I wasn’t sure what to expect on my return to Fivelements; the healing retreat in magical Ubud where my journey into the healing arts and my love affair with tropical life, yoga, raw food and spirituality began. Almost 7 years had passed since I last visited this place, and I knew that most things in life never stay the same. If you’ve ever tried to re-create an incredible experience, you’ll know that it is next to impossible! I also wondered, since I’ve travelled so much and tasted so many amazing raw vegan dishes over the past few years, would I be as impressed as I was back then, as a total newbie to the scene? After all, Fivelements was the first place I ever tasted raw chocolate and zucchini noodles! And, had my first ever Balinese massage and herbal bath. It was also the first time I really began to sense an undercurrent of the healing power of nature; of it’s magic. And the flickerings of intuition and the calling of my dharma began to stir there in the quiet, by the sacred river. Fivelements had a lot to live up to! I really wasn’t sure I’d have the same feelings of awe and wonder...
Well... I am amazed and delighted to report that not only has Fivelements retained that special magic over the years (everything was just as perfect as I remembered it) it has actually evolved!
The property itself is nothing short of paradise. It is so peaceful. The watery murmur of the sacred Ayung river flowing past seems to permeate the entire place, offering subtle sound healing to the subconscious mind.
We began our Fivelements healing journey with a Balinese Fire Blessing where we chanted the ancient Gayatri Mantra, meditated and made offerings to the fire gods. As the smoke swirled around us, we were cleansed of negative energies and blessed by this ancient ritual.
Next we were treated to a luxurious Balinese Beauty Ritual with essential oils and coconut scrubs, finished off with a herbal bath overlooking the river, filled with lime, lemongrass, ginger, pandan leaves and mineral salts; an absolutely blissful experience leaving us both completely relaxed and rejuvenated.
Finally, with great anticipation we headed to the Sakti Dining Room to see if the food was as mind-blowing as I’d remembered. I had been talking it up to Mr. Jungle Shakti for months (he's a total food snob and tends to get the sulks if we ever have a bad meal!), so I had my fingers crossed.
Again, I was enchanted! The menu is now even more sophisticated. It is obvious that the chefs take great care in refining the flavours and presentation, and are passionate about raw cuisine! We enjoyed a decadent banquet of raw lasagne, pearl barley risotto, fresh avocado and cashew nut salads, silken tofu canapés, scrumptious tacos, superfood smoothies, and a trio of raw chocolate desserts and a coconut panna cotta served with assorted ice creams and sorbets. It really was the ultimate raw vegan foodies lunch. Fivelements Sakti Dining Room is a raw food lover’s heaven, serving up beautiful living cuisine at its finest. Don't miss this if you're planning a trip to Ubud.
Take me there...
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning,
Mambal, Bali, Indonesia 80352