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DestinAsian Dec2017/Jan 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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2 min.
a new horizon

The more I travel, the more I realize just how much I haven’t seen. There is always a new up-and-coming destination to explore, or even in places you might return to every now and again, incremental changes that allow you to see and experience them from a new perspective. One illustration of that is the level of creativity found in Chiang Mai these days. Our Thailand-based contributor Simon N. Ostheimer heads there to see what’s brewing in and outside MAIIAM, the city’s first contemporary art museum, and meets the artists who are making their mark on the local scene. Over in South Korea, Pyeongchang is gearing up to host the Winter Olympics this coming February. I still remember when it was chosen back in 2011, beating out Munich and Annecy in the…

3 min.

JEFF KOEHLER Wrote “Study in Blue” p. 46 Longtime Barcelona resident Koehler has visited the picturesque Tunisian village of Sidi Bou Saïd numerous times over the years without ever losing his affection for the place. “All sorts of notable artists and writes came here back in the era when Tunisia was a French protectorate; these days, the narrow, cobbled lanes are filled with well-heeled Tunisians and travelers from the world over,” he says. “It’s an undeniably gorgeous spot, but just how Sidi Bou Saïd has remained so popular for so long is a bit of a mystery to me. How do you manage to be the hippest place in the country without losing your charm? Whatever the answer, the village’s appeal endures, and spending a day wandering around here is enormously rewarding.”…

2 min.
como point yamu

Stopping over in Bangkok after a beach break in Phuket? You can switch things up for less with COMO’s Island and City Break. Spending three nights or more at COMO Point Yamu in eastern Phuket will earn you a complimentary stay at its sister property in the Thai capital, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok, with breakfast included. While guests will receive one night free in Bangkok at the very least, the reward increases to two nights for every five or six in Phuket, and three for seven nights or more (comohotels.com). Indonesia SAMSARA UBUD Through December next year, reserving a three-night stay at this months-old property in Bali’s central foothills just 21 days in advance will get you 30 percent off room rates with airport pickup, daily breakfast, and an hour-long Balinese massage. The smallscale…

1 min.
raising the roof

Dubai may hog the limelight when it comes to ground-breaking architecture in the United Arab Emirates, but the Louvre Abu Dhabi in the nation’s capital looks set to change that. The newly opened waterside museum is Pritzker Prize–winner Jean Nouvel’s contribution to a landmark cultural district, boasting a 180-meter-diameter double dome whose nearly 8,000 overlapping metal stars mirror the geometric patterns of classical Islamic art. This hovers over a “museum city” of 55 white-walled cubic pavilions that take in the entire scope of human civilization, with precious artifacts ranging from a two-headed Neolithic statue found in Jordan and a 10th-century South Indian bronze Shiva, to Renaissance pieces, Japanese namban folding screens, and paintings by Piet Mondrian and Jackson Pollock. Half of the 600 artworks on display are on loan from…

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MADE TO MEASURE Hot on the heels of a new Paris museum dedicated to fashion giant Yves Saint Laurent, its larger Moroccan counterpart has opened in the enchanting city that so inspired his work. The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech was the fruition of an idea that sprang from an immensely popular 2010 exhibition in the Majorelle Garden next door, which the couturier and his longtime partner Pierre Bergé acquired in 1980. French architecture firm Studio KO looked to the archives of Saint Laurent for inspiration, giving the edifice a balance of curves and straight lines, while acknowledging Marrakech’s vernacular style in the facade of terra-cotta brick. Inside, roughly 1,000 items on display span the illustrious designer’s 40-yearcareer; the permanent exhibition focuses on 50 of his most iconic looks. Elsewhere in…

3 min.
sizing up shoreditch

If ever a city neighborhood deserved the description “shabby chic,” it’s Shoreditch in East London. A once low-rent, predominantly working- class area that emerged as a hipster hub more than a decade ago, Shoreditch still doesn’t look like much when you emerge from the Old Street tube station. But make your way past the glow-in-the-dark kebab shop, the Bangladeshi dry cleaner, and the three-story graffito of a Japanese geisha, and it soon becomes clear what all the fuss is about. For proof of Shoreditch’s ongoing transformation, look no further than the latest batch of cool hotels. On Willow Street, there’s the 150- room Nobu Hotel Shoreditch (nobuhotelshoreditch.com; doubles from US$342), whose seductive Japan-meets-industrial-London aesthetics and zen-like calm offer a refuge from the frenetic pulse of life outside; it’s also home to…