How Much Should I Pay for a Massage in Bali?
There are literally thousands of massage spas and shops dotted all around Bali where you can simply walk in off the street and indulge in a traditional Balinese massage for around $10. Some places offer luxurious surroundings and others are the cheap and cheerful type. But they all have one thing in common and that is the massages are absolutely fabulous, no matter where you are on the island.
Prices can vary depending on where you go but most places will charge around the Rp 90 000 for a 1 hour massage. Convert that into Australian dollars and its about $9 or $10. How good is that? This means you get to indulge yourself for one hour with a fantastic private massage in an air conditioned day spa for less than $10.
Many people often think that they have to go to a spa in a resort to get a decent massage in Bali but this is far from the truth and reality. All you need to do is take a stroll down one of the many streets in Legian, Seminyak, Umalas, Ubud or Kuta and you will know what I mean.
If your holidaying in one of our Seminyak villas all you need to do is step outside, walk a few metres and you’ll more than likely see a day spa. They are everywhere!
There is a massage place at least every 50 metres. Walk in there and you will be absolutely surprised by the cleanliness and hospitable, friendly welcome you are going to get. They might try and offer other services like hand and foot pedicure to drum up more business but at these prices it’s a good deal.
The truth is that most of the girls that work as masseuses have actually worked for many years in other boutiques or in more of the well known spas in some of the best hotels in Bali. This means that you are going to get all their experience and knowledge for less that $10.
Because this is so cheap, ideally if you are happy wit the massage then it’s a great idea to tip them say $5. This way when you keep on going back to the same place, they will remember you and you will get VIP treatment.
Because these types of massages are so expensive in Australia, this becomes a real treat and you will find yourself setting aside a few hours every day for this piece of self indulgence. I know of people that actually get 2 massages every day. Because it’s so cheap and the massages are absolutely fantastic make sure you do not miss out on this experience when you visit Bali.
Price of massages in villas
If you are staying in one of our Private Luxury Villas make sure you ask one of the staff if you can get a massage by your private pool for that added indulgent luxury. You can always negotiate a rate with the staff but as a golden rule, don’t bargain too hard and keep the price at around the $10 mark. Because you are having it in your villa this price will most likely go up to around $15 or $20 but well worth it. Most of the local masseuses are local and work in the spas nearby your villa. They can generally be in there within a couple of hours but best to book a day in advance. Most villa managers will be able to organise this very quickly. All you need to do is ask.
Price of massages in hotels
If your wanting to ramp up the luxury level your in for a real treat if you decide to have a massage in one of the many 5 star hotels and resorts in Bali. Prices here are definitely not what they are on the street and you will be looking at anywhere from the $100 AUD upwards depending on the type of treatment you decide to have. You will notice the obvious difference in terms of decor, ambiance and overall level of luxury and sophistication. If your willing to spend that bit extra it’s definitely worth it. Having said that, the massages all seem to be the same where ever you go, so your really paying for the niceties and atmosphere. There are dozens of these ultra chic day spas all over the main tourists hot spots but the following 2 are our favourite by far.
Most popular day spas for a massage in Bali
Karma Spa at Karma Kandara – www.karmagroup.com/find-destination/karma-resorts/karma-kandara
Acqua Perla at Double Six Hotel – www.double-six.com/spa/
So go on…enjoy yourself and let the worries of your hectic, modern day life slip slowly away and enjoy a daily massage in Bali