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DestinAsian Oct/Nov 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.
staying power

One of the greatest joys of travel, I think, is to settle into the comfort of a beautifully designed property, where you have the time and space to appreciate small details that you might otherwise miss back home. For that reason, I’ve always looked forward to DestinAsian’s annual Luxe List, our roundup of exceptional new hotels that have opened across the Asia- Pacific region in the past year. From a Maldivian private-island resort with villas designed to evoke the creatures of the deep, to a “storytelling hotel” in Tasmania, to a collection of red-brick shikumen rowhouses in Shanghai’s former French Concession, upscale lodgings these days are getting ever more diverse and creative. It all makes for a fascinating snapshot of the varied travel experiences found right here in our own…

3 min.

SIMON OSTHEIMER Wrote “Putting It All on the Table” p. 130 “It’s incredible how much Phuket has changed in the last few years, and nowhere is this more apparent than with its dining scene,” says Ostheimer, who has called the island home since 2011. Writing this story gave him a chance to explore in-depth how a new wave of chefs is shining a spotlight on the island’s culinary potential and, perhaps, even gaining a few envious glances from the Thai capital. “For too long, Phuket has played second fiddle to Bangkok. But now we’re finally seeing the emergence of a culinary evolution that celebrates southern Thailand’s incredible ingredients.” When he’s not contributing stories to the likes of CNN and Design Anthology, the Hong Kong–raised writer can be found stand-up paddling or surfing,…

2 min.
special deals

/ Sri Lanka / SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, COLOMBO The latest oceanfront property to grace Sri Lanka’s commercial capital is making its debut with the Discover Colombo offer, valid from December 1 through September next year. Starting at US$245 per night in a Deluxe Lake View room, the deal includes buffet breakfast, a dinner for two at its contemporary Sri Lankan restaurant, discounts of 20 percent on all food and drinks at the hotel, and your choice of a two-hour walking tour or a half-day exploration of the city by tuk-tuk (shangri-la.com). Thailand FOUR SEASONS RESORT CHIANG MAI With its Lanna-style pavilions and creature comforts—think deep tubs and outdoor swing sofas—Chiang Mai’s Four Seasons resort makes for a soothing respite amid the forests and iridescent paddy fields of the Mae Rim valley. Better still, guests here can…

1 min.
against the grain

What’s old is new again in Cape Town, thanks to the transformation of a monumental 1920s grain silo on the V&A Waterfront into a hip hotel and the much-awaited Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). From a dense, honeycomb-like structure of 42 concrete tubes and an elevator tower, Heatherwick Studio has hollowed out 9,500 square meters of gallery space, creating the largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art anywhere in the world. Must-sees in the permanent collection—which only displays pieces made since 2000— include Isaac Julien’s nine-screen projection Ten Thousand Waves, while the late Togo-born artist El Loko has graced the rooftop sculpture garden with nine enormous etched glass discs that double as skylights for the soaring atrium (zeitzmocaa.museum). TRAIN TRIP A high-altitude adventure in the Peruvian Andesp. 20 TOP TABLES Indonesia’s new…

2 min.
good to go update

CREATIVE EDGE Peruvian celebrity chef Diego Munoz has been leading a nomadic existence as of late, and he’s put his stamp firmly on the open-air restaurant at Ulu Cliffhouse, the newest beach club to grace Bali’s Bukit peninsula. But the eclectic, cross-cultural menu inspired by his global travels is just one reason to make time for this 4,600-squaremeter playground on the clifftops of Uluwatu. There’s also an infinity pool and day beds swaddled in modernist surroundings that recall 1950s Palm Springs, and, halfway down the cliff face, the cantilevered terraces of the Rock Bar, accessed from the poolside area by a winding stairway. The tunes here are another highlight. Ulu Cliffhouse has now recruited producer and composer Neil McLellan—best known for his work with electronic music legends The Prodigy—to helm the…

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peruvian passage

At 4,313 meters above sea level, southeastern Peru’s La Raya Pass seems an unlikely stop for a luxury train. But it’s here, at the literal high point of our two-night journey from Cusco to Arequipa, that the Belmond Andean Explorer has creaked to a halt, allowing passengers to stretch their legs and soak up the scenery—along with servings of muna tea, a local remedy for soroche (altitude sickness)—as the sun dips behind the ice-capped mountains that surround us. Painted in regal midnight blue and ivory, the months-old Andean Explorer harks back to the golden era of rail travel. The former carriages of Australia’s defunct Great South Pacific Express have been remodeled by London-based interior designer Inge Moore, with 24 en-suite staterooms whose ornate moldings, vintage-style chandeliers, and gleaming marquetry floors find…