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30 Days. 30 Spa Treatments. For 300 Dollars?

October 24th, 2007 · 6 Comments

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Being generous, my skin can be described as scaly. It’s so rough and dry that one day a small, brave child looked me up and down exclaiming with simple confusion across her brow, “Your face looks young, but your hands look old.” Perhaps surprisingly, she went unharmed.

“This for soft skin.”

My masseur murmurs rudimentary English as she slathers Yoplait breakfast all over my body. I contemplate sneaking a taste, but remember my skin is also saturated with Deet. I’m in the tropics. More specifically, Bali. And I am here to undo the damage that has been so successfully done over the past 33 years. I have 30 days and $300 and I am determined to get way more than my money’s worth.

In the States, a $300 financial restriction might get me one or two quickie pats on the back and 28 days to relive the memories. But in Bali, a country where massage tables are as abundant as aggressive monkeys, you can’t walk 10 steps without kicking the curb of a low-cost beauty salon (at which point your chipped pedicure will immediately be redressed).

But still, why travel so far? Why not just buy a bottle of Jergen’s and call it a day? It breaks down like this: a stranger coating me with lotions? Indulgent. Doing it myself? Chore. I simply lack the motivation. The surface area seems too vast. There are hard to reach crevices. Certain things pucker as I rub. Plus, my arms get tired.

Lying on a table with my eyes closed and gentle pan-ethnic music tinkling through outdated speakers, I enjoy losing myself in my own thoughts and being asked to do nothing more strenuous than flip over on occasion (although to be honest, sometimes even that is too taxing).

So my quest? To be your personal relaxation stuntwoman. Here I am, bravely lying down and offering myself up as the one who indulges (and sometimes endures) thirty massages, cream baths, lulur scrubs, manis, pedis, buffs, plucks, pokes and whatever else the Balinese can think up. All to show you, fellow Travel Betties, how to pamper yourself with a month’s worth of spa treatments for pocket change.

Oh, the things I won’t do for you!

Read about my first massage adventure.

Tags: Bali · Spas

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  • 6 responses so far ↓

    • 1 Debo Hobo // Oct 26, 2007 at 11:01 am

      Thanks for taking one for the team!

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    • 2 Olga, the Traveling Bra // Oct 26, 2007 at 2:04 pm

      I got a massage in Vegas….but you are making me verrrrrrry envious!

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    • 3 Kay // Nov 4, 2007 at 10:39 pm

      Lovely Idea! You poor thing, its a hard life but someone must do it!

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    • 4 SimoneM // Nov 5, 2007 at 5:12 am

      Hi TravelBetty,
      You give new meaning to one of those jobs that turns your friends green with envy. My scaly skin awaits your wisdom :)
      S.

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    • 5 Frances // Nov 5, 2007 at 3:36 pm

      A month in Bali for spa treatments, you lucky thing!!!!

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    • 6 Bali or Hawaii? Bali may be cheaper. | Backpack to Buggy // Sep 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm

      [...] Nusa Dua is a planned resort area where many of the international chain hotels have large complexes.  As with most big brand resorts, everything is more expensive, though in Nusa Dua costs are usually 1/3-1/2 below US resorts.  (One hour spa treatment at a Hawaiian resort is $100-120/hr while in Bali it would be $50-60/hour.  Outside of the big resorts, a great spa treatment runs less than $20/hr.) [...]

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