From beard trims to facials, these are Bali’s best places to get primped and pampered. By Melissa Singer.
When Bali’s heavy hitters need the works with no fluff, they come to ex-New Yorker Desmond Koval’s Seminyak barber shop for a Bali Big Boss. The package includes a scissor cut, hot-towel shave, wash and scalp massage. Frequent flyers will love the collagen under-eye treatment. Each month, the team heads out to rural villages to provide free cuts and shaves to people in need.
The Roots Barbershop
“Old-school but never old-fashioned” is the philosophy at The Roots Barbershop, where you can get a hot-towel shave for the cost of a cappuccino in Australia. You’ll even receive a head-and-shoulder massage with aromatherapy oils. They also cut kids’ hair and have father-and-son deals on Sundays at both Seminyak and Canggu.
The all-male massage therapists at Seminyak institution Jari Menari – literally meaning “dancing fingers” – will iron out all manner of kinks and strains. The four-handed signature massage, performed by two practitioners simultaneously, guarantees total relaxation. The spa means business and the default pressure is quite firm so speak up if you need your therapist to apply a lighter touch. Jari Menari also conducts massage courses at its dedicated training centre; they range from a one-day introduction to a more intensive two-week program.
Best for beards
Dorsey’s Barber Shop at Deus
You’ve bought the T-shirt, now have the beard trim. Set in the tourist hub of sprawling Canggu, Dorsey’s Barber Shop (Jalan Batu Mejan 8; +62 878 6188 2488) is the icing on the cake at Deus Ex Machina’s man cave, Deus Temple of Enthusiasm. Owned by former pro surfer Damea Dorsey, the barber shop is in a century-old traditional timber joglo near the beach so you may see current and retired professional boardriders, such as Taj Burrow and Jay Davies, wander in. Walk-ins are welcome – even encouraged.
Step into this cavernous complex just off Seminyak’s main drag and you’ll feel like you’ve entered an Aladdin’s cave. At Prana Spa the Signature Men’s Facial uses European massage techniques and local skincare brand Biokos, while others feature Pevonia or Elemis products. Add a body massage or Hair Cream Bath treatment for the ultimate experience.