If your definition of “me” time is lying on a massage table having your feet kneaded while a beautician coats your face with flakes of 24-carat gold, you’ve come to the right place. Canggu has a plethora of places to pamper and indulge for all budgets – and we weren’t even joking about the gold facial (check out Gold Dust on Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong).
Body Temple Spa
Inside Finns Recreation Club, Jalan Canggu Club, Berawa
Finns Recreation Club is a world of its own, so it makes sense that they would also boast a ridiculously luxurious day spa. Their treatments are tailored to how you’d like to feel: energised, relaxed, detoxed or rejuvenated, and many of them are based around tea. So whether you’d like to get your face and nails glammed up for a hot date with your surf instructor, or you need to give you chakras a bit of a boost with an aromatherapy massage, Body Temple can help you out.
Jalan Pantai Batu Mejan, Echo Beach
10am – 8pm
This intimate spa, no, sanctuary, is a one-minute walk from the Dojo. Though it’s a tad more expensive than a local spa, the treatments are worth every extra rupiah. The heavy doors block out all the street noise, so you can sit down and relax whilst sipping on your lemongrass welcome drink and deciding how you’re going to pamper yourself. For 250k, you can choose between a healing Balinese and “panel beat” deep tissue massage. You can also trust the professional therapists to give you a perfect Brazilian (250k), an energising facial (350k) or a soothing body wrap (350k). We highly recommend the Beauty and the Beach package (700k), which includes a full body massage, a scalp massage, a cream bath for your hair, and a mani-pedi. Because of its great value and high quality, Therapy is very popular, so it’s probably worth booking your treatment in advance.
Jalan Raya Semat (across from Warung OMG), Berawa
9am – 9pm
If you need a change from your traditional Balinese massage, Medina Spa is the place to go. This local gem can be recognised by its Yin-Yang and Healing Massage sign and the giant reflexology poster stuck to its window. The place only has two beds, so you might need to come back later if they’re taken. Definitely come back though, because this seemingly dodgy place offers the most amazing traditional Javanese massage in town for only 100k. Don’t be fooled by the small and simple interior, as the masseurs really know how to work your muscles and can heal all kinds of injuries. Apart from the traditional massage, you can also get a healing massage if you have a specific problem, or a yin-yang massage for balance. Don’t be surprised if the therapist jumps on the bed and starts walking on your legs – it’s all part of the experience. They also sell a range of local herbs and spices, teas, coffees and essential oils.
Jl Munduk Kedungu 45, Pererenan
10am – 7pm
A quick zoom through Canggu and you’ll realise it caters extremely well to vegans – so much so that there’s even a vegan nail bar in town. Named for an enchantingly kind Brazilian woman whose philosophy was that our natural environment can provide everything we need, Maria Curau offers products and services that are all-natural, not tested on animals and non-toxic (which, considering your skin is your biggest organ and your nails are attached to your skin, is definitely a good thing). Located in Pererenan, one beach over from Echo, the salon’s aesthetic is just as en pointe as the funky, detailed nail art it offers.
Your Time Healing
6&8 Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Batu Bolong
10am – 7pm
The Aussie owner of Your Time has been working in the spa and therapy industry for decades, and has trained her staff to her high standards. This great value day spa has a funky white and pink interior, and apart from the usual pampering, beauty services and massages, also offers complementary healing services such as bio-energy healing and hypnotherapy sessions. The therapists working are friendly, professional and attentive, and massages start at 150k. You can even book online, which is super convenient!
Jalan Pantai Baju Mejan, Echo Beach
HAIR – which, like Therapy, is also a minute from the Dojo – is a creative, innovative and fashionable salon in an industrial setting where top stylists can do your make-up, give you a new haircut or even give you a full new-year-new-me makeover, no matter what month it is. Well-known with celebrities, fashionistas, models and the like, HAIR is an ideal place to freshen up for a special event. You can get a simple haircut and blow-dry for 250-350k or go for something fancier, like a Keratin smoothing from 1.5 million. Don’t forget to book your appointment in advance, as this place is very popular with the in-crowd of Canggu and Seminyak. Word has spread far and wide about their great work with blondes – something very unusual in Bali.
Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 69
9am – 10pm
There once was a time when you had to mission to Seminyak or Petetinget to get a taste of what this glorious haven had to offer, but now, AMO Spa has extended its well-manicured fingers into the ‘gu. The staff have all been trained by former New York model and owner Navia Nguyen, and as a r result, the standards are through the roof: think massages, hair and makeup facials, waxing and, for the brave, ice baths.