Along the Ayung River and amidst vibrant green rice paddies in Bali lies a luxury resort with a twist. Instead of regular massages and spa treatments, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa offers a truly exotic menu of services that includes work by Balians, or Balinese traditional healers. The retreat also offers sacred arts and serves vegan cuisine and living food. To top off the magic is an incredible property with flora bursting from every corner and architecture that begs to be admired.
Guests stay in private air-conditioned huts rather than rooms, and each has its own outdoor shower and open-air stone bathtub looking out at the river. All the buildings at Fivelements are made of bamboo, and the only structure standing more than one storey is the Sakti Dining Room, which has a bamboo roof that spirals up like a seashell. It’s actually quite similar to the architecture at Green School in Bali.
The property is filled with tropical plants and walkways that bridge over ponds filled with vibrant gold fish that follow you like shooting stars, and everywhere you walk you hear the soothing sounds of traditional Balinese music playing over hidden speakers.
“Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa embraces holistic Balinese-inspired therapies administered by traditional Balinese healers using ancient wisdoms passed down from direct lineage,” the site says. “Following the Balinese principle of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the higher divine source during each healing session.”
As one could guess from the name of the healing resort, the founders chose the five elements as the theme to decorate the private villas.
I suggest those looking for a truly exotic experience in Indonesia should forego the traditional beach-side surf resorts in Bali and check out Fivelements instead for immersion in nature, yoga, meditation, nutrient-rich food, unique pampering, and most certainly a healing from a traditional Balinese shaman.