Travel & Outdoor

DestinAsian Oct/Nov 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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in this issue

2 min.
sweet seventeen

Growing up in Indonesia, turning 17 was a significant milestone for me. It traditionally marks one’s passage into adulthood—and is the age when you can (finally) apply for a driver’s license, vote in elections, and legally drink and go to the club. So much has changed in the 17 years since the pages of our very first issue rolled off the printing presses back in 2001. We’ve seen the emergence of disruptors like Airbnb in the travel industry, incredible leaps in the realm of commercial aviation, and a new breed of must-visit destinations. Take Komodo National Park and the neighboring island of Flores in eastern Indonesia; I was there recently to attend the opening of the area’s first five-star resort. Ten, maybe even five years ago, I would have considered…

3 min.

SOPHIE DAVIES Wrote “Along the Cornish Coast,” p. 68 “My friend Emily and I had been plotting a Cornwall trip for a long time, and we weren’t disappointed,” Davies says of her visit last spring to the English county. “I’d never traveled so far south in the U.K. before, and completely fell in love with the area. As a visitor, I felt wonderfully cut off from my day-to-day life. In one sense, it’s a bit like traveling back in time: the pace is slow, the locals are super friendly, and so much of the countryside is unspoiled. And yet Cornwall’s hotels, galleries, and eateries rival those of a big city—albeit with a kicked-back vibe. We spent four days in jeans and hiking boots and fit right in. And in that time, I…

2 min.
special deals

/ Philippines / RAFFLES MAKATI Reserving an entry-level Junior suite under the Short and Suite offer entitles you to a range of benefits, including a complimentary upgrade to a 120-square-meter Executive suite with American breakfast for two at the hotel’s signature brasserie Mirèio—whose alfresco terrace affords enviable views of the Makati skyline—round-trip airport transfers in a Toyota Camry, plus a 20 percent discount on select treatments at Willow Stream Spa and similar savings on food and drinks at all four of its in-house venues, including the Writers Bar (raffles.com). Vietnam AVANI QUY NHON RESORT & SPA Accessible via domestic flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Quy Nhon in central Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province makes for a quieter alternative to beach destinations like Nha Trang. The seaside Avani resort here promises up to 25…

1 min.
what lies beneath

When the time came for Helsinki’s Amos Anderson Art Museum to relocate from its late founder’s century-old neoclassical home and offices, its trustees were able to secure the low-slung Lasipalatsi building, a 1930s icon of Finnish functionalism housing the venerable Bio Rex cinema. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Finland’s edgiest new art venue. Renamed Amos Rex (amosrex.fi), most of the museum is located underground in a vast exhibition space excavated below the adjoining square. In the plaza above, funnel-like skylights resembling the bulging eyes of some gigantic sea creature convey natural light to a futuristic foyer and subterranean galleries, whose undulating ceilings are clad in thousands of sound-dampening steel disks. While there’s a room set aside for a permanent display of post-impressionist work, the space is…

1 min.
poolside pursuits

Two recently launched beach clubs are dialing the fun factor in Bali up a notch. Best known for organizing the annual Djakarta Warehouse Project, Southeast Asia’s largest electronic dance music festival, the Jakarta-based Ismaya Group has branched out to Bali’s shores with the debut of Manarai Beach House (ismaya.com) at the Sofitel Nusa Dua. Taking charge of its kitchen is French chef Stefan Poyet, who began his career in Michelin-starred restaurants at the Shangri-La in Paris, while a roster of visiting big-name DJs like Jonas Blue add a dash of spice to Nusa Dua’s otherwise subdued nightlife scene. Over in Seminyak, retro-chic Tropicola (tropicola.info) is the latest opening from the Australian operators behind The Bucket List on Bondi Beach and quirky bar and restaurant Motel Mexicola—a Seminyak staple. Tropicola’s Palm…

1 min.
from lima with love

Thanks to newly minted eatery Ichu Peru (ichu.com.hk), Hong Kong–based fans of acclaimed chef Virgilio Martínez will no longer need to leave town for a taste of his contemporary Peruvian cuisine. His flagship venue in Lima, Central, ranked among the top five of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for three of the past four years, and Korean-born chef Sang Jeong has been sent from the Central team to helm Ichu’s kitchen. Menu highlights range from classic ceviche and the abstract-looking palta quemada—which features charred avocado, aji limo peppers, and cassava—to sea bass prepared with ashed leaves in a style typical of Peru’s Amazonian jungle. Another draw? The snazzy bistro-style setting by gifted Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang.…