Feb 27 2011

A cheap massage in Sanur

Published by at 7:11 pm under Sanur

Hardy’s supermarket in Sanur is one of the few places in Bali I despise. I am driven crazy by how often the prices on their shelves are not actually for the products in front of them, their unapologetic staff, their habit of giving lollies instead of proper change and…

Well, I digress. One place is worth stopping at if you’re in the vicinity of the Hardy’s complex and suffering tired feet: AB Foot Massage, to the left as you come through the shoddy security at the entrance, past Periplus, an optometrist and a dress shop.

The shop has recently relocated to the second floor — its contract ran out on the ground floor and presumably the lovely landlords jacked up the price. Just catch the lift straight up and turn left as you exit, it’s a way along to your right.

The new, upstairs, location of AB Foot Massage

The new, upstairs, location of AB Foot Massage


AB does one-hour foot massages for 40,000 rupiah (also body massages), and they are among the best we’ve had on the island. No silly soulless sticks are used; it’s all about finding your aching knotted bits, and bar one average massage here from a masseuse who just wasn’t into it, I’ve consistently had a positive experience from therapists who somehow manage to find knots in the oddest of places. Who would have thought it could ever feel so good to have your big toe *really* massaged properly?

But aside from the glass of water you get on arrival, the frills at AB are pretty much non-existent. The place always seems to stink of stale cigarette smoke, the decor is tatty and aged, and the magazines possibly date from the early 1980s, if you can find one at all. Current construction next door means it can be a bit noisy as well.

Oh but wait — another plus is free WiFi, so you can actually work or catch up on Twitter while being re-energized. So I often drop in here when I have work to do instead of sitting at say Cafe Batujimbar across the road, where they charge an arm and a leg for internet access. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, grab a takeaway coffee from Batujimbar before you settle in for your massage.

If you need a loo, either stop at Batujimbar or there’s a very dirty but working one behind the ATMs at the entrance to the car park.

Just to be clear: This isn’t a spot to travel across the island for, but if you’re staying in Sanur and need to get supplies from Hardy’s, factor in an hour-long stop here. They also do body massage, but I’ve found them to be far more variable in quality than their foot reflexology.

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7 Responses to “A cheap massage in Sanur”

  1. viraon 01 Mar 2011 at 10:12 am

    lollies as change.. that’s applied in so many places throughout Indonesia.. Now there’s even a law against it but the practice still goes on in some places..

  2. samanthaon 01 Mar 2011 at 10:34 am

    Yes to be fair to them, I haven’t got any as change for a while… but then, I also try to avoid going there these days and haven’t gone for a while!

  3. Donnaon 12 Jun 2011 at 11:38 am

    Well I am sitting in AB massage right now having a 1 hour foot massage and have to agree with Mt Travelfish. This is possibly the BEST foot massage I’ve EVER had. And that’s 6ter living in Thailand for 8.5 years where they pride themselves on their foot massage. This guy knows every little spot and will explain as he goes if you want.

    Amazing. I’m a new AB Massage addict!

  4. Judy Bon 23 Nov 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I have been in Bali for two months and have found (after several experiments) a wonderful massage therapist. I came with a specific need and it has been well taken care of by a lovely woman named Sudi at Talia Massage in South Sanur. Sudi has been working on my upper back almost every day and has made a huge difference on the scar adhesions that I have. I highly recommend this salon and Sudi. Dessa is also a good therapist. I have found no better massage place here, even the more ‘expensive’ ones. I pay Rp50,000 (less than $6 with tip) for an hour of Sudi’s hard work! I am so grateful.

  5. Cheap Feet Massage » The Massage Blogon 14 Jan 2012 at 11:44 am

    […] and there is no close-by river, but I am still able to take a bare feet walk during my lunch break.Feet massage is one of the easiest forms of massage to get for free. I am not talking about practiti…>For instance, you can just take off your shoes and your socks and walk outside with your bare feet. […]

  6. Massage loveron 31 Dec 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I have just tried the back massage at AB (Artha Bali) Reflrexology & Massage located at 3rd floor in Hardy’s Supermarket tonight.

    It was so good! If you like something deep and strong, ask for the guy (he was the only male staff when I visited there this evening. He is damn good. I am glad that I found him in Bali. After reading the review of their foot massage above, I will get back there to try the foot massage.

    I did 30 mins back massage (costs 30,000) . It was about 2 hrs ago, and I can feel it deep inside the muscle of my back…

    AB Masage, very reasonable priced with superior massage skill.

  7. ubboon 01 Feb 2015 at 12:38 pm

    they have moved from Hardys to jalan danau tamblingan 86 opposite Besakih hotel
    and indeed they are great!