In Denpasar, the natural beauty of the sacred land that Fivelements occupies, just 10km from the mountain town of Ubud, is full of healing energy. The Bali Healing Retreat is centered around a holy spring that marks the intersection of eight major energy lines. Six Sacred Spaces within the retreat’s grounds used for blessing ceremonies, celebrations, peace dialogue and private meditation are especially conducive to finding emotional and spiritual peace.
Within this unique space, the exceptional facilities that make up each guests’ Balinese home have been designed to complement this incredible energy. With a strong focus on eco-credentials, the nature-influenced architecture provides the most propitious surroundings for transformational healing.
Facilities at the Bali Healing Retreat
At its core, the retreat’s thatched Sakti Dining Room TM is designed to echo the shape of a banana leaf, the Balinese symbol of food. With a lotus pond on one side and the Ayung River the other, it is a truly auspicious place to eat, drink healing juices, and gather for health coaching, cooking and other workshops.
At the center of the Bali Healing Retreat are three gathering places, Mandala Agung and the two
smaller Mandalas Alit and Madya. Workshops, classes and all kinds of development and learning take place in these inspirational buildings.
Further along the river in peaceful seclusion, nine suites bask in Bali’s tropical beauty, and in the crook of the river, the Healing and Beauty Sanctuary is where all treatments are taken. A large lap pool for leisure, fitness and relaxation overlooks the Ayung River, with massage jets, underwater music and chromotherapy. There is also a Watsu pool.
Laboratorium at the Bali Healing Retreat
The brains behind the beauty of the retreat, a team create and develop beauty, skincare and usada (herbal remedy) products designed to complement the therapies, while harnessing the very best of Bali’s natural plant life.
Suites at the Bali Healing Retreat
There are just nine suites at Fivelements, ensuring each guest the most tranquil and personalized stay. Designed to echo Mother Nature’s finest designs, sacred spirals and organic leaves decorate the interiors, bringing the magic of the outside in. Two Waterfall suites, two Bidadari suites and the five suites named after the elements, Pertiwi (earth), Apah (water), Teja (fire), Bayu (Air) and Akasa (ether) all feature soaring grass-roofed ceilings, white curtains wafting in the fresh river breeze and recycled timber underfoot.
As if bringing a traditional Balinese painting to life, the suites’ views are of the sacred Ayung River, mist rising from its surface in the early morning in front of the green tapestry of forested hillside opposite. Sitting on the veranda absorbing the sights and sounds of the river, the birds and the breeze, is all part of the healing process. Inside, the rooms bring environmental philosophy and Asian luxury together, with generous teakwood beds draped charmingly with mosquito nets, numerous fascinating local antiques throughout, and soft furnishings in the lounge using traditional handwoven songket and ikat wedding and royal ceremony textiles. (Guests will also find air-conditioning, iPod docks and Wi-Fi.)
Taking advantage of Bali’s tropical climate, the indoor/outdoor bathroom’s at the Bali Healing Retreat highlight the huge open-air tub carved out of a stone boulder, bathed in seven-chakra chromotherapy lighting. There is also an alfresco sky shower, with Fivelements’ signature botanical essence amenities, each fragrant reminders of Bali’s rich flora.
The resort, Bali Healing Retreat, has been built using mainly natural materials including Bamboo, Rattan,
Local stone and Recycled timbers, coconut wood.
Net Positive Impact
Our intention is to move our operations beyond the sustainability of Green Building and into the realm of Regenerative Design. In concept, this means that synergies between elements in our operations and those of partner organizations will create self-sustaining positive impacts on the world around us. We begin this process by seeking appropriate Green Building certification for all of our infrastructure projects. Once our infrastructure is in place we strive to measure the overall impact of our operations and to offset any negative impact through equally measured efforts with partners. Future offsetting projects will include tree planting to offset energy and material use and support of third party managed social campaigns.
Our current efforts are focused on measuring our impacts in the following categories:
Site Sensitivity and Natural Habitat
Indoor Environmental Quality
We strive to first respect, then to study, and finally to understand all of the variable influences on our lives and daily activities. Only once this process is undertaken can we respond in collaborative creativity. Though this can be a seemingly insurmountable task, Balinese philosophies point us in the right direction, international best practices help to iron out the details, and certification schemes support us to polish up the final product. Taking a hint from the Balinese concept of Tri Hita Karana, we have organized our approach into “3 pillars of Wellness”:
The Balinese Philosophy of Tri Kaya Parisudha suggests that a clean mind, clean speech, and clean action are keys to approaching life in a balanced manner. Maintaining our personal health including mental, spiritual and physical aspects, is the first step towards supporting positive action in the world around us. At Fivelements, we offer personal Wellness support for our guests, our partners, and our staff alike.
Support begins with our design process and is carried out through our operations, services and the products we offer. From our food, to our treatments, to our accommodations, we produce and curate natural products created sustainably by people who are supported to live healthy lifestyles. We do this with the intention that all of the positive action behind each service or product has a cumulative effect on the end user. Every guest should finish a Fivelements experience so overflowing with love that they can’t help but share some of it with the rest of the world!
Our Personal Wellness efforts are focused by providing services in the following areas:
We are currently seeking appropriate certification for our efforts in this area.
Our Social Policy is one of continuous dialogue through open channels of communication resulting in well-organized and appropriate projects on the ground. We are constantly open to feedback on how we can better interact with and support all of our stakeholders from our immediate neighbors to the global community at large.
Our current program involves efforts in Social Awareness and “on the ground” Social Impact Projects:
We give special consideration to projects that meet the following objectives:
Our efforts here are multiplied by work with local partners and partner organizations. Fivelements is committed to continuing to develop relationships with Certification organizations, Social institutions and changemakers around the world.
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