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DestinAsian April - May 2016

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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pride of place

Bali aside, a common reaction to the thought of traveling in Indonesia is that it’s overwhelming. When approaching a country of 17,000 vastly diverse islands, where to even start? It’s my home, and I still ask myself this every time I think about my next vacation. But the upside of such wild expanse is that there are innumerable destinations to choose from, and there’s no wrong choice. In this issue, we look at two: first, Central Kalimantan, whose rivers wind through jungles of wild orangutans and past tiny Dayak villages, and a lovely boat cruises through it all; and second, Jakarta—right under my nose—where the fashion scene is bubbling with designers using traditional Indonesian textiles in gorgeous, modern collections found only here. For the style-seekers among us, it’s a reason…

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PENNY WATSON Home Base: Melbourne Wrote: “The New Pulse of Perth,” p. 86 When I first visited Perth three years ago, I stayed at the casino and spent most of my time strolling around Fremantle and hanging out on the beach. The city wasn’t even an afterthought. Now, it’s possible to hang in the thriving CBD and inner-city suburbs like Northbridge without necessarily getting beachside. In saying that, I highly recommend both for that perfect mix of culture, cuisine, and the great outdoors. CHRIS DWYER Home Base: Hong Kong Wrote: “Manila’s Culinary Moment,” p. 106 Manila has historically been overlooked—or even derided—for its dining scene. Now it’s up there as one of the most exciting cities to eat in Asia. This is matched by an upsurge in interest in Filipino produce, like heirloom rice from Ifugao in…

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BALI BECKONS I always read your magazine cover to cover, that’s how much I look forward to it. The latest issue is as good as ever, and arrived just in time for me to start thinking about where to go for the summer holidays. Macau maybe not, but Manhattan looks fabulous, if far. Perhaps I’ll set my sights on Ubud [“Evergreen Ubud,” April/May] instead? As always, your photos make it look gorgeous. —Renee Oi, Singapore SOME RESPONSES TO OUR 2016 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS: Changi Airport’s top spot is really deserved. Of all the airports I have been, Changi never makes me bored. —C. P. Moon, Singapore The Peninsula Hong Kong is my favorite hotel in the city too. Amazing service, fantastic restaurants and bars, and stunning rooms. From the moment they pick you up from…

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special deals

/ Thailand / VANA BELLE, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT Rather than staying on the island’s main Chaweng Beach, vacationers heading to Koh Samui should look just south instead to the cleaner, quieter Chaweng Noi (“Little Chaweng”). Here, the luxurious Vana Belle resort is set on a private cove backed by a freshwater pool and lush hillside dotted with 80 sparkling suites, which until June 30 are best enjoyed with the resort’s Complimentary Nights in Koh Samui offer. Twonight stays are met with a third night free, along with breakfast and daily afternoon tea (vanabellekohsamui.com). China THE RITZ-CARLTON SANYA, YALONG BAY Planning a family vacation this year? Aside from the appeal of its whitesand beach, multiple pools, and golf club access, the Ritz-Carlton’s Hainan Island sanctuary is offering its Family Package to lessen the price of…

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brae new world

Brae, the signal Victorian restaurant that debuted at 87 on the World’s Best Restaurants list last year, now has rooms. On their 12-hectare property in the Great Ocean Road hinterland, a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, Australian star chef Dan Hunter and partner Julianne Bagnato have created their dream accommodation, “somewhere to stay that’s like home, but much better,” Bagnato says. Highlights? The Thorens turntables and hand-picked vinyl records; individual cocktail bars and wine fridges; paddock and eucalypt views from bed, bath, and table; and lavish breakfast hampers that showcase Brae’s farm produce and kitchen talents. Only available to restaurant guests, the six suites are already a huge hit—when doors opened at the end of February, weekends were already booked out until July (4285 Cape Otway Rd., Birregurra; 61-3/5236-2226; braerestaurant.com; doubles…

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LENSES ON LONDON The argument could easily be made that photography is the most accessible, if not important, art form of the times, and with that, Photo London (photolondon.org) is positioned to become the most important photo fair, if it isn’t already. Returning on May 19–22 after the success of its maiden fair last year, Photo London sees more than 75 of the world’s top galleries staging photographic works throughout the four floors of Somerset House, making for the largest single takeover of the iconic Tudor manse in history. With artist and curator talks; music events; and special exhibitions of Don McCullin, Sergey Chilikov, and Craigie Horsfield, it’s a fair no photography enthusiast will want to miss. It also conveniently coincides with a solo exhibition by Shigeo Anzai, Index II (May…