From the Editor

Photo by Peter Calvin


Two years ago, I first set eyes on the Mediterranean during a visit to Monaco, and the storied region instantly charmed me. I stayed at the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel and vividly remember swimming in the pool at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club adjacent to it, thinking Princess Grace had swum in the same pool many times. I spent another sun-drenched day lounging in one of the club's beachfront cabanas, taking refreshing dips in the sea and gawking at the megayachts offshore. Ahh, the Mediterranean.

Since then, I have had the good fortune to return to this mesmerizing region twice, both times equally charmed. Last summer, on a Seabourn Adriatic cruise, I visited memorable ports of call such as Mykonos, Greece; and Hvar, Croatia, featured on this issue's cover. More recently, my thoughts turned to health and fitness at the SHA Wellness Clinic, a top-rated medical spa on Spain's Mediterranean coast. My first morning at SHA, I took a three-mile fitness walk along the beachfront, invigorated by the sea breezes and views. Ahh, the Mediterranean.

I'll gladly take a fourth, fifth, and sixth trip to this region, should the opportunity arise. In this issue, we give you plenty of reasons to explore it in "The Mediterranean Beckons" (click here to read), a special 15-page editorial package. Our writers tip you off to its next haute coast, divulge a Greek secret, and reveal surprising news about Ibiza. I share my experience at SHA, a much-more-than-a-spa facility that has changed people's lives.

Ahh, the Mediterranean.

- Don Nichols

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