;;; ;; ;; ;;;; ;;;; when we just want to escape. Global tensions
may provoke individual anxiety, even the most fulfilling work brings
headaches, and the most loving relationships come with occasional pain.
But besides whiling away afternoons on palm-shaded beaches, an
always-accessible means of escape is simply to move beyond—beyond
the places you typically go, the people you usually see, the experiences
you generally have, the way you ordinarily think.
I remember tasting that “beyond” on a journey several years ago to
Vietnam’s central coast. The tangy, green flavour of fresh coconut
water on the beach at Da Nang, the sight of spiky, rainbow-hued
incense bouquets drying in the sun near Hue: Each small experience
made me feel newly awake, removed from my everyday world.
In this issue, Vietnam-based writer Gemma Z. Price takes us to
her favourite spots in the central coast region—Hoi An (home of the
new Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai), Da Nang, Hue, My Son
Sanctuary—and reveals how the area itself is waking up to new opportunities for sharing its natural and cultural treasures with the world.
In other features, we hope to inspire you to fresh ways of considering
colour, in fashion and in florals. And our Opinions section contributes
three personal perspectives on what it means to escape routine, via an
illustration from Guangzhou native Jun Cen and essays by Canadian
writer Michael Harris and American historian Carolyn Purnell.
And if you just want a palm-shaded beach? Wait until you see the
new Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa Atoll.
All the best for your escapes this season.
Alicia Miller Corbett