Ed­i­tor’s Note

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - Vishal Jain Ed­i­tor-in-chief ed­i­tor@wtrav­el­magazine.com

This edi­tion finds us in hot pur­suit of the lat­est and most dis­tinc­tive prop­er­ties that have opened for busi­ness in the last twelve to eigh­teen months. These mag­nif­i­cent hos­pi­tal­ity bea­cons, framed amongst some of the most dra­matic set­tings in the world, are set to cap­ti­vate the travel con­nois­seurs. The Lux­ury 50 List 2017 holds many sur­prises. There are some names such as &Be­yond Matesi, Four Sea­sons Pri­vate Is­land Mal­dives, Ritz Paris and The Penin­sula Bei­jing for in­stance that one would be cer­tain to find in our Lux­ury 50 docket. These names stand head and shoul­ders above the rest sim­ply by their el­e­gance in ex­e­cut­ing per­fec­tion. These are pedi­gree names that do any lux­ury list jus­tice. The sur­prise en­tries come in the form of bou­tique prop­er­ties, with a whole lot of heart. These are prop­er­ties that take max­i­mum ad­van­tage of their lo­ca­tion, na­ture and bril­liant ar­chi­tec­ture and sand­wich it with dol­lops of per­son­alised at­ten­tion – all lead­ing to in­spir­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for the guests. Some such ex­am­ples of these are Casa Bonay Spain, Il Sereno Lake Como, Le Saint Paris, Soho House Barcelona, Thanda Is­land, Pulitzer Am­s­ter­dam, Ho­tel Eden Rome and The Silo Cape Town. These ho­tels sur­prise and de­light. What else can one ask for. Wel­come to this year’s best in the show - for the new­est and ex­cep­tional prop­er­ties in lux­ury travel.

As a pre­lude to the win­ter sea­son, when ro­mance and cham­pagne both run high, we ex­plore 25 ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ences around the world that even Cupid would find ir­re­sistible! This list is the de­fin­i­tive start­ing point for re­search­ing on ro­man­tic getaways, plan­ning for the hon­ey­moon or scout­ing for lo­ca­tions to pop the big ques­tion. Di­a­monds not in­cluded.

Our jour­ney also takes us to the city-states of Hong Kong, Tai­wan and Sin­ga­pore. In these tiger cities, we ex­plore the favourite food haunts of celebrity chefs and their go-to street food. The city streets are paved with gold – these chefs help us nav­i­gate through the maze.

Our tales in this edi­tion me­an­der along the Douro river and find so­lace in the coastal town of Porto. Here, we sam­ple ex­cel­lent vin­tages & for­ti­fied Port wine and re­lax to mu­sic, art and creative re­nais­sance while swathed in the warm rays of the Por­tuguese sun. An ex­pe­di­tion across the deep blue finds us in an old Por­tuguese set­tle­ment in In­dia – Goa. The cuisines, ar­chi­tec­ture and the laid-back life­style seems to have ac­com­pa­nied us on our voy­age from old Europe to the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent.

I con­clude this ed­i­tor’s note with the fol­low­ing thought. With per­ceived chaos all around by main­stream me­dia, trav­el­ling is ever more es­sen­tial. Trav­el­ling opens one’s eyes to the ground re­al­ity – that in­her­ently, ev­ery­one is - by de­fault - friendly.

Lux­ury 50 List Ritz Paris Suite

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