DestinAsian - - PUBLISHER’S NOTE RONALD LIEM - e-mail: pub­lisher@des­ti­ @des­ti­nasian­magazine @DestinAsian_Mag Des­ti­nAsian.Mag DestinAsianMag

Writ­ing this note from a cliff-top villa on the sunny shores of south­ern Bali, I’m keenly aware of the is­land’s im­por­tance in my own life as a place to de­com­press, re­fo­cus, and gain a re­newed sense of bal­ance. I al­ways find my­self com­ing back when­ever I need some time out from the dead­lines and many en­gage­ments that come with be­ing in life­style pub­lish­ing.

I think we all have a dream is­land of some sort in our heads, whether they are brim­ming with sky­scrapers, bright lights, and an air of op­por­tu­nity, or beckon with a palm-fringed beach and an empty ham­mock just steps away from a turquoise ocean. Oth­ers are places to de­rive inspiration from na­ture’s raw beauty, as artists have been do­ing for decades in Nor­way’s re­mote Lo­fotens. Within these pages, film­mak­ers Johnny Lan­gen­heim and James Mor­gan give us a sense of the dra­matic land­scapes and the hardy peo­ple who call this Arc­tic ar­chi­pel­ago home.

Ad­mit­tedly, I’m not one to travel halfway around the world to seek out rare wildlife, but pho­tog­ra­pher Matt Du­tile is onto some­thing with his re­cent ad­ven­ture to Mada­gas­car. It turns out danc­ing lemurs are not just imag­i­nary fig­ures you see in an an­i­mated film.

Throw­ing the spot­light on emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions has al­ways been in our DNA, and our cover story this is­sue is on the Viet­namese isle of Phu Quoc, where Jonathan Hopfner finds a happy medium be­tween tourism and other in­dus­tries. More es­tab­lished hot spots are also up­ping the ante, as one of our for­mer ed­i­tors Gabrielle Lip­ton dis­cov­ers in the Mal­dives. Read­ing her roundup of the coun­try’s lat­est pri­vate-is­land resorts— and lin­ger­ing over the dreamy pho­tos by Lau­ryn Ishak—I can’t help but won­der when I will re­visit those stun­ning coral atolls.

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