DestinAsian - - PUBLISHER’S NOTE -

It’s that time of year again— when a sum­mer va­ca­tion is no longer a dis­tant dream but an im­mi­nent re­al­ity, a time that co­in­cides with the re­lease of our an­nual Is­lands Is­sue. Head­lin­ing it all is our cover story, beau­ti­fully shot by Martin West­lake, in which editor-in-chief Christopher P. Hill takes stock of three re­sorts that each prom­ise an im­mer­sion into dif­fer­ent sides of Sri Lanka: from a tea plan­ta­tion to a beach­side hide­away and the grass­lands and forests of Yala Na­tional Park.

Half­way around the world in Hawai‘ i, Joe Yogerst jour­neys to the small­est of its main is­lands, Lāna‘ i, and neigh­bor­ing Maui to see how na­tive Hawai­ian cul­ture is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a re­mark­able re­vival. We then jet over to Greece, where Naxos res­i­dent Lu­cre­tia Ste­wart shows us the virtues of her adopted home, and pho­tog­ra­pher Christos Dra­zos of­fers a glimpse of its en­chant­ing beauty.

Although I do have a soft spot for Europe, and tend to travel there quite of­ten, the fre­quency of these long-haul trips means that I can some­times lose sight of equally fas­ci­nat­ing places much closer to home. The Malaysian state of Sarawak is one such ex­am­ple; Thomas Bird’s romp through mul­ti­cul­tural Kuch­ing and up the Ra­jang River in search of Dayak cui­sine is cer­tainly food for thought.

An­other un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated lo­cale is Cebu City, where deputy editor James Louie passes up the nearby beaches to delve into its Span­ish-Filipino her­itage, with some un­ex­pected dis­cov­er­ies along the way. Ev­ery sea­soned trav­eler knows that go­ing off the beaten track has its re­wards, and con­tribut­ing editor Natasha Dra­gun rounds up a se­lec­tion of gor­geous Australian is­lands you might never have heard of. Fi­nally, Todd Pi­tock em­barks on a voy­age through the fjords on the south­west coast of Green­land, proving that is­lands of ice and rock can be just as cap­ti­vat­ing as those in warmer climes.

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