Sacred springs, temples, spiritual healers and an abundance of energy—it’s no wonder Bali is called the Island of Gods. For most travellers who find themselves in this Indonesian Island, a wellness getaway comes in the form of spa treatments and yoga by the beach, but for some, Bali is the perfect destination for healing and finding peace.
And peace was what I found after an hour and a half’s drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport when I arrived at Fivelements Retreat in Ubud, a sanctuary along Bali’s sacred Ayung River. Granted, finding inner peace wasn’t exactly on my agenda when I first scoped out the retreat’s website. Like most, I was looking forward to endless massages to ease my stress and tension, and Fivelements Retreat’s award-winning plant-based cuisine as part of the wellness experience.
But over the three-day wellness journey curated by Compare Retreats, as spiritually uninitiated as I was, I was beginning to see why Bali, especially Ubud, is hailed as a place of holy inspiration.