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.
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.
By Samantha Brown
Last updated on 3rd March, 2015.