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 spas you can find in Jakarta:
1. Martha Tilaar ($$)
Martha Tilaar is one of the most famous Indonesian cosmetics brands, famed for its dedication of preserving Indonesia’s traditional beauty heritage and use of local ingredients. Today, Martha Tilaar Spa has around 40 branches in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, making it the largest spa chain in Indonesia.
Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa Pondok Indah, Pondok Indah Plaza II, Jl. Sekolah duta V Blok BA No. 55, South Jakarta
Phone : (021) 7695456 / 7695131
Martha Tilaar Salon Day Spa Wahid Hasyim, Jl. Wahid Hasyim No 19 – 21 Central Jakarta
Phone : (021) 319 25921
For other branches check: www.marthatilaarspa.com
2. Bale-Bale Spa ($)
Bale-Bale spa is famous among spa regulars in Jakarta for its affordable price tag and all-woman policy, which make all the guests at complete ease and tend to sometimes spend an entire day! Its most favourite treatment is the traditional massage and lulur or body scrubbing using traditional lulur mixture. Hair treatments and salon facilities like blow drying are also offered but not quite as popular as their body treatments. Price starts from Rp. 85,000 for a one hour treatment. Bale-Bale is particularly popular during the weekends, so come on the weekdays or book days in advance for a weekend session.
Jl. Pangeran Antasari No.39 B Cipete, South Jakarta
Phone: +6221 750 6587
Jalan Taman Gandaria No.C16-17, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta
3. Jamu Traditional Spa ($$)
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.
4. Taman Sari Royal Heritage ($$)
Sari Royal Heritage derives its beauty treatment philosophy from the charismatic keraton tradition of Javanese beauty treatments with modern technology. Pamper yourself just as the Javanese princesses did in Taman Sari’s signature treatments such as the 2,5 hour Javanese Royal Experience, to the 3 hours Seven Flower Ritual treatment, or their Jamu massage using the famous Javanese herbal potion as a detoxifying medium.
Jl. Cikajang No. 11, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta | Phone: (+6221) 724 8308
Jl. Wahid Hasyim No. 133, Central Jakarta | Phone: (+6221) 314 3585
Bandara Soekarno Hatta, Terminal 2F | Phone: (+6221) 559 4362
5. Keraton Spa ($$$)
For anyone dreaming of a spa getaway, the Keraton Spa holds special allure. It offers one of the most luxurious Javanese inspired massage treatments you can find. Located on the 6th floor, the expansive 1600 square meter Keraton Spa offers an ideal retreat from the hectic pace of the city. From the signature 2 hours The Keraton Royal massage, the calming Parangkusumo massage, Sido Asih Couple Massage for couples, the detoxifying Sidur Massage, to the combination of gentle stretches and deep tissue massage with the Gurda massage. Prices starts from Rp. 720,000++ for a 75 minutes massage.
Keraton at The Plaza
Jl. MH. Thamrin Kav. 15, Central Jakarta | Phone: (+6221) 5068 0000
6. Purisanti Spa ($$)
Another favorite with a full range of traditional body treatments from head to toe such as body massage, body scrubs, facials, waxing, and couple retreat packages that will send you and your loved one to complete relaxation in the calming traditional Javanese ambiance.
Jl. Bunga Mawar No.19, Prapanca, South Jakarta