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Fivelements Puri Ahimsa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud, Bali 80352, Indonesia   |  
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“Tranquil Haven & Wellness Sanctuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012 via mobile

Extremely exhausted of the hustling & bustling life in cosmopolitan Shanghai, I was yearning for a tranquil getaway. My choice fell to Fivelements Puri Ahimsa in Ubud.

By the moment I touched down this sanctuary, I found every picture they put in their website are indeed real. Located by the Ayung River, this resort was built in a lush greenery, Eco-friendly architecture, combined with luxury & comfort, giving you the feeling of serenity at its best.

We stayed in the Akasa suite, and the room is very spacious with its king size bed & one big sofa. I love the outside stone bath tub to the most as it is directly facing the Ayung River and I could take a bath while enjoying the view to the river and the sounds of the water & bird & the smell of the tropical greenery. In addition to that, the suite is also completed with a tropical open shower which gives another senses of enjoying the beauty of the nature. Their in-house home made bath amenities such as the bath gel, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion deserves the praise. The smell is very rejuvenating and the quality is really the best of its kind.

Specialized as healing resort, it's spa, and massage offers holistic wellness of our being. Their healers and beautician are very friendly and helpful. I love their Healing Village, and the massage room is truly rejuvenating. It is very spacious with private terrace and a stone bath tub overviwing the Ayung River.

As a wellness sanctuary, it's foods are truly vegan and living foods, however it tastes marvelous. I had my breakfast with the Fruit Salad, Zucchini Humus, and Liveseed & Gojiberry granola, those were very fresh and tastes good.

The swimming pool is very nice and it has the water-speaker inside the pool, so while you swim you can listen to the calming music, too.

I love every single second I stayed in Fivelements and found this experience truly rejuvenating,

Only one note, as a healing resort, the room does not come with a TV, radio and other worldly entertainment. It has a hi-speed wifi, though. No meat at all kind and no beer/alcoholic drinks.
If you stay to rejuvenate yourself, Fivelements is truly an excellent choice, however if you are looking for more entertainment, you shall consider other hotel to stay. Also if you have children, it may not be a good option because this place focused ions healing & wellness experience and might not be attractive for your children, especially they do not offer any kids playground.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Arriving at the Fivelements, Ubud, in the wee hours of the morning, I didn't really see anything except the opulent room with its huge verandah with a large and beautifully lit stone bath at the end of it.

Waking up to the sound of a waterfall flowing into River Ayung, just below my verandah made me want to squeal with delight. I love the outside shower with the lush green Heliconia leaves peeping over the high wall. The sound of cicadas from the river bank is music to my ears, taking me back to the trips to the Penang Botanical Gardens when I was a child. Have I died and gone to heaven?

Unable to sit still for more than 10 minutes, I submitted to 90 minutes of pampering with the Fivelements Sakti Ritual. As Ayu rubbed coconut oil into my body and took the kinks out of my battered body, she massaged into a pressure point on my arm and accurately told me I had a problem with my shoulder. This massage is followed with a rub of salt with lemongrass and basil before I was led to a bath filled with lemon, orange and ginger slices. I felt so relaxed and in need of a nap. But not for long because I had another appointment, with Pak Wayan for the Pancha Mahabuta energy healing. Fortunately the young healer found nothing wrong with my body, except my head (too much thinking about deadlines unmet, perhaps). But what was amazing was I seemed to be in a deep sleep during the 90-minute session but yet awake.

A relentless carnivore, at the Fivelements, I was introduced to vegan food and raw food with delicious blends of fruit juices. (As soon as I got home, I went to my favourite restaurant for my usual Malaysian high-calorie pancake and did not enjoy it and hastily went in search of some fruits.)

Staffed by warm and friendly Balinese who all speak English, with healing treatments and a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere, is it any wonder that, despite still being in its infancy, the resort has already won several awards including AsiaSpa Awards' Destination of the Year 2011

To me, Fivelements isn't just a resort. It is a little paradise.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

We have visited Fivelements several times over the past 12 months and have always been in awe of the extraordinary architecture, service, food and ambience. But this last visit surpassed all others, as they were hosting to the remarkable annual TEDxUbud event, an extravaganza of ideas worth spreading.

Add a fabulous line-up of guest speakers and entertainment to the impeccable service and food and you get the recipe for a most memorable experience.

Breaking free of the cookie-cutter hotel models, Fivelements surpasses all expectations for accommodation, service and attentiveness.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

Definitely a wonderful find in Ubud Bali. Nestled amongst the lush greenery, we chanced upon this cosy establishment that proved to be a feast for our senses.

From the architecture of the building to the meticulous food preparation, Five Elements is truly a one-of-a-kind holistic resort that leaves you feeling calm, at peace with the world and totally wholesome.

Our room, Apah meaning water, is spacious and beautifully decorated. There is a good size bed, outdoor rain shower and a stone tub with a million dollar view. Once you step into the room, you don't actually want to head anywhere else.

To complete the wholesome experience, its not suprising that the only restaurant serves vegan cuisine. I had my doubts in the beginning if there would be more than a one page menu. Rest assured you have ample selection from fresh fruit blends, appetizers, salads, pizzas, local & western options and desserts.

The spa and healing treatments are one-of-a-kind that leaves you feeling pampered, refreshed and recharged. Its definitely value for money so don't give it a miss for anything.

Finally a hotel that is right in so many ways. Will be back very soon for sure.

Big thanks to all the friendly staff for making our stay so very perfect.

Room Tip: Apah room has the best view.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Located in a remote area 30 minutes from Ubud, this award winning Eco resort is the most wonderful place to recharge. The Raw Food simply amazing! We were so excited to see our meal arrive the presentation and freshness of the food simply beautiful and delicious, and it was so well priced. The staff friendly and efficient. All staff spoke english and always greeted us with a smile and asked us about our day and how our treatments were. The Healers and Beauticians are so gifted. My husband commented how fantastic the deep tissue treatments were, he has never found that elsewhere. The natural products used during the super food facial yummo and the massages were so professional, simply the best. The energy of this beautiful spiritual retreat has been captured by preserving this sacred place. The lush gardens, the river running past the treatment rooms and accommodation, squirrels playing in the trees on our deck, a huge stone bath on our private deck overlooking the river, and beautiful yoga venue just to name a few. Our room was fantastic with both air-conditioning and a fan, piped meditation music, food delivery, a day bed, outdoor/indoor bathroom, lovely King size bed, private decking and a massive stone bath. We stayed 7 nights and the experience was amazing and as a couple we found it to be a truly wonderful experience. We have very fond memories and we will certainly be back. Do yourself a favour reconnect and awaken all your senses!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

There were so many fantastic "elements" to my experience at this jewel in the jungle (not really a jungle, just like the alliteration) that it is hard to know where to begin. If you compare this exceptional space to other "luxury" or upscale destinations on the beautiful island of Bali, this not only comes off magnificently by example, but even somewhat of a bargain, which is a rare thing to say in the upper echelons of luxury travel.

Had a massage with one of their very genuine, superb, and authentically spiritual Balinese masseurs -- a complete contrast to the well-meaning, perfunctory, pleasant but skill-less massages in nearby Ubud. This man was the real thing. Not some Eat-Pray-Love fixture, but truly a sincere expert from a distinctly different culture -- and that in the most positive sense. Be sure to tell any of the masseurs or masseuses if their pressure is too hard; they can tailor things masterfully when told.

I also went through nearly all the rooms and spaces throughout this resort, and I have to say, the architecture is stunning. I've been to the Viceroy and the Four Seasons in Ubud, and the old Amandari, but this is just at a whole other level. The perch over the rushing river is wonderful and, without hyperbole, transcendent.

Had dinner in their restaurant, and everything I tried was very good. Super fresh and super healthy. The salads were particularly extraordinary.

To that one review who complained about the remoteness -- beauty in this setting is its charm -- and about the lack of English -- nonsense, Indonesians I spoke with at the resort spoke very well and one of the two owners is American.

Get a good driver who knows how to navigate the Balinese roads and to drive comfortably to Mambal.

The whole place has a singular charm and is potent tonic to the crassness of Kuta and the crowds in Ubud. It's a beautiful modern take on what first brought the rest of the world to Bali over a century ago. To travel as far as many of us do to get here and miss this place would be a shame.

Room Tip: All five of the rooms are great; see if you want more river view or more pool access.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

This review is for the spa and restaurant, we did not stay the night here.

As this was my first trip to Bali I have to say this place now exemplifies the fantasy of Bali. It was gorgeous, lush, luxurious, and comfortable all at the same time. The grounds are gorgeous and set right on the river. However, this place is quite a way out of Ubud- maybe 25 minutes into the countryside and through a small village.

The treatment rooms are all set along the river and open air to the river. The rooms are amazingly cool despite the heat and humidity outside- it must be something about the traditional architecture, thatched roof, and a simple ceiling fan. The treatment rooms don't require cheesy spa music, as the river, birds, and sounds of nature are the perfect back drop. Each treatment starts with a relaxing footbath and foot massage out on the terrace of the treatment room, it set the stage for the treatment. I had two treatments:
Invigorating body work with Pak Made- it was a wonderful 90 minute session. One of the most relaxing massages I've had. He had no problem speaking English and was very sweet natured. He used coconut oil for the massage and it was wonderful. Following the massage I hopped in the shower in the treatment room, it is outdoors and facing the river... I didn't want to leave.
Creme Hair Bath- she started by washing my hair thoroughly and massaging my scalp. Once my hair was clean she brushed my hair and began applying the creme. They use a homemade concoction of avocado and cream. The application is heavenly. Once she has completed you are treated to a shoulder, neck, and arm massage with coconut oil. I wish I could take her home with me to do this everyday!
Treatments were expensive, about $220 USD for both. But it was so worth it.

Following our treatments we had lunch at the restaurant, which also over looks the river. The food was fantastic, which I wasn't expecting since I am NOT vegan or a raw food enthusiast. The green curry was fantastic, as was the lumpia and bruschetta. Lunch was economical, about $20 USD for a starter and a main.

The staff were so kind and accommodating. I think we may have been the only people there that day, if we weren't they made us feel that way. I would consider going back to stay if I return and would recommend it as a day trip to anyone traveling in the area. It was the most lovely day.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud, Bali 80352, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud > Mambal
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mambal
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fivelements Puri Ahimsa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Bali is a center for healing and a place for Learning to Love and Respect Life. Nestled alongside the Ayung River, this eco-conscious healing retreat is deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali, making it a peaceful sanctuary to embrace authentic Balinese Healing, Living Foods and Sacred Arts.At Fivelements, healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Similarly, our holistic approach is designed to tune-in on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold. We invite you to experience a new healing journey through the mystic culture of Bali.Best for…. Signature Healing Retreats, Holistic Spa Holidays, Balinese Healing & Beauty Rituals , Gourmet Living Foods Cuisine, Sacred Arts, Healing Journey Excursions Spa Travel loves it because.. of their emphasis on authentic traditional Balinese healing and cultural spirituality, combined with their unique sustainable architecture, creates a magical setting where true personal transformation can take place. ... more   less 
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