Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Heights of Relaxation in Bali

Instead of “Island of the Gods,” Bali could easily be referred to as “Island of the Spas.” The sheer abundance of spas and wellness centers is overwhelming, which sometimes makes it difficult to settle on one. Venues to pamper oneself range from the relatively cheap to high-end luxury, from traditional Balinese massages and Japanese shiatsu treatment to reflexology and facials.

Among this plethora of choices, the Karma Spa stands out because of its stunning location.

Set atop a high cliff at Bali’s southernmost tip, overlooking the Indian ocean, the view alone provides reason enough for a visit.

Guests enter through a wooden door and are welcomed at an open-air spa lounge furnished with comfortable rattan chairs.

A couple of steps further you will find one of the two treatment huts, both designed to accommodate two people.

The real jewel of the spa— once again due to the extraordinary view — is the open-air pavilion that features a sauna, a steam room and a jacuzzi.

While taking a dip in a jacuzzi is always rejuvenating, it can be made even better by watching a tropical sunset and listening to the distant sound of waves breaking on the rocks.

When I visited Karma Spa, it was late in the afternoon and the staff asked me to have a seat in the lounge first, where they served me refreshments.

Full article by Katrin Figge

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