DestinAsian Aug/Sept 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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another perspective

As much as I love a five-star stay in the Maldives—complete with butlers, chic overwater villas with glass inserts in the floor, indulgent spas, and infinity-edge pools—one of our broader goals here at DestinAsian is to let readers see even the most familiar places in a whole new light. So it’s heartening to read this issue’s cover story by husband-and-wife team Daniel Bosley and Aishath Naj, about their ongoing project to document the Maldives that few tourists know. Dreamy photos aside, it offers a real insiders’ perspective and shows us new possibilities for exploring this Indian Ocean paradise. In a similar vein, Jonathan Hopfner reports on a trend in Seoul that has taken hold within the last decade or so: a renewed appreciation of traditional Korean houses known as hanok. He…


DANIEL BOSLEY AND AISHATH NAJ Wrote and photographed “The Next Island,” p. 74 After relocating to the southernmost atoll in the Maldives shortly after getting married in 2016, this British-Maldivian couple set out to discover the hidden secrets of the ancient Dhivehi civilization for their blog Two Thousand Isles. “The delicate culture and environment of the islands are changing fast,” explains Naj. “We want to combine our work in order to collect as many of their stories while we still can.” Naj has developed a reputation as one of the country’s foremost photographers over the past decade, while Bosley has worked as a journalist in the Maldives since 2012, reporting for a wide range of international publications including Reuters and The Economist. JUN MICHAEL PARK Photographed “House Proud,” p. 106 “Hanok are definitely coming back…

jw marriott phu quoc emerald bay resort & spa

Valid through October, the Summer Reward deal at this Bill Bensley–designed property includes breakfast for two adults and two children under 12, as well as an additional perk. Single-night stays are matched with a credit of VND 1,000,000 (roughly US$43) that can be used across the resort’s dining venues, spa treatments, and extensive roster of recreational activities. Families staying two nights will receive double the amount, while VND 4,000,000 (US$172) will be dispensed to those bedding down for at least three nights ( Hong Kong ROSEWOOD HONG KONG Planning to check in at Kowloon’s new waterfront landmark this year? Until December 30, the More Rosewood offer promises a free fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights, meaning it’s possible to stay eight and pay only six. If you’re looking to splurge, another…

tuscan temptations

What’s old is new again at Belmond Castello di Casole (; doubles for US$808), a 10th-century hilltop castle on a vast estate in the rolling Tuscan countryside. Since acquiring the 1,500-hectare property last year, Belmond has given its latest Italian hotel a soft renovation. Inside the castle walls, 39 bedrooms have been subtly reworked in wood and Carrara marble, while additions include a pool bar, and, in a nod to its sister property in Venice, the alfresco venue Cip’s by Cipriani. The latter serves up Venetian classics—like the flavorful prawn-and-onion dish gamberi in saor—alongside local Tuscan fare. Also new are a trove of special experiences: guests can embark on a tour with famed photographer Marco Casino through the surrounding oak forest and game reserve, or join truffle hunter Mauro Nesi…


PARK LIFE New York City is getting greener thanks to a trio of recently opened waterfront spaces. July saw the debut of Brooklyn’s Shirley Chisholm State Park (, named in honor of a local politician who became the first African American woman elected to Congress in 1968. The recreational spot takes up two former landfills fronting Jamaica Bay, and features 16 kilometers of hiking and biking trails that wind through wildflower meadows and native grassland. Over in Williamsburg, the derelict grounds of a former riverside sugar factory have been transformed into Domino Park ( James Corner Field Operations, the landscape design firm behind the High Line, retained factory machinery and gantry cranes, contrasting the artifacts with swamp white oaks and wooden sun loungers. Just as intriguing is Hunter’s Point South Park…

a fine vintage

What’s in a name? In the case of Vintry & Mercer, which debuted earlier this year on the doorstep of London’s financial district, the moniker references the hotel’s location near two ancient guild halls, ones founded to trade wine and fine textiles, respectively. Both enriched this historic quarter of the city in medieval times, just as they now inform the offerings at this smartly designed 92-room hotel within a stone’s throw of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Situated at the end of a narrow cobbled lane next to the church of St. James Garlickhythe—another Christopher Wren landmark—Vintry & Mercer brings to the neighborhood the same sort of panache (courtesy of the same design firm) that earned accolades for its seven-year sister property in South Kensington, The Ampersand. Here, the plush contemporary look nods…