I do love a posh day spa. That rarefied world of potions, and lotions, and magical spells to cast away those wrinkles, and smooth out the lumps and bumps.
In Bali, most of these inner sanctums are hidden away within the upmarket resorts and the towering hotels and you’ll expect to pay somewhere between $50 to $90 for an hour-long scented reprieve. Not that different from home.
The super-cheap option
The SUPER cheap massages everyone tells you about are found in the day spas on the main roads. The Carla Spas, the Marsya spas, the Anggita spas, and the Inner Glow spas of Bali. For less than $10, (and depending on where you go, as low as $5 AUD) you can try an hour-long back massage, foot and leg massage, or head massage.
You may or may not lie on a bed. Sometimes, you’ll stay in the chair, surrounded by the gregarious girls and fellows who staff the spa. It’s a bargain and it’s so cheap, the kids can enjoy a massage too.
OR THIS affordable POSH spa in Kuta
BUT there’s a middle road too and a way to try a posh spa experience that won’t break the bank.
Three different friends had raved about the joyful experience of having an affordable posh massage at Febris Spa (or Febri’s Spa) in Kuta. I took it as a sign. This last trip, I signed the kids into kids club, and booked a massage at the Febris Spa and Hotel.
Febris Hotel and Spa, central Kuta
The Febris Bali is arguable the closest day spa/hotel to the Ngurai airport, and it’s a popular stop for people waiting for their late night flight home. The Febris Hotel and Spa is located directly across from the entrance to the Bali Dynasty. It’s neat, spotless, and a little bit old-school, reminding me of the Bakungsari Cottages I stayed in for my first Bali visit back in 1991. It’s simply charming.
The Febris day spa desk and reception is at the front of the hotel foyer on your left. You’ll be greeted by a gaggle of therapists in traditional dress who wait ever so patiently for you to choose your treatment from their extensive menu. I booked a traditional hour-long Balinese massage at the cost of 230,000 rupiah (about $24 AUD) and paid up front.
The massage began a foot bath, a much needed treatment for feet that were road-weary, and time to sip on a cool fruity drink. Just to sit down for five minutes without my boys battling each other was a blissful interlude from the daily (joys and) challenges of family travel.
I then followed my massage therapist past the pool, past the hotel bungalow-style rooms, all the way to the Spa Cottages at the rear of Febri’s, surrounded by lush greenery and sculpture gardens. Turns out the normal massage rooms were all full, so I lucked in with my massage to take place in the VIP treatment rooms normally reserved for spa packages.
My Vote for the Best massage in Bali
Febris spa will be top of my places to visit in Bali on my next trip list.
Febris spa menu and Febri’s spa price list
230,000 rupiah was the going rate for the range of standard body massages on offer at Febri’s Spa but the package deals aren’t much more, and it’s worth the outlay just for the spectacular spa cottage environment. Next trip, I’m going to take the boys (and maybe Roam the Gnome too) for the Little Prince package. It’s massages, and foot baths, and hair treatments all in one, with complimentary lunch included. Download a PDF of the Febris spa menu here.
Febris Hotel Pool and Playground
If you are thinking about staying at the three-star http://www.febrishotelspabali.com/ Febris Hotel, here’s a few more pictures for you. There’s a cute brightly coloured playground for the kids (one of the best we’ve seen in Bali), and a swimming pool centrestage, complete with a shallow end for the kids too. It’s a little strange seeing all the artificial grass in the central courtyard but there’s enough natural greenery and flowers to counteract it. I took a sneak peek into a few of the http://www.febrishotelspabali.com/accomodation/ rooms and loved the cool tile floors, the simple minimalist look, and the bright sunlight streaming in.
It’s neat and tidy, and we’d give it a go.
The Inside Scoop- Febris Hotel
- Febri’s Hotel & Spa is centrally located at Jalan Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach
- Febri’s hotel is within a short walking distance to Lippo Mall to the left, and Discovery Mall, Waterbom Park, Kuta Square, and the main shopping streets of Kuta to the right.
- Phone: +62 361 754575
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: www.febrishotelspabali.com
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