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DestinAsian Jun/Jul 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

1 min.
island time

Writing this note from a cliff-top villa on the sunny shores of southern Bali, I’m keenly aware of the island’s importance in my own life as a place to decompress, refocus, and gain a renewed sense of balance. I always find myself coming back whenever I need some time out from the deadlines and many engagements that come with being in lifestyle publishing. I think we all have a dream island of some sort in our heads, whether they are brimming with skyscrapers, bright lights, and an air of opportunity, or beckon with a palm-fringed beach and an empty hammock just steps away from a turquoise ocean. Others are places to derive inspiration from nature’s raw beauty, as artists have been doing for decades in Norway’s remote Lofotens. Within these pages,…

2 min.

MATT DUTILE Wrote and photographed “Madagascar on the Mind,” p. 96 Tens years after first being entranced by the Avenue of the Baobabs on BBC’s Planet Earth series, Dutile, a photographer based in New York City, finally had the opportunity to visit western Madagascar and see the natural wonder for himself. “I had this fixed mental picture of what it would be like,” he says. “As it turns out, being there in person was far more amazing than anything I could have imagined. And that’s the feeling I took with me virtually everywhere I set foot in Madagascar. It’s a world apart. I’ve tried my best to describe my time there, but it really is one of those places that you need to experience for yourself.” A frequent contributor to DestinAsian, Dutile…

2 min.
special deals

Indonesia FOUR SEASONS HOTEL JAKARTA This opulent, all-suite property with Art Deco–style interiors turned heads when it opened last June in the Indonesian capital. While the opening offer has long since expired, prospective guests can still snap up a major discount with the One Night On Us special. Every paid night in a premier suite is matched with a complimentary second one, and since the offer can be booked back-to-back, half-price stays of four, six, or even eight nights are possible (fourseasons.com). Malaysia THE ANDAMAN RESORT, LANGKAWI A member of Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio, The Andaman in northern Langkawi has an enviable location: tucked between a 10-million-year-old rain forest and a sweeping stretch of white sand on coral-fringed Datai Bay. Now guests can spend more time soaking up its natural surroundings while saving on room…

1 min.
isle space

Anchored by an egg-shaped auditorium that rises above the middle of the Seine, Paris’s bold new music venue is as much about design drama as it is about showcasing an eclectic roster of events. La Seine Musicale (laseinemusicale.com) is the first of a number of cultural institutions planned for Île Seguin, a slim, kilometer-long island in the city’s western suburbs that was once home to automaker Renault’s flagship factory. Architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines are behind the futuristic look of the complex, wrapping its auditorium dome (now home to the Insula Orchestra) in a glass-and timber lattice that is shaded from the sun by a rotating solar sail of photovoltaic cells. Other facilities include a 6,000-seat concert hall showcasing everything from classical and contemporary music to ballet and…

2 min.

SEOUL ON A HIGH Thanks to the recently opened Lotte World Tower, Seoul now lays claim to having the world’s fifthtallest building. This 555-meter-high behemoth is the latest addition to a mega-development on the south bank of the Han River that includes shopping malls, a five-star hotel, two artificial lakes, and the world’s largest indoor theme park. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa may still hold the coveted title when it comes to overall height, but the Korean giant is still recordbreaking in other ways: sightseers are whisked from the basement to the 121st floor in 60 seconds flat, via the tallest and fastest double-decker elevators on the planet. Here, the public observatory is aptly named Seoul Sky, with a glass floor on level 118 providing a rush of adrenalin for more adventurous souls.…

2 min.
checking up on cherngtalay

The best of Phuket’s drinking and dining scene is scattered across the island, from the Old Town’s hipster hangouts to the high-end hotel offerings down the west coast. But in the last six months a new hub has been coalescing in the Cherngtalay area, within easy reach of the Laguna resort complex. The latest opening gathering buzz among islanders is Project Artisan (66-/937-909-911; theprojectartisan.com), a cool multipurpose venue that, when fully completed later this year, will house a café, deli, art studio, gallery, and holiday bungalows. Already, locals are making a beeline for the weekend seafood barbecues held in its garden as well as the foot massages at Saparod Pineapple Spa. Close by in the ever-expanding Boat Avenue complex is Iniala Kitchen & Bar (66-76/602-308; inialakb.com), a spin-off of the…