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How to Tie a Sarong

how to tie a sarong

Does your beach cover-up never seem to stay on? Designer Milo Migliavacca—whose batik-print silk wraps are sold at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay—shows how to do it right.

1. Hold unfolded sarong behind your back, leaving excess fabric on left side. Fold right side to middle of waist.

2. Wrap left side across your waist, pulling up the right edge. Continue wrapping around the torso.

3. Switch grips, and tie ends together in a simple double knot at the right hip.

4. Tuck knot and ends into waist and smooth out. Sarong should hang flat and reach below ankles.

Marguerite A. Suozzi

Marguerite A. Suozzi is an associate research editor at Travel + Leisure.

 

Illustration by L-Dopa

Crowdsourcing: What to Do When You’re on Cape Cod


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We asked true travel pros what to do on Cape Cod. Want to share your expertise? Join our community on Facebook at facebook.com/travelandleisure and at Twitter @TravlandLeisure.

“Go to Napi’s restaurant (7 Freeman St.), on a Provincetown side street. We usually order the “king’s feast for two”: bouillabaisse topped with a 1 1/4-pound lobster.” —Ricky Coombs, via Facebook

“A French native owns Wellfleet’s PB Boulangerie Bistro (15 Lecount Hollow Rd.) (no surprise: it’s beyond delicious).” —@jesslaniew

“After a beach day, a movie at Wellfleet Drive-In is a relaxing, Cape-style throwback.” —Carol Intravaia, via Facebook

“Nauset Beach (Orleans) is gorgeous! Look for the food shack on the sand for the best onion rings ever.” —@rabbilaufer

“Need a nightcap? The Chatham Squire has been a legend since 1968.” —Suzanne Corcoran, via Facebook

New Resort Inside Malaysian National Park

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This July marked the opening of Gaya Island Resort off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. With 120 villas overlooking the South China Sea, the hotel takes full advantage of their stunning national park space with a resident naturalist and marine biologist, private yacht, and underwater photography classes. This land is as pristine as it gets.

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Guess Where? Island

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Wouldn't you rather be on this beautiful island right now? But wait! Before you start packing your bags you have to guess where it is. Do you know?

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See the Sea: Ocean Currents As Art

The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has released a mesmerizing animation, Perpetual Ocean, in which 2½ years' worth of data recording the oceans' surface currents was fed into a modelling program. The result—extravagant and whimsical and truly beautiful—merits a couple of minutes viewing. 

(Do yourself a favor and watch it full-screen.)

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

TODAY Show: Affordable Beach Getaways

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It's not too late to plan a beachy spring break. T+L Features Director Nilou Motamed shares her finds for an affordable beach getaway.

For more ideas, check out our sliddeshow: Best Affordable Beach Resorts

Follow Prince Harry to These Caribbean Beaches

Beach Tomato Special Report |  To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year, Prince Harry touched down in Jamaica on Monday, as part of the royal tour of the Caribbean. Since arriving the Prince has been mixing with the locals and keeping himself very busy. There's been rum tasting, dancing and a beading brow or two (note to self, Harry: long sleeved-shirts and midday heat don't go hand in hand). But with so many flawless stretches of sand on offer, we've been pondering which beach he will head to next. And, from the thousands to be savoured, this is our guide to the best beach to meet your Prince.

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TODAY Show: Best Spring Break Getaways

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Looking for ideas for a warm-weather spring break getaway? T+L's deputy editor Laura Begley Bloom shares her picks for the best spots to unwind—and save—this spring.

Guess Where? Heart Reef

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This lovely reef may be one of the most photographed in the world, but do you know where it's located? Now since you guys have guessed everything so easily in the past, I want to make this harder for you. This time, I not only want to know where it is, but also the name of the country's capital city. Do you know?

Log in and leave your guesses below and check back on Monday for the answer!

UPDATE 2/13/12: Ysaac andLingLing08 both guessed this one right. This heart-shaped wonder is located in the Great Barrier Reef near the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of Queensland. (And the capital of Australia is Canberra!)

Lyndsey Matthews is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo Courtesy of T+L's Photo Contest

Emerging Beach Destination: Khanom, Thailand

An unspoiled beach in Thailand has become an increasingly rare sight. And an unspoiled beach destination with decent accommodation is almost unheard of these days. So I was excited to learn about Khanom in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat province, which faces the Gulf of Thailand. It’s got eight miles of pristine beachfront property as well as dramatic waterfalls and caves. The waters offshore are also breeding grounds for the rare pink dolphin. One newcomer, Aava on barely inhabited Na Dan beach, could be a sign of things to come. Owned by a Finnish husband-and-wife team, the resort has 28 bungalows and villas whose minimalist design is inspired by their countryman, Alvar Aalto. (The fusion restaurant is named after Aalto.) A few villa and condo developments are in the pipeline, so now is the time to visit Khanom.

Jennifer Chen is Travel + Leisure's Asia Correspondent.

Images Courtesy of Aava

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