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DestinAsian Jun/Jul 2019

DestinAsian is the only travel magazine in the world exclusively dedicated to covering destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. Published 6 times a year, it delivers regular features about food, shopping, spa retreats, luxury lodgings, design, and fashion, all backed by award-winning writing, photography, and design.

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2 min.
on the rebound

Perhaps you have seen pictures of Colombo’s Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque somewhere on Instagram: its candy-colored facade painted in a dazzling array of red and white stripes, as though dreamed up in an episode of unrestrained, childlike joy. The much-loved landmark would have graced one of our feature stories this issue—a beautifully shot and heartfelt tribute to the multi-ethnic, multi-religious nature of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and its idyllic surroundings. But then tragedy struck on Easter Sunday, and, after much deliberation, we decided not to run the story. Doing so would have been grossly inappropriate given the new circumstances. Compounding my own shock and disbelief was the unmistakable feeling that we’ve all been here before. In recent years, we’ve witnessed the same horrors unfold in Paris, Mumbai, London, and Bali. The fact…

1 min.

Maggie M. Halim Chairwoman Ronald Liem Publisher & Managing Director Christopher P. Hill Editor-In-Chief & Associate Publisher Arlen Septania Adam Art Director James Louie Deputy Editor Natasha Dragun Contributing Editor Samantha Ann Francis Online Editor Muhamad Haikal Graphic Designer Putri Ramadhani Editorial Assistant Lord Raditya Basuki Assistant to Publisher Raden Haryo Suryadi Aditya Wisnu Yaniarso Videographers Mahesa Putra Loegiman Senior Digital Imaging Artist Ilham Online Audience Development Manager Yan Pratama Senior Web Developer Nur Rohman Web Developer Design by Brownfox Studio www.brownfoxstudio.com Francisca Liem Director Elsiyah Susanto Director of Sales & Marketing SALES: SINGAPORE & REGIONAL 65/6536-1895 Paolo Avis Regional Sales & Marketing Senior Manager pavis@destinasian.com Angel Tan Sales Manager angel.tan@destinasian.com Siti Zawani Sales & Marketing Assistant SALES: INDONESIA 62-21/573-7070 Gracia Martina Betty Regional Sales Senior Manager betty@destinasian.com I Gusti Ayu Oka Trisnawati Sales Manager ayu@destinasian.com Muhammad Reza Utama Sales Support Darwin Chang Senior Marketing Manager Sikka Roosdiantie Senior Marketing Support Yvonne Marketing Support Kusdiana Senior Production Manager Adi Wijaya Nuridin Production Executives Resliana Yosephine F&A Senior Manager Muhammad Ridwan Group Tax Manager Liana Phiong Accounting Manager Dervina Accounting Supervisor Inneke Sohilait Finance Manager Fitri Nirina Bastian Finance Assistant Manager R. Diana Purnama Putri Senior Finance Executive Afrina Suryaningsih Finance Staff Vera Siagian C&D Manager Wahyudi C&D Supervisor Anwar Musadad Abadi Atjang C&D Executives Septian Adipratma IT Supervisor Bima Mandala Putra IT Staff Shereen M HR & GA Manager Quisty…

3 min.
special deals

/Global/ BANYAN TREE HOTELS & RESORTS Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Singapore-based Banyan Tree has rolled out an unmissable offer throughout its 39 hotels and resorts worldwide. Guests bedding down for at least two nights before December 20 will receive 25 percent off best available rates, all food and drinks, spa treatments, and retail products; the package also includes a special anniversary cocktail, The Botanical, plus one complimentary “exceptional experience” chosen from a range of immersive activities tailored to each property. All four of the group’s brands—Banyan Tree, Angsana, Cassia, and Dhawa—are participating (banyantree.com). Hong Kong HOTEL PURPLE HONG KONG Planning a last-minute city break to the Fragrant Harbor this summer? You can still take advantage of the opening promotion at this 83-room Citadines Apart’hotel property in the Tin Hau neighborhood, located a five-minute…

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retro revival

Though it was one of the crowning achievements of visionary Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, built in 1962, stood vacant for almost two decades. No longer. May 15 saw the midcentury icon’s rebirth as the TWA Hotel (twahotel.com; doubles from US$239), a glorious tribute to both the now-defunct airline and the glamour of the Jet Age. Below the soaring, wing-shaped concrete shell roof, the former terminal’s original features have been faithfully restored: a sunken lounge clad in chili-red carpeting, a signature clock suspended from the ceiling, and the popular haunts Lisbon Lounge and Paris Café—the latter now run by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Both look out onto the tarmac where a 1958 Lockheed Constellation in TWA livery serves as…

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SPY GAMES Much like a rebooted James Bond, the new International Spy Museum (spymuseum.org) in Washington, D.C. presents a more sinewy, of-the-moment take on its previous incarnation, which first opened in 2002 across the street from the National Portrait Gallery. Now located south of the National Mall in a trapezoidal glass-and-steel building by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners—the British architecture firm responsible for London’s sloping Leadenhall Building (dubbed the Cheesegrater) and Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport—the US$162 million museum is twice the size of the original, providing a more in-depth introduction to the world of espionage. Interactive experiences and original short films are sprinkled throughout the galleries, with new exhibits delving deeper into the technology and analysis used in spycraft. Nor does the museum shy away from controversial topics such as…

2 min.
ubud’s sweet spot

Bali-based pastry chef extraordinaire Will Goldfarb is having a moment. His cookbook, Room for Dessert, an intoxicating blend of sugar porn and pop culture, was published by Phaidon last year. He recently starred in an episode of Netflix’s culinary docu-series Chef’s Table. And, riding high on that recognition, he has just reinvented and relaunched his Ubud venue. “If you must expand, don’t build: Plant,” Goldfarb advises. True to those words, the new sustainable incarnation of Room 4 Dessert features two separate gardens, one a permaculture nursery where his young, talented team grow ingredients in raised beds for culinary experiments—think aloe vera, turmeric, rosella, and mangosteen. In the other, a more decorative after-dinner space, guests savor petit-fours. “Bali is a paradise for a pastry chef as the pastry larder is all local,” says…