Since 2010, Fivelements Bali has been revolutionising the wellness world with their innovative techniques, bridging Balinese traditional healing and modern medicine. The multi-award winning eco-wellness retreat has a strong focus on integrated wellness that has helped them win over 18 awards, recognising everything from their delicious cuisine to their sustainable design ethos. CompareRetreats.com checks into the resort to get the full Bali experience.
Nestled in a tropical forest alongside the banks of the Bali’s sacred Ayung River, Fivelements feels like it’s off the beaten track, while it’s only 20 minutes from bustling Ubud. In addition, the resort is an easy 30km-drive from the airport.
Made up of nine spacious bamboo suites, each exclusive abode features an outdoor verandah overlooking the babbling river below. The rooms are named after each of the five elements in Balinese – Pertiwi (earth), Apah (water), Teja (fire), Bayu (air) and Akasa (ether), in addition to two Waterfall suites and two Bidadari (angel) suites. Each room embraces nature-inspired designs and reflects the retreat’s dedication to the environment. In addition, little touches such as high grass-roofed ceilings and recycled timber floors exhibit their sustainable design.
Asian style teak-wood beds and sofa lounge areas are decorated with traditional hand-woven songket fabrics, adding to a rustic feel. The open-air bathrooms are set within a tropical garden so you can shower under the stars in nature.
Famous for its award-winning ‘living foods’ menu, Fivelements serves up ‘healing cuisine’ in the form of organic, plant-based, nutrient-rich food. The menu features raw vegan specialities and vitamin and enzyme-rich delicacies. The retreat’s creative tasting menu has been carefully curated to take guests on a gastronomical journey while boosting energy levels. Furthermore, taste is not neglected, so although the cuisine supports wholesome nutrition, the flavours are not bland.
A yummy range of cleansing juices, immune-boosting elixirs and superfood smoothies are on offer if you’re detoxing. For those skipping the diet, there’s plenty of delicious raw desserts since the healthy doesn’t mean depriving yourself at Fivelements. The resort takes healthy cuisine so seriously, they even offer three, five and seven-night ‘Cuisine for Life’ culinary retreats, which teaches guests how to prepare gourmet living food under the supervision of a raw food chef.
Marrying traditional healing rituals with innovative wellbeing concepts and Balinese-inspired therapies, this avant-garde transformation sanctuary encourages guests to heal from the inside-out. The resort provides the support of a team of ‘wellness liaisons’, expert therapists and local ‘Balians’ (traditional Balinese healers).
Offering personalised rejuvenation programmes, signature detox retreats and holistic healing journeys, Fivelements’ multi-faceted approach to wellbeing covers everything from reflexology to sacred arts ceremonies and Balinese purification rituals. Other holistic wellness offerings include Watsu (water shiatsu), prana healing, metaphysical massage and Aikido classes, in addition to a comprehensive range of modern beauty and bodywork rituals.
Expect to feel… recharged and zen upon leaving. This is the perfect resort for those who are looking for relaxation, or couples who want to chill out together.