The Edge of Reason
At the lavish award-winning the edge, the spa at The Edge takes spa-goers to new heights in beauty and wellness experiences in Bali...
You may already be familiar with aptly-named The Edge, a luxurious villa estate with its eight ultraprivate villas and limited facilities dramatically perched atop Uluwatu’s clifftops in Bali’s southern Bukit peninsula. However, you may not yet be familiar with The Edge’s equally jaw-dropping The Spa that is nestled amongst this exclusive secluded estate and is open to both staying and to outside day guests. The Spa takes Bali’s spa design to a whole new level, literally, far removed from typically traditional varieties on the island it is surely one of the coolest and most beautiful sanctuaries around – it was justifiably awarded the “Most Innovative Spa 2010” by prestigious Asia Spa magazine.
Suspended 80-meter-high above the Indian Ocean, clinging to the edge of sea cliffs, The Spa has been designed to fuse with its oceanic surroundings. Similar to The Edge’s villas, The Spa presents a stunning all-white ultra-contemporary and minimalist-styled space, but here, one vast open-plan chamber with curved, sensuous outer walls naturally follow the cliff’s contours. The Spa provides a couple of wet and dry mini-therapy areas with Vichy Showers and an elevated main treatment deck, bathed in natural sunlight, with a duo of stone massage beds facing wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal spectacular Indian Ocean views.
The ocean may be far away, but this quirky deck space, designed with a unique “liquid floor” and permanent ankle-deep water, brings the ocean to you. And since there is just one spa chamber, albeit with adjoining male and female changing rooms, The Spa offers total exclusivity for one guest booking at a time – which is why you should always book ahead –, so you can get the luxury of having the spa all to yourself.
Rice and Easy
The luxury accommodations and spa are cutting-edge and high design, nevertheless, The Spa’s select treatment menu pays homage to Balinese traditions. Treatments are pampering and such indulgence and, apart from some top-notch Pevonia Botanica facial and body treatments, offering a quintessential Bali spa experience inspired by four basic elements of Balinese Hindu traditional rituals and temple offerings: fire, sacred flowers, blessed holy water and rice.
These, along with custom-made spa products containing all-natural certified organic ingredients, are especially highlighted in four exclusively designed Signature Rituals: Oceanic, Sacred Flower, Divine Fire and Dewi Sri. Each are significantly themed and suit particular needs, and all last two-hours (available at Rp. 2,100,000++) and loosely follow a similar blissful format; they all commence with a foot ritual, continued by core body scrub wrap and wash, and rounded off with a massage therapy administered by experienced internationally-trained Chief Therapist Nyoman.
I chose the “Dewi Sri”, named after Bali’s sacred Rice Goddess and a therapeutic ritual centered on rice – which, for the Balinese, is a source of life-sustaining energy and nourishment –, promising to “revitalize a stressed body and fatigued mind with renewed health.” This treatment is made complete with wet and dry heat therapies to soothe muscles and joints as well as improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
The Dewi Sri Signature experience starts with a scented paddy water ritual combined with meditative breathing, followed by a Balinese Black Rice Scrub. The grainy exfoliating body scrub uses ground black rice that is rinsed off for several minutes under jets of warm water pelting out from the overhead Vichy Shower, a wonderful tropical rain shower.
Nyoman then slathered my entire body with a lusciously thick Lotus Seed and Herb Steam Body Wrap to sit for about 20 minutes in a private steam pod; an individual seat carved into the stone wall with steam holes strategically placed around the miniscule seated area. The towel draped around my body captures the herbal steam rising up from these holes, maximizing the benefits of this thermotherapy process and the wrap’s therapeutic ingredients, including exotic tropical spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to warm and nourish the skin. The Vichy Shower treatment area is curtained off to keep all the steam in. This cubicle is transformed into a Turkish-like steam room. Sitting here alone is almost meditative and I could have stayed all day.
However, I continued on with a cinnamon and orange-infused cleansing body wash lying face down on the bed, before being led zombie-like by Nyoman up to the main treatment deck. The rice ritual concludes with an outrageously relaxing hot stone massage therapy, using heat-retaining volcanic stones that soothingly diffuses heat deep into my knotted neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. This is probably the only spa where my therapist wears rubber boots sloshing about in ankle-deep water while administering treatments – creating the surreal illusion of having my treatment at the ocean’s shoreline.
After all this, zoned out, destressed yet reinvigorated, I’m handed a Sunset Orange drink (a healthy blend of orange juice and yoghurt) and recline on the indoor lounger, also semi-submerged in water, as if I’m at some infinity edge pool, gazing out to sea – alternatively, there is a private cliff-edge terrace just outside, for post-spa downtime. Be sure to book The Spa for late afternoon to coincide with to-die-for sunset views. Whoever said living on the edge is bad for your health?
The Edge – Uluwatu Bali
Jalan Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu
Contributor : Katie Truman
Magazine issue > Invite&Indulge