Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia May 2019

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia is the regional edition of the world’s biggest—and most trusted—travel magazine brand. Every month, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia inspires its readers to experience stunning adventures; explore cutting-edge hotels, spas, shopping and more; and travel in sensational style, armed with hands-on, up-to-date, accurate and practical travel information. A chic, stylish and authoritative guide for today’s traveler within Asia and beyond, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia is the must-read guide to all that Asia has to offer.

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best things to do in batam for your next weekend getaway

SMOOTH SAILING There are frequent daily fast ferries connecting Singapore’s Tanah Merah port with Batam, which has six ferry terminals: they are at Sekupang, Waterfront City, Batam Center, Harbour Bay, Nongsapura and Telaga Punggur. Batam’s Nongsa Point Marina also has berthing facilities for yachts, sailing trips on offer, as well as diving facilities for those wishing to explore Riau’s many islands. PAMPERING SPAS Getaways are all about relaxation. Indonesia is world-renowned for its healing spas, and so what better way to slip into bliss than a spa-centered jaunt to Batam? On the island, there are rejuvenating and soothing massages to be had at highly reputable places. Treatment packages start from just S$39 including two-way ferry ticket from Singapore and land transport—and some places even pamper you with seafood lunch and dinner. Book yourself…

t+l digital

THIS MONTH ON TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA.COM CRUISING IN STYLE THROUGH HALONG BAY This dreamy voyage on the most upscale ship in the bay takes passengers through the heart of one of the most scenic corners of Vietnam. HUNTING FOR A RARE BLOOM IN FRENCH POLYNESIA The search for an elusive flower leads to an extraordinary quest on the island of Raiatea. GETTING OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN JAPAN Cutting-edge architecture, historic ryokans and food envy–inducing restaurants are just a few reasons to explore this timeless nation. LOOKOUT Bintan’s roads less traveled; how to spend a weekend in Vientiane; a luxe resort inspired by its island site’s celestial energy; eating green in Hong Kong; the latest travel deals and more. travelandleisureasia.com DOWNLOAD US T+L TABLET EDITIONS Available on ios, Android, Win 8 and Zinio Desktop Reader. FOLLOW US TWITTER.COM/TRAVLEISUREASIA FACEBOOK.COM/TRAVELLEISUREASIA PINTEREST.COM/TRAVLEISUREASIA INSTAGRAM.COM/ TRAVELANDLEISUREASIA KEEP UP WITH US Sign up for…


1 Aaron Joel Santos PHOTOGRAPHER “Change of Pace” Page 60 “I’ve been to Cambodia a few times, and I love it. But like most places, as soon as I feel I’m getting a firm grasp on it, I realize I’ve barely scratched the surface. It’s amazing to find peaceful, gorgeous new resorts just off the coast of Sihanoukville, one of the most highly developed places in all of Cambodia. They are small paradises throwing distance from some incredibly obscene and classless mainland casinos.” Getting his sea legs: “My top memory of the trip was trying paddleboarding for the first time in rough seas at sunset at Alila… And failing miserably, with all the grace of a 360-kilogram gorilla.” Instagram: @aaronjoelsantos. 2 Sophie Raynor WRITER “Paradise Awakens” Page 34 “I moved to Dili two years ago as a part of the…

on our watch

The beauty of our favorite beaches and islands relies on our responsible actions. The tide turned in the last year, as a wave of brands jumped on the plastic-straw-ban bandwagon. Some hotels, like Six Senses with their free-range chicken farms and chemical-free detergents, are way ahead of the curve—but plenty of seaside properties are taking sustainability pledges to the next level. Here are some examples. Solar Power TOP MARKS: Rosewood Phuket, Thailand WHY: The biggest solar panel network on Phuket makes 113,000 kWh a year and heats all the resort water (which is solely rainwater). No Plastic Amenities TOP MARKS: Awei Pila, Burma WHY: Glass containers, bamboo toothbrushes, starch showercaps, and more. Coral Conservation TOP MARKS: Anantara Resorts, Maldives WHY: A coral adoption program lets guests replant their own patch of coral and then receive photo updates. Glass-bottled water TOP MARKS:…

editor’s note

LET’S FACE IT: ANY TRAVEL MAGAZINE worth its sea salt is best when it’s a tease. And few things pleasantly taunt us more around Asia—or the world, for that matter—than great beaches and unforgettable islands. That’s why our annual issue focusing on the two is always a joy to put together. Among the impressions to surface this month is inspiration from finding how immersive a new resort in Sanya can be (“Blessed Beauty,” page 24); delight at the untouched scenery of Timor-Leste (“Paradise Awakens,” page 34); and surprise about an island I, for one, had never even heard of, Porquerolles on the Cote d’Azur (“The Other Emerald Isle,” page 46). All three sentiments arise in “Family Matters” (page 68), where Bangkok-based, Scottish writer Duncan Forgan takes his visiting mum to Koh…

reasons to travel now

no. 1 A breezy private island in the Philippines just became a kitesurfing magnet Spread across Pamalican Island, a seven-kilometer strip of white sand and emerald-green hinterland in Palawan, the Amanpulo isn’t just an idyllic spot for a far-flung vacation—it’s also a prime sea-sport locale. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the beloved boutique hideaway this year launched its own Kite & Surf Centre on the island’s eastern side, which fronts the seasonal northeasterly winds known locally as Amihan. Blowing winds of 15 to 35 knots from mid-October through March, Amihan makes for ideal kitesurfing conditions for both beginners and pros alike. Guests can launch right from the beach with guidance by Amanpulo’s professional instructors, including Paula Rosales, ranked as one of the best female kitesurfers in Asia. Of course, in the record-every-moment…