A must-do when you are in Bali is a full-body massage. Based on my observations, massages places in Bali are grouped into the 3 types:
The cheap ones are the ones located at the main thoroughfare of tourist areas, i.e. Kuta, Semintak, etc. Usually the staff will be sitting outside calling out “mar-sarrrrge?” to everyone who walks by. Prices are cheap. For a full body massage (60 mins), it will cost about 50,000rp (about S$7).
I know, insanely cheap!
However, there is no surefire way of knowing if you’d get a good massage. It’s, more often than not, a hit-and-miss affair. If you’re lucky, you get a decent massage. If not, then good luck 🙂
At the other end of the stick would be the expensive, atas massage places, i.e. Dala Spa, Prana Spa, etc. These places charge in US dollars so it’s a clear sign that the spa is an atas one! A a basic full body massage (60 mins) will set you back about US$61 (about S$84). Still pretty affordable by Singapore standards but for Bali, it’s considered expensive.
Middle of the road will be the mid-range massage places. These places tend to be off the main tourist belts (i.e. need transport to get there) and are usually a stand-alone building with treatment rooms, etc. Prices would be considered cheap by Singapore standards and they’d offer more than massages such as pedicure, manicure, flower baths, scrubs, etc.
One such place is called Maruno Salon & Spa, located at Seminyak.
I did a quick google search and found that it was recommended on tripadvisor. We arrived on Monday night so on Tuesday morning, I gave them a call at breakfast to make an appointment for the afternoon. Free one-way transfers between the hotel/spa is provided!
Unfortunately, the driver from the spa couldn’t find us and in the end, we took a cab to the place. They were extremely apologetic and sent us back to the resort after our treatment so no biggie.
The spa is located off the main road and there’s a very rocky road that leads to it. Thankfully, we were there during the day time but I can imagine it being a tad scary at night! However, once you arrive, it’s all good 🙂
A pretty waterfall greets you once you step inside.
The reception area. Yes, that’s the boy trying to cool down from the heat with the cold towel they provided.
There were different packages and massages available and we chose to go the whole hog with the “Honeymoon Package”. It’s not like we’re on a honeymoon but neh mind….
The different scrubs.
The 3-hour package included:
- Traditional Balinese massage
- Lulur body scrub
- Yogurt and honey body wash
- Flowers bath
- Traditional facial that includes: cleansing, peeling, steam treatment, face mask and a face+neck+shoulder massage
The total cost?
520,000rp. Which works out to…
80 Singapore dollars.
For 2 pax.
VERY CHEAP RIGHT?!?!?!
I almost couldn’t believe my eyes and had to calculate it a few times. I mean, S$80 can probably get you a one-hour massage here in the heartlands!
Here are photos of the treatment room:
2 massage beds.
The giant bathtub for the flower bath. There’s also a rain shower on the right. You’d have to use it to wash off all the scrub before entering the bath.
That’s all the photos I took before it was time for our treatment. It was a very decent massage and we have no complains. At the end of 3 hours, we had nice and smooth skin and were nice-smelling! 🙂
Oh, check out what accompanied the flower bath:
Ginger tea with butter biscuits!
It was pure bliss. Of course, I was also trying not to drop the hot cup of tea into the water, thus ruining the wonderful calm experience.
We liked it so much, we made a second visit back on our very last day before we flew home. We both had the “milk bath” package (traditional massage with Sandalwood or Frangipani mint oil, milk body scrub, milk body mask, flower bath) costing 150,000rp (S$23). In addition, I also had the “creambath” which essentially is a shampoo wash , scalp massage with soothing cream, steam treatment, tonic, and a relaxing head, neck & shoulder massage. That was 80,000rp (S$12).
Highly-recommended if you’re heading to Bali! 🙂 Best to call and make an appointment first though.
Jl. Dewi Saraswati (kunti II), Seminyak
Bali – Indonesia
Tel : +62 361 738 140 and +62 361 738 139 or +62 361 806 0736