East & West Magazine Cover Article March 2009: We’d come with a list of what we think are the best destination hotels in Asia. Some, like the Six Senses Ninh Vanh Bay and Amanpulo- virtually private islands, personify the traditional idea of a destination hotel. Yet, others, like the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi with its recreation of an ancient Lanna Kingdom is a veritable destination unto itself. Others, like the Nam Hai and the Knai Bang Chatt, have, through the media interest and high profile clients they attract, brought a renewed interest in relatively undiscovered or ‘forgotten’ areas. These hotels have a commitment, overt or otherwise, to responsible tourism, drawing upon the immediate community for much of its staffing needs, involvement in community projects and/or channeling a predetermined portion of its profits to a community project. Yet, what defines these destination hotels are the blessed natural settings framing the hotel, whether it be the almost-transformative scenery of snow-capped Himalayan mountains of the Malikha Lodge or the South China Sea of Nam Hai, an enchanting stretch of beach of the Tanjong Jara Resort or the views of sacred mountains and lush greenery of the La Residence Phou Vao.