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The Broadmoor. It’s a world unto itself, offering a broad range of accommodations, activities, dining options and more for every taste. In a setting of incomparable beauty. It’s the perfect place for a vacation getaway or just a weekend retreat. And because it’s so close to home, you can quickly immerse yourself in our inviting brand of luxury, relaxation, adventure and fun. Plan your Broadmoor escape soon. And see how a short drive can go a long way toward enriching you like nowhere else.

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We created The Broadmoor Wilderness Experience for all of your different passions. The great Colorado outdoors. Breathtaking scenery. Activities from fly fishing, horseback riding and archery to hiking, zip-lining and biking. And for a limited time, Andrew Harper members staying at Cloud Camp, Fly Fishing Camp and The Ranch at Emerald Valley will receive a 15% discount on the nightly rate for this all-inclusive experience. For reservations, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at 800.375.4685 or Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Oct. 29, 2017, based on availability. Your experience begins with dinner on the day of arrival and concludes with breakfast on the day of departure. Offer may not be combined with any other promotions. Not applicable to groups. Rates do not include applicable taxes and fees.

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Cherry blossoms line the Meguro river canal in Tokyo, Japan


ON THE COVER Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, Harwich, Massachusetts. PHOTO COURTESY OF WEQUASSETT RESORT AND GOLF CLUB

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10 World Wide Wonder

Explore ancient architecture, cultural traditions and the world’s most remarkable natural landforms as global tour specialist Abercrombie & Kent reveals their 10 must-visit UNESCO World Heritage sites. 22 From the Travel Office

Tips for planning the perfect family trip (and why it should be in New England). Plus: Shoulder season explained; tropical getaways; and why you really should be buying travel insurance. 33 Wellness on the Rise

As the concept of wellness travel takes root, enticing new options are to be had at hotels around the world. From a rejuvenating weekend jaunt to holistic and transformative experiences, renowned spa expert Sallie Fraenkel shares her picks of healthy, mindful and indulgent destinations where you can spend a spa retreat in style.

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46 Holiday Destinations Unwrapped

Prepare for the holiday season as staff with Harperrecommended hotels and partners discuss how to find holiday cheer around the world, from sun-drenched beaches to festive market cities to an icy wonderland. 56 Out of Time in Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun thrills with both its embrace of a high-tech future and its adherence to traditions steeped in an enigmatic past. Discover contemporary Japan with a classic tour of Tokyo and Kyoto, along with Travel Office suggestions for unforgettable side trips. 61 Mr. Harper’s Gourmet Update

By his own estimation, Mr. Harper reviews far more restaurants than hotels in any given year. Find out his favorite dining experiences from his recent travels, as well as what’s trending in the culinary scene and where to snag a reservation while you still can.

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The Eliot Hotel BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Among the Victorian brownstones of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and just steps from fashionable Newbury Street, The Eliot is at once a throwback to old-world European charm and a beacon of modernity. Ninety-five elegant guest rooms and suites are adorned with fine details such as Italian marble bathrooms, plush bedding and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access. UNI, the hotel’s chef-driven restaurant, serves an innovative seafood-focused Japanese menu that combines locally sourced produce with the best of fresh, exotic imports. Thoughtful amenities such as pet-sitting and complimentary passes to the nearby Boston Sports Club make the guest experience seamless and stress free. RECOMMENDED © ERIC ROTH


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Fogo Island Inn FOGO ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA Berry season arrives soon on Fogo Island, and there’s no better time to make your trip than when the island erupts in color and locals take to the hills to collect the season’s bounty. From late summer until late fall, spend entire days traversing the island’s ancient footpaths and 14 dynamic hiking trails while foraging for more than 20 types of edible berries. When you’ve gathered your fill, retire to one of the world’s most exceptional hideaways. Situated along the dramatic rocky shores of Iceberg Alley on the western edge of Newfoundland, Fogo Island Inn is a stunning and unique structure that bridges traditional Newfoundland aesthetic and community flavor with contemporary luxury. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2014; GRAND


| Devour! Food & Film Festival Receive a complimentary bottle of house red or white wine with meal pairings during the Devour! Food & Film Festival. This November 3–5, Fogo Island Inn welcomes the creators of Devour! Food & Film Festival for a weekend fit for cinephiles and culinary enthusiasts alike. Devour!’s Chef Howell and the Fogo Island Inn Kitchen Collective will be preparing food that excites, inspires and is distinctly of this unique place, from Friday evening cocktails to a six-course supper showcasing the best of island-foraged ingredients.


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The Stafford London LONDON, ENGLAND The Stafford London enters a landmark new chapter in the life of the hotel with the completion of the highly-anticipated redesign of the historic Carriage House Suites. Separate from the main hotel and set within the 380-year-old former stables of Lord Francis Godolphin, the Carriage House Suites serve as a chic and private oasis, offering guests understated opulence overlooking a quiet, cobbled courtyard in the heart of London’s most elegant and regal neighborhoods. Featuring an eclectic take on British heritage, the 11 impeccably restyled suites are decorated with a stunning mix of contemporary artwork and fine craftsmanship, including custom mirrors, whimsical wall coverings, layered textures and prints and other quality furnishings; some feature fireplaces, romantic four-poster beds, original hay hoists and even historic timbers from wrecked “Man O’War” fighting ships. Other new additions include the transformation of the hotel’s famed Guv’nors Suite into The Gatehouse — a multi-level townhouse that is bookable as a one-bedroom junior suite, a two-story suite with dining area or as the full three-level townhouse, all connected by a private lift — and the opening of new restaurant The Game Bird, a sophisticated space offering modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache. In concert with the celebrated Lyttelton restaurant and buzzing American Bar, as well as an unrivaled location just steps from Buckingham Palace, these exciting updates to the 105room boutique hotel further The Stafford’s embodiment as a true home away from home in London for those who know and appreciate the best. RECOMMENDED SINCE 1984;

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The Westbury DUBLIN, IRELAND An icon in a city of greats, The Westbury not only surrounds its guests in luxury and style, it places them at the very center of the city’s social and cultural riches. Occupying a prime position between Trinity College and St. Stephen’s Green, the sophisticated 205-room hotel is perfectly located for exploring the most exciting sides of Dublin. At its front doorstep lies Grafton Street, renowned for its color, street artists and luxury shopping; whilst Dublin’s “Creative Quarter,” a vibrant network of streets filled with lively bars, restaurants and quirky stores runs behind the hotel, with the city’s top theaters, museums and art galleries all situated within a short walking distance. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2017.

Iconic Dublin hotel Vibrant Balfes All-Day Bar and Brasserie Stylish Art Deco The Sidecar for Evening Cocktails

Elegant WILDE for Seasonal Irish Cuisine Afternoon Tea with Dublin’s Social Elite in The Gallery Rooms Generously Appointed with Contemporary Décor

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Shortly after the end of World War II, 37 countries from across the globe came together in London to establish what we know today as UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. While their mission has grown in both scope and reach, their initial purpose was clear: to encourage dialogue and respect among world nations and cultures, and in doing so, to prevent the outbreak of war. The group’s shared vision included the protection and preservation of cultural treasures and natural areas of significance. A 1972 convention led to the establishment of the World Heritage List, which now includes more than a thousand natural, cultural and mixed sites across 165 states and nations. We connected with the experts at Harperrecommended global destination specialist Abercrombie & Kent for their picks of the world’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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ear the Chinese border in North Vietnam, in the Gulf of Tonkin, Ha Long Bay is an enchanting seascape of jagged limestone pillars, arches and caves that can only be explored by boat. Though Ha Long contains roughly 1,600 islands spread out over 580 square miles, the bay remains largely uninhabited save for the floating villages, where residents live aboard houseboats and children row to school. Villagers have historically

relied on fishing for their income, which today is supplemented by tourism. Ha Long serves as a prime example of the benefits of the World Heritage designation. Under the pressures of marine transport, fishing and tourism, the efforts toward regulation and sustainable management under UNESCO’s guidance have preserved the integrity of Vinh Ha Long, translated as the place “where the dragon descends to the sea.”

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ocated on the southwestern coast of Sicily, the city of Agrigento was founded by Greek colonists in the 6th century B.C. Due to its location on the Mediterranean, it was a center of agriculture and art and one of the greatest cities of its time. Seven Doric temples dominate a long plateau above the valley, and the region is rich in Greek architecture and artifacts. While the Carthaginians later ruled Agrigento before it fell to Rome, many of the structures on the site were never covered over by its subsequent inhabitants nor converted to new purposes. It thus remains one of the world’s most well-preserved examples of Greek architecture and influence.



Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples with Verdura Resort Visitors to the temples of Agrigento may be surprised by their condition. “Despite being around 2,500 years old, these fascinating monuments are extraordinarily wellpreserved and stand almost unaffected by time and weather to this day,” says Ambra Rollero of Verdura Resort. Guests can tour the site through a guided visit to the temples of Concordia, Hercules and Jupiter, among others. The Resort also offers the option of visiting the Valley of the Temples on horseback.


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he Anangu Aboriginal people are the ancestral inhabitants of the site known as Uluru National Park, in central Australia. An immense sandstone monolith, Uluru, otherwise known as Ayers Rock, dominates the vast desert landscape. At 2,800 feet high and six miles in circumference, the weathered “Red Heart” is the spiritual home of the Aborigines and is considered a sacred site. Nearby, the 36 domes that make up the Kata Tjuta formations, or “many heads,” are spread over a 12-mile area. Depending upon weather conditions, the effects of sunlight on the formations can alter the color of the sandstone to appear purple, orange, pink or a deep red at sunrise or sunset. “It is worth the trouble to arise early for a sunrise breakfast,” says Andrew Harper. “When the ancient landscape is just waking up, it feels especially tranquil and mystical, and the play of light on Ayers Rock is unforgettable.”

1. The remains of a Doric temple and a colossal statue in Agrigento 2. Uluru seen from the nearby recommended resort Longitude 131° 3. The Temple of Concordia in Agrigento


Kantju Gorge with Longitude 131° The guided Mala Walk to Kantju Gorge offers insight into the Mala clan, the legendary ancestors of the Anangu. The trek to the sacred gorge, a quiet waterhole at the bottom of Uluru’s dramatic rock face, begins as day transforms into night. At its end, guests of adjacent Longitude 131° enjoy sundowners and canapés as the gorge walls blaze with the light of the setting sun.

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ndrew Harper describes Carcassonne as an “awe-inspiring” example of medieval fortification. The walled city occupies a hilltop on the banks of the river Aude in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southwestern France. The city’s earliest remaining fortifications date back to the year 485, while the distinctive turrets and towers of the outer ramparts were constructed under King Louis IX and his son Philip III in the 13th century. After Roussillon became part of France in 1659, the site was gradually abandoned until architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc initiated restoration work in 1853. This work had a significant impact on the preservation of the site and, ultimately, its designation by UNESCO. The impressive Narbonnaise Gate still serves as the main entry to the city, which today is home to some 47,000 residents.

Battlements and towers within the medieval town of Carcassonne, France



n southwestern Alberta, the Canadian Rocky Mountains are home to four national and three provincial parks. The area is an alpine wonderland of peaks and glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, caves and canyons. It’s an “indescribable combination of stunning natural beauty with an abundance of interesting wildlife,” says A&K’s Liam Dunch. Banff National Park alone covers more than 2,500 square miles, with numerous peaks above 10,000 feet. The park is home to active glaciers and stunning Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. The area is also renowned for its fossil fields: The Burgess Shale is considered one of the bestpreserved and most important fossil formations in the world, providing evidence of the history and early evolution of marine life.

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A moose grazes near the Vermillion Lakes area of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.


UNESCO sites represent the most incredible cultural, historic, architectural and environmental treasures of our world. The designation brings attention and protection to these sites to safeguard them for future generations.

Beth Sherer, Abercrombie & Kent

Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

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ocated near the border of Saudi Arabia, Wadi Rum in southern Jordan earned its World Heritage designation for both its natural qualities and cultural significance. In a varied desert landscape of cliffs, arches, gorges and caverns, tens of thousands of rock carvings and inscriptions provide evidence of 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment. The dramatic features also frequently substitute for the otherworldly locations in films such as “The Martian” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” “The incredible shades of red, orange and brown under blue skies, especially at sunset, give this area an out-of-this-world feel,” says A&K’s Claudia Worth. “You can’t walk away untouched by its awesome raw beauty, or by the incredible hospitality of the Bedouins who live there.” A Bedouin camel driver approaches the dramatic sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum, Jordan.

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he Buddhist temple compound of Borobudur in central Java is, according to one theory, laid out in the form of a lotus, an important and recurring symbol in Buddhist iconography. The terraces of the main temple represent the stages through which a bodhisattva, or Buddhist saint, must pass to experience enlightenment. Constructed between 778 and 850, Borobudur was buried under volcanic ash around the year 1000, before it was rediscovered in 1814. It was first restored by a team of Dutch archaeologists in the early 1900s, then again under UNESCO in the 1970s. Borobudur’s stupas, temples, statues and relief carvings are exceptional examples of Indonesian art and architecture of the 8th and 9th centuries, and the site is considered one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments. It is best seen at dawn, says A&K’s Beth Sherer, “when the sun rises above the surrounding volcanoes and rice patties to illuminate the monument.”


Borobudur Temple with Amanjiwo Experience the magic of Borobudur temple at daybreak on a guided tour as part of your stay at nearby Amanjiwo. Guests depart at 4:30 a.m. for the short drive to Borobudur. On-site, they’re led by flashlight up the 90 steps of the temple. Around 5:15, the calling of prayer accompanies the sunrise as the light plays on the surrounding volcanoes, creating an unforgettable spiritual experience.

1. Sunrise over the stupas of Borobudur Temple 2. View of the temple from Amanjiwo

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The well-preserved ruins of Machu Picchu


o list of World Heritage sites would be complete without Machu Picchu. On the eastern slopes of the Andes in a tropical mountain forest 50 miles from Cusco, Machu Picchu preserves the cultural and technological sophistication of the Inca Empire. With more than 170 buildings perched on a ridge 1,600 feet above the

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Urubamba River valley, UNESCO says it is “among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere.” Built and occupied from the mid-15th to mid-16th centuries, current theories suggest Machu Picchu served as a palace complex and royal retreat. This sanctuary city includes hundreds of layers of terraces built for

agricultural use and to stabilize and reinforce the site. The white granite of the city’s temples, fountains, terraces and plazas was quarried from the hillside above the city and is a prime example of the precision stonework for which the Inca were known.


Elephants in the Okavango with Sanctuary Retreats Sanctuary Retreats, one of Andrew Harper’s recommended safari lodge partners, has an exclusive relationship with the Living with Elephants Foundation in the Okavango Delta. Doug and Sandi Groves, who run the foundation, are the caretakers of two orphaned elephants named Morula and Jabu, who live on Sanctuary’s private concession in the Delta. Each morning, guests are invited to join the elephants on their daily walk. “Guests never forget the day they walk hand-in-trunk with an elephant through the bush,” says Lara Vancans of Sanctuary Retreats.



he Okavango Delta is one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders. Wetlands, forest, savannah and desert are in close proximity here, and the plants and animals of the region have synchronized their biological cycles with the hydrological ones. Each year, the annual flood

View from an aircraft flying over the Okavango Delta, Botswana

BOTSWANA tide transforms the dry autumn plains into wetlands and welcomes herds of elephant, African buffalo, lechwe (a species of antelope) and zebra as they complete their migration across the Kalahari Desert. More than 480 species of birds make their home here, along with 130 species of

mammals, including the endangered cheetah, white and black rhinoceros, wild dog and lion. The preservation of this “Jewel of the Kalahari,” including the 1,900-square-mile Moremi Game Reserve, was imperiled for years before its inscription to the World Heritage list in 2014.


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hile endangered mountain gorillas are the deserving stars of Virunga National Park and adjacent Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, the area’s geological diversity is equally impressive. The region contains steppes, savannahs, plains, marshlands, lowland forests and permanent glaciers. The range of habitats contributes to a biodiversity which UNESCO says surpasses that of any other park in Africa.

Elephants, lions, buffalo and antelope make their home within Virunga’s 3,050 protected square miles, along with an estimated 2,000 hippopotamuses. The continent’s two most active volcanoes, Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo, are located within the Virunga massif in the southern part of the park. The snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains dominate the north and constitute the only true alpine mountain chain in Africa.

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single soloist, or fadista, accompanied by a twelvestring Portuguese guitarra and violas. The lyrics of fado, which is the Portuguese word for fate, often tell the story of hardship and evoke a sense of melancholy and yearning.

ROYAL BALLET OF CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA A fado musician performs in the Alfama district of Lisbon, Portugal.



n 2003, UNESCO adopted a convention to safeguard cultural heritage beyond physical sites in order to raise awareness around oral traditions, rituals and festive events. The subsequent Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists include everything from beer culture in Belgium to coaxing rituals for camels in Mongolia. Here are some of our favorite selections.

FADO PORTUGAL Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, is also known as the capital of the musical tradition of fado. Like the tango, the earliest form of fado originated with the city’s lower classes. Its tunes and rhythms were derived from local traditions combined with the influence of seafarers and immigrants. Songs are typically performed by a

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Also known as Khmer Classical Dance, Cambodia’s thousand-year-old Royal Ballet barely survived under the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. The female form of the dance is marked by stylized hand gestures and refined, fluid movements. Dancers historically performed during royal ceremonies and observances and were said to be the king’s messengers to the gods and ancestors.


This traditional dance of the urban lower classes originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay — areas shared by diverse populations, including European immigrants and descendants of African slaves and native peoples. Tango began as a blend of the spirited Spanish tango, a type of flamenco, with the fast and sensual Argentine milonga. The form first appeared in dance halls around 1880, and the earliest known published music dates to 1910.

Traditional Cambodian Dance with Amansara Amansara actively supports The Sacred Dancers of Angkor, who undergo the same training as the performers of the Royal Ballet. The troupe is made up of students who were born and raised at Angkor and who are trained at the Conservatoire, which developed as part of an effort to bring clean water and sanitation to area villagers. The dancers pray and meditate before daily training, and the dances reflect the spirituality and unique sacred traditions of Angkor. Performances take place at Amansara twice monthly.





Verdura Resort SICILY, ITALY With the introduction of three spacious new villas, one of the Mediterranean’s finest beachfront properties is enhanced to offer families an unparalleled Sicilian holiday. Named after local flowering trees — Acacia, Peonia and Mimosa — Verdura Resort’s new villas showcase individual designs by Olga Polizzi in her trademark elegant aesthetic, each accommodating up to nine guests and featuring multiple bedrooms, private pools and terraces, kitchens available for use by a private chef and fantastic views toward the sea and ancient Agrigento. In addition to the resort’s award-winning spa and golf courses, four restaurants and beautiful beach, villa guests receive an enviable selection of extra amenities. These include round-trip airport transfers, a private beach cabana throughout the stay, a 30-minute aromatherapy treatment for two at Verdura Spa and much more. Guests also enjoy exclusive insider access to local happenings and Sicily’s top excursions.


RECOMMENDED SINCE 2011. BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in (upgrade not applicable for villa stays) • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room, once during stay • Personalized welcome letter

Daily buffet breakfast served at Buongiorno • Welcome cocktail • Use of resort bicycles • Access to spa facilities • Kids’ Club and Teens’ Club • Wi-Fi



Amantaka LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Governed by the ebb and flow of the Mekong River, and by the rituals of the hundreds of monks clad in saffron robes who cross the town daily, the city of Luang Prabang maintains an exceptional level of preservation that has earned it recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, near sacred Mount Phousi, the 24 graceful suites of Amantaka are housed in a serene French-colonial estate, immersing guests within the romance of their surroundings and the elevated luxury that is synonymous with the Aman name. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2017.

Numerous Temples Within Walking Distance Take a Private Sunset Cruise on the Mekong River Witness the Daily Tak Bat (“Morning Alms”) Ceremony

| Discover Luang Prabang: Stay three consecutive nights or longer and enjoy exclusive privileges including half board accommodation and authentic insight into Laos’ spiritual capital. This package stay features daily afternoon tea service; your choice of daily lunch or dinner (excluding alcoholic beverages); cultural experiences such as an alms offering, listening to monks chanting at a nearby monastery and an excursion to Kuang Si waterfall; and a one-hour Lao massage in the Aman Spa.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through March 31, 2018, based on availability. Also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Candlelit poolside Lao dinner for two per suite (excluding alcoholic beverages) • For stays of three nights or longer, a one-hour massage for two per suite plus a $50 food and beverage credit

Breakfast and choice of lunch or dinner daily • Non-alcoholic beverages • Daily fruit and snacks • Transportation within Luang Prabang • Round-trip Luang Prabang Airport transfers • Wi-Fi


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From the Travel Office: Aim for the Shoulder Season Savvy travelers know it’s often the best time to take a journey, when space is more available, costs are lower and tourist crowds are limited to a like-minded few.


ypically arriving immediately before or following a destination’s peak season, the shoulder season presents a small window of near-ideal conditions — think late-season skiing, Europe prior to the summer heat and the Caribbean on the tamer edges of hurricane season. And while no longer an insider secret, the non-traditional timing and less reliable weather still keep many travelers at bay. But if your schedule allows it, the benefits of traveling during shoulder season are well worth any weather-related gamble. For further confidence, Mr. Harper points out that many of these concerns are frequently overblown: “Avoiding the crowds is worth packing a jacket or umbrella (usually a good idea in any case)… we would much rather stand atop the Eiffel Tower while wearing a stylish scarf than wait in an interminable line underneath it while wearing shorts. And though a rainy season may sound daunting, check the details. In many cases, rainy seasons manifest themselves as short afternoon downpours with plenty of sun before and after.” If you’re ready to plan your own shoulder season escape, look to our calendar of common shoulder season destinations or our spotlight on a special tropical getaway.

Shoulder Seasons Around the World MARCH

India; Hawaii; Botswana; Brazil


The Caribbean; The South Pacific; Western Europe and European cities; North American ski resorts


Northern Australia; Japan


Baja, Mexico; Thailand


Hawaii; South Africa


Greece and the Mediterranean


The Caribbean; The South Pacific


Central America; European ski resorts

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A peaceful spring morning at Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy, France

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A sunset stroll on the beach at Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin PHOTO COURTESY OF BELMOND LA SAMANNA

Shoulder Season Suggestion: Tropical Getaway


or a true tropical escape in the Caribbean, we recommend traveling in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, right after the threat of hurricanes has passed and before the holiday crowds descend. With average temperatures that are only a couple of degrees cooler than the agreeable summer highs, this is the best time to find yourself on a deserted white sand beach and explore the islands’ lush forests. For the practical-minded, you’ll discover rates can be significantly cheaper as well. As a particularly lucrative example, at Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin, the same onebedroom beachfront suite that will cost you $1,300 in March can be had for just $800 in early December. Chase the tropics’ endless summer with these additional getaway suggestions in Hawaii, Mozambique and the South Pacific from Travel Advisor Juliet Hausser.

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Hawaii’s weather remains fairly consistent throughout the year, but crowds and rates both drop off during the fall. September has the better weather for hiking, while October and November see the best deals and fewest crowds.


With 2,000 miles of pristine coastline bordering the Indian Ocean, Mozambique’s under-the-radar status presents travelers an enigmatic option for a tropical getaway. The dry winter season runs roughly from April to September, with temperatures sticking to the mid 80s. September’s shoulder season enjoys even fewer visitors, as well as sightings of humpback whales during their annual migration.


Head to these remote island paradises during the transitional months in the spring and fall. Short periods of rainfall won’t take away from the experience, but they will keep the costs of flights down and discourage many would-be visitors. Whether you’re looking for calm or adventure, you can feel as though you’ve truly detached from the world.

Travel Insurance When booking with Andrew Harper Travel, you’ve likely been asked about purchasing travel insurance. But do you really need it?


Paradise is found on an empty beachfront facing the Indian Ocean at Azura Benguerra Island in Mozambique.

fter all the planning that goes into a trip — choosing accommodations, packing swimsuits, setting tee times and spa appointments — it can be difficult to think of travel as a risk, especially when leisure and relaxation are the goals. But the volume of unknown factors that go into long-distance travel, as well as the cost, can leave you in a pricey predicament if everything doesn’t quite go according to plan. “You never know when or what catastrophe may strike,” says Travel Advisor Victoria Wykoff, who goes on to relate the tale of a client who was en route to Asia when a medical emergency forced a last-minute cancellation as he had to be rushed off the plane and to the hospital. Even though the trip was nonrefundable at that late stage, the travel insurance policy he and his wife had bought compensated them for the cancelled journey, making a terrible situation more manageable by covering what would otherwise have been a $20,000 loss. “A lot of people think ‘Oh, my hotel has a two-day cancellation policy, I don’t need the insurance,’ but these flexible cancellation policies won’t help in the event of a last-minute emergency,” Wykoff says. “With the uncertainty of things even in traditionally safe countries such as the U.K. and France, it’s nice to have the peace of mind knowing you can cancel your trip without penalty should anything happen leading up to your trip’s start date.” The Travel Office works with leading insurance providers Chubb and MedJet to present a premier suite of comprehensive travel coverage, with MedJet offering no-questions-asked medical air transport to a hospital of choice in your home country in the event of a medical mishap away from home. Your agent will be happy to discuss what options are right for you, and they can even purchase policies on your behalf to save you the hassle. So should you opt for the insurance? Absolutely. When you can enjoy invaluable peace of mind for a fraction of the trip cost, why take the risk?




Plan a Family Trip


hile travel is often better when shared with those we love, the extra steps leading up to departure can be a hassle if we don’t prepare for them. Nothing can sink a trip like having to squeeze people into a too-small room, missing out on a sold-out event or having to cancel entirely if your destination is fully booked. Perfect your next all-ages adventure with these tips from Andrew Harper Travel Advisor Orlene Peloso.

1. Most importantly, try to begin planning with

your advisor six to nine months in advance, especially if traveling with a large group. This will give your family more options, from types of accommodations to available dates.

2. Speaking of dates, try to have an alternative

travel window if possible. Being locked into one time frame can severely limit your choices.

3. Think about how many beds and bedrooms

your family will need. We always recommend a separate room for mom and dad, but whether children can share or need separate beds can make a difference when looking at suites and connecting rooms, and especially for villa rentals.

4. Consider whether you’ll want time to yourselves away from the kids. Many properties offer dedicated children’s services, including daycare and special activities tailored for teens and younger guests.

5. Beyond the number of children and their ages,

let your agent know about special interests your children have and what type of activities they enjoy. From recommending on-property activities and area attractions to securing event tickets, museum entrance, transfers and more, your advisor can be a much-improved resource with the right information.

6. Make sure to allow extra time in your itinerary.

As your group grows larger, wrangling everyone from one activity to another can become a little harder. Moods, interests and health are also more likely to change, so having extra time built in can keep stress levels down during the unexpected, or even just allow some free time for everyone to recharge. Plus, it’s great fun to be able to be a little spontaneous and make those extra-special memories with the family.

7. Enjoy a great family trip! A family explores the backstreets of a beautiful Mallorcan town.

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Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

“  For an accessible domestic family dotted coasts of the Cape The craggy, lighthouse-


holiday, Cape Cod delivers classic New England charm.

are etched by wind and sea

Despite four centuries of significant American history (Plymouth Rock lies on the western shore of Cape Cod Bay, just 40 miles south of Boston), many parts of Cape Cod appear endearingly frozen in time: the pleasant shorelines, unspoilt marshes and fishing villages retain a distinct character that would be still familiar to Melville’s sailors aboard the ill-fated Pequod. The area becomes especially vibrant during the summer, a time when, as Mr. Harper describes, “tables at taverns, stately summer homes and colonial inns overflow with fresh shellfish; local churches hold chowder suppers; and the Cape Cod Baseball League entertains.” And whether you’re enjoying the coastal landscapes or heading offshore for sailing, kayaking, whale-

from the Mayflower’s landing

and saturated with history, at Plymouth Rock to the Kennedys’ photogenic

vacations at Hyannis. Andrew Harper

watching excursions and more, you’ll find that the Cape’s rich maritime heritage lends itself perfectly to contemporary recreation. Along the Cape’s southeastern coast near the town of Chatham, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club is enviably sited to take advantage of this scenic destination. From days of pure relaxation to acclaimed casual

and fine dining restaurants; exciting offshore sailing and romantic cruising; and exclusive championship golf at the neighboring Cape Cod National Golf Club, the array of recreational activities makes every stay as invigorating as you want it to be. But it’s the well-regarded Children’s Center that elevates Wequassett as a mecca for multi-generational groups. The newly designed facilities boast an enticing nauticalthemed playground — complete with a large pirate ship — along with a dedicated garden, vintage-styled ice cream truck, sport and sailing lessons and a range of innovative seasonal programming. The resort’s sporting facilities, hands-on boating excursions and secluded beach access provide a number of additional opportunities to spend delightful time with the whole family. Between these amenities and the Cape Cod National Seashore’s capacity for free-roaming imaginative adventure, few destinations are as attractive or as effortless for a family holiday.


Petit St. Vincent Private Island ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Set on a 115-acre private island south of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Petit St. Vincent is a sundrenched, white-sand paradise. After exploring coral reefs through a range of dive options at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Dive Centre, switch gears with a visit to the Balinese-inspired spa for total beachside relaxation. The resort is also home to two restaurants, along with an impressive 4,000-bottle wine cellar. With just 16 cottages and six beachfront villas, this intimate escape offers unmatched tranquility against the turquoise backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. Four staff members for every guest ensure the utmost in attentive, personalized service. RECOMMENDED SINCE 1980;


READERS’ CHOICE–2015, 2016.

| New Enhanced Member Benefits For Andrew Harper members staying seven nights or longer, Petit St. Vincent now offers enhanced benefits during your stay. These include a room upgrade when available at check-in, a complimentary bottle of Champagne on arrival, a $100 spa treatment credit and one private dinner for two.


BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $50 credit for use at Beach Bar • Half pound of Neuhaus chocolates per room • Guests staying seven nights or longer will enjoy enhanced benefits

All meals • Use of all resort facilities • Wi-Fi available at reception area




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LĀNA‘I BY FOUR SEASONS Choose your bliss with a USD 400 daily activity credit* with our Discover Lāna‘i package. For reservations contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or

*Conditions apply. See website for details. Andrew Harper Benefits and Standard Inclusions, if applicable: best available rates, room upgrade if available at check-in, daily “Lanai Breakfast” for two in ONE FORTY Restaurant, USD 100 spa credit–once during stay, Lana'i Sunset Sail (3 night minimum length of stay requirement), welcome amenity, and complimentary Internet.

Take trips. Not chances.

MEDJETASSIST is the premier global air medical transport membership program. As a MedjetAssist member, if you are hospitalized ®

internationally or domestically–150 miles or more from your primary residence–Medjet will arrange comprehensive medical transportation to a home country and city hospital of your choice. No insurance hassles or “adequate care” clauses, no post-transport billing hassles, just your yearly membership fee and a desire to be treated in a hospital where you feel safe.


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PETER ISLAND, BVI Impeccable hospitality and an unspoiled Caribbean landscape meet at Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands. This private-island getaway offers a range of activities, from daytime snorkeling and overnight sailing excursions to Ayurvedic spa treatments and serene beachfront relaxation. For on-site dining, Deadman’s Bar & Grill serves casual fare just steps from the beach, while Tradewinds offers an Asian-Caribbean menu in a more formal atmosphere. In addition to 52 guest rooms and suites, the resort features three multi-level villas, each with a private pool, high-end amenities and sweeping seaside views.


| Summer Celebration: Save Up to 30% Book your island escape by Aug. 31, 2017, and enjoy savings from 15 to 30 percent based on length of stay and room category booked, as well as a complimentary bottle of Champagne.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Aug. 31 for travel through Dec. 19, 2017, based on availability; blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Must book and stay a minimum of five or seven nights. Discounts do not apply to meal and beverage plans. Also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office for additional details.

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant • Private Champagne picnic lunch for two at White Bay or Honeymoon Beach • A welcome bottle of wine

Welcome drink • In-room minibar stocked daily with select beverages • Non-motorized watersports • Wi-Fi


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| 10th Anniversary Package Celebrate the elegant boutique hotel’s 10th anniversary with the ultimate Villa Spalletti experience, featuring a perfect mix of wellness, relaxation and culture. The package stay includes a minimum of three nights of accommodation, a bottle of Renard Barnier Champagne on arrival, a round-trip transfer for two from any Rome airport, a 50-minute wellness treatment per person for up to two guests, two tickets to an area exhibition, and a three-hour private guided walking tour of historic sites and neighborhoods.


Villa Spalletti Trivelli In one of the world’s crown cities, live like a Roman at home at the historic Villa Spalletti Trivelli. Across from the Quirinale Palace and just steps from Rome’s most refined attractions, this resplendent landmark served as a royal home and salon for the cultural elite of the city for more than 100 years before the aristocratic Spalletti Trivelli family opened its doors to discerning world travelers. The villa has been meticulously maintained and gracefully updated, ensuring the definitive boutique experience for those seeking an intimate stay in central Rome. “A wonderfully relaxing and charming place to stay,” says one Andrew Harper guest. “We found all staff and services to be exceptional.” With one of 12 refined and curated apartments as your own residence in the Eternal City, sights such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Colosseum are just a short walk away, along with elegant shopping districts and public offices. When ready for a relaxing refuge, rest in the stunning private gardens of the estate, or take advantage of the sophisticated old-world sitting room and its collection of heirloom furniture and art pieces. Cap off each day with a trip to the Turkish bath, or enjoy an indulgent dip in the brand-new rooftop hot tubs while you admire one of Rome’s most exclusive views. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2011 ROME, ITALY

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Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2017, based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. Only valid for Junior Suite, Grand Deluxe Suite and Garden Suite room categories; also valid for Prestige Deluxe double rooms in the months of August, November and December. A minimum stay of three nights is required. Offer is valid for up to two guests; a 150 EUR per night charge applies for an additional guest. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

 BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • 50 EUR food and beverage credit per room • Bottle of wine from the Spalletti Trivelli vineyards per room Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • Evening courtesy bar at Sala degli Arazzi • In-room minibar • Daily newspaper • Access to spa and fitness facilities


We’ve Planned Your Journey

Now Let Us Take You There As a full-service agency, the Andrew Harper Travel Office can handle all parts of your itinerary. Whether you are looking for the convenience of a private jet or the best available first- or business-class fares on a commercial airline, your membership provides you with access to our expert Advisors to discuss what’s right for you and your travel needs.



erhaps the most exclusive way to explore the Caribbean or the Mediterranean is by private yacht charter. You and your captain customize the itinerary, allowing extra time for a cookout on a private beach or fishing off an azure reef. Besides being supremely comfortable and relaxing, yacht charters open up islands and coves inaccessible to the public. Some vessels, especially sailing and smaller motor yachts, offer a rate that includes all food and beverages, plus activities offered onboard. Unlike some top resorts, many of our favorite yachts still have availability over choice winter dates. There are many yacht options to suit your desires. Unpack once, enjoy elegant accommodations and gastronomic delights and explore port cities on your own or via personalized shore excursions arranged by your Travel Advisor. And, you’ll receive special benefits just for being a Harper subscriber. For bookings and assistance with finding the cruise that’s perfect for you, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office.


The Rise

Wellness Travel of



omething interesting is happening in the hospitality industry, a phenomenon that renowned spa expert Sallie Fraenkel calls “the rise of wellness travel” — traveling for the purpose of either getting well or staying well. As the founder of the Mind Body Spirit Network, the Executive Vice President of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit, and former COO of the authoritative wellness website SpaFind-

er, it’s safe to say Fraenkel knows a thing or two about spa programs. And basic ones are no longer enough for the world’s elite hotels. As a result, these establishments are now beginning to offer what Fraenkel deems “wellness touchpoints,” or other services that deepen the physical health and emotional wellbeing of their clientele. This growing consumer expectation has sparked

a trend in hotels around the world, and an evolved wellness menu is becoming increasingly common, from meditation to stress reduction and advanced therapies. Navigate this new world with Fraenkel’s picks for a host of different spa and wellness experiences, plus property recommendations and signature treatments not to be missed on your next Andrew Harper vacation.

Ananda in the Himalayas’ yoga pavilion in Tehri Garhwal, India

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Massage beds at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California

Weekend Rejuvenation WHY YOU GO:


Though many think that total relaxation is only possible through a lengthy vacation, we believe a short wellness weekend can be just as beneficial. With the right destination and treatment plan in place, the mind, body and soul will return home recharged, renewed and rejuvenated for a new week ahead.

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Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa Rancho Santa Fe, California Southern California’s inimitable Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is an indulgence for the soul. Set on 45 acres of lush gardens and olive groves, visitors should set aside ample time for the property’s wellness-focused fitness program and revitalizing spa. “Spending a weekend at Rancho Valencia is a perfect way to indulge and feel better,” Fraenkel says. “You can sip your fresh-squeezed orange juice from the on-site trees, delivered straight to your casita, enjoy unlimited Pilates reformer or tower classes and experience yoga in their beautiful Serenity Yoga Pavilion.” Fraenkel recommends the Vitality Ritual, which includes dry-skin brushing and cleansing, a mineral-rich body wrap, a calming head massage, mindful meditation and an aromatic bath that purifies from the inside out. “After all that wellness, you can unwind with a craft tequila cocktail and an amazing gourmet meal,” she says. “[It’s] the perfect combination of indulgence and wellness.”

Spa pool at Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona


Spa retreats evoke deep inner stirrings in myriad ways, from the beauty of a setting to the antiquity of a ritual performed. Often, these spiritual connections are where the real therapy happens, reinforcing an inner bond between body and soul.


Miraval Resort & Spa Tucson, Arizona Situated on 400 acres at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Southern Arizona’s Miraval Resort & Spa is a therapeutic retreat with an award-winning wellness center. The Life in Balance Spa draws inspiration from the natural beauty and healing qualities of the Sonoran Desert, along with featuring ancient, innovative treatments passed down through generations. Fraenkel recommends the Spirit Flight, a transformative experience administered by Dr. Tim Frank, a naturopath and shamanic healer. The treatment includes a full-body massage and is tailored with techniques designed to restore balance and energy, from chanting and acupuncture to spiritual shamanism, craniosacral therapy and spinal alignment, to name a few. “The treatment is totally customizable,” Fraenkel says. “I’ve had the good fortune to experience many treatments all over the world, but this one still stands out as life altering!” | 35


Sport & Spa WHY YOU GO:

In life, there is beauty in balance. This truth is applicable to many modern-day travelers as they satisfy an appetite for trips that are both active and indulgent, athletic and heavy in relaxation. For this “Sport & Spa” category, we have the perfect place in mind to find all of the above. WHERE YOU GO:

Schloss Elmau Krün, Germany Tucked amidst the Bavarian Alps just 90 minutes from Munich, Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway offers guests a wide variety of resort experiences. “The scenic property is perfect for long hikes and mountain biking in spring and summer, and skiing and snow shoeing in the late autumn and winter,” Fraenkel says. “Your stay should also include a tai chi class with the masterful Dr. Imke König.” With multiple spas — including an expansive Turkish hammam and a dedicated family spa — seven fabulous restaurants to choose from and a world-famous concert hall on site, Schloss Elmau continually proves itself a must-visit destination for travelers interested in a plethora of paces. Fraenkel adds: “After all that activity, there is nothing like doing a sauna Aufguss ritual followed by a massage at one of the three adult spas. Truly unforgettable.”

Aerial yoga at Schloss Elmau

Sauna facilities at Schloss Elmau

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Outdoor yoga instruction at Ananda in the Himalayas

Traditional/ Heritage Spas WHY YOU GO:

The hammam of Tierra Santa Healing House

City Relaxation WHY YOU GO:

Finding relaxation amidst bustling city life can seem impossible at times. Luckily, many of our Harper properties today offer guests the incomparable gift of complete relaxation in some of the world’s liveliest cities and cultural hubs. Whether your trip is for business or leisure, sneaking away for a few hours of peace and serenity has never been easier.

A Himalayan sound bowl and aromatic Palo Santo wood add to the indulgent atmosphere of Faena Miami.

Though relaxation may be a primary motive for visiting a spa property, many guests find the education of their experience to be just as important. Some of the world’s best spas draw from the heritage of their unique locations, incorporating rituals and cultural customs into their respective spa programs. When guests visit these properties, it’s about more than just a calming experience. Rather, it’s a chance to learn about the traditions of a destination first hand. WHERE YOU GO:

Ananda in the Himalayas WHERE YOU GO:

Faena Hotel Miami Beach Miami, Florida Find peace of mind in the middle of Miami’s Mid-Beach at the renowned Faena Hotel. Though it may seem a world away, the property’s 22,000-square foot Tierra Santa Healing House is located mere minutes from world-class art galleries and high-end shopping streets, affording guests unique access to an oasis of relaxation in the heart of buzzing Miami Beach. “Tierra Santa’s massages incorporate ingredients from Latin America, such as coconut oil and babassu butter,” Fraenkel says. “I especially love the Palo Santo & Sound Bowl treatment for truly re-centering oneself. Using special sound bowls placed on the chakras or energy centers of the body, combined with the oil from the sacred Palo Santo tree makes for a powerful combination of healing and letting go of tension in the mind and body.”

Tehri Garhwal, India “There are so many special experiences to be had at Ananda, which is located on the estate of a former maharaja,” Fraenkel says. “I will never forget sipping fresh ginger tea on my balcony overlooking the foothills of the Himalayas, with a view of the Ganges, peacocks strutting, monkeys jumping from tree to tree, flowers blooming everywhere.” Grand in scale yet intimate in experience, the harmonious resort’s 25,000-square foot spa has 24 treatment rooms and 80 different experiences that integrate traditional Indian wellness practices of ayurveda and yoga with wellness disciplines from around the world. An ancient healing technique that was born in India thousands of years ago, the heritage of ayurveda is abundant in the spa menu and guests can book a consultation with one of the ayurvedic physicians on staff. For an off-site experience, Fraenkel strongly advises a trip to the Ganga Aarti ceremony in Rishikesh in addition to savoring the property’s delicious ayurvedic cuisine and taking in dance performances and other traditional activities. “Taking the time to experience yoga and meditation in the country of its origin combined with the teachings of Vedanta connects you to the deep-seated wellness traditions of India,” Fraenkel says.

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Group Travel WHY YOU GO:

While there is something distinctly fulfilling about traveling alone, many wellness-focused vacation destinations are best enjoyed in numbers. Whether it’s a group of girlfriends or a covey of couples, traveling with loved ones can bring abundant beauty to the journey. WHERE YOU GO:

Lake Austin Spa Resort Austin, Texas Lake Austin Spa Resor t is an idyllic destination for groups interested in wellness travel. The sun-kissed lake beckons guests outside, where paddle boarding, hiking and biking are all available. There are more than 100 unique spa services at the property’s 25,0000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa, and groups of anywhere from six to 30 can arrange customized daily itineraries, complete with healthy gourmet meals, swimming and spa treatments. “The spa is deluxe, with beautiful facilities and a very interesting menu from which to select,” Fraenkel says. “Of particular interest to me are the special aquatic treatments done in their fabulous Pool Barn, reflecting the true meaning of ‘spa’ — sanus per aquam (health through water)!” These treatments consist of floating mediation and a myofascial stretching session, each of which aim to boost relaxation and enhance flexibility while leaving guests with an enduring memory of Austin’s top spa and wellness destination.

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Paddle boarding at Lake Austin Spa Resort

Natural Treatments &Surroundings WHY YOU GO:

Nature’s restorative qualities make it the central focus in many spa and wellness programs around the world. The best of these programs thread natural surroundings and local elements into the client experience, creating a healing, holistic tapestry for the mind and body. WHERE YOU GO:

A couple receives a treatment in the Crystal Temple room, one of six distinctive spa suites at Mukul.

Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua Nicaragua, with its unspoiled beaches, magnificent volcanoes and lush surroundings, is an oasis for nature enthusiasts. The Mukul Resort, located on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, is one such place that celebrates nature’s abundancy through its spa program. “Mukul is set in the outskirts of the jungle directly on the beach, with the villas high above so you get stunning views. But what’s really striking about Mukul is the spa, which is actually six spas!” Fraenkel says. The widely-acclaimed Spa Mukul includes six distinct and private spa “sanctuaries,” complete with a large changing room, private bath, secluded outdoor space and treatment room. Each of these experiences revolves around a different ancient healing tradition, while using natural Nicaraguan ingredients. Fraenkel recommends the “Healing Hut Signature Ritual,” a 3 ½-hour experience that includes an exotic Indian herbal scrub, hot and cold plunge pools in the spa garden and, finally, a massage and points therapy treatment. “The most notable part of this several hour-long treatment was the ashiatsu massage performed in a thatched hut outside with my therapist walking on my body, holding onto ropes that hung from the ceiling,” she said. “The combination of the technique with this setting was truly remarkable.” | 39


State-of-the-Art Treatments WHY YOU GO:

Technology today has deeply transformed the spa and wellness industry. State-of-the-art treatments and cutting-edge equipment have brought forth the most discerning clientele while infusing the market with renewed energy and a results-driven enthusiasm. WHERE YOU GO:

L’Albereta Erbusco, Italy The 21,500-square foot Espace Chenot Health Wellness Spa, immersed in a centuries-old botanical garden among the vineyards of Erbusco in Northern Italy, is equipped with a team of 30 qualified doctors, therapists, osteopaths, dieticians and other medical experts. The team oversees a full selection of advanced methods and treatments focused on anti-aging, detoxing the body and restoring mental and physical harmony. The philosophy of “Biontology,” developed by the revolutionary Dr. Henri Chenot, is the guiding principle of the spa experience, underscoring a dedication to health, improved well-being and restored energy. The Chenot Method combines Western and Eastern medicinal disciplines designed to revitalize the body. Guests may undergo personalized detox programs and explore a multitude of sophisticated treatments to restore health, such as the state-of-the-art hydro-energetic therapies, which help to reestablish the body’s optimal fluid circulation.

VICTORIA VICTORIA HOUSE HOUSE Ambergris Ambergris Caye, Caye, Belize Belize

Facial and hydrotherapy treatments at L’Albereta





Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort CHIANG RAI, THAILAND Perched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos at the convergence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort opens a window to breathtaking nature. The resort’s famed on-site elephant camp, designed as a traditional mahout village, offers guests unique opportunities such as learning to command their very own elephant through specialist mahout training courses. The new Discovery Package, crafted to present the most popular local and international flavors and to accentuate the overall guest experience, invites you to stay in the most luxurious rooms and suites, complete with gourmet dining, unforgettable destination experiences and additional privileges. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2005.

All Rooms and Suites Feature Breathtaking Panoramas of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand Located on a Lush Hillside Overlooking the Romantic Landscape Stunning 160-Acre Property Showcases Natural Beauty

On-Site Elephant Foundation Variety of Activities, From Cooking Classes to Golden Triangle Excursions Infinity-Edge Swimming Pool with Magnificent Views of Three Countries

| Book Early and Save 15% Book your all-inclusive Discovery Package stay at least 90 days in advance and receive savings of 15 percent on the package rate. Nightly rates start at $833.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked at least 90 days in advance for travel through Dec. 19, 2017, based on availability. Full, nonrefundable payment is required at time of booking. Also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

BENEFITS: Guaranteed room upgrade, when available at time of booking • $100 resort credit per room • Early check-in and late checkout, when available

All meals and beverages, including house wine, local beer and a selection of cocktails • In-room minibar • One daily activity per person, from a choice of elephant experiences, cooking lessons, a guided cultural tour and spa packages • One ticket per person to the Opium Museum • Round-trip Chiang Rai airport transfers • Wi-Fi


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Cayo Espanto, A Private Island AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE A remarkable former Hideaway of the Year set on a private four-acre islet, 10 minutes by speedboat from Ambergris Caye. Seven cottages catering to a maximum of 18 guests have king-size beds, lavish baths, stylish living areas, separate dining spaces and private beachfront sundecks with infinity plunge pools. All rooms have personal butlers. Delicious meals tailored for each guest are served on private verandas. Calm and shallow translucent waters are ideal for bonefishing, while kayaking, guided fishing excursions, bird-watching tours, catamaran sailing and snorkeling/scuba diving charters to the renowned Hol Chan Marine Reserve can be arranged. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2000.

Intimate Private Island

World-Class Snorkeling and Diving

Customized Cuisine

Personal Butler Service

All-Inclusive Stays

Expert In-Room or Beachside Spa Treatments Available


BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary house wine with dinner • Half-day private boat charter with snorkel trip • One massage or spa treatment per person

Personal Houseman • All meals, snacks and beverages (excluding wine, Champagne and cordials) • San Pedro airport greeting • Daytime boat service with launch to/from San Pedro daily • Non-motorized activities (sea kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, water trampoline and sail boats, to use around the island) • Wi-Fi


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Le Bristol Paris PARIS, FRANCE A glittering gem in the City of Light, Le Bristol Paris is idyllically situated along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. With 190 sumptuous rooms, including 100 suites, this five-star hotel is housed in one of the city’s most beautiful and historic mansions. Impeccably appointed with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, original artwork and fine fabrics, Le Bristol is the pinnacle of French luxury and refinement. Boasting four Michelin stars, visiting gourmets will delight in the hotel’s decadent cuisine across three sumptuous options: Epicure, the Michelin three-star fine dining epicenter; Le 114 Faubourg, the Michelin one-star brasserie de luxe; and Café Antonia, the lobby bar with its beautiful terrace located in the French garden. The indulgent Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, a fitness center and a rooftop pool round out the amenities. And while Le Bristol is surely a study in elegance and the art de vivre, here, children reign supreme. Every little guest is made to feel extraordinarly special from the moment they check-in, receiving their own plush Hippolyte (the hotel’s official mascot). Young visitors will also enjoy the famed treasure hunt, “Les Amis d’Hippolyte” Kids Club and made-to-order culinary treats. RECOMMENDED SINCE 1988; READERS’ CHOICE–2014, 2015, 2016.

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| Family Offer — 50% Savings on an Adjoining Room: Discover the wonders of Paris with the whole family. Book an adjoining room or suite for a minimum of two nights and receive 50 percent savings on the second room. A true adventure awaits children at Le Bristol with a VIP welcome, special in-room amenities and gifts, and an invitation to a delightful treasure hunt. Package rates start at 1,535 EUR.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 22, 2017, based on availability. Rates are based on two adults and up to two children age 12 or younger. Andrew Harper benefits do not apply when booking this offer. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or benefits.

 BENEFITS: Guaranteed room upgrade, when available at time of booking • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant • Welcome bottle of wine per room • For stays of three nights or longer, a 140 EUR spa credit per room • For stays of three nights or longer in a suite, a one-way airport transfer


The Definitive Paris Address Book

Eric Frechon, Executive Chef

Leah Marshall, Hotel Manager

Laurent Jeannin, Chef Pâtissier




Grande galerie de l’Évolution du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

Le Café Charlot

Fondation Louis Vuitton Bois de Boulogne

“I like going to the Gallery of Evolution and Natural History Museum with my son. The place is fascinating, with all the gigantic animals and spectacular scenography.”

“After a morning stroll at the picturesque Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest in Paris, I like to stop for coffee at the Café Charlot. Watching the Parisians live in this lively bistro has become my Sunday morning ritual.”



36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire

Where does a four Michelin-starred Parisian chef shop for a special kitchen gadget? Where does an immaculately dressed hotel manager accessorize, or the Chef de Pâtisserie of the year buy his favorite reading glasses? We present the best addresses in Paris created by the elite team at Le Bristol Paris, a Palace Hotel and itself one of the best addresses in the capital. These three discerning individuals are in constant pursuit of perfection, and they have a deep knowledge of their craft and a special insight into the must-see places of Paris. Their address book is a treasure trove for anyone in search of brilliance from gastronomic ingredients to fascinating museum collections, and for the first time they are delighted to share their discoveries.

E. Dehillerin


8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi

“I could go to the Louis Vuitton Foundation solely for the beauty of the building and its dimensions. The incredible architecture of Frank Gehry makes me think of a cloud set in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne.” MY BOUTIQUE:

18–20 rue Coquillère

33 rue Bonaparte

Ateliers Baudin

“As soon as I need to look for a cooking utensil, even the most absurd, I go into this cave of Ali Baba, a real institution near Les Halles. I can find every possible gadget and some unimaginable treasures — a dream for the passionate chef and baker that I am!”

“This one of a kind shop, with three storefronts, is a small wonder. If you want a unique necklace, earrings or silk jacket, look no further, you have arrived.”

38 rue de Penthièvre


“Le Jardin du Palais Royal is a little corner of paradise unexpectedly hidden behind the Comédie Française, where I like to stroll. A few meters away, discover la Galerie Vivienne, one of the most emblematic galleries in Paris.”

Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil 3 avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil

“The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil is one of four divisions of the botanical gardens of Paris. It is a unique place, and home to collections of rare plants, remarkable trees, a greenhouse filled with palm trees, and a magnificent aviary. I disconnect from everything while on long walks there.”

38 rue de Bretagne


Le Jardin du Palais Royal 6 rue de Montpensier

“This atelier offers exceptional reading glasses. Each pair is tailor-made, depending on the shape of your face, your character and even your craft! They offer a choice of incredible materials, with horns from around the world.” MY RESTAURANTS:

Mamma Primi 71 rue des Dames

“Just go through the door of this trattoria and find yourself immediately in Italy! Mamma Primi, of the Big Mamma group, uses only local products and has some very reasonable prices.”

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Holiday Destinations

Unwrapped Whether you prefer to spend your holidays building snowmen or sandcastles, we’ve got you covered. Thinking of being anywhere but home for the holidays? Staff at Harper-recommended partners and properties across five choice destinations reveal their top tips for rediscovering the holiday cheer.

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The Caribbean Spend the holidays in the Caribbean, and the frantic hustle and bustle of the season will quickly fade from memory. “During the holidays, the weather in the Caribbean is in the 80s, with sunny skies, crystal-clear waters and starlit nights,” says Karen Kelly, president of Andrew Harper’s private-yacht partner All Yachts Worldwide. “Where would you like to be: in belowfreezing temperatures with rain, sleet and snow, or basking in the sunlight with a piña colada in hand?” Christmas carnival: “Christmas on Main Street in Road Town on the island of Tortola is fun, with parades from local troupes, choir performances from schools and, of course, food stands, where you can enjoy ribs, patties, roti and johnnycakes,” says Marike Friends-Fifield with Peter Island Resort & Spa. Adrenaline rush: Swim. Snorkel. Stand-up paddle. “If you are adventurous, there is a trail through the caves and rocks at The Baths — on the island of Virgin Gorda — that takes you to Devil’s Bay,” Kelly says. “I recommend snorkeling into the caves and carrying water shoes for climbing up the rocks and walking to Devil’s Bay, as it is a rocky route.” Island memories: For gifts, Kelly suggests Susie’s Original Hot Sauce, Caribbean rum, nutmeg (the local spice of the islands), a colorful sarong or a t-shirt from the sailing races, such as Antigua Sailing Week. Friends-Fifield recommends a piece from the local glass blowers at Green VI’s Glass Studio: “It’s all made from recycled glass. They make perfect holiday ornaments as well.” Sunset stroll: “The island of Anegada is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Cow Wreck Beach,” Kelly says. “There are great sunsets and a massive coral reef surrounding the island. Plan on eating local, as they catch the lobster fresh, right there. Dine at picnic tables on the white sand beaches next to crystal-clear water.” Reggae beat: “Foxy’s on the island of Jost Van Dyke is rated one of the top 10 places in the world to be on New Year’s Eve,” Kelly says. “It’s a casual beach scene with grass-hut roofs, plus drinks, a lobster buffet and dancing in the sand to the reggae beat of the Caribbean.”

TREAT YOURSELF: CHARTER A YACHT “All of the Caribbean islands have their own holiday traditions, which makes them so unique,” says Friends-Fifield. As an alternative to the standard hotel stay, chartering a yacht offers a relaxing way to experience a wide array of local Caribbean experiences. You can also enjoy both the tranquillity of being anchored in the middle of the sea and the lively buzz found in the local villages and beaches where you dock. With more than 20 years of chartering experience and a fleet ranging from 47-foot catamarans to 237foot power yachts, All Yachts Worldwide uses intimate knowledge of cruising areas, as well as layout of the yachts and amenities and makeup of the crew, to design ideal cruise vacations. Guests can even partake in the sailing or steering of the yacht, and make decisions with the captain about where to sail each day. “Staying onboard a yacht can be much more convenient than staying in a hotel,” Kelly says. “Many beautiful islands are only accessible by boat. You can be at one island for breakfast, another for lunch and another for dinner. Anchor in a beautiful bay for sundowners, and wake up to a new destination every day. You only unpack one time, there’s no rushing to catch ferries or the hassle of driving, and you have the crew to take over when you want to relax.”

A catamaran anchored near Lovango Cay in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Australia is among the world’s most relaxed and welcoming places to visit at any time, but it’s especially so during the holidays...

Kathie Sikkes, general manager of A&K Australia

Australia “Australia is among the world’s most relaxed and welcoming places to visit at any time, but it’s especially so during the holidays, when Australians are at their most laid-back and celebratory, and the holiday spirit mixes beautifully with long days of sunshine and glorious beach weather,” says Kathie Sikkes, general manager of Abercrombie & Kent Australia. Even Santa gets into the Aussie summer spirit: “I’ve seen Santa arrive on a Jet Ski and on a quad bike, usually dressed in board shorts or a ‘cossie’ (bathing suit),” says Libby Cooke with Luxury Lodges of Australia. Pack sunscreen: “Aussies are fun-loving and outgoing, and they love their summers,” Cooke says. ”The weather is warm and tropical in much of the country, and the beaches are breathtakingly beautiful. Summers are spent at the beach, usually with a barbecue and cool beers and sparkling wines.” Take a dip: A Christmas morning ocean swim is a must. “More than 85 percent of Australians live within 30 miles of the coast, so many Australian families start their Christmas Day with a swim in the ocean,” Sikkes says. Eat local: For Christmas dinner, Cooke suggests a seafood platter — complete with prawns, oysters, salmon, 2 crab and mussels — and toasting the holidays with local Aussie wines. “There are amazing wines throughout Australia,” she says. “Be sure to ask a local about them.” Start off with a bang: “Ringing in the New Year with the spectacular fireworks display on the Sydney Harbour Bridge should be on every traveler’s bucket list,” Sikkes says. “Harbour cruise operators welcome in the New Year with ticketed events that ensure you have a prime spot for the night.” Boxing Day sports: “The Boxing Day Test match, the biggest fixture on the global cricket calendar, will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26,” Sikkes says. “This year’s match is between Australia and England, cricket’s oldest rivals.” On the same day is the fiercely competitive Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. “The Race Villages in both Sydney and Hobart offer great food, entertainment and games for all,” Cooke says.

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Fireworks explode on New Year’s Eve over Sydney Harbour.

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The 14th-century Frauenkirche rises over the festive Christkindlsmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany.

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Europe’s Holiday Markets “The holiday season in Europe is built around the spirit of Christmas, and the sensation resonates throughout the markets,” says Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. The sights abound and the sounds ring out from almost every city’s main square. “Markets feature beautifully decorated stalls selling delightful handmade crafts and scrumptious holiday treats against the backdrop of a festive atmosphere with music and lights,” says Walter Littlejohn III, the vice president and managing director of Crystal River Cruises. “It’s spectacular.” Handcrafted: “Some of the most exquisite handcrafted ornaments can be found in the markets. You can also find lovely hand-blown glass ornaments and ceramics,” Littlejohn says. Adds Bettridge: “Beautifully handcrafted gifts like wooden toys, woolen mittens, hand-knit scarves and slippers make for great souvenirs. They are truly one of a kind.” Mull it over: “Join the locals at the glüwein stand and indulge in some hot mulled wine,” says Gwen Kozlowski, general manager for Central Europe destination specialist Exeter International. “Even if the evening is freezing, you feel warm and toasty.” Keep a glüwein mug, specialized for each market, as a memento. More than markets: Be sure to venture beyond the markets and explore the remainder of the cities you visit. “There are significantly fewer tourists this time of year, making your experience at museums, restaurants, cultural events and other sites much more personal,” Kozlowski says. Come hungry: Europe’s Christmas markets are a gold mine of local culinary delicacies. “On my last trip to Poland, it was fruit pierogi at one stand and smoked sheep’s cheese with cranberry sauce at another,” Kozlowski says. In Nuremberg, try gingerbread, sausages, currywurst, local beers and a special kind of open-faced grilled cheese sandwich. “The Dresden Stollen cake in Cologne is a must-taste,” Littlejohn says. Be strategic: Weekends tend to be busier than midweek. Some markets are open during the day, which is quieter. Still, “There is no wrong time to visit the markets — they are charming throughout the day and even more intimate and enchanting at night,” Bettridge says. Not all market stands take credit cards, so make sure to bring cash.

TREAT YOURSELF: CHRISTMAS MARKET RIVER CRUISES Having a hard time narrowing down which markets to visit? A Christmas-market river cruise may be for you. “A river cruise affords travelers the luxury of being able to explore many of the iconic markets in Europe in one convenient journey,” Littlejohn says. “Each market has its own unique personality, so the more you can see, the more fulfilling the experience.” Crystal River Cruises’ Rhine river cruise hits iconic markets, such as those in Cologne, Koblenz, Strasbourg and Basel, while Uniworld’s Classic Christmas Markets cruise from Nuremberg to Frankfurt, “will make you believe in holiday magic all over again,” Bettridge says. Travelers get to sample Frankfurt’s famous apple cider, Bamberg’s specially brewed holiday beer and Nuremberg’s gingerbread. Danube river cruises visit the birthplace of many holiday traditions, including Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and Passau. Yet, the holiday atmosphere is not just to be found ashore. “Guests are encouraged to embrace the atmosphere of their exquisitely decorated ship, so the holiday spirit remains with them throughout the trip,” Bettridge says.

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While there’s never a bad time to visit Paris, the city’s distinctive, timeless appeal is heightened during the holidays...


While there’s never a bad time to visit Paris, the city’s distinctive, timeless appeal is heightened during the holidays, when the entire city twinkles with lights and once-a-year treats are found at Christmas markets and in local shops, giving travelers the opportunity to rediscover the special magic of France’s capital. City of light(s): “Every year the streets of Paris are dressed in Christmas lights. Each street has its own special lighting, and some streets even have a sign with their name written out, glittering in the sky,” says Adelaida Borg with Le Bristol Paris. Historic churches: “Attending a service in one of Paris’ many churches can be a wonderful way to spend Christmas Eve,” says Alexia Beugnon with La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa. “Gaze out at the breathtaking stained-glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle while enjoying a performance of classical music. Or, enjoy Christmas carols and readings at Sacré-Coeur Basilica.” Yule want to try this: “On Christmas, the French finish their festive dinners with a ‘bûche de Noël,’ meaning a yule log. Being a very distinctive holiday tradition, you will only be able to find a yule log during this time of year,” Borg says. Window shop: “Gaze upon the window displays of the Printemps department store. The window boxes are elaborately decorated for the occasion. Just next door, at the Galeries Lafayette, you will find yourself surprised by the monumental Christmas tree in the middle of the shopping center,” Borg says. Out with the old: “The open-air ice rink in front of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris’ city hall) has become a symbol of Christmas in Paris,” says Maude Chemin, COO of French luxury-tour operator Découvertes. After a day of skating, finish the year in front of the Eiffel Tower watching Paris’s extraordinary New Year’s Eve fireworks.

A snow-covered scene in Paris, France

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Argentina For diverse landscapes and cultures, try a holiday trip to Argentina. “The fact that the holidays up north fall during the summer in Argentina is excellent, especially further south in Argentina, such as Patagonia, where the days are long, and you can make the most of them immersing yourself in the natural majesty,” says Amanda Gary with recommended destination specialist Butterfield & Robinson. ‘Twas the night before: “Argentines actually celebrate Christmas on our Christmas Eve — they usually have a dinner, and celebrate when the clock strikes midnight. Generally, people spend both holidays with their families — it’s a more familial culture. The following day (the 25th) they also lunch together,” Gary says. Feast: “An asado (barbecue) is typical fare for any holiday, especially Christmas, when it’s warm enough to eat outside. Vitel toné is another typical dish — thinly sliced beef with a creamy sauce of tuna, hard-boiled egg and anchovies. Pan dulce, which is a flour-based bread loaf with raisins and fruit, also is a classic,” according to Gary. Tip of the world: For a more dramatic setting, “Patagonia is an excellent option during the holidays, in terms of weather and sheer beauty,” Gary says. “It isn’t as hot or humid as it is in Buenos Aires, and the days are long, so you can really take advantage of all there is to see.” Pack a swimsuit: “If you are in a warmer place like Buenos Aires, heading to the delta in Tigre is an option,” Gary says. “Pool days are always appreciated, as well. And, those who can flock to the coast.” Fresh start: “Fireworks are all the rage. In La Plata, people make straw dolls and call them ‘Last Year’ and burn them at midnight, and with them disappears all of the bad or difficult things that may have happened, making room for new energy,” Gary says.

The holiday season brings bright summer colors to towering El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentinian Patagonia.

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TREAT YOURSELF: ANTARCTIC CRUISE For the ultimate winter wonderland, embark from the tip of Argentina and head south to Antarctica. “The majesty of the ice, the profound calm and silence that surrounds you and the magnificence of the wildlife make Antarctica a magical place to spend the holidays,” says Lesa Bain with Antarctic cruise operator Lindblad Expeditions. “Coming out of the Drake Passage, you see amazing birdlife off of the back deck; a bit further along the way you see a little ice, then small icebergs and massive ones in the distance — the anticipation of what is ahead turns you into a child again.” Memorable activities include walking on the ice among hundreds of penguins, zodiac excursions around massive glaciers, kayaking with penguins, staring over the front of the ship as it cuts through the ice and sitting on the top of the deck late at night with the magic of the calm waters, the twinkling stars and the glowing ice.

Kayakers pass a waddle of gentoo penguins along Antarctica’s Danco Coast.


La Casa Que Canta

l It is such a special and wo nder fu place! The staff is beyo nd perso nable — they fee l like a family. e. The ser vice and food was incredibl e We were just 20 minutes fro m th airport, but it felt like we were on the French Riviera.

| Extended Romantic Getaway: Extend your romance in Zihuatanejo with a complementary third night. In addition, receive a 20 percent spa discount.


Andrew Harper 601 Oakmont Lane Suite 450 Westmont, Illinois 60559

Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Aug. 30 for travel through Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. Also includes applicable Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

– An Andrew Harper Member

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • $100 spa credit per room • A bottle of wine on arrival INCLUSIONS: Welcome drink and appetizer • In-room minibar • Daily fresh fruit • Bedspread tapestry made with fresh flowers • Complimentary beach bags • Herbal bathroom amenities • Wi-Fi

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Zihuatanejo, Mexico


Ballyfin Demesne CO. LAOIS, IRELAND Bedecked with twinkling lights, wood fires burning in the reception rooms, a horse-drawn carriage outside and a wealth of seasonal activities and sumptuous food, wine and music, Ballyfin during the festive season is the perfect winter escape for family and friends. It begins with the Christmas Celebration, a curated travel package that will have travelers making merry in the manner of aristocrats from days gone by. Each day around the holiday is carefully planned to include the best in revelry and tradition and ambience, from resplendent galas to fireside caroling, falconry, clay-pigeon shooting in the lovely winter countryside, evenings of Irish music and dancing and many other surprises. The celebrations are rivaled over New Year’s Eve and the surrounding days, with music and dance, exquisite meals and a spectacular Champagne toast and fireworks display at midnight, plus a bevy of unforgettable activities to start the year off with indelible style. And of course, all of this comes with the delights and wonders of the lavish late-Georgian manor and its 614-acre grounds, including a renowned art and antiques collection, superb gardens and parkland, Michelin-caliber cuisine and a qualified legacy of superior Irish hospitality. Just an hour from Dublin, the year’s brightest celebrations are better at Ballyfin.

| Festive Celebrations at Ballyfin: Book a minimum stay of three nights during the festive season and enjoy full access to the exceptional special events, daily activities and holiday dining on offer.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Nov. 1 for travel from Dec. 24, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018, based on availability. Arrival is not possible on Dec. 25, 2017. A 25 percent nonrefundable deposit is required at time of booking, with full payment due by Nov. 1, 2017. Also includes applicable Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Private tour of the kitchen with the executive chef and his team • Clay-pigeon shooting for two per room INCLUSIONS: Tax • Gratuity • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages • Pre-dinner beverage • Select on-site activities • Wi-Fi • Laundry and pressing service




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Japan has become VERY popular this past year. People who want to visit should plan one year in advance, since space and certified guides are limited and book-up quickly.

Laura Triebe Andrew Harper Travel Advisor


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A trip to Japan is one full of spectacle and drama, and it begins the moment you step into Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. The sheer number of other travelers, the dramatic calligraphy of Japanese writing, the overwhelming sense of arriving in a foreign land — for those willing to step outside of their comfort zones and embrace the unique character of an unfamiliar destination, Japan’s riotous mix of the old and the new is a sight not to be missed.


he striking dichotomy between Japan’s complex, regal past and its ultramodern present is a large part of what drives visitors to its shores year after year. No matter where you are or what you are doing in this unique nation — singing karaoke within the neon-lit skyscrapers of Tokyo, hiking past ancient shrines on the Nakasendo Highway, admiring outdoor sculptures on the island of Naoshima or soaking in a hot-spring bath at the base of Mount Fuji — the harmonious fusion of modern life with ancient traditions characterizes Japan’s riveting appeal. While the countryside, dotted with idyllic villages and historic shrines, is worth the trip on its own, Japan’s fascinating culture truly shines within its alluring cities. Among animated streets with their inspiring yet unorthodox take on modern architecture, gently curved roofs of hidden temples, well-mannered crowds and trend-setting fashions, you discover the dual nature of the land of the rising sun. And no two cities encapsulate the essence of Japan more profoundly than its modern capital, Tokyo, and its ancient one, Kyoto.

1. Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, one of the busiest crosswalks in the world 2. Women dressed as traditional geisha and maiko in a historical village 3. Buddhist monks perform a service at a temple in Kyoto.

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ulsing with color, Tokyo’s innumerable neon signs, rivers of people and ever-punctual trains create a glamorous whirl of motion and lights. Yet inbetween the blur, you’ll find moments of blissful calm in its many gardens and centuries-old temples. There’s always room for wonder in this city of 13 million people, for Tokyo constantly reinvents itself in what seems like a never-ending quest to discover everything that’s new. In a city as vertical as Tokyo, try beginning your exploration well above street level at one of the many observation decks, such as the 1,500-foot Tokyo Skytree or the twin 660foot observatories in the impressive Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. From these vantage points, the city stretches clear to the horizon — a fascinating landscape of concrete, metal and glass, with Mount Fuji looming large in the distance. Back on the ground, Tokyo’s bustling streets offer endless options. “Tokyo is really a collection of distinctive neighborhoods linked by its amazingly extensive and efficient public transportation system,” Mr. Harper says. “In these neighborhoods, you will find the city’s heart and soul.” You’ll also find an astounding amount of excellent cuisine: Michelin has awarded over 200 restaurants one or more stars within Tokyo, more than twice that of Paris. Many of the best are found in the buzzing upscale districts of Nihonbashi and Ginza, including the original Kyubey, which Mr. Harper cites as his favorite sushi restaurant in the city. Make time too to stop

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in at one of Tokyo’s many ramen shops or atmospheric izakaya pubs for traditional tastes. For those who don’t mind crowds, join the organized chaos of pedestrians at Shibuya Crossing, possibly the busiest intersection in the world, with up to 1,000 people filling the well-tread crosswalks between lights. Or, unwind with a tranquil stroll through the wooded grounds of nearby Meiji Shrine, where the enormous torii gates that guard the entrance provide a pure example of Shinto architecture. Just east of the shrine in the Harajuku district, head to the shops lining Takeshita Street to feast your eyes on the latest fashion trends, both in the boutique shops and on the people walking next to you. Once a small stop on the famous Kamakura Highway, Harajuku transformed into a popular gathering place after it became a pedestrians-only zone on certain days in the late 1970s. The area is now considered one of the world’s most active hotbeds for avant-garde clothing styles, and it’s worth a few hours of any traveler’s time to observe the spectacle of thousands of hip, fashionable Japanese youths congregating on the streets to see and be seen. Once you’ve had your fill, more traditional works of art are found in the nearby Nezu Museum, with its renowned collection of Japanese and Chinese antiquities, as well as at the small but impressive Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, where you must first change into slippers to peruse its exquisite collection of woodblock prints.



he 280 miles from Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital, will go by in a blur — literally — as you race up to 200 mph on the Shinkansen bullet train. During the 2½-hour journey, enjoy charming views of rolling rice fields, thatch-roofed farmhouses and, if the clouds allow, Mount Fuji’s snow-tipped caldera. Gazing at that sacred mountain creates the impression of a centuries-old painting come to life, as does modern Kyoto. More than 2,000 temples and shrines can be found within its borders, along with transcendent gardens and ancient districts where geishas still walk on thick wooden sandals, their faces masked in ethereal pale white makeup. But the city is not completely grounded in the past — it’s also a vibrant university city teeming with youthful energy. Nearly every moment spent in Kyoto is a moment that you can fill with wonder. Take the “Philosopher’s Walk” around the eastern foothills to Ginkaku-ji, the luminous Temple of the Silver Pavilion, originally a villa built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa in 1482. Next head north to popular Kinkaku-ji, the gold-leaf covered Golden Pavilion set within a magnificent classical Japanese garden, before walking to the famed Zen rock garden of Ryon-ji. To the west, the Arashiyama mountains provide the opportunity to mingle with free-roaming monkeys and wander through a towering bamboo grove.


1. A popular street of izakaya (Japanese-style bars) and yakitori restaurants in Tokyo’s Yurakucho neighborhood. 2. Kyoto’s Temple of the Golden Pavilion is one of the most popular sites in Japan.

Side Trip Suggestions From The Andrew Harper Travel Office 1. Takayama & Kanazawa Surrounded by the Japanese Alps, Takayama is a culturally rich town that preserves many of the country’s ancient traditions. Strolling through its beautifully preserved Old Town is like walking through history, as entire streets have remained virtually unchanged since the Edo period of the 17th century. Further east, on the Sea of Japan, you’ll find Kanazawa, a coastal stronghold home to the impressive Kanazawa Castle. Outside the castle walls lies Kenroku-en, often called one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens, where plum blossoms and cherry trees line the way to stone bridges and picturesque teahouses. 2. Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Hiroshima reinvented itself following the atomic bomb blast of 1945. The city rose from the ashes, rebuilding the five-story, moat-protected Hiroshima Castle, along with Shukkei-en garden, where valleys, mountains and forests are represented in fascinating miniature. For another inspiring view, visit the small island of Miyajima, an hour outside of Hiroshima. Its famous giant red torii gate, which marks the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds, appears to float on the water during high tide. 3. Stay at Amanemu on Shima Peninsula Luxury meets tradition at Amanemu, a resort on rugged, island-dotted Ago Bay at the southern tip of the Shima Penisula midway between Tokyo and Kyoto. The concierge at Amanemu claims that the most popular off-site activity is hiking the World Heritage-designated Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, which takes you through a thousand years of Buddhist history, including the mountain temple community of Koyasan and the imperial shrine at Ise. On-site, guests relax in the two large onsen (hot spring) bathing pavilions, fed by the nutrientrich thermal springs, and stay to dine on fresh seafood and the renowned Matsusaka Wagyu beef.

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STAYING AT A RYOKAN: To immerse yourself further in Japanese culture, the Andrew Harper Travel Office suggests an overnight stay at a traditional r yokan. Often found near hot springs throughout the country, these charming inns can be viewed as time machines to a past age, in which you’ll walk barefoot across tatami (woven straw) mats, sleep on plush futon beds and feast in the privacy of your rooms on traditional kaiseki cuisine, a series of meticulously prepared small dishes served on local ceramics and lacquerware. T h e g e n e r a l m a n a g e r a t H a r p e rrecommended Hiiragiya, a 28-room ryokan in the heart of Kyoto, suggests that, to have a true ryokan moment you’ll never forget, travelers take a long soak in the communal bath and experience “hadaka no tsukiai,” or “naked friendship” with those around you. The activity was traditionally intended to achieve a feeling of closeness between friends, where all of life’s pretenses (and one’s clothing) have been stripped away. Two women prepare a traditional tea service in Kyoto.


ANDREW HARPER’S GOURMET UPDATE As much as we prize beautiful landscapes and fine service and accommodations, it is the culinary aspects that can elevate a travel experience perhaps more than any other, whether you stick to Michelin-starred establishments or seek out one-of-a-kind local flavors.


Travel at its most enjoyable and stimulating is, for me, an experience of somewhere intensely different and specific. And food is one of the best ways — maybe the best way — to summon up this magical spirit of place. Andrew Harper

Escargot-stuffed marrow bone at McCrady’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina

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Mr. Harper, a wellseasoned gourmet, here recounts some of his most memorable meals of the past year and points to where you should look to whet your own appetite on upcoming adventures.

exterior. Paired with vanilla ice cream, they made for a simple but extravagantly delicious dessert. Fine wine is another passion of mine, and much as I enjoy a glass of First Growth Bordeaux, I find it especially satisfying to seek out lesser-known gems. Last year in Canada, for example, I discovered the sensational Coolshanagh Chardonnay from the Okanagan Valley. It felt positively Burgundian, with its combination of richness and focus. I also returned to Salta, Argentina, where I fell in love with the Piattelli Grand Reserve Malbec. I loved its voluptuous dark fruit, forceful acids, gorgeously supple tannins and elegant overlay of tobacco. The high altitude of Salta gives its wines the potential to achieve impressive concentration, and I now regularly seek them out.



Wagyu beef dish at Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo



he past year presented me with more than my fair share of exquisite dining experiences. Indeed, I review almost twice as many restaurants as hotels (always anonymously, of course). Inevitably, certain experiences stand out as truly exceptional: buttery red Wagyu beef with cep mushroom marmalade at Beige Alain Ducasse Tokyo; a generous dollop of rich uni with quail egg yolk, chives and a zesty dash of yuzu sauce at UNI in Boston’s Eliot Hotel; subtle seaweed-steamed lobster with slow-braised free-range chicken and black garlic at Casa Solla in Spain. But not everything memorable was quite so esoteric. I won’t soon forget how at La Bamba de Areco, an estancia north of Buenos Aires, a gaucho branded dulce de leche-filled crêpes with the resort’s initials, caramelizing the sugar on the

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ike any other customer-based industry, restaurants have their fashions. The local/ seasonal trend continues, but I’ve noticed that many restaurants now try to be “hyper-local,” using ingredients from within, say, a 100mile radius. One establishment I visited refused to use black pepper, because it couldn’t be obtained locally. Pickling seems to be the culinar y technique of the moment, perhaps as part of a newfound respect for old recipes. Numerous chefs engage in culinary archaeology nowadays, resurrecting and reinterpreting lost or long-unfashionable dishes. A return to simple, exquisite ingredients beautifully prepared is a trend I welcome. Molecular gastronomy tasting menus are all well and good, but only rarely do I discover a dish I truly crave eating again. If I could eat anything right now, it would be Charolais beef with red wine sauce and an ethereally light potato purée at Les Jardin des Remparts in Beaune, France. The return to simpler food also likely informs the recent popularity of street food-inspired dishes, a trend surely also spurred by Instagram. In addition, I expect to see more high-end pop -up restaurants along the lines of Noma in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Eleven Madison Park’s Summer House in the Hamptons.



ast year saw the loss of one of New York’s most iconic restaurants, the Four Seasons. As of this writing, Major Food Group has

Interior of the recently reimagined McCrady’s Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina

opened The Grill, one of three restaurants it plans for the haute mid-century modern space. I haven’t had a chance to try it, but I certainly plan to at the earliest opportunity. Gourmets should also consider a return to Charleston, where celebrity chef Sean Brock recently opened (or at least re-imagined) two new restaurants. McCrady’s serves a cuttingedge tasting menu to just 44 guests per night (22 per seating), and in the old McCrady’s space is McCrady’s Tavern. There, Brock serves creative and decadent interpretations of classic recipes, such as blanquette de veau and the Rockefeller-inspired Oysters McCrady. On the opposite coast, in Healdsburg, California, SingleThread Farms created a stir when it opened last year. Its 11-course tasting menus incorporating produce grown (and foraged) near the restaurant quickly became hugely popular. Outside the U.S., Vancouver’s food scene continues to sizzle, as does Lisbon’s. Restaurants in both cities offer an excellent value for the money, and first-class wine regions nearby provide delicious pairings to match. Central Europe has also quietly become a wine and culinary destination in its own right, with chefs taking full advantage of top-quality local produce and heirloom breeds of livestock. Nowadays, I can dine as happily in Berlin or Budapest as I can in Paris. Scandinavia, too, has become justly famous for its cuisine, both in wildly innovative and firmly traditional establishments. But Tokyo has arguably become the world’s top gourmet destination. It now has no fewer than 226 Michelin-starred restaurants!



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Diner’s Choice –Open Table

Top 20 Food and Wine Resorts –Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

Grand Award: Stonehouse Restaurant –Wine Spectator

America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants –Wine Enthusiast

Hall of Fame Award –TripAdvisor

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast • $100 food and beverage credit once per stay • Welcome bottle of local wine per stay INCLUSIONS:

Wi-Fi • Parking


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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong HONG KONG Featuring the newest designer guest rooms in Hong Kong, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is a chic, five-star boutique hotel located in Central, the heart of Hong Kong’s business, fashion and entertainment district. This prime location allows guests to explore both the city’s present and its past, as well as a range of local favorites and its dynamic nightlife. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2006.

The First Lifestyle Hotel Under Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Michelin-Star Dining and AwardWinning Wellness Facilities

All 109 Rooms and Suites Fully Refurbished in 2016

3:1 Staff-to-Guest Ratio, the Highest in the City

Generous Room Size from 600 Square Feet, Among the Largest in the City

Forbes Travel Guide Triple Five-Star Hotel

| Complimentary Third Night: Through Sept. 30, 2017, book an L600 Deluxe Room or higher room category for three nights or longer and receive your third night free.


Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. Also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast for two served at MO Bar or continental breakfast for two served at Amber • A $100 spa treatment credit per room, per night (excluding Bastian Gonzalez treatments) • Complimentary wireless Internet I NCLUSIONS:

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Wharekauhau Lodge and Country Estate FEATHERSTON, NEW ZEALAND Stately food- and wine-focused estate utilizes the natural food systems at play across the entirety of its spectacular 5,500 acres of farmland. The offerings provided by the exceptional surroundings — lamb, beef, game, meats, orchards, gardens, beaches, rivers and lakes — combine to allow the chef to forage and source the best local produce off the property. Wharekauhau (pronounced “forry-ko-ho”) is owned by the Foley family, whose deep-reaching wine assets throughout New Zealand and California allows unique access to private cellars in the area. RECOMMENDED SINCE 1986.

Personalized Tasting & Tutorials of EstateProduced Lighthouse Gin Access to the Library Cellars of Martinborugh Vineyards and Te Kairanga Vineyard

A private fireside dinner in one of the secluded lounges • A 10 percent discount on transfers to and from the property when booked direct with the lodge BENEFITS:

Daily full country breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés • Nightly four-course dinner • Use of mountain bikes • Wi-Fi


Cooking Lessons from the Lodge’s Executive Chef Marc Soper, New Zealand’s 2016 Chef of the Nation


Château Saint-Martin & Spa | Complimentary Villa Upgrade: For families or friends making a reservation for two connecting Junior Suites for two nights or longer, receive a complimentary upgrade to a spacious Two-Bedroom Villa. Enjoy the relaxed seclusion of a Provençal-style home and spoil yourself among the renowned luxury of Château Saint-Martin.


O ur sumptuous villa was e located directly above th villa hotel, and boy, what a it was! Masses of space, d top-notch amenities an breathtaking views. Just superb.

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Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. Cancellation policies may vary based on time of booking. Also includes applicable Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions, as well as complimentary shuttle service between the villa and the main hotel, access to spa facilities, parking and helipad access. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant, or continental breakfast served in room • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per stay • A welcome bottle of wine

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You Only Get 18 Summers with Your Kids. Make Them Count. One year they’re afraid of the water, the next they beg to go whitewater rafting. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could slow down and treasure each stage of their remarkable lives? Well, maybe you can. Start by showing them a vast Montana wilderness filled with adventure. Take them horseback riding along pristine mountain trails, sip lemonade together and take family bonding to new levels with a challenging ropes course. At The Resort at Paws Up®, we’ll help you enjoy endless summer days and the enduring spirit of childhood. And you’ll see how easy it is to hold on just a little bit longer to each flickering day.





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