Valentine’s Day is synonymous with flowers and chocolates. Both are the go-to gifts for those clueless about what to give their partner on this very special day. This year, why not shake things up a bit by booking an accommodation and treatment package that combines healing and pampering. If you are overwhelmed by the sheer number of romantic staycation options on the island, read on.
Inspired by the wisdom of Balinese healing practices, Fivelements is a wellness destination set along the sacred Ayung River just outside Ubud. While the location is certainly stunning, Fivelements is about much more than aesthetics. The retreat blends luxury, sustainability, plant-based cuisine and holistic healing to bring its visitors a combination of both traditional and innovative healing. All the better to help you and your partner let go of outside distractions.
If you are looking to spend a memorable day with that special someone this Valentine’s Day, Fivelements offers three types of Romantic Day Experiences for couples. All experiences combine healing spa rituals and a living food cuisine lunch or dinner at the retreat’s stunning bamboo restaurant, Sakti Dining Room. The three-and-a-half hour Ida Pingala Harmony Experience includes a two-hour balancing massage administered by two therapists, and a romantic bath for two by the banks of the Ayung River. The three-hour Signs of Love Experience consists of a two-hour Chocolate Love treatment (chocolate and almond scrub, body mask and massage) or a Hibiscus Prema treatment (massage with a patchouli and rose essence and a hibiscus flower bath). Last but not least, the two-and-a-half hour Couples Rejuvenation Experience includes a 90-minute Coconut Harmony or Pure Seaweed Ritual in one of the retreat’s couple’s suites.
Those looking for romantic moments more in tune with the rhythm of the island can opt to experience one of Fivelement’s sacred healing rituals. Inspired by the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana—or harmony with God, harmony among people, and harmony with nature —the retreat’s healing rituals include meditation, body work and energy healing administered by Balinese healers whose gifts have been passed down family lines for generations. For example, the Energy Healing treatment balances the five elements of fire, air, earth, water and ether within the body. If you are after a bonding experience with a touch of the surreal, try the Fire Blessing, a ritual that includes chanting while you discard negative thoughts and energy, and set an intention for your life as a couple. Alternatively, the Water Blessing Ritual is a holy water cleansing ritual to purify you and your partner on a physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
If you are after an overnight experience, try one of Fivelements Romantic Stays, where you can experience the retreat’s couple’s spa rituals and healthy cuisine, and stay in one of its sustainably-designed villas. For a special treat, soak in your alfresco stone-carved tub or relax by your very own private plunge pool (if you are staying in one of the retreat’s Bidadari Villa). After a day of pampering and romantic moments, head out on a bicycle to investigate nearby Balinese villages.
Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa
Blending Ayurvedic wellness programs, Balinese aesthetic and verdant surroundings, the Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is an ideal destination to experience quality time with your partner while you both gain a new perspective on your mental and physical wellbeing. Your experience begins with a consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor who prescribes a course of treatment for the duration of your stay (usually between one and 21 days) that includes special meals and spa therapies. The retreat’s vegetarian Ayurvedic cuisine is prepared using seasonal produce right from the on-site organic garden. The schedule of activities also includes optional yoga, self-guided meditation, as well as guided village walks bike rides.
Zen Resort Bali
Set outside Ume Anyar village in north Bali, around a 2-hour drive from Ubud, Zen Resort Bali is all about spiritual rejuvenation amid some of the island’s most beautiful scenery. The resort offers numerous wellness packages depending on you and your partner’s interests and goals. The Zen Signature Stress Release Retreat includes daily yoga and meditation sessions, holistic spa treatments and forest walks. If you are looking to shed some excess pounds as a couple, the Zen Signature Slimming Retreat might just be the ticket. Based on Ayurvedic healing methods, the program includes detoxifying body therapies and a diet program. For a more active experience, opt for the Zen Signature Harmony Diving Retreat or the Zen Signature Harmony Free-Diving Retreat, which involves controlled underwater breath holding. The diving sessions take place in Tulamben, where divers can explore a World War II shipwreck; Puri Jati, famous for its macro-diving; or Menjangan Island, a part of West Bali National Park.
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