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DestinAsian June - July 2016

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.
power play

One of the greatest virtues of the travel industry is its ability to give a bit of soft power to places that really need it. In this issue, our annual Islands Issue, we revisit two island nations that were in the throes of civil war not too long ago, yet through reclamation of their beautiful assets are now well established as desirable destinations. Cain Nunns explores Sri Lanka’s less-traveled east coast—by nature, anywhere that has a “less-traveled” side means that it’s doing well in the way of tourism—and Aaron Gulley indulges in a clutch of luxurious resorts that have sprouted up on truly far-flung islands in Mozambique. Aside from the sheer natural beauty of these countries, a defining feature of both stories is the people each writer encounters—people who are…

2 min.
contributors & letters

ANDREA MILAM Home Base: St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Wrote: “Lesser is More,” p. 35 The best thing about living in St. John is the way the people in the community take care of each other, including those of us who moved here from the States. The unspoiled beaches and hiking trails are an added bonus. My favorite memory is playing Kadooment in Barbados in 2002. That’s the day I truly fell in love with the Caribbean and its people, prompting my move three years later. CAIN NUNNS Home Base: Taipei Wrote: “The Other Side of Sri Lanka,” p. 108 My worst moment in Sri Lanka came with bouts of delirium from a case of dengue I picked up in the Maldives. But after checking in to a hospital in Kandy, I recovered quickly. For what it’s worth,…

2 min.
special deals

/ Maldives / WRETREAT & SPA MALDIVES Few destinations are better suited for lovebirds than the Maldives, especially with W’s Over the Moon offer, available through March next year. Stays of four nights or more at the stylish resort are met with a host of romantic complimentary add-ons: evening room decorations paired with vodka and caviar; daily breakfast and an Under the Stars private dinner for two; a 90-minute couple’s massage; a bottle of champagne upon arrival and a special departure gift (wretreatmaldives.com). Thailand SONEVA KIRI Giving truly is receiving at this eco-luxury paradise on southern Thailand’s remote Koh Kood. With the Discover the Nature of Humanity offer running through September 20, guests who book stays of three nights and agree to volunteer during that time— documenting rare flora and fauna in the rain forest…

1 min.
outer limits

If the fact that it was formerly used by the British to host their exiles—the Sultan of Perak among them—is any indicator, the small island of Félicité in the Seychelles is truly away from it all. But with its dramatic coast of granite boulders punctuated by coconut trees and surrounding reef-filled blue waters, it’s hard to imagine a better island to be isolated on for a bit, especially come October, when the Six Senses Zil Pasyon will open as the sole resort on its shores. Accessed by helicopter or boat, it will be home, of course, for one of Six Senses’ magnificent spas, along with six bars and restaurants, a pool, three private beaches, and 30 pool villas nestled among the rocks overlooking the sea (248/467-1000; sixsenses.com; doubles from US$1,350).…

4 min.

ALL THAT GLITTERS In 2011, Prince Albert II of Monaco crowned his bride with one of the most iconic jewelry pieces of modern times: the Océan Tiara by Van Cleef & Arpels. However, as Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems (until August 14; marinabaysands.com) at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum goes to show, the 70-carat piece dates back not five years but 4.6 billion, when the interior movements of the earth began forming the nearly 900 diamonds and 359 sapphires that now encrust the tiara. Exploring the intersection between geoscience and the art of jewelry making, the exhibition takes visitors through seven sections that each pair a design theme (couture, precious objects, icons) with a facet of mineralogy (pressure, oxygen, water), displaying 430 of Van Cleef’s dazzling creations alongside…

5 min.
a little wonder down under

Call it the Garagistes Effect. Or the MONA Effect. Either will do. Both are responsible for Hobart’s sudden rush of relevance to Australian and international tourists. Garagistes is the gamechanging restaurant that closed in 2015 after five years of showcasing Tasmanian produce and ingenuity. MONA is the Museum of Old and New Art, philanthropist David Walsh’s wild wunderkammer that established the Tasmanian capital as a year-round, must-do cultural destination. Their combined legacy is a fresh confidence in Australia’s southernmost city and an unprecedented boom in restaurant and bar openings. Visitors will want to make a beeline to Brooke Street Pier (brookestreetpier.com), a threestory floating building in Sullivans Cove that’s home to two of the city’s sharpest new addresses. The Glass House (61-4/3724-5540; theglass.house), so named for its glass walls and the…