Since the 6th century, Indonesia has a rich history of blending Chinese, Indian, and Middle Eastern cultures to those of the local kingdoms scattered throughout the vast archipelago. Inspired by the ancient wisdom and the Indonesian tradition of bathing and beauty care, combined with the “new age” trend of back to nature, the traditional Indonesian spas are born. With the exception of some luxury spas, most traditional spas are more affordable than the others. Here are some of the best traditional spa placess you can find in Jakarta:
1. Martha Tilaar ($$)
Martha Tilaar is one of the most famous Indonesian cosmetics brands, famed for its dedication of preserving Indonesia’s traditional beauty heritage and use of local ingredients. Today, Martha Tilaar Spa has around 40 branches in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, making it the largest spa chain in Indonesia.
Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah Plaza II, Jl. Sekolah duta V Blok BA No. 55, South Jakarta
Phone : (021) 7695456 / 7695131
Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa Wahid Hasyim, Jl. Wahid Hasyim No 19 – 21 Central Jakarta
Phone : (021) 319 25921
For other branches check: www.marthatilaarspa.com
2. Bale-Bale Spa ($)
Bale-Bale spa is famous among spa regulars in Jakarta for its affordable price tag and all-woman policy, which make all the guests at complete ease and tend to sometimes spend an entire day! Its most favourite treatment is the traditional massage and lulur or body scrubbing using traditional lulur mixture. Hair treatments and salon facilities like blow drying are also offered but not quite as popular as their body treatments. Price starts from Rp. 85,000 for a one hour treatment. Bale-Bale is particularly popular during the weekends, so come on the weekdays or book days in advance for a weekend session.
Jl. Pangeran Antasari No.39 B Cipete, South Jakarta
Phone: +6221 750 6587
Jalan Taman Gandaria No.C16-17, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta
3. Jamu Traditional Spa ($$)
Jamu Body Treatment is located in a fully renovated colonial-style Javanese house. The design has been tastefully decorated with paintings and Indonesian antique wood furniture and artwork. Its signature treatments include the Rose Petal Eye Mask; Earth Essence Bust Treatment; Sugar Waxing, for gentle effective removal of body hair; Cellulite Control, a special massage with stimulating essential oils; and the soothing Warm Stone Massage with stones directly sent from Karang Asem, Bali, in combination with a traditional deep tissue massage. Price starts from 150,000 for a half hour treatment to Rp. 1,000,000 for a half day (6 hours) head to toe treatment.