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3 Reasons to Travel in June


From a cool new sunset spot in Nusa Lembongan to a sleek new boutique hotel in Siem Reap, these are the reasons you need head out of town this month.

Published on May 24, 2019

A chic new beach bar and boutique hotel on rustic Nusa Lembongan is making waves with surfers.


The first beach lounge of its caliber on Bali’s sister island of Nusa Lembongan, Ohana’s brings an unprecedented air of cool to one of Indonesia’s most laidback ocean escapes. Reached via fast boat from Bali’s southeast coast, Nusa Lembongan has just opened up to tourism, but the surf island is quickly becoming a low-key alternative to buzzy Bali. With a stunning seafront location and infinity pool, white-linen cabanas, a modern menu and private pool villas, Ohana’s has an unpretentious vibe that feels more like your backyard than a club.

“We noticed a big gap in the market,” says Australian-born Mitchell Ansiewicz, owner and managing director of Ohana’s, who moved here with his wife, Ashleigh, last year after more than a decade spent traveling to Bali from the Gold Coast. “Couples, families and surfers were looking for somewhere a bit more luxury... and people were wanting something more than a local warung to eat at,” he says.

“The concept is modern Australian, though we’ve also incorporated many of our favorite Indonesian dishes and love using the local seafood,” Ansiewicz says. Crowd-pleasers so far include chicken and shiitake lettuce cups; coconut-crumbed king prawns; and the 300-gram Australian Black Angus steak served with chimichurri and kimchi.

Set in the heart of the main village, in front of world-class surf breaks Razors and Shipwrecks, Ohana’s is an unassuming oasis that’s in harmony with its relaxed locale. While they host acoustic sessions and DJs every Sunday and Friday, Ohana’s is still on island tempo. “Nusa Lembongan benefits from its small size, which restricts the traffic and development and creates a unique mix of being rustic, while still not being entirely off-thegrid,” he says. Libations, however, are refreshingly urbane: red-ginger margaritas, coconut and pineapple martinis, and a range of high-end gins and whiskies. ohanas.co; mains from Rp110,000; doubles from Rp2,590,000. — JENNY HEWETT

This art hotel brings a curated aesthetic to Cambodia’s culture capital.

Siem Reap has long been a symbol of ancient Khmer design, but new arrival to the city Treeline Urban Resort (treelinehotels.com; doubles from US$175) offers guests a luxury portal into modern Cambodian art. Founded by Hok Kang of Phnom Penh–based architects HKA & Partners, the 48-key, artisan-focused property features more than 50 original pieces by acclaimed local creators. Copper and hemp wall hangings by emerging artist Thang Sothea embellish rooms, while bamboo and rattan structures by sculptor Sopheap Pic stand out in the lobby. As well as four dining areas and a rooftop infinity pool, the riverside boutique houses a public open-air gallery, and you can catch their retrospective on prolific Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann until June 30. – ELOISE BASUKI

A revitalized cotton mill in Hong Kong turns textiles into tech-styles.

Straddling the border of Kowloon and the New Territories, Tsuen Wan may be beyond the main thrust of most tourist sites, but new arts and heritage project The Mills (themills.com.hk) has transformed the neighborhood’s old textile factories into a center of boutique shops, dining spots and exhibition spaces worth a detour. The project gives a platform to Hong Kong brands that connect with the energy of the city: concrete home wares from Shabibi Sheep Workshop (shabibisheepworkshop.com) converts the materials of clinical urbanization into art, and celebrated local businesses like burger diner Honbo (facebook.com/honbo.hk) and premium roaster Coco Espresso (cocobarista.com) have new outposts.

The Mills doesn’t forget where it came from, either, which, in Hong Kong, where the habit is to erase the past to build the future, is utterly refreshing. While innovation and tech-startups are at the forefront of the project, the precinct pays tribute to the textile industries that laid the foundations for the fashion economies and technologies of today: staircases with peeling paint, once used daily by cotton mill workers, have been preserved; commissioned wall murals from six Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation artists present impressions of the past; and original signage brings memories to life. The stops listed here make for an illuminating afternoon—though if you’re an art aficionado or history buff, perhaps set aside a little more time to take in the details and visit all the exhibitions, which change each quarter. — REBECCA CAIRNS


 

 

 

 

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