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DestinAsian Jun/Jul 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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island inspirations

It’s that time of year again—when a summer vacation is no longer a distant dream but an imminent reality, a time that coincides with the release of our annual Islands Issue. Headlining it all is our cover story, beautifully shot by Martin Westlake, in which editor-in-chief Christopher P. Hill takes stock of three resorts that each promise an immersion into different sides of Sri Lanka: from a tea plantation to a beachside hideaway and the grasslands and forests of Yala National Park. Halfway around the world in Hawai‘i, Joe Yogerst journeys to the smallest of its main islands, Lāna‘i, and neighboring Maui to see how native Hawaiian culture is experiencing a remarkable revival. We then jet over to Greece, where Naxos resident Lucretia Stewart shows us the virtues of her adopted…

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MARTIN WESTLAKE Photographed “A Sri Lankan Trifecta,” p. 64 “It was great to be back in Sri Lanka,” says Westlake, a Jakarta-based photographer who first visited the island in 2005. “Though much has changed since my last trip—better infrastructure, more tourists—I’m happy to say that the place has maintained its unique charm.” He was also happy to cover a fair bit of ground for this story, from the tea country of the central highlands to Yala National Park and Cape Weligama on the south coast. “Highlights for me—aside from the delicious tea—were searching for the elusive leopards on safari in Yala and the stunning gardens at our beautifully restored tea planter’s bungalow in Bogawantalawa Valley.” When not on assignment, Westlake continues work on a long-term personal project about Indonesia’s volcanoes. MEGAN SPELMAN Photographed “The…

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special deals

Maldives & Sri Lanka ANANTARA HOTELS, RESORTS & SPAS For the ultimate Indian Ocean vacation, Anantara is offering 30 percent savings for combined stays of six nights or more between the brand’s properties in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. While guests will room at Anantara Dhigu Maldives with a US$100 resort spa and dining credit per villa or overwater suite, they have a choice of two resorts in Sri Lanka: the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle and Anantara Kalutara. Booking directly on the website for stays until December 27, 2018 will also bring a daily complimentary dinner for two at selected restaurants (anantara.com). Singapore THE FULLERTON HOTEL If you’re considering a last-minute escape to the Lion City this June, The Fullerton Hotel is giving away complimentary fourth nights until July 1. Or you could make the…

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good to go

SEEING STARS The Maldives might be better known for its beaches and underwater wonders, but it also has all the right ingredients for exceptional stargazing: just 400,000 residents spread over great expanses of sea, minimal light pollution, and an equatorial setting that makes the stars of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres easily visible. Guests at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas will now get an even better view of the heavens at SKY, its new overwater observatory and lounge. Here, resident astronomer Ali Shameem leads both weekly and private stargazing sessions, allowing lucky sojourners to admire the rings of Saturn through a research-grade telescope. Another place to take in the night sky? The enormous circular daybed on the outdoor deck. And if a drink is in order, head downstairs to Sky Bar,…

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OFF THE WALL Tokyo Bay’s popular Odaiba district is about to add another draw with the June 21 opening of Mori Building Digital Art Museum: teamLab Borderless. The first such museum of its kind, it’s a joint effort between property developers Mori Building and teamLab, a design collective that aims to “liberate art from physical constrictions” through the use of technology. This 10,000-square-meter space will be teamLab’s flagship venue, and their first-ever permanent exhibition will comprise 50 artworks including Untitled, a psychedelic room of projected waterfalls that cascade onto a raised area mimicking water-worn boulders, and Forest of Resonating Lamps, a Yayoi Kusama–esque setup where a mass of hanging lanterns respond to human actions by changing color. Also under the same roof, the Athletics Forest offers a series of unusual spaces…

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taking the stage

Rainforest Fringe Festival DATES: July 6–15, 2018 PLACE: Kuching, Sarawak WHAT IS IT? A prelude to the Rainforest World Music Festival that showcases Sarawak’s local talent and tapestry of cultures, now in its second year. DON’T MISS: Homegrown production Sarawak, An Indigenous Journey, featuring Kuching-born soprano Dewi Liana Seriestha; performances by Australian duo Electric Fields, experimental group At Adau, and jazz singer Pete Kallang at the First People Party; photographic exhibitions like “Forgotten Beauty”—Tan Wei Kheng’s intimate portraits of Sarawakian tribal elders—and “Tattoos” by National Geographic Society Fellow Chris Rainier. OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: A creative forum on wood and bamboo with regional greats like Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue; The Market at Borneo744, where visitors can pick up Sarawakian artisanal products from crafts and antiquities to music and fashion (rainforestfringe.com). George Town Festival DATES: August…