In This Issue

Welcome to our annual Gold List issue! Inside we reveal the finalists and winners of our reader-voted awards that celebrate the world’s best luxury properties, operators and destinations. We also let you in on exclusive luxury deals in Thailand; the best winter getaways in Australia and New Zealand; and guide you through Reykjavik, west Iceland and Mexico City. Get a glimpse of life on board the new Seabourn Encore; learn the latest in luxury expedition cruising; and compare two of the best worldwide ski passes. We also round up four new luxury trains and five unconventional safari experiences; uncover the emerging golf mecca of Vietnam; give you an exclusive first look at new resort Kokomo Island Fiji and take you to South Korea, Bangkok, Dallas, New York City, Koh Samui, Cook Islands, Italy and Abu Dhabi. 

Read all about these luxury travel adventures and see more pictures with our travel features below.

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Announcing the winners and finalists of the Luxury Travel magazine 2017 Gold List Awards. 
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Destination // Iceland

Steve McKenna is beguiled by the magical landscapes and age-old traditions of the Land …

Destination // Iceland

Looking for a unique luxury property in the Icelandic countryside? Here are our top …

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Destination // Iceland

Famous for its geothermal pools, Reykjavik has emerged beyond the blue to become a …

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Stay here // Winter getaways

Summer holidays enjoy much of the attention, but there’s plenty to love about a winter …

Destination // Mexico City

Once widely considered dirty and dangerous, Mexico City has evolved into a world-class …

Get There // Cruise Expedition

Expedition cruising has modest roots but, as David McGonigal explains, the modern …

Get there // Cruise Seabourn

Seabourn’s newest vessel is also its biggest, and a local voyage left Lucy Jones ready …

Get there // Rail

With four first class trains set to hit the rails in the coming months it seems luxury …

Do This // Safari

Step out of the jeep and into an adventure. Lucy Jones discovers there's more than one …

Do this // Art Basel

Basel is an underrated travel destination, yet there is plenty to recommend about …

Do this // Golf Vietnam

Vietnam is renowned for its rich culture and cuisine. As Craig Tansley discovers, it …

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Do this // Ski

The local ski season is upon us, but before you buy your lift tickets you might want …

Do this // Heli-ski New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for exceptional snow experiences, but the very best could well …

Do this // Lotte World Korea

Inclement weather sends Leslie Patrick Moore under cover to explore Seoul’s Lotte …

Stay Here // Kokomo Island, Fiji

One man’s dream has become every guest’s dream holiday, writes Margo Pfeiff.

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Stay here // Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives

Turquoise waters and non-stop sunshine are the hallmarks of Tori Dance’s visit to the …

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Stay here // 7132, Switzerland

You’d expect exquisite design from accommodations designed by world-class architects. …

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Stay here // The Silo

Set on Cape Town’s historic …

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Stay here // Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Lucy Jones's review of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Stay here // Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Katie Milton reviews the Garden Suite at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Stay here // Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Few things have survived Dallas’s tumultuous history, but Rosewood Mansion is one of …

Stay here // Mandarin Oriental New York

Kelly Allen reviews the Premier Central Park View Suite at Mandarin Oriental New York …

Stay here // Four Seasons Downtown New York

Kelly Allen reviews the Hudson Suite at Four Seasons Downtown New York

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Good living // Kamalaya, Koh Samui

No matter what ails you, Koh Samui wellness retreat Kamalaya is the tonic.

Good living // Stand up paddle board yoga retreat

Craig Tansley discovers things can get a little soggy on a stand-up paddleboard yoga …

Travel& // Chef's guide to Abu Dhabi

Erwan Stadler's guide to the best places to eat in Abu Dhabi.

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Travel& // Truffle Hunting in Piedmont, Italy

Keren Lavelle turns hunter and gatherer, and gets a taste for one of Italy’s most 

Lounge Review // Air New Zealand Business Premier, Auckland International

Look and feel

The lounge is bright and

High flyer // Singapore Airlines

The cabin

This flight was on the older Boeing 777-200 …

Palani Mohan
Creative traveller // Palani Mohan

Award-winning photographer Palani Mohan has captured people and places from around the …

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