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DestinAsian February - March 2018

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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something in the water

I’ve always been attracted to places that are defined by water. Few things are better than a seaside vacation, especially when I can slow down to watch the ocean’s gentle ebb and flow, observing the tide on a moonlit night or as the skies brighten with the first glints of dawn. One of the reasons I love water is because it is symbolic of the passage of time. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we launched DestinAsian, but this edition marks our 13th Readers’ Choice Awards and the magazine’s 100th issue. To mark the milestone, our editors have pulled out all the stops to create a roundup of 100 essential travel experiences around the Asia-Pacific region. From luxury tented stays and must-try restaurants to new spas and outdoor adventures, it’s…

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CLAIRE KNOX Wrote “Green Dreams,” p. 98 Currently based between Melbourne and Southeast Asia, Knox says, “I’m lucky to have spent some of my formative years in Cambodia; the country has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life. It’s been especially rewarding to have watched the place progress over the last 10 years, though it’s certainly still plagued by corruption and political repression. Still, Cambodians have a resilience and genuine kindness that I haven’t encountered in many other places. On my recent trip to the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia’s jungle-covered southwest, what inspired me most was the sheer passion of the locals who are working doggedly to protect this biodiversity hotspot. Living in such a wild place, they are intimately entwined with nature and incredibly in tune with the…

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anantara angkor resort

Hong Kong JW MARRIOTT HONG KONG It pays to stay at least seven nights at this JW Marriott above Pacific Place mall, where savings of up to 40 percent are possible as part of its Attractive Long Stay package. Additional perks include 20 percent off hotel restaurants, the minibar, and in-room dining, along with the same discount on laundry and dry-cleaning services. A daily selection of up to three complimentary breakfast items from Dolce 88 deli makes for a light meal on the go before several hours of sightseeing or shopping (marriott.com). South Korea FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SEOUL Every two consecutive paid nights will get you a third night for free at Seoul’s high-rise Four Seasons, located an easy stroll from Gwanghwamun Square. Some of that extra time should be spent at the three-story hotel…

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ahead of the curve

With its February debut, Singapore-based COMO Hotels and Resorts’ third Bali property looks set to seriously up the luxe factor in Canggu, the increasingly trendy beach area north of Seminyak. Owner Christina Ong enlisted trusted designers Koichiro Ikebuchi (who worked on her other Bali locations) and Paola Navone (behind COMO Point Yamu in Phuket) to create the look of the 119-room COMO Uma Canggu, and the result is a union of contemporary Asian and Italian sensibilities best revealed in the three-bedroom penthouses, where 10-meter rooftop pools are framed by dramatic arched rooflines. Given the resort’s location on Echo Beach, surfing lessons are among the diversions, as are sundowners at the surf shack–inspired Beach Club. And because this is a COMO property, there are wellness options aplenty at its Shambhala Retreat…

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Gourmands, look here—up to 40 of the brightest minds in the culinary world are gathering in Bangkok for the inaugural {Re} Food Forum on March 19–20 to tackle the issue of waste and sustainability in Asia’s food industry. The Residence, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok will play host to speakers including top Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson (with two Michelin stars under his belt), Luis “Chele” Gonzalez of Manila’s acclaimed Vask, and Douglas McMaster, who helms the kitchen at the first zero-waste restaurant in the United Kingdom. Through master classes of up to 20 people, each guest plans to share insights on everything from sustainable practices to traditional ingredients: Will Goldfarb from Bali’s Room4Dessert is spotlighting the difference between palm sugar and its industrial-made counterpart, and Shinobu Namae from two-Michelin-starred…

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three to get ready

YOJIMBO Australian designer Ashley Sutton made his name with The Iron Fairies in Bangkok, and since then he’s been the force behind some of Asia’s most gorgeous bars. Yojimbo is his fourth outlet in Hong Kong in just two years, with a techno-neon-underground vibe pulled straight from the right kind of yakuza flick. Kimono-clad “geishas” weave through the crowd as dancers writhe above the bar. The drinks hold up too: head bartender Alberto Aldave, formerly of The Ritz London, creates cocktails that look as good as they taste. The namesake Yojimbo is a mix of gin, sake, yuzu, and champagne served in a ceramic sake bottle, while the Kill Bill–inspired Crazy 88—made with ginger-infused gin, passion fruit, and pineapple—comes topped with a katana-shaped piece of chocolate (37-43 Pottinger St.; 852/2576-1717; fb.com/yojimbohk). COA A…