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DestinAsian Feb/Mar 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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2 min.
adding your voice

In all my years of traveling, many of the best recommendations have come via word of mouth. There’s nothing quite like hearing from people who have been there themselves, sharing their advice on where to stay and what to do on your precious time off. That leads us to the main story this issue: our 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, which has been an annual fixture of our magazine—and something we look forward to hosting—for 12 years now. A lot has changed over that time, and we’ve brought in a few updates to reflect the current state of luxury travel. While past iterations of the RCA put the spotlight on the most popular cities around the Asia-Pacific region, our new country-based rankings offer a much broader scope. Also making an entrance this…

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BRIAN SPENCER Wrote “A Canal Runs Through It,” p. 63 Everything Spencer knew, or thought he knew, about London changed on a brief visit in 2013, the first time he’d returned to the city in seven years. “Like so many tourists, I hadn’t ventured far into the more northern and eastern areas of London. But once I did, something just clicked,” he says. “My newfound infatuation with the city continues to deepen the more I explore it. There’s a certain energy, sense of humor, and good spirit here that’s so infectious—and the thriving food and craft beer scenes are brilliant, too.” The Singaporebased freelance writer now tries to spend at least three months a year in London, and enjoys few things more than a long morning run on the Regent’s Canal towpath, racing…

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the peninsula

Aching for a last-minute city break this March? Until the end of the month, staying two nights in a Grand Deluxe Kowloon View room or any higher category at the Peninsula will get you a third night on the house, with access to the fitness center and Roman-style swimming pool— allowing you to keep in shape while on a Hong Kong culinary adventure. Alternatively, booking a Grand Deluxe Kowloon View room via the hotel website brings a free upgrade to a Superior suite (hongkong.peninsula.com). Indonesia PADMA RESORT LEGIAN Through March next year, Bali’s beachside Padma Resort is offering bonus nights, with daily buffet breakfast and return airport transfers part of the deal. Reserving four means paying only three, while staying a week allows for a second free night. Booking a Family Deluxe room—which…

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higher learning

He’s behind some of the region’s most applauded hotels and resorts, yet architect Bill Bensley claims his studio’s newest project in Vietnam is the “best big hotel we have ever designed.” It’s certainly the most distinctive. Set on Khem Beach on the southern coast of Phu Quoc Island, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay (84-77/377-9999; marriott.com; doubles from US$400) takes its inspiration from a mythical academy of learning, Lamarck University. The story goes that the school was built in the 1800s as a base for French colonists and their children, beginning small and then expanding as the student population grew. The new JW channels this theme through a design that eschews large communal buildings in favor of intimate, individually crafted accommodations lining a long main street known as Rue…

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raising the roof

It may be seven years late and three times over budget, but Hamburg’s newly opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall warrants a standing ovation for its eye-catching architecture. The playful glass structure stands atop a historic brick warehouse on an island in the Elbe, marked by an undulating roof and a facade adorned with “melting” balconies, dented panels, and bubble-like protrusions. From the entrance, an 82-meter-long curved escalator leads visitors to the performance halls via a panorama window on the sixth floor, while the textured “white skin” in the main venue recalls the limestone surfaces of an ancient Greek theater. Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron made sure their design wasn’t just for musicians and concertgoers: the Westin Hamburg moved into the same building last November, and a public viewing platform…

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riverside redux

Few hotels in Southeast Asia are as storied as The Strand. Set on Yangon’s riverfront boulevard, it was opened in 1901 by hoteliers du jour Aviet and Tigran Sarkies—Persian-born Armenians who, along with two other well-mustachioed brothers, were also behind the Eastern & Oriental in Penang and Singapore’s Raffles. Back then, the city was called Rangoon, a booming if scruffy colonial port of 250,000 people. The Strand became a beacon of luxury and modernity. A whopping three stories tall and crowned by a grand pediment, it was the first building in town with electricity, not to mention 60 resplendent rooms that would host the likes of Noël Coward and Somerset Maugham. But with Burmese independence, the property began a slow decline that only picked up speed after the military coup of…