For many, a mention of the island of Bali calls up images of people playing in the pounding surf, bathing in waterfalls surrounded by verdant jungle, and farmers tending to intricate rice terraces. These images describe a traditional paradise, where the healthy relationship between the island’s more than four million inhabitants and the natural resources around them provides a balanced life of plenty. We at Fivelements are inspired by these images that we see daily but, increasingly, we are also alarmed by a more complex modern reality on the paradise island.
Looking at water specifically, we see a culture reknowned for its ingenious management of fresh water for irrigation, aquaculture, and for luxurious water gardens. The keys to the success of this traditional system are the renewable nature of the resource and the egalitarian method of distribution. For centuries the natural holding tanks of volcanic lakes and underground aquifers have stored monsoon rains for use in drier months and the unparalleled traditional Subak system has distributed this water fairly across the island. This ancient system is still in operation but available water resources are now increasingly also used by less regulated and often thirstier private wells.
At Fivelements we are plugged into living with a conscious mindfulness. In a world that seems to be run by stress, we understand why it is so important to have an antidote that brings physical, mental and emotional calm. Here we present the second of our series of staff recommendations for how to ensure that balance, happiness and health, rather than stress, take over our lives.
Isa, wellness liaison
“The best tool I’ve got to manage stress and multitasking is the one that serves me in all circumstances: conscious breathing.”
REFILL BALI is a worldwide initiative that has arrived in Bali, and Fivelements is delighted to announce that it has joined the green movement. REFILL BALI offers a map of places where travellers and residents can refill their water bottles with safe, filtered water for free.
Ranging from retreats, restaurants, cafes and warungs, galleries and shops, participating businesses are delighted to provide free (or low-cost) drinking water.
At Fivelements, we offer free water to any guest who brings their own water bottle, as well as providing retreat guests with their own water bottles.
The Fivelements family is delighted to announce our latest award — Most Outstanding Eco-Wellness Destination Bali 2016 given by the prestigious Global Excellence Awards.
“The sustainability of Fivelements’ design and operations, and the wellbeing of our immediate and greater environment, have always been our highest priority,” say Chicco and Lahra Tatriele, co-founders.
“We are thrilled that Fivelements is being recognized for eco-wellness innovation and our daily efforts in this respect, and will continue to pioneer this aspect of hospitality that is so vital to facilitating positive change in the world at large.”
All of us in Fivelements family congratulate our managing director and co-founder of Fivelements Chicco Tatriele for being nominated for the Manager of the Year - Europe Business Assembly’s Prestigious International Award in the management and business sphere.
The Europe Business Assembly designed the Award to celebrate the high-level managerial performance gained with hard work and operational excellence. The most successful managers receive the Award as the international recognition of their professional achievements.
We are more than proud to be the part of Chicco’s team and willing to wish even more successful projects to be completed! Love in Action!
Rich, Healthy Hot Chocolate
A deliciously dark hot chocolate fragrant with Asian spices
Hot chocolate without the milk or chocolate powder? Absolutely. This dish epitomizes Fivelement’s Cuisine for Life ethos. Almond or cashew nut milk sweetened with dates, enriched with cacao powder and dark chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and chili. On a cool winter’s day nothing could be better.
by Susan Allen
“Saraswati is all that is good within. When I pray to Saraswati, I pray to knowledge itself for through knowledge and wisdom, I come to know my own goodness and the correct ways to act in life to promote harmony, love and peace.”
I Nyoman Setiawan, Mask Carver and Dancer
I Nyoman Sudanta, the High Priest at Fivelements, plays a vital role in each guests’ stay – one of the most memorable experiences at Fivelements is the fire ceremony, or Agni Hotra. This initiation into the healing space that is Fivelements, this opportunity to experience one of the highest Vedic rituals, and to set your intention for your stay, is incredibly powerful and healing, and you’ll find it resonates in your memory throughout your retreat.
All of us at Fivelements are extremely honoured to announce that Fivelements was awarded with the Emerald trophy at Tri Hita Karana Awards for the forth consecutive year! A jubilant team attended the Tri Hita Karana Awards 2016 ceremony held on 1 December at Art Center, Denpasar.
Tri Hita Karana is one of the awards that means the most to us as an eco-retreat that is based on the very same Balinese philosophy. Tri Hita Karana represents the life concept of the Balinese community; that is, balancing the secular with the spiritual. One of the key tenets of Balinese culture, this is achieved by holding dear three essential relationships – that between humans and God (Parhyangan), humans and fellow humans (Pawongan) and humans and the environment (Palemahan).
Fivelements underwent an intensive inspection process by Tri Hita Karana authorities, and was awarded a Gold rating in 2011 and 2012 and Emerald (highest) rating in 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2016.
At Fivelements we are guided and inspired by the universal wisdom of Balinese philosophy and have embodied the notion of Tri Hita Karana, living in harmony among spirit, human and nature, as our definition of "living well." In a world that seems to be run by schedules, appointments and tasks, we recognise the importance of having antidotes that bring physical, mental and emotional calm. Here, we present the first of our series of Fivelements' tips on how to ensure that health, happiness and harmony, rather than stress, lead our lives.
Fivelements’ Raw Soup Full of Healing Veggies and Spices
Like a kitchen garden in a bowl, with a hint of warming spices
Go foraging in your garden or local farmer’s market to make this raw soup, with root veggies like carrots, ginger and turmeric bringing the goodness of the earth to your table. Bursting with vitamins, minerals and live enzymes, as well as taste, coconut and honey bring a delicious softness to the dish and the texture is silky smooth thanks to the avocados.
12th Annual AsiaSpa Awards Recognise the Best in the Travel, Spa and Wellness Industry’s Finest
[Hong Kong, 16 November 2016] Hong Kong’s most anticipated spa and wellness event of the year, the 12th annual AsiaSpa Awards took place on November 16 at WOOBAR in W Hong Kong, with the glamorous occasion attended by representatives of the region’s outstanding brands. The 2016 Awards honoured nominees, industry icons and guests, for an evening themed ‘Eternal Beauty’.
A panel of 21 judges selected the best in the business across 24 categories. Awards were presented to spas, hotels and resorts, retreats and products recognised for raising the bar of product and treatment standards.
Fivelements Signature Rejuvenation Retreat, Panca Mahabhuta was awarded Destination Retreat of the Year 2016!
“To win Destination Retreat of the Year is the greatest recognition we could receive for our wellness retreat in Bali, and we are thrilled!,” comments Chicco Tatriele, President and co-founder of Fivelements. “We created Fivelements with a healing intention and designed the retreat as a haven for nurturing and nourishing forward-thinking leaders of today and tomorrow. Our spaces offer an inspiring destination to naturally unwind from their non-stop scheduled life and gently connect with the natural flow and their 'authentic' nature."
We are delighted to announce that Fivelements has been named finalist in the category Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year, part of the Professional Spa and Wellness Awards 2017!
To add to our fast-growing collection of accolades, we are delighted to announce that Fivelements has won the spa sector’s Signum Virtutis, the Seal of Excellence awarded by the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards.
The awards were created in order to highlight the exceptional from the best, indicating to consumers that the properties and products awarded are truly the best in the hospitality industry.