ESSENCES OF THÉMAÉ – EXCLUSIVELY AT DALA SPA
Spring is in the air, so why not celebrate the season of new beginnings with a nourishing body treatment at Alaya Resort in Ubud, Indonesia’s exclusive purveyor of the luxurious Thémaé spa product line from France?
Recently recognised with a nomination by the prestigious AsiaSpa Awards for “New Spa of the Year,” Alaya Ubud’s DaLa Spa is a pampering oasis amongst the many shopping and cultural delights found along Jalan Hanoman, Ubud’s buzzing holiday and expatriate hot spot. Exuding an old-world glamour combined with chic sustainable accents, the warm and inviting ambience of DaLa Spa permeates every aspect of your spa experience: from the stylish and expansive lounge, appointed with high-backed velvet chairs and crystal chandeliers, to six custom designed treatment suites, each one more glamorous than the next, with raw silk draperies, graceful stand-alone bathtubs and antiqued, hand-hewn solid wood furnishings.
DaLa, meaning “leaf” in Sanskrit, symbolises the eternal cycle of life and our quest for vitality; a leaf is a source of nutrition, provides shelter and has extraordinary nurturing qualities. Staying true to the spa’s philosophy of utilising the purest natural ingredients and standing apart from other spa venues on the island, DaLa has created an exclusive partnership in Indonesia with Thémaé, one of Europe’s most beloved luxury product lines. Handcrafted to offer a seductive range of products formulated with four healing teas – the antioxidant green tea, the regenerating white tea, the soothing red tea and the stimulating black tea – Thémaé’s regenerative and moisturising qualities cannot be matched.
Featured in the ultra-luxe Thémaé spas located in Paris and Seoul, DaLa brings a touch of cosmopolitan extravagance to Ubud, with Mother Nature’s blessing, of course. During DaLa’s exquisite signature Oriental Massage, traditional massage oil is replaced with Thémaé’s “Baume des Quatres Thés,” a rich and creamy body massage balm that is infused with vanilla and macadamia. Be forewarned, the light and refreshing fragrance may just transport your mind, body and soul to the seductive “City of Light” where Thémaé was first created.
Inspired by the art of tea, Thémaé is the Japanese name for the tea preparation ceremony. Born from the ancient Chinese trend of bathing in tea-infused waters for good health and beautiful skin, Thémaé celebrates the tea plant’s high levels of concentrated antioxidants known to help neutralise the free radicals that break down collagen and elastin. Combined with a well-balanced spring water to keep its ultimate purity, each one of Thémaé’s four teas benefit the body as well as the soul.
After changing into a soft cotton sarong and beaded slippers, your Oriental Massage begins with an ancient Malabar foot ritual. Indonesian black tea is steeped in a hand-hammered copper pot and added to a wooden bowl filled with water. Your therapist adds a few drops of tea tree essential oil, slices of lime, chopped lemongrass and red flower petals before kneading your calves into relaxed submission. After your feet are exfoliated with a green tea scrub, the treatment continues on the massage table with eight taps of a Tibetan singing bowl, creating a hypnotising vibration throughout the space. Combining long strokes with Hawaiian lomi lomi and deft muscle manipulation, the Oriental Massage is at once relaxing and rejuvenating, freeing the body and mind from tension. After a leisurely shower, the treatment finishes with a Javanese jamu health tonic of the day, nourishing body inside and out, just like Thémaé.
Alaya Resort Ubud
Jalan Hanoman, Ubud
Bali 80571, Indonesia
T: (+62) 361972200