Natalie has found a tranquil piece of Bali pampering right here in Australia.
Just 10 minutes from Noosa, tucked away in the Doonan bush, is Ikatan Spa.
Ikatan is an Indonesian word meaning "bond", "tie" or "a connection" and that is what Katrina Thorpe, the owner, gives her clients. Katrina has enjoyed many visits to Bali and adored the massages and treatments the locals there are expert at giving. After a day in the sun or particularly after doing something strenuous, there is nothing like having overworked or tired muscles massaged!
Ikatan offers a wonderful range of treatments, in single or double rooms. Spa packages start with a one-hour hand and foot pamper and head massage and build up to a five-hour kharma rejuvenation day. Included in that is massage, Bali coffee buff, youth elixir facial, lunch, Bali head massage and foot therapy.
You can have a 30-minute tropical salt glow treatment, a Bali coffee buff, tropical avocado wrap or a Balinese boreh, which is said to be stimulating, energising, detoxifying and cellulite-reducing, using herb and spice wraps, balancing masque, massage and tropical moisturiser.
Special massages for your head, shoulders, neck and feet are said to relieve every kind of ache and pain. Maybe you just wish to rid your body of tension and stress, fluid retention or enjoy a special nurturing and therapeutic massage designed for pregnant women.
Facials for cleansing, exfoliation, purging impurities and toning using flower essence make you feel wonderful. They can recommend a facial masque for every skin type and problem.
Pedicures and manicures, waxing and tinting are on offer and as a finishing touch to a day of total indulgence, hairdressing hasn't been forgotten at Ikatan.
The whole experience is one of pleasure and the comforting aromas of nutmeg, honey, cloves and cinnamon just make it better.