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."
“A few years ago, I remember meeting a man in Bali who told me that after 10 years living in Nepal and studying meditation under a more rigid style, he came to Bali, met Merta Ada and started practicing silent meditation together. After experiencing the programme, he found himself completely blown away realising that what was missing from his previous meditation studies was ‘the experience of self-Love.’
As surprising as it sounded, it hit me like a thunderbolt! I simply had to try this programme firsthand and when I did, I quickly understood what that man had meant. From then on, it became my mission to support this master meditation teacher, Merta Ada, and offer his self-healing Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreat to a wider international audience at Fivelements. In particular, I envisioned participants coming from all over the world sharing a common thread – all living demanding lifestyles and in positions of influence or leadership (whether in the family or in business) and thus, able to effect positive change within their worlds with these teachings.
“A harmonious mind makes your body healthy, your mind peaceful and gives you happiness.”
Are you tempted by five days of blissful silence? Last year Lahra Tatriele joined Merta Ada’s silent retreat and emerged with new self-healing skills. “It is extraordinary,” she says. “I’d do it every year if I could.” She loved it so much she invited Merta Ada to lead the Bali Usada Silent Meditation Retreats at Fivelements. She explains what it is all about…
From the first night you follow noble silence, which lasts for five of the six retreat days. You’re not allowed a computer or phone, book, paper or pen. There’s nothing to read, write or say, and removing those three things is huge. You get to see yourself in a quiet way, without writing things down, without purging on someone else. It sounds die-hard but it’s actually not that difficult.