Travel & Outdoor

DestinAsian Apr/May 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.
a change of pace

It is somewhat surreal to be in London as last-minute negotiations over Brexit take place between Prime Minister Theresa May and her European counterparts in Brussels. Life goes on as normal and yet few can deny the underlying sense of uncertainty or the quiet alarm many people have at the prospect that their country just might crash out of the EU with no deal in place. I bring this up because our cover story this issue by Jason Overdorf, on the growing movement to conserve Kolkata’s colonial-era architecture, reminds me just how powerful the U.K. was at the peak of its imperial might, and how different its global standing is now. Over in Cambodia, our editor-in-chief Christopher P. Hill heads to Siem Reap and the jungles of the Cardamom Mountains to…

3 min.
special deals

/Malaysia/ FOUR SEASONS HOTEL KUALA LUMPUR Through its Stay Longer deal, this high-rise property a few paces from the Petronas Twin Towers is giving guests a complimentary third night for every two consecutive paid nights until the end of this year. And since there is no restriction on the maximum length of stay, it is possible to reserve the offer back-to-back, allowing for six-night city breaks at the price of four. Those opting for shorter sojourns in Kuala Lumpur through June can book the Four Seasons’ introductory promotion, which entails 15 percent off room rates and the same discount for all dining venues and spa treatments, along with daily breakfast for two (fourseasons.com). Singapore SIX SENSES MAXWELL The opening offer at the second Six Senses property in Singapore’s Chinatown district may have recently expired, but…

1 min.
stair gazing

Hudson Yards, the 11-hectare private real estate development in Manhattan’s Far West Side that is transforming the air space above an active rail yard into a virtual “city within a city,” looks set to be the New York neighborhood to visit this year. Opened to the public in March, the first phase of the project features a seven-story mall with a lineup of restaurants curated by chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry fame, as well as Vessel—a US$200 million climbable sculpture by British designer Thomas Heatherwick. Standing 16 stories tall in the center of a landscaped plaza, the structure (pictured above) is a circular, copper-toned honeycomb of connected staircases and landings from which you can catch views across the Hudson River. Also new is The Shed, a performance and…

2 min.

KOWLOON REJUVENATION Hong Kong–bound travelers now have two more reasons to spend time in Kowloon. Once an unsightly promenade bereft of greenery and places to sit, the Avenue of Stars along Victoria Harbour recently reopened after a much-needed facelift. Owner New World Development enlisted landscape architect James Corner—the man behind New York’s High Line—for the revamp, which has incorporated celebrity handprints into wave-shaped handrails by the water, doubled the seating capacity, and added eight times more greenery than before. One MTR stop away, the first landmark to make its debut in the West Kowloon Cultural District is the Xiqu Centre (westkowloon.hk), an eight-story complex dedicated to traditional Chinese opera. Canadian studio Revery Architecture and local firm Ronald Lu & Partners were inspired by the concept of qi, or “energy flow,” to…

2 min.
an elevating experience

Perched on the 25th floor of Jakarta’s newly minted Alila SCBD hotel, the first Hakkasan restaurant in Southeast Asia—and the 12th globally—cleaves close to the brand’s DNA. Parisian design firm GBRH took its cues from the original London restaurants, giving Hakkasan Jakarta intricate oak lattice screens and bespoke furniture in polished chrome, silk, and embroidered leather. Preprandial cocktails beckon at the curved bar with a countertop illuminated in Hakkasan’s signature blue lighting: try the excellent Smoky Fuchow and the deceptively simple-looking Truffle Bo Luo. The latter mixes truffle-washed tequila with pineapple and pandan to create a pleasing riot of tastes with a clean finish. Then there’s the food, which holds its own against the 180-degree views of the Indonesian capital. For Malaysian-born chef de cuisine Sky Wong Kum Choy, a transplant…

5 min.
rotterdam rising

Something is brewing in Rotterdam, and it’s not just the local coffee roasters or beer makers. There is an unbridled sense of creativity manifesting itself in all corners of town. Ravaged by German bombers during World War II, this resilient port city has been likened to Berlin for its ascendant, avant-garde vibe. It isn’t solely because Rotterdam is home to a high-profile film festival, Rem Koolhaas’ heavyweight design firm OMA, and an impressive lineup of architectural showpieces like the yellow Cube Houses and horseshoe-shaped Markthal—its denizens are breathing new life into a range of unlikely venues from office blocks and warehouses to a decommissioned swimming pool. • WHERE TO EAT On Rotterdam’s east side, Het Industriegebouw is a brick-and-concrete monument to the postwar building boom. A more recent transformation following years of…