Katie Truman finds tropical bliss in downtown Seminyak doesn’t have to cost the earth.
ALL this year’s partying, social media overload, sun-worshipping, cocktail consumption (and far worse pursuits) can lead to serious effects on your health, skin – and sanity. So, to recharge your batteries, pamper your spirit and indulge in a one-stop beauty splurge, without breaking the bank, hotfoot it to Kaiana Spa and Salon, conveniently located in the heart of Seminyak.
This independently-run. boutique gem, tucked away in the same upmarket mini-arcade as Made’s Warung, is the antithesis of most of the neighbourhood’s more native-style inclined spas. Kaiana’s double-storey spa-salon wows with elegant French-colonial style interiors, replete with polished timbered floors and white walls and tastefully decorated with chandeliers, vases of lilac orchids and faux art deco mirrors – still as sparkling clean as when it launched two years ago.
The main salon room provides a row of black leather vibrating chairs for some serious back massaging while getting your deluxe mani-pedis done. There’s waxing, beautifying and hair styling available in chic air-conditioned rooms, while some of the anti-aging facials and pro-active body treatments incorporate Pevonia Botanica, one of the planet’s highest-grade skin products combining marine botanical ingredients with technologically advanced formulas (pricey, but delivering highly visible results).
Kaiana’s most preferred treatments however are more of the traditional, tropical variety combined with locally made customized spa products, which makes sense if you’re visiting this Island of the Gods and with a name like Kaiana, translating from Hawaiian as “island beauty.” Treatments include Balinese-style cream hair baths, infused with green tea, avocado or ginseng, for “because you’re worth it” glossy manes. There are deeply relaxing massages combined with fragrant blended oils you choose yourself, like the comatose-inducing, two-hour hot stone healing massage therapy, or scrumptious Lulur Therapy, a favourite of royal brides for pre-wedding prepping and a right royal scrub ritual, dating back to the 17th Century Javanese palaces.
But for some indulgent top-to-toe pampering, Kaiana’s Spa Packages are especially popular and a darn good way to while-away two hours. Each package highlights a key natural ingredient reflecting individual moods and requirements, from lotus flower for peace and serenity to the sensuous touch of rose.
The spa signature, Deluxe Kaiana Indulgence is a heavenly 150-minute-long combo of treatments highlighting Bali’s iconic Frangipani flower and unusually, two therapists working ensemble, which includes an intensely focused four-hand massage and Biokos facial administered simultaneously with a spot of reflexology.
Decisions, Decisions. I opt for the ultimate tropical encounter, Vanilla Coconut Passion, which follows the same format as the other packages, albeit featuring divine coconut and vanilla beans in the oils, lotions and scrub used throughout and is especially focused on nourishing and softening the skin. So its de-robe and switch-off time (and yes, folks, that includes any Smartphones) for two-hours of zone-out bliss. This all kicks-off with a vanilla foot bath infused with fresh petals, followed by an hour-long, soothing massage worked with lashings of coconut oil and strong hand movements on my hideously knotted shoulder muscles. Next, a coconut body wash combined with a mitt sloughs-off surface dead skin cells, nicely preparing the entire body for a thorough skin exfoliation, before showering off; the fresh coconut milk and grated coconut flesh blended with a vanilla-based powder makes for a sloppy wet scrub down – almost Hammam-style.
Vanilla Coconut Passion seems to have worked its magic, as I end-up with beautifully buffed glowing and softened skin, as well as smelling like a deliciously freshly-baked cake and feeling “three-gears down” chilled out.
What however makes me even more serene is Kaiana’s incredible good value: spa packages are priced at a mere IDR550,000, while massages like perennial favourite, Balinese Massage, go for just IDR300,00 – at the very least, pop-in for an Indian Head Massage (IDR180,000) for an instant hangover from hell remedy. And if you dine at the adjoining Made’s Warung, (owned by the same Indonesian family), you’ll be entitled to further spa discounts. Enough to calm even the most stressed-out souls.