For this travel review, Sabi Phagura heads to Ubud in Bali to experience the luxurious Fivelements Puri Ahimsa and explore this paradise island.
If the fast-paced, unstoppable life has finally caught up with you and you feel there are never enough hours in the day, then it may mean it’s time to give yourself a break. And what better way to do it but by taking a trip to Bali known as the island of Gods. Kuta in Bali may be known for its hedonistic life and culture but it’s Ubud that is known as the paradise for the soul.
Known for its tranquillity, healing and restoring capabilities, this small place takes centre stage on the island. Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa takes on this mission very seriously and have created a healing centre to bridge the wisdom of traditional values and modern-day living.
And healed I felt from the moment I stepped into this exclusive nine suite retreat. Each of the rooms is flanked by the Ayung river that carves its way through the valley and faces a verdant hillside forest, often depicted in Balinese paintings. What’s more, you can enjoy the view and listen to the waterfall, while taking a soak in the open-air bathtub situated behind a private bamboo enclosure of your private bedroom.
It was one of the first things I did, having barely unpacked, to soothe myself after the 24-hour journey to get here. Attention to detail was noted from the onset when I discovered the customised lighting design reflecting the bathtub which showcases the seven colours of the chakras, which are meant to bring mind, body and spirit together.
And if you’re impressed with the bathtub, then you’ll be equally impressed with the en suite garden bathroom. The indoor/outdoor bathroom features a tropical lush garden with a rich masonry wall and a large open sky shower. It’s like walking into the scene of a shampoo advert but with much more natural products sourced from local farmers.