R EMOTE POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES

Bali may be stun­ning but ac­cord­ing to Kelly Wearstler it’s just a small part of the In­done­sian ex­pe­ri­ence. Hol­ly­wood’s favourite de­signer shares her In­sta­gram-wor­thy mo­ments with Vogue Liv­ing.

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Bali may be stun­ning but ac­cord­ing to Kelly Wearstler it’s just a small part of the In­done­sian ex­pe­ri­ence. Vogue Liv­ing goes is­land hop­ping with Hol­ly­wood’s favourite de­signer

WHEN SHE’S NOT DE­SIGN­ING lu­mi­nes­cent in­te­ri­ors for lux­ury ho­tels, in­te­rior de­signer Kelly Wearstler has a pen­chant for dis­cov­er­ing new cul­tures, new food and unique in­dige­nous art. Com­bined with a pas­sion for surf­ing, div­ing and trop­i­cal des­ti­na­tions, it’s hardly sur­pris­ing that the Beverly Hills­based cre­ative was drawn to In­done­sia for her most re­cent fam­ily hol­i­day with her hus­band, real es­tate de­vel­oper Brad Korzen, and two sons, Oliver, 14, and El­liott, 13. “We dis­cov­ered Sumba Is­land last sum­mer and found it an in­cred­i­ble, mostly undis­cov­ered place to stay and surf,” says Wearstler, who cruised Ko­modo Is­land in the lux­ury yacht Lamima, div­ing two to three times a day, be­fore spend­ing a week on Sumba, lux­u­ri­at­ing in the raw beauty of the Ni­hi­watu re­sort. Here the fam­ily en­joyed the new tree house suites — el­e­vated two-storey cir­cu­lar vil­las built by hand us­ing nat­u­ral is­land re­sources and con­nected by bam­boo bridges. “The vil­las are dec­o­rated with lo­cal art and hand­made fab­rics and sur­rounded by lush pa­paya and palm trees. The hand­crafted arts and gen­uine hos­pi­tal­ity of the in­dige­nous peo­ple have in­spired me for a ho­tel project I’m cur­rently work­ing on back in the States.”

Med­i­ta­tive mo­ment at the Ni­hi­watu tree house.

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