For the uninitiated who has never visited Bali, the balmy tropical island may hold a mystical charm as an ideal destination for sun-loving and culture-hungry vacationers. It is not difficult to romanticise the place, even for people who have been to Bali many times, for its lush greenery and warm climate have a way of enchanting even the most worldly of travellers. If you have always dreamt of having your own Balinese Eat, Pray, Love experience, the Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Retreat offers exactly that and much more.
With a collection of prestigious awards under its belt—including the AsiaSpa Awards—Fivelements is envisioned as a refuge from the stresses of modern life. It uses a three-pronged approach to cultivating peace, harmony and balance by offering unique Balinese healing rituals, living food cuisine and wellness treatments. Its founders, Chicco and Lahra Tatriele, wanted to create a space where guests can learn to love and respect life, and nurture harmony with ourselves, others and the environment.
Based on these principles, Fivelements has concocted an array of services and activities that will heal and refresh guests, so that they are better equipped to be their best selves out in the world.
We are what we eat, so it is not surprising that food is an integral part of the wellness philosophy at Fivelements. Advocating the consumption of plant-based foods—such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and juices—in their natural, unheated form, the luxurious Sakti Dining Room only serve dishes that are raw or prepared in a special hydrator at less than 48℃. If you think that hot meals are the only way to go, sitting down for an epicurean Fivelements’ Signature Tasting Menu may change your mind about uncooked and vegan cuisine. In fact, you may like it so much that you find yourself signing up for a Cuisine For Life Retreat, where you would learn more about living foods, and the key techniques used to prepare them.
After a fine meal, it is time for some body-pampering in the form of Balinese-inspired healing and wellness rituals that are administered by skilled traditional healers. From relaxing deep massages and beauty treatments to blessing ceremonies and water healing, there is a carefully curated menu of treatments to choose from. Whichever you pick, there is little doubt that you would emerge feeling rejuvenated.
Fivelements also offers a Sacred Arts programme to help you build up both mental and physical strength by giving your mind and body a good work out. Comprising of various yoga practices—including hatha, vinyasa and ying—meditation and expressive arts, these activities encourage movement and creativity. They are designed to help guests connect with their inner selves at a deeper level, and learn to make better, more balanced life choices.
From longer personalised Retreats and Special Stays to a day-long experience of it wellness treatments, Fivelements has tailored it programmes to suit a wide range of needs and preferences. For those who are looking for more than a beach-and-party experience with the odd massage, this thoughtful and holistic wellness retreat is a unique way to appreciate the culture and history of beautiful Bali.