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Great Escapes

Where to get lost, in style and comfort


Angelika Taschen

Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle.

Great Escapes

All places where you can melt away from the problems of the real world.”
— Living North Magazine

Travelling the world is one of the most remarkable experiences of life and a prerequisite to broadening one’s perspective. But it can be exhausting. After an intrepid day there is nothing more rewarding than relaxing in style. Accommodation, therefore, is key. Location, design, and comfort must find an equilibrium in order to establish the perfect lodgings for the weary traveller. A great escape needs both adventure and elegance, tranquility and sensory stimulation. Whether your vacation is in the countryside of France or the bustling urban metropolis of Mexico City, a tasteful retreat can be your home base and re-charging station while you explore all that is on offer. The perfect place to stay can linger in your memory forever. As the Indian born novelist Anita Desai said, “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” But where to hang up one’s hat? A little advice goes a long way.

Angelika Taschen takes us to hidden gems across the planet. The Great Escapes series includes editions for major continents; Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe, as well as special tomes dedicated to Italy, Greece or the Mediterranean. These guide books are bursting with the very best recommendations in luxurious accommodation. Enticing photographs of outstanding hotels, guest houses, lodges, and resorts are paired with the details you need to make an informed booking; prices, services, and facilities are all noted. The books include literature suggestions too, so that you can learn about the landscape, history, and culture of your holiday destination while you unwind with a good read.