Category Archives: Beauty & Health


Mandara’s recent addition to their chain of spas opened in Sanur at the new Maison Aurelia Hotel and Spa.  Featured in this charming French style boutique hotel is a four room spa, a beautiful spa keeping with Mandara’s famous standards. There are two couples rooms furnished with Jacuzzi baths and two singles also with Jacuzzi baths plus a manicure/ pedicure room. I was invited to come experience their newest treatment a Warm Bamboo Massage plus enjoy a body scrub prior to the massage. I was greeted by smiling friendly staff who offered me some warm ginger tea as they prepared the products for ... [ Read More ]


Ladies remember when you first began your romance and the fire was burning hot? Have the flames reduced to mere embers lately? You can rekindle the flames and once again be the star in your bedroom. Many women after giving birth, especially more than once find that the traditional Kegel exercises aren’t working as well as they used to, making sex less enjoyable for both partners. Now there’s a way to rejuvenate your vagina and tighten those muscles back to a pre-birth state. It’s with a relatively new technology using DIVA Tight Laser Rejuvenation. I know we often think of ... [ Read More ]

Shari Hartman: The Spa Guru

Shari Hartman hails from Vancouver in Canada. She attended McGill University, completing a Bachelor’s in Costume Design. Shari has earned a long list of certificates in a variety of massages and other healing modalities. She started her own custom design company in Canada and worked for many theatres. She also sold photographic equipment and worked in a photo lab as a specialist technician, developing film and restoring old photos. Shari taught English in Jakarta in 1991. The following year she was posted to Bali to head the English training program for airport staff at Sempati Airlines. Shari is a current ... [ Read More ]


One of my favourite places is Glo Day Spa & Salon, which has been open since 2005 and is one of leading spas and salons where you’re assured of getting great professional services. To cater to the beauty needs of the burgeoning hotspot of surfers, hipsters, vegans, yogis and beautiful people of Canggu, Glo just opened its fourth location this April. Now all you beautiful people of Canggu don’t need to travel into Seminyak, Sanur or Nusa Lembongan. The new spacious two story spa is located not far from Canggu Deli on Jl. Subak opposite Popular Supermarket. With its chic white décor Glo Chic ... [ Read More ]


Taking care of your outer beauty and looking your best is important but looking after your inner health is vital. It’s very important to once a year check out what’s going on inside your body.  With the prevalence of breast cancer being the second highest cause of death in developed countries and first in developing countries among women, it’s vital to take steps to prevent succumbing to this fatal disease with preventative measures. If you’re over the age of forty having a yearly mammogram is important, especially if there is someone in your family history with breast cancer or you’re ... [ Read More ]


Recently I was invited to Victory Wellness Centre in Renon to try out a treatment.  I really had no idea what to expect and discovered after arriving that they specialize in one feature treatment. Bio-Living Cell (commonly known as BLC) Therapy, is an Australian patented treatment which can be used to improve inner health so it will be reflected in healthier skin and hair. Diana, the founder of Victory and BLC Therapy, almost developed skin cancer after being exposed to many harsh cosmetics and invasive procedures deemed ‘safe’ in the beauty industry. In desperation, Diana searched far and wide for a cure. She ... [ Read More ]


Each year I select some notable spas in Ubud that are known for their great massages. I was very impressed that all four spas offered a consultation form prior to a treatment which included drawings of the body that I could mark the areas that either needed more attention or should be avoided. It also asked what kind of pressure I preferred. The products they used were high quality and the staff spoke very good English. Plus the spas were exceptionally clean, offering beautiful views. After a 30 minute leisurely hike through the spectacular rice fields along the Campuhan ridge, ... [ Read More ]


The holiday season is upon us. There will be Christmas parties and dinners and then a week later it will be New Year’s Eve, which is always a big night out. Be it you’re going out for a romantic dinner with your partner or to a bash with hundreds of people, we all desire to look our best. It makes no difference if we’re a lady or a man. Everybody wants to look great for these special occasions. So what do you need to look fantastic?  Maybe a new frock and shoes.  What about your hair, nails, face and skin? The Shampoo ... [ Read More ]


The latest technology to hit Bali for skin resurfacing is Quanta 3D Laser with dual wavelength treatment at Cocoon Medical Spa. The 3D package includes PRP (plasma rich platelets) to stimulate collagen production and LED (red/blue) to soothe redness and the blue light is good for fighting acne. HOW DOES THE LASER 3D PACKAGE WORK? Fractional CO2 – this is one of the most effective treatments for renewing the skin without the side effects and pain of the conventional CO2 ablative laser treatments. The unique benefit of the Quanta laser is that it creates micro channels deep into the skin, ... [ Read More ]


Canggu has slowly transformed from tranquil rice fields to a now hip mecca of beautiful surf beaches, villas, trendy restaurants, yoga and beach clubs for surfers and sun worshippers. To keep yourself beautiful and attend to your beauty needs is MODLOV Salon, specializing in waxing and hair treatments. Located near the popular Pantai Batu Bolong is an unassuming salon front near Serenity Yoga retreat. It looks small from the front but I was surprised how spacious inside it is. Decorated with an interesting combination of modern furniture, planks of old painted boat wood and old fashioned photos on the wall, I felt immediately felt at home. The large first room is ... [ Read More ]