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Fivelements Bali Retreat
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Mambal
Certificate of Excellence
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
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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
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5  Thank Melanie S
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

Located in a very remote and difficult place to access about 30 minuntes outside Ubud, it is advertised as a healing center. It is more like a mix between and ashram and a hotel with massages that are overpriced almost 4 times what one would pay anywhere else in Ubud. The staff does not speak English, communication is truly difficult, those who do (ie. management) have an attitude. The food is overpriced,strictly vegan (raw food) and there is no wine or alcohol or smoking allowed. To that, add that there is no TV, DVR, minibar or even radio or proper lighting in the rooms, then one must escape as soon as possible. The resturant is always empty and desolate as there are only 5 rooms in the entire resort and the food is not great and way overpriced. Everything is so overpriced that it makes the nearby Four Seasons look inexpensive, while the quality of food and ingreadinets is below average. The hotel charges for absolutely everything even the most basic items, that elsewhere are complimentary at this price level. In all a poor expericence, not to be repeated. Avoid at all costs.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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13  Thank topgun327
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Reviewed July 20, 2011

This place is cool. Awesome landscaping, architecture, property layout, location and interior decorating. Staff were very cool, very chilled out bunch.
The room was perfectly located on the river, the bath overlooking the running water was straight cold chilling. The bed was massive and the outdoor bathroom was the cat's pajamas, easily the best shower experience you can ask for.
The pool was real nice, a little on the slightly cold side so we were unable to frolic for too long there. That would have been an awesome place to hang had the pool been a few degrees warmer. Not too much to ask I think.
The restaurant was in an unbelievable location, coy pond in the middle of it with a outside deck sitting over the river. Not a bad spot for a breakfast, brunch, lunch, early dinner, dinner or after dinner snack. The restaurant was definitely the what up. The food was even pretty good too for being vegan. It was filling but not in the way normal food is filling. You go away feeling like you're pretty full but at the same time you know you're really hoping you'd had something more proper. The juices were great but unfortunately not cold. It shouldn't be so hard to throw some ice in those bad boys if you know what I'm saying.
We escaped one day out to Ubud on a $18 hotel taxi. Ubud was the most. Had some good lunch, walked around, saw some rice paddies, shopped, saw the monkeys and had some good dinner. I think Ubud is probably the best place for souvenier shopping if you have that in your plans. All the shops are right next to eachother so you can really go at it if you're itching to pick up your friends some cool stuff. If you're used to Thailand-type prices in Bali be warned. Stuff out there isn't so cheap. Beer's cheap though. But unfortunately Fivelements doesn't sell beer does it. If you're gonna get your beer on it's best to do that in Ubud. You can probably get beered in your room if you'd like, I know a guy who did that, wink wink. You just gotta keep that on the low low you heard.
For location, Fivelements is amazing. Right on the river in the little jungle out there with a temple on site and a little village all around the hotel. If sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking and all that jazz is your thing Fivelements isn't the best but it's not horrible. It's about a 20-25 minute taxi to Ubud, an hour and a half to the airport, 2 hours to Uluwatu, Seminyak and those other spots... You might wanna check that math though for yourself.
All in all, a wonderful stay. We have some awesome memories there. Wouldn't change a thing but might recommend a more active friend to stay somewhere in the heart of Ubud. If you're a chilled out type that wants to avoid the crowds and wants pure relaxation and no outside noise, this is your place. If you want to party at night, drink beers at the pool, grab a steak at the restaraunt and be in the center of everything this isn't your place.
If you want style and some luxury but don't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere you might try something else.
If your only concern is comfort and straight cold chillin in an amazing atmoshpere with top-notch staff, Fivelements is your digs!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

After a a delayed flight and with temper fraying, walking out of Denpasar airport into the arms of my Fivelements driver was a cloud soft landing. Although it was the middle of the night, staff were on hand to greet me and settle me into my Pertiwi sleeping suite with smiles and kindness.
Although I was tired and scared of missing my morning coffee, I fit myself into the Fivelements experience like hand in glove. I awoke the next day and flung open the doors and inhaled the comforting sound of the river rushing by and lay back down in bed to watch the waterfall gush into the river. Serenity.
My morning shower in the open air bathroom, standing on flat slabs of stone, surrounded by river pebbles and dry stone walls flush with moss and ferns was a revelation. "Why don't we all do this?" I asked the snail I shared my shower with as he glided gently by.
Amazingly, the whole food cuisine with a focus on raw food was not as scary as I may have thought. Every dish, every pot of tea chimed with perfect balance and my body craved nothing that was not in front of me and served by the sweetest and most gentle people I had ever met. I knew at that moment Bali would be calling me forever.
A day of spa treatments was my gift to myself, and had long been organised for me by email prior to arrival. It was as if the day seamlessly melted into a series of healing hands and healing food. Every experience was was if taken from a dream, with nurtured perfection defining every moment. I realised with shock how long it had been since I was the treasured being, and so embraced this kindness whole heartedly.
The Fire Ritual that evening was an exercise of gentle love and acceptance. I was both lulled my the chanting and invigorated by bringing into my mind at that moment what I not only needed but what I wanted for myself as well. Kneeling around the fire, giving and receiving spiritual tenderness was almost heartbreaking in its beauty and simplicity. Cracking open a coconut and splashing the water on my face, my hair, suddenly became the most natural thing in the world.
In the restaurant afterwards I was again left speechless by the simple food with complex flavours that my body greeted with relish, eating was not hard work at all, then or at any other time.
Every turn of the head, every step on that lush soft grass, every call of the marauding sparrows was a picture of harmony and loving perfection.
I understand now why Bali is a special place and my Fivelements experience was the only introduction I can now expect for myself. I felt like a child with nothing to worry about and gave myself up to the Divine I had been led to.
To experience Fivelements is to experience the best part of yourself with love and gentle kindness, free from judgement and enmeshed in Bali-time.

Room Tip: Stalk the website on a daily basis and let it speak to you
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

Five elements is spa and retreat resort, we went there for my partner birthday and we booked several treatments during our 2 days stay.

The room and the butler and staff is very very good, they are always very helpful and full of smile :-), the resort only provide vegan and healthy meals which surprisingly taste good and eatable for a full on carnivore like me. there are plenty of options to choose from and they have slightly different menu for lunch and dinner.

Treatment, we booked:
1. Chakra Healing - we could get the same treatment but much cheaper down the road
2. Accupresure - we could get the same treatment but much cheaper down the road
3. Meditation - a total failure. The instructor doesnt speak english well, very hard to understand what he was saying, and for the price we pay, totally not worth it.
4. Yin Yoga - He is good.
5. Watsu - water healing - the best and the only one that i think worth the money.

In general, i think the place is overpriced.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

we had such a magic experience in the 5 Elements.
From the magic location, to the extreme kindness of the management and the staff,
and the unique care and treatment that the place offer...we definitely want to return, to that wonderful journey.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank olivUbud
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Address: Puri Ahimsa, Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Ubud 80352, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud > Mambal
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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 2 Hotels in Mambal
Price Range: $214 - $500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Fivelements Bali Retreat 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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Fivelements Bali Retreat is a wellness resort located near Ubud Bali, along the banks of the sacred Ayung River, fifteen minutes drive to centre of ubud. ... more   less 
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