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DestinAsian Apr/May 2017

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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Indonesia
Language:
English
Publisher:
DESTINASIAN Media Group
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Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
bearing fruit

Spring is the season for new beginnings, when opportunities and ideas finally become a reality. I feel this especially as I walk the streets of Amsterdam, a city that I consider something of a second home. Here, the changing seasons are apparent as the sun shines longer each day and things begin to warm up. You’ll see residents happily shedding those hefty winter coats, lingering at alfresco cafés, and taking a break in the parks, where daffodils, hyacinths, and the Netherlands’ famous tulips are in full bloom. Holding this magazine in your hands, you might realize it is weightier than usual. We’ve been around for a good decade and a half, and this edition is our thickest one yet at more than 200 pages, with no less than 92 of those…

3 min.
contributors

THEODORA SUTCLIFFE Wrote “Bali’s New Bounty” p. 78 A Bali-based food and travel writer, Sutcliffe was excited to combine two of her favorite topics while researching her latest story—Bali and Indonesian food. “I really believe that Indonesian food is the last great undiscovered cuisine of Asia, and it’s wonderful that so many chefs, both local and international, are starting to take that to the next level,” she says. “It’s such a fascinating, complex, and multilayered cuisine—you could spend decades researching it and barely scratch the service.” A native Londoner who returns to her home city regularly, Sutcliffe also contributes to The Guardian, BBC, and National Geographic Traveler, and loves to explore her adopted home, Indonesia. “Travel, food, and drink are three of the most fun subjects to write about,” she adds. “And…

2 min.
special deals

/ Thailand / ANANDA HUA HIN RESORT & SPA The Ananda brand from Bangkok-based Compass Hospitality has now made its debut with a seaside property just a 15-minute drive from Hua Hin and barely 10 from the airport. If you’re planning a trip to the area between now and October 31, Ananda Hua Hin’s special opening rates are a steal. Booking by May 16 will get you savings of more than 50 percent across all room categories, starting at THB 3,900 (roughly US$110) for superior rooms with breakfast included (anandahuahin.com). Maldives FOUR SEASONS RESORT MALDIVES AT LANDAA GIRAA VARU The Maldives is rightly known as an expensive destination, but luxury for less is possible thanks to the arrival of the summer monsoon. It’s a period marked by unpredictable weather and sometimes windy conditions, though heavy…

1 min.
second nature

Australian hoteliers Andrew and Julia Dixon couldn’t have imagined the accolades they received after opening Nikoi Island, their first ecoresort in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago back in 2007. The enterprising couple have now unveiled sister property Cempedak Island in nearby waters, pushing the idea of sustainable design to even greater heights. Apart from hiring Miles Humphreys—the man behind Ubud’s Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve—the Dixons also harnessed the bamboo-building expertise of Balinese architects Chiko Wirahadi and Ketut Indra Saputra. And the result is rustic-luxe at its purest. Guests at the jungled private island will bed down in 20 two-story pool villas, each one a soaring, crescent-shaped bamboo structure roofed in alang-alang thatch. Diversions too are a treat, with a bar and restaurant rising above the treetops, water sports galore, and naturalist-led walks…

2 min.
good to go update

GILDED PLEASURES With the recent addition of a 1920s-themed bar, Atlas, in the lobby of Parkview Square, there’s now a compelling reason for both locals and out-of-towners to visit Singapore’s formidable “Gotham Building.” Here, a collection of over 1,000 gin bottles looms above patrons in an eight-meter tower, while an exclusive rose gold– plated room houses no less than 250 labels of champagne, including one rescued from a shipwreck. Cocktails are by Czech master Roman Foltán from Artesian in London—ranked the World’s Best Bar for four consecutive years (from 2012 to 2015)—and the European-accented menu comes courtesy of the celebrated Genoa-born chef Daniele Sperindio. My advice? Pair the multilayered Atlas martini, made with a London dry gin and champagne vinegar, with the toothsome bruschetta of blue prawn, sea urchin, pomegranate, and…

5 min.
manila makeover

Poblacion has long been known for its raunchy bars and nightclubs aimed at a certain class of foreign visitor. But these days the central Manila neighborhood has evolved beyond its seedy reputation, thanks to a crop of new restaurants, boutiques, and creative spaces that have sprouted up in the past two years. Now more cultured than crude, more edgy than sleazy, it’s become the haunt of intrepid expats and hipsters looking to get their fill of great food and drink—and perhaps score a few unique finds. True to its name, Commune (63-2/275-6324; commune.ph) on Polaris Street is a place for conversations and gatherings. From weekly improv shows to the occasional creative workshop, it regularly serves as a venue for small-scale social affairs. Any given day, it’s open from brunch to late…