The Internet has numerous articles on why massages are not only beneficial for your physical well-being, but your mental health as well. So while you are taking a break in Surabaya, it might be a great idea set aside some time to loosen up at one of the great massage joints there. It’s good value for money, and those with skilled service staff will indeed improve the state of your body and mind.
What exactly is Indonesian massage therapy? Well, simply put, it’s is an oriental type of massage method that uses both Chinese and Ayurvedic method in healing, revitalizing, calming and soothing your body. Get your tired-self revitalised and energised in body and mind with a massage or associated treatment. And where better to have an Indonesian massage than in Indonesia!
Surabaya has no lack of spas and massage parlours, but here are a few which have garnered good reviews and would be worth a visit while you are there. Featured not in any particular sequence, none of these are sleazy.
99 Family Reflexology
The centre is clean and spacious and their therapists are professional and skilful. The quiet ambience adds to the serenity of the place. To complete the soothing experience, you can sip complimentary tea with ginger or even have a shower.
Besides the usual foot reflexology and traditional massage, 99 Family Reflexology offers various combinations of massage types – Traditional, Thai and Shiatsu, and the massage could stretch for 2.5 hours if you like!
One of the most-reviewed Surabaya spas on Google, it has garnered an average of 4.5 stars after 73 reviews.
Address: Jl. Raya Darmo Permai Selatan No.21, Pradahkalikendal, Dukuh Pakis, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur 60188, Indonesia
Hours: 10am – 10pm
Phone: +62 31 7313217
Don’t write off this place even though the façade is not glitzy – its interior comfortable and clean. The whole atmosphere is reminiscent of Bali – think restful music and calming aromatherapy. The therapists have good technique and will help you get those kinks and knots out of your muscles.
They usually serve ginger tea, but sometimes, they will surprise with a specially concocted herbal beverage which is both soothing and refreshing.
Address: Jl. Raya Menganti Karangan No.6A, Babatan, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm
Phone: +62 817-0388-8227
Salsa Beauty Centre
Salsa Beauty Centre is the first ladies-only private spa in Indonesia! A must-visit for all-girl travel groups. Less than 2 km from the Monkasel. This is a good centre to stop by to pamper yourselves from head to toe, ladies! From a hair salon to pedicure, they’ll have you covered! And it boasts jacuzzi and sauna services too!
The whole ambience urges you to unplug – from the gentle music to the wafting scents; it’s really an oasis in the city! Stay as long as you can to enjoy the awesome services at good value and be rejuvenated on your holiday in Surabaya.
Pamper yourself at Kayumanis (kayu = wood, manis = sweet, kayumanis = cinnamon) with a wide range of services, including post-natal massage, hair treatments, body treatments like floral bath &/or foot rinse, steam bath, cream bath, scrub and face mask. And with such a yummy-sounding name, they do offer yummy-sounding treatments – oceans citrus, coffee berry, chocolate/ coffee cinnamon treatments, which sound and smell good enough to eat!
The staff are well-trained, polite and helpful, and get along with just a little English, which is what adds to the charm of the centre. Do look out for specialised treatments for insomnia and headaches here.
And guys, be prepared to fork out a little more than the ladies in your group, as the masseurs are committed to put in more effort to give you a great massage!
Address: Jalan RA.Kartini No.131, DR. Soetomo, Tegalsari, DR. Soetomo, Kota SBY, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9am – 8pm
Phone: +62 31 5615527
Polaris Platinum Reflexology
About 10 minutes’ walk from Supermal Pakuwon Indah, this comfortable and cozy centre which welcomes guests who need to revive their tired bodies and minds. It can accommodate up to 60 guests simultaneously, which is great if you are on a company retreat or travelling with a large group. Do make a prior booking via phone or website to avoid disappointment.
The staff are welcoming and friendly, which helps you to relax even before the treatment proper. You can choose either a male or female service staff – but don’t worry, both are skilful and well-trained.