Travel & Outdoor

DestinAsian Dec2018/Jan 2019

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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in this issue

2 min.
paying it forward

For many of us, the cusp of a new year isn’t just a time to gather with family and friends, but also a time of reflection. And so it seems entirely appropriate that we should think about how the travel industry can have a positive effect when things are done right. Not by deliberate design, the idea of traveling responsibly has emerged as an underlying theme across our feature stories this issue. Responsible tourism can take a whole host of forms, whether it is choosing to steer clear of unethical attractions or spending our tourist dollars in places where they are sorely needed. One example of the latter is Zimbabwe, whose people are keen to revive the ailing tourism industry since the removal of strongman president Robert Mugabe from power. Husband-and-wife…

3 min.

JEN JUDGE Photographed “A New Day for Zimbabwe?” p. 96 “It’s easy to think, ‘Yeah, yeah, another waterfall,’ but there’s a reason that Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world,” says award-winning New Mexico–based photographer Judge of her recent visit to Zimbabwe’s star attraction. “It’s completely stunning, as in, you just stand there, stupefied, with water roaring off the falls and soaking you. But the power of the falls was nothing compared to the electric feel of anticipation and hope I encountered throughout the southern African country. With the old president gone, Zimbabweans were upbeat, almost buzzing with optimism. Obviously there’s some skepticism that the peace will hold. But overall, I just had the feeling that Zimbabwe was finally ready to come into its own.” PANKAJ ANAND Photographed “Blueprint…

3 min.
special deals

/ Malaysia / FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS Thanks to Four Seasons’ Incomparable Malaysia offer, some serious perks await guests who pair a beach- and nature-themed vacation in Langkawi with a city break at the brand’s recently opened high-rise hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Valid for stays through June 30, 2019, the deal includes credits of 300 ringgit and 900 ringgit respectively at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur and Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, alongside daily breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade at both destinations. A two-night minimum stay at each property is required (fourseasons.com). Singapore SIX SENSES MAXWELL December 1 marked the debut of Six Senses’ second property in the Lion City, housed in a block of Chinatown shophouses with elegant, art-strewn interiors by acclaimed French designer Jacques Garcia. Travelers wanting to get first dibs on…

1 min.
wuzhen wow factor

For its third property in China, the Singapore-based Alila brand has turned to one of six ancient water towns south of the Yangtze River: Wuzhen, a picturesque maze of canals and well-preserved Ming- and Qing-era architecture. Once a flourishing trade hub on a tributary of the Grand Canal, the town has been gussied up for tourism over the past two decades and now attracts millions of visitors a year, many of them day-trippers from Hangzhou and Shanghai. For those wishing to stay longer, the Alila Wuzhen (alilahotels.com; doubles from US$302) delivers a whole new level of luxury to its locale. Designed around water features and stone walkways, the 125 suites and villas are stylishly simple, with private courtyards, light wood–paneled walls, and sleek furnishings (some villas come with their own…

2 min.

LATE BLOOMER It was the organic form of the desert rose, a flowerlike crystal aggregate that “blooms” in arid conditions, that inspired the interlocking concrete discs on the National Museum of Qatar, a soon-to-open (and much-delayed) landmark beside Doha’s seafront Corniche. The latest completed project by acclaimed French architect Jean Nouvel—who was also behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi—is intended as a “modern-day caravanserai” where “everything works to make the visitor feel the desert and the sea.” Nouvel designed the museum around the 19th-century palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, a former emir, to create a unique juxtaposition of past and present. While the onetime royal residence takes pride of place as a central exhibit, the 8,000-square-meter permanent galleries document the nomadic origins of the Qatari people as well as the…

2 min.
raising the roof

There’s a revival gathering steam on the doorstep of London’s King’s Cross station. What used to be a grim wasteland of goods yards and storage sheds is undergoing a multibillion-dollar overhaul that has seen luxury apartments, boutiques, a cinema, and an art school spring up in the last decade. But the hottest new addition is Coal Drops Yard (coaldropsyard.com), a post-industrial retail and dining precinct that made its debut in October. For its first major project in London, King’s Cross–based Heatherwick Studio was tasked with converting a pair of 1850s warehouses where coal was once stored and transferred. The architects have retained much of the buildings’ Victorian fabric, with the aged cast-iron columns and soot-stained brick given only a light restoration. Now, the most striking feature is the sweeping winged roof…