When we stumbled upon the open-air Ayung Spa at the Ubud Hanging Gardens in Bali, Indonesia, we considered it paradise found. The thatched-roof treatment rooms felt like tree houses suspended above the Ayung River in a jungle canopy. Unlike some spas that play CDs of chirping birds and running water, the ambiance here is 100 percent natural. And that goes for the products as well: Each treatment uses essential oils and salves made from tropical spices, fruits, and flowers organically and locally grown in the Balinese countryside. Here are three examples of bliss-filled treatments that'll soothe your body and soul—all while keeping you in touch with Mother Nature.
1. Ayung massage: Feeling blocked? A therapist will help you unwind using long strokes that follow energy (aka "prana") channels running through the body to open up any blockages and replenish your self with a renewed vitality. Organic essential oils such as peppermint help boost circulation and green tea soothes skin with powerful antioxidants.