Jackie here - desperately wishing that I was in Bali (especially after writing this post!) If you didn't know, back in May of 2016, Alyssa and I traveled for two and a half weeks throughout Southeast Asia, to celebrate our graduations from college. The trip was absolutely amazing! We visited Bali, Indonesia - Bangkok, Thailand - Singapore, Singapore - Taipei, Taiwan - and Phuket, Thailand; all for under $1,600!! (Stay on the lookout for a post on how we budgeted our time and money!) In each country we did something that was life changing - in Singapore, we stayed in a world-famous hotel, in Taipei, we went to the top of the 8th tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 (89 stories tall), and in Bangkok we went to Wat Po - an immaculate Buddhist temple.
Even after all of those amazing experiences, I would have to say my second favorite (second only to riding on an elephant), was getting a massage in Bali. Now you are probably wondering "... what is so exciting about a massage? You could get one of those here Jackie." Well friend, you are correct. I could get that in the United States. But could I get a 4 hours spa experience for ONLY $45?!
The answer is no.
After doing a bunch of research, Alyssa and I decided that Febri's Hotel and Spa was the best "bang for our buck." TIP: Make sure if you want to get a special massage to check how far in advanced you need to book it. We only looked a couple of days before, and actually almost missed the time period for when we could book it!
First of all - let me tell you. I didn't have a lot of hope for a spa that offered a whole 4 hour spa experience for $45 (in the United States, an acceptable spa day is upwards to $300 or more.) But man, was I wrong. Febri's Hotel and Spa was incredible.
After we got out of the car that picked us up from our hotel (which of course was complementary,) Alyssa and I were directed to take a seat in the lobby, we were handed warm towels to wash our hands and face with, and some cold pineapple juice to sip. We waited about 10 minutes (we were a little bit early), and then we taken back to the exclusive and private spa area. On our way to the back, we saw some pretty spectacular things - including a statue of elephants having sex (romantic?) and antelopes having sex.
We were taken to a "spa cottage" complete with a small, personal courtyard with fake grass and trees. We both had our own attendant, who directed us to our first activities - the cold Jacuzzi and steam room. The Jacuzzi was extremely nice - one dip and you felt refreshed. The steam room ... wasn't my favorite. I am not a fan of heat - so a 120 degree steam room was not what I call "relaxing." I made it all of 2 minutes before I went back in the cold Jacuzzi.
After 30 minutes of going back and forth between the Jacuzzi and steam room, we were ushered back into our spa cottage to change into our robes and slippers and to get a foot scrub. The foot scrub lasted about 10-15 minutes (they really got in there), and after that we laid face-down on our massage tables.
From there, I pretty much blacked out from how relaxed I was. We had a 2-hour full body massage. 2 hours. Within the massage we had a facial (which I fell asleep during), a body scrub and mask, and a body wash. I swear after that, I was glowing. Because the scrub was made of chocolate, the whole room smelled like Willy Wonka's Factory ... and Alyssa and I were loving every minute of it.
Afterwards, we floated to the bathtub to take a bath and rinse off the chocolate body mask. While we were in the bath, they brought out sliced tropical fruits and hot chocolate for us to snack on. Alyssa and I had a grand time laughing and joking with each other while bathing, and were disappointed when one attendant came out to get us out. #NoMakeupPictures!
The last thing we did was choose either a 1-hour manicure or pedicure. The couch-like chair reclined while our hands were resting on pillows while being pampered. I chose a simple french manicure, and Alyssa chose a sky blue polish. One of my favorite parts of the manicure was the "exfoliating wax." They literally put your hands in candle-wax and rolled it away when it was dry.
That spa experience made me so relaxed, the plane ride that evening wasn't stressful whatsoever.
Well, there you have it folks. The best $45 I have ever spent on myself. Again, if you are ever in Bali, I would highly recommend stopping by Febri's Hotel and Spa ... you'll be glad you did!