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Bali Spa Review – #1 Mandara Spa at The Padma Hotel

By admin On Friday, January 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

During their stay in a Bali villa, most people will want to take a spa treatment. This is the first of a series of reviews of the great range of superb treatments available within minutes of your Bali villa rental which will become one of the enduring memories of your vacation.

Mandara Spa at The Padma in Legian is a delightful venue for an exceptional spa experience. The Mandara group began in Bali over a decade and a half ago and their first spa was in the Bali villa complex of The Chedi in the mountains above Ubud in the centre of the island. Today they have branches from Hollywood to Bollywood and almost all places in between, and when you experience the quality of treatments at the Mandara at The Padma it is very easy to understand their popularity.

The spa lobby is a tranquil oasis, all curving lines, low-lit and calm and the smiling staff at the reception desk in front of you, are very welcoming. You are presented with a cold ginger tea and a towel is close to freezing. After choosing the desired treatment, you are ushered into one of their 8 single or 2 double spa suites and change into a sarong. The reviewer’s choice of treatment was a Warm Stone massage with a Steam Shower and to start, a soothing Aromatherapy Foot Bath and Skin Rub.

The Foot Rub was very pleasant, gently conducted and invigorating with the addition of sea salt and essential oils. The fifteen minute Steam Shower was a whole body cleanse in a purpose-built steam room which left one feeling open and expectant. So far, so good, all very well presented and nothing unexpected; and then to the Warm Stone Massage. The treatment begins with a gentle oil massage and then, a rub with hot, flat stones which gives a greater depth whilst still remaining soft. After each part of the body is massaged the stones are placed under the relevant pressure points, still radiating their healing warmth. The whole body, first the back, then the front, is massaged in this way and the effect is sublime. This is a massage to induce a near coma state of relaxation. It is deeply transcendental; and leaves one desperately wanting another and another; not because they are not satisfying, but because they most eminently are.

My therapist was Eka and she has been working at various Mandara spa’s for fourteen years. She is also a trainer and all the therapists are trained in Bali before beginning work in spas in other parts of the world. Back at my Bali villa rental I am still floating in a cloud of sweet oil aromas and open-pored smooth skin which feels strangely new and fits better around my body. Without hesitation I would give Mandara Spa 10 out of 10 for a supreme experience in a delightful setting. Thank you Mandara Spa!

Name of Spa: Padma Spa by Mandara
‘Tagline’ of Spa:
Name of Spa Supervisor: Ni Luh Gede Sinar Kumalasari (Kumala)
Address: Padma Resort Bali at Legian
Jalan Padma, no. 1
Kuta, Bali
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 9.00pm
Off Street Parking? Yes
Google Map Reference or GPS Location:
Phone: 62 361 767162
Signature Treatment(s): Mandara Massage (four hand massage) or Spa Sampler (Balinese Massage + refresher facial or Foot massage)
Typical Customer Spend: $60 (including retail)
Price for Basic 1hr Massage: $46 (balinese massage – 50mins) + price
Spa Cafe / Restaurant? No
Number of  Employees 30
Home Visits Possible? No
Salon Treatments Available? Only manicure/pedicure
Ayurvedic Therapies: Shiro Dhara
Other Therapies Offered:
Any Other Comments: Manicure/pedicure, Pevonia Botanica facials, Royal Thai Massage, Warm Stone Massage, packages
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