Ubud, Bali: The Sedona of Asia

If you’ve ever been to Sedona, Arizona, you know what it’s like: filled with yoga classes, high-end spas, and a Zen vibe.  Well…Asia has a Sedona, too.  It’s just under the name of Ubud, Bali.  The bonus about Bali is the ridiculously cheap prices.

In this post I will compare prices for yoga and spas in both cities.  Let’s get started:

How much is a typical 60 minute massage in Sedona?  Yikes!  $160 is the STARTING price.  I mean, some are more than $395 for an hour.  If you want the same thing in Bali…how about $8?  Yep, you heard me.

Eight bucks.  Eight big ones.  Eight pieces of dough.

So in Ubud, Mom and I did a five hour package at the Putri Bali Spa.  And, for five hours packed with spa stuff (like massage, body scrub, milk bath, facial, hair conditioner, manicure and pedicure), it cost us a mere $37*.  In perspective that’s $7 an hour.

Now after 5 hours at a spa in Sedona, you’d have said goodbye to $350.  Add a zero to the last per hour price.

How about foot reflexology?  For an hour at the Putri Bali Spa, it costs $6.50.  I don’t know how they make a profit after paying all the workers.  Foot reflexology in Sedona would set you back $180!

P1070854So maybe you’re interested in taking a yoga class.  For an hour-long class in Ubud, it’s $10 including all of the supplies like a mat, block, and straps.  Ten dollars is kind of expensive for a yoga class, but you don’t have to go to the paid one.  In Ubud, at the Yoga Barn there’s even a FREE community class.  That’s the one we attended.  A yoga session in Sedona would be around $16 a person, or $64 for our family to fail at a yoga class.

There are so many more price differences between Ubud and Sedona, but in the end the point is that Ubud is the budget version of Sedona.  Going to Ubud you get the same thing as Sedona but with way better prices.

Being a McIntyre, it’s pretty obvious where we decided to go.

*Before tip.  At $7/hr, you can afford to be generous.


  1. Riley, I am so jealous of your fab spa time! And of the prices!
    I’ve so enjoyed following you and the family through all if the adventures 🙂


  2. Wow Riley! I really wish that I was in a five hour spa right now! Haha. So happy your having a good time all good here and getting excited about you coming back! Can’t wait to see you!


  3. sanderlin holmes · · Reply

    Take me next time.. Please. Please..


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