OBON­JAN 2017

Female (Singapore) - - WORD -

What: A 10-week-long fes­ti­val that mar­ries good tunes, con­tem­po­rary art and holis­tic liv­ing, held on a formerly un­in­hab­ited is­land right off the Croa­t­ian Why: coast in the Adri­atic Sea. If it in­deed sorts out all the teething prob­lems that came with its in­au­gu­ral edition last year, this sec­ond in­stal­ment of Obon­jan (say “o-bon-yan”) looks set to be the glamp­ing get­away to ex­pe­ri­ence at a time when well­ness is con­sid­ered the new lux­ury. Lim­ited to just 450 guests at any one time on a post­card-per­fect isle the size of 600 Olympic pools, it of­fers daily events and ac­tiv­i­ties meant to feed the mind and soul. Work­shops fo­cus on sub­jects rang­ing from wild swim­ming to stargaz­ing with res­i­dent as­tronomers. Mod­ern-day hip­pies can in­dulge in sound heal­ing, crys­tal hot stone mas­sages and spo­ken word ses­sions, while the fit­ness-ob­sessed can opt for pad­dle­board yoga, box­ing or the out­door gym. For your cul­tural fix, there are artist-in-res­i­dence pro­grammes as well as a rolling, award-win­ning mu­si­cal line-up that spans ev­ery­thing from revered elec­tronic DJ Gilles Peter­son to fash­ion-in­sider favourites Horse Meat Disco and Her­cules & Love Af­fair. And then there’s the eco-chic ac­com­mo­da­tion, which starts from just €59 (S$87.80) per per­son, per night. Whether you choose the ba­sic bell tent, one of the five bell tents decked out by hip bou­tique joint The Hox­ton in Shored­itch, Lon­don, or a for­est lodge that comes with an en-suite shower and ter­race, you’re guar­an­teed be­spoke wooden fur­ni­ture, ho­tel-stan­dard bed­ding and – wait for it – air-con­di­tion­ing. When: June 23-Sept 3 How: Visit www.obon­jan-is­land.com, and re­mem­ber: Each book­ing is for a week-long stay with ac­cess to all ac­tiv­i­ties, but ex­cludes food, travel, spa treat­ments and ex­cur­sions. COU

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