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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.
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.