Bali is famous for its stunning green ribbons of landscaped rice fields, the pretty floral arrangements dotted on every available space on ledges and doorsteps, crafted from bamboo, petals, incense and food as an offering to the gods and, of course, its wildlife – beware the thieving monkeys who’ll grab anything from your lunch to your sunglasses if you’re not careful! A sanctum of tranquility, yoga lovers flock to the island’s many spas and retreats, designed in harmony with the land. With the philosophy Tri Hita Karana (which means living in harmony with god, humans and nature), Bali may well be the ultimate soul cleanser.
WHERE TO STAY
Fivelements Healing and Wellness Retreat was designed by award-winning local architect Ketut Arthana in line with the island’s principles of harmony. It’s made entirely from bamboo and boasts riverside suites and the most delicious health food selection – think lasagne made with cashew cheese and coconut crepes with onion and shiitake. You’ll also find a myriad ancient and new-age energy-healing, negativity-clearing treatments from the Fire Blessing Ritual where negative thoughts and lentils are thrown into the fire to Balinese bathing rituals –a must-try!
INFO: Five-night Signature Rejuvenation Retreat from approximately Dhs12,700 for single occupancy, Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, +62 361 469 260, fivelments.org