Ed­i­tor’s Note


Is­lands or Moun­tains. This no­tion seems to find cen­tre stage in our house­hold when­ever a dis­cus­sion of holiday des­ti­na­tions is mooted. Moun­tains are ma­jes­tic and cool­ing, a change of scenery and the pos­si­bil­ity of a re­treat, so the sup­port­ing ar­gu­ment goes. Edited out are the tir­ing up­hill walks, the mag­ni­tude of steps that need to be trekked ev­ery few hours, pant­ing, just to get around within a prop­erty, and the ev­ery im­por­tant - dis­tance be­tween bed and buf­fet ta­ble!

Is­lands are so much eas­ier and stress-free. “I came, I saw, I con­quered” so the say­ing goes. To demon­strate–you drive to the prop­erty, you sink down in a ca­bana on the beach, you have cock­tails with a tiny um­brella in the said ca­bana, you doze off in the ca­bana, sand – right there next to your feet, bar – a shout away, food – right be­hind you in the beach shack with per­fectly bar­be­qued seafood, sea breeze – yup the na­ture but­ton has been left switched on 24 hours a day, mu­sic – yes, the waves are do­ing their thing on the beach. Af­ter a few days of this sen­si­bil­ity, you go back home. Done. Mis­sion Ac­com­plished.

For the ac­tive, there is the wa­ter sports ensem­ble both over and un­der­wa­ter. For the so­cial me­dia-driven en­thu­si­asts, Na­ture has been hard at work for mil­len­nia cre­at­ing th­ese In­sta­gram­able ready is­lands that are bound to drive the ‘like’ counter. Is­lands also come in an as­sort­ment of sizes, from the ones that ex­ist for only a few hours a day to those that house a few mil­lion souls. In the fight be­tween is­lands and moun­tains, this au­thor leans very much in favour of the specks of sand and palm en­crusted isle.

This edi­tion ex­plores the world of is­land get­aways to the sound­track of the Beach Boys 1988 sin­gle ‘Kokomo’ play­ing in the back­ground. The fea­tures spring­board from Ba­hamas’ sweet lit­tle sis­ter Har­bour Is­land, take a tour of Ja­maica, Sar­dinia, Sey­chelles, Yakushima, Mykonos, St Barths, Bora Bora, Con Dao, Mau­ri­tius and Can­cun, con­clud­ing the ad­ven­ture on Tener­ife’s blonde beaches.

Our frolic in sand finds us ded­i­cat­ing an en­tire sec­tion to Asia’s call­ing card, its sun-kissed is­lands. We whisk you away to Bo­ra­cay, Koh Sa­mui, Langkawi, Phu Quoc, Sanya, Da Nang, Sumba and the Addu Atoll, ex­plor­ing lo­cal ad­ven­ture and pic­ture-per­fect lo­ca­tions. For the elite trav­eller, our exclusive is­land stays cap­ture the art of in­dul­gence on nine is­lands. The sil­hou­ette of lux­ury on th­ese is­lands cap­tures pri­vacy, space, op­u­lence and the dra­matic. It’s the high life is­land liv­ing.

Aerial view of the Ocean View Club on Har­bour Is­land

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