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Spa Village Tembok is a beautiful Balinese romantic escape in the North of the island. It was a great opportunity to disconnect from the city life and spend time together with someone who matters. The resort is located on the Northern shore of the Island of Gods and centered around the Spa. Read my full review of the property here.

Spa Village Tembok

Spa Village

The Resort is a place to come to recharge batteries and reconnect with your loved one and no better place for that than the couples treatment rooms at the Spa or a flower bath for two.

A preparation area where guests are welcomed complements the seven treatment rooms. The staff is mostly local and thoroughly trained by YTL‘s team. The Balinese staff is so well recognized within YTL’s Spa Villages that they regularly transfer to other group properties in Malaysia.

Traditional pre-wedding preparation

Traditional pre-wedding preparation

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to foot massages and to being pampered so I know my reflexology from my mere foot massages and I can tell when a masseuse is experienced. At the Spa Village Tembok I had some of the most amazing treatments I have ever experienced.

Walking among the beach villas

Walking among the beach villas

So what was on the menu? Our three day stay at Spa Village Tembok included a Balinese pre-wedding treatment, a massage under the stars and a facial.

Penganten Melukat ceremony

All massages started with a pre-treatment ritual with volcanic sand. This ritual is an essential part of the experience and is tailored to the resort’s location. At Gaya, the pre-treatment consisted in a steam bath with local oils. At Tembok, leveraging its position between the mountains and the ocean, the pre-treatment was called Segara Giri meaning mountain and ocean in the local language.

A treat between the pre-treatment and the massage

A treat between the pre-treatment and the massage

Segara Giri had us sitting in a sunken bath with our feet dipped into the back sand and towels covering our legs to trap all the steam inside. After fifteen minutes in the steam bath, we walked in cold water to rinse our feet. The Balinese believe that the feet acts as a conduit between the energy of the Earth and the self, therefore washing the feet is considered a way of purifying the self of any negativity that may rise from the Earth. A great start to an indulging 3-day stay.

In between the pre treatment and the treatment

In between the pre treatment and the treatment

With our feet cleansed, we were given ylang-ylang water and frozen fruits to relax under the palm trees in our cocoon before we continued with the Penganten Melukat, a pre-wedding Body Cleansing treatment traditionally done by the mothers of the bride and groom to get them ready for the big day.

Designed to purify the body and mind, the treatment began with Mewangsul (Traditional Balinese Massage) followed by Meodak (Boreh Body Scrub), the same one we made later on during our stay with the spa ladies. To soften and moisturize our skin we were covered in Empehan (Fresh Milk). The treatment ended with a Mersiram Sekar (Floral Bath).

A flower bath

A flower bath

By the end of the two and a half hours we were truly relaxed and had fully left the rest of the world behind, at the lobby, with the internet connection. All there was left was just us.

Flower bath

Flower bath

Our facial

Cycling to Les

Cycling to Les

On our second day, after a strenuous cycle and trek to Les Waterfall we returned to the resort for a facial.

As much as I am addicted to massages I detest facials. The idea of having a sticky face full of creams and potions being laid on my skin makes me uncomfortable. I dislike my face being touched and I fear the negative reaction of my skin. Despite all odds, this was a pleasant and hyper-relaxing experience.

Looking through the massage table

Looking through the massage table

The resort uses only natural ingredients for its facials so the treatment was done with refreshing slices of cucumber as cleanser, a yogurt and mint face mask and local herbs, Kayu Cendana (Sandalwood) and Tamarind leaves, as ingredients for the scrub. Not only did I not feel uncomfortable at any point but my skin felt soft and plump after. I suddenly believed in all those home-made DIY face masks regularly shown in movies.

Massage under the stars

Massage under the stars

Massage under the stars

This was and will be, for a long time I am sure, the most beautiful, personal and just plain nice treatment I have been offered anywhere.

As Alex and I were relaxing listening to some music and reading at one of the pool cabanas, we spotted the spa ladies bringing down two massage tables to the beach and then proceed to lay out a flower path and candles on the beach. As the sun came down, and they worked on the nice messages laid on the beds, we watched them laugh and truly enjoy what they were doing, taking selfies on the beach and having a good time while preparing our evening treat.

Our path to heaven

Our path to heaven

The Massage under the Stars is scheduled for when the sun has fully come down and the stars are out, at around 7pm. As we were still lounging, they came to get us. The flowers were arranged in hearts and the candles had been lit. The area was simply stunning. We felt bad to even walk on it. The massage beds had a message “Enjoy your massage” made with black volcanic pebbles and more flower petals. It was stunning.

Welcome to our massage under the stars

Welcome to our massage under the stars

But it was not just the preparation that made us feel special but also the setting. As soon as we laid down on our beds, facing up, the sheet of stars appeared in front of our eyes. It was impossible to close them off for all we wanted to do was stare at the millions of small sparkling lights shinning above us.

The 50min massage went by extremely fast. As I was nearing the end, I opened my eyes to have a glimpse of the stars once again. “Mar, did you see this?”, Alex yelled at me like an eager child. I had, I certainly did. It was magical, beautiful, and we could have spent hours there enjoying the view and our romantic evening with the stars.

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Disclaimer: Once in a lifetime Journey was a guest o YTL Hotels. As always, the opinions expressed are honest and my own

  • How lovely (I’m not really a pamper person myself).

    Where was the wedding? I’ve attended a wedding in Bali as well down in Uluwatu 🙂

  • Himanshu Barsainya

    Ohh Mar….what a post. I really felt as if i was there. thanks for sharing this wonderful and authentic experience.

  • Cai

    I feel the relaxation while reading this article. I love the place and oohhh the flower bath. That’s superb! Will love to try this kind of relaxation someday.

  • Ah, pure tranquility. Beautiful!
    Loved reading this and the pictures are great.
    Looks like a little slice of paradise 🙂

  • Nomadic Boys

    Ylang-ylang sounds yummy 🙂 Mar absolutely LOVE your photos, especially the one of you in the flower bath. Bella xxx

  • wow, that looks amazing! and the picture when you’re taking a bath is so great!!!

  • Wow, it really is those little touches that make all the difference isn’t it?

  • Sounds like an amazing experience. I’ve always wanted a massage on the beach and under the stars sounds even more amazing.

  • Kathrin Hälbich

    this is amazing! I’ve never been to a spa, but I want to do it so badly. Your treatments sound all so relaxing

  • Justine Jobelle M. Kimoden

    awwww a spa fit for a queen. 🙁 I want it too!

  • Lesley

    My daughter is only 3 years old and she had a hand massage before a manicure. She now asks me to massage her hand all the time. I think she’ll have an addiction too 🙂

    Personally, I prefer a facial or that flower bath.

  • Cailin

    This sounds and looks like such a wonderful experience! Way better than my spa experience in Bali! lol That flower bath photo is gorgeous!

  • Jessica

    What a rewarding experience. Bali itself gives a relaxing feeling through their daily flower offering so I bet this one is awesome! 🙂

  • Gemma

    Massage under the stars sounds very peaceful. I would have to hide until dusk was over first though – mosquitos love me as much as I love massages!

  • There always needs to be a moment to relax on a vacation trip and a spa journey like yours definitely does it for me as well!

  • Oh man. We started to relax just reading this!! What a fantastic looking place and a massage under the stars?! Especially after a cycle trip, being pampered again in a spa is the best way to wind down. Were you able to walk after your stay or were all your muscles jelly? 🙂

  • Oh wow! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful place!!! What a treat you got there 😀

  • It looks lovely. I could use this right now!

  • It looks like very romantic stay 🙂 Everything looks and sounds amazing.

  • GoatsOnTheRoad

    A massage on the beach, under the stars?! Now that sounds heavenly! I wouldn’t want to close my eyes, either.

  • The Lavish Nomad

    A massage on the beach? I’m Sold!!