Tucked Away Oasis – Bali Botanica Day Spa
Ayurveda – one of the most amazing holistic treatments you could experience. There’s so many different branches of Ayurvedic medicine that you can explore. The treatments are meant to balance the energy flow by stimulating key points in your body and opening up the channels, harmonizing from inside out, bringing relaxation, and purifying the body, mind, and spirit. Sounds pretty amazing right?
Roughen up by the salty water and beat by the blazing sun – I was ready for some major pampering in Ubud, Indonesia. I wanted to experience an authentic Javanese Ayurvedic treatment in a “natural habitat” kind of spa. Bali Botanica Day Spa was the answer to my callings. This hidden oasis is off the main road and surrounded by luscious gardens, rice paddies, and bordered by a stream. The decor was very minimalistic but very “zen” feel. Hello paradise! Since the spa is pretty off the beaten path, they provide free transportation to and from the place you’re staying at. Score!
The spa menu is not really extensive, but each customized treatment is performed by a specially trained therapist. I was so excited to try the 2.5 hours “Chakra Dhara” treatment. The therapist relaxes you with a face, neck, and scalp massage. Followed by 25 minutes of pouring warm herbal oil on your 6th Chakra point in the center of your forehead – also known as the “third eye”. The therapist performs some form of ritual movements to “purify” the bad energy in your body and continues the same procedure for the rest of your body. Unfortunately, I missed all the in between details of the great massage since it was impossible not to fall asleep.