With the sound of gently swaying palm trees and the Indian Ocean within earshot (and sight), the Spa at Bulgari Bali nails the calm and relaxed vibe — and that’s even before you’ve started your treatment. The space is dramatic and romantic in equal measures. It is a true retreat — shut off from the outside world.

To take the luxury factor up a notch further — if that’s at all possible — check yourself into the spa’s indulgent Spa Pavilions. Designed to be reserved for a minimum of three hours’ hours, the pavilions offer time to relax before and after your treatment. The individual pavilions feature a whirlpool and outdoor, outdoor space with an open air shower, while the Royal Pavilion also features a steam shower and private plunge power.

The spa offers luxury treatments, of course, but the healing hands of the spa’s dedicated therapists. Deep massages are carried out using exotic oils and herbs while warm volcanic stones are placed on the chakras — the body’s energy centres — resulting in total relaxation.

The spa menu picks out the best of Asian and European spa rituals, with a focus on ayurvedic Balinese rituals. For the ultimate pampering experience, try the three-hour Bulgari Royal Lulur for two. Lulur is Javanese for “coating the skin,” which is exactly what this treatment involves. Following a Welcome Foot Ritual Firstly, a spice and yogurt exfoliation is applied so the body polishing process can begin. Following this, the body is cocooned in a Cooling Marine Algae. Yogurt and fresh mint soothe the skin while a facial takes place. The feet, legs and arms then benefit from an intensive Reflex Zone Massage. Couples then ease into a whirlpool or plunge pool to refresh the face and body, before the treatment resumes with a body massage using exotic oils and herbs. The treatment is unforgettable, luring your body into a state of calm and relaxation. Other treatments include the Balinese four-hand massage, a detoxifying cleansing ritual, skin brightening and age-defying facials.

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