the facial and asked for a foot massage instead… and it was a good choice. He accompanied me to the shampoo bowl and back, so my feet and legs were being nearly continually massaged for another 45 minutes. Oh happy, happy feet.

A manicure and pedicure topped off the treatment and I felt like a brand new woman. And by now, the hot sun had made way to a thunderstorm which nicely cooled things down a bit.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Wow – how much did that cost!???”

Any guesses? If you guessed $300 you’re wrong. But that would easily be what you’d pay for an equivalent treatment in the states or Europe.

$200 you say? Wrong again. $100? Nope.

The grand total was approximately $50 US for 4 hours of heaven. If you don’t count the $1800 airfare to get here, that’s a bargain. Even WITH the airfare it’s a bargain – and one I’ll take advantage of again.

Thanks Brandon, Jennifer & Ashley. I absolutely loved my gift. Next time, let’s all go together!

(9) Comments   


Michelle on December 30th, 2012 at 9:38 am

Amazing! Lovely recap, I’m very very happy for you, wish I was by your side. That tub filled with flowers made me sigh.

Pat Leavitt on December 30th, 2012 at 10:24 am

What a heavenly experience. Couldn’t we build doTerra there and I would have to go and work with you. I know it would be hard but I am so willing to sacrifice for you.

paul on December 30th, 2012 at 3:44 pm

This experience you had at the spa sounds wonderful for you. For me it sounds like a walk through hell. I realize that most people love to be pampered but for me it’s like if one more stranger puts there hand on me i’m going to get violent. I know I’m in a huge minority and I’m glad you loved it but if my kids did that for me I’d encourage them to climb another family tree.

Jennifer Pearce on December 30th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh, yes, let’s do go together next time. 🙂 Sounds so lovely. I’m glad you had such a great experience!

Allison on January 1st, 2013 at 9:02 am

Michelle – we need to do another girls trip and make sure a flower bath is part of the itinerary!

OK, not massage for you Paul… but would you enjoy bathing with flower petals?

Pat – I appreciate your willingness to sacrifice to join me in Bali. You are such a saint.

Jean on January 1st, 2013 at 9:29 am

My idea of Heaven

A King's Life on January 2nd, 2013 at 11:47 pm

I’m in for next time too! Hopefully, they’ll have enough foot massagers 😉

Ashley Rae on January 5th, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Yes! We will join you next time! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for blogging about it so we can read about it and see pictures 🙂

Peggy on September 25th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I’ve been to Bali. Isn’t it Heaven? Too bad its so far away!

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