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DestinAsian Dec2019/Jan 2020

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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time travel

I’m of the opinion that the journey matters just as much as the destination—and I don’t mean that purely as an airline enthusiast. To pause and look back in retrospect, to understand the road we’ve taken is only natural, especially as we are mere weeks from the close of 2019 and the dawn of a new decade. How did we get here? And from a traveler’s perspective, how do places end up the way they are now? In Indonesia, intrepid surfers have often been the first to bring tourism to the shores of remote islands and even not-so-remote locales. Bali’s Bukit Peninsula was a hot spot for wave-riders long before hotels and day clubs staked their claim to the cliff tops of Uluwatu. For our cover story, Claire Knox charts the…

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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 Irfana Thahirah Putri 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 I Gusti Ayu Oka Trisnawati Sales Manager ayu@destinasian.com Darwin Chang Senior Marketing Manager Bregas Wasgapita Senior 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 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 Bima Mandala Putra IT Staff Quisty Arinnandya HR & GA Executive Atiet Soeharto Office Manager MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES China • MHI China Ltd. Mary…

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JOE YOGERST Wrote “A San Diego State of Mind,” p. 88 Born and raised in San Diego, Yogerst spent 20 years roaming Asia, Africa, and Europe as a freelance writer and magazine editor before moving back to his hometown. Between assignments for the likes of National Geographic and CNN Travel, he penned Nemesis: A Novel of Old California, a murder-mystery set in 1880s San Diego, when the city was a rowdy seaport just as notorious as Deadwood or Tombstone. “Writing Nemesis gave me an opportunity to deep-dive into local history and re-explore some of the neighborhoods where I hung out as a kid. Right away it was clear that I didn’t know nearly as much about my hometown as I liked to think. Outsiders tend to assume that because the city seems…

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special deals

/Thailand/ PHULAY BAY, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE Ritz-Carlton’s first ultra-luxe Reserve property is celebrating its 10th anniversary this winter with a special Anniversary Package valid from December 21–23. Guests who bed down for a minimum of two nights at the seaside resort in Krabi will receive a 20 percent discount on the best available rate, alongside a slew of benefits such as round-trip airport transfers, savings of 20 percent on retail products and spa treatments, and the same discount on the 10th anniversary festivities—an all-day bash in which revelers enjoy traditional Thai dance performances, a cocktail reception, and a sumptuous dinner with live music (ritzcarlton.com). Indonesia RAFFLES JAKARTA Those who book an Artist, Gallery, or Garden View suite through the Raffles’ Short and Suite package don’t just enjoy return airport transfers by limousine and a choice…

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desert deluxe

Namibia is heating up—and not just because of the southern summer temperatures. Recent years have also seen a flurry of notable hotel openings and revamps, the latest of which is AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (andbeyond.com; from US$629 per person, per night). Fresh from a nine-month overhaul, the two-story main building of this remote property, a 90-minute flight from Windhoek, has been almost completely rebuilt with clean lines and ocher-hued corten steel canopies recalling the harsh environment around it. Stretching out on two sides are 11 remodeled glass-fronted suites that feature private infinity pools, fireplaces, and bars stocked with local gins. Specialistled tours around the Namib Desert beckon by day, while a resident astronomer at the on-site observatory is on hand to point out the constellations come nightfall. And thanks to…

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RIVERSIDE RENAISSANCE China has an abiding love for all things big, and Shanghai is no exception, as evinced by the emergence of a 940-hectare cultural district on former industrial land stretching more than eight kilometers along the Huangpu River. Its newest addition? The 22,000-square-meter West Bund Museum (westbund.com), home to the first-ever Asian outpost of the Centre Pompidou. Celebrated British architect David Chipperfield gave the building its understated appearance, responding to the triangular site by spinning three rectangular, 17-meter-high exhibition halls off a central atrium. Each one is clad in translucent recycled glass and punctuated by large windows that frame views of the river and the city, providing a blank canvas for what’s been billed as a major cultural collaboration between France and China. The first of three semi-permanent exhibitions scheduled…