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Travel + Leisure

August 2021

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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United States
Meredith Corporation
R 85,50
R 285,34
12 Issues

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1 min
cover story


2 min

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BANGKOK The best hotels offer more than just a soft place to land—they unlock a destination and become as inextricably linked to a city as its monuments. The Mandarin Oriental (simply “the Oriental” to locals) has been just that kind of hotel since it opened in 1876—and it’s been a T+L favorite since the 1970s. Much has changed over the years, but the grand façade remains, as does the Authors’ Lounge, where luminaries like Graham Greene once held court. With help from head concierge Chaba Khampha, guests have entrée into canal-side spots that recall the Bangkok of old, as well as the galleries and ateliers of creatives who are carrying the city forward. mandarinoriental.com; doubles from $529. LE BRISTOL PARIS You’ll always have Paris—and Paris will always have Le Bristol, the…

2 min
food & wine

OAXACA, MEXICO A 1985 T+L feature on Oaxaca raved about Mercado Benito Juárez and Mercado 20 de Noviembre—still must-sees today. At the former, stop by Nieves Chonita for a sweet and spicy chili-mango bolis; at the latter, visit Fonda Sofí for tamales with mole. HONG KONG Chefs like May Chow of Happy Paradise (happyparadise.hk; entrées $23–$51) and Vicky Cheng of Vea (vea.hk; tasting menus from $217) have solidified Hong Kong’s reputation as one of the world’s finest food cities, but don’t overlook classics like the Luk Yu Tea House—as memorable now as it was when T+L first sang its praises in 1975. SOUTH AFRICA’S WINELANDS For a classic wine-country experience, sip standout Cabernet Sauvignon at Delaire Graff Estate (delaire.co.za) in Stellenbosch, then head to Swartland for elegant Chenin Blancs at Mullineux (mlfwines.com). Swing by a…

2 min
the way we wore

THE 1970S From the late 60s through the next decade of the counterculture, Marrakesh’s La Mamounia (mamounia.com; doubles from $536) drew a bohemian crowd—David Hockney, Anita Pallenberg, Paul McCartney—who wore the heady prints to match. Gucci dress, $11,000, tulle slip, $490, and felt hat, $615; gucci.com. Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, $1,095; giuseppezanotti.com. Fruzsina Keehn necklaces with smoky topaz and gold beads, $2,000 each; fruzsinakeehn.com. THE 1980S Big hair, big shoulders, big stripes! In an era of excess, poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel (dorchestercollection.com; doubles from $1,115) was the place to be seen. David Koma leather jacket, $2,360, and trousers, $1,480; davidkoma.com. Giuseppe Zanotti pumps, $750. Alexander McQueen satchel, $2,390; alexandermcqueen.com. Fruzsina Keehn brooch with a green tourmaline and diamonds, $25,000. Versace gold necklace with a crystal pendant, $550; versace.com. THE 1990S The end of the…

7 min
the opening of the world

THE AGE OF restlessness that came juddering to a stop in the spring of 2020 was many decades in the making. “We might have put a man on the moon in 1969,” wrote Pamela Fiori in her editor’s letter for the January 1981 issue of this magazine, “but the real age of travel for Americans here on earth was in the seventies.” No accident that Travel + Leisure was born in that decade “of mad mobility,” as Fiori put it, when for the first time “travel and the pursuit of pleasure were no longer left to the idle rich or the adventurous young,” but became the province of ordinary(ish) people. “Status,” she added, “was not how many cars you owned but how many trips you took,” and “keeping up with the…

4 min
under a spell

GROWING UP IN Bogotá, I would visit Cartagena often, but I returned as an adult for the first time in 2018. My debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, is set in Colombia, and after the very last event of a six-month U.S. book tour, I called a car to take me to the airport. You’d have thought I’d want to sleep after eight hours of transit. But instead, after checking in to my hotel, I put on my bikini, winced through the hot sand, and walked into the warm Caribbean. There is no water like it: that roaring mass of cerulean, a color so deep and bright as to be nearly hallucinatory. Wading until I was chest-deep, I indulged in my favorite beach activity. I tipped back into the lull…