Close your eyes and picture your dream summer holiday. Does it involve crystal clear waters? Sure. How about private island seclusion? Of course. I’m pretty sure there’s some delicious food in there too – and colourful cocktails for good measure (but no tacky umbrellas, thank you).
How about total relaxation and switching off from the outside world? Perhaps some wild, moonlit parties and barefoot dancing? Or maybe a little bit of both..?
Staying in Pinterest-worthy forest lodges and luxe bell tents (you can put all thoughts of muddy, mouldering childhood scout camps aside), it won’t take long to slip into the island way of life. Wake up with the sun and find your Zen with some early morning yoga overlooking the ocean. Not such an early bird? No problem. Snooze by the pool and perk up with a freshly iced coffee to the live sounds of laid back, acoustic island rhythms.
All recovered? Time for some lunch. Hit up The Kitchen for a fresh deli-style salad (or get some wood-fired, carb-filled goodness from Pavillion Pizza if you’re feeling a little more indulgent).
In the afternoon, check out one of the mind-opening workshops and talks in the island’s custom-built Geodome. Get high on your own supply with Ruby Warrington of The Numinous, or explore the power of plant medicine with Pukka. In need of some retail therapy? Head to the island boutique for trinkets, yoga wear, gifts and more from the likes of Ostali, She’s Lost Control and 43◦.
While away the hours splashing around in the ocean and chasing shimmering shoals of fish, or pummelling out those last remaining knots of real-world stress at the Woodland Wellbeing Centre. Maybe you’ll even finally get round to reading that book that you’ve been taking on daily tours of the London Underground, promising yourself “today is the day I’ll get some reading done…”.
As the sun slips below the horizon, enjoy an icy cold and sunset-hued Campari Spritz at ocean-facing Drift bar, before heading to Bok for fresh seafood, nibbles and regional tapas. Once you’re suitably revived, head to the grand stone amphitheatre for the ultimate island party with Four Tet, Gold Panda or DJ Shadow, or boogie on down to some guilty pleasures with live DJ sets at Drift.
Tuckered out? Slink back through the pine-scented forest to your island refuge. Turn on the air-con, slip between the luxurious sheets of your custom-made bed and cancel your flight home (did we mention there’s wi-fi on the island, too?). You’ve discovered summer holiday nirvana.
Obonjan Island opens for business on July 28 with a six-week programme of island bliss. Tickets cost from €74 to €126 per person per night, including accommodation and access to all of the live bands, DJs, gigs, talks, workshops, film screenings plus daily yoga and group meditations. Food and drink, spa and watersports, transfers and excursions are priced separately.