It's Sunday and I'm in England as I write this letter. Tomorrow my official business begins,
but today is for the annual rite of my trip to London each fall: making the rounds of museum
shows. I managed to see Rubens at the National Gallery, Diane Arbus at the V&A, and, most
significant, the superb Three Emperors exhibition of Qing dynasty Chinese art at the Royal
Academy of Arts. The elaborateness of life in the palaces of these Manchu rulers from the
north, as portrayed in 18thcentury scroll paintings, resonates in a powerful way in New
York Times Shanghai bureau chief Howard W. French's account of 21st-century
China ("China Syndrome") for our 2006 travel forecast. You can play golf, shop, and visit
the Eiffel Tower or Mount Rushmore, all within the span of a few hours, at the supersized
attractions in Guangdong province, which offer pageantry that is no less spectacular for being
open to the paying public.
As T+L kicks off its yearlong 35th-anniversary celebration this month, everything
old is new again in other surprising ways. There are echoes of Dubai and Las Vegas in the
environmentally conscious development Mayakoba, near Tulum on the Riviera Maya ("Resort Phenomenon,"
by Michael Gross), while historic reinvention is the design principle behind hotelier Jeff
Klein's newest project, the Sunset Tower Hotel in L.A. ("History Lesson," by David A. Keeps).
These stories and others in T+L's Forecast 2006—mapping out the year's important hotel
openings, spotlighting emerging destinations, introducing "design cities"—salute the
ongoing innovation that is a constant in travel.
An annual rite—or longing—in winter is to escape to a better place. Our quest
for unspoiled stretches of sand took us south to Brazil ("Brazil's Hidden Beaches," by Kevin
Raub); for snow-covered slopes, we headed north to Whistler, British Columbia, the latest
skiing mecca ("Mountain Magic," by Alan Brown). We also put in a timely visit to Turin, the
site of the Winter Olympics as well as champion artists and restaurants ("Turin's Moment,"
by John Seabrook). But not to be forgotten: the issue's centerpiece, the T+L 500, our
exclusive compilation of the World's Best hotels and resorts, and the debut of The
List, a new back page highlighting insider favorites, this time a selection of Hawaii's secret
beaches. Even at 35, Travel + Leisure is still evolving—and finding better ways
to share the pleasures of travel.
•Send us your best travel photograph and you could win a Nikon COOLPIX P2 digital camera
and be automatically eligible for T+L's grand prize— a seven-night stay for two at One
& Only Palmilla, in San José del Cabo, Mexico, with round-trip first-class airfare
for two on Alaska Airlines.
•Visit www.travelandleisure.com/35anniversary for contest rules and information on
how to submit photos.
COMING NEXT MONTH
• T+L's Reader's Find Contest