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DestinAsian

DestinAsian Dec2019/Jan 2020

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.

Country:
Indonesia
Language:
English
Publisher:
DESTINASIAN Media Group
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
time travel

I’m of the opinion that the journey matters just as much as the destination—and I don’t mean that purely as an airline enthusiast. To pause and look back in retrospect, to understand the road we’ve taken is only natural, especially as we are mere weeks from the close of 2019 and the dawn of a new decade. How did we get here? And from a traveler’s perspective, how do places end up the way they are now? In Indonesia, intrepid surfers have often been the first to bring tourism to the shores of remote islands and even not-so-remote locales. Bali’s Bukit Peninsula was a hot spot for wave-riders long before hotels and day clubs staked their claim to the cliff tops of Uluwatu. For our cover story, Claire Knox charts the…

3 min.
contributors

JOE YOGERST Wrote “A San Diego State of Mind,” p. 88 Born and raised in San Diego, Yogerst spent 20 years roaming Asia, Africa, and Europe as a freelance writer and magazine editor before moving back to his hometown. Between assignments for the likes of National Geographic and CNN Travel, he penned Nemesis: A Novel of Old California, a murder-mystery set in 1880s San Diego, when the city was a rowdy seaport just as notorious as Deadwood or Tombstone. “Writing Nemesis gave me an opportunity to deep-dive into local history and re-explore some of the neighborhoods where I hung out as a kid. Right away it was clear that I didn’t know nearly as much about my hometown as I liked to think. Outsiders tend to assume that because the city seems…

3 min.
special deals

/Thailand/ PHULAY BAY, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE Ritz-Carlton’s first ultra-luxe Reserve property is celebrating its 10th anniversary this winter with a special Anniversary Package valid from December 21–23. Guests who bed down for a minimum of two nights at the seaside resort in Krabi will receive a 20 percent discount on the best available rate, alongside a slew of benefits such as round-trip airport transfers, savings of 20 percent on retail products and spa treatments, and the same discount on the 10th anniversary festivities—an all-day bash in which revelers enjoy traditional Thai dance performances, a cocktail reception, and a sumptuous dinner with live music (ritzcarlton.com). Indonesia RAFFLES JAKARTA Those who book an Artist, Gallery, or Garden View suite through the Raffles’ Short and Suite package don’t just enjoy return airport transfers by limousine and a choice…

1 min.
desert deluxe

Namibia is heating up—and not just because of the southern summer temperatures. Recent years have also seen a flurry of notable hotel openings and revamps, the latest of which is AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (andbeyond.com; from US$629 per person, per night). Fresh from a nine-month overhaul, the two-story main building of this remote property, a 90-minute flight from Windhoek, has been almost completely rebuilt with clean lines and ocher-hued corten steel canopies recalling the harsh environment around it. Stretching out on two sides are 11 remodeled glass-fronted suites that feature private infinity pools, fireplaces, and bars stocked with local gins. Specialistled tours around the Namib Desert beckon by day, while a resident astronomer at the on-site observatory is on hand to point out the constellations come nightfall. And thanks to…

2 min.
update

RIVERSIDE RENAISSANCE China has an abiding love for all things big, and Shanghai is no exception, as evinced by the emergence of a 940-hectare cultural district on former industrial land stretching more than eight kilometers along the Huangpu River. Its newest addition? The 22,000-square-meter West Bund Museum (westbund.com), home to the first-ever Asian outpost of the Centre Pompidou. Celebrated British architect David Chipperfield gave the building its understated appearance, responding to the triangular site by spinning three rectangular, 17-meter-high exhibition halls off a central atrium. Each one is clad in translucent recycled glass and punctuated by large windows that frame views of the river and the city, providing a blank canvas for what’s been billed as a major cultural collaboration between France and China. The first of three semi-permanent exhibitions scheduled…

3 min.
come rain, come shine

When British-born contemporary artist Bruce Munro first came to the Top End of Australia in 1992, he was chasing what’s known as the “green flash”—a quick fleck of emerald light that sometimes occurs just as the sun drops over the horizon. He wasn’t able to capture it back then, but Munro has recently returned to Darwin, the balmy seaside capital of the Northern Territory, and this time he’s brought the green flash with him as part of his first-ever citywide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light (tropicallight.com.au). Best known for creating immersive light-based installations—most notably Field of Light, an ongoing display of 50,000 luminous bulbs planted in the desert near Uluru—Munro spent eight years living and traveling around Australia in his youth, an experience that would shape his artistic approach and inform his…