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Here comes win­ter and maybe it’s time to es­cape to sun­nier climes. But where? Well, our Travel sec­tion has a few in­trigu­ing sug­ges­tions. How about Is­rael, for in­stance? You might be tempted af­ter read­ing about Gemma Price’s mouth­wa­ter­ing en­coun­ters in this “culi­nary melt­ing pot”. Or Dubai, another hot spot: Pa­trick Smith ex­plores a more tra­di­tional side of the fu­tur­is­tic desert city in his story on page 144. The Greek Is­lands, of course, are gor­geous at this time of year, es­pe­cially seen from a five-star mega-yacht, as Karen Hal­abi finds in her “Dream Odyssey”. And speak­ing of the sea, if you’re con­sid­er­ing a cruise, our “Con­sum­mate Cruis­ing” fea­ture on page 153 is a must-read. We’ve done the re­search on cruise lines, itin­er­ar­ies, ships and on­board ser­vice and come up with the ul­ti­mate top 10 se­lec­tion for 2016. If we’re talk­ing of win­ter hot spots, Green­land is un­likely to be in the con­ver­sa­tion, but it has an as­ton­ish­ing land­scape and World’s Todd Pi­tock fell for its icy beauty. I’m sure you will too. Closer to home and guar­an­teed to warm the spir­its, at least, is Huka Lodge’s an­nual pro­gramme of in­ti­mate week­ends and sig­na­ture events, which we preview on page 53. As usual, we open the mag­a­zine with a fab­u­lous show­case of jew­ellery, time­pieces, dé­cor and de­sign.

Beau­ti­ful au­to­mo­biles, too, in­clud­ing – a high­light for me – the world’s most valu­able car: the Mercedes-benz 300 SLR driven to vic­tory by Stir­ling Moss in 1955. Mean­while, if ex­treme golf is your thing, you’ll find the world’s tough­est (and cra­zi­est) par-3 on page 88. Or if you’d rather re­lax over a cock­tail at Raf­fles’ Long Bar, where the Sin­ga­pore Sling was cre­ated 100 years ago, we have story and pic­tures on page 118. Here’s to an ex­cep­tional read!

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