Tamarind Spa, Ubud, Bali

perfect spa in UbudTamarind Spa, Ubud, Bali



Stephanie Brookes

Author & Travelwriter
January 2014

It can take a lot of searching to find a perfect spa in Ubud.  There are plenty of five-star, high end establishments set in hanging gardens and on cliff tops, but they come at a price that is literally over the top and then, on the other hand, there are numerous low-grade spas which cater for the budget minded. So how do you find the perfect mid- range spa with value for money?

A couple of years ago a unique spa, right in the heart of Ubud was created under a Tamarind tree.  Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses is a delightful find.  Murni herself is a bit of a legend in Ubud.  She is well known for her famous restaurant Murni’s Warung, which was established 40 years ago in Campuhan, located at the bridge with its stunning views over the gorge.

Tamarind Spa is a small, intimate spa facility.  The tropical gardens and beautiful fountains create a relaxing, serene setting, as the sound of coursing water is your constant companion.  The care taken in the design detail is reflected in the fact that Murni got advice from spa experts around the world, which she blended with her Balinese heritage and artistic talents to create this beautiful spa.

“The best part of starting a new spa is the extensive research that must go into trying and testing the best of Bali’s masseurs and masseuses,” said Murni.  “ The challenge took one year.”  This quest has resulted in the spa treatments at Tamarind being performed by the most intuitive hands, and by people who understand the complexities of the human body, the balance between the pressure points and allows for a therapeutic experience of the highest standard.

So, what kind of choices of treatments do I get at Tamarind Spa? I would recommend the hot stone massage or the honey seed scrub and for something very engaging try the four-hand massage.

The whole family, including children are very welcome at Tamarind. Lunch is available in the beautiful, quiet garden setting of Murni’s Houses and there is a separate massage menu for children.  Because of the high level of expertise, massage training is also an additional feature of the Spa.

With the combination of very high standards and cleanliness, plus the beautiful Balinese ambience, it is no wonder within a couple of months Tamarind Spa was top of the list of all the spas in Ubud on Trip Advisor. As far as a quality spa experience is concerned, put it on the top of your list of things to do in Ubud and the good news is, you can book in by email or conveniently drop in – you just need to look for the Tamarind tree.

Tamarind Spa, Ubud, Bali