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By the time you ring in the New Year, Alila Hotels and Resorts will have set sail on its own luxury wooden Phinisi sailing boat. Taking guests on voyages of discovery and relaxation throughout the stunning, undiscovered waters and islands of Indonesia, Alila Purnama will be the most luxurious liveaboard Phinisi boat in the region. Providing ultra-modern and casually sophisticated accommodation for up to 10 guests, expect to be pampered by an experienced crew of 16.

Translated as the full moon, Alila Purnama is 46-meters long and consists of three decks built by hand in the traditional style of a Phinisi, as used by the Bugis seafarers from south Sulawesi in Indonesia. In keeping with Alila’s emphasis on style and sustainability, the furniture throughout the boat is custom-made from teak, rattan and other locally sourced materials. Onboard are four well-appointed cabins, all air-conditioned with queen-size beds and en suite bathrooms with shower and double wardrobes. Expansively designed with large, wraparound windows offering 270-degree views, your master suite captures the ever-changing seascape beyond.

After a morning of diving at Purnama’s fully licensed PADI dive center, opt to visit a local island or pearl farm in the afternoon. If tranquility is on the menu, book the onboard spa therapist and succumb to the soothing pleasures of a signature Alila massage. Relax on your private balcony with large sundeck and daybed, or head to the library, lounge bar or indoor dining room to socialize and catch up on the day’s events. Complimentary Wi-Fi allows you to ensure your friends back home will be rightfully envious.


Celebrating the recent launch of Bare’s Summer 2013 collection, designer Sarah Leslie fuses a graphic design and advertising background with her love for fashion and art. A successful painter herself, Leslie enjoyed three very successful exhibitions in her native Australia before relocating to the inspiring beach community of Canggu in Bali. “The colors, light and atmosphere of Bali are strong influences on Bare,” she says. “We focus on hand painted silks, exquisitely loomed ikat cottons and precious metals handcrafted in Indonesia with a contemporary edge. All of our sterling silver pieces are made by third generation artisans.”


Living green doesn’t mean having to live without style. Recognized as the world’s greenest school in 2012, Bali’s sustainable campus at the Green School showcases hectares of fruit and vegetable gardens grown to use in student lunches, a raw food and organic coffee café where parents can work from their laptops, and classrooms that boast cutting edge bamboo architecture that has garnered many international awards. Open to sharing the love with visitors as well, Green School’s newly opened yoga studio overlooks the Ayung River and is open for classes five days a week. Designed by Green School parents, Lise Baker and David Van Der Gulik, owners of Tag Tag Reclaimed Woods, the mandala-shaped, open-air studio utilizes a mixture of black- and honey-hued bamboo as well as reclaimed teak flooring and beams. Not to mention a stunning, river valley view.


Set to be east Sri Lanka’s most exclusive address, The Beach House at Pasikudah will celebrate its grand opening in February. Situated on a white, sandy bay with the clearest water imaginable, The Beach House is perfect for lovers of off-the-beaten-path luxury. The intimate beach-boutique hotel offers thirty-two suites with private plunge pools overlooking the ocean, as well as personal butler service, of course. With a PADI dive school, a nearby sunken ship, tennis courts & gym, full-service spa and its own wine cellar, it’s destined to be the swankiest beach house on the island.