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A New Plant-Focused Film Series Examines Our Entanglement with Nature

A New Plant-Focused Film Series Examines Our Entanglement with Nature

Lombok, the island just to the east of Bali, has lately become an attractive destination on its own with an influx of compelling new boutique beach resorts including Somewhere Lombok and Siwa. On the remote Ekas Bay, just over an hour drive from the island’s international airport, is the latest opening: Innit. Designed by two Indonesian architects, Andra Matin and Gregorius Supie Yolodi (who normally work separately but came together for this project), the property currently consists of seven two-story villas partly built of local Rajumas wood, typically used for boats. The structures blend with the surrounding landscape, particularly on the ground floor, which is essentially an extension of the beach: A concrete foundation has been overlaid with soft sand, atop which sit a rattan sofa, reading chairs and a dining table. Upstairs, the primary bedrooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the bay. Shared amenities include an Indonesian, seafood-focused restaurant (don’t miss the locally farmed lobster prepared over coconut husks) and a black-tiled infinity pool. When guests aren’t lounging by the water, they can opt for more vigorous activities, from paddleboarding to hiking, with or without a guide. Innit opens March 27; villas from $400 per night, including breakfast,

Drink Here

Just off South Congress Avenue, beneath Austin’s Hotel Magdalena, there’s a new bar whose moody lighting and wood paneling might transport you to a jazz kissa in Tokyo — until you realize there’s a version of Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets (a Texas chain store snack specialty) on the menu. Equipment Room, a collaboration between the executive chairman of Bunkhouse hotels, Amar Lalvani, and James Moody, the owner of Austin’s beloved music venue Mohawk, aims to “celebrate craft in an unpretentious way,” Lalvani says. The high-fidelity vinyl bar features a record collection of more than 1,200 LPs, selected by Josh LaRue and Gabe Vaughn of the indie music store Breakaway Records. The duo took care to overrepresent Texan artists such as local legends like Townes Van Zandt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. “You will hear and feel Texas throughout our vinyl collection, but you will also visually experience it through art,” says Moody of the rare posters and concert photos that adorn the bar’s walls. Even the drink offerings adhere to the music theme with cocktails named after…

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