EasternWonder

Celebrating the sensuous and spiritual culture of SOUTHEAST ASIA and beyond, we travel through the vivid islands of INDONESIA and into the CHINESE hinterland, exploring emerald paddy fields and temples
by land and sea, on adventures that reveal the Orient's serenity...
2018-06-01
Destination

BALI

The Center, Ubud

Private Rental: STONE HOUSE

A true hideaway behind high limestone walls, nearly two miles out of the town and surrounded by paddy fields. These three villas, full of salvaged antiques and blissful nooks and crannies, are sheltered by Jasmine – scented gardens. There is also a pool large enough to swim lengths in. Both homely and seductive, it’s a real find.

The East - Karangasem

Best Villa Idanna Pucci

Idanna Pucci’s simple villa in the foothills of Mount Agung defines remote. Built out of volcanic rock and teak, with a library, swimming pool and lovely garden looking out over an amphitheatre of rice fields, this is the ultimate Balinese private world.

Taking Point

This year’s most exciting launches in Southeast Asia are the fruition of architect Bill Bensley’s fantastical imagination. From private villas in the temple city of Siem Reap and a tented camp in the elephant corridors of Cambodia’s southwest, to a massive beach resort project in Vietnam’s Phu Quoc for JW Marriott, these retreats redefine the true meaning of escapism.

Three of The Best Colonial-Era Hotels in Yangton, Myanmar (Burma)

The Boutique Retreat

THE SAVOY

An atmospheric antidote to design hotels, with large polished teak bedrooms looking out on the city’s best kept secret: a beautiful flower-garlanded pool.

The Santuary

BELMOND GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE

An oasis of birdsong, rippling water and shaded verandas, where a Burmese buffet lunch is a must.

The Icon Relaunched

THE STRAND

This jazz-era grande dame with its smoky cocktail bar ups the ante with a new pool and dining terrace, and four-day trips on its elegant river cruise boat.

Shanghai & Yangzi

STAY

at the Fairmond Peace Hotel in Shanghai, an art-deco beauty immortalized in Noël Coward’s play Private Lives. The Chinese Suite is a fine spot to dream up an adventure like Elgort and Evangelista’s.

FLOAT

on the Yangzi River, whether it’s on a bamboo raft, a Kayak or a private cruise with an English-speaking guide.

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