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Heroes in mass relaxation at Bali Health Lounge

The city centre's new spa shows us how to chill, Bali-style

Published on October 26th 2011.


Heroes in mass relaxation at Bali Health Lounge

THE city centre has a brand new spa destination, and on Tuesday night, Manchester Confidential Heroes had a complimentary taster of what it's all about.

It's a calming oasis to relax and re-energise at any time, and it's as popular with men as with ladies.

Bali_007 %281%29The Bali Health Lounge is a Bali-inspired spa in the city centre that is well worth seeking out. The entrance, tucked in amongst restaurants and supermarkets, gives no hint at the plush surroundings you'll find inside. The owners have transformed this three-storey space into an exotic hideaway which could fool you into believing you've stepped into a five-star spa hotel in exotic Bali.

Balinese furniture, tropical trees, batik fabrics and fibre optic lighting create a hypnotic, otherworldly atmosphere. It feels more authentic than other Asian-themed spas: from the treatments, to the dried exotic fruits and Jing teas, to the spa's inclusive approach.

The owner, Jonathan Pitayanukul, explained to us that in countries such as Thailand treatments such as massages aren't considered a 'treat' or 'luxury'. They're part of everyday life, as essential for maintaining health and happiness as exercise and eating well.

Bali Health Lounge adopts a similar philosophy – with 12 massage chairs and 10 treatment rooms, you can drop-in for a half hour or hour of relaxation without planning it days in advance. It is also keen to avoid the overtly-feminine atmosphere that makes some spas feel like girl-only zones reserved for pampering days out. It's a calming oasis to relax and realign at any time, and it's as popular with men as with ladies.

After canapés and drinks in the British Colonial-style relaxation lounge, we headed to the second floor to settle back on the massage chairs while therapists offered hand massages. With muted lighting and views of tropical fish, it was the perfect way to unwind.

Bali_064 %286%29Next we were given a demonstration of some of the spa's more unusual treatments, including a cellulite-targeting i-Lipo machine, and Indiba skin-regenerating therapy. The Thai yoga massage was particularly intriguing. The therapist guides you into yoga positions so that you get the benefit of all that stretching without having to be super-strong or supple.

Heroes were also offered a skin analysis and advice from a therapist on improving their complexion. Everyone was given a goodie bag including samples from the spa's two product lines (Payot and Ytsara) vouchers for money off treatments, plus incense and Jing tea.  

Confidential will be doing a full write-up on Bali Health Lounge in the coming weeks. This taster evening showed it to be something special – we'll be back soon to get the full experience.

The Bali Health Lounge is currently offering a half price package for Confidential readers – find out more.

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