Health & Wellness


From Oberoi & Petitenget: how to smash it in the stretches of Seminyak

Roll up your sleeves and slip into a comfy pair of walking shoes: this is your complete guide to covering the grounds of Seminyak and Petitenget.

We’ve archived the best shops, spas, restaurants, nightlife venues and hotels in the area with the help of L’Hotel Seminyak’s chief butler, Gede, who not only pointed us in the right direction, but also clued us in on the unique culture of the Petitenget strip.

Ladies, you might want to hurl this one at your besties. And seduce them with a subject line like: “Why haven’t we done our girls trip to Bali yet, damn it.”

The best shopping in Seminyak & Petitenget

Mass-produced goods and fast-fashion takeouts that are high on price and low on quality is the staple shopping diet of the modern urbanite. The eclectic island of Bali, on the other hand, has become a mecca for top quality, hand-crafted and high-end fashion shopping.

Talented fashion designers from all around the world call Bali home, and many of them work with incredibly skilful local garment makers, as well as master artisans, to produce divine dresses, shoes, handbags and handmade products for the home.

If you can come to Bali and fight the urge to shop, we applaud you. For the average Joanne Normal, resistance is futile. Between treating yourself to a few spa treatments in Petitenget and enjoying the superb restaurants and nightlife on Oberoi, there’s a lot of shopping ground to cover.

The Seminyak markets, close to Oberoi are the definitive starting line for a shopping marathon – the kind that will leave you beaming with the smugly satisfied smile of consumerism. While the market itself doesn’t need much of a look in, taking this route and walking back up Jalan Laksama should see you hitting Café Bali for a perfectly timed mid morning latte.

MasterCards ready? These 5 luxe boutiques in Seminyak & Petitenget should be on any heavy wallet shopper’s itinerary.

The boutiques

Shopping in Seminyak: namu leather fashion Bali
namu leather fashion Bali


Namu is needed for stylish leather goods. Seriously, pay attention to their signature leather sandals. Designed with simplicity and made with extremely high quality leather, you’d expect to pay triple for a lesser pair made from pig skin leather in other parts of the world. A pair in every colour, size 8, s’il vous plait!!

Jl. Petitenget 234X, Petitenget, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 279 7524


Not surprisingly, Knit is known for beautifully draped knitwear dresses and jumpsuits that flatter curvy figures. The bare-walled store and no-frills racks of garments might not be the most enticing boutique to enter along Jalan Laksama, but if you’re in the market for buttery cotton t-shirts, dressed-up leggings and a large selection of versatile dresses – all at around IDR350,000 – 700,000 a pop – you could easily do all your wardrobe shopping here.

A18#1 Bali Collection, Jalan Laksama, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel. +62 361 778 482


Stylish street-wear and glamorous cocktail dresses inspired by the designer’s eclectic Brazilian and European heritage make Lily Jean a must do. Her contemporary style will take you from the beaches of Bali and right back to the city, where your friends will be squealing with fashion-envy, “Ooooooh… Wheeeere did you get That?!??” The answer to that question could easily be Paris, but hooray for us, it’s actually Bali. High style comes with a steep price tag of about US$100-300 per item, but hey – holidays! And these days you pay that for a mass-produced blazer at Zara, anyway.

Jalan Kayu Aya No. 102X Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 7435717

Find more places to shop in Bali with our comprehensive Bali shopping guide.

The salons & spas

Where else can you get your spa and salon fix without flinching at the price list? Bali’s upmarket spas and salons offer the full suite of quality beauty treatments at a fraction of the price. From Shellac manicures to Brazilian blowouts and even teeth whitening, these are the best spas and salons in the Seminyak area that won’t break the bank.


Welcome to AMO, a utilitarian salon where you can afford to stock up on quality beauty treatments such as Shellac manicures, eyelash extensions, and waxing — at a wonderfully low price.  The service is professional and quick, but you will need to make an appointment because this spa in Petitenget is flat out in the afternoons and evenings. Did we mention the complimentary ginger tea and banana crisps? Sold.

Jalan Petitenget 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 275 3337

amo spa petitenget


This is the Ferrari of beauty salons in Bali. From its ultra-glam decor to the range of world-class hair and beauty services, Christophe C. Hair & Beauty is for the princess within. Head to the Christophe clan for a Brazilian Blowout starting from just IDR2 million – a true necessity in a climate where hideous humidified hair seems unavoidable. This is the place to catch up on premium hair and beauty services whipped up for a decent price.

Jalan Kunti #9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: 0361 738025


L’Spa, on the other hand, is a pampering affair that offers Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodara and Indian head massages. If massages aren’t doing it for you anymore (yes, “too-many massages” is an actual sentence, but we’ve certainly never used it), then L’Spa’s exotic treatments are for you. If you suffer from insomnia, or just low-quality sleep, these stimulating and regenerative treatments will work wonders.

Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 473 3147

The wining & dining

The wine and dine scene in Seminyak & Petitenget is all sorts of fabulous. Here, you can enjoy every cuisine under the sun and creative fine dining is more common than local street food. These restaurants serve plates that are a little more special than the rest.


Teatro is a sensational fine dining restaurant that fuses sophisticated twists on traditional French fare. Alluring flavours that linger on the palette accompanied by bold presentations and a top selection of wines keep swarve diners coming back for more.

 Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8700078



Need a little taste of Italy in Bali? Trattoria is your answer. With standout pizzas (arguably the best pizzas in Bali) and a quality lineup of starters and fresh salads, this is the perfect place for a spot of lunch in the midst of your shopping marathon.

Jalan Leskmana No 100x, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 737082


Gourmet Cafe lets you create your own salads and sandwiches, for those who know exactly what they’re after. This spot is known for its all-day breakfast menu and really good coffee. The can’t-go-wrong cafe of the area.

Jalan Petitenget No. 45, Kuta, Indonesia, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 8475115


The mouthwatering South American food is amazing, but it’s the line-up of visiting DJs and intoxicatingly delicious cocktails that really seals the deal. A great spot to hit if you fancy mingling with travellers and Bali expats alike.

Jalan Laksamana Oberoi 177x Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 730010

la favela bali

Beach clubs and nightlife

In Seminyak and Petitenget, a jiving good time is available seven nights a week. Boasting some of the best beach bars in Bali as well as dimly lit New York style haunts, there’s a hot international DJ and a world class venue to suit every stay-up-late style.


Ku De Ta is an oldie but a goodie. Parties and events are always major, and always guaranteed to go off. On a normal day, the place fills up at sundown, but we prefer to come here for lunch, when it’s far less busy. The waves on Ku De Ta’s doorstep offer fantastic surfing, so if you’ve come to Bali with a partner in tow, this is the perfect spot to leave him while you go shopping.

Jalan Kayu Aya no.9, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 736969
(next to Hotel Oberoi)



Enter the host of the hottest events in Bali: Potato Head Beach Club. On a normal day, it makes a great all-day spot to relax with a few friends, but it can get overcrowded at sundown. Avoid the queue at the door and get in early for a killer spot by the pool.

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 83061
Tel: +62 361 4737979

potato head beach club bali

A dose of culture

No trip to Bali is complete without a balancing dose of culture. And so we share with you the curious legend surrounding Petitenget’s sacred spirit.

Petitenget Temple is a sacred and peaceful place of worship. The legend has it that a high priest from Java was on his way to Uluwatu from Tanah Lot when he found himself stranded in Petitenget. He felt the presence of a tormented creature following him, lurking in the shadows. The creature was lost and deeply unhappy, causing the local people to fall ill with mysterious sicknesses. So, the priest gave the creature a box to look after, and the creature obeyed. You’ll notice a small junction at Petitenget Temple – this is where locals worship the creature before entering the temple.

petitenget temple bali culture

Discover more of Bali’s unique culture by touring the regencies beyond Seminyak.

Where to stay: L’Hotel

L’Hotel is the only centrally located SLH hotel in Bali. This boutique hotel in Petitenget opened in 2012, and the level of personalised service is unbeatable. Every guest gets a personal butler, who is extremely clued-in on the best of nearby shopping, nightlife and culture.

If you need extra help (and hands!), you can also enlist the services of a personal shopper. What’s more, the L’Hotel operates a free shuttle that does the rounds between Petitenget and Seminyak throughout the day. It is everything you’d expect from an SLH member at a very reasonable price – JOY!

The lifestyle suites are superbly appointed with smooth bedding, oversized king beds and iPod docks (nothing like rocking out to your own tunes in the shower!). But it’s the little things that make us happy, like the shampoo, conditioner and facial cleanser by Kiehl’s.

The hotel is well located along Jalan Petitenget. After a deeply satisfying day of shopping, retreating to the sanctuary of the hotel’s rooftop Luna Bar for a sundown vino is simply sublime.

Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 8L Seminyak Bali 80361
Tel: +62 361 894 7898

If you're coming to Bali to shop and catch up on spa treatments, then L'Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of the best fashion boutiques and spas that Bali has to offer.

10 profound places to find the spirit of yoga in Bali

There is a saying: “There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga.”

Yoga might have originated in India hundreds of years ago, but it’s the beautiful island of Bali that’s become the yogi’s preferred destination in the region.

It’s the texture of spirituality, as much as the physical beauty of the island, that makes Bali an ideal sanctuary for learning and practicing yoga.

It offers the perfect balance between the possibilities for connecting with the yogi community and the right to privacy when you’d rather retreat into silence.

A burgeoning of sensational yoga establishments in Bali over the past two decades has dramatically changed the cast of characters who come to Ubud. New aged pilgrims, from diverse backgrounds, come seeking asylum from an impetuous life to retreat within the verdant landscape of Bali – to connect with a greater power.

The sense of true inner peace found in Bali’s light breezes resonates from the daily rituals and humble devotion of its people. The Balinese people practice Bhakti, an unconditional gratitude for life that permanently resides in the heart.

Here, the art of yoga is a way of living, and they say it has to be “caught” rather than learned.

So here are 10 of Bali’s best yoga studios where you can seek the spirit of yoga.

#1 The Yoga Barn, Ubud


The Yoga Barn is Ubud’s most popular yoga mecca among spiritual seekers and vegans. The onsite Garden Kafe serves living vegan foods, the sophisticated in-law of raw foods.

It is located among lush green rice fields and beautiful mountain scenery. It is also on the door step of ubuds prime shopping location with a plethora of boutique shops to choose from. Finish the day in one of their flower baths in the KUSH spa. Devine!

This is a place to connect with the masses. Classes run throughout the day, held in large studios. So if you prefer your yoga in an intimate group setting, then the herd mentality here might overwhelm.

The Yoga Barn
Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar
+62 361 971236

#2 Radiantly Alive, Ubud

This yoga studio is often compared to The Yoga Barn.

The eco-hip concepts are similar, except Radiantly Alive has only two yoga studio, the classes are smaller and more intimate but – and this is a big but for yogis on a budget – it’s pricier. Not for the yogi who makes a living selling dream catchers.

Each treatment is tailored for your individual needs and is composed of the most powerful and direct methods to heal, restore and improve your Radiance. The place does exactly what it says on the tin!

Radiantly Alive
Jalan Jembawan No. 3, Padangtegal, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar
+62 361 978055

#3 Intuitive Flow, Ubud

Yoga teacher Linda Madani is known for being emotionally intense, occasionally bursting into tears in the middle of her studio. First timers either love her approach, which involves lots of chanting that’s intended to heal the spirit, or they find themselves wishing they could leave.

It’s certainly an authentic and alternative experience that takes a “let it all out” approach to healing as opposed to those eerie silent journeys of other studios.

Intuitive Flow
Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud
+62 361 977824

#4 Prana Spa Bali, Seminyak

Yoga classes at Prana Spa Bali is for the lady who prefers a luxe spa treatment after her yoga session. Serious yogis might have something to say about this. Along the lines of “Why have you come all the way to Bali to practice yoga in an indoor studio that looks like a Moroccan king’s harem after a furniture fire sale?”

The answer: Creative Power Flow and the Elemis fruit active glow facial.

Prana Spa Bali
Jln Kunti No.118 x, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung
+62 361 730840

#5 Taksu Yoga, Ubud

Taksu” is Balinese for “the indescribable essence of Spirit.” Our yogis and yoginis live yoga. They have dedicated their life path and intention to set a space for your awareness of the “Taksu” dwelling within.

Taksu Yoga & Movement Arts is great for private classes and intimate workshops. However the studio spaces aren’t roomy enough for group classes, so this is probably not the best place to take your tribe of 20.

Taksu Yoga
Ubud, Gianyar
+62 361 971490

#6 Power of Now Oasis, Sanur


The Power of Now Oasis appeals to the ocean loving yogi who wants to hear the sound of the waves breaking gently on the shore. In keeping with the holistic nautical theme, the studio is built entirely out of bamboo and shaped like a green turtle’s back.

Power of Now Oasis
Jl. Merta Sari, Denpasar Selatan
+62 878-6153-4535#7 High Vibe Yoga, Ubud


High Vibe Yoga is an excellent place for yoga retreats, workshops and 200 hour teacher training. In fact, education is their core purpose (you won’t find many classes here at all).

Group sizes are small and the studio has a casual atmosphere – all to make your learning experience easy.

#8 Shankari’s Yoga Retreat


Shankari’s Yoga Retreat separated itself from the Ubud and centrally located yoga cult, and placed itself in along the Sacred Balian river. It’s a beautiful part of Bali where development drops off drastically.

The black sand beaches and completely deserted coastlines are absolutely stunning. This is a great spot to lose your geographical sense of bearing.

Shankari’s Yoga Retreat
Jln. Denpasar – Gilimanuk, Desa Suraberata, Kecamatan Selemadeg Barat, Tabanan
+62 361 814993

#9 Desa Seni

Desi Seni Eco village has breathtaking surroundings with their yoga shala set in the heart of it! From Angela’s goddess tantra retreat (not as naughty as it sounds) to their weekly guided meditation. It’s a one stop shop for a spiritual awakening.

Desa Seni
Jalan Subak Sari No.13, Canggu
+62 361 8446392

#10 Samadi


Right in the heart of Canggu.
Samadi focuses on traditional Mysore Ashtanga yoga. Using teachers trained exclusively in Ashtanga to ensure you are getting the height of training!

Jl. Padang Linjong, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung
+62 812-3831-2505

Beauty and aesthetics treatments in Bali: our top 6 list

Aesthetics treatments in Bali. Bali is the island of semi-naked bodies, tousled beach hair and sun-kissed makeup-free skin. It may seem that all that effortless natural beauty is just handed to you by the hot sun and salty ocean. However, the experts know very well that a natural healthy glow actually takes quite an effort.

The tropical sun can give you a great tan and highlights, but also dark spots and brittle dry hair. Motorbike riding grants you an amazing sense of freedom, but the air pollution on the heavy trafficked roads will make your skin look dull and reward you with pimples and blemishes.

But worry not – we are providing you with a list of clinics for aesthetics treatments in Bali that will cater to you, offering professional facials and other beauty treatments from quick pre-party makeovers to Hollywood aesthetic tuning.

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #1 AMO Spa

Reception area at AMO Spa Petitenget
Reception area at AMO Spa Petitenget

This is a one-stop treatment facility to get you red carpet ready on a wallet-friendly budget. Start with polishing your body with one of the AMO body scrubs and continue with the ultimate facial experience. If you have only 30 minutes to spare, we suggest you try their oxygen facial that will leave you glowing with vitality as if that alcohol-infused Saturday night had never happened and instead you had been downing wheatgrass shots all weekend. Our favourite treatment is the 90 minute ‘Make Me Beautiful’ package, which includes Diamond Head Microdermabrasion – a deep cleansing of pores via manual extractions – followed by ‘Darsonval’, a device which works by sending high electrical current frequencies through glass electrodes to your skin, and finishes up with an oxygen facial and a cool raw cucumber strips mask. Simply divine!

AMO Spa Seminyak

To complete your new fresh look there are also mani-pedi options, cream baths and ever-so-pleasant foot soaks. They have over 1,000 colours of nail polish across brands like OPI, Debra Lippman, NUDE, CND Vinylux and Shellac. And there are always the latest issues of fashion and gossip magazines available for reading – perfection!

 AMO SPA Petitenget

Address: Jl. Petitenget 100x, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 473 7943/ +62811 397449/+62811 397450
Operating hours: daily 9am – 10pm (last appointment at 9pm)

AMO SPA Seminyak

Address: Jl. Basangkasa 9, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 737 267 /+62 87 861942948 / +62 81 13999860
Operating hours: daily 9am – 10pm (last appointment at 9pm)

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #2 La Beaute

La Beaute is the island ladies’ favourite place for that routine weekly upkeep.

They do massages, body scrubs, cream baths and mani-pedis, but are mostly loved for their fast-as-a-flash, clean and affordable waxing.

La Beaute is superb at shaping and tinting eyebrows

Imagine a pair of 90 cm long legs waxed to smooth perfection in 10 minutes, or a whole body (full leg, full arm, underarm, Brazilian) in a record 30 minutes max. La Beaute is also superb at shaping and tinting eyebrows. You can choose from tweezing or waxing for shaping and regular brow colours – light brown, brown, black, blue black. But when tinting, the beautician doesn’t just dump the colour on your eyebrow in one chunky line, instead they draw on your eyebrow with a brush or a toothpick dipped in dye, which gives a more defined and natural effect. La Beaute is more than affordable, so obviously it is pretty packed, which means you have to book your appointment in advance.

Address: Jl. Pengubengan Kauh 18, Kerobokan, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8476074/ +6281338073387
Operating hours: daily 10 am – 8 pm

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #3 Cocoon Medical Spa

Located on a busy intersection of Sunset Road, Dewi Sri, Nakula and Imam Bonjol, this medical spa gives you the feeling of a progressive science laboratory when you cross the entrance doors. The high ceiling hangar hosts numerous separate rooms made out of tempered glass, which look like android cells on a space shuttle.

Each of these rooms are dedicated to different treatments and none is more interesting than the other. The spa’s medical experts are some of the most experienced and qualified aesthetic professionals and have been trained by leading Australian and British cosmetic doctors. Here you will get an international quality aesthetic experience at a price that is 50–80% less than you would pay in Europe or Australia.

Waiting and resting area at Cocoon medical Spa
Waiting and resting area overlooking the treatment pods at Cocoon Medical Spa

Cocoon offers wellness treatments that boost your health from within and make you both look and feel better for much longer. Their specialists recommend doing colonic therapy at least once every six months to detoxify your body and to then follow with the Vitamin IV infusion to boost up your immune system and increase your health.

The spa also has a special salt room for Halotherapy – a method that uses salt vapor to treat respiratory ailments and skin problems and is overall beneficial for both physical and mental health.

Salt Room is made out of blocks of imported Himalayan salt, mimicking the microclimate of a natural salt cave with a saline aerosol dispensed at a high concentration. All you have to do is relax and breathe deeply to absorb important minerals and trace elements that are necessary for a healthy functioning body.

Salt room for Halotherapy at Cacoon Medical Spa
Salt Room for Halotherapy at Cocoon Medical Spa

Rejuvenation treatments include RF micro-needling for skin tightening, Diamond Microdermabrasion, no-needle mesotherapy, Dermapen, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy and many more.

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is actually one of the most popular rejuvenation treatments nowadays. Have you seen J Lo’s glow? Or Kim Kardashian’s supple skin? Well, both are devoted users of PRP therapy, also known as ‘Vampire lift’, which is the most natural filler and lifting solution there is. Why? Because it is made out of your own blood that is sampled and placed into centrifuge to separate the concentrated platelets, which are later re-injected in your face. This activates your body’s own repairing and regenerating processes, resulting in a more youthful and healthy appearance of your skin.

Have you seen J Lo’s glow? Or Kim Kardashian’s supple skin?

Some of the treatments in the spa are exclusive to Cocoon and you will not find them anywhere else in Bali. One of them is HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) – a facelift without surgery that works with the deep layers of the skin, stimulating the produce of new collagen, which results in tighter and more supple skin.

Highly recommended are the Cleopatra gold facial packages that include microdermabrasion combined with either mesotherapy or dermapen and 24-carat-gold hyaluronic acid serum and collagen moisturiser.

And another exclusive Cocoon treatment is…vagina laser rejuvenation. You will not find this treatment on their menu or website, but trust us – they have it. It is called Femilift, just ask the receptionist.

Address: Jalan Sunset Road, Opposite to Sunset Star, Legian, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8475997
Operating hours: Mon-Sat 10 am – 7 pm

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #4 Rejuvie Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Clinic

Rejuvie Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Clinic

Rejuvie is most likely the clinic in Bali with the highest return of customers. Those who have had treatments here usually come back again, due to Rejuvie’s high quality professional service and very friendly, family-like atmosphere.

Dr. Murino, known as THE botox and fillers specialist, opened Rejuvie in March 2011 with only one nurse. Since then, the clinic has developed, adopting an extended circle of loyal customers and employing 3 full-time doctors, a part-time dermatologist and 5 nurses.

The philosophy of the clinic has always been to offer honest advice, high quality services and affordable prices. The specialists here will never recommend a service that the client basically does not need, even if he or she really wants it.

Rejuvie’s most popular treatment is the Laser360. It is a combination of three different laser treatments that target your skin all the way through from the surface to deep down to stimulate collagen production. And as it has already been mentioned, this place has a reputation for being the best in botox treatments and filler injections.

The latest addition to the aesthetic menu at Rejuvie is called Sygmalift, a brand-new technology that offers laser facelifts without incisions or injections. This treatment has the added bonus of being completely pain free and having no downtime.

Rejuvie uses only internationally recognised cosmetic brands such as Teosyal and Allergan for their treatments. The clinic also offers skincare products by a very popular brand called Skin Medica, as well as more customised skincare products (predominantly for acne-prone skin) made by Rejuvie’s dermatologist.

The clinic’s professionals name different degrees of sun damage as the main concern of most of their patients. And though the most important skincare routine that anyone living in a tropical country should adopt is a regular application of sunblock, sometimes it is just not enough. The AFT laser targets this issue and reduces the damage from the sun and age spots. You can then top it up with a little bit of botox and filler.

AFT laser can be done monthly, botox every 3–4 months and fillers usually once every 1–1.5 years. In between these treatments, doctors of Rejuvie recommend microdermabrasion to keep your skin looking fresh.

Address: Pertokoan Plaza 18, Blok B-4, Jalan Dewi Sri, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 760084
Operating hours: Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm,  Sat 10 am – 3 pm, Sun 12 pm – 5 pm

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #5 Nano Philosophy

Nano Philosophy wellness clinic in Seminyak has a very specific approach to aesthetics and beauty. Specialists here address the cause of health imbalances and ageing rather than treating the symptoms.

Specialists here address the cause of health imbalances and ageing rather than treating the symptoms

All products and treatments are developed by Nano Philosophy’s founder Dr. Kennis Yam together with dedicated research teams in Japan and Europe. Dr. Yam has dedicated 22 years of her life to the beauty and aesthetics industry, studying intensively in New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. Nano Philosophy currently has four clinics in Jakarta, one in Kuala Lumpur and one in Bali.

Reception and treatment room at Nano Philosophy Bali
Reception and treatment room at Nano Philosophy Bali

The clinic offers plant-based organic treatments using non-invasive, non-toxic aesthetic therapy, which achieves the desired results without surgery and without the use of toxic chemicals, providing healing from the inside out.

Nano Philosophy’s most revolutionary treatment is DNA therapy. In a nutshell, it repairs your DNA, turning back the clock on ageing and cellular damage. For this, the clinic’s researchers combined 2000 years of Chinese herbal expertise with Nobel Prize winning technology of Telomerase activation. It’s a powerful anti-ageing formula, in which high doses of Astragulus root extract are delivered into the bloodstream, bypassing the GI tract. DNA therapy has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that restore cell function and turn back cellular ageing. It has an amazing effect on skin, hair and nails.

Another popular and very effective face treatment is Organic Superlift, an all-in-one facelift and anti-ageing treatment that combines two powerful rejuvenating agents to immediately tone and smooth the skin, protecting it against free radicals. It’s effective not only on the face but also for treating sagging skin on the arms, abdomen, legs and buttocks. It contains DMAE, which has the ability to reduce any pigmentation build-up and can tighten sagging skin. Another ingredient is Bambousa Arundinacea (Japanese bamboo), which in its turn provides strength, flexibility and resilience to collagen and elastin connective tissues.

Living in Bali, the air that we breathe and the water we use is not always as purified as it is in the West, and due to a certain level of pollution we are exposed to toxins. Calcified induced water here is prevalent. To keep our cells healthy and happy, Nano Philosophy strongly recommends Ozone therapy.

Ozone is supercharged oxygen, O3 instead of O2. The extra O molecule gives this method its remarkable medical properties, like increasing oxygenation of cells and reducing the levels of acidity in the body. Ozone kills bacteria and viruses and in general modulates your immune system. The clinic adds Ozone therapy to most of their treatment packages, which makes your body more receptive to the effects of aesthetic procedures and increases their effectiveness.

Address: Jalan Raya Basangkasa, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 739372
Operating hours: Mon – Sat 11 am – 6 pm

 Aesthetics treatments in Bali: #6 Rob Peetoom Hair Spa

We have talked a lot about skincare here, but a beauty look is not complete without shiny healthy hair. Sun, wind and salt water add their fair share of damage to your locks, and without proper treatment, you might soon sport a bunch of straw on your head. But this can be easily prevented with regular professional care.

Rob Peetoom hair Spa interior
Rob Peetoom Hair Spa

Rob Peetoom takes cream baths to the next level, upgrading it to a hair spa ritual status.

Their restorative treatments vary in duration from 15 minutes to an hour, and they are quite the luxury experience to indulge in. The salon works mostly on Kerastase products and before you start your session, you are invited to check the condition of your scalp and mane with the special Kerastase hair analyser.

This helps determine the products that are going to target your individual needs. Hair spa rituals are performed in an open-air section of the salon that overlooks a beautiful rice field, which definitely adds special charm to the whole process.

Open air hair spa ritual area
Open air hair spa ritual area

Rob Peetoom is the most reliable hair salon in Bali; you can trust their specialists with every aspect of hair care, be it a new haircut or a change of colour. The stylists are happy to offer their advice, taking into consideration your individuality, skin tone, face shape and the structure of your hair.

The salon also offers a brow service based on the ‘Golden Ratio’ technique of celebrity brow specialist Anastasia Soare, which aims to bring more balance to your face by choosing the right shape and colour for your eyebrows. It is much more than just tweezing and tinting; it involves careful measurements and analysis of your facial features and hair colour.

Aside from the above-mentioned treatments, you can get mani-pedis, waxing, massages and makeup services here. The space is beautifully designed and has a great atmosphere that will make you want to come back again and again.

Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 16, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 738363
Operating hours: daily 10 am – 8 pm

So, there you go. Now that you are armed with our ever-so-important info, and have all the essential beauty spots mapped out for you, you have the potential to live forever. Joking. No one lives forever, but everyone can look their best for an extremely long time with proper care and maintenance. Love yourself, spoil yourself and remember that in the modern world, age is just a number.

Don’t let Zika virus ruin your trip

There is much attention at the moment concerning the Zika virus, the media is hyping it to be a potential global threat give or take several countries! So without having to sell up everything and move to those few places not affected, here are some of the key points and tips that should provide people with enough information to help ensure that they can still carry on with their travel plans and not worry too much about contracting the virus.

So without having to sell up everything and move to those few places not affected, here are some of the key points and tips that should provide people with enough information to help ensure that they can still carry on with their travel plans and not worry too much about contracting the virus.

Symptoms of Zika Virus

Zika virus infection arises about 10 days after a bite from an infected mosquito, symptoms including Fever, rash, joint pain, headache and conjunctivitis, most mild symptoms lasting for several weeks.

A Few Facts

The Zika virus is carried by the same mosquitoes as the Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus, known as the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes.

There has recently been a large outbreak in Latin America with many women reported having given birth to babies suffering from Microcephaly, a condition in which the baby is born abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development.  The mosquito itself can be identified by the white spots that it has on its body, for anyone who gets close enough to see one.

Cautions and Precautions

For those people looking to travel to more tropical destinations, there are several things that can be done to help limit and prevent the contraction of the Zika virus.

As with Dengue, the mosquitoes that carry the virus tend to only come out at dawn and dusk. These times can be avoided; however if venturing out, make sure that your body is covered using long sleeved clothes and trousers to help prevent being bitten.

As well as this, After the rain is also a popular time for mosquitos to feast. Be conscious of places that are dark, or areas that are around sitting water (non-circulating), these areas are mosquito’s favourite places to lay eggs and hide out. Mosquitoes dislike air conditioning and the cold, so to help prevent mosquitoes coming into your room, keep the air conditioning on and windows closed! If you prefer fresh air, use netting over the window.

When using mosquito repellent, use a spray that contains at least 50% Deet or Picaridin which should last for around 8 hours after use. With such a high content of deet, the liquid normally feels quite oily on the skin and can always be washed off once inside.

When using sun block, apply any repellent after you have applied your sun block, and spray on top of your clothing and not underneath it. There are also brands of sunblock containing repellent which is super helpful! Never use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old and check any instructions on the bottle before applying to children older than this. Ensure that babies’ cots or strollers are always covered during those times that mosquitos are most present. It I also important to recognise that a person with the Zika virus is still contagious within the first week of contracting it, meaning virus can be spread from the person being bitten by a mosquito to  another person. To prevent others contacting the virus and its spreading, ensure that within this first week you do not get bitten and stay covered up and protected.


No Need to Panic

With health organizations saying it will take several years to research Zika and airlines providing pregnant women free flight changes away from Zika hotspots, it will always play on peoples minds and make them panic and worry, but if people take the necessary precautions, are vigilant and careful, there is no reason why this has to inhibit your travel plans and keep you locked up at home!

As with the Dengue virus, similar rules apply. So cover up, don’t forget to protect yourself with a 50% deet spray and be careful at the prime times for the mosquitoes and everybody should be happy and healthy and enjoying their time abroad without any problems.

5 best: Award winning spas in Bali worth the splurge

Bali is Asia’s spa capital, and home to more than 20 of the world’s best spas. We lost count after spa number #20 turned up in another fab jet setting mag.  No trip to the island of the Gods is complete without an indulgent visit to a spa to rejuvenate one’s senses and alleviate stress from the body.

Contemporary Balinese spas, almost exclusively found in Bali’s top hotels, offer a range of Balinese and Western treatments (or a fusion of both, mmm…) are usually found in five and six star resorts, although independent high-end spas are starting to arrive on the scene. In comparison to spas in Thailand, you might ask, why the spas in Bali are better? Two distinct reasons come to mind. The atmosphere in Bali is more spiritually charged; it lends itself to a greater sense of calm. Thailand’s all about the chaos and city vibe, a pre-departure massage is just an after thought. Then there’s the long, divine stroke and genteel pressure of Balinese massage that makes a Thai massage seem like the sort of treatment you’d get from a frenemy who had a gun pointed at her head.

You’ve come all this way, why would you put yourself in the hands of a back door spa and lie on a grubby floor mat? Sweeten your summer vacay and treat yourself to something more luxurious.

Here’s a curated list of Bali’s top 5 award winning spas that are worth the splurge.

Spa Alilia, Alila Villas Soori

Spa Alila at Alila Villas Soori is a popular choice amongst couples and travellers who prefer barefoot luxury resorts. Alila Spa at Alila Villas Soori has been nominated for several honors at Asia Spa Awards, and named the “most heavenly hideaway” by Tatler UK. Alila’s philosophy for wellbeing is holistic and intuitive. The spa specializes in anatomical physiology, massage and meditation. Treatments are a fusion of ancient Asian healing techniques and herbal healing concoctions that are tailored to each client to help relax and rebalance the spirit. A 90-minute massage ranges from IDR 1,375 for a Balinese massage, to IDR 1,550 for a herbal compress and warm stone massage. Try the beauty and balance treatment (150 minutes for IDR 2,100) that includes a soothing footbath, 60-minute massage of your choice, coffee and coconut scrub, and a mask and herbal steam. Then finish it all up with a refreshing bath such as the Iced Cucumber (IDR 450). Spa Alila uses Decléor Paris products for facials, OPI nailcare, and also offers waxing services. Alila has also created a boutique line of essential oil blends, moisturisers and body scrubs. Simply divine. Find out more at Alila Spa. Spa Alila, Banjar Dukuh Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan, open daily from 9am – 11pm, email:, phone: +62 361 8946 388.

AWAY Spa W, Bali

AWAY Spa at W Bali is a stylish,  futuristic Zen spa that offers martial arts inspired therapies and out-there hangover cures. You’ll be needing a few of those if you’re staying, and partying at W.

A unique feature is their detox and oxygen room, which is rumoured to be an instant hangover cure. Some say it works, some say it doesn’t – just like drinking in moderation.

The spa is open 24 hours a day, so if you have the sudden urge for a massage at 2am, it can certainly be arranged. Treatments begin with 5 minutes of Wushu breathing and stretching to get your Chi flowing. Try their Zen balancing massage, inspired by martial arts, that utilises a warm bamboo stick to stretch and apply pressure on key areas of the body. Other interesting treatments include Perfect Fit; a spine twisting and back bending therapy which releases stagnant energy and toxins. Prices are given upon request, but you can visit the website for monthly specials and promotions. Find out more at AWAY Spa. AWAY Spa W Bali, Jalan Petitenget, Denpasar, open 24 hours, email:, phone: +62 361 4738 106.

Banyan Tree Spa, Ungasan


Banyan Tree Spas have a long-standing reputation for expert therapists and a seamless spa experience. The spa in Ungasan is set in a natural surrounding overlooking the vast Indian Ocean from opulent treatment pavilions, designed in traditional Balinese style. This is a great spa for an authentic and luxurious treatment. A full day of head to toe pampering (IDR 4,000,000) includes a 360-minute treatment, 90-minute lunch and 30-minute relaxation, and is best enjoyed with a friend or partner. If you can think of a better way to spend a day in Bali, we’d love to hear it! One of Banyan Tree’s signature treatments is the Rainmist experience (90 minutes, IDR 1,500,000); a combination of a cascading rain shower while you lie down on a bed, followed by a steam bath to prepare the body for an intense scrub. Find out more at Banyan Tree Spa. Banyan Tree Spa, Ungasan, Jalan Melasti, Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, open daily from 9am – 10pm, email:, phone: +62 361 3007 000.

Wellness Retreat at Como Shambhala Estate Bali

como-shambhala-estate-spa-bali At Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, the actual spa treatmens are only the start of your complete state of wellbeing; the Estate even boasts a resident psychologist. This is where Donna Karan comes to rest and rejuvenate, an accolade if ever we heard one. It was the winner of Conde Naste Traveller’s Best Destination Spa Award 2013 and Harper’s BAZAAR Spa Award 2014 and a long list of awards and accolades since 2010. We could go on. The COMO Shambhala wellbeing experience is a completely immersive program encompassing treatments, activities, healthy COMO cuisine, adventure and cultural discovery. Wellness programs range from 3, 5 and 7 day programs which are tailored to suit your needs. Find out more at COMO Shambhala Estate. Wellness Retreat at Como Shambhala Estate Bali, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, email:, phone: +62 361 978 888.

Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa

Fivelements spa was awarded the Best Retreat of the Year 2013 by AsiaSpa Awards. Their therapies are inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages one to nurture a greater harmony with spirit. Healing rituals include a combination of meditation, deep bodywork and prana energy, performed by talented healers. The spa offers traditional beauty rituals, sacred arts healing and Balinese blessing ceremonies. A traditional Balinese massage starts from IDR 800 for 60 minutes. Colonic hydrotherapy is also available, with a 60 minute session costing IDR 750. Find out more at Fivelements Spa. Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Mambal, Abiansemal, Badung, email:, phone: +62 361 469206. More award winning spas: Amanika Spa Oazia Spa Villas Bali Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa The Hammam at MesaStila The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay The Spa at Kayumanis Ubud Private Villa & Spa The Spa on the Rocks at Ayana Resort and Spa TJAKRA-7 SPA at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana Do you have a great spa in Bali to recommend? Leave a comment below.

Parting tips

You can’t go wrong with any body treatment in Bali. I recommend at least two hours to seriously relax. However, I don’t recommend getting a facial – not even at these award winning spas. The blend of natural oils and lotions work wonders on the body, yet on the face, not so much. Save your facial appointment for your beautician in the city.

And always make an appointment, especially during high season. I know, running on a schedule is not ideal when you’re on holiday, but what’s a girl to do? On the rare occasion you’ll be able to turn up and be seen to straight away. From experience, you can get a spa appointment within 2 – 4 hours notice if you make a request in the morning. Besides, preparation is the key to relaxation.

An insider’s guide to traditional Balinese Spa treatments

The traditional beauty rituals of Indonesian women date back thousands of centuries and take their roots in traditional medicine known as jamu. The collective knowledge of natural beauty remedies passed down through generations is still widely popular today, and are now being adopted by modern spas that cater to the hoards of visitors.

The biggest draw card for many of us travelling to Bali is the chance to catch up on spa treatments. The resort spas are great if you have a spa session included in your accommodation package, or you want to take a nap within seconds of completing your treatment and avoid the hassle of traveling back to the hotel. But they usually cost more than triple the price of a local spa, so most of us will be giving that luxury a miss.

If you’re after a more upmarket experience on the street, you’ll find plenty of independent boutique spas along the main strips in Kuta, Seminyak and Legian.

One such gem is Prana Spa in Seminyak. It’s one of the largest spas in Bali, eccentrically decorated in a Moroccan fashion with elaborate corridors and treatment rooms. A pedicure costs around USD$25, a hair cream bath will set you back around USD$30 and a 75 minute massage is about USD$40; that’s halfway between what your hotel will charge you and the token local spots.

Here’s a list of 5 of the best traditional Balinese spa treatments:

Balinese massage

Balinese massages considered a routine staple of everyday life in local culture. It incorporates traditional techniques from India and China to relax pressure points, stimulate nerve endings, and rejuvenate tired muscles with long mid pressure strokes.

The Balinese do an amazing job when it comes to traditional massage. The best place to get a massage is right on the beach in the late afternoon. In Kuta and Seminyak, local masseuses trawl the beach throughout the day offering half hour massages for about USD$8.

Top your treatment off with a refreshing dip in the ocean and you’re ready to paint the town red!



Shirodara is a holistic Ayurveda therapy that is said to pacify a troubled mind. While you lie flat on a bed or table, a vessel filled with warm oil drips a steady stream of liquid on your forehead, drizzling over your scalp for about an hour.

As the warm oil gently flows off your “third eye”, you literally feel as though your troubles are melting away. The treatment is also known to cure head, neck and olfactory syndromes, insomnia, nervous disorders and tension headaches.

Papaya Enzyme Wraps

Papaya Enzyme Wrapsutilize naturally occurring papain enzymes to micro exfoliate, revitalize and hydrate the skin. They are also rich in vitamin C and potassium, which aids in removing excess fluid and toxins from the body. Since nutrients can be absorbed through the skin barrier, papaya enzyme wraps also boosts the lymphatic system.

Papaya has been used by traditional cultures for centuries to treat a large array of skin conditions. It’s known to cure everything from cracked heels and pimples to skin discoloration and even ringworm. Blessed be the humble papaya!

Mandi Lulur


Mandi Luluris an ancient Javanese body scrub that’s followed by a floral bath and is used by Indonesian women as part of their regular beauty ritual. A paste made from yoghurt, rice powder and turmeric is buffed over the whole body in long circular strokes, and then soaked off in a lightly scented bath.

Yoghurt contains lactic acid, a natural hydroxyl acid exfoliator, while rice powder acts as a physical exfoliator. These two natural ingredients also contain skin brightening and hydration properties. Turmeric on the other hand, is a powerful antioxidant labeled as a super skincare spice that treats everything from acne and blemishes to eczema and dry skin conditions.

The Mandi Lulur experience is a wonderful exfoliation and hydration treatment for the body that leaves your skin feeling soft and supple for days after. It’s also a great soothing treatment for sunburnt skin. Often, the concoction is scented with sandalwood, so if you’re not used to pungent smells, let the spa therapist know your preference.

Hair cream bath

A hair cream bathis a traditional scalp and hair treatment that locals swear by. It starts with a head, neck and shoulder massage and is followed by a homemade mask made from avocado, ginseng and other natural ingredients that are gently rubbed into the hair and scalp. It’s left on for 30 minutes under a steamer while you continue to be pampered.

For some Indonesian women, washing their own hair is a rare to never occurrence, with a professional hair cream bath being such a regular treat.

Hair salons across Indonesia are wonderfully cheap since they’re a staple of daily life for many local women, so you don’t need to go to an upmarket salon to get a good service. The locally run salons do a perfectly great job; just ask for a hair cream bath and a blowout.