The Spa experience in Bali: Great value for money

Bali is loaded with spas and many people stay at a spa hotel like the Alam Kul Kul on Jl. Pantai, preferring to work spa therapies into their holiday on a daily basis. Why is this such a draw, and why do Japanese people seem to love it?

Reading an article from a local American newspaper I got a clue. A lady who has visited Bali opened a spa in New Mexico, themed on her Bali experiences. A massage, with some Balinese extras thrown in (jamu – the traditional stomach clearing tonic, juice and flower petal bath) cost her $225. At the Puspa Ayu Spa, located on Jl. Petitenget, you can get an hour massage for 50,000rp. At that price you could enjoy a massage everyday for under US$40 a week! In the west, especially America, massage therapists expect hefty tips and your wallet can take a beating.
Bali has a level of massage for every visitor. The more elaborate the treatment, the higher the cost, but it will still be way less than at home.
For example an affordable place is BodyWorks in Seminyak. There is one on Jl. Seminyak close to Jl. Dhyana Pura and another on Jl. Petitenget.