Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali/YTL Resort
A treatment room at the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali in Indonesia
A treatment room at the Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali in Indonesia
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The goal of a stay at Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali, similar to the intent of any destination spa, is holistic wellness. This spa on the unspoiled northern end of Bali offers several routes to achieving it. Upon arrival (and after a welcoming shoulder rub), guests can select one of several Discovery Paths, each combining treatments and activities with nutrition. The Balance path calls for Balinese dance lessons and squid fishing during a new moon; Creativity entails a tour of artisan workshops and instruction in traditional weaving. Spa therapists create all the balms fresh for each session and use only local fruits and spices. The Campur-Campur treatment blends Thai and Malay massage while pouches of steamed lemongrass and pandan leaves rest on the body. A hair revitalizer incorporates coconut oil, fried candlenuts, and hibiscus leaves. Before any treatment, guests engage in a ritual aimed at eliminating “bad energy” by digging their feet into the black volcanic sand at the resort’s beach. In the end, a Spa Village experience is all-encompassing, but not rigorous. The 31-room spread is thick with honeymooners, the menu is more fresh seafood than juice fasts, and guests can pick from the predesigned programs or just make up their own.


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