Ed­i­tor’s Note

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Sum­mer is here and the world’s most beau­ti­ful Rivieras are heat­ing up. From Lig­urian Riviera’s Portofino to the all-glam French Côte d’azur to the siz­zling beaches of Spain spread from Costa Brava all the way to Costa de la Luz, this is Mediterranean’s north coast at its finest and the pre­ferred fam­ily hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion for 2018. This en­tire coast­line en­com­passes all the key de­sir­ables of any fam­ily-trip: cul­ture, cuisine, hos­pi­tal­ity and en­ter­tain­ment. Ibiza par­ties & haute­cou­ture shop­ping can eas­ily be clubbed with cul­tural walk­a­bouts, vine­yard hop­ping, re­lax­ing in the many deluxe re­sorts of the re­gion or sim­ply glid­ing along the river on a lux­ury barge. Our ‘Where to Stay’ depart­ment cov­ers the very best of lux­ury vil­las in Europe, per­fect for the fam­ily on the move look­ing for a stylish home away from home.

We in­dulge in a walk­a­bout along the sun-dap­pled streets of cen­tral Madrid, an es­sen­tial trip for any se­ri­ous fashion con­nois­seur. On the shop­ping list are hand-painted silk scarves, trench coat style capes, yes CAPES!, ce­ramic-on-leather ac­ces­sories and any other hand-crafted jew­ellery that pleases the eye. There are many!

This edi­tion finds us delv­ing fur­ther and ex­plor­ing fam­ily-ori­ented des­ti­na­tions with a unique per­spec­tive. Florence, Rome, Provence, Paris all make the cut. More ad­ven­tur­ous? How about Nicaragua, Gala­pa­gos, Ice­land, Ha­vana and Fiji? To top off the list let’s set sail from Lis­bon, fam­ily on tow, aim­ing straight for New York and abruptly set­tling 1500km into our jour­ney, in the re­mote Por­tuguese ar­chi­pel­ago con­sist­ing of nine vol­canos called The Azores. We find our fam­ily walk­ing through a 10,000-year-old lava tun­nel, whale-watch­ing and surf­ing the swell blasts from the North At­lantic. Sweet!

Our an­nual ‘The 100 List’ 2018, fea­tur­ing the best 100 ho­tels and re­sorts in the world is out! This de­fin­i­tive list takes shape af­ter wide-rang­ing re­views by our editorial team, with lots of siev­ing through and con­dens­ing, bring­ing to­gether ex­cep­tional prop­er­ties that we know our read­ers are keen to ex­plore and will ap­pre­ci­ate. This year, we have in­cluded a re­gional di­men­sion to this editorial chron­i­cle. This will al­low read­ers to fo­cus on the des­ti­na­tions that complement their in­ter­est and im­me­di­ately pin­point the ex­cep­tional ho­tels and re­sorts that are fea­tured.

We hope you en­joy our se­lec­tion and we look for­ward to your com­ments and feed­back on our 100 List.

Vishal Jain

Ed­i­tor-in-chief

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