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DestinAsian June - July 2015

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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1 min.
idyll worship

My idea of heaven? A private-island resort in the Maldives. I’ve so far only managed to sample a few, including a visit last year to The Residence Maldives, a gorgeous retreat in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. But each time I make the journey out to the equatorial heart of the Indian Ocean, the combination of soft white sand, turquoise-blue waters, and sublime hospitality—not to mention a healthy boost of vitamin D—delivers what to me is the ultimate island holiday. Thus it was with my latest Maldivian sojourn to Velaa Private Island, which appears on the cover and fashion pages of this, our annual Islands Issue. I’ll leave you to examine the photographs for yourselves; a picture is, after all, worth a thousand words. But one thing they don’t convey is…

11 min.
south side story

Hong Kong may be relatively small, but it also proves that distance is relative. Commutes that would barely faze tired professionals in other financial centers—40 minutes from home to office, say—are viewed here as intolerably long. People are reluctant to contemplate a journey that involves a bus transfer. And Kowloon, a mere 10-minute ferry (or even faster subway) ride from the bustling Central district, is acerbically referred to as the “dark side” by those living across the harbor. And then there is the side that nobody talks about—the south side of Hong Kong Island itself, separated by a spine of steep green hills from the iconic skyline of Central and the hurly-burly of Wan Chai. This is one of the few areas in Hong Kong that the top-notch MTR train system…

2 min.
love and haiti

• SINCE YOUR FIRST TRIP TO HAITI IN 2007 HOW HAS THE COUNTRY CHANGED? When people think of Haiti, they think of the 2010 earthquake, dictatorship, and poverty, but in the last three years, there’s been a lot of growth. Hotels are opening—most recently, the Marriott Port-au-Prince—and businesses have come in to do production, such as Heineken and Toms Shoes. • AS AN AMBASSADOR, WHAT’S A SIDE OF HAITI YOU WISH TO SHOW PEOPLE? It’s one of those rare countries that still feels undiscovered and authentic. Just about every fourth person in Haiti considers themselves an artist, and Jacmel, a colorful port town on the south coast, is the cultural center of the Caribbean, filled with gorgeous mosaic murals. It also hosts an elaborate carnival each February; people spend all year…

2 min.
special deals

Thailand FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE Until September 30, Four Seasons is helping travelers see the best of Thailand with its Summer Compliments offer. Three-night stays at the group’s Tented Camp Golden Triangle in northern Thailand not only include all meals and beverages, activities and excursions, and a daily spa treatment, but they also come with a complimentary two-night stay in either a Garden Pavilion at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai or a one-bedroom villa at the beachfront Four Seasons Koh Samui (fourseasons.com). Maldives VICEROY MALDIVES Given its 60 luxurious villas and remote location on a private island in the northern Shaviyani Atoll—50 minutes by seaplane from Male—the Viceroy Maldives is a place that guests want to settle into for as long as possible. Luckily, that’s easier to do this year with the resort’s…

1 min.
in plane sight

In the golden age of air travel, when passengers dressed to the nines and planes were sleek vessels of modernity, it was all about looking the part. As Matthias C. Hühne explores in Airline Visual Identity: 1945–1975 (Callisto), this was largely a product of the glamorous images created by the airline industry and the booming success of its collective advertising. At 436 pages, this hefty coffee-table book is the most encyclopedic work of its kind yet, using everything from archived boarding cards to case studies to analyze the branding of the top 13 commercial airlines of the period. Most visually stunning, of course, is the art: the iconic campaign graphics and posters impeccably reprinted using 17 colors, five varnishes, foil, and embossing, making the book no less glittering than the…

1 min.
cuban encounters

This drawing of Havana’s Habana Libre hotel is just one of dozens that fill the pages of Cuba, an 56 de la Révolution, a sketchbook-cum-travelogue by Barcelona-based French illustrator Lapin. “Cuba, a country frozen in a different time, offers much more than the standard clichés of revolution, mojitos, cigars, and old cars,” says the artist, who spent three weeks in the Cuban capital and Trinidad early last year. “I tried to discover Havana in my usual way, without any guide, walking through the city, meeting with locals and having long conversations with them. It was listening to their stories that shaped my perceptions of the place.” Apart from the city’s admittedly impressive trove of vintage American cars, one thing that caught his eye was the 30-story Habana Libre, once Latin…