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DestinAsian Aug/Sept 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.

6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
shifting gears

For many of us, travel marks a change from our daily routines, as we delve into the unfamiliar and revel in the novelty of our new surroundings. Neither we as travelers nor the locales we visit remain static: we might come across a city undergoing a rapid metamorphosis, or find insights that renew us on a personal level. In our cover story this issue, we venture deep into the mystical highlands of northern Ethiopia, following Aidan Hartley as he embarks on a pilgrimage to its monolithic rock-cut churches and otherworldly landscapes—an emotional return to a country he once visited under very different circumstances. Instead of heading for the Himalayas, Jason Overdorf takes us to Nepal’s subtropical Terai lowlands to seek out rhinos and elephants at Chitwan National Park. He underlines the…

2 min
special deals

Indonesia THE MULIA BALI / MULIA VILLAS An elegant presence on the sweeping white sands of Nusa Dua, The Mulia’s 111 suites are sure to delight those looking for a deluxe Balinese beach getaway, while neighboring property Mulia Villas provides an even more exclusive retreat. To make the most of your time there, book the Stay Longer and Save More deal online—guests who stay five consecutive nights in a one-bedroom villa or Earl suite only pay for three, with gourmet breakfast for two and daily afternoon tea at selected on-site restaurants included (themulia.com). Hong Kong THE UPPER HOUSE Travelers heading to Hong Kong might want to book a room at The Upper House before September 30. Guests staying for two consecutive nights or more in a studio room will receive a gift voucher for fashion…

1 min
baa’s new buzz

With its full-moon “tribal” parties, rotating roster of visiting DJs and performers, celebrity mani-pedis, and culinary offerings that run the gamut from VW Kombi food trucks and a crab shack to traditional North African cuisine, Finolhu is a splashy addition to the Maldives’ Baa Atoll. Sister property to the nearby—and more sedate—Amilla Fushi, the new resort is named for the two-kilometer-long sandbar that stretches away from the island like the handle of a golf club, providing guests with plenty of beach to comb. There are also 125 swoonworthy villas, more than half of which come with private pools. But for the “fun-loving beach-erati” that Finolhu hopes to attract, the heart of the action is the Baa Baa Beach Club (pictured here), where diversions include a two-story bar, arcade games, movie…

2 min

MODERN TIMES On the north shore of Lake Geneva, Vevey is arguably one of Switzerland’s most charming towns. With its broad waterside promenade backdropped by the Alps, it’s easy to see why Charlie Chaplin fell in love with the area and decided to call it home when he was banned from the United States in 1952; he spent the last 25 years of his life here. Surrounded by centuries-old trees and expansive parkland, the manor house he and his family (Chaplin had eight children) lived in, high on a hill overlooking the lake, has been transformed into Chaplin’s World by Grevin (chaplinsworld.com), an insightful shrine to the actor and political activist. In addition to the grand house, the project— some 16 years in the planning—includes a purpose-built gallery showcasing more than…

4 min
a taste of tradition

Purple potatoes may seem an unlikely source of inspiration, but that’s where Jade Temepara’s passion for nurturing both the land and those around her began. Twelve years ago, her grandfather Colin Reihana convinced Temepara to dig up her backyard in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island to grow peruperu, an eggplant-hued native tuber that had sustained their family for five generations. Not one of Reihana’s seven sons had planted gardens of their own; he told Temepara that the responsibility for maintaining the whakapapa (legacy) of their Maori forebears now rested on her shoulders. She argued that she had other plans for her lawn but eventually gave in. “I took the damn potatoes and planted them!” she recalls with a laugh. That first harvest was a huge success, inspiring Temepara…

2 min
ship shape

THE LOOK With its cruise ship–like lines, the Conrad Manila, designed by Singaporean firm WOW Architects, is a striking addition to the Manila Bay waterfront, with undulating bands of white that flow and contort over rounded corners. A large steel-and-fiberglass sculpture of sea plants suspended in the compact welcome lobby makes a fitting prelude to the sprawling reception area two floors up. Once the elevator doors open, guests are greeted with a sun-drenched space featuring a graphic carpet, a lipstick-red installation inspired by pencil shavings, and floor-toceiling windows looking out toward the water. This interplay between art and sweeping sea views is found throughout the property, which houses 635 works by notable contemporary Filipino artists including Leeroy New, Reggie Yuson, and Olivia d’Aboville. THE ROOMS Besides the usual creature comforts, Conrad Manila’s 347…