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,