DestinAsian Feb/Mar 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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best of the bunch

As I write this from a desk in Amsterdam, one of my favorite European cities, I’m mindful of the fact that in some ways, the dawn of a new decade feels no different from the opening weeks of 2019 or the year before it. As the 19th-century French novelist Alphonse Karr famously wrote, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This might also say something about the quality of the many repeat winners in the 15th edition of our annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which celebrates the Asia-Pacific region’s best hotels, destinations, and for the very first time ever, cruise lines. The full rankings are published within these pages, as are three engrossing feature stories. If you’re a foodie, you’ll want to dive straight into New York–based photographer Matt…


MATT DUTILE Wrote and photographed “Close to the Land,” p. 78 Appreciating languid explorations in France’s Dordogne Valley came with little effort for Dutile. “There’s something intangibly sublime about the Périgord way of life,” says the New York–based photographer. “You meander without a care or reference for time, passing between monuments to the ages of humanity. There on the right: a 12th-century chateau. To the left: rudimentary shelters carved into the limestone bluffs some 13 millennia ago. Ahead: a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s practically a temple of contemporary gastronomy.” Dutile’s culinary road trip took him from Bordeaux along the western banks of the Dordogne to fairytale Rocamadour high in the east. “I could easily see my wife and I settling in a town like Marquay. That feeling of home was enveloping. And to…

special deals

/Maldives/ LUX* NORTH MALE ATOLL It might be a few months too late to book the opening promotion at the sophomore Maldivian property by LUX* Resorts & Hotels, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a good deal. Valid for stays through October, this ultra-modern retreat’s ongoing Fabulous Offer comes with a 20 percent discount on accommodation and a half-board meal upgrade, and applies to all villa categories except the multi-bedroom Beach Retreat and Overwater Retreat residences. Complimentary round-trip speedboat transfers from Male’s Velana International Airport are included when you stay at least seven nights. But you’ll have to move fast: bookings are only open until March 31 ( Australia THE FULLERTON HOTEL SYDNEY March 17 marks the end of the opening special for The Fullerton Hotels’ first outpost outside Singapore, which, much like…

current affairs

The Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok’s most underrated attractions, its curving banks lined with skyscrapers and gold-tipped temples all too often overlooked by even seasoned travelers. All the more reason to applaud the debut of a pair of bijoux cruise experiences, each designed to take full advantage of the Chao Phraya’s mix of modern and ancient riverine tableaux. The Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel’s new Saffron Cruise ( involves a sleek double-deck riverboat that raises anchor from either the Icon Siam or Asiatique piers and then plies its way along the watercourse to take in scenic highlights such as the Grand Palace and the ever-fabulous Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn. Conceived by Banyan Tree’s founder Ho Kwon Ping as a sybaritic floating restaurant and bar, the 38-meter-long Saffron…

jewel personality

Design-minded travelers will no doubt be familiar with the jewelry brand John Hardy, which has been making waves ever since its eponymous Canadian founder established an artisan collective in 1975 to preserve Bali’s rich jewelry-making heritage. His successors have stayed true to his vision while expanding its global footprint with stores in Hong Kong and across the United States. Now, visitors to the Indonesian island where the company’s story began can drop in to the recently opened John Hardy Boutique & Gallery at Seminyak (, located 20 kilometers from the brand’s main workshop outside Ubud. Housed in an airy building that steps up from a front garden on bustling Jalan Petitenget, the showroom is no ordinary boutique. John Hardy jewelry collections such as Tiga, Spear, Dot, and Chain—and Bali-made artisanal goods…

master strokes

It wasn’t so long ago that tourists on the Kowloon waterfront would stroll past the Hong Kong Museum of Art ( without being aware of its very existence. Despite its prominent location, the unremarkable tiled building was eclipsed not just by the backdrop of Victoria Harbour, but also the geometry of its immediate neighbors: namely the ski ramp–like Cultural Centre and the egg-shaped planetarium of the Space Museum. No longer. Fresh from a four-year, US$120 million revamp, Hong Kong’s oldest public art institution quietly reopened this past November behind a brand-new textured facade, with patterns in high relief recalling both Chinese brickwork and the rippling waves of the harbor it overlooks. The fusty interiors, too, have been given a complete makeover. While the dim, low-ceilinged upstairs lobby was swapped out for…