While your idea of a Bali holiday probably involves beaches, bars and bikinis – mine involves sampling the relaxation and indulgence of the best spa and beauty treatments the ‘Isle of the Gods’ has to offer.

Recently, I had a two-week vacay in Bali, which is probably my 10th visit to the island. Each and every time I visit I make a point of visiting at least one day spa.

The beauty treatments in Bali range from a $5 massage on the beach to the most luxurious day spas you will ever see.

Stars like Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Ashlee Simpson, and Posh and Becks (who were there while I was) are among a plethora of big name celebs who frequent Bali. Many of which are well known for their love of the exclusive day spas on the island.

This trip I stayed at The Mulia in Nusa Dua. The Mulia has been around for a while now and I’ve known a bunch of friends whom have stayed there in the past, but I’m certain none of them have ever visited the day spa there because If they had I’m certain I would have heard about it….. The place is amazing!

The Mulia Spa is up there among the best spas in the world and has numerous awards to prove it. It adapts the ancient spa wisdom of ‘healing through water’ and my time visiting the spa fully reflected that.

I started off with 30 minutes in the hydratonic pools – cold water and hot water pool, each of which has a series of spa like sections you move through one at a time. The jets within the pools target different areas of your body as you move through them. The cold pool was a bit of a shock to the system, but the warm pool was really relaxing, both felt like a full body massage as I moved through them. The hydratonic pools are excellent for detoxing, boosting the metabolism and fantastic for aching joints and muscles.

Next I went for a steam room session, and followed it up with a few minutes in Asia Pacific’s only Ice Fountain Room. The ice fountain room is truly unique and has both physical and emotional benefits.

The freezing temperatures relieve aches and pains, and speed up healing within the body, while at the same time the room changes colour with Chromatherapy Chakra cleansing coloured lights. Being really cold isn’t my ideal situation, however it is worth it. The ice fountain room does leave you feeling undeniably invigorated and energised.

I also indulged in my favourite spa treatment of all time, a full body wrap and hot stone massage. If you’re planning to visit The Mulia Spa this treatment comes highly recommended from me. I was coated in a thick layer of a hydrating milk and honey body mask, it smelt so divine it took some self restraint to stop myself from tasting it. Afterwards my skin looked and felt amazing and my body and muscles were supremely relaxed.

I wouldn’t say I walked, but rather floated back to my villa after my time at the spa!

The Mulia Spa is an experience you will never forget. It’s a world class spa with both the very best of holistic ancient spa practices and cutting edge technology in the heart of paradise.

Next time you’re in Bali treat yourself!

Bonnie Gillies is a Sydney-based hair and make-up artist.