Five Senses: A sight to behold on your travels

Indonesia 5 Senses (Day Trip)

Our five senses day trip in Ubud is a mix of two popular activities: Signature Healing Treatment and Cuisine for Life. With a focus on sight, the sensory highlight is a mesmerizing fire ceremony.

Located at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa healing is inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages us to nurture harmony with spirit, the environment and with one another. Referred to as “nature’s living energy”, aromatic essential oils have been recognized for more than 6,000 years for healing and relaxation. Combined with the soothing power of a traditional Balinese massage (touch), these oils are absorbed through the skin and carried around the body stimulating our natural immune system.

Once finished with the massage continue to Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony (sight) and meditation. Agni Hotra is an ancient fire ceremony originating from the sacred vedic hindu texts. Specially trained priests make offerings of ghee and grains into the fire while reciting Sanskrit mantras (hearing) to invoke blessings of health, abundance and transformation. In the afternoon we join the award-winning culinary team in an inspiring gastronomical journey (smell and taste). Take home an in-depth understanding of the extraordinary ‘Cuisine for Life’ program as we will unveil the secrets behind ‘living foods’, revealing why they are so popular.

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Thailand 5 Senses (Day Trip)

Elevate your senses with our new Bangkok five senses experience. We start the morning with a stroll through the 24 hour flower market (smell) located adjacent to the river. Known as ‘Pak Khlong Talad’, it’s a great place to learn about the history of this famous area where the air is filled with heavenly scents. Then take the river boat north to the island of Koh Kred, an island formed in 1722 during the construction of a canal. Here guests can see authentic Thai markets and a pace of life that was prevalent in Thailand not so long ago. Koh Kred is famous for pottery and Thai sweets, so make sure you arrive with empty bags to fill. Guests can then sample some wonderful local food as they stroll through the many stalls of Koh Kred Market. We strongly recommend the “Gai Sarong” (minced chicken wrapped in egg noodles) that is deep fried, resulting in delicious golden balls.

The afternoon is finished on the island with a locally brewed chilled glass of craft beer at Chit Brewery (weekends only), before taking the boat back down the Chao Phraya River, listening to the unique sounds of the river. Ferries and pleasure cruises mix with industrial style barges full of wood and coal. Once back in Bangkok treat yourself to a Thai massage at the Banyan Tree Spa followed by a gourmet meal and arguably the best view in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree’s rooftop restaurant Vertigo.

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