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ON THE COVER Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Summit Up: The Central Alps The hills are alive with charming Alpine culture and traditions. Our Alliance partners in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia chime in with insight about the landscapes, activities and people that distinguish this classic travel destination.

22 Peak Pleasures Get a local perspective on city amenities, ski mountains, wilderness sights and what’s left of the Wild West as area Alliance partners discuss life along the Rocky Mountains.

30 The Mighty Jungle Once inaccessible, the jungles of the world hide ancient civilizations, amazing wildlife and endless adventure. Find inspiration with itineraries and the insider word from our tour partners offering unrivaled access and experiences in the jungle. 40 Q&A: New Zealand We ask travel experts and hoteliers across New Zealand to share tips on what to do and see when visiting the adventure-laden country, as well as what they love most about the Kiwi way of life.

DON’T MISS: And The Winner Is… our special supplement to the Andrew Harper Traveler featuring the full list of winners from the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards!

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Toucan Hill Spectacular panoramic views of the Caribbean and the Atlantic await at this glamorous Moroccan-inspired palace, resting on the highest hill of Mustique.

Lavishly Appointed Villa • Authentic Moorish Details • Jeweled Lanterns and Elegant Colonnades • Unsurpassed Privacy and Tranquility • Magical Surroundings and Splendid Gardens • Four Luxurious Air-Conditioned Suites • Private Baths, Terraces and Balconies • Mosaic Fountains • Domed Octagonal Dining Pavilion • Two Infinity-Edge Pools • Attentive Full-Time Staff of Seven • Ideal for Celebrating Special Occasions Andrew Harper Benefits: Welcome drink and snack Standard Inclusions: Pre-arrival grocery shopping, excluding cost of food & beverages • Pre-arrival planning of entire stay by manager • Airport pick-up and welcome by staff • Return transfer to the airport upon departure • Complimentary use of two vehicles • Laundry and ironing services • Wi-Fi

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Trisara Wrapped in a tropical forest and exotic gardens, Trisara’s 48 spacious ocean-facing pool villas and private residences all embrace the blissful tranquility of a scenic bay on Phuket’s sophisticated and natural coastline. Recommended since 2007.

Absolute Beachfront Location • Haven of Luxury and Privacy • 15 Minutes from Phuket International Airport • Marble Infinity Pools in all Villas and Suites • Designed with Simple, Rich Interiors • Elegant, Authentic Dining Experiences • 200-Foot Beach Lined with Soft White Sand • 16,000-Square-Foot Trisara Spa with Six Private Treatment Suites • Seafront Yoga and Meditation Sala • Host Intimate Weddings, Meetings, Private Dinners and Other Celebrations SPECIAL OFFER: Early Bird Savings Andrew Harper members can save 25 percent off the best available rate when booking a stay in any room type at least 30 days prior to arrival. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Nov. 1, 2016–Oct. 31, 2017, based on availability and excluding Dec. 20, 2016–Jan. 10, Jan. 27–Feb. 2 and April 14–17, 2017. Restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: $100 hotel credit per room • Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • 4 p.m. late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast for two served in the restaurant • Round-trip transfers and Fast-Track service for international arrivals to Phuket International Airport • Wi-Fi

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La Réserve Paris — Hotel and Spa PARIS, FRANCE – Overlooking the gardens of the Champs-Élysées with views toward the most iconic attractions of Paris — the Eiffel Tower, the Panthéon, Grand Palais and the Place de la Concorde — La Réserve is idyllically secluded, yet right in the center of it all. Originally built in 1854 as a private residence, an extravagant renovation turned the already-opulent abode into one of the city’s premier hotels. An homage to 19th-century Parisian chic, the hotel’s 14 lavish guests rooms and 26 suites are sumptuously appointed in a palette of muted colors, luxe fabrics and antique furnishings. Discerning travelers with a penchant for bespoke service will appreciate dedicated butler service for each suite, ensuring every whim is satisfied and every need met. “The staff was truly exceptional,” says a recent Andrew Harper guest. Painstakingly designed by Parisian decorator Jacques Garcia, the public spaces are exquisite; ornate yet intimate, the ambiance is that of an urban mansion rather than a hotel. Boasting two Michelin stars, Le Gabriel restaurant features contemporary French cuisine in a setting as beautiful and unique as its menu. A lavish lounge, Le Bar, and a spa and fitness center round out the hotel’s impeccable amenities. Recommended since 2015

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • 150 EUR spa credit per stay • A bottle of Michel Reybier Champagne on arrival • When booking a suite, an additional bottle of Les Pagodes de Cos wine by Cos d’Estournel • When booking a deluxe suite for three nights or longer, complimentary round-trip airport transfers Standard Inclusions: Daily American breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • In-room minibar • Wi-Fi


Meiringen - Hasliberg in the Bernese Oberland, Š Christian Perret

Magical Switzerland.

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TRETCHING FROM THE Mediterranean coast of France to within a short drive of the Adriatic Sea, the Alps traverse eight countries and cover more than 80,000 square miles in the heart of Europe. Yet the most familiar envisioning of an Alpine scene is one derived from the villages of Austria, the mountain farms and fields of Switzerland and the castles of Germany. Within this stunning landscape you’ll find exceptional outdoor sporting opportunities in nearly every region: downhill and crosscountry skiing, tobogganing, snowshoeing, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, sailing and even Alpine golf. Fortunately, trains and networks of funiculars and cable cars make it relatively easy to tour the countryside or reach mountaintop aeries for sensational views with minimal exertion. In consultation with our Alliance partners and with added insight from the Andrew Harper Travel Office, we’ve compiled a list of highlights, tips and recommendations to help you plan a quintessential Alpine experience. Idyllic view of The Watzmann mountain and the Bavarian village of Berchtesgaden. ©ISTOCK.COM/BLUEJAYPHOTO

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GSTAAD & THE BERNESE OBERLAND The Bernese Oberland is located in Bern in the highlands of west-central Switzerland. Here you’ll find Europe’s highest railway station and longest toboggan run, as well as seasonal activities including horse shows, polo, paragliding and all of the usual snow sports. At 3,445 feet, Bern’s jet-set ski destination of Gstaad enjoys a mild Alpine climate. “In winter, you can sit outside when the sun is shining even though there is snow all around you,” says Stefanie Krisch of Gstaad Palace. Despite its style and class, “Gstaad has remained genuinely Alpine and down-to-earth,” she says. With some 80 working farms, 200 Alpine dairies and 7,000 cows in the region, this is the picture-book setting of Switzerland. The image is maintained by a local decree requiring all houses to be built in the traditional chalet style. While skiing is the most popular activity in the area, Dennis Eenhuis of The Alpina Gstaad recommends ice-skating in the heart of the village or snowshoeing by moonlight through the surrounding landscape. Travelers should note that the region does experience an offseason, says Andrew Harper Travel Advisor Joe Colucci. Shops, hotels and restaurants are typically closed in the fall during October and November and again in the spring during April and May.

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Quick Tips Highest Peak: Dufourspitze (15,203 feet) In Season: Mid-June to mid-September; midDecember to mid-March Local Tastes: Fondue and raclette; local steaks made from Simmental beef Try This: The sport of skijoring, in which a horse, dog or vehicle pulls a skier over ice or snow Plan Ahead: Hublot Polo Gold Cup (August), Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad (February); Davidoff-Saveurs Gourmet Festival (late June through early July Don’t Miss: Take a cable car up to Glacier 3000 mountain station for a view of 24 Alpine summits and a thrilling ride on the Alpine Coaster toboggan run.

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Secret Tip: Visit Lake Lauenen, 30 minutes from Gstaad, for a lakeside hike and picnic. Watch for the Züglete, a spontaneous cattle migration that takes place in the spring.

OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Both skiers and tourists can ride the gondola cableway from Grindelwald to the summit of Männlichen. OPPOSITE PAGE, MIDDLE: A dairy cow wears a floral crown during the Aelplerfest in Lenk, Switzerland. OPPOSITE PAGE, BOTTOM: Oeschinen Lake in the Bernese Oberland; ABOVE: The city of Bern, Switzerland’s capital RIGHT: A racing team competes during White Turf, a skijoring race

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TAKE IT SLOW, SEE THE LANDSCAPE, “FEEL THE HISTORY”

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With the mountains so close to Bavaria’s capital, “You can easily combine a trip to the Alps with a stopover in Munich,” says Marcel Hajnal of The Charles Hotel. Drive two hours southwest to Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, where you can hike a glacier or head downhill on a toboggan run. If castles are on your agenda, Marcel recommends a one-day driving itinerary from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau and Linderhof Palace. Driving tours are particularly appealing during the autumn months. For an authentic Bavarian beer garden experience, head to a local tavern such as Waldwirtschaft, 30 minutes south of central Munich. While in the region, be sure to sample the Weisswurst, a veal sausage typically served with pretzels and sweet mustard. In Bavaria, “Castles, lakes, and museums are everywhere!” says Nikolai Bloyd of Schloss Elmau, a lavish mountain retreat situated in the Bavarian Alps 60 miles from Munich. In fact, the area is home to some 300 lakes and seemingly innumerable castles, fortresses, manor houses and palaces. Here, the active traveler has a full array of yearround sporting options as well. “Skiing, cross country, mountain biking, hiking — you name it, we’ve got it,” Bloyd says. But when it comes to seeing the countryside, he prefers to travel the area by train. “Take it slow, see the landscape, feel the history,” he advises.

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traditional architecture distinguishes the historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany. RIGHT: Schloss Elmau and its beautiful surroundings in Bavaria’s Wetterstein mountains BOTTOM: Neuschwanstein Castle THIS PAGE, TOP: A busy market square in Lübeck, Germany MIDDLE: Hiking near Schloss Elmau BOTTOM: A traditional Bavarian home

Quick Tips Highest Peak: Zugspitze (9,718 feet), accessible via funicular and cable car In Season: All year Local Tastes: Obatzda, a Bavarian cheese dip; Schweinebraten, a Bavarian-style pork roast Drink It In: Bavarian beer gardens serving beer from Mittenwald or Murnau Secret Tip: Visit the Ähndl and Alpenblick beer gardens for phenomenal Alpine views. Ask your concierge in advance to arrange reserved entry to Neuschwanstein Castle to bypass the usual long lines. Take Home: Dirndl and lederhosen, traditional Bavarian clothing items.

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The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary sits on a small island in the middle of Lake Bled, Slovenia.

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Quick Tips Highest Peak: Grossglockner (12,461 feet) In Season: Winter and summer Local Tastes: Tyrolean kiachl, a dessert pastry; Kässpätzle, traditional pasta with cheese; Wiener Tafelspitz, veal or beef in broth with root vegetables and horseradish; Schnitzel

A mountain stream in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

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TYROL & VORARLBERG The western province of Tyrol is home to Innsbruck, “the capital of the Alps.” The province boasts Austria’s tallest peak, Grossglockner, at 12,461 feet. Due west of Tyrol is the state of Vorarlberg, which shares its borders with Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Germany. The region’s capital, Bregenz, is located on Lake Constance in the north, while virtually the entire southern half of Vorarlberg is a ski resort. It’s an area Mr. Harper, no stranger to breathtaking landscapes, describes as “ridiculously picturesque.” Tobias Duelli of Gasthof Post Lech would agree: “Winter is the best season. Lech is known for its

excellent ski slopes, perfect for heli-skiing and driving in the powdery snow.” In the summertime, he recommends hiking, biking and golfing. Lech’s newest golf course, which opened in June 2016, is Austria’s highest. While renowned for its traditional architecture, the Alpine regions of Austria are also becoming known for modern design. The clean aesthetic and timber construction blend beautifully with traditional architecture and the Alpine landscape.

Drink It In: Schnapps along the Tyrol Schnapps Route (We suggest you arrange for a driver.) Plan Ahead: Bregenzerwald Cheese Road (KäseStrasse), a year-round series of events organized by Alpine dairymen, cheesemakers, restaurants and inns; Tanzcafé Arlberg music festival (April) New News: The new Flexenbahn cableway, opening for the 20162017 ski season, makes Arlberg the largest contiguous skiing area in Austria, connecting the resort areas of Lech, Zürs, Schröcken, Warth, St. Anton, St. Christoph and Stuben.

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Highest Peak: Triglav (9,396 feet)

JULIAN ALPS Not to be overlooked are the Alps of northern Slovenia. “Visiting them feels like making a great discovery,” says Rob Frisch of the Andrew Harper Travel Office. The Julian Alps in the west cross the Italian border, and here the regional architecture — as well as the food — is “pre-Alpine with a Mediterranean influence,” according to Bogdan Toncic of Harperrecommended Hotel Kendov dvorec. From Ljubljana, the nation’s capital in north-central Slovenia, you can be in the Alps or swimming in the Adriatic within an hour’s drive. While skiing is available, hiking and sightseeing make the top of the activities list. Triglav National Park, located almost entirely within the Julian

Alps, is popular with hikers in the summer months. On Lake Bled, located at the foot of the mountains, you can row out to the 17th-century church in the middle of the lake or climb to the castle, perched on a cliff some 460 feet above the lake. We recommend combining a driving tour to Lake Bled with a stop at Vintgar Gorge and Lake Bohinj. “The scenery along the entire route is spectacular,” says Frisch. “Charming restaurants, beer gardens and wine bars dot the countryside, just waiting to be discovered.”

In Season: All year, though summer is most popular Local Tastes: Zlikrofi, traditional Slovenian dumplings Drink It In: Local wines from Tilia, Batic and Cotar estates Explore This: Skocjan Caves Regional Park, a World Heritage site Don’t Miss: Lake Bled and Bled Castle; Vintgar Gorge. Oft-Overlooked: Lake Bohinj

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Hotel Gasthof Post Lech LECH AM ARLBERG, AUSTRIA– Steeped in tradition and familyowned and operated since 1937, Hotel Gasthof Post places you in the center of the renowned summer and winter holiday region of Lech. Experience remarkable Alpine skiing, play golf or explore the mountains and side valleys with a private guide. Onsite, the 46 spacious rooms and suites provide stunning views of the beautiful mountain landscape or the peaceful botanic garden. Haute cuisine and fine wines are served in three atmospheric and award-winning restaurants. A new spa and wellness center featuring a sauna, steam bath with outside grotto, state-of-the-art fitness facility and multiple treatment rooms balances the thrilling surroundings with total relaxation. Recommended since 1988. ••   Panoramic Outdoor Pool ••   Daily Laundry Service ••   New “Flexenbahn” Cable Car SPECIAL OFFER: Midweek Package Book three nights for a midweek stay (Sunday–Thursday) and receive complimentary lunch or dinner daily, one massage treatment, and a two-day ski pass person. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new midweek reservations only, for travel through April 21, 2017, based on availability and excluding Dec. 18, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017, and Feb. 5–March, 19 2017; excludes Friday and Saturday nights. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • A wine tasting in the Feinpostladen • When celebrating a birthday or special event, an additional unique amenity Standard Inclusions: Daily buffet breakfast served in location of choice • Afternoon tea • Laptops available for guest use • Daily newspaper • Guided hiking tours during the summer • Wi-Fi

Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Recommended since 2009.

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Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway KRÜN, GERMANY – Perched at the edge of the Wetterstein Mountains 60 miles south of Munich, Schloss Elmau offers guests a retreat to the natural beauty, culture and history of the Bavarian countryside. Most of the 162 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies or terraces with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Visit nearby Alpine lakes, medieval towns and fairytale castles such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhoff Palace. Situated less than 30 miles between two Winter Olympic sites, the cultural hideaway hosted the 2015 G7 Summit and holds over 220 concerts per year. Enjoy outdoor sledding, curling, snow-shoeing, ice skating and more. A full calendar of kid- and teen-only activities allows younger travelers to join ski clubs, participate in winter activity camps and hone their photography skills. Complimentary all-day care is available for children ages 1 to 5. The all-encompassing spa features multiple swimming pools, saunas, gyms and yoga studios, and the separate family spa includes an indoor pool and spa treatments tailored for all ages. Several restaurants offer fare for all tastes: Dine in the Michelin-star Luce d’Oro, Fidelio authentic Thai kitchen, Summit for Italian and steaks, Kaminstüberl fondue restaurant or, on sunny winter days, enjoy Bavarian classics and panoramic views at Elmauer Alm, which sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Recommended since 2013; Grand Award–2014.

SPECIAL OFFER: Fairytale Package Star in your own fairytale with this member-exclusive package, which includes a horse-drawn carriage ride to enchanting Ferchensee Lake, as well as entry tickets and round-trip transfers to Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Bavaria’s “Fairytale King” Ludwig II and the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 6, 2017, based on availability. A minimum stay of three nights is required. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • 100 EUR spa credit per room • Culinary amenity Standard Inclusions: VAT • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • 50 EUR dinner credit per person • Cultural events • Access to spa facilities • Wi-Fi

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rom thriving walkable towns filled with galleries, fine dining, museums and leading retail to the distinguishing natural beauty of the range itself, the Rocky Mountains offer a winning combination of access, activities and space. Feel the rush of downhill skiing on perfectly powdered snow. Discover wildlife, unique landscapes and the history of the American West. Or take time for some secluded relaxation within hot springs, mountain spas and the serene open country. More than 25 Andrew Harper Alliance partners — found across Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Canada — make it easy to reach new heights of mountain travel, however you prefer to adventure.

Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada ABOVE: Horseback riding at Triple Creek Ranch in Montana YOHO NATIONAL PARK PHOTO SONGQUAN DENG/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK; HORSEBACK RIDING PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIPLE CREEK RANCH

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By way of its airport, the bright lights of Denver are often a traveler’s first encounter in the Rockies, and the city makes a well-provisioned base for exploring the quintessential Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. Mr. Harper praises the appealing transformation of the downtown area, where new microbreweries, art galleries, nightclubs and an impressive arts district combine with the city’s rustic heritage to create an exciting and memorable destination. “Denver seems to foster energy and creativity,” he says, with “seemingly limitless natural-playground possibilities within a stone’s throw of downtown.” But hidden throughout the peaks is a wealth of charming towns worthy of visiting in their own right. With the advent of the ski resort in the early 20th century, former mining camps and outposts found new life as tourists poured into the region. Along with Aspen and Vail in Colorado, towns such as Park City, Utah, Sun Valley, Idaho, and Jackson, Wyoming, built their modern reputations on a supply of prime winter offerings, but they are a delight in all seasons. “When people think of Aspen, of course they think about the skiing. What most folks don’t know is that there is an amazing cultural backbone that runs through here,” says Sara Stookey of the St. Regis Aspen Resort.


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Like elsewhere in Colorado, Aspen consistently sees more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and the town makes the most of the favorable conditions with a number of activities on offer. Beyond its scenic and sporting draws, discover Aspen’s acclaimed festivals and concert series; world-class shopping and fine dining that lines the streets; and the new Aspen Art Museum that joins the town’s museum-quality galleries. What may be surprising given the prevalence of the jet-set crowd (Aspen’s real estate is among the nation’s most expensive) is the sense of a vibrant local community, which is found in lively weekend markets, attractions such as the John Denver Sanctuary and the quirky folk art encountered among the woods of the ski runs, where artists have created nearly 100 homemade shrines dedicated to a range of musicians, writers and more. With so much to do, Aspen’s relatively small size becomes an advantage. “Everything is just steps from the mountain,” Stookey says. “Guests are able to easily walk, bike or take the free local bus to any destination around town.” Aspen’s cosmopolitan aspect is mirrored in Park City, a former silver mining boomtown that was reinvigorated with its annual Sundance Film Festival, as well as from hosting a portion of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today, more than 600,000 travelers visit the city each year. Juxtaposing past and present, the small-town setting boasts glamorous amenities for the Hollywood crowd alongside historic buildings and an extensive, still-traversable system of mine shafts and tunnels beneath the city.

Further afield in central Idaho, the resort town of Sun Valley proves comfort and community can be found even in the Rockies’ more out-of-the-way locales. “Sun Valley is North America’s first and original destination ski resort. It’s also nestled in a remote location, which makes it a special place, still relatively untouched by mass commercialization, heavy traffic and overexposure,” says Kelli Lusk of Sun Valley Lodge. Founded in 1936 to rival Europe’s great ski destinations, the resort was popularized by celebrity guests like Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn and Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway, in particular, was so taken with the area’s rich hunting and fishing that, after completing For Whom the Bell Tolls in the renowned lodge, he made his home in nearby Ketchum for the remainder of his life. And while the population has remained small, the reputation hasn’t. The celebrity roster continues to be strong, and Sun Valley and Ketchum today form an oasis of easy living and year-round thrills in an otherwise pristine mountain landscape. “There is something to do for all generations, which many people do not know until they arrive and experience it here,” says Lusk, championing the sense of “real community” and mentioning activities “from the Opera House showing first-run movies each day, to a bowling alley in the renovated lodge, to pools, tennis courts, a gun club, fitness center, a full spectrum of dining options, hiking and biking trails and shopping.”

OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: A guest shows off a trout caught at Triple Creek Ranch, Montana. BOTTOM: Rocky Mountaineer crosses a river in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies. ABOVE: A downtown street in Ketchum, Idaho. FISHING PHOTO COURTESY OF TRIPLE CREEK RANCH; ROCKY MOUNTAINEER PHOTO COURTESY OF ROCKY MOUNTAINEER; KETCHUM PHOTO COURTESY OF VISIT SUN VALLEY © TORY TAGLIO

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The extensive diversions make it easy to spend your days within the cities, but the crux of the Rockies’ appeal lies in the region’s staggering natural beauty. “Mountains, bluebird skies and natural beauty surround the entire area,” Lusk says. “So much of the land is undeveloped and protected, and [it] will remain that way for generations.” Spanning more than 3,000 miles, the landscape is awash with dozens of protected parks containing some of North America’s most recognizable natural landmarks. The Grand Tetons, Pike’s Peak, Lake Louise and Old Faithful are set among a breathtaking background of majestic mountains, crystalline lakes, rivers brimming with trout, primordial geysers and lush forests. The enormity of the space (Yellowstone National Park alone is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined) can often add a numinous quality to these encounters. “One of the most special things is that there are so few people here,” says Jennifer O’Donohue of Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch. “The entire state of Montana has just over a million people. Adventurers can spend hours exploring without encountering a soul and have a true wilderness experience.” While driving in the Rockies won’t short you on scenery, a network of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels encourages on-the-ground exploration, and operators are plentiful for a number of immersive experiences such as horseback riding and whitewater rafting. This is also one of the last, best places to view North American wildlife in a natural setting. “Local herds of elk, mule deer, whitetail and bison often appear on the horizon,” says O’Donohue. “Guests may spy eagles and hawks soaring through Montana’s big sky and a variety of nesting song birds and waterfowl up close and personal through our high-powered scopes. They can keep an eye out for majestic bull moose, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, black bear and an occasional shy fox or coyote, or they can follow the track of a silent wolf or mountain lion.” A variety of resorts and lodges can place you in the thick of the wilderness. In addition to its palatial main resort, The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs offers three new wilderness camps hidden among the mountains for a rustic experience when exploring the Garden of the Gods, Pike’s Peak and the area’s many other scenic attractions. Farther up the range in Wyoming, Amangani sits atop a 7,000-foot butte just outside of Jackson. Here, boundless outdoor adventure is highlighted by guided treks to nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks along with frequent sightings of elk, bison, moose and more. Across the state line in Idaho, Henry’s Fork Lodge on the Snake River gives you coveted access to one of the country’s most esteemed fly-fishing streams. Still, one of the more unique experiences is to travel by train. Rocky Mountaineer glides through the rugged wilds of Alberta and British Columbia, with stops in Banff, Lake Louise, Whisler, Vancouver and more. The sightseeing is maximized with massive domed windows, off-train excursions and daylight-only travel. (Overnight accommodations are in premium area hotels.) “Traveling aboard Rocky Mountaineer rivals other world-class travel experiences, but what sets it apart is the up-close view it provides of Western Canada’s scenery and wildlife,” says Deb Paulsen, vice president of guest experiences for the luxury rail line, who cites views of old-growth forests, glacier-capped mountains and shimmering lakes and rivers. “When a black bear is spotted out the window, you can feel the excitement throughout the train.”

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Of course, the Rockies’ reputation for winter recreation is not undeserved, boasting a number of ski-in/ski-out resorts, Olympic facilities, ample backcountry and ideal snow. “The snowfall is best described as ‘Champagne powder,’” Stookey says. “The snow is light, fluffy and easy to ski in. This differs from East Coast skiing, or even West Coast skiing where the snow is often wetter or icier.” Of Aspen’s four ski mountains, Mr. Harper notes Snowmass Mountain as the preferred base for families. Aspen Mountain, rising directly above the town, boasts 76 meticulous runs better suited for intermediate and expert skiers, yet it also retains ample classic charm with stylish resorts such as the St. Regis and The Little Nell at its base alongside the historic Silver Queen Gondola. The 14-minute ride to the top can be enjoyed by all, providing scenic views of the surrounding highlands from Sundeck restaurant. The area offers plenty of action for those looking for something beyond the traditional downhill experience as well: “Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are always popular winter activities,” Stookey says. “New for winter 2016, the St. Regis Aspen is creating an Uphill/Downhill package to teach the fundamentals of ‘uphilling’ — essentially skiing uphill — which offers guests the chance to see the mountains and backcountry of Aspen in a whole new way.” For a historic twist on phenomenal skiing, look no further than Sun Valley. In the winter of 1935, the Union Pacific Railroad commissioned Count Felix Schaffgotsch of Austria to locate a site for a ski resort that would be on par with those in the Alps, which were drawing a significant number of American skiers with superior conditions. After an exhaustive search, the count declared he had found the perfect spot at what was then a sleepy ranch outside of Ketchum, Idaho. His instincts were sharp, and within a year the lodge was open, the world’s first chairlifts were installed and the resort was welcoming its first guests.

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Our nation’s first national park, so designated in 1872. Some 640,000 years ago, an area around what is now the center of the park exploded in one of the greatest eruptions in history. Today, Yellowstone National Park is a smoldering caldera, and the park is aptly famous for its geysers, mud pots and thermal pools. And with bison, elk, bears, moose, wolves, deer, eagles and much more, it’s no wonder that Yellowstone is often referred to as “America’s Serengeti.” Inside the massive 3,468-squaremile park, you’ll find towering waterfalls, alpine rivers and a canyon so big it’s named the “Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.”

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Glacier National Park in Montana and its “cousin,” Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada, form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a World Heritage site containing dozens of glaciers (many of which are sadly retreating and disappearing), plus more than 750 lakes, countless waterfalls and beautiful forested valleys. The incredibly scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road bisects Glacier from west to east. The park is home to nearly 2,000 species of plants and 60 native species of animals, including the mountain goat, grizzly bear and gray wolf.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK Just a mere two-hour drive from Denver in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, it’s not hard to feel as if you’re on top of the world. Inside the park’s 415 square miles are dozens of towering summits, and more than 75 of them rise 12,000 feet or higher. Rocks that are as old as those found at the bottom of the Grand Canyon — nearly 2 billion years in age — cap the mountain summits. Besides the majestic mountain views, Rocky Mountain National Park has a variety of wildlife and is bisected by the Continental Divide.

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK Named for stunningly vertical mountain range that rises nearly 7,000 feet from the valley floor (which itself is already more than a mile high), Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park also encompasses the valley floor known as Jackson Hole. The 485-squaremile park is home to many of the same species of wildlife found in Yellowstone. Besides the peaks, other highlights include jewel-like lakes (Jenny Lake being the most famous) and the Snake River that flows through the park, which is ideal for a scenic float trip.

Andrew Harper travel partner National Parks Revealed specializes in customized private journeys for those in search of authenticity and adventure within the national parks of the western U.S., Alaska and Florida.

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Valley resort in Park City, which offers ski-in/ski-out access to six mountains, along with mountain hosts, a ski concierge and an on-site outfitter for a tailored, carefree ski experience. Nearly as important as the snow and ski runs are the après-ski activities: The familiar lineup of hot tubs, heated pools and warm beverages is garnished in the Rockies with distinct options such as fireside s’mores, bespoke cocktails (try the Downhill Snapper at the St. Regis Aspen), specialty massages and more. “One unique option [and] a local and tourist favorite is to ski into Utah’s only ski-in gastro-distillery, High West Distillery, which offers locally distilled whiskeys and creative western-inspired cuisine,” Fioravanti says. “In addition, Montage Deer Valley has opened the slopeside Après Lounge & Beach Club, which is Utah’s only mountainside Champagne lounge.”

TOP LEFT: The cowboy culture of the Rockies even extends to downhill skiing. TOP RIGHT: An American bison gazes across a plain in Yellowstone National Park. BOTTOM LEFT: A guest relaxes in the natural warmth of Dunton Hot Springs. BOTTOM RIGHT: Corralling horses in the snow at Triple Creek Ranch

“Sun Valley is a downhill skier’s paradise, consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America,” says Lusk. “Bald Mountain offers a consistent pitch, lack of lift lines and diverse terrain, making it one of the world’s finest ski mountains. Dollar Mountain is the perfect place to learn to downhill ski, with gentle slopes suited for beginners, [and] The Sun Valley Ski School ranks at the top whether you’re a first-time skier or just want to hone your skills.” Over in Park City, winter visitors have their choice of options in the largest ski area in the country, with more than 7,000 acres of skiable terrain. The numerous ski runs include a varied mix of groomed and gentle slopes, bold powder lines and steep descents, and they’re bolstered by the nearby Utah Olympic Park and the Winter Comet Bobsled, which rides down the 2002 Olympic track. “Utah’s heritage of snow sports is suited for the adventure-seeking multigenerational family,” says Dana Fioravanti with Montage Deer

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While the scenery, skiing and cities are reason enough for a trip, it may be the mythos of the region that ultimately sets the Rocky Mountains apart. “It’s the undeniable romance of the American West,” says O’Donohue. “Riding a horse on a mountainside stimulates just about every one of your senses — the air sweetly scented by the grasses and pine trees, the sound of your horse’s hooves, the gurgle of a nearby creek, the chatter of birds or sometimes simply pristine silence. And of course, the breathtaking view of an unspoiled wilderness that doesn’t look that much different than it did hundreds of years ago.” Though several of the mining towns and camps evolved into posh modern communities, others became more recognizable symbols of the region’s distinguishing heritage: a crossroads where wild places meet cowboy culture and the historicity of westward expansion. Take Dunton Hot Springs, once a moderately thriving mining camp near Telluride, Colorado. Abandoned in 1918, the entire town was purchased and meticulously restored as a resort with 13 original cabins, a saloon and a dance hall. Coupled with the eponymous hot springs, it is a welcoming and convivial experience of the romance of a Western ghost town. The owners of Smith Fork Ranch in nearby Crawford took a similar approach, refitting a dilapidated ranch as an authentic wilderness retreat that emphasizes the area’s history and lifestyle. This rugged frontierism is perhaps most evident under the Big Sky of Montana, where a number of high-end ranches combine the vast landscapes with well-appointed cabins and tents, plus activities such as horseback riding, cattle drives, fly-fishing, shooting, nature safaris, ATV tours and a wide variety of winter sports. O’Donohue highlights three particularly unique activities at Triple Creek Ranch: discovering handfuls of raw sapphires in dirt from the nearby Gem Mountain mine; skijoring (“ski driving”), where guests enjoy skiing across the snowy fields while being towed by a horse; and dog sledding. Says O’Donohue, “The woman who runs our dog-sledding program, Jessie Royer, has raced in the Alaskan Iditarod 14 times. So not only can our guests go dog sledding, but with teams who have raced in the Iditarod. In fact, during a two-week period in January we offer each guest a complimentary dog sled ride as it helps Jessie get her team ready for the big race.” Sledding through snowy forests with a team of dogs may be a far cry from the metropolitan bustle of Denver, the warmth and culture of Aspen and Sun Valley, the luxury train journeys and sunny summer hikes through Yellowstone’s otherworldly setting, but it illustrates the range of on-demand activity and pleasure a trip to the Rockies provides. As O’Donohue puts it, “The ideal vacation can truly be found at any time of year.”

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SPECIAL OFFER: Peaks & Perks – Up to $600 in Credit Book a qualifying 2017 package of four nights or longer by Nov. 4, 2016, and enjoy up to $600 per couple to use toward extra hotel nights, sightseeing tours, cruising, meal plans and more. also includes: Andrew Harper benefit and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new bookings only, confirmed by Nov. 4, 2016, for qualifying packages on select dates during the 2017 summer season (April–October). Maximum offer value of $600 per couple is applicable to qualifying packages of eight days or longer; packages of five to seven days will receive $350 per couple. Deposit required at time of booking and full payment must be made by Jan. 20, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Other restrictions may apply. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office for full terms and conditions. Andrew Harper Benefits: A complimentary airport transfer

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he term “jungle” may have devolved over the years into more categorically correct definitions, but the ideas and images it conjures remain: lush, primeval gardens shrouded in exotic mystery, swallowing civilizations whole and locking out the rest with walls of tangled vines and perils both real and imagined. Indeed, the tales of lost cities, hidden wealth and untold secrets combine fantastically with the colorful flora, fauna and cultures that call the jungle home, creating the perfect mix of ingredients to inspire a classic adventure. Luckily, though they were once impenetrable to all but imaginative novelists and the most intrepid of explorers, a number of fine lodges and camps now let you cross into these evocative landscapes free of the risks and challenges that they traditionally carried, and tour partners across the world offer thrilling treks that lead you into the natural habitats of the planet’s rarest and most elusive species. Enjoy a glimpse into these unfamiliar worlds with insight from our on-the-ground destination specialists, or delve into the mysteries of the jungle yourself with a selection of sample itineraries designed to provide memorable experiences of the unique culture, ecology and recreation found in these wondrous biomes.

AFRICA

Though the world’s jungles are equally fascinating, it may be those of Africa that most command the imagination. From the grand adventures popularized by Victorian writers to the vibrant and boisterous world of The Lion King, the allure is varied and farreaching. As Mr. Harper notes, the wild regions of Africa provide many occasions for wonder, but it is the jungle that contains the most profoundly intimate encounter: an up-close meeting with a mountain gorilla. “[It] is quite simply the most intense wildlife experience that Africa has to offer,” Mr. Harper says. In Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, guests have the opportunity for these close encounters with the world’s largest population of wild mountain gorillas. The densely vegetated slopes are also home to golden monkeys, and the chance to observe these animals in their natural, undisturbed setting is a remarkable experience. A private safari in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site, allows guests to be guided through the dense network of vines, shrubs, steep ridges and bamboo forests to witness the complex social structure of the mountain gorillas who reside there, far away from the rest of the world. Letting an experiential travel partner such as &Beyond organize your journey allows you to focus on the extraordinary sightings and benefit from knowledgeable experts. “&Beyond’s lodges, tours and safaris are renowned for their natural luxury and are underpinned by the knowledge and expertise of their highly skilled rangers, trackers, guides and naturalists,” says &Beyond CEO Joss Kent. “Our expert guides and naturalists passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge — personally researched and experienced — about habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable wildlife experiences to last a lifetime.”

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Itinerary Inspiration Our itineraries are for your inspiration. If you do not see specific departure dates listed, please contact our travel office to customize this itinerary to fit your needs.

Day 1 Arrive, and settle into your accommodations in Kigali, Rwanda’s vibrant and peaceful capital city. Days 2–4 Transfer to Volcanoes National Park on the Rwandan side of the Virunga Mountains. The lush slopes are the last refuge of the mountain gorilla, holding roughly half of the world’s remaining wild population. Start your days here in the warmth and comfort of your lodge before following your guide into the mist-covered rainforest, savoring the poignant and thrilling experience of viewing gorillas in their natural habitat. Visit up to seven families of gorillas, numbering from seven to more than 35 members each.

FAMILY BIKING TOUR IN CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM Days 1–3 Arrive in Siem Reap. Relax, explore the city and meet with your local Khmer guide over evening cocktails. In the morning, bike into the heart of the Cambodian countryside to discover the 700-year-old Angkor Wat temple complex. The following day, ride into Bayon temple atop an elephant, then spend the afternoon on your choice of scenic or cultural activities. Days 4–6 After biking through the wild jungle temple of Ta Prohm, transfer to the World Heritage site of Hoi An, Vietnam. Walk the bustling 400-year-old streets, perhaps stopping for tailor-made clothing or a bespoke piece of jewelry from one of the many silver shops. Visit the morning markets, then bike through the traditional trappings of the surrounding landscape before an authentic Vietnamese dinner at your guide’s favorite restaurant. The next day, bike inland to the fascinating Cham temple complex of My Son. Days 7–8 Fly to Hanoi, and marvel at the dramatic differences between the north and south of the country. Ride through the city’s delightfully chaotic street life and quiet rural villages before heading to the hotel for dinner. The next day, take a riverboat cruise up the Perfume River to the tomb of Minh Mang. You might dine tonight with the descendants of a royal family.

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The ancient ruins of Angkor Wat beckon thousands of tourists to visit the Cambodian temples every year, and Andrew Harper tour partner Abercrombie & Kent reaches sites by helicopter that are otherwise difficult or impossible to access. The private, half-day tours take you to sights such as Beng Mealea temple, now entirely encompassed by jungle. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the 12th century, entering the overgrown temple has the effect of making guests feel like Indiana Jones. The tour also visits the imposing tiered pyramids of the 10th-century Koh Ker temple complex, once the capital of the Khmer Empire. A catered lunch with a private butler allows you to adventure in style, with dishes such as pomelo and prawns salad, marinated beef rolls and pineapple carpaccio. Traveling the Mekong River between Cambodia and Vietnam, an Aqua Expeditions cruise takes in the natural beauty and culture of these two countries, including everything from exclusive insider access within private temples to a trek in the languid hills around Da Lat in the Vietnamese highlands. The river cruise also makes port at relaxing beaches such as Sihanoukville, and it allows time to explore the vibrant city life of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Along the way, guests can enjoy cooking classes, kayaking and visiting artisan studios. “We know our guests put a premium on being able to ask lots of questions and interact one-on-one with the crew, as well as with local artisans and community members,” says Aqua Expeditions founder Francesco Galli Zugaro. “Our small size and superb teamwork onboard allow us to rapidly revise our operating procedures to deliver a ‘one-to-one’ level of luxury service to our guests.” In India, &Beyond drops intrepid travelers into the idyllic setting of The Jungle Book. Enjoy firsthand the experience of the Rudyard Kipling classic in central India by encountering the magnificent Bengal tiger in Kanha National Park, one of the first places where the endangered species was protected. Other wildlife found in the area includes leopards, jackals, antelope and the extremely rare barasingha, or Indian swamp deer. After a full day of exploration, dine from menus inspired by traditional tribal food and favorites of the British Raj. In the south, discover Sri Lanka, the small island in the Indian Ocean that is still off the map for many travelers. Here, watch elephants swim in their natural habitat while vibrantly colored birds swoop between old-growth trees. The unique Sinhalese culture has been influenced through the centuries by Hindu invaders, Dutch spice traders, Portuguese missionaries and the English, who were on a quest for tea. With a tour partner such as Asia Transpacific Journeys, explore rich archaeological and historical sites through diverse jungle landscapes and national parks while you overnight in grand estates or ecolodges.

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TOP LEFT: Tigers are a protected species in Kanha National Park, also known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve. TOP RIGHT: Misty morning light in India’s Kanha National Park FAR LEFT: Prang Pyramid in Koh Ker, Cambodia LEFT: A jungle scene from the rain forest of Panama TIGER PHOTO TREVORPLATT/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK; KANHA NATIONAL PARK PHOTO ANDAMANSE/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK; PRANG PYRAMID PHOTO AG-CHAPELHILL/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK; PANAMA PHOTO RAFAL CICHAWA/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK

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THE JUNGLE RUINS OF BELIZE Days 1–3 Arrive in Belize City, and then take a connecting flight or meet your driver for a transfer to your accommodations at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. Settle in and enjoy your surroundings.

Explore more of the region’s Mayan heritage the following day by crossing into Guatemala to visit the grand archaeological site of Tikal and the jungleshrouded temples of Yaxha. On the Belize side of the border, discover the remote, crowd-free ruins of Caracol. Days 4–6 After breakfast, fly down the coast to Punta Gorda. Spend your days here visiting Mayan ruins such as Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, perhaps hiking to the Rio Blanco waterfalls and exploring Belize’s culinary heritage. Those with more time may wish to make an outing to Turtle Inn, which has access to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve as well as fine snorkeling, diving and fishing. Days 7–9 Fly back up to San Pedro and Ambergris Caye. Emerge from the jungle to unwind along the tropical beaches and barrier reef before preparing for your return trip home.

Celestun Biosphere Reserve on Mexico’s Yucatán coast.

AMERICAS

Most people know about the beaches, resort towns and Mayan pyramids of Mexico, but many are surprised to learn the country is also home to one of the world’s most important pink flamingo colonies. In the massive wetlands of the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, guides from Harper-recommended destination specialist Journey Mexico navigate one of the Yucatán’s most protected areas to observe these graceful creatures. Their itineraries also include time in protected mangroves, barrier reefs, colonial cities and Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Though Central America may be a small sliver compared to the continents above and below, it is incredibly rich with biodiversity and wildlife. In Panama, the vast Darién Gap jungle is untamed, nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for the early conquistadors 500 years ago. Un-Cruise Adventures takes guests along the Mogue River in a motorized dugout canoe, as the expedition guide helps with wildlife spotting and cultural exchanges with local villagers throughout the largest natural protected area in Central America. A 15-day Ultimate Costa Rica and Panama tour with Un-Cruise lets you explore the Darién along with the Panama Canal, Guna Yala’s 300-plus indigenous islands and the Pearl Islands in Panama along with time spent in Manuel Antonio National Park, the wildlife refuges and the conservation areas of Costa Rica. Because of the way Un-Cruise ships operate, there is more time to search for wildlife and enjoy the pace of the journey. According to Richard Edwards, vice president of marketing and longtime resident of Costa Rica, the reduced number of guests allows the crew to customize each day’s activities. “The crew become your friends,” he says. “They know your name and your preferences by day two. Don’t be surprised when you are offered your favorite cocktail in the hot tub or the bartender delivers your favorite wine to your dinner table.”

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There may be few names that suggest the thrill of a jungle adventure more so than Monkey Island. This remote island in the Peruvian Amazon is a refuge for multiple species of monkeys, many of them orphaned or rescued from the pet trade. A fragile ecosystem of endangered species, it is imperative to go with a company committed to sustainable tourism conservation such as Abercrombie & Kent. Their environmentally intelligent approach has earned many accolades, including the Green Award for Corporate Social Leadership in Travel & Tourism from the World Travel & Tourism Council. Monkey Island is the first stop of A&K’s “Amazon Adventure: Rainforest & River Cruise,” which also winds along the Tahuayo River in search of the exotic pink river dolphin. The journey traverses the source of the Amazon in an area said to contain more primate species than any other part of the mighty river. One distinct advantage of the Peruvian Amazon is that it’s always peak season, and the rainforest is perpetually lush and teeming with wildlife. It’s also home to numerous indigenous tribes, and A&K can arrange visits with several of them. And while not the typical image of a jungle, the dense temperate rainforests of the continental United States also yield incredible natural resources and opportunities for viewing wildlife. In the Pacific Northwest, the glacial fjords, archipelagos and oldgrowth forests are home to seals, sea lions, orcas, gray whales, sea birds and the bald eagle. Un-Cruise Adventures takes guests on eight-day voyages with onboard experts, including renowned birding guides and the region’s foremost craft brewers — they even offer special craft beer–themed cruises several times a year. Kayaking, hiking across islands and hidden coves, snorkeling and bird-watching are all available during your adventure.

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In the morning, tour the ancient Mayan city of Xunantunich. After lunch, relax in the spa, take a horseback ride to the hotel’s farm or visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm.


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Rayavadee Indulgent Spa Massage for Two Book a minimum of three nights in any room category and receive a complimentary 75-minute massage for two at The Rayavadee Spa. The spa’s extensive range of therapies draw on ancient Thai healing traditions and a philosophy of wellbeing that combines body, mind and spirit to create treatments that impart a deeply felt sense of relaxation in luxurious, private surroundings. also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 30, 2017, based on availability and excluding Dec. 23, 2016– Jan. 11, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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or a country that is famously remote, New Zealand feels incredibly accessible. Whether it’s the warm, welcoming ways of the 4.7 million residents or the magnetic pull of the coastal and mountain landscapes that fill every corner of this island nation, you’ll feel relaxed and at home the minute your feet touch the ground. As Mr. Harper notes, “New Zealand is peaceful, hospitable and seems blessedly detached from the planet’s woes.” No matter what you’re in the mood for, a distinctly New Zealand experience awaits. From action-packed adventure to basking in the magical surroundings at a slow and serene pace, New Zealand takes every experience imaginable and gives it an indelibly Kiwi twist. Friendly, down-to-earth New Zealanders are always happy to talk about their homeland, so we asked Harper Alliance hotel and tour partners to share their thoughts on what makes a New Zealand experience unlike any other. Those providing insight and ideas include: • Joanne Ross, owner of Azur Lodge, which lies just five minutes from the center of Queenstown and is surrounded by mountains and Lake Wakatipu; • Barry Walters, director of Lake Timara Lodge, on the outskirts of Blenheim in one of New Zealand’s finest wine regions and near the renowned Marlborough Wine Trail; • Sam Porter, managing director with Seasonz Travel, a destination specialist providing tailored access to a wide variety of adventure experiences, including wine, food, culture and New Zealand’s natural dramatic scenery; and • Karine Thomas, marketing manager at Treetops Lodge & Estate, tucked into a 2,500-acre wilderness reserve and troutfishing mecca.

TOP: A sailboat anchored in Lake Wakatipu LEFT: Rocky canyons line the Shotover River. ABOVE: Flocks of sheep and lamb are a common sight across New Zealand. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dolphins leap from the water in the Bay of Islands; A hiker walks the Hooker Valley Track toward Mt. Cook; Grazing rams outside of Treetops Lodge & Estate; Kayaking through Doubtful Sound; Fresh steamed mussels; Castle Point Lighthouse on the southeastern coast of the North Island.

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alpine picnic is an unforgettable experience. But, it is also the people that make the place unique. Interacting with a local farmer or meeting a winemaker and having them share their passion with you leaves lasting memories.” SEASONZ

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If you had to prepare a culinary experience that represents the taste of New Zealand, what would you include?

“Marlborough is rapidly becoming number one in the world for Sauvignon Blanc. Wild venison and king salmon are worldwide, but our land is still undiscovered in some regions. Waters are crystal clear and full of great fish dishes.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE

Describe New Zealand in five words or fewer.

“Always how friendly Kiwis are, how safe our country is and how great our food is.” TREETOPS LODGE & ESTATE

“Friendly, fun, with stunning scenery.”

What uniquely New Zealand or out-of-the-ordinary experiences do you recommend?

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“Brilliant every day, something different!” LAKE TIMARA LODGE

“Everything you expect, only better.” SEASONZ

What surprises travelers most about New Zealand? “Despite sheep outnumbering people 10-1, they’re not native to New Zealand. In fact, New Zealand’s only native land mammals are three species of bat. You’re unlikely to see any scary creatures if you take a walk in the woods; however, do listen for the amazing birdsong, as New Zealand has dozens of beautiful and varied native birds.” AZUR LODGE “The utterly friendly people, [that] it’s a small country with a big heartland, openroad touring with no dense traffic and that cops are few and far between because of our low crime rate.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE

“Many dining experiences are truly world class. And, for a relatively small country, it can be time-consuming to move between regions. The key to both is to work with a great local operator (like Seasonz!) so they can help you make the most of your precious time.” SEASONZ

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“If you want to head off the beaten track, try hiking into the backcountry and drinking water straight from an alpine stream. New Zealand has amazing multiday and [single] day walks for all fitness levels. Some of our favorites include the Routeburn Track, Ben Lomond and hikes in and around Mount Cook. Rudyard Kipling famously described Milford Sound as the eighth wonder of the world — see it in style with a helicopter trip from Queenstown that stops on a glacier along the way.” AZUR LODGE

“There are heaps of them, from semitropical activities at the upper end of North Island to full-on four seasons and snowcapped ski fields in the south. Many high-adrenaline bungy jumps are found here, and jet boating is everywhere. Alternatively, go wild pig or tahr hunting. Big bluenose marlins are still here by the score.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE “From white sand beaches to geothermal mud pools to magnificent alpine settings, New Zealand offers visual splendor each and every day. Standing on a glacier, then being whisked away in a helicopter for a remote

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“With Treetops’ ‘Estate to Plate’ 4WD safari, guests join game keepers and wild-food chefs to tour and taste in our organic kitchen garden and orchard, visit our Mānuka honey aviaries and then drive to see the estate’s deer, elk, water buffalo, wild pigs, game birds and trout streams. Finish the day with one of Treetops’ signature dishes, which cleverly blend fresh herbs, vegetables and flavors specific to New Zealand.” TREETOPS LODGE & ESTATE

What New Zealand experiences are suitable for children? “Take a family trip up the skyline gondola for some fun-filled luge laps. Luging is an activity for the whole family, using individual gravity-driven carts that wind down a track overlooking Queenstown below.” AZUR LODGE

“From off-road buggy experiences racing through alpine forests, to relaxing on a catamaran in the Bay of Islands during the morning, only to have a bunch of jet skis turn up after lunch to liven up proceedings, each region of New Zealand offers a range of ways in which children can be educated and entertained.” SEASONZ “Get out into nature, into what we call ‘the bush.’ Treetops’ educational workshops are designed for kids to learn about our native birds and trees, and some amazing Maori storytelling is provided by Eru, our resident storyteller. Another favorite is to hop on our

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TOP: Dining at Bridal Veil Falls on Treetops’ Estate to Plate excursion. ABOVE: Vineyards in the Marlborough wine region OPPOSITE PAGE: An ice climber explores Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island.

“Farming is a core part of New Zealand’s agribusiness, so the menu would feature a slow-roast leg of lamb or beef partnered with seasonal vegetables. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other, the meal would also include seafood — fresh scallops, crayfish, whitebait and our famous bluff oysters — all washed down with a Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay followed by a Central Otago Pinot Noir.” SEASONZ


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Does a traveler’s experience in New Zealand change with the seasons? “In summer, enjoy barbecues, wear ‘jandals’ or no shoes (a surefire way to spot a local) and make the most of your day since the sun doesn’t set until 9 p.m. In winter, New Zealand has several commercial ski fields around Queenstown and Wanaka, but if you want a true Kiwi ski experience, try one of the small local club fields. The adventure starts just trying to reach these ski areas, not to mention the challenges of figuring out how to use a nutcracker rope tow to access upper slopes.” AZUR LODGE “In late spring and summer, gardens bloom everywhere, and the days are warm and sunny with sunsets to die for. Winter is only full-on in the ski centers and snow-capped mountains.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE “For a skiing holiday, the best time of year is July or August. However, New Zealand really is a year-round destination. Northland (at the top of the North Island) is often called the ‘Winterless North,’ and there are actually fewer rain days over the winter months in alpine Queenstown than in any other season.” SEASONZ

When is the best time to visit New Zealand? “New Zealand has something to offer in every season, although it is renowned for having ‘four seasons in one day’ whatever the time of year, so be prepared for any weather. Summer can be particularly busy, so it’s best to avoid the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as accommodations and activity providers can book up early. Many Kiwis are on holiday for most of January. Everywhere is fresh and green in spring, and autumn has beautiful fall colors best enjoyed from one of Central Otago’s Pinot Noir wineries or the quaint, historic goldmining town of Arrowtown. Winter brings a different energy, mixing the best bits of a ski season, including spectacular snowcapped mountains (The Remarkables mountain range has the name for a reason!) with a variety of heartwarming or adrenalinepumping activities.” AZUR LODGE “Most would say your northern hemisphere winter is our best playground, with warm heavenly days of very little rain. Anytime from mid-December is mild and sunny and smells of perfumed gardens in total abundance, especially at Lake Timara Lodge, where over 500 roses bloom in our perfumed gardens.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE “New Zealand is becoming a year-round destination with arrivals now starting from September [and continuing] until the end of April. If I had to pick, my favorite time to travel around New Zealand is in February.” SEASONZ

ABOVE: The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu seen from Queenstown. OPPOSITE PAGE: People walk the streets during an autumn festival in historic Arrowtown.

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“It’s more picturesque in the South Island in winter, with the snow, but the North Island is all beaches and lakes, so it’s a great summer destination.” TREETOPS LODGE & ESTATE

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If a traveler wanted to experience a day of complete relaxation, what would you suggest? “After waking up to views of Lake Wakatipu and the Southern Alps, have a relaxing spa bath set in a bay window that opens up for a romantic indoor/outdoor experience. Follow with breakfast delivered to your private balcony. If you don’t want to venture far, let the Azur team arrange an in-villa massage or suggest a number of short walks and quaint cafés in the area. Alternatively, enjoy a private wine tour around the local vineyards, or take a steamship cruise across the lake.” AZUR LODGE

“Marlborough experiences exceptional sunshine hours, but it’s not hot, sticky or sweaty. A cool, world-class Sauvignon Blanc by our abundant waters and lakes with a Champagne-style picnic hamper and total tranquility is heaven on earth.” LAKE TIMARA LODGE

“Spend a day at Treetops’ Rituals Spa, which offers indigenous spa therapies, including our new Manuka Honey Body Scrub, sourced on the Treetops Estate. The spa provides two holistic styles of massage — mirimiri and romiromi — both revered as ancient and sacred taonga (a Maori cultural treasure).” TREETOPS LODGE & ESTATE

What would you recommend for a day of action-packed adventure? “Come to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend the morning jumping from the highest bungy in Australasia, followed by a quick jet boat excursion through the spectacularly narrow Shotover

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helicopter and land on White Island, a reallife erupting volcano, or cruise Lake Rotoiti in the catamaran-style motor boat to find hidden hot pools.”


“F RE VE ES RH YAWNHDE RG ER EI SE N IN SPRING, AND AU T U M N H AS B E AU T I F U L FAL L COLORS BEST E N J OY E D F R O M ONE OF CENTRAL O TAG O ’ S P I N O T NOIR WINERIES Canyon. In the afternoon, combine a scenic helicopter flight into the historic Skippers Canyon with an adrenaline-fueled whitewater rafting trip.” AZUR LODGE “While there are great adventure options all through the country, Queenstown is deservedly the action capital of the country. Start with a 12,000-foot tandem skydive looking out over The Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu before heading out towards Arthurs Point for an off-road buggy experience. After that, you can jump in the iconic Shotover Jet just around the corner to ‘shoot the canyons.’ After lunch

in Arrowtown, head out to Gibbston Valley to jump off a perfectly good bridge (we recommend AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge) and then end the day with an exclusive quadbike adventure.” SEASONZ

If you had to move from New Zealand tomorrow, what would you miss most? Why? “I would definitely miss the friendly locals and relaxed pace of life. Everybody is willing to help you out with a “no-worries” and “cando” attitude. I would also miss the outdoor

lifestyle — people socialize by doing things here. With a warm, temperate climate and long summer evenings, it is easy to catch up with friends on a hike or bike ride and enjoy the spectacular scenery and atmosphere New Zealand provides.” AZUR LODGE “Our multicultural society, which is accepting of our native people and new immigrants and has a sense of fairness and what is right for all people living in our country, not depending on color or religion or wealth. And also our ‘No. 8 wire’ mentality, which means we can fix anything ourselves.” TREETOPS LODGE & ESTATE

Lake Timara Lodge BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND – Amid the relaxed lifestyle and scenic paradise of the South Island’s Marlborough wine region, this intimate eight-guest lodge opens its doors once again after completing an extensive renovation this October. The surrounding landscape—already beautiful with 80 acres of pastures, woodlands and a romantic lake—is revitalized with hundreds of exciting and colorful additions to the gardens. Inside, the lounge, dining areas and guest rooms are refreshed with new fabrics and décor, as well as improved heating; the lounge in particular stuns with its old-world chandelier and new Italian marble fireplace. The secluded private estate also welcomes Executive Chef Eleonora to the lodge, whose innovative, health-conscious cuisine is certain to be a delight. Recommended since 1990. ••   Luxurious Country Retreat ••   Maximum of Eight Guests ••   Largest Wine Region in New Zealand

Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • A bottle of local Marlborough wine on departure • For stays of three nights or longer, a tour of Giesen winery with gourmet lunch platter for two Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast • Laundry service • Wi-Fi

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Edenhouse NELSON, NEW ZEALAND – Nestled in the stunning Orinoco Valley, this enchanting country retreat is set within 50 acres of private grounds and eight acres of internationally acclaimed gardens. Guests have a choice of staying in two luxurious suites in the main lodge or the beautifully appointed and very private two-bedroom, two-bath garden cottage. This prestigious small lodge is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the fantastic activities and experiences around the Nelson and Abel Tasman region. Edenhouse is within easy reach of three national parks, internationally reputed wineries, picturesque cycling trails, trout-fishing rivers, art galleries, charming villages and the golden beaches of Abel Tasman National Park. Recommended since 2016. • Complimentary Pre-Dinner Drinks and Canapés

• Be Pampered by the On-Site Staff of 15

• Fine Wines Included in the Rate

• An Abundance of Fresh Local Produce

• Hosted by the Owners, Who are Always Available • Heliport in the Gardens

• Chilli the Labrador, the “Guest Liaison Officer”

edenhouse.co.nz Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • For stays of three nights or longer, an exclusive, limited edition, handmade canape platter created by renowned local sculptor Michael MacMillan • When staying between May 1 and Oct. 31, a choice of additional complimentary premium wines served with dinner

Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés • Use of all lodge facilities • Wi-Fi

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Treetops Lodge & Estate The iconic New Zealand wilderness luxury retreat is now reopen after a significant refurbishment consistent with its cherished rustic and elegant style. Also new this season is the announcement that each guest will be invited to participate in a daily complimentary “Signature Experience” as a group activity. Recommended since 2003.

2,500 Acres of Native Forest • Trout Fishing on Property • Family-Friendly Lodge • Estate-Grown Produce • New “Signature Experiences” • Gourmet Dining • 35 Miles of Hiking Trails • 4WD Wilderness Safari • Nearby Kinloch Club Golf Course • Wilderness Spa & Maori Healing Rituals Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Guaranteed room upgrade, when available at time of booking • A gourmet picnic lunch and hike to the Bridal Veil waterfalls Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés • Nightly gourmet dinner • A choice of two daily Treetops Signature Experiences per guest (excluding spa treatments) • Daily lodge and nature activities, including 40 miles of hiking/jogging trails, nature walks, unguided trout fishing and use of mountain bikes • Wi-Fi

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Huka Lodge One of the best-kept secrets of the world’s most discerning travelers since 1924, Huka Lodge is nestled within a landscape of extraordinary natural beauty and offers superb hospitality for those seeking a true retreat. Recommended since 1986.

Heritage Retreat Since 1924 • Unrivaled Riverside Location • More Than 20 Sublime Dining Venues • Unique Geothermal Sights • Perfect for Family Holidays • 17-Acre Garden of National Significance • Variety of Outdoor Adventures and Cultural Pursuits • Cottage Accommodations for Enhanced Privacy • Exquisite Seasonal Gourmet Cuisine • Consistent Winner of Top Awards SPECIAL OFFER: Free Fly-Fishing Lesson Book a stay of three nights or longer and enjoy a complimentary fly-fishing lesson for two on the Lodge lawn. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 31, 2016, for travel from April 1–Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • One two-course lunch for two • Welcome bottle of French Champagne Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Nightly pre-dinner cocktail hour and gourmet five-course set dinner • Use of onsite facilities • Wi-Fi • Parking

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Weekend Getaways A short trip can be just the thing to relax and recharge from a demanding week. The following hotels and resorts are perfectly located for a quick getaway from some of your favorite cities, and offer a range of exclusive benefits just for you.

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Glenmere Mansion CHESTER, NEW YORK – An hour and a half from Manhattan stands a historic Gilded Age treasure and favored retreat of the era’s extravagant elite. Restored to its original splendor, the elegant 18-room mansion earned an Andrew Harper Grand Award in 2012. Among the quaint charms of the Lower Hudson Valley, Glenmere Mansion delights with ample recreation, sophisticated cuisine and panoramic views across its 150 acres of lush meadows and renowned gardens. This inherent opulence is epitomized in the mansion’s spa. The marble bath house and hammam feature treatments designed for the discriminating enthusiast, expertly blending luxury, relaxation and results with bespoke and indulgent ritual therapies. “We had the most enjoyable stay,” says one Andrew Harper member. “The spa was fabulous, particularly the Turkish hammam.” Recommended since 2011; Grand Award– 2012. SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Third Night Book your stay for November or December 2016 with an arrival on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday and receive three nights for the price of two. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 20 for travel from Nov. 1–Dec. 22, 2016, based on availability and excluding Nov. 24, 2016. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions

Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary port wine for two at turndown • Two tickets per room for a one- or two-hour tour at West Point Military Academy Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at The Supper Room or Cortile • Access to fitness center and sporting facilities • Wi-Fi • Parking

COMPLIMENTARY FOURTH NIGHT, PLUS GUARANTEED UPGRADE This spring and summer, stay four nights at Belmond La Samanna and only pay for three. In addition, enjoy a guaranteed upgrade when available at time of booking.

Special Andrew Harper amenities include:

• Best available non-restricted rates • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • Room upgrade, when available, at check-in • One lunch for two per room, excluding beverages • For stays of five nights or longer, a wine tasting for two at Lobby Bar For reservations, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com. Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel now through December 22, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Experience a higher level of fun, laughter and glorious renewal with a complimentary third night on us. During your extended Weekend Getaway at this lush 53-acre desert paradise, use the time to unwind in a recently remodeled mountain suite, refresh at the Asian-inspired spa, and savor culinary delights on the elements dining deck. Andrew Harper benefits include: Best available non-restricted room rates, room upgrade at time of booking, upon availability, daily breakfast for two, $100 spa services credit, and $75 food & beverage credit.

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Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Oct.1–Dec. 31, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.


WHERE NOTHING ELSE MATTERS Majestic landscapes, beachfront villa estates, overwater bungalow suites and turquoise waters. Thatched roofs along winding walkways weave a path to the pampering spa. A paradise where romance abounds, a place where nothing else matters but you. To reserve our 5th Night Free offer, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com. In addition to standard inclusions, benefits include: best available non-restricted rates; room upgrade when available at check-in; 20 percent discount on spa body treatments of 80 minutes or longer; coral adoption certificate.

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