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af­ter spend­ing most of my school year over­seas, the In­done­sian cap­i­tal was bustling and grow­ing with for­eign in­vest­ment and seem­ingly on the verge of be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tional city. Then the Asian fi­nan­cial cri­sis hit, fol­lowed by the revo­lu­tion of 1998. Yet Jakarta is noth­ing if not re­silient, and has bounced back in fine fash­ion; the In­done­sian econ­omy has been ex­pand­ing at a brisk rate for most of the past decade, and Jakarta has grown up along­side it, with shiny new shop­ping com­plexes, lux­ury ho­tels, fine restaurants, and slick bars and clubs. The city, of course, still has ma­jor chal­lenges to face: over­pop­u­la­tion, huge dis­par­i­ties in wealth, un­be­liev­able traf­fic. But de­spite these is­sues, this is my home­town and DestinAsian’s home base, and it’s filled with sur­prises and re­wards for people who want to seek them out. Hope­fully our cover story will give you a taste of what this amaz­ing me­trop­o­lis has to of­fer.

For those of you who want to es­cape from cities en­tirely, this is­sue also show­cases a collection of far-flung ho­tels that of­fer a heady blend of style and seclu­sion. We could eas­ily have in­cluded Tierra Patag­o­nia, a low-slung lodge in the heart of Chile’s Tor­res del Paine Na­tional Park, on the list, were it not al­ready fea­tured in Joe Yogerst’s re­mark­able story of his jour­ney down the Chilean coast and into empty, windswept pam­pas of Patag­o­nia.

We also take a fresh look at more fa­mil­iar ground, reporting on the lat­est ad­di­tions to Syd­ney’s in­creas­ingly vi­brant din­ing scene, check­ing in to a trio of new ho­tels in Am­s­ter­dam, and delv­ing into the sur­pris­ingly col­or­ful his­tory be­hind Hong Kong’s Hol­ly­wood Road Park.

Happy read­ing, and happy trav­els,

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