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DestinAsian Apr/May 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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2 min.
a world of wonders

Writing this introduction from Berlin, where I’ve been attending the annual Digital Innovation Summit, I am heartened to know that print magazines are still thriving despite the inexorable shift to online media. The truth is that content is king, and this, our 101st issue, has some wonderful surprises in store. Husband-and-wife team Aaron Gulley and Jen Judge venture out into the wintry Siberian tundra to tag along with the Nenets, one of the last nomadic peoples on earth, on their reindeer migration. Though I can’t say I’ll be following in their footprints any time soon, this riveting story kept me glued to my seat. Over in Cambodia, Siem Reap–based Lara Dunston and Terence Carter (another dynamic duo) offer us a mouth-watering look at “New Cambodian” cuisine, profiling the young chefs and restaurants…

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GABRIELLE LIPTON Wrote “Mompox Mágico,” p. 112 If Lipton were to ever make a coffee-table book, it might very well be about the secret gardens of Mompox. Behind the stoic facades of the haciendas lining the streets of this sleepy Colombian river town is a world of courtyards, each its own careful creation—some shaded by vine-covered trees that have been growing up from their soil for centuries, others bursting with tropical flowers. “Courtyards are a central part of traditional northern Colombian architecture, but the ones in Mompox are exceptional,” she says. “Whereas those in Cartegena are often grounds for cocktails and fine hotel restaurants, Mompox’s are more relaxed and untamed, a bit like the town itself.” AARON GULLEY Wrote “Nomad’s Land,” p. 126 “I hate cold weather. And snow. So signing up to spend two…

2 min.
special deals

Singapore SOFITEL SINGAPORE SENTOSA RESORT & SPA A fun-filled Sentosa getaway for all ages can now be had for less at the colonial-style Sofitel. The Magnifique family deal for two adults and two children gets you half-price on a second room, complimentary breakfast for the kids, and late checkout until 4 p.m. And at no extra cost to guests, the hotel will make a small donation from each night booked under the offer to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation, which empowers underprivileged young people around the world (sofitel.com). Vietnam SIX SENSES CON DAO Getting to this eco-luxe retreat in the Con Dao Archipelago needn’t be a hassle. Valid through October 31, the resort’s Stay ’n Fly Free package offers savings of US$210 per person, thanks to free roundtrip flights between Ho Chi Minh City and…

1 min.
good to go

LAOTIAN LUXE On his travels through Laos and Cambodia, 19th-century French explorer and naturalist Henri Mouhot wrote that he had “never been more happy when amidst this grand and beautiful tropical scenery, in the profound solitude of these dense forests.” Guests at the brand-new Rosewood Luang Prabang will be privy to a similar sense of quietude, as well as creature comforts that Mouhot could never have dreamed of on his expeditions: plush double beds, deep clawfoot bathtubs, and a surfeit of armchairs and lounges both indoors and on private balconies or verandas. All these are found at Rosewood’s first luxury encampment, whose 23 guest rooms and villas include six 100-square-meter tents set on a thickly forested hillside. True to form, designer Bill Bensley pairs local touches with a French-colonial flair that…

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INCAN ODYSSEY Why opt for a high-altitude Peruvian slog to Machu Picchu when you can simply go up the tracks in ease and comfort? The latest addition to Inca Rail’s fleet of sightseeing vehicles is the 360° Machu Picchu Train. Daily services of just under three hours run from Poroy, a 20-minute drive outside Cusco, whereas the twice-daily journey from Ollantaytambo—in the rugged Sacred Valley—takes roughly one hour and 20 minutes each way. Wider and taller panoramic windows with UV protection make the most of the passing scenery, as does a central observation carriage that boasts a self-service bar. Inside the train, leather-padded reclining seats for 248 passengers come fitted with their own USB port in case devices need charging. And if that’s not enough, April will see the launch of…

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malmö modern

Sweden’s third-largest city is progressive, surprisingly multicultural, and possesses an undeniable charm. Getting there from neighboring Copenhagen only takes 25 minutes by train across the Öresund strait. TWIST AND SHOUT Signaling the revival of Malmö after decades of economic decline, the city’s undisputed icon is Turning Torso, a 190-meter skyscraper by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It’s the tallest building in Scandinavia and dominates the former industrial area of Västra Hamnen or Western Harbor, now a carbon-neutral neighborhood that’s the ideal place for a seaside stroll. COLD COMFORTS An easy 10-minute walk from Västra Hamnen along the curving promenade brings you to Ribersborg beach, where the Kallbadhus (ribersborgskallbadhus.se) has stood at the end of a wooden pier since 1898. Bathers at this traditional Swedish sauna come for an invigorating plunge—au naturel—into the frigid…