Living (Almost) in Nature
“Nature and spas are synonymous. What would a spa be without nature to draw inspiration from the beautiful scents of flowers, the soft aromas of wood and the gentle healing powers of herbs?” Some of Bali’s most elegantly accessible spas are able to deliver you into the heart of nature’s nurture without entering into an exclusive resort. Available to all, the DaLa Spa at the ALAYA Hotel, Jalan Hannoman, Ubud and Theta Spa at the Ramada Bintang Bali Resort in Tuban, bring the highest quality spa treatments…
TEXT by sarah prewitt
“Nature and spas are synonymous. What would a spa be without nature to draw inspiration from the beautiful scents of flowers, the soft aromas of wood and the gentle healing powers of herbs?”
Some of Bali’s most elegantly accessible spas are able to deliver you into the heart of nature’s nurture without entering into an exclusive resort. Available to all, the DaLa Spa at the ALAYA Hotel, Jalan Hannoman, Ubud and Theta Spa at the Ramada Bintang Bali Resort in Tuban, bring the highest quality spa treatments, the most elegant of natural spaces and exquisitely delivered massages and facials to a clientele that can enjoy the residential aspect of the location or drop in as a day guest.
Alaya, the boutique hotel home to DaLa Spa is located right at the tip of Jalan Hannoman, putting guests in a perfect location from which to discover Ubud, from the markets to the little cafes and boutiques and Yoga Barn in the next lane way. The Ramada Bintang Bali is on Jalan Kartika in Tuban; just a quick walk to Waterbom and Discovery Mall and a pleasant seaside stroll to Kuta Square and Beachwalk, neither areas radically rural but both with beautiful natural views.
At DaLa spa the sense of timelessness is present in the rustic décor and the retro crockery used to serve the lovely teas. The overflowing jars of herbs and flowers and the country style colour schemes of wheat and gold add depth to the design. The menu too offers treatments that are reminiscent of a golden age where time was spent in preparation and of beautifying the body, relaxing the mind and giving time to the wellbeing of the spirit.
There are heavenly introductions to the arts of spa, learn how to make a natural body scrub or facial mask, or take home the knowledge of the healing jamu, a herbal drink that improves the immune system and softens the skin.
Bathe in fresh herbs and salts infused with essential oils, relax under the hands of a highly skilled therapist as they use a variety of techniques to release tension in the muscles of the body. Warm stones, cooling yoghurt, pineapple and papaya mousse are just some of the creative applications you can choose from in the spa treatment packages.
DaLa has recently teamed up with Themae, who like DaLa, in the words of their product advisor believe in “a similar philosophy of preserving tradition whilst embracing modernity.”
THÉMAÉ is a French brand that bases its therapy on the acclaimed benefits of tea. Tea is a most powerful antioxidant that aids in the prevention of signs of ageing. The THÉMAÉ experience, aimed at well-being, uses treatment ceremonies that are a blend of different Tea cultures and long traditions, which make it a harmonious partnership with Indonesia where the teas of Java are highly prized. The THÉMAÉ facials have immediate results and the products are light and fluid that make them easily absorbed on skin in tropical climates, where usual products can seem heavy in the heat.
Theta Spa creates a different space at the ocean front, clean lines and open plan reception areas with minimal zen décor and an ambient art vibe are the first things that welcome you to the meditative space of Theta’s spa.
Spa treatments include the local fruits and honey of Indonesia, seductive chocolate, fresh ginger and heated spices in a treatment called Boreh, a traditional immune booster in the Indonesian culture. A particular favourite is the Sumateran coffee scrub and banana leaf wrap followed by a ginger citrus bath. The treatments of Theta bring the beauty and benefits of nature to your body, and can be enjoyed with a stunning view of the ocean as it stretches out to an endless horizon. Make an appointment with nature around sunset time, choose from the beautiful menu of rituals and remedies that will leave you feeling nature blessed and kissed.
Both DaLa and Theta have succeeded in creating innovative spas with excellent treatment menus by aligning themselves to the healing culture of the region and developing spa experiences that release the power of nature into the healing and relaxation process.!