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50 Reasons To Visit The UAE
The architecture of this Jean Nouvel–designed branch of Paris’s Louvre museum is as much a work of art as the collection inside. Perched on the water’s edge of Saadiyat Island, a metallic dome made of 7,850 geometric stars filters dappled light onto
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City Slickers
Never ones to rest on their laurels, Hong Kong’s hyper-competitive hoteliers have been putting the pandemic downtime to good use. Opened amid the hubbub of Wan Chai in December, (1) The Hari is the city’s latest design hotel, with tech-led rooms, a b
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Conveniently located in the Thai capital’s Langsuan area, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok is the epitome of design-led luxury, with 362 rooms and suites featuring bespoke amenities and inspiring decor. The hotel boasts four distinct and immersive dining venu
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Tucked away along the curving north end of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach, Anantara Lawana Resort & Spa is a compelling fusion of Sino-Thai contemporary style inspired by the island’s original Chinese merchant settlers. Scenic paths flanked by lush foliag
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Discovery Shores Boracay
Its position on one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand is just the start of this resort’s allure. Overlooking Boracay’s aptly named White Beach, Discovery Shores Boracay is an all-suite property with 99 guest rooms, including 11 exclusiv
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Out In Bloom
Multicolored glass, technical artistry, and foliaged follies converge on Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay in Dale Chihuly’s first major garden exhibition in Asia. Running until August 1, Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom (chihulyinbloom.com) scatters 25 of
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The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
This gorgeous 100-room boutique hotel in Singapore’s heritage precinct offers scene-stealing views of the Marina Bay waterfront and city skyline. Created by leading Asian designer André Fu, the shimmering interiors mix contemporary chic with timeless
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Connections
Nestled in the Vietnamese capital’s former French Quarter, the latest property from Capella Hotels and Resorts takes its inspiration from the nearby Hanoi Opera House. Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley has conceived the 47-room Capella Hanoi as a
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Whatever else happens at the 2020 Summer Olympics once they finally kick off on July 23, this pandemic-hit edition of the Games will be remembered as the first time in its 125-year history that the event has been postponed — and the first time that i
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CRIMSON RESORT & SPA, BORACAY
With its 3,000-square-meter beachfront on Boracay’s secluded Punta Bunga Cove, Crimson Resort & Spa, Boracay is easily among the finest properties on the island. The VIP experience begins with a private speedboat ride from the jetty at Caticlan and c
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Kalimpong, India
“In January, I ventured to Kalimpong in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal, the closest hill destination to my hometown of Kolkata,” says artist Harsha Khanchandani, a devoted color enthusiast. “It was my first trip following an extended period o
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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Situated at the mouth of the Singapore River, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore inhabits a striking neoclassical building (now recognized as a national monument) that was originally home to Singapore’s General Post Office. With its grand architecture and
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Oaxaca
Under the fierce Mexican sun at Dainzu, a pair of mezcaleros are hacking away at the hearts of agave plants with sharpened axes. Shorn of their thick, spiky leaves, the hearts — which can weigh up to 100 kilograms each — look like huge green pineappl
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ANANTARA DESARU COAST RESORT & VILLAS
Serenity awaits at this charming high-end resort on the southeastern shores of the Malay Peninsula, perched along a 17-kilometer stretch of golden sand on the South China Sea. Opened in December 2019, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas is the Bang
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Out Of The Bottle
From cold-brew concoctions in specialist cafés to skincare products and artisanal ice cream, Indonesia’s traditional herbal medicine, jamu, has been finding new expressions as of late. But the age-old natural remedies remain largely unknown outside t
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Banda Bound
Bad news folks — there’s a crocodile in the lagoon.” It’s early morning in the remote Raja Ampat islands of eastern Indonesia as our tender glides up to the lonely pier at Goa Keramat, and already the day’s itinerary has taken an unscripted turn. Fol
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Northern Exposure
The world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art has a new, purpose-built home: Qaumajuq (wag.ca), which opened in March as an extension of the adjacent Winnipeg Art Gallery. With a scalloped white-granite facade that recalls the Arcti
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The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
Originally built in 1904 to house a British artillery garrison, this lovingly restored colonial landmark on Singapore’s Sentosa Island has been reincarnated as a heritage hideaway that evokes a bygone era of travel. With just 40 rooms and suites spre
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Fiuggi In Focus
The healing mineral waters of Fiuggi may have cured Michelangelo’s kidney stones, but it wasn’t until the early 20th century that the central Italian town (an hour’s drive east of Rome) emerged as a fashionable spa destination. Now, almost 110 years
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From The Publisher
Going to Bali these days can sometimes be a sobering experience. It is surreal to see how quiet once-thriving areas like Seminyak have now become; the sheer number of shuttered shops, hotels, and restaurants points to the pain wrought by ongoing bord
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A Brush With Bali
On the top floor of the Apurva Kempinski Bali, a discreet entrance leads to an austere room unlike any other in the resort. Vibrant paints line its shelves, while the bold hues of graffiti canvases are illuminated by daylight flooding in through the
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Songkhla Steps Up
Sunrise in Songkhla. The lingering syllables of a mosque’s call to prayer bounce between the rooftops of the city’s compact Old Town. Formica tables unfold on the sidewalk; motorbikes are kick-started with a roar. Breakfasters fuel up with big bowls
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Puttin’ On The Ritz
Just past the Prado Museum on the grand Paseo del Prado, the gleaming white Hotel Ritz rises above the plane trees in Belle Époque splendor. Opened in 1910 as Spain’s first luxury hotel, the iconic property was built at the behest of King Alfonso XII
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Updates
There’s good news in Hong Kong for visiting vegans: the city’s first shop dedicated exclusively to plant-based cheeses has opened at the K11 Musea mall in Tsim Sha Tsui. The brainchild of jewelry designer turned raw vegan chef Tina Barrat (also behin
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The Full Flavors Of Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan’s status as a staging point on the so-called Banana Pancake Trail hasn’t always been good for its culinary cred: the Thai island is far more famous for its wild full-moon parties than for its hitherto unsung restaurant scene. But as the d
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Capella Singapore
Old-world charm and contemporary style blend seamlessly at Capella Singapore, one of the finest luxury resorts on Sentosa Island. Spread across 12 hectares of lush grounds dotted with mature trees on a knoll overlooking the South China Sea, the flags
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Settling In Just Fine
Shaded by lush, decades-old trees, Andaz Bali feels like it could have been here forever, though it only opened in April as the first Indonesian property of Hyatt’s boutique-style Andaz brand (and the first Andaz resort in Asia). Together with the ad
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• EAT For Indonesian cuisine, you can’t go wrong with Kaum (kaum.com) by the Potato Head Group—order the wagyu sate maranggi and anything with seafood or fish. The seasonal cocktails are interesting too; I recently tried the Cici Petak 9, a gin-based
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Strategically located in the entertainment and shopping district of Namba, and just a short walk from a major railway station and subway interchange, brand-new Citadines Namba Osaka is the ideal base from which to explore Japan’s second-largest city.
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