Beauty knows no bounds with Georgia Sutherland and her team at Glo Day Spa & Salon.
In need of some serious primping and pampering? Glo Day Spa & Salon is your one-stop shop for vanity and sanity. For nearly 15 years, this city-style spa has been exceeding expectations with on-trend beauty and body treatments, not to mention a stellar team of passionate therapists and stylists.
Georgia Sutherland is the visionary behind the brand, and like many other long-term expats she came to Bali thinking she would only be here for a short while – but ended up making the island her home.
“After graduating from hotel management school in NSW, Australia,” she told us, “my first posting was at The Legian, which back then was surrounded by rice fields. I arrived thinking that I would do a year or two here and then leave. I had no idea then how I would fall in love with this island, the people, and the culture . . . and still be here 23 years later.”
Providence then prevailed. “After two years working in the hotel industry,” she went on, “the Indonesian Monetary Crisis happened in 1998 and many people were retrenched. But during that time I found my new passion when I was approached by Mandara Spa and offered the position of Operations Manager.”
That position would spark a lifelong career in the spa industry and inspire Georgia to create her own brand with the mission of upping the spa game in Bali.
She said: “Indonesia has a wonderful history of hair and beauty, but 15 years ago there was very little available to the residents of Bali other than a couple of little local day spas offering hair cream baths and manicures or pedicures and waxing, which did not adhere to any level of hygiene or sanitation.
“I opened Glo Seminyak in July 2005, as I believed that I could not be the only person on the island wanting a spa that offered awesome services with beautiful products, professionally trained staff, and a high level of hygiene and sanitation.”
Originally called Glo Nail Bar, Georgia’s venture was the first city styled spa on the island and it was an instant hit with locals and expats. Services included manicures and pedicures and soon expanded to waxing, spray tans and tinting. As guests repeatedly asked for more services, Georgia and her team listened and added spa treatments and a full service salon.
Today the name Glo is synonymous with style in Bali. Spa and salon seekers have four chic locations to choose from in Seminyak, Sanur, Canggu and Nusa Lembongan, and at each location you’ll find international teams of therapists and stylists offering a multitude of beauty and body treatments ranging from massages to microdermabrasion, haircuts and colour, eyelash extensions, men’s grooming and much more.
Wedding packages are also wildly popular at Glo. “We glammed at least 150 brides last year and might double that this year,” said Georgia. “We love doing weddings and make sure that our brides and their entourage are always thrilled. We also love knowing that our skills show in many people’s wedding albums around the world.”
What sets Glo apart from other spas in Bali is not only the consistent delivery of stellar services, but also the dedicated team members who are constantly striving to offer the very latest in beauty trends, technology and techniques.
Georgia says: “We bring in trainers every six months from Australia to refresh skills and keep up with the latest trends in hair, make-up, beauty and nails so that we continue to be visionary and a market leader in the day spa market. We are also committed to introducing new treatments and services and importing the best available items including vegan and cruelty-free products.”
The Glo staff members hail from Indonesia, Australia and Finland, and all are experts in their field, whether it’s hair styling, spa therapies or beauty services. The therapists and technicians also undergo special training in hygiene, avant-garde techniques and sanitation.
Georgia says: “Glo would not be the success it is today without the Glo family. We are a team of 55 and eight have been with me since the beginning. I love my team and I know they all love working at Glo, which shows in their dedication, professionalism and passion in what they do. As a whole, we believe the total Glo experience is more than just the services that we provide; it’s about the relationships we build.
“We love the saying by Don Sibet, ‘What comes from the heart, touches the heart’, and this is our philosophy at Glo. You can expect a beautiful warm welcome on arrival, have confidence in your therapist or technician, total comfort during your time in Glo and a very fond farewell on departure. And you can expect to leave feeling and looking better than when you arrived.”