With a name like Kebun Villas & Resort (kebun means garden in the local language), I was expecting a property surrounded by greenery, but nothing prepared me for the lush Eden of tangled vines, blushing frangipani and fiery red heliconias that awaited me and my partner.
Words: Beverly Rodrigues
A property christened svarga, the Sanskrit word for heaven, certainly invites comparison to all things paradisiacal. Fortunately, far from being simply the lofty ambitions of its owner, Svarga Resort Lombok does have an ethereal quality about it. A collection of 25 villas nestled against a hill slope along the main tourist stretch of Senggigi, the resort is flanked by coconut groves and is a haven for those seeking a quiet retreat on their island holiday.
Words: Chitra Santhinathan
Steeped in myths, legends, ancient traditions and mystical practices, Javanism is a fascinating study on centuries’ old rituals that continue to govern the lives of the people of Java.
Words: Travel 3Sixty° Editorial, Aditya Suryaputra & Gembong Nusantara Photography: Gembong Nusantara
Regarded as the Queen of the Arabian Sea due to its enviable location on the Malabar Coast, the port city of Kochi (formerly Cochin) in the Indian state of Kerala once attracted Arabs, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Dutch and English traders, who were lured by the lucrative spice trade. From its heritage buildings that tell of a storied past to culinary traditions that meld East and West, Kochi is a charm to explore, as photojournalist Adam Lee discovers.
Words: Chitra Santhinathan Photography: Adam Lee & Beverly Rodrigues
Who better to illustrate a book for children than young ones who’re still very much in touch with the joy and magic of childhood? Shantini Venugopal, the author of Why JellyBeans Are Colourful (WJAC), talks about her children’s book, which was illustrated by 22 young artists.
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