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Island holidays are all about indulging and relaxing, right? After a day diving or snorkelling or even to recover from the bumpy boat ride over, unwind with a treatment at one of Nusa Lembongan’s many spas.

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Choose from cheap and cheerful to something a little more indulgent. A higher price tag doesn’t always guarantee better service, but rather probably more pleasant surroundings and more luxurious products. Sometimes snagging a skilful, well-trained therapist is just the luck of the draw.

All the following offer a range of massages, treatments and packages, but even at the lower end, prices are slightly higher on Nusa Lembongan than on Bali. We’ve compared the rates for a one-hour Balinese massage, but if you are looking for other treatments it is worth shopping around. We (sadly) didn’t partake of the services at all the spas listed, but did pop in for a look. The majority of standalone spas are located in Jungut Batu, but several around the island offer pickup services, and many hotels have attached spas as well.

Have a lay down at Kayana : Sally Arnold.
Have a lay down at Kayana Photo: Sally Arnold

Kayana Spa on the main road at Jungut Batu, opposite Lemongrass Bar and Restaurant, slots into the cheap and cheerful range with a one-hour Balinese massage priced at 120,000 rupiah. Set back a little from the road, thatch wooden huts in a pretty garden set the relaxing mood. Other treatments include a bamboo massage, in which a section of warm bamboo is rolled over your body (90 minutes, 300,000 rupiah), four-hand massage (30 minutes, 200,000 rupiah), as well as shiatsu (one hour, 200,000 rupiah), Ayurveda (one hour, 250,000 rupiah), and Thai (one hour, 300,000 rupiah) styles.

Across the road from Kayana, tucked into the lane behind Lemongrass Bar and Restaurant, Wakame Spa offers air-con treatment rooms and seaweed-based products. A standard one-hour Balinese massage will set you back 140,000 rupiah, but look for brochures with a 20% off discount voucher. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Swans in play at Kemilu Spa. : Sally Arnold.
Swans in play at Kemilu Spa. Photo: Sally Arnold

Organic Spa is located at the southern end of Jungut Batu, just back from the beach (follow the signs to The Wine Shop). The very friendly owner used to work on cruise ships before he started his spa business and has had experience massaging “famous entrepreneurs, artists and Hollywood actors”, although you may end up with his less experienced staff. The tree-filled garden and song of caged birds along with the nearby waves may help to drown out the sound of passing motorbikes. Prices are oddly in US dollars, perhaps a legacy of his cruise ships days; a Balinese massage is US$15 for a one-hour treatment.

Kemilu Spa moves up the scale a little with slightly pricier treatments and a little more luxury. Walking down the long leafy entryway off the main road at the northern end of Jungut Batu gives the impression of entering a secret garden retreat, particularly in the evening when the entire place is lit with pretty lanterns. Soft music and wafting fragrances enhance the mood. A one-hour Balinese massage is 286,000 rupiah, and if you’ve caught too many rays, they offer a sunburn-saver massage (one hour, 319,000 rupiah). Call for a free pick up from anywhere on the island.

You’ve earned it. : Sally Arnold.
You’ve earned it. Photo: Sally Arnold

Lular Spa is the “day spa” part of the high-end Batu Karang Lembongan Resort & Day Spa on the Jungut Batu headland. Take a golf buggy up the steep hill, so you’re not too worn out to enjoy your massage. We were shown a number of therapy rooms and all looked well set out and comfortable, some with a sea view, and an outdoor tub that looked rather inviting. A standard one-hour Balinese massage here is 440,000 rupiah and the impression was very professional, although Ms TravelFish had a less than professional experience here in the past, but as we say—it can all depend on who you get on the day (although it shouldn’t when you are paying professional rates). Lular Spa can get busy, so book ahead.

Along with their upmarket boutique hotel and fancypants restaurant, Indiana Kenanga offer treatments in an elegant poolside spa. Surrounding a bubbling indoor water feature, lattice screened doors open to the treatment rooms. A Balinese massage here is the priciest we found on the island at 450,000 rupiah for one hour, but we also saw vouchers that offer 25% off. Add to the experience with Tibetan singing bowls for an extra vibey massage (450,000 rupiah). After a treatment you could spend the day relaxing by the inviting private swimming pool and enjoy some French crepes in the Creperie, all within the same walled enclosure.

A bit fancier at Indiana Kenanga. : Sally Arnold.
A bit fancier at Indiana Kenanga. Photo: Sally Arnold

Seemingly in the middle of nowhere (but probably not for long with the rate of development), Harumaya Day Spa sits on the road to Sandy Bay opposite Warung Oishii. This local-style spa has a very calm ambience, and prices seemed reasonable for the simple but relaxing style of surroundings. Some of the treatment rooms are more private than others, and one row of massage tables are only separated by curtains so it’s likely you’ll hear the groans of pleasure from the neighbouring cubical. A one-hour Balinese massage here is 200,000 rupiah, but their most popular treatment is the deep massage for the “chronically tense” (one hour, 250,000 rupiah), or if warm oil being dripped on your chakra points appeals, go for the Ayurveda Shirodhara (one hour, 350,000 rupiah). If you plan on spending a day indulging, pop over the road for terrifically fresh sushi at Oishii’s between treatments (or ask the staff to deliver to the spa). Take up the offer of a free pick up, as it’s a little off the beaten track. Two hours' notice required.

If you plan on dining at Sandy Bay Beach Club or even spending some time admiring the wild seas, you could do worse than booking into Glo Spa—part of the Beach Club and a branch of the popular chain with outlets in Seminyak and Sanur. With a beachfront location the sound of the sea adds to the serenity and if you’d like to add the sea breeze, request the ocean view bale for your massage. The Balinese massage here is 250,000 rupiah for an hour. Make a day of it and book for lunch (and perhaps dinner too) at Sandy Bay Beach Club and have a dip in their pool to refresh. If you’ve forgotten your swimmers, The Walking Tree boutique up the road sells a range of stylish swimwear.

Glo Spa: Sandy Bay; T: (0811) 399 6622;; open Mo–Su 10:00–20:00.
Harumaya Day Spa: Sunset Road near Sandy Bay; T: (0822) 3780 5682;
Indiana Kenanga Spa: Jungut Batu Beach 56; T: (0366) 5596 371;
Kayana Spa: Jalan Raya Jungut Batu; T: (0877) 6186 7339, (0812) 8336 0789, (0859) 5379 8999;; open Mo–Su 09:00–21:00.
Kemilu Spa: Jalan Raya Jungut Batu; T: (0812) 3611 2726;; open Mo–Su 09:00–22:00.
Lular Spa: Batu Karang Lembongan Resort, Jungut Batu headland; T: (0366) 559 6376;
Organic Spa: South Jungut Batu (near The Wine Shop); T: (0821) 4443 9900, (0819) 9966 6138;
Wakame Spa: Jalan Raya Jungut Batu; T: (0813) 3821 0429; open Mo–Su 09:00–21:00.

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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