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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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…

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 ( 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…

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 (; 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…


SPY GAMES Much like a rebooted James Bond, the new International Spy Museum ( 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…

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…

walk this way

It is an unusually warm autumn day in northeastern Tasmania, a part of Australia known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, untouched stretches of sand, and distinctive flora and fauna. Within minutes of lacing up our hiking boots to scale Mount William in its namesake national park, we spot bald eagles, a pair of Forester kangaroos, and fresh Tasmanian devil scat. Steps later, we come across something a little more hair-raising: a tiger snake, coiled at the base of an ancient grass tree. Carleeta Thomas, our 19-year-old guide, stops the group abruptly, but she is clearly unfazed by the venomous reptile. “It’s not used to seeing people, and just wants to make the most of the sun,” she explains. The fact that tiger snakes—any snakes—are so comfortable hanging out by the…