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After a tumultuous year, all I want to do is spend as much time as possible on that beach bed on our cover, read all the books I never got to during the year, and reconnect with that quiet, happy place in my head.

But if that is not your idea of bliss, this issue is packed with many varied experiences and ideas to help you make this holiday a truly memorable one.

To get you in the mood for the festive season, we asked influencers Maps Maponyane and Joe Paine to weigh in on some of the most sought-after drinks cabinets and trolleys in the country. Super stylist Shelley Street and writer-slash-editor-slash-stylist Kerryn Fischer both show us how to set memorable festive tables featuring local crafts and hand-made gifts. There is a surf shack in Plett; a lodge on the Zambezi River in Zambia; a farmhouse in Stilbaai; a modern beach house in Yzerfontein; and the ultimate designer holiday home in Puglia, Italy.

If that’s not enough, you can slip into the life aquatic by booking your trip to one of the Constance Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives. Our writer Ami Kapilevich sums it up perfectly: “Sometimes money can afford you things that most of the time money cannot buy.”

All of us here at VISI HQ wish you the most memorable summer holiday yet!

– Sumien

P.S. We did it again! VISI won big in New York at the annual Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards, scooping the win and honorable mention in the Consumer: Shelter/Home/Garden category.

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