The fash­ion de­signer and Omega Watches part­ner on is­land-hop­ping and the plea­sure of check­ing into a grand ho­tel.

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - Oct -

De­signer Lindy Klim on ho­tels and is­land-hop­ping.

Just back from… a se­cret wed­ding­plan­ning trip to

Lake Como with my fi­ancé (now hus­band). I hadn’t been to Italy be­fore. In my next life I’m go­ing to be Ital­ian.

Next up…

We’re tak­ing the kids to Croa­tia for a week on a boat. We’re join­ing an­other fam­ily, also with four kids, so I’m ex­cited but also a lit­tle anx­ious about all those chil­dren on the wa­ter. The adults will be well out­num­bered.

I’m from two very dif­fer­ent lit­tle is­lands. My Dad was from Bali and my Mum is Aus­tralian. I grew up in Tas­ma­nia, and I’ve lived in Bali for the past seven years. My chil­dren go to an in­cred­i­ble school near Ubud, called Green School, said to be the world’s first fully sus­tain­able school. They’re very lucky.

Grow­ing up on small is­lands made me want to travel. I al­ways wanted to see what the rest of the world was up to, so be­ing able to find work that would ac­com­mo­date that was re­ally im­por­tant to me.

I’m lucky to travel reg­u­larly for work. Al­though I live in Bali, my work as the founder and de­signer of the lux­ury re­sortwear la­bel Rama Voy­age is based in Aus­tralia. I’ve also been on some great work trips – to Mi­lan with Ni­cole Kid­man a few years ago for the launch of the Omega “Her Time” cam­paign.

I so en­joy those over­seas trips – be­ing able to ex­plore dif­fer­ent cities in­spires me, which is im­por­tant for gen­er­at­ing ideas and col­lec­tions for Rama Voy­age.

My ideal des­ti­na­tion is some­where that’s unique and ad­ven­tur­ous. It makes me think of a trip I took to Morocco years ago that was heaven, to Mar­rakech and Scarabeo Camp in the desert nearby. It was mind-blow­ing: the colours, the smells, the peo­ple and the mar­kets. I got so much out of it.

I like the char­ac­ter of bou­tique ho­tels but at the mo­ment I’m lov­ing the grand­est ho­tels – the ones with turn-down ser­vice and high thread-count. Maybe it’s that old-school glam­our that ap­peals to me. Or maybe it’s be­cause I’ve turned 40 and I need my com­fort more.

I al­ways, al­ways have my Bose noise­can­celling head­phones when I travel. I don’t go any­where with­out them. My Rama Voy­age cap­sule col­lec­tion is great to travel with. I have a La Mer face mask that I use in­flight and usu­ally a cash­mere wrap to keep me warm on the plane.

I wouldn’t mind get­ting into ac­tive trav­el­ling. There are so many dif­fer­ent ways to travel these days, and the health-fo­cused op­tions, such as hik­ing, ap­peal to me. A lot of peo­ple come to Bali for health and yoga re­treats in­stead of sit­ting by a pool eat­ing club sand­wiches.

My move to Lon­don as a teenager was re­ally for­ma­tive for me. I fol­lowed my mu­si­cian boyfriend there when I was just 18 years old and in love. I spent most of those four years in Lon­don work­ing as a nanny for my neigh­bour’s kids, and we’re still in touch. There weren’t many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in Tassie. I was told I could be a doc­tor, a lawyer, a flight at­ten­dant – but there wasn’t re­ally any­thing creative I could en­vis­age. Lon­don def­i­nitely broad­ened my hori­zons.

You need to travel to see and un­der­stand hu­man be­hav­iour. I can’t imag­ine my life with­out trav­el­ling, and it’s im­por­tant to me that my kids have the op­por­tu­nity to broaden their ex­pe­ri­ences, too.

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