DestinAsian Oct/Nov 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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cause for celebration

For the past five years or so, I’ve kept hearing the same doom-and-gloom message: that print media is on its way out. Scarcely a month passes by without another magazine being consolidated or ceasing publication altogether. But this, our 18th-anniversary issue, is a reminder that there is still room for print-based companies that are willing to adapt, find new markets, and carve out a specific niche in our increasingly wired world. As in years past, DestinAsian’s anniversary coincides with our annual Luxe List, which covers the most notable new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. They’re an astonishingly diverse bunch: jungly hideaways in Cambodia and Myanmar highlight exactly why our natural world is worth protecting, contemporary high-rise digs in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur come inspired by the local history, and…


RON GLUCKMAN Wrote “Where Runs the River,”p. 106 During his three decades living in Asia, Gluckman has traveled to the far reaches of Mongolia, Myanmar, and Tibet; ridden the rails into North Korea; and crossed the Pacific by cargo ship. For this story, he didn’t need to stray far from his home in Bangkok. Yet the assignment was a perfect fit. Born by the beach in San Francisco, Gluckman says he has always felt the tidal pull of water. He lived along the Pacific Northwest coast, right up to Alaska, before moving to Asia in 1991. Here, he made his home in Hong Kong on Lamma Island, surrounded by the sea, and later lived in Phnom Penh, along the Tonle Sap River. For the last six years, he’s been watching the Chao…

mandarin oriental pudong, shanghai

Located amid the high-rises of the Lujiazui financial district, Shanghai’s riverside Mandarin Oriental now provides even more reason to splurge, thanks to its Suite Temptations offer. Two consecutive paid nights are matched with one extra night per stay, and other perks range from a spa credit of RMB 300 to daily breakfast and Club Lounge access. You could take things one step further by opting for the Shanghai Dream package, which adds an hour-long sunset cruise on the Huangpu River aboard a private yacht, and tickets for two to the Aurora Museum, a private art institution a short drive from the hotel ( Maldives SIX SENSES LAAMU Travelers seeking a Maldivian escapade before the end of this year should look to Six Senses’ private-island property in the southern Laamu Atoll. Applicable for all…

out of the box

If you’ve never heard of Eskişehir, that could quickly change. Located along the high-speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara, the Turkish university town is now home to the Odunpazari Modern Museum (, built to showcase the art collection of locally born construction tycoon Erol Tabanca. While the 1,000-odd works on display are worth the trip alone—they include pieces by emerging and established Turkish talents such as Canan Tolon, İnci Eviner, and Ramazan Bayrakoğlu—so too is the building. Designed by Japan’s Kengo Kuma (the acclaimed architect behind the year-old V&A Dundee museum in Scotland), the striking structure comprises a cluster of multitiered boxes framed by beams of laminated pine, in a nod to the timber-trimmed Ottoman-era houses of the surrounding Odunpazarý district. One of those houses, in fact, now hosts…


NEW WORLD ORDER The recent opening of K11 Musea ( completed a trifecta by New World Development on Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui harborfront, following the Rosewood hotel next door and the K11 Artus serviced residences upstairs. The 10-story, 110,000-square-meter “cultural-retail” development is an ultra-luxe, eco-futuristic shopping mall created by a constellation of architecture and design heavyweights led by Kohn Pederson Fox, James Corner Field Operations, and Ronald Lu & Partners. It features vertical and rooftop gardens, and metal and timber interiors that spiral toward a cosmic atrium. Here, the usual designer brand-names share the floor with cult boutiques such as Gentle Monster, Kapok, and Asia’s largest MoMA Design Store—the latter attracts queues on weekends. A bevy of artisan coffee and tea outlets keeps the millennial buzz going, and a standalone…

smooth sailing

Every evening in eastern Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, a motley group of vessels drops anchor off thickly forested Kalong Island to wait for sundown, when thousands of flying foxes leave their roosts in the mangroves in search of food. I watch the spectacle from the roof deck of the Ayana Lako Di’a (; from US$600 per person, all inclusive), a ninecabin phinisi schooner operated by the Ayana Komodo Resort in Labuan Bajo on nearby Flores. Behind me, crew members are illuminating the mizzen mast in changing colors and arranging fairy lights ahead of an alfresco dinner I’ll be enjoying with five other guests on this overnight cruise. The 54-meter Lako Di’a is by no means the first recreational phinisi to ply these waters, but it’s among the most sumptuous. The high-ceilinged cabins…