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The Good Life – Massages and Spa Treatments

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The good life for Westerners in Bali includes massages and spa treatments, and I was ready to feed the local economy with my hard earned greenbacks. My daily schedule in Kuta was rather simple:


  • sleep in
  • enjoy free breakfast at accommodation (very common offering – usually some combination of eggs, toast, pancakes, coffee/tea/juice)
  • use internet
  • spa treatment (something different each day – haircut, manicure, pedicure, aromatherapy massage)


  • traditional Indonesian food for lunch at restaurant for $2
  • hang out, siesta, nap, shop
  • go to beach if it looks like a good night for a sunset (tons of locals and tourists alike would head that way once the sun headed down, and it became cooler out)
  • eat a $2-3 dinner, with $1-2 drinks optional (while watching a movie if eating at Swell – I caught 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, and Dodgeball)
  • sleep

My favorite - Nasi Goreng w/chicken (Ayam)

I learned a difference of only a dollar or two can really change the quality of the massages. The cheapest are offered by the ladies on the beach, who can be rather aggressive. Those are a negotiable $5/hour. The beach is too hot, sandy, and hot for me to enjoy it though. I had one by a pool for about $5, which was OK, however I decided to take it up a notch and go indoors.

The little menu above was for a place in the shopping area known as Kuta Square that struck a good balance between cost and quality. Air conditioning, aromatherapy, candles, and a comfortable table were well worth the extra few dollars ($7-8 total).

Yes, you can live like a King (or Queen) in Bali if you have a bit of money. If costs remain so low, I may need to build a spa component into my Asian budget!

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Saturday 30th of October 2010

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Saturday 30th of October 2010

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spa parts

Saturday 13th of February 2010

Spa is a one of a kind island residential resort development accessible and exotic, playful yet private, tranquil yet secure.

Spa Heater

Thursday 4th of February 2010

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Kango Suz

Wednesday 13th of February 2008

Front lines???? ok... totally inappropriate metaphor. I doubt that you're anywhere NEAR doing battle with your lovely masuse. (ok, Kango Suz is a little jealous. just a little bit....)

But I'm glad that our comments help. Makes it feel like we can get a little bit of vicarious living even though most of us are still stuck behind desks. Keep up the good life!

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