ESCAPE leads readers on a stylish tour of the great resorts and private retreats of the Caribbean and Florida,
and illuminates the role played by architects and decorators in creating the fantasy getaways that established
this part of the world as a legendary playground for the wealthy and titled."
-- Pilar Viladas, The New York Times
"Hermes Mallea's ESCAPE chronicles our love affair with the Caribbean, weaving together iconic images and capturing Jet Set glamour. Readers can dream of innovative hoteliers, amusing house parties, celebrities, and fantasy architecture in a region that came to be known as the American Riviera."
-- Stephen Lash, Chairman, Christie's
"Mallea takes us back to a time of unparalleled elegance-six decades of a particular kind of island glamour, where women changed for lunch and then again for cocktails, and Cole Porter played piano at Round Hill. Whether it was Bermuda in the '30s, Jamaica in the '50s, or Mustique in the '70s, these exclusive tropical playgrounds featured an enviable simplicity, both casual and sophisticated. Yes, there was the unfortunate invention of madras, but there was also the restrained luxury of Babe Paley and the whimsical architectural confections of Oliver Messel. Escape is a passport to paradise; if only it still existed."
-- Jay Fielden, Editor in Chief, Town & Country