What is luxury? Is it a boutique villa in the Maldives with a private beach, a personal chef and a butler on hand for your every whim? Or is it a simply a case of less is more? We know there’s so much more to luxury than money. It’s about those meaningful, authentic experiences; it can be something you’ve saved a lifetime for, but it can oft en be one of the undeﬁ nable — oft en free — moments that travel delivers in spades. In this issue, we look at both — exploring all that money can buy, and the riches it cannot. We discover the traditions of Paris’s ever-innovative artisans — their passion for parfum, perfect tailoring, Michelin-starred cuisine and exquisite chocolate. We spend a fortnight adrift in the Aegean on a sailing ship, and explore Venice’s lesser-known neighbourhoods. Then to Dallas, where we ﬁ nd unexpected food trucks and seriously good craft beer, before landing on the pristine coast of Mozambique, where conservation projects see wild dolphins and wide-eyed travellers swim side by side. And sometimes luxury can simply be a top-notch place to stay. This issue, we also bring you the results of our Big Sleep Awards — 51 of the world’s ﬁ nest hotels, from budget to boutique and beyond; and reveal your nine favourites from our reader categories.