What are some of the difficulties in creating Fivelements in Hong Kong?
With the Royal Tea Lounge pavillion we tried to create a real tea space with a wooden house. But regulations dictate that we can’t use wood, so we have a stone pavilion in this beautiful open space. We had to change the roof so it can’t have the alfresco feel we hoped for either, but when you sit in there you will still feel surrounded by nature with the pond and garden.
As you can hear, there have been some challenges. I would add Hong Kong regulations, and working with a Hong Kong rather than Balinese team, with their budget, finish and aesthetic decisions and compromises. However, we have enjoyed the learning process. And in the end it has turned out well and we are happy with the result.
What are some of your favourite parts of Fivelements Hong Kong?
The Watsu Pool on the first floor turned dead space into this incredible room with a window that shows the green of the hills outside – it looks like an indoor pool.
And back of house… Other workers are jealous when they see the space the wellness team will be working in. It is very important to support the staff, and we have done the same in Bali. We have created a space where everyone can feel good working conditions, inspiring and collaborative in spirit. They can be in contact with each other, but with views of nature too. So even though it is back of house, it has a front of house feel.
Which details stand out the most to you?
think the bamboo screens, thought up by interior designer Giovanni, are a really nice touch. And also the small Balinese windows in the Boutique and Reception evoke a feeling of curiosity – what is behind the windows? Try to open and you’ll be sure to find a treasure…
Even though this project is in Hong Kong, we still found creative ways to weave in the magic of Fivelements!