Spas and yoga classes are a dime a dozen in Ubud. Nur spa however, Balinese owned and run, is a standout. Ibu Nur mastered the art of herbology and Jamu ( traditional herbal medicine) in her native province Sumatra. Later while living in Java she expanded her knowledge of bodywork and beauty techniques, which she has passed onto her skilled staff. No chemicals are used in any of the products at this spa.
Anon and I have become regular visitors to Nur and have favourites among the skilled staff. I always ask for Dewi, a widow with two children to raise and Anon asks for Johnnie who, he says, has very firm hands.
One of the best things to do on arrival in Ubud is to book the Best of Bali package. This is a Massage, hair treatment, facial, Manicure and Pedicure and takes about 3.5 hours and will cost around A$ 65. Another favourite is the Boreh, you are coated in mixture of herbs and then wrapped very tightly and left to lie while your body warms up and then soak in rose petal bath – eases any aches and pains -.
If the treatment has been to your satisfaction, think about leaving a decent tip. Keep this in mind when you are working out how much to leave. A hotel housekeeper in Bali earns US$25 a week. Your tip will make a difference.
Nur spa can be found ,half way down Jl Hanoman, one of Ubud’s main shopping streets.
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