World Traveller January 2020


Welcome note

If, like us, staring at the blank pages of a brand new travel

journal fills you with wanderlust, and you're armed with a

refreshed batch of annual leave, it's high time to start booking

those trips you promised you'd take in 2020.

Managing Director

Victoria Thatcher

Chief Creative Officer

John Thatcher

General Manager

David Wade

Managing Editor

Faye Bartle

Content Writer

Habiba Azab

Editorial Assistant

Ronak Sagar

Art Director

Kerri Bennett

Senior Designer

Hiral Kapadia

If you're still feeling the effects of the silly

season, a wellbeing boosting break could be

just what the doctor ordered. This month,

we've rounded up the 20 best pampering spa

experiences to indulge in across the Indian Ocean

(page 26). From doing your daily sun salutations

on a white-sand beach in the Seychelles to getting

a vitamin infusion in the Maldives or having a

hydrating honey wrap in Mauritius, these luxury

spas will help you emerge a smoother, shinier,

happier version of your former self.

Also inside this issue, we take you to the streets

of New York, where there's always something

new to discover (page 38); shine a light on the

wonderfully off-radar little islands of São Tomé

and Príncipe (page 44); and show you why

swapping cherry blossom for snow-capped

mountains in Japan may be the best decision you

make this year (page 50).

Happy travels,

Faye Bartle


A two-night stay

at Jumeirah Dar Al

Masyaf in Dubai,






Snuggling under a

weighted blanket could

help ease your nerves

when flying, p22


The new Statue of

Liberty Museum is the

most significant addition

to Liberty Island since

the statue was launched

in 1886, p38


In São Tomé, they like

to 'Léve-léve' ('take it

easy'), p44


You can support

disadvantaged women

by sampling their everchanging

menu of local

dishes at Amal Women's

Moroccan restaurant in

Marrakech, p56


December through

March is the quietest

and cheapest time to

visit Japan, p50

Senior Advertising Manager

Mia Cachero

Production Manager

Muthu Kumar


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