Growing up in Africa, having lived in Asia most of my life, led me to believe that “Home is where the Heart is”.
To feel home and in harmony within my heart and body, I go back to the Four principles of Life, SHU, SHOKU, DO, SO, that the Japanese Master, Kazunori Sasaki Sensei taught me.
We are delighted to announce that Fivelements, Hong Kong has been nominated for the 2018 World Luxury Spa Awards.
Setting benchmarks in quality, innovation and service for spas around the globe and established as the world’s leading Awards initiative for luxury spas, The World Luxury Spa Awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury spa industry. Awards are presented to luxury spas in 32 different categories on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Voting is based on service excellence and is cast by spa guests
Public voting is now open and we would like to ask for your kind support in voting for us. Voting for the 2018 Award year will run from 3 April to 1 May 2018.
Thank you to our community for your ongoing support - together we can!
In celebration of our 1-Year Anniversary this month, I am pleased to share with you a collection of exclusive interviews from our core design and development team members. Each was interviewed on their experience of The Making of Fivelements Hong Kong just before we opened. Nearly all of the six team leaders worked with us from the beginning for Fivelements Bali and all share their insights, their challenges and their personal stories of taking Fivelements from a successful destination retreat in the wild jungle of Bali to the outskirts of Asia’s most prized city, Hong Kong.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful collection of interviews, and we look forward to supporting you toward greater happiness, wellbeing and inspiration in 2018 and beyond!
With heartfelt gratitude,
Lahra Tatriele, Co-founder & Vision Director, Fivelements
This was our mission as we set out to explore the well-known Chinese thread in the fabric of Balinese culture.
Throughout Bali, artists, scholars, royal palaces and local villagers talk of an enduring and historic Chinese influence to be found in their arts, architecture and design orientation, dance, medicinal herbs, cuisine, trade history and aspects of ceremony. And even in their genes.
To Fivelements, the invitation to be part of a project in Hong Kong, was the closing of an ancient and important circle representing Balinese culture in the ‘Middle Kingdom.’ It was picking up threads of a rich exchange of trade and culture going back two millennia.
There is poetry, symmetry and continuity in this large cycle of time expressing itself in a new set of linkages.
What was it like being a part of the making of Fivelements Hong Kong?
I’ve never really thought of myself being part of the making of Fivelements. I give all credit for that to Chicco and Lahra and their team. But what I have become is part of the on-going evolution, the creative vision, the deep foundation for the future.
What motivated me to be part of the on-going process of evolution, of deepening some aspects and expanding others, was a sense that Fivelements is the real deal. It’s not about luxury, although it is a luxury experience in a rustic way. It’s not about spa. It’s not even really about destination per se, although it is a gorgeous gem of a destination. It’s really about a deep connection with the innermost dimensions of oneself. It is finding those, and connecting with those deep aspects and enlivening them, that brings about transformation.
Michael, Wellness Curator:
“Bali invites you to be healthy; Hong Kong dares you to be healthy”
What is your role?
Wellness Curator is quite a varied role, which makes it interesting. Like an art curator I’m helping to decide some of themes for our offering, as well as setting up the Sacred Arts program and selecting the artists with the co-founders, Lahra and Chicco. And most importantly perhaps, I’m helping to set the right intention and create the whole spirit of the place.
One of the ways we do this is by teaching yoga in the morning and meditation in the afternoon to the staff. It’s important as it ensures they are feeling healthy and fresh, and there’s an alignment and harmony between them, which translates into how we work together and how we work with guests. If the staff are thriving, the business will thrive.
“Bali, reinvented for Hong Kong”
Bali meets Hong Kong
In 2010 when I arrived in Bali, I was looking for a new opportunity and I was lucky to find it. Lahra and Chicco had just finished building Fivelements when my husband and I had lunch at Sakti Dining Room. We met Chicco who told us about the concept of Fivelements and his ideas on how to develop the Wellness Retreat.
I realized that I arrived at the right time. I had the opportunity to open the doors of Fivelements Wellness Retreat after collaborating closely with Lahra and Chicco and a wonderful team of truly dedicated Balinese therapists.
I felt truly honoured to be part of a team that was rewarded just a year after opening with the most wanted title “Destination Spa of the Year 2011” by AsiaSpa magazine!
Arnaud, Executive Chef
What is your role?
I am the Executive Chef and started in January 2016 to create and develop the menu for Fivelements first urban wellness retreat. This involved and extensive process to bring the award-winning Sakti Dining Room TM concept from Bali to HK with a new expression.
Ketut, architect and interior designer, focusing on creating a calm, friendly, spiritual – and surprising – space
What do you think Hong Kongers will respond to the most?
The idea here is to bring something different that no one else has done in Hong Kong. Sometimes architecture and interior design is about following trends or looking classic, but we have brought a concept that is similar to what we have created in Bali and which is aligned with our Fivelements’ holistic integrative concept.
I especially like the fact you cannot predict what is inside by looking at the outside. Even though the building from the outside has a very international look, once you enter inside we want you to be surprised. All our rooms are different. And not only different but we have tried to bring to the space a spiritual feel using unusual materials in an unusual way. We have chosen the various stone, for example, and the bamboo, to bring nature inside. You jump from a cityscape to a tropical interior.
Upstairs in the Yoga Room, the curving ceiling is one of the ways we have tried to surprise people. The building on the outside is very regular so inside we are avoiding any square structure – one of Lahra’s requirements for wellness design. We want to give people space to move around without barriers and in the Yoga Room every angle has a different feel. Every time you walk in here the space is so inspirational you really feel great.
Fivelements, Hong Kong has been awarded for the Best Detox Treatment at Prestige Magazine's Beauty and Spa Awards 2018.
This three-part treatment involves a private sauna session in the spa’s detox suite followed by a full body exfoliation using a mineral rich “black diamond powder” made from carbonised Balinese bamboo. This powder is known to absorb toxins and impurities and replenish skin with minerals. Finally, the treatment ends with a divine back, neck and shoulder massage designed to promote circulatory and lymphatic movement to faster rid your body of waste.
Fivelements in Bali receives another accolade at the annual World Spa Awards
At the 3rd annual World Spa Awards held on Sunday, December 10, 2017, Fivelements was awarded “Indonesia’s Best Wellness Retreat 2017” for its wellbeing destination in Bali, making it the 2nd time Fivelements has taken home a World Spa Award.
“It is an extraordinary honour to be recognised for our ongoing dedication to wellness in Asia,” says Lahra Tatriele, Vision Director and Co-founder of Fivelements. “When we first started out, we envisioned curating high impact, innovative wellness programmes that would create long-lasting healing and the will to transform through (self) love. Receiving this award on behalf of our Fivelements family in Bali is a sign that we are achieving our purpose. I am so thankful to every member of our incredible team!”
This November, the Sai Kung Pink Ladies Lunch & Pop-up Event raised $62,000 for the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The event was held at St. Barts, Clearwater Bay, on Thursday, 2 November, and included a raffle and an auction.
The Sai Kung Pink Ladies is a local fundraising community dedicated to supporting the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation. The Sai Kung Pink Ladies organise local events for the ladies of Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong. https://www.facebook.com/skpinkladies/
More than 40 local businesses donated to the event raffle as well as Fivelements, Hong Kong. More than 100 Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay ladies were thrilled to receive their vouchers for a special treatment at Fivelements, Hong Kong.
And Ms Hoyan Mok could not believe her luck when she won the wonderful gift prize from Fivelements.
"This is such a life-affriming event. It is powerful to see so many women gather together to support a great cause, and to see all the work that has gone into organising such an enjoyable day. This year there was a very light and laid-back beachy feel, because of the venue, the colour, the pop-up shops and the sheer joie de vivre. The raffle was a real high point and there were many amazing prizes. All attendees were wowed by the goodie bag which included a beautiful Turkish towel as well as a voucher for the Signature Balinese Massage at Fivelements. The power of women to gather together, to support each other, to provide encouragement, connection and friendship, was celebrated today. As I looked around the sea of Pink Ladies I saw so much love and laughter. It was a pleasure to be here and a privilege to be able represent Fivelements in their support for the continued awareness of health and wellness." Caron Williamson, Wellness Liaison & Sacred Artist.
By Anne Cousin
It is easy to get caught up in the details of our lives, even suffering and losing sleep when we perceive that we have no solution to the problems we face. We can too easily forget about joyfulness of living, that aliveness itself has an essentially joyful quality.
I often guide and advise clients into slowing down, deeply sensing and feeling into their body aliveness. This is a form of Somatic meditation. Somatic means that we relate to the body. There are many ways to do this, as each person has their own unique inner resources and intelligence.
For example, every pleasurable activity can be turned into a doorstep toward gratitude, by taking a moment to notice how it feels, acknowledging its ripples in ones sense of wellness, nourishment. As we experience this the body relaxes, the brain begins secreting new hormones of wellbeing, in a what we could call a virtuous cycle. We cultivate presence, mindfulness or body-fullness.
This simple practice to shift perspective, even 5 minutes a day as a start, has a profound effect on our brain chemistry and body. Our brain has a natural tendency to register and focus on potential threats. In a given moment, we experience feeling weak or being in fear or discomfort. Yet this is only one-side of the picture— we can expand our awareness to include other perceptions. There is always a possibility to shift perspective and to feel better.