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Camping with All the Basic Necessities … of a Five-Star Resort. It’s time for a new great American adventure. Experience the country’s most incredible wilderness while indulging in luxurious accommodations and highly personalized service at The Resort at Paws Up® in Greenough, Montana. It’s the American version of the grand safari. It’s luxury camping—known around the world as “glamping.” It’s our creation and our specialty. Come celebrate the great outdoors in the very best way possible at The Resort at Paws Up.


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Coastal Charm From Mallorca to Crete, fascinating languages, culture and history vie with beautiful beaches, renowned cuisine and easy living for top draw in this look at five of our favorite Mediterranean islands.

26 Escape the City Whether you are looking to liven up a familiar destination or wanting something beyond the ordinary on your first trip, the Andrew Harper Travel Office suggests these four brief jaunts from New York, London and Buenos Aires to get out of the city for scenic days filled with art, wine, history and more.

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35 On Paths Less Traveled From islands to highlands, discover overlooked and unexpected destinations through tips and insights from Mr. Harper, our Travel Advisors and staff from Harper-recommended hotels in this two-part series. First up: Bermuda, Idaho and East Africa. WITH THIS ISSUE: Find inspiration for your special occasion with the Romance & Honeymoons supplement included with this issue of the Andrew Harper Traveler.

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The clifftop town of Bonifacio commands a remarkable location on the southern tip of the Mediterranean island of Corsica.


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Discover the unexpected, where formalities are replaced by fun and the most luxurious amenity is the art of connecting – with a complimentary fourth night. During your extended getaway, experience the tranquil luxury of Sanctuary. Savor culinary delights on the elements dining deck, relax on the patio of your mountainside casita, renew with Asian-inspired spa specialties or stir excitement with hiking, exploring, stargazing and daily sunset ceremonies. Andrew Harper benefits include: Best available non-restricted room rates, room upgrade at time of booking, upon availability, daily breakfast for two, $100 spa services credit, and $75 food and beverage credit.

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Tierra Patagonia & Tierra Chiloé TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK & CHILOÉ, CHILE – Prepare for an adventure unlike any other as you explore the magical landscape and indomitable spirit of Chile. Bookended by nights in bustling Santiago, this itinerary highlights the vast and varied Chilean terrain, as well as the architecturally astounding collection of Tierra hotels, each painstakingly designed and executed to perfectly complement the natural landscape. Tierra Patagonia recommended since 2012. Tierra Chiloé recommended since 2015; Grand Award—2016.

Days 3–5: Tierra Atacama

Days 10–12: Tierra Chiloé

Begin your Chilean adventure in the awe-inspiring Atacama Desert, filled with geysers, salt flats, sand dunes and hot springs. Daily activities include astronomythemed excursions and hiking under the full moon. Guests preferring rest and relaxation will enjoy the hotel’s peaceful setting, spa services and volcano views.

A sanctuary of solitude in the picturesque Chiloé archipelago, this hotel and spa is both stunning and intimate. Here, guests can partake in bespoke daily excursions, enjoy gastronomic cuisine and indulge in the spa’s tranquility. Return to Santiago to savor the last days of your journey in the historic city before your flight home.

Days 7–9: Tierra Patagonia A privileged location looking out over Lake Sarmiento, with sweeping views of the glorious Torres del Paine National Park, this architectural gem exceeds all expectations. Enjoy a variety of outdoor excursions, such as horseback riding, biking and fly-fishing, as well as the full-service spa.

SPECIAL OFFER: Spirit of Chile — Save 20 Percent on a Three-Property Stay Book the Spirit of Chile package for a minimum of eight nights between Tierra Patagonia, Tierra Chiloé and Tierra Atacama and receive a 20 percent discount off the total price of your reservation, plus your choice of a complimentary night in the Grand Hyatt Santiago or dinner aboard the Williche at Tierra Chiloé. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits at Tierra Patagonia and Tierra Chiloé, as well as all standard hotel inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 30, 2018, based on availability and excluding Dec. 22, 2017–Jan. 3, 2018. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office or visit AndrewHarper.com for complete details. Andrew Harper Benefits: TIERRA PATAGONIA: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $100 spa credit TIERRA CHILOÉ: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $100 spa credit per room • Welcome bottle of wine Standard Inclusions: TIERRA PATAGONIA: All meals and beverages (excluding premium wines and spirits) • Daily guided excursions • Access to spa facilities • Wi-Fi • For stays of three nights or longer, twice-daily transfers to/from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Cerro Castillo as per published times • For stays of four nights or longer, transfers to and from El Calafate, Argentina TIERRA CHILOÉ: All meals and beverages (excluding premium wine and spirits) • Daily guided small-group excursions • Use of hotel facilities • Daily round-trip transfers to Castro Airport • Wi-Fi

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National Parks Revealed U.S. NATIONAL PARKS, ALASKA AND CALIFORNIA – Renowned for creating custom journeys throughout 36 magnificent U.S. National Parks, National Parks Revealed is delving even further into the rich destinations of Alaska and California. Armed with intimate destination knowledge, the industry’s best guides and outfitters outfitters,and andexclusive exclusive access to hidden gems and top attractions, NPR uncovers the ample charms found in the cities, coasts and lodges of the Western U.S., always tailoring itineraries to suit your interests or occasion. Specializing in the Napa-Sonoma wine country, NPR applies focusestheir theseindustry-leading enviable resources expertise to craft tounforgettable craft unforgettable adventures adventures across across the valleys the valleys of vines of vines and towering and towering coastal coastal forests of forests this mesmerizing of this mesmerizing and convivial and convivial region. region. •••   Exclusive Exclusive Wine Wine Tastings Tastings with with a a Private Private Driver-Guide Driver-Guide Redwood Forests Forests •••   Guided Guided Hikes Hikes and and Cycling Cycling Within within Redwood •••   Spend Spend Days Days with with Winemakers, Winemakers, Visiting Visiting Their Their Homes Homes and Vineyards and Vineyards

Andrew Harper Benefits: Customized for each itinerary based on guests’ interests

Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina DOLOMITES, ITALY – Located in Italy’s World Heritage-listed Dolomite Mountains, this remarkable Relais & Châteaux hotel inincludes cludes fifty-two 52 guest guest rooms rooms and and suites suites thatthat blend blend classic classic décor décor with modern accents. Guests may dine at four fabulous on-site restaurants, including the Michelin-star St. Hubertus (“The first Michelin-star restaurant we have ever truly loved,” says one Andrew Harper guest). In the summer months, candlelit cabins set high in the mountain peaks are ideal for rest, relaxation and romance. Recommended since 2005. •••   Two-Michelin-Star Two-Michelin-Star Restaurant Restaurant SPECIAL OFFER: Summer Package Package:— Complimentary Complimentary Third Third Night Night and More Experience the stunning beauty, active adventure and serene relaxation of summer in the Dolomites. Book a Deluxe Double Room or Junior Suite for a stay of three nights or longer and receive your third night free, as well as a 60 EUR per person credit toward dinner on the day of arrival, an upgrade to a 60 EUR per person credit toward any spa treatment, a 20 percent discount on green fees at Alta Badia Golf Club, and more! Package rates start at 550 EUR per person (based on double alSo includes INCludES: Andrew Harper benefits and standard occupancy). also daTES: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from inclusions. dates June through 9–Sept. June 24, 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office for complete details.

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Glenmere Mansion CHESTER, NEW YORK – Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley less than an hour from New York City, this 150-acre property is home to just 18 guest rooms, offering tranquility and privacy amidst gardens, meadows and fountains. The mansion itself is a Gilded Age masterpiece and combines history and decadence into an inviting boutique hotel. While the local area brims with hiking trails, wineries and art galleries, Glenmere’s two on-site restaurants and lauded full-service spa create a welcoming oasis. “We loved Glenmere and hope all our friends in New York realize how gorgeous and special it is and how close it is to the city,” says one AH member. Recommended since 2011. SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Third Night Through March 28, book a minimum of three nights with an arrival on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday and receive your third night free. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservation only, booked by March 28 for travel from Jan. 2–March 31, 2017, based on availability and excluding Jan. 15–16, Feb. 12–14 and Feb. 19, 2017. Full payment is due at time of booking. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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

Peter Island Resort & Spa PETER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – “Peter Island was incredible,” says a recent Andrew Harper guest. “One of the best experiences in the Caribbean!” Accessible only by boat or helicopter, this private 1,800-acre oasis of tranquility — once an outpost to pirates and buccaneers — is home to 52 beachfront guest rooms and suites, three spectacular villas, two gourmet restaurants and five secluded beaches. And whether you take to the ocean for a bevy of water sports options, traverse the island’s pristine landscape, relax in one of the resort’s legendary hammocks or enjoy a day at the exquisite 10,000-square-foot spa, adventure and relaxation can be found at every turn. Recommended since 1981; Readers’ Choice—2014, 2015. © DAN HAM

SPECIAL OFFER: New Year Savings: Up to 30 Percent Off the Nightly Rate Save up to 30 percent off the nightly rate when you book your 2017 stay of five nights or longer by March 31. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary bottle of Champagne to toast the New Year. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by March 31 for travel through Dec. 19, 2017, based on availability. Discount does not apply to meal or beverage plans. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Reference Andrew Harper New Year’s Celebration at time of booking.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • 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 Standard Inclusions: Welcome drink • In-room minibar stocked daily with select beverages • Non-motorized watersports • Wi-Fi

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Belmond Peru PERU – Explore the highlights of Peru from Lima to Machu Picchu with Belmond, plus special experiences off the beaten track. Belmond Miraflores Park recommended since 2005. Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado recommended since 2010. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge recommended since 2010. Belmond Hotel Monasterio recommended since 2010.

Days 1–2 Arrive in Lima and be escorted to Belmond Miraflores Park. Explore this vibrant city at your leisure, or relax by the rooftop pool. The next day, join a special tour to visit the historic city center and many other fascinating sites, and browse for items by Peruvian artists and artisans.

Days 3–4

Fly to Cusco and enjoy a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas on your way to Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. During your stay in the Sacred Valley you’ll visit ancient settlements and small Andean villages located high up on windswept plains and explore the superb collection of colonial and folk art at Hacienda Huayoccari.

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Board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Visit the citadel and its sur-

rounding area by private guided tour. Spend the night at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located beside the citadel. Hike to Inti Punku or up Huayna Picchu, the site’s highest mountain, or continue exploring this magnificent citadel on your own. Return to Cusco aboard the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train.

your remaining time visiting the cathedral, Coricancha temple complex and other impressive sites.

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Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met and assisted with your connecting flight home.

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Once the imperial capital of the Incas, Cusco is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere and possesses a charming combination of the Inca and Spanish colonial cultures. From your base at Belmond Hotel Monasterio, begin your day with a visit to Cusco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover Andean culture and daily life. Spend

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Andrew Harper Benefits: BELMOND MIRAFLORES PARK: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • $100 spa treatment credit per room • Welcome pisco sour per person BELMOND HOTEL RIO SAGRADO, SANCTUARY LODGE AND HOTEL MONASTERIO: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $100 spa services credit per room • Welcome coca sour per person

Standard Inclusions: BELMOND MIRAFLORES PARK: Morning coffee and cookies • Daily newspaper • Wi-Fi BELMOND HOTEL RIO SAGRADO: Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • Wi-Fi BELMOND SANCTUARY LODGE: All meals and beverages (excluding premium brands) • Wi-Fi BELMOND HOTEL MONTASTERIO: Daily buffet breakfast served at Illariy Restaurant • Welcome mate (tea) and fruit • Wi-Fi

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Conservatorium Winter Special: 20 Percent Savings This winter, stay a minimum of two nights in select rooms and suites and enjoy 20 percent savings on the nightly rate. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits of best available non-restricted rates; a room upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast for two served at the restaurant or in room; a $100 spa treatment credit per stay; and when booking a suite, two complimentary glasses of Champagne; as well as standard inclusions: a seasonal fruit amenity, access to spa facilities, daily newspaper, and Wi-Fi. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Feb. 27 for travel through Feb. 28, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Seabourn Cruises WORLDWIDE – Seabourn ships carry no more than 600 guests exclusively in suites, most of them with private verandas. Renowned for gracious, intuitive service, fine dining and exceptional delivery of desirable destinations, Seabourn has earned a large and loyal following of discerning travelers who return year after year. Guests love the sincere, personalized service, as well as the open bars and open-seating dining that make it so easy to meet and socialize with like-minded guests. Reader’s Choice—2016 ••   Unique Itineraries Including Must-See Cities and Hidden Gems Where Larger Ships Cannot Go ••   Complimentary Gourmet Dining and Open Bars Throughout the Ship ••   Tipping is Neither Required nor Expected

Andrew Harper Benefits: $150 shipboard credit per person on select voyages Standard Inclusions: All meals and beverages • Gratuities • Onboard entertainment • Water sports

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COASTAL CHARM | Mediterranean Islands of the

Elounda Mare, Crete PHOTO BY DIMITRISPOUPALOS. COURTESY OF ELOUNDA MARE HOTEL.

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rom the Strait of Gibraltar to the shores of Turkey, the Mediterranean Sea covers some 2,500 miles west to east. Its waters are divided into seven smaller seas, which are home to thousands of islands. While some serve only as rookeries, others offer land and shore enough to attract visitors year-round. So how to choose between the islands of the Balearic Sea or those of the Tyrrhenian? We’ve explored a few of the Mediterranean’s most well-known destinations to help you decide which to visit next.

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Head due south from Genoa, Italy, and you’ll arrive on the shores of Corsica in the Ligurian Sea. A French territory and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsica is technically closer to Italy than it is to France. The island was under Genoan rule for 500 years, and the influence is still evident. Residents here speak an Italian dialect called Corsu in addition to the official French language. Considered one of the most pristine islands in the Mediterranean, the 40-mile long scenic peninsula at the northeastern tip of Corsica known as Cap Corse is home to fishing villages, pebble beaches and the island’s second-largest town, Bastia. Along with the capital and port city, Ajaccio, the two towns are home to about half of Corsica’s 320,000 residents. With 20 peaks above 6,500 feet, “Corsica is a mountain in the sea,” says Hotel La Villa’s Virginie Mayard. The island spans 50 miles across at its greatest width, so you’re always within an hour of swimming in the sea or strolling in the mountains. Embark on a boat tour of the Scandola Nature Reserve on the west coast to explore the jagged inlets and crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Girolata, or make your way to stunning Lotu beach near Saint-Florent in the north. For the fullest experience, Mayard recommends visitors explore Corsica by car. She cautions patience, however, as the unhurried island pace may be a source of frustration for ambitious travelers. (It’s not uncommon for traffic tie-ups to be caused by locals stopping to chat mid-route, she explains.) And while often perceived by outsiders as aloof, “Corsicans are fiercely proud of their beautiful island,” Mayard says, and they delight in talking about their distinctive culture. Locals are equally proud of their cuisine. “Corsicans take their food and drink very seriously,” she says, so restaurant standards are generally high. The three-course lunch is still in style here. For dessert, try the fiadone, a traditional cheesecake made with local brocciu cheese and chestnut flour, flavored with lemon zest and eau de vie. Mayard recommends visitors pair a vacation in Corsica with a trip to Provence. She favors the picturesque villages of the Luberon, which offer a quintessential French mainland experience — and of course, exceptional cuisine.

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Mallorca is the largest of the five Balearic Islands situated off the eastern coast of Spain, due east of Valencia. The island’s dramatic topography is responsible for much of its beauty, explains Ulisses Marreiros of Belmond La Residencia. A rugged mountain range runs across the entire northwest side of the island, creating a coastline of precipitous cliffs and alluring coves. Mallorca’s eastern edge is lined with long, flat, sandy beaches, while the central plain provides ideal terrain for agriculture. Figs, apricots, oranges and almonds are grown here, and olive groves are an integral feature of the landscape. If it’s sun and sea you’re after, Marreiros recommends a visit between mid-June and mid-September, when days are long, warm and relaxed. “In summer, life moves outdoors, and people gravitate to the coast and sea-related activities,” he says. With hundreds of small coves and tiny hideaway beaches, exploring the island by boat is ideal. Marreiros also recommends a visit to the underwater Caves of Drach on the east coast, which contain one of the world’s largest underground lakes. In the cooler months, as activities move onshore, hiking and cycling are more popular pursuits. “Many people don’t realize how many artists have lived here, giving rise to many art galleries and cultural events,” Marreiros notes. Joan Miró was a long-time resident of the island, and the eponymous foundation in the capital, Palma, includes two studios used by the late artist and a more recent main gallery. The principal language on the island is Spanish, but residents also speak a local dialect of Catalan called Mallorquin. Cultural distinctions between mainland Spain and Mallorca are also notable in the cuisine. Here, culinary traditions are “typically Mediterranean but with Arab influences,” Marreiros explains. “The Sóller prawns are an absolute must,” he says, as is the Tramuntana lamb and Mallorcan tumbet, a traditional vegetarian blend of nightshades and tomato sauce, while the classic ensaimada pastry elevates a morning coffee. The entirety of Mallorca’s nearby sister island, Menorca, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so designated for its abundant and varied flora and fauna; it can be easily reached via air or ferry. The Balearics are a one-hour plane ride from Barcelona, which offers an excellent continental complement to a stay on Spain’s largest island.

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Ischia

Roughly 20 miles off Italy’s southwestern shore at the entrance to the Bay of Naples lies the island of Ischia. At only five-and-a-half miles wide, it’s easy to overlook this Italian outpost, though Ischia is actually four times bigger than its better-known neighbor, Capri. While the Greeks and Romans were periodically driven away by early eruptions of Mount Epomeo, the volcanic soil proved ideal for raising wine grapes, and the thermal springs are an equally attractive reason to visit. Over the last few centuries, artists, writers, reigning princes and politicians have found inspiration and relaxation on Ischia’s shores. According to Giovanni Sirabella of Mezzatorre Resort & Spa, Ischia is at its finest from April through October. Land tours of the island are best undertaken by car, scooter or electric bike, while some of the most remote inlets and bays, like La Scarrupata, are accessible only by boat. Beaches abound, and Ischia is home to more than 100 hot springs. Poseidon and Negombo are among the most well-known thermal gardens and parks, while in the bay of Sorgeto bathers lounge in the thermal waters that bubble up between rocky outcroppings to create natural hot tubs within the sea cove. The iconic medieval Castello Aragonese in Ischia Ponte is the island’s most recognized architectural landmark. The Soccorso Church, perched atop a promontory in the village of Forio, also features prominently in the art and history of Ischia. With more than 3,000 specimens of rare and exotic plants, don’t miss the splendid gardens of Giardini La Mortella, where classical music concerts are hosted from spring through fall. In addition to grapes, fruits such as tomatoes, lemons, figs and pomegranates thrive here and play a role in the cuisine. Ischia’s wild rabbit population also found its way into the stew pot in coniglio all’Ischitana, a traditional island dish. Due to its close proximity to the mainland, a stay on Ischia is easily combined with travel to Naples and a tour of Pompeii. “Ischia has blue sea, green mountains, thermal springs and excellent food,” Sirabella says, so there’s every reason to visit. Ischia, Italy

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“Sicily’s culture and traditions are based on three values: family, food and sun,” says Anna Malvezzi of Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel. The largest of the islands of the Mediterranean, it is also one of the most densely populated, with more than 5 million inhabitants. However, a slow pace of life endures, and its location at the crossroads of civilizations has led to the development of a culture distinct from that of the mainland. Deservedly well known for its fine beaches, “It’s commonly believed that Sicily is a summer-only destination,” says Malvezzi. However, a tour of the capital city of Palermo and the medieval towns of Erice and Caltabellotta during the colors of spring is especially favorable.

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Ancient Greek and Roman ruins are the prime attractions in Taormina and Syracuse, and the island is home to no fewer than eight World Heritage sites, including the former Greek colony of Agrigento, which dates back to the 6th century B.C. A visit to see the nesting turtles along the pristine and remote coastline of the Torre Salsa Nature Reserve offers a more primitive experience for the adventurous traveler. When it comes to food, “No one should leave Sicily without having tried the cannolo or cassata,” Malvezzi says of the favored Sicilian desserts. The latter is a sponge cake

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made of ricotta and marzipan and adorned with candied fruit. Of course, wine is paramount here, and Malvezzi recommends a visit to Pleneta Winery, which operates five distinct vineyards across the island, including one on the northern slope of the 10,900-foot Mt. Etna. You can take part in a wine tasting and a light lunch of Sicilian cheese and olives, or enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the great volcano. Pair a trip to Sicily with a visit to Tuscany to drink, dine and revel in the beauty of the Italian landscape, but when you’re on island time, be sure to leave your watch at home.

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One hundred and sixty miles in length, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. “Here we move from green west to dry east, from cows to goats,” says Marie-line Vayva of Elounda Mare and Elounda Peninsula hotels. The mountain range that dominates the island rises to over 8,000 feet at its highest point — high enough to display snowcapped peaks even during the warmer months. Outside of the urban centers and crowded coastal resorts, much of Crete remains untouched, punctuated only by olive groves, ancient windmills and stone houses. Vayva recommends a visit to the fishing villages and beaches of Mochlos and Vaï, as well as a trek to the Samaria Gorge during the spring or fall. Take to the sea to fully enjoy the crystal-clear waters and tranquility of the Mediterranean, including Elounda Bay and the fortress of Spinalonga off the northeastern coast.

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Cretan people have hosted so many invaders over the centuries, says Vayva, that they have become among the most welcoming people of Greece. Well known for their hospitality in both manner and food, their diet is also credited for longevity: ample vegetables, fresh fruit, locally made feta and yogurt and “the purest olive oil in the world are the secrets of long, lasting health,” says Vayva. Raki may also play a part. A spirit distilled from Cretan wine, it is typically served cold as a digestif and is said to date back to the time of the Minoans. Prior to hopping a flight from the mainland for Heraklion, Crete’s largest city, a visit to Athens is a must. If time allows, combine your trip with a stop on the island of Santorini to take in views of the caldera, or just stay on Crete and toast to another day of island living.

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pending time in a major world metropolis never fails to feel exhilarating. Cities like New York, London and Buenos Aires have an infectiously energetic vibe and a seemingly endless array of iconic attractions, superlative restaurants and tempting shopping options. But after a few days of tearing around the city, it can come as something of a relief to escape to the countryside. The landscape opens, the pace slows and the head clears. The following three itineraries would make for excellent appendices to a spell in New York, London or Buenos Aires. However, the destinations outside these cities are themselves so compelling, they also merit visits on their own terms. If you’ve already visited these world capitals but have never escaped their confines to explore the countryside around them, these itineraries give you a fine excuse to return.

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New York DAY 1 Depart the city this morning and drive an hour north to the Homestead Inn, just over the state line into Connecticut. This renovated 19th-century Victorian mansion on the Belle Haven peninsula combines period charm with Asian artifacts, bronze sculptures and contemporary paintings. But its biggest draw is Thomas Henkelmann’s classic French cuisine, served in a timbered dining room flanked by an airy sunporch and a flower-bedecked veranda furnished with white wicker chairs. 

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Continue on to Glenmere, a Tuscan villa-style hotel which Andrew Harper calls “the Hudson Valley’s true class act.” The 18-room Gilded Age property suffered from years of neglect and decline before being spectacularly reborn with an investment of $30 million and a renovation that lasted for several years. Have dinner at the hotel in The Supper Room, which is under the supervision of talented chef Geoffroy Deconinck.

You might make an excursion today to West Point, the famous home of the United States Military Academy. Even if you just take the one-hour tour, you can see the Cadet Chapel, with the largest church organ in the world; the legendary parade grounds; and the West Point Museum, filled with artifacts from every conflict in U.S. history. Return to Glenmere to relax. Diversions on the estate’s 150 acres include tennis, croquet, a heated outdoor pool and a magnificent full-service spa.

DAY 4 After breakfast, return to New York City and depart. Both Newark and LaGuardia airports are about an hour and 15 minutes away from Glenmere.

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Nearby is Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Sleepy Hollow, known for its architecture and gardens and also for the extraordinary art collection assembled over several generations, with sculptures by Picasso, Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

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Buenos Aires DAY 1 Meet your driver and transfer to one of Mr. Harper’s recommended resorts. Cavas Wine Lodge is highly popular with our members, and it’s easy to understand why. Mr. Harper sets the scene: “Composed of 14 Andalusian-style whitewashed adobe guest villas and a mansion-like main building, the resort rises from the middle of the vineyards. ... Lines of mature poplars and willow trees complete the idyllic landscape, which, with the Andes as a background, looks more like a painting than a real place.”

DAYS 2-3 Take two full days to explore Mendoza. Start with a tasting at Viña Cobos, a short bike ride from Cavas Wine Lodge, where Mr. Harper “sampled some of the most beautifully crafted wines of [his] entire trip.” Have lunch just down the road at the excellent restaurant of Ruca Malén winery. In the afternoon, relax at Cavas Wine Lodge, where you can enjoy the spa or another wine tasting before dinner. On your second day in Mendoza, book a driver to take you to wineries farther afield. You might visit famous bodegas such as Achaval-Ferrer, Terrazas de los Andes or Catena Zapata. The Andrew Harper Travel Office or your concierge can customize your itinerary depending on your interests and taste.

If you prefer not to get on a plane, consider instead an excursion to an estancia in the pampas.

DAY 1 Depart Buenos Aires with your driver and head 90 minutes northwest to La Bamba de Areco, a tranquil 370-acre estate with 11 rooms divided among an original 1830 manor house and other buildings constructed in a similar style. After settling in, join the other guests for a delicious, leisurely asado (barbecue) lunch at a beautifully set table on the lawn in front of the house. Meals at La Bamba are communal, giving the property a convivial house-party feel. In the afternoon, relax by the outdoor pool, take a carriage ride or head out on a gaucho-led horseback ride around the property.

DAY 2 Make an excursion into San Antonio de Areco, a colonial town about 20 minutes from La Bamba that is a center of gaucho culture. Extending away from the central plaza, Alsina and Arellano streets are lined with shops selling a wide array of local crafts, such as handwoven saddle blankets, leather belts and mate cups.

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If you don’t mind hopping on a plane, catch a two-hour flight to Mendoza, the capital of one of the world’s most spectacular wine regions.

Spend the rest of your day relaxing at La Bamba.

DAY 3 Return to Buenos Aires and depart.

DAY 4 After breakfast, return to the airport and depart Mendoza.

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Take the train from London’s Paddington Station 90 minutes to Bath, a lovely city of honeycolored limestone with roots in ancient Rome.

Check into the Royal Crescent, a 45-room hotel which occupies two magnificent Georgian townhouses in the center of the historic Royal Crescent overlooking Royal Victoria Park. 

Alternatively, pick up a rental car at the train station and drive nine miles north of Bath to 42-room Lucknam Park, a distinguished 18thcentury Palladian manor house secluded amid 500 acres of parkland. While less convenient for seeing Bath, the hotel offers compensation: a Michelinstarred restaurant, a cooking school, tennis courts, walking trails and an equestrian center.  Relax for an hour or two in your hotel’s spa (both the Royal Crescent and Lucknam Park have beautiful facilities).

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Spend a full day exploring Bath, famous for its Roman baths, its abbey (where Edgar was crowned one of the first kings of England in A.D. 973) and its neoclassical crescents, terraces and squares.

Those interested in “taking the waters” can visit the Thermae Bath Spa, a splendid public facility constructed in golden Bath stone.

DAY 3 Depart Bath and drive 40 minutes to Avebury, home to enigmatic stone circles and a henge. Because Avebury is far less famous than Stonehenge, it draws far fewer visitors, and it is possible to walk among the stones. Continue south about 40 minutes to Stonehenge, which still remains a wonder of the world, despite the crowds. Twenty minutes farther south is Salisbury, known for its immense cathedral, one of the most impressive Gothic churches in all of Europe. It possesses an original Magna Carta from 1215, one of only four that exist.

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DAY 4 This morning, visit Arundel Castle, the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their heirs for nearly a thousand years, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited country homes in England. Enjoy the afternoon back at Amberley Castle, playing croquet or tennis or trying out its 18-hole putting course. The high tea service is also not to be missed.

DAY 5 Those who can spare another day or two should not miss the opportunity to stay at Gravetye Manor, a superlative property set in an Elizabethan stone mansion surrounded by woodland gardens, about 45 minutes from Amberley Castle. The gardens are among England’s finest, as is the Michelin-star restaurant. If time is short, drive an hour and 15 minutes from Amberley Castle to Heathrow, return your rental car and depart on your flight home.

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Turn east and drive 90 minutes to atmospheric and Harper-recommended Amberley Castle, a romantic fortress dating from the 12th century set amid the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs. Have dinner in the magnificent barrel-vaulted Queen’s Room, adorned with armor, swords, axes and a 1686 mural.

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or this two-part series, we’re showcasing six under-theradar destinations that deserve your attention. In this issue, Mr. Harper, the Andrew Harper Travel Office and staff at our recommended properties get at the heart of what makes Bermuda, Idaho and East Africa enticing to first-time and regular visitors alike.

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1. Stalactites hang above remarkably clear

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Stormy (which originated in Bermuda) with Gosling’s Black Seal rum. 3. Castle Island 4. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

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Located in the Atlantic Ocean 650 miles east of North Carolina and totaling a mere 21 square miles, Bermuda has long attracted visitors with its pink sand beaches, turquoise water, lush greenery, subtropical climate and white-roofed, pastel-colored buildings. First settled by Virginia-bound English colonists who shipwrecked in 1609, the island chain is a self-governing British overseas territory that retains a distinctly English style. “Bermuda honors its British connections with a certain formality,” says Mr. Harper. “People are invariably polite. Dress tends to be conservative, and until recently, jackets were required for men in most restaurants in the evening. Afternoon tea is a beloved tradition.”

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“The best overall views of Bermuda can be seen from the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. The oldest cast-iron lighthouse in the world, it was built in 1846.” –MR. HARPER

Best-kept secret

“Located in St. George’s Parish and only accessible by boat, Castle Island Nature Reserve is one of the most secluded and beautiful places on the Island. Steeped in history, the King’s Castle on the island dates to 1612. As a nature reserve, the island contains many of Bermuda’s endemic species, such as the Bermuda skink and Bermuda petrel (cahow). For adventurous types, Castle Island is one of Bermuda’s secret locations for cliff diving.” –THE ROSEWOOD TUCKER’S POINT CONCIERGE TEAM

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“Not many people know that Bermuda has numerous spectacular limestone caves. The Crystal Caves at Bailey’s Bay are stunning and easily accessible. For an escape from the tourist beat, the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve, with a bird sanctuary and forest walks, provides a delightful respite. The Masterworks Collection of Bermuda Art is well worth a visit, and it is located in the lovely Botanical Gardens.” –MR. HARPER

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IDAHO

Nowhere encapsulates the rugged wilderness of the American West quite like Idaho. From emerald green hills and snowcapped peaks to vast swaths of farmland and sparkling rivers and streams, the state packs a spectacular amount of landscape within its boundaries. With a population barely larger than that of Manhattan spread out across the country’s 13th largest state, Idaho entices visitors with its relaxed and unencumbered setting. “The immense variety of year-round recreation in Idaho brings people for every kind of world-class outdoor activity,” says Nelson Ishiyama, owner of Henry’s Fork Lodge in Island Park. Yet, the state that is the No. 1 national producer in both potatoes and trout also has a cosmopolitan side, led by its capital, Boise. Indeed, as Mr. Harper observes, “Idaho is full of surprises.”

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“Harriman State Park in Island Park is known primarily to Idahoans, but also to avid fly-fishers. The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, which runs through the park, has twice been named the No. 1 trout stream in America by members of Trout Unlimited. The 16,000-acre park and wildlife preserve is the crown jewel of the Idaho park system and one of the great U.S. state parks. The scenery and wildlife in an unspoiled setting are a spectacular surprise to new visitors to Idaho.” –NELSON ISHIYAMA OF HENRY’S FORK LODGE

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“Not much has changed in many parts of the state [from the time of Lewis and Clark]. Idaho is still mostly wilderness, the secondmost designated wilderness in the continental U.S. History is treasured in every town through festivals like The Trailing of the Sheep, which celebrates the Basque culture and sheepherding and which goes back more than 150 years. Visitors can still visit the famous Three Island Crossing where the Oregon Trail pioneers crossed the Snake River. Many towns have restaurants operating in saloons built in the 1800s.” –MR. HARPER

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“People are surprised to learn just how many celebrities have homes in Idaho, especially near Sun Valley. The reason for this, I would guess, is the remoteness and lack of population, along with access to world-class skiing, fishing, hunting, rafting, etc. And then there are the people — no paparazzi, just very friendly, down-to-earth folks. My other guess would be the mildness of the weather despite the distinct seasons. In the winter, Idaho gets its share of snow, but the temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees; summer are warm, but highs stay below 90.” –MR. HARPER 1. The dock at Shore Lodge extends out into Payette

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National Park in Kenya 2. A Maasai woman in traditional dress 3. Guests spot a pride of lions on a game

drive at Mara Plains Camp in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. 4. Elephants in Samburu National Reserve,

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EAST AFRICA

Catching a glimpse of the Big Five or the Great Migration ranks among many travelers’ all-time favorite adventures. Yet, East Africa mesmerizes visitors with more than big game. As one Andrew Harper member describes, “The wide-open scenery, setting and ‘out of Africa’ ambiance is compelling enough.” Guests’ fondest memories often involve the local people they meet. “Everyone goes for the game but comes back talking about the culture and the people,” says Bridget Kapinus, an Andrew Harper travel advisor. Some of the world’s best wildlife guides are found in East Africa, as well. “Our guide was remarkable. He was educated not only about the animals in the region, but also the local culture,” says travel advisor Megan Leininger. “He spoke several languages and knew all about the history of the country, geology and even the vehicle he drove.”

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“The bird life is a big draw, with East Africa’s varied climates offering one of the most diverse and extensive birding opportunities in the world. The lesser-known northern subspecies, such as Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich and gerenuk, make a visit to the Northern Kenyan areas of Laikipia and Samburu unique. The elusive African wild dog is a rare predator with a fascinating pack dynamic unseen in most other predators, while the open plains of the Southern Serengeti offer great cheetah viewing. Private concessions, such as Kichwa Tembo and Klein’s Camp, offer night drives and daytime off-roading, providing the opportunity to see nocturnal and other rare animals.” –MARK WHEELER, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF &BEYOND “The landscape of the Great Rift Valley is astounding, and one of the most spectacular parts of the Rift lies just 90 minutes west of Nairobi, at Hell’s Gate on the road to Lake Naivasha. The Rift Valley lakes are famous for their birds — especially Lake Nakuru and Lake Baringo in Kenya — and the soda lake at the bottom of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania has a resident population of 50,000 pink flamingos. More adventurous travelers might wish to fly up the Rift Valley in a light aircraft to Lake Turkana on the border of Ethiopia. The landscape en route has to be seen to be believed.” –MR. HARPER

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“Stay at a property on community-owned land. For example, at Mara Plains Camp guests stay on land owned by the Maasai, and the local population receives a portion of the revenue from each guest. The majority of the staff and guides come from the immediate area, which means when guests visit a local community they are visiting friends and family of the lodge’s staff. Throughout their stay, guests can engage with the staff and guides one-on-one, get to know them in a relaxed way, and come away having formed lasting friendships.” –STAFF AT MARA PLAINS CAMP

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