Previously holding fort in a Sai Kung private club with a Balinese-inspired spa retreat, the multi-award-winning integrated wellness brand Fivelements has relocated and opened up a new centre perched on the top floor of Times Square in Causeway Bay.
The 15,000-sq.-ft. Fivelements Habitat is the brand’s first urban wellness concept, aiming to create a home for the ever-growing ‘urban wellness tribe’ — made up of health-conscious individuals looking for balance, stress reduction and personalised wellness to counteract highly demanding lifestyles.
Founded in Bali in 2005 by husband-and-wife team Lahra and Chicco Tatriele, Fivelements now operates under the wing of Evolution Wellness Holdings, a portfolio of fitness brands across Asia that also includes Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness and Chi Fitness. Fivelements joined the Evolution Wellness family in June 2018. Fivelements Habitats is expected to open two more locations in Hong Kong’s central business districts over the coming 18 months, before expanding to other cities in Asia.
The design team for Hong Kong’s newest digs includes Ketut Arthana, lead designer from Bali; Mauro Raffellini, Italian light and sound designer; and Gove DePuy, American sustainability advisor who all worked with the co-founders to transform the Balinese retreat into an urban setting. An experienced team of fitness, spa and plant-based cuisine curators also joined the flock to help mould the multi-disciplinary wellness sanctuary in a way that fits Hongkongers’ lifestyles.
Those who have been to the flagship Fivelements wellness retreat located near Ubud, Bali, will know its distinctive feel and design that incorporates traditional Balinese architecture. Here in Hong Kong’s Habitat, the motif continues in a more modern iteration, featuring the resort’s signature materials with plenty of bamboo and indoor foliage — a clean and comfortable wooden interior meeting plenty of natural sunlight, with subtly dimmed, soothing lighting throughout common areas. It looks and feels like an oasis sitting high above the hustle and bustle of Causeway Bay.
“Fivelements Habitats are specially curated for restorative healing, stress reduction and rejuvenation — they are in essence, dynamic sacred spaces for personal transformation,” says Lahra Tatriele, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Fivelements.
Currently offering 125 sessions a week from Monday through Sunday, the sprawling sanctuary features three ‘Sacred Arts’ rooms that are versatile and yet also tailored to specific fitness practices, allowing for large and small classes alike, as well as day retreats and special workshops and events.
During an afternoon touring the space, we visited studios dedicated to anti-gravity aerial yoga, as well as those equipped with warming panels for heated detox sessions. There were mirrored rooms fitted for barre and mat pilates. There were two smaller studios for private sessions — also fitted for hammock-based sports massages. We also previewed a tatami-matted tea ceremony room, and three spa treatment rooms — with one featuring its own private steam and shower ensuite. The award-winning spa programme from Bali is expected to be adapted here very soon.
Aside from yoga and fitness, a range of eclectic, yet increasingly high-demand wellness offerings include core-focused training, Five Rhythms dance, Mindful Wing Chun, Tai Chi, as well as tea ceremonies, Japanese flower arrangement, gong relaxation and mantra meditation. Our favourite just might be the Fivelements Soundscapes. The 20-minute session takes place without an instructor, and you simply lie down, cosy up under the covers and breathe — immersed in the 270-degree panoramas of the most calming vistas of the world. It’s just what we needed to release the mental strains of the day.
Fivelements Habitat has enlisted some of the forerunners of Hong Kong’s wellness scene — from top yoga instructors such as Chau-Kei Ngai, Natalie Soderstrom, Victor Chau and plenty more; to sound healing practitioners such as Martha Collard and Malbert Lee; movement and Anti-Gravity yoga maestro Tamer Begum, as well as in-house wellness curator, May Nogoy, and tea curator, Resham Daswani.
To nourish yourself after a good workout, Habitat also includes a Fivelements Sakti Elixir Bar, a 55-seat space to wind down after and in between sessions. The kitchen, headed by chef Arnaud Hauchon, serves a plant-based menu of healthy smoothies, teas and sophisticated bites from breakfast to supper, expected to roll out fully by the end of the month.
A sleek and spiritually-minded alternative to commercial gyms and fitness centres around the city, Fivelements Habitat combines powerful training courses with sessions catering to mental health, healthy food and beverage, and rejuvenating treatments that aim to heal you from head to toe. In its opening phase, visitors can join ‘Friends of Fivelements’ membership programmes for three, six and 12 months at monthly fees of HK$1,588; HK$1,388; and HK$1,188 respectively, plus a joining fee of HK$990. Head to Fivelements Habitat for more information.
Fivelements Habitat, 13/F, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 6803 5081