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Away From It All
Sustainability-minded travelers looking to avoid air-conditioning on their next trip to Bali should check in to Sarinbuana Eco Lodge (baliecolodge.com; bungalows from US$79), a jungly retreat perched 700 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount
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Staying The Course
I write this note at an unprecedented moment in modern history, when an increasing number of countries are closing their borders and advising against all travel in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Flights are being canceled, cruise lines are suspendin
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Total Immersion
1 Summer holidays in the Maldives come with an educational edge at Six Senses Laamu (sixsenses.com), which offers a unique learning experience for budding conservationists through its annual Junior Marine Biology program. Aimed at guests aged between
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1915
Judging from this picture, you could say that one of the most illustrious hotels on the French Riviera got off to a rocky start. Originally built as a writers’ retreat called Villa Soleil, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (known as Grand Hôtel du Cap until 1987
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Special Deals
Singapore Stays of at least four consecutive nights at the long-standing Mandarin Oriental in Marina Bay now come with a host of benefits, not the least of which is that the fourth night is on the house. Running throughout the year and applicable to
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It Takes A Village
When young Indonesian entrepreneur Ronald Akili returned to his native Jakarta after 13 years in Hawaii, he was a man on a mission. “Back then, there was so little exposure of Indonesian contemporary art and architecture, or even Indonesian food, on
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Hide and Seek
Social distancing is the mantra of the moment, and few places are better equipped for that than Te Whare Ruruhau (owhaoko.com; full board from US$1,164), a new wilderness cabin on almost 6,900 hectares of private Maori-owned land in the center of New
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The Whole (chow) Kit And Caboodle
Having a monorail train roll past your window every few minutes isn’t a typical selling point for a hotel. But at the Towkay Soh Suite in Kuala Lumpur’s new (and well-soundproofed) The Chow Kit, I find it adds some visual excitement to the views of t
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A Milestone For The Met
The New York businessmen, civic leaders, and artists who banded together in 1870 to form a public institution for “encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts,” and “advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects” couldn’t have known t
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Going To Extremes
WE HAD JUST GULPED DOWN THE LAST OF THE PORRIDGE at our camp on a stony alpine meadow called Robulathang when Tshering Ngoedup, our sirdar (crew leader), burst into the mess tent and instructed us to clear out. A helicopter was expected to arrive soo
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Trunk Call
South African carrier Airlink (flyairlink.com) flies daily from Johannesburg to Kasane airport, right on the doorstep of the national park. The sole safari property in the park’s northeastern sector is the riverside Chobe Game Lodge (chobegamelodge.c
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DestinAsian READERSHIP SURVEY 2020
BALI Understated elegance and barefoot luxury define The St. Regis Bali Resort, a tranquil beachfront property on the fine white sands of Nusa Dua. Travelers can unwind here in the utmost privacy, cooling off in the resort’s own 3,668-square-meter sa
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Neihu’s New Appeal
Separated from downtown Taipei by the Keelung River and cradled by a thickly forested mountain range, Neihu fueled much of Taiwan’s technology boom in the ’90s. IT and multimedia companies still occupy large, multistory buildings on its tree-lined st
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A Tunisian Oasis
AS THRILLING AS IT IS to ride an explosively flatulent camel alongside a derelict Star Wars film set on the edge of the Tunisian Sahara, I’m more taken by our visit later that day to the date-palm oasis at Tozeur, where we trot on horseback under a c
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Right On Track
“I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I were on it.” So wrote American novelist Paul Theroux in the opening lines of his 1975 classic travelogue The Great Railway Bazaar. The romance of riding the rails has not diminished in the decades s
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Good Parma
I WAS IN THE MUSEO DEL CULATELLO ON AN ESTATE NEAR PARMA, IN the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It was not the sort of museum I had expected from Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2020. There were no religious paintings or Renaissance sculpt
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Monuments Man
At the request of Qatar’s ruling family, Pei emerged from semi-retirement to design one of his last major projects, located on a small man-made island off the Doha Corniche. Its austere, angular forms were directly inspired by the 13th-century abluti
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Ein Kerem, Jerusalem
“February in Jerusalem is an especially beautiful month of spring-like weather and blossoming almond trees,” says Andrey Shmatnik, an Israeli-Canadian architect who resides in Toronto. “With the heat of summer still months away, it’s the perfect time
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Montreal Makeovers
Nostalgic charm comes to the fore at this restored 1880s warehouse overlooking the St. Lawrence River and the parklands of Montreal’s Old Port. About half of its 45 rooms face the water; the rest look out onto a cobbled section of Rue Saint-Paul, the
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Cheers To Changi
A leading Gulf airline expands its reach to northern Malaysia with services via the Lion City. Carrier: Emirates Launch date: April 9 Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER Distance: 6,446 kilometers Flight time: 10 hours 40 minutes Frequency: Daily Jakarta–Toky
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Jakarta Journal
• 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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Animal Attraction
“All our raptors have special powers,” says Ingrid Albion as she introduces me to Patchy, a one-eyed Tasmanian masked owl endemic to Australia’s island state. “Patchy’s is hearing—he can hear mice running under the snow.” Patchy is one of the residen
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All In The Bag
WHAT ARE THE THREE ESSENTIAL ITEMS WE SHOULD PACK IN A PLASTIC-FREE TRAVEL KIT AND WHY? A reusable water bottle, reusable coffee cup, and wooden cutlery. This way, you can avoid a lot of waste at airports, bus and train stations, and while you’re en
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Special Deals
/Maldives/ It might be a few months too late to book the opening promotion at the sophomore Maldivian property by LUX* Resorts & Hotels, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get a good deal. Valid for stays through October, this ultra-modern retreat
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Karst Away
With hundreds of limestone islands and outcrops rising like giant chess pieces from its turquoise waters, Ha Long Bay in northeastern Vietnam is among the most photogenic seascapes on earth. The conventional way to see this utterly beguiling World He
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Current Affairs
The Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok’s most underrated attractions, its curving banks lined with skyscrapers and gold-tipped temples all too often overlooked by even seasoned travelers. All the more reason to applaud the debut of a pair of bijoux
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FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN A THREE-NIGHT STAY AT AVANI+ SAMUI Couples and families alike will find a measure of tropical bliss at Avani+ Samui, an upscale hideaway that immerses guests in the rural charm of one of Thailand’s most famous island destination
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Jewel Personality
Design-minded travelers will no doubt be familiar with the jewelry brand John Hardy, which has been making waves ever since its eponymous Canadian founder established an artisan collective in 1975 to preserve Bali’s rich jewelry-making heritage. His
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