< My! God! I’ve found Nirvana! It’s called Chill and it exists in what looks from the outside like a hipster bar you’d find in LA. But open the door and you’ll catch a faint whiff of peppermint and orange, without even a hint of pretension. Then you’ll be greeted by a helpful receptionist who draws your attention to a sublimely simple spa menu. And then you’ll be asked to take a seat while they select a very talented and personable reflexology artist for you and your tootsies.
Unsatisfied with the reflexology at Secret Garden Spa, I was back on the hunt for a place to replicate my Kenko’s experience up in Ubud. Chill didn’t just replicate it, they annihilated it! Actually, it’s probably not fair to compare the two because both offer extremely competent and professional reflexology. It’s just that Chill went the extra step (ha! ha! it’s a pun, everybody!) to create an utterly relaxing reflexology EXPERIENCE!
Your treatment starts off behind the reception area where there is a funky pyramidal-shaped foot-washing station. When I first arrived, I assumed the entire massage was to take place here and I thought, “Eh.” But it doesn’t.
Once your feet have been lathered up and rinsed, they pull back a large white door covered in vinyl to reveal a whisper-quiet chamber of calm. Ommmm.
The lights are dim. The tones are hushed. The reflexology chairs are separated by filmy white curtains and you are served hot tea and water in addition to being given a cooling face cloth (these cloths are common in Bali and just so damn refreshing). Then, and this is the best part aside from the actual massage, you are given your very own iPod Nano with a variety of playlists to choose from like Bali Chill, electronica, even country. (Bleh!) I just think that is such a nice touch. Getting to listen to your own choice of music and really feeling like you’re escaping when you close your eyes.
The actual reflexology is superb and is done using the peppermint and orange lotion you smelled upon arrival. It’s so yummy, I bought three bars of soap on offer on my way out. And don’t get the wrong impression that, even though this is a reflexology studio, that they are going to just stick to your foot zone. Nope. Once you’ve had your lower extremities attended to, they move to your arms, hands, neck, and back. So, you actually feel as though you’ve had a full body massage.
I walked out of this place feeling like I was stepping on cushions of air and determined to return again soon.
Travel Betty Basics
Jalan Kunti 118X, Seminyak, Bali
Telephone (62 361) 730 840
Ambiance: 5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Treatment: 5 out of 5 Passion Fruits
Cost: 108,900 including tax for 1 hour
What that means in U.S. Dollars: $11.71 total
Want to get a feel for the actual experience? Check out this short video clip that Chill Reflexology produced and posted on YouTube: