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Travel + Leisure September 2018

TRAVEL + LEISURE™ is an indispensable guide to where to stay, what to eat, and what to do around the globe. Every month, TRAVEL + LEISURE™ puts easy trip ideas, itineraries, and insider information right at your fingertips. Get advice from our travel experts and view the magazine's award-winning photography. The digital edition of TRAVEL + LEISURE™ has all the tools you need to take you where you want to go.

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operation vacation

At Travel + Leisure, we want every American to join us in a commitment to use up all our vacation days in 2018. That’s why we created Operation Vacation, a program of exclusive travel deals designed to inspire your next trip. Whatever experience you’re looking for, you’ll find dozens of terrific discounts on flights, hotels, cruises, and more at travelandleisure.com/operationvacation. Here are two of this month’s highlights. Casa Chameleon at Las Catalinas, Costa Rica 35 PERCENT OFF This eco-friendly boutique hotel in the beach town of Las Catalinas epitomizes the Costa Rican concept of pura vida. The adults-only property comprises 21 villas, each with a private terrace, saltwater plunge pool, and sweeping ocean views. Start your day with a sunrise stretch on the yoga deck, followed by a breakfast of plantain-topped French toast…

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editor’s note

I HAVE LONG RESISTED publishing an annual “editors’ picks” type of feature in Travel + Leisure. After all, we already do the World’s Best Awards, the definitive ranking of the very best in travel, as judged by you, our globe-trotting readers. And, as editors, we share our travel discoveries with you in every issue of the magazine, and every day at travelandleisure.com. But when we sat down not so long ago to discuss the idea of doing such a list, it became clear that we all had experiences from our travels—often, very specific ones, like a hike or a dish at a restaurant—that we haven’t been able to stop thinking about. In some cases, we’ve woven them into our lives in the form of a souvenir. Many seemed too small or…

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reasons to travel now

No. 1 In New Delhi, a pioneering luxury hotel has been reborn. It’s hard to overstate the role of the Oberoi in the social fabric of Delhi. The hotel was heralded as the finest on the subcontinent when it opened in 1965 and has been a favorite ever since, so closing shop for a two-year renovation was a big deal. The new look, unveiled in January, ditches the paisley-print carpets and stuffy carved-wood dressers for a lighter, brighter aesthetic, with jewel-tone walls and elegant, clean-lined furnishings. Designer Adam Tihany trimmed the room count from 283 to 220, and decked out the new spaces with enormous bathtubs and iPads that let you open the door for room service without leaving the couch. As for what will never change? The hotel’s enviable address,…

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thinking outside the box

ON A DAY as bright and clean as a scrubbed deck, I was sitting in a sky-blue fishing boat anchored in a cove just off the coast of southern Puglia, where the heel of the Italian boot points into the Mediterranean. I’d just been for a swim in the translucent water and was eating the coral-colored roe of a sea urchin that, 10 minutes earlier, had been clamped to a rock beneath the waves. A stocky, tanned 17-year-old named Giuseppe—one of those rare blond southern Italians—had dived for the urchins. Back on the boat, his father, Rocco, split open each spiny black ball with a pocket knife. Then he’d grabbed a handful of friselle (a type of Puglian dried roll) and served them topped with the scooped-out roe, some halved tomatoes,…

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how traveling with 700,000 heures works

700,000 Heures (700000 heures.com) is a membership club that gives access to a series of experience-rich trips curated by hotel impresario Thierry Teyssier. Guests will be lodged in private accommodations around the world, from mansions to houseboats. Some projects, like Puglia, Italy (September–October 2018), will be based at a single property; others, like Cambodia (November 2018–April 2019), will encompass two or more accommodations. Membership in Teyssier’s club is available on the website, or guests can book via one of 50 travel agents, including T+L A-List members Local Foreigner (localforeigner.com) and Matueté (matuete.com). You don’t need to join 700,000 Heures if you book through an agent, as they pay a fee that gives all their clients membership privileges. There are four levels of membership, each named after a nomadic tribe. Most members will…

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out west, down under

IT’S NO WONDER Perth is a late bloomer. The city is among the world’s most remote—the nearest urban center is Adelaide, 1,300 miles away. Perth has always hummed along, its glimmering coastline and enviable climate attracting little notice from outsiders, who’d pass through en route to the vineyards of Margaret River. But a recent boom has spurred a golden age: new residents are pouring in, infrastructure improvements are under way, and a spate of openings have elevated Perth from wine-country way station to stand-alone hot spot. The 184-room QT Perth (qthotelsandresorts.com; doubles from $233) just opened in August in the central business district (CBD). The brand’s first outpost in Western Australia, it’s a moody, glamorous addition to this sunny seaside city. But the hotel boom began back in 2015, when COMO…