Within walking distance of Ngurah Rai International Airport, Anika Spa in Kuta is a comfortable modern spa that’s well-placed for pre- or post-flight treatments. Therapies focus on traditional Indonesian ingredients and techniques, whether it’s an aromatherapy-based treatment, massage, scrub, flower bath, manicure, or pedicure.
With its statues and cooling pools, this south Bali spa feels distinctively Balinese. Guests can book a treatment or prearrange a package that includes hotel or airport transfers. Packages typically center on Balinese massage, which uses long, smooth strokes combined with acupressure techniques and aromatherapy oils, but there are treatments for everything from sunburn to dry scalp.
Things to Know Before You Go
- An aromatherapy foot massage at this spa near Bali airport makes a great treatment to counter any post-flight swelling.
- As with many Balinese spas, Anika Spa offers couple’s treatments, including side-by-side massages and 2-person flower baths: simply request on booking.
- Don’t be shy; ask your therapist to adjust the strength of your massage.
- Rather than negotiating with street solicitors, book a Balinese spa package that includes door-to-door transfers.
How to Get There
Anika Spa is situated in Tuban, less than a mile (1.5 kilometers) from Ngurah Rai International Airport, and an easy ride from Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian. Whether staying in south Bali or on your way to the airport, most will find a transfer with private driver more convenient than braving Bali’s crazy traffic and choked roads.
When to Get There
Anika Spa is open morning to late-night seven days a week, with the exception of Balinese New Year (Nyepi), when the entire island shuts down. It’s important to book ahead on weekends, during Bali’s tourist peak season (roughly mid-June through August), and around major Balinese festivals such as Kuningan and Galungan, which follow a 7-month cycle.
The Bali Spa: Balinese Aromatherapy Ingredients
Most traditional Balinese spa ingredients grow in Indonesian gardens—and that’s not just the flowers used in a flower foot wash or bath. Expect to find spices such as turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, lemongrass, ginger, and galangal used in scrubs and oils, and to sip a warming cup of ginger tea before or after your treatment.