Spa Profile: Get Pampered, Naturally

Indonesia, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Spa & Beauty — By on September 29, 2007 at 12:52 pm

The editors at National Geographic Traveler’s weblog Intelligent Travel recently asked us to share some of our favorite moments and places from the road. For our first contribution to the site (we’re hoping there’s more!), we choose the spot that all three of us agreed we’d visit for a honeymooon, or at least a seriously romantic getaway: The Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali. We’d visited the resort for a single night back in March and absolutely fell in love with the place…each cabana suite had its own infinite plunge pool and private outdoor shower…the stuff of five-star Tarzan and Jane fantasies. While we couldn’t actually afford to book a room for an entire weekend, we did take advantage for their incredible open-air spa, which Holly describes here:

When we stumbled upon the open-air Ayung Spa at the Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, Indonesia, we considered it paradise found. The thatched-roof treatment rooms felt like tree houses suspended above the Ayung River in a jungle canopy. Unlike some spas that play CDs of chirping birds and running water, the ambiance here is 100 percent natural. And that goes for the products as well: Each treatment uses essential oils and salves made from tropical spices, fruits, and flowers organically and locally grown in the Balinese countryside. Here are three examples of bliss-filled treatments that’ll soothe your body and soul-all while keeping you in touch with Mother Nature.

1. Ayung massage: Feeling blocked? A therapist will help you unwind using long strokes that follow energy (aka “prana”) channels running through the body to open up any blockages and replenish your self with a renewed vitality. Organic essential oils such as peppermint help boost circulation and green tea soothes skin with powerful antioxidants.

2. Ginger invigorating body scrub: Coming clean never felt so good: Get soft, glowing skin with this treatment that’s total-body bliss. It starts out with a restorative scrub made of all-natural ingredients such as ginger and rice to remove dead skins cells and stimulate circulation. Rinse away the scrub (and tension) with an herbal bath, then seal in the soothing effects with a replenishing body lotion.

3. Aromatherapy Flower Bath: Wrap yourself in calm with this treatment that involves plunging in an intoxicating bath filled with aromas and flower petals such luxurious fresh jasmine blooms-revered in Asia for their healing powers. You’ll fall deep into relaxation mode as a nourishing moisturizer is applied to your body, leaving you with a sense of total wellness.

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