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The freedom to indulge in the simple pleasures of life is the new mark of luxury and these will not be found in the glowing blue screens of your smart devices. Disconnect from the Borg Collective just for a moment!

Oct-Nov 2018 Edition

The freedom to indulge in the simple pleasures of life is the new mark of luxury and these will not be found in the glowing blue screens of your smart devices. Disconnect from the Borg Collective just for a moment!

Elements of rustic luxury are the cure for the dreadful stresses caused by the self-styled ‘breaking news’ that has consumed our lives and is characteristic of being always in a panic state, transforming a ripple in an unassuming pond into an imaginative, civilisation shattering tsunami. A disconnect is desperately needed if sanity is to prevail.

With this thought firmly centred, we propose Fiji for your next anxiety free travel. A welcoming community spirit that embraces visitors as family, a sharing culture that is deeply rooted, character of inclusivity and generosity are the main reasons to keep returning to a country who throws its ample arms open wide to visitors. This South Pacific archipelago has countless physical attractions that belong in any self-respecting holiday armoury, tropical climate, dreamy beaches shaded by palm trees and tantalising views over a cobalt blue sea dotted with turquoise lagoons surrounded by coral reef. But the real treasure of Fiji is the Fijian themselves.

Away from the tropical and moving into Italy, we find ourselves in a Maserati on a leisurely road-trip through Umbria’s undulating landscape of quilted fields and steepled villages and experiencing the slow-food headquarters of Europe. Umbrici pasta and fine Italian wine are on the menu in this rustic paradise.

Looking East along the Mediterranean finds us sampling the simple yet divine sabih, a traditional Israeli sandwich, a crispy flatbread slathered in olive oil and za’atar and filled with love. A bazaar immersion in Jerusalem, a tradition that has been in play for the last couple of thousand years, is the ‘right’ type of chaos that’s needed – simple pleasures.

From embracing rustic luxury to celebrating the exotic and new drives the 5th edition of The Luxury 50 List this year. These newly minted hotels all have secrets to uncover, whether in the stories of their design, history, or in their unique experience of luxury––all designed for exploration of the world within and as oases from the modern world.

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© This article was first published in Oct-Nov 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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