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Explore Indonesia

Traditional herbal medicine, spiritual meditation, massage and other healing arts are the foundation of Indonesia"s celebrated spas. Here, you"ll find health and solace.

Welcome to Indonesia

It’s a nation of islands: more than 17,500 , from ones dotted with sandy beaches to the uninhabited and unnamed. And they run the gamut of settings, from verdant rice fields and rainforests to grasslands and snow-capped mountaintops. Among them are the more well-known Java, Maluku Islands, Sumatra and Bali, once dubbed the “world’s best island resort” by Travel + Leisure.

A Cultural Snapshot

Like its gloriously diverse landscape, Indonesias customs and culture varies island by island. The country comprises approximately 300 ethnic groups, significantly influenced by their Arabic, Chinese, European and Indian origins, and the same number of regional languages (with the majority of Indonesians speaking two or more). The countrys official tongue, Bahasa Indonesia, stems from the high Malay language, though a sprinkling of Arabic, English, Jakarta and Javanese terms can be found throughout dialects. While most of the country practices Islam, Hindu is the principal religion in Bali.

Spa-ing in Indonesia

Spa is truly integrated into Indonesias culture, and the countrys spa industry is vast, from award-winning luxury resorts to the reflexology and massage vendors lining the streets. With its artful approach to relaxation and its awe-inspiring landscapes, Indonesia creates the utmost in exquisiteness and serenity when it comes to spa and wellness (its allure even attracted the Global Spa Summit event in 2011).

Spa Heritage & Treatments

Spa treatments in Indonesia find inspiration from time-honored, ancient Eastern traditions and adapt them to contemporary techniques. Holistic healing rituals are based on such philosophies as Indian Ayurveda and herbalism in fact, Indonesias celebrated practice of Ayurveda, Chinese, and Greek medicines and Arab practices can be attributed to Chinese and Arab traders, who introduced plants, herbs, and other elements to the Indonesian culture.
Properties like MesaStilas Hammam Spa use the herbal Javanese medicine of Jamu, made from plants, roots and spices. Common healing treatments also include hydrotherapy and herbal bath ceremonies, along with therapeutic massage and body therapies that restore physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Spa Etiquette

The Asia spa scene prides itself on promoting a private experience of solitude and calm, and Indonesia taps into that philosophy. Thermal areas, comprising such amenities as steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools, etc., are separate for men and women, and many spas feature treatment rooms equipped with private changing and bathing areas for complete seclusion.

Spafinder Partners in Indonesia

Each of the Indonesian resort/hotel spas found in Spafinders network evokes a fascinating allure. Mystical Balinese properties include the all-suite and villa resort The Legian, a member of the Leading Spas of the World found along the Seminyak beach; COMO Shambhala Estate, a residential health retreat renowned for its holistic touch and comprehensive wellness programming; and Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, which blends traditional spa rituals fusing natures elements and village remedies, and yoga, martial arts and meditation. Meanwhile, MesaStila creates a historical, cultural and wellbeing retreat, located on an old working coffee plantation thats nine hundred meters above the plains of central Java; the spa also currently houses Southeast Asias only authentic hammam.

Best Time to Visit

Indonesia is uniformly tropical, with average annual temperatures ranging from 73 F/23 C to 82 F/28 C that vary little from season to season. Dry season, however, is from June through September, while rainfall peaks from October through May.

Food for Thought

The Spice of Life: Indonesian cuisine varies dramatically by region but is guided by Chinese, European, Indian and Middle Eastern influences. Indonesian dishes are renowned for their hint of spices, particularly chili, along with items like coconut milk, fish, chicken, rice, and nasi goreng (fried rice).

Country Customs, Currency & Etiquette

U.S. citizens are required to possess a passport that is valid for six months or more from the arrival date. A visa to enter the country is also required and may be obtained beforehand, or in some instances, upon arrival (30-day visitor visas-on-arrival, available to tourist passport holders visiting for private, short-term business or pleasure, are available for a fee at airports in select airportsBali and Jakarta among themand a few seaports only). When it comes to gratuities, many hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill, in addition to the 10% tax; 5%-10% is appropriate in restaurants when service charge is not included. The Indonesia Rupiah (IDR) or U.S. dollars are the most accepted currencies, though it is advised that visitors exchange money in advance before traveling to remote areas. Credit cards are typically accepted at large hotel/resorts and dining establishments. When visiting Indonesia there are a few customs and traditions to consider: Women should dress appropriately, particularly in public areas, excluding beaches and pools; both hands are used when shaking (though some Muslim women prefer to introduce themselves to men without any physical contact); and shoes are not permitted inside a house or place of worship The capital of Jakarta is 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Spafinder Partners in Singapore

Current getaway partners in the Spafinder network combine classic luxury and authentic Singaporean charm: Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island attracts visitors with its lush rainforest setting, pristine South China Sea views and personal assistant services, while the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, in the area"s Marina Bay district, entices with numerous culinary options, contemporary-style accommodations and the exquisite spa at the Mandarin Oriental.

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