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DestinAsian Oct/Nov 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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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
one to celebrate

From the time we launched the premier issue of this magazine (pictured right) back in 2001, our goal has always been to inspire people to explore the world, opening up their eyes to not-so-typical destinations. We started off covering only the Asia-Pacific region, because I felt there was a lack of good writing and stories from that part of the globe. The past five years we’ve also expanded our reach to include Europe, the Americas, and even Africa—life is too short to be lived in one place and of course we want to give our readers the world. One of the ways we do this is by portraying well known destinations in a new light. Now the choice of Amsterdam as a cover story might seem strange for our 15th-anniversary issue;…

3 min.
special deals

/ China / EAST, HONG KONG Weekend warriors rejoice: the Weekend Recharge deal at EAST in Quarry Bay gets you 50 percent off your second night’s stay. Also included are a 20 percent discount for dining at Feast from Friday to Sunday, early check-in and late checkout, and access to the property’s 24-hour gym and swimming pool. Extra in-room touches are small but useful: guests can look forward to a selection of teas, infusions, and an espresso maker, alongside a Handy device with unlimited phone data and a built-in city guide (east-hongkong.com). Maldives ONE & ONLY REETHI RAH This award-winning sanctuary in the North Malé Atoll has unveiled a set of special offers valid until December 18, 2017. Guests who book four consecutive nights at the private island resort will only pay for three, while…

1 min.
the eyes have it

FOOD STUFF A culinary workshop in Versaillesp. 18 ABOUT TOWN High times in Dubaip. 24 ISLAND SCENE Checking in on Canggu, Balip. 28 One of the better-kept secrets of the fashion industry is that hidden behind the rows of conspicuously logoed leather goods at Louis Vuitton is Editions, a low-key but excellent selection of travel tomes and city guides. Now, the brand’s busy publishing arm is launching Fashion Eye, a collection of photography books bound in tinted silk-screen cloth covers. Each of the five volumes features a city or a country as seen through the eyes of a leading 20th-century or up-and-coming fashion photographer. Whether the dreamlike sequences of Guy Bourdin’s stark sensuality of 1970s Miami, Henry Clarke’s legendary excursions through India for American Vogue in the ’60s, Jeanloup Sieff’s evocative black-and-white renderings of Paris, or…

2 min.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING While most galleries are built out of the need to house existing, perhaps expanding, collections, the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History & Culture (nmaahc.si.edu) in Washington, D.C., had nothing to its name when it was conceptualized more than a decade ago. The framework was there: to become a space for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, to learn about the richness and diversity of the African-American experience. Armed with this and little more, the gallery’s director Lonnie Bunch set off on a 15-city roadshow of sorts, calling on people and communities to donate heirlooms and memorabilia from their closets and attics. A jaw-dropping 36,000 pieces were collected—an eclectic and often moving compilation that ranges from shards of tools and leg irons used by escaped slaves to…

4 min.
french lessons

It’s only 11 a.m. in Versailles, on the leafy western outskirts of Paris, and we’re already an hour into making lunch. My job is to clean the scallops ever so gently before skewering them on thyme branches to be seared in fragrant butter. Natalie, the student beside me, is absorbed in picking only the best leaves of baby spinach and removing the hard stems. The greens will be served with a redwine vinaigrette alongside the scallops. And that’s just the entrée. I have signed up for a half-day culinary workshop with Patricia Boussaroque at her atelier inside a renovated 18th-century townhouse, just a stroll from the gates of Versailles’ famous palace. She’s the antithesis of what you’d expect from a French chef, a blonde woman with laughing eyes, a welcoming double-kiss, and…

1 min.
singapore star

Superbly located in the heart of Singapore’s premier shopping belt and just a three-minute walk from the nearest MRT station, Royal Plaza on Scotts provides a welcoming haven for holidaymakers and business travelers alike. Whether you wish to browse the boutiques and restaurants on nearby Orchard Road, or take the family on a day trip to Sentosa, the hotel’s strategic position ensures that your precious time in the Lion City is well spent. Royal Plaza on Scotts is also well-equipped for the 21stcentury luxury nomad. Staying connected and up-to-date is a cinch, as all room categories come with unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi access for multiple devices, alongside a wealth of news and cable channels. If an exclusive experience is what you’re after, booking a Royal Club Premiere room allows you to check in…