LUX Autumn 2018

89 Fivelements, Bali, is an eco-wellness retreat which opened in late 2010 as the first of a new genre of wellness destinations bridging the wisdom of traditional healing cultures with innovative wellness concepts. We profiled the retreat as we look to explore the secrets behind its success. Founded and led by Chicco and Lahra Tatriele, Fivelements, to date, has been recognised with over 30 international awards spanning across hotel, wellness, retreat, spa, culinary and sustainable design industries. Since its opening, Fivelements has been consistently noted for its sustainable initiatives and has earned its position as an international leader in wellness concepts and design, innovative plant-based cuisine and wellness hospitality worldwide. Operating with a long-term vision of achieving success, Fivelements aims to encourage people to love and respect life, with a mission of creating the perfect space for life transformation and ‘Love in Action.’ Enabling the location to achieve its overall values, the firm’s Central Healing and Wellness Guiding Philosophy of Tri Hita Karana is embedded in the retreat’s values of living in harmony among spirit, human and nature. Typically, contributing to Fivelements’ ability to achieve its vision, the retreat’s guests are people who seek rejuvenation and wellness and want to live a healthier and happier life. Fivelements focuses on the time-honoured traditions and mystical culture of Bali, which are deeply rooted in principles of Balinese healing, and inspired by Balinese ceremonies and wellness treatments. Balinese healers work with guests on site to offer their wisdom and traditional therapies that have been passed down to them through numerous generations. Attracting clients from all over the world, with the guidance of the island’s most revered healers alongside wellness and sacred arts techniques and programs, Fivelements has designed rituals and a bespoke wellness menu to transform the lives of their guests that include deep massage therapies, healing energy treatments, water healing programs, colonic hydrotherapy, all-natural beauty spa wellness rituals, blessing ceremonies, meditation and yoga. Each ritual and treatment is targeted for purification, balancing and regeneration. Perhaps the central point to all guest stays is the Healing and Beauty Sanctuary, with therapies taking place within the seven tranquil riverside healing rooms. Each room includes a private bathhouse that features a deep, river stone bathing tub and soothing chromotherapy lighting, a rejuvenation method using the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiation to cure diseases. Furthermore, Fivelements champions a nutritious plant-based cuisine with a focus on ‘live’ food; nutrition. Every member of the Fivelements team has witnessed the profound connection and the positive outcome between healing and nutrition from ‘living’ foods - raw plant-based ingredients used in recipes for dishes that are delicious and meticulously presented. The retreat’s award-winning and lauded Sakti Dining RoomTM provides an incomparable level of nourishment in its tasty menu items packed with vitamins, minerals and live enzymes that help to strengthen and rejuvenate retreat guests physically, emotionally and even spiritually. 1806LU22 Around the world, the retreat is centred on a plant-based philosophy with a specialty on living foods that maintains fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, seaweed and whole, fresh juices, which should be consumed in their natural, unheated state. When prepared uncooked or with a special dehydration process at less than 48’C, living foods retains its vital life force replete with nutrients and living enzymes required to digest properly, repairs cellular damage and assists in healthy cell renewal. As a leading wellness destination, Fivelements understands food is more than simply fuel; plant-powered nutrition actively supports one’s journey to greater wellness, raising energy levels and mental clarity, and encouraging positivity with the opportunity to reach one’s highest potential. Placing an emphasis on putting the client first, and paying great attention to detail, the retreat integrates regenerative plant-based cuisine as a core component toward wellness treatment. Prevention and true health, longevity and vibrancy come from eating whole food that, without saying, also needs to be satisfying and flavourful. Sakti Dining RoomTM has received widening praise over the years for refining its own distinct gourmet approach and has curated a menu of exquisite tastes enjoyed in a naturally luxurious, eco-conscious setting. Each flavourful dish is prepared in a professional kitchen by master vegan chefs, serving high-energy, plant- based nutrition aimed to nurture the body, mind and soul. Retreat guests and day visitors often opt for the Fivelements Signature Tasting Menus, carefully prepared artisanal gastronomy comprised of three, five and seven course options, as well as an array of a la carte items from various menus. For plant-based neophytes or connoisseurs, Fivelements features its integrated Cuisine for LifeTM Retreats, combining live food philosophy with hands-on culinary training to learn and appreciate invaluable skills for preparing plant-based meals at home, blending flavours and textures with seasonal ingredients. The Fivelements Culinary Team takes guests through key preparation techniques including juicing, sprouting, sweet and savoury blending, fermenting, as well as low temperature baking and dehydration. Overall, there are many reasons for the team at Fivelements to be optimistic about what the future holds, recently Evolution Wellness has expanded its portfolio to now include Fivelements. Also, founders, Chicco and Lahra Tatriele aim to establish the retreat as the leader in the industry. Fivelements plans to expand its Bali property and open new destination retreats in the region. Drawing from their expertise in holistic wellness and innovative plant-based gastronomy, Fivelements will also launch new integrative wellness concepts in city destinations, starting in Hong Kong from spring 2019, offering urban dwellers corporate wellness and exciting fresh alternatives for the growing health and wellness enthusiasts. Company: Fivelements Contact: Chicco Tatriele Address: Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, 80352, Indonesia Telephone: 00 62 361 469 260 Website: An Award-Winning Eco-Conscious Wellness Retreat