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DestinAsian Dec2015/Jan 2017

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.
turning the page

It wasn’t long ago that we wrapped up our 15th anniversary celebrations, and I can’t quite believe we’re already on the cusp of another year. To go out with a bang, we have compiled the Luxe List, our annual roundup of notable new hotels and resorts around the Asia-Pacific region. You’ll be amazed by the variety of lodgings that have opened in the past year from southern India to New Zealand’s North Island, and we hope you find plenty of inspiration for your next trip. Apart from those top-notch stays, one of the greatest joys of travel lies in the journey itself, as shown by the feature stories this issue. In Italy, Jarrett Wrisley and friends embark on a culinary tour with a road trip retracing the ancient Via Appia stretching…

3 min.

WARREN SINGH BARTLETT Wrote “Walking Lebanon,” p. 96 Born in Pakistan and brought up in India, Taiwan, Brazil, and Japan, Singh-Bartlett has been living and working in Beirut—“the world’s least probable city”—for almost two decades. After talking for years about walking the length of Lebanon, he finally decided to turn words into action and in April joined the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association’s spring “Thru Walk.” It was a revelation. Says Singh-Bartlett, “I’m what my friends call ‘nosey.’ I’ve spent much of the last 18 years poking around every nook and cranny of Lebanon, so I thought I knew it like the back of my hand. But on my monthlong walk, I discovered a country I don’t think even most Lebanese know exists.” TERRY WARD Wrote “Islands for All Ages,” p. 114 “I’d always dreamed of…

2 min.
special deals

India FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MUMBAI Guests who reserve two consecutive paid nights are eligible for a third night free at this sleek, high-rise hotel that has made its mark on the growing skyline of India’s commercial capital. As the package can be booked back-to-back, it’s possible to stay six nights and pay only four. One highlight of the property is AER bar and lounge, an open-air rooftop venue on the 34th floor that is an ideal spot for sundowners overlooking the bustling commercial neighborhood of Worli (fourseasons.com). Thailand SIREEAMPAN BOUTIQUE RESORT & SPA Styled after a 18th-century manor house, this 11-suite property outside Chiang Mai is offering a 45 percent discount on room rates for its Family Holiday Package, including two nights’ accommodation, a special Thai dinner, and two options from a choice of activities,…

1 min.
shore thing

In a country where barefoot luxury has become the norm, the recently opened St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort makes a subtle but clear statement about what that should mean. Its 77 airy timber-framed villas are wonderfully pared-down, ensuring that your gaze remains fixed on the endless cerulean waters beyond your private pool deck. Aside from the brand’s 24-hour butler service—which begins once you step off the plane at Malé—island pleasures run the gamut from a spa equipped with a heated seawater jet pool to an underground wine cellar, where vintages come paired with exquisite five-course degustation menus. There’s also an art trail of pop-up installations using found objects and locally sourced materials. Like the St. Regis Maldives as a whole, that should be quite an eyeful (960/676-6333; stregis.com; villas from…

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TIKI TIME If you’re after an offbeat venue for sundowners in southern Bali, make a beeline for Legian Beach. The island’s first tiki bar has recently opened on the second floor of the Azul Beach Club, a striking bamboo structure on a prime stretch of golden sand. From a rustic-chic interior fitted out with murals and locally crafted furniture, you can drink in the view while sipping classic tiki cocktails infused with Balinese ingredients. Two standouts are Nusa Caña Coconut Mojito—made with the local Nusa Caña rum brand launched this July—and Tiki Puka Puka, a blend of Maraschino and Jamaican white rum with the sweet notes of Balinese tamarillo. A sharing cocktail menu caters for between two and four people, with libations playfully served in an oversized shell, a handcarved wooden…

4 min.
coasting along

Before Hong Kong had high-rises and glittering nightlights, expansive bridges and big-loop highways, grand hotels and fine-dining restaurants … before all this, there were fishing villages. And in those villages, there were fishermen with wooden sampan boats who would trawl the coastline’s sandy beaches, rocky shallows, and watery depths for marine life that was native and plentiful and a staple of the daily diet. When you talk food with celebrity chef Margaret Xu Yuan, it is easy to imagine this bygone era, when the city’s extensive shores were still mostly wild and their inhabitants attuned to the ocean and its bounty. It’s easy to imagine because the neglected fishingvillage cuisine from those early days is the inspiration behind Yin Yang Coastal, Xu’s private kitchen in the beachside hamlet of Ting Kau. Situated…