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Humans Weren’t Meant to Hibernate.

Having it all isn’t about collecting things. It’s about feeling your heart race, immersing yourself in a pristine wilderness and living life to the fullest. If you agree, you’ll be excited to know The Resort at Paws Up is open year-round. And that means all kinds of thrilling winter adventures are available, from skiing and snowshoeing to dogsledding and snowmobiling. You can also try skijoring, which is like waterskiing on snow, but with a horse as your motorboat! When you’re ready to unwind, give yourself a spa treatment, dine on world-class cuisine and then relax in front of your private vacation home’s welcoming fireplace. Because now is the time to indulge all your senses—right here in Montana, under a spectacular starlit sky.


FOR RESERVATIONS Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or reservations@andrewharper.com. Andrew Harper benefits include: best available nonrestricted rates; room upgrade, when available at check-in; $300 activity credit per reservation and early check-in and late checkout, when available. Reserve any luxury home between December 1, 2017, and March 1, 2018, and receive a complimentary snowmobile ride for two. Does not apply to holidays or special events. Š 2017 The Last Best Beef LLC.


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KRABI, THAILAND

Rayavadee $ TRAVEL DEAL

Rayavadee Experience: Delight in the beautiful coastal setting of southern Thailand with the Rayavadee Experience, a special package combining four nights of accommodation with three gourmet dinners at Raya Dining, Rai Talay Terrace and Krua Phranang restaurants; a 75-minute massage treatment of choice for two at the luxurious Rayavadee Spa; and a choice of either an interactive Thai cooking class or a private half-day rock climbing lesson for two.*

* Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 30, 2018. Offer is subject to availability; blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Complimentary gourmet dinners exclude lobster, fillet steak, themed-dinners and beverages. Offer also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions, and is not combinable with any other promotions. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office for additional details.

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CONTENTS

ON THE COVER

Saint James Paris; Paris, France. PHOTO © MARCEL JOLIBOIS

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10 From the Travel Office:

32 Itinerary Inspiration:

Looking Ahead to 2018 Now’s the time to start considering next year’s travel plans. From fast-selling destinations and trending trips to limited-access experiences, our travel advisors provide their top picks on where to book early for 2018.

17 A Degree of Latitude

Ready for an unforgettable high-seas adventure? Take a closer look at the most spectacular ocean voyages available with a deep dive into the realms of expedition ships and glamorous world cruising.

40 Secrets of the Vine

24 Big City Boutiques

Featuring 100 rooms or (much) less, these urban boutiques and hideaways provide unique experiences and personalized touches that make you feel like a welcome guest within the world’s great cities.

Ecuador & the Galápagos Though small, the South American country of Ecuador holds a splendidly diverse array of wonders. Follow Andrew Harper through the historic city of Quito, the cloud forests of the Andes and the otherworldly landscape of the Galápagos Islands on this 14-day itinerary. Idyllic drives, charming inns and the best wines you have yet to taste. Andrew Harper uncovers secrets of California’s wine country on a route that bypasses the familiar names of Napa in favor of small independent wineries.

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Special Offers & Alliance Partners IN THIS ISSUE

Partners listed below are participating in this issue of the Andrew Harper Traveler magazine showcasing their Harper benefits and more. Page numbers in red indicate those partners including short-term Travel Deals in addition to their Harper benefits.

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Special Offers Throughout

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United States The Goring; London The Stafford London; London

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France

Austria

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Hotel Sacher Wien; Vienna

The Cove; Eleuthera

Le Bristol Paris; Paris

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a Private Island; Ambergris Caye

Ballyfin Demesne; Co. Laois

‘già Baglioni’; Bologna

Morocco

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Portugal

Canada 9 Fogo Island Inn;

Newfoundland

Dominican Republic Eden Roc at Cap Cana; Punta Cana

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Tivoli Palácio de Seteais; Sintra Vila Joya; Albufeira

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The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn; Palm Springs

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8 Glenmere; Chester 51 The Chatwal; New York

Destination Specialists

St. Martin 9 Belmond La Samanna;

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Asia and the South Pacific 11

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St. Vincent & The Grenadines Private Island; Petit St. Vincent Private Island

Galapagos Safari Camp; Santa Cruz

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San Ysidro Ranch; Santa Barbara

NEW YORK

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Ecuador

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Milliken Creek Inn & Spa; Napa

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British Virgin Islands & Spa; Peter Island

Rancho Santa Fe

Italy

Belize

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Ireland 13

Bahamas 52

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Europe 23 AmaWaterways

Worldwide

Thailand 2

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Andrew Harper Travel’s thoughts are with our partners affected by recent world events throughout Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. These destinations are more than just places to send our clients—they are the homes to amazing people we have met and befriended throughout the years. Our thoughts are with our partners as they work to rebuild their lives and their businesses, and we will keep you updated as to their recovery efforts.

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Associate Editor Scott Turrentine

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Petit St. Vincent Private Island ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES Set on a 115-acre private island located south of St. Vincent in the Grenadine chain of islands, Petit St. Vincent is a sundrenched, white-sand paradise. With just 16 cottages and six beachfront villas, this intimate escape offers unmatched tranquility against the turquoise backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. 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. Four staff members for every guest ensure the utmost in attentive, personalized service. RECOMMENDED

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| 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.

$ T R AV E L D E A L

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 and non-alcoholic beverages • Use of all resort facilities • Non-motorized watersports • Wi-Fi available at reception area

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F A R F R O M O R D I N A R Y. S I M P LY P E R F E C T. Stay where days are filled with warm California sunshine. Where gracious service is around every corner. Where an airy Mediterranean oasis becomes your home away from home. And where you can enjoy a complimentary third night with exclusive Andrew Harper perks. Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by 2/25/18. Valid for stays 9/4/2017 – 2/28/2018. Not combinable with any other promotions. Blackout dates apply, including 11/3-11/4 and holidays. ANDREW HARPER

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Grand Hotel Majestic ‘già Baglioni’ BOLOGNA, ITALY Take in the majesty of Bologna from its oldest and most prestigious hotel, where the walls, foundations and beautiful façade record the city’s history from the Roman era through World War II. Elegant antique furniture adorns 109 refined rooms, each featuring stylish marble baths. Sample traditional flavors of the region at the esteemed I Carracci restaurant while dining beneath authentic Italian masterpieces, or indulge in further Italian specialties within the atmospheric wine cellar or fashionable Café Marinetti. While the grandest sights of Bologna are conveniently just steps away, the Grand Hotel Majestic remains a remarkable monument to art and architecture on its own. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2009.

City-Center Location Near Piazza Maggiore

New Junior Suites and Deluxe Rooms

Sophisticated I Carracci Restaurant

Original 16th-Century Frescoes

Extravagant Specialty Suites

New Health and Wellness Area

$ T R AV E L D E A L | Art & Wine Experiences: Stay two nights or longer in December, January or February and receive your choice of the following exclusive experiences: a private guided tour of the hotel’s masterpiece art collection with a professional art historian, or a private wine tasting with a sommelier in a unique 15th-century setting.* BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Early check-in and late checkout, when available • Daily buffet breakfast served at the breakfast room • 15 percent discount on food items at I Carracci • When booking a suite, a welcome drink and one-way Bologna airport transfer I NCLUSIONS:

Access to spa and fitness facilities • Wi-Fi

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Glenmere CHESTER, NEW YORK On a lavish Hudson Valley estate an hour outside of New York City, opulent Glenmere has delighted Harper members since its reopening in 2011. Built a century earlier by Robert Goelet, one of New York’s Gilded Age elite, the Grand Award-winning country retreat draws architectural inspiration from the villas of Tuscany. Aside from its 18 guest rooms, lauded full-service spa and two onsite restaurants, the boutique hotel commands 150 acres of lavish gardens, meadows and walking trails — a beautiful setting for a match of tennis or croquet. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2011;

GRAND AWARD–2012.

| Complimentary Third Night: Book a minimum of three nights with arrival on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday and receive your third night free.*

$ T R AV E L D E A L

B E N E F I T S : Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary port wine for two at turndown • Two tickets per room for a one- or twohour tour at West Point Military Academy

Daily full breakfast served at The Supper Room or Cortile • Access to fitness center and sporting facilities • Wi-Fi

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Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Oct. 1 to Dec. 19, 2017, based on availability and excluding Oct. 8, Nov. 12 to 14 and Nov. 21, 2017. Additional restrictions may apply. Offer also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions, and is not combinable with any other promotions.

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La Villa CORSICA, FRANCE Be entranced by spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the picturesque port town of Calvi. Within easy reach of both the sea and the mountains, this 49-room, three-villa resort offers ample opportunity for pleasure, whether exploring the entrancing surroundings or the elegantly understated property itself. Choose to sunbathe by one of five pools, play a round of tennis or revel in the full-service spa. Michelin-starred La Table by La Villa specializes in gourmet, locally sourced cuisine with an emphasis on Corsican gastronomy, while two bars offer a convivial and refined atmosphere for socializing and relaxing.

RECOMMENDED SINCE 2003. BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or in-room • 20 percent discount on spa treatments • Welcome drink I NCLUSIONS:

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Fogo Island Inn NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA On an island, off an island in Newfoundland, Fogo Island Inn offers a remote getaway against the majestic backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the 29 guest suites features dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and is appointed with a “handmade modern” aesthetic using only natural materials. Built on the principles of sustainability and respect for nature and culture, the Inn’s striking architecture mirrors Fogo Island’s jagged terrain. Experience a variety of outdoor winter adventures amid a wild landscape of ice and snow — including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tracking caribou and more — and find warm comfort and community within the Inn’s award-winning vaulted-ceiling Dining Room, the cozy library and 37-seat cinema. RECOMMENDED SINCE

2014; GRAND AWARD–2015; READERS’ CHOICE–2015. $ T R AV E L D E A L | Winter Cabin Outing: Suit up in winter gear and embark on a cabin adventure on Fogo Island. Make your way to the island’s center for a complimentary half-day Fogo Island Cabin Experience, an in-depth excursion with a Community Host where you will enjoy a robust traditional meal and participate in a variety of winter activities, such as skating, ice fishing and snowshoeing.* B E N E F I T S : Room upgrade, when available at check-in • A seasonal, land-based guided outing for two • A welcome cocktail for two

All gratuities • All meals, including daybreak pastry and beverage tray • Half-day island orientation with a Community Host • Use of Inn facilities • Wi-Fi

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Terms: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by March 22 for travel from Feb. 1 to March 29, 2018, based on availability. A minimum stay of two nights is required. Offer also includes Andrew Harper benefits and standard hotel inclusions, and is not combinable with any other promotions.

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t’s never too early to start planning your upcoming journeys. Whether you have a family getaway or a romantic adventure on the mind for 2018, our travel advisors suggest you move fast on these trending trips and destinations while space is still available.

GREECE

ITALY

“For next summer, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany mostly have wide open availability now, which won’t last for too long — there can be difficulty getting your top choices when you book even as late as March. It’s a good destination to look at ahead of time, even if you’re not quite ready to book.”

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

CAMBODIA “A favorite destination of mine is Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The best time of year to go is December through the end of February. Most people think two or three nights is enough, but the place is huge and you can easily spend four or five nights. You can add on time at Song Saa Private Island as well.” –LAURA TRIEBE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

“Song Saa is a wonderful property in a unique, off-the-beaten-path destination that makes a great capstone to a Southeast Asian itinerary.” –MELISSA ROCHE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

“With the unrest in Turkey, there has definitely been an increase in interest for travel in Greece. This country is very appealing since it has such a great combination of romance, luxury accommodations, beaches, archaeology, architecture, history, art and adventure. There is really something for everyone, including children.”

–MELISSA ROCHE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

CRUISES

NORWAY/ICELAND

“Cruises are more popular than ever. I would book any destination well in advance. There are many 2018 cruises — even into the later part of the year — that are already almost fully booked.”

“You need to book Norway and Iceland for the summer months (especially July and August) early on. It was very hard to get space this year since everyone wants to go during this time for the ‘midnight sun.’”

–SUE COLE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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–BRIDGET KAPINUS, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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THAILAND

“The Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand, is great. You arrive by long-tail boat for your stay in a luxury tent with turnof-the-century-inspired décor. Everything is elevated so even sophisticated travelers will find that the phenomenal meals, open-air spa, impressive wine cellar and elephant experiences make a stay here feel truly indulgent.” –MELISSA ROCHE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

JAPAN

“Japan is flying off of the shelf. The trouble is that Japan has a limited number of certified guides and once they’re booked you can’t get anyone. It is absolutely a destination that clients should have us book through a travel partner for many reasons, including securing a guide and general logistics (such as trains and shipping of luggage). One important thing to note is that in order for our travel partner to book the best guides, we need to book all services through them, including the hotels. It is really an all-or-nothing situation. So people should book Japan as far in advance as they can.” –LAURA TRIEBE, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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CANADIAN ROCKIES

“The Canadian Rockies offer beautiful scenery, an abundance of activities (hiking, biking, fishing, rafting) and gorgeous sights. It was a very popular destination this year, so space was often limited and difficult to confirm. With the exchange rate, it’s also a great deal coming from the U.S. For travelers that enjoy train travel, Rocky Mountaineer is a great way to experience the Rockies while going to areas other vehicles cannot get to.” –SUSAN BLECHSCHMIDT, TRAVEL ADVISOR

AFRICA

“Safari camps such as those of Singita are small and book up fast, so you really need to grab them a year in advance.” –BRIDGET KAPINUS, TRAVEL ADVISOR

“Zimbabwe is a great up-and-coming safari destination with a lot of wilderness camps and a Singita property. Zimbabwe would be particularly great for a second-time visitor to Africa.” –LAURA TRIEBE, TRAVEL ADVISOR


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The Stafford London LO N D O N , E N G L A N D Already a prized and historic London destination, The Stafford London has entered a landmark new chapter in the life of the hotel with recent updates to its beautiful grounds.

A highly-anticipated redesign of the historic Carriage House has imbued its residential suites with a delightful new character. Featuring an eclectic take on British heritage, the 11 impeccably restyled suites are decorated with a stunning mix of contemporary artwork and fine craftsmanship; some feature fireplaces, romantic four-poster beds, original hay hoists and even historic timbers from wrecked “Man O’War” fighting ships. Separate from the main hotel and set within 380-year-old former stables, 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.

at Michelin-starred establishments to a sophisticated menu that offers modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache. In concert with the buzzing American Bar, as well as the unrivaled location just steps from Buckingham Palace, these exciting updates to the 107-room 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; READERS’ CHOICE–2014, 2015. BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full English breakfast served at The Game Bird • One complimentary lunch or dinner from a set menu at The Game Bird (excluding beverages) • Seasonal welcome amenity I NCLUSIONS:

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Other new additions include the transformation of the hotel’s famed Guv’nor’s Suite into The Gatehouse — a spacious 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, two-bedroom townhouse, all connected by a private lift. And at newly opened The Game Bird restaurant, executive chef James Durrant brings 20 years of experience

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Ballyfin Demesne CO. LAOIS, IRELAND As guests invariably report, arriving at Ballyfin is akin to being transported back to a time of elegance and refinement. At the foot of Ireland’s Slieve Bloom Mountains, the 20-room hotel is set on the grounds of a naturally breathtaking 614-acre private parkland, offering discreet tranquility to its privileged residents. Inside the restored country house, which dates back to the 1820s, Irish art, exquisite international antiques and magnificent furniture offer a glimpse into the property’s longstanding history of housing the Irish elite.

“For the rest of our lives, every meal, every room, every staff — truly, every travel experience — will be compared to Ballyfin,” says one Andrew Harper member and past guest. “It is the most glorious place imaginable.” RECOMMENDED SINCE 2012; READERS’ CHOICE–2014,

Today, Ballyfin offers a wide variety of activities ranging from archery and air rifle shooting to falconry and horseback riding. For dining on site, the State Dining Room and Van Der Hagen Room provide grand atmospheres, while the understated Cellar Bar features more casual fare.

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2015, 2016. B E N E F I T S : Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Clay-pigeon shooting for two per room • Private tour of the kitchen with the executive chef and his team

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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World’s Best Culinary Hotel Welcome to Vila Joya Andrew Harper Benefits Include: Room upgrade, when available at check-in; Welcome glass of Champagne; 50 EUR credit per person toward one dinner at Chef’s Table

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Le Bristol Paris PARIS, FRANCE Visit Paris in December and witness a city in absolutely iridescent splendor. During the holidays, Le Bristol Paris, one of the pearls of The Oetker Collection and the grand dame of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, is shimmering in festive glory and seasonal spirit. In addition to its usual charms — 190 individually appointed rooms, restaurants boasting four Michelin stars, definitively hospitable service and more — Le Bristol Paris offers guests a memorable winter treat: a magical carriage ride through the sparkling streets of The City of Light.

Inspired by the hotel’s distinctive crest, the carriage is decorated with exquisite florals, driven by a smartly attired coachman and drawn by a fairytale unicorn. All guests are invited to snuggle down into the soft furs and enjoy a complimentary tour around the Saint-Honoré district, sipping velvety hot chocolate or mulled wine. Visitors can also rent the carriage for an enchanting ride through the illuminated city. Cross the Seine by the romantic Pont Alexandre III with its ornate bronze lamps and golden statues gleaming in the Christmas decorations, then pass the festively sumptuous Opéra Garnier, the Champs-Elysées, now a forest of lights, and Notre-Dame, more spectacular than ever.

“Le Bristol Paris has once again offered an experience in its image: unique, timeless, full of charm and elegance,” says Luca Allegri, president and managing director of Le Bristol Paris. “I am sure that it will allow visitors to discover the magic of Paris, which looks more beautiful and joyful than ever during the holiday season.” RECOMMENDED SINCE 1988; READERS’ CHOICE–2014, 2015, 2016. $ T R AV E L D E A L | Christmas at Le Bristol: Book a stay during the festive season and enjoy special amenities, including gifts discreetly placed in children’s shoes and Champagne and chocolates on Christmas Day. Rates start at 990 EUR per night.*

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Hotel Sacher Wien V I E N N A , AU ST R I A The only privately owned and family-run luxury hotel in the city since 1832, the iconic Hotel Sacher Wien is a treasured Viennese landmark, located opposite the State Opera House and within walking distance of the city’s greatest attractions. The unique balance of tradition with contemporary elements provides an authentic sense of elevated Austrian hospitality, from the expert concierge service to the beautifully styled grand interiors with their deep, luxurious color schemes and fine furnishings. The 149 completely refurbished guest rooms all feature individually collected antiques and original oil paintings, gaining the hotel one of Austria’s largest private art collections.

this culinary piece of history at the atmospheric Café Sacher — or opt for the “no calories” version with chocolate-based treatments at the Sacher Boutique Spa. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2002. BENEFITS: Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served in the historic marble hall • One 30-minute “Time to Chocolate” spa treatment per room • When booking a Deluxe Junior Suite or higher, a $100 hotel credit

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f you’re able to travel for more than a week or two at a stretch, world cruising is an exceptional way to circumnavigate the globe in high style. The ultimate in high-seas glamour and necessarily reserved for a privileged few, these months-long journeys include visits to multiple continents aboard ships outfitted with every conceivable onboard amenity. On the other end of the spectrum, expedition cruises are geared for travelers seeking indelible adventures in the world’s most remote and awe-inspiring destinations. Imagine disembarking on a glacier in the High Arctic no one has ever stepped foot on, or traversing the jungled waterways of the Amazon delta. These shorter-term journeys are focused on exploration, while ships are outfitted with specialized gear and employ a hardy crew alongside a roster of seasoned naturalists, marine biologists, anthropologists and historians who provide professional insight into the wildlife, culture and history of a given region.

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Ponant’s Le Ponant sails near Saint Lucia. PHOTO COURTESY OF PONANT

Andrew Harper partners Silversea, Seabourn and Crystal Cruises all offer ultra-luxury world journeys. These extended itineraries include overnight stays in major ports of call and multiple days at sea. Seabourn’s aptly named 2018 Great Oceans Exploration visits 24 countries in 152 days aboard the Seabourn Sojourn. The ship departs from Miami to begin its five-month journey to the east, crossing the South Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans en route to Vancouver. With a 450-passenger capacity, the comparatively small size of the Sojourn allows it to sail into ports where larger vessels can’t follow. Similarly, Silversea’s 2019 World Cruise calls on 31 countries in 132 days. Titled “The Tale of Tales,” Silversea has added a unique feature to the voyage: nine guest writers, including novelist Paul Theroux and travel writer Pico Iyer, will join guests aboard the 328-passenger Silver Whisper. Onboard, they’ll be tasked with creating new works inspired by the journey, to be compiled into an exclusive anthology of the trip.

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While expedition cruise lines operate trips across the globe, their routes are considerably shorter in duration and often feature a focused objective. Ships are smaller in size and capacity, and they are typically purposebuilt and equipped for exploration in a specific region. Expedition cruise pioneer Lindblad Expeditions, which enjoys a longstanding partnership with National Geographic, offers voyages ranging from one to three weeks in length, with concentrated exploration in a range of thrilling destinations such as the polar regions, the Americas, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and the Mediterranean. In contrast to a conventional cruise, flexibility is a key factor in an expedition itinerary, allowing for unscheduled diversions when changes occur in weather conditions or objects of interest. “Captain and crew have the freedom to make in-the-moment decisions to make each day the best day possible,” says Tim Jacox, president of UnCruise Adventures. “This means no two departures are ever the same.”

Performance venue aboard Silversea’s Silver Cloud Expedition PHOTO COURTESY OF SILVERSEA

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The ships of Silversea, Seabourn and Crystal Cruises take considerable care to create an ambience of elegance and privilege, and they provide highly personalized service designed to pamper guests. “We’re sometimes told the service feels almost clairvoyant, as if the crew knows what a guest needs at exactly the right moment,” says Seabourn’s Chris Austin. Service extends to the accommodations, which are often attended by personal butlers or stewards. Gracious oceanview suites typically offer a private veranda or picture window, with all the amenities you’d find in a high-end hotel, including a bar stocked to your preferences, luxurious bed linens, a flat-screen television and Wi-Fi. The Crystal Penthouses on the Crystal Serenity stand out for their spacious marble-accented baths and Jacuzzi tubs with ocean views.

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Generally speaking, a more casual mood prevails aboard an expedition cruise. Rather than turndown service, the emphasis shifts to the interaction between guests, the expedition leaders and the team of academics and guides. In-room considerations are more practical in nature: aboard a Lindblad ship, for instance, there’s ample space to hang parkas and gear, under-bed storage for luggage, and generous desk space for handling camera equipment and reviewing the day’s photos. Some expedition operators also offer connecting rooms for multigenerational family travel.

Cabin aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Orion PHOTO COURTESY OF LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS

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Fashionable fine dining remains a hallmark of world cruises. “We believe few elements of a travel experience are more important or more subjective than dining,” says Seabourn’s Chris Austin. Formal dining rooms are laid in crystal and fine china, and the blacktie optional ambience is sophisticated and refined. (And don’t despair: There are always a few events on any world cruise where formal wear is de rigeur.) Specialty restaurants and partnerships with renowned chefs feature on top cruise lines, such as Crystal Cruises’ Silk Road restaurant by Nobu Matsuhisa and Seabourn’s The Grill by Thomas Keller. Variety is of considerable importance when cruising for months at a time, and luxury ships offer a broad array of gastronomic options, including lighter fare and 24-hour in-room dining.

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While the dress code is typically more relaxed, dining is considered an integral part of the expedition experience as well, explains Lesa Bain of Lindblad Expeditions. “By adding regional ingredients and flavors, we aim to provide our guests with a greater sense of the cuisine and culture of the regions being explored.” The intimate ship size limits the number of dining venues aboard an expedition cruise, but most cruise lines still retain an elegant dining room and a more informal bistro or grill. For example, French expedition cruise operator Ponant offers a choice between its classic Gastronomic Restaurant and the more casual Grill Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa on Crystal Symphony PHOTO COURTESY CRYSTAL CRUISES

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Like a private resort with an ever-changing backdrop, on an around-the-world journey, the ship is as much the destination as the ports of call. Seabourn’s Sojourn includes a spa, six outdoor whirlpools, two swimming pools, card rooms, a fitness center, a ninehole putting course and a watersports marina for kayaking or windsurfing directly from the ship’s stern.

Expedition Cruises

While excursions serve as a complement to the onboard experience on an around-theworld voyage, adventure is the focus of an expedition cruise, with the ship serving as a base for exploration. “We believe that travelers don’t want to be passive tourists, so our expeditions foster active engagement,” says Lindblad’s Lesa Bain. “Our ships are equipped with tools for exploration — to get you out there for up-close forays, or to let you see deeper into the marine or terrestrial environments surrounding us.”

and kayaks allow for intimate encounters at a sea level perspective when photographing glaciers in the Antarctic, dolphin spotting in Baja California or landing on a deserted beach in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. Underwater cameras aboard most UnCruise vessels allow passengers a view into life below the surface, while hydrophones capture the underwater communications of nearby whales, dolphins and sea lions. Remotely Operated Vehicles encourage even deeper exploration aboard Lindblad’s National Geographic Orion and National Geographic Explorer, while splash-cams capture surface activity and video microscopes provide a magnified view of the marine ecosystem.

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Guest enrichment is also central to the o n b o a r d e x p e r i e n c e. S e a b o u r n’s Conversations series features celebrities and visionary experts from every arena of the arts, sciences, politics and humanities, while Crystal Cruises’ Local Insights brings native experts onboard to share their knowledge of a given destination. These educational programs complement a full line-up of musical and theatrical performances.

Gear — including wetsuits, snorkeling equipment, parkas and binoculars — is frequently provided for guest use. Zodiacs

Of course, add-on land excursions, from guided hikes to high tea, are regularly available throughout an itinerary and often feature exclusive access and privileges. Signature excursions are also popular, like Seabourn’s “Shopping with the Chef,” which gives travelers an insider’s look at unique regional markets. Heated stone loungers and Kneipp wading pool aboard the Seabourn Sojourn PHOTO COURTESY OF SEABOURN

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BIG CITY BOUTIQUES

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ntimate in size, discreet in location, with well-appointed accommodations and immaculate service: These stylish hotels will make you feel like a welcome individual in cities teeming with millions.

Dining room of the Greenwich Suite at The Greenwich Hotel in New York City PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREENWICH HOTEL

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Casa MANNI PHOTO COURTESY OF CASA MANNI

ROME, ITALY

CASA MANNI Few can claim to have had the run of a 17th-century Italian palazzo, but this intimate Roman penthouse provides just that privilege to its lucky guests. In contrast to the picturesquely weathered columns out front, the interior of Casa MANNI boasts ultra-hip European modernity in a smart palette of off-whites and rich browns with bright splashes of sunflower that draw the eye to museum-quality artifacts of ancient Rome. This perfect juxtaposition of the site’s historic location — conveniently between the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain — with its thoroughly contemporary accoutrements speaks both to the spirit of Rome itself and to the skill of renowned interior architect Adam D. Tihany. Limited to no more than a single couple or family at a time, exclusivity is indeed the word at Casa MANNI, a quality which extends to such features as a patroncustomizable wine list, La Tavola bone china, fine Pratesi and Frette bed linens, bespoke tours and access to the property’s own secret Black Book, brimming with tips on Rome’s best places to drink, dine and play.

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ARMANDO MANNI, OWNER

“[I] will pick you up at Casa MANNI and take you to Rome’s best gourmet shop. Italy has more types of gourmet cheese than any other country in the world (yes, including France) — and do not even get us started on our prosciutto, salami, guanciale, pancetta, and other cured meats. They are outstanding products and only made in small quantities. For this reason, they cannot be exported abroad.

While others will be at the shop to buy

food, you will be the only ones allowed to taste whatever you want while sipping your glass of wine. You can also have anything you want vacuum packed so that you can bring the food back home. This is definitely a fun and different way to have lunch — learning, tasting and being constantly surprised by the unexpected quality.”

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Residenza Napoleone III

Residenza Napoleone III

PHOTO COURTESY OF RESIDENZA NAPOLEONE III © ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL

PHOTO COURTESY OF RESIDENZA NAPOLEONE III © ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL

ROME, ITALY

RESIDENZA NAPOLEONE III This pair of decadent suites in central Rome is an exercise in old-world grandeur. Named after its most famous tenant, Emperor Napoleon III, the royalty-ready property is maintained by members of the aristocratic Ruspoli family, who still occupy the encompassing palace. A grand marble staircase lined with busts of Roman emperors, counted among the meraviglie di Roma (“wonders of Rome”) by the city’s art historians, leads to the interior apartments. The staggeringly opulent

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Napoleone Suite contains three rooms of inviting decadence, with 16th-century tapestries, hand-stenciled walls, heavy silks and an array of splendid art and antiques, with modern electronics cleverly concealed behind revolving paintings for a luxe Bond-like experience. Authentic Roman grandeur is facilitated by your guide Beatrice Ziello, personal assistant to Princess Letizia Ruspoli, who directs an attentive staff and remains on hand with cultivated recommendations.


Ett Hem PHOTO COURTESY OF ETT HEM

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

ETT HEM

The Greenwich Hotel PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREENWICH HOTEL

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

THE GREENWICH HOTEL Every guest is likely to find a different favorite part of this Robert De Niro-owned piece of relaxed paradise in New York City’s chic Tribeca neighborhood. Maybe it’s the details in the hyper-minimalist, Axel Vervoordtdesigned penthouse and its rustic, Japaneseinspired aesthetic. It might be the alluring Drawing Room and Courtyard with their member’s-only exclusivity and serene seating, perfect for enjoying both discreet conversation and the Italian home cooking of Locanda Verde. Or perhaps it’s the subterranean Shibui Spa and its lantern-lit emerald pool, a refuge from the madness of Manhattan secluded beneath rough-cut wooden ceiling beams reclaimed from a 250-year-old farmhouse. Every distinguished detail appears to come with a story at The Greenwich, even into the 88 uniquely appointed rooms, where the hotel’s robust and dignified old-world features materialize in rich leathers, Tibetan silk rugs and Moroccan tile.

Moroccan tile bath at The Greenwich Hotel PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GREENWICH HOTEL

This stylish 12-room hideaway in Stockholm is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the boutique concept. The name means “a home,” which both describes the literal structure of the 1910 property and also defines the guest experience, which is akin to visiting an old friend’s residence. Designer Ilse Crawford says that her work, featured on the Netflix documentary series “Abstract: The Art of Design,” was meant to inspire hygge, a Danish word that encapsulates the ideas of a warm atmosphere and the good things in life shared with good people. From freshly baked goods enjoyed in convivial public spaces to the help-yourself kitchen and the clever mix of vintage and bespoke furnishings — the inviting lime green armchairs in the lobby, the cast iron stoves and fireplaces in the suites with their ready piles of wood nearby, the library of books that sits behind the dining table — Ett Hem establishes an air of ease and functional style that instantly makes guests feel, just as intended, at home FILIPPA HENNINGSSON, HEAD OF RESERVATIONS

“At Ett Hem, our guests are treated as friends of the family. Our guests are welcome to borrow our bikes to explore the different islands that Stockholm is built on. We suggest a ride around the beautiful natural parks of Djurgården, which is best to see by bike. While a t D j u rg å rd e n , t h e y s h o u l d v i s i t Rosendals Trädgårdar for a traditional fika [Swedish coffee break]. When they come back from a full day of exploring, we welcome them with a freshly baked

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cake to enjoy in one of our public areas.”

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Saint James Paris PHOTO COURTESY OF SAINT JAMES PARIS

PARIS, FRANCE

SAINT JAMES PARIS While the neoclassical façade of the Saint James Paris may be irrefutably attractive, it is the hotel’s interior that sticks most in the memory. Designer Bambi Sloan has created an elegant patchwork of style and texture that is both bold and balanced, refined and fantasy-like. The 49 rooms and suites boast identical glossy red doors, but behind each is a thoughtfully appointed room with a decorative story of its own. Relax at Spa Guerlain or the atmospheric library bar, where self-described “herbalist” Judicaël Noël crafts experimental cocktails in a room that glows gold, courtesy of 12,000 backlit books that line the walls. Also on-site are the exclusive Saint James Club and a Michelinstar restaurant, plus a peaceful garden terrace that was once the city’s launching place for hot air balloons.

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CHRISTIAN GAROT, HEAD CONCIERGE

“At the Saint James Paris, we believe it is important that our guests have the most incredible and unique Parisian experience. This is why our team of Clefs d’Or concierges opens the door to unknown and private places. For example, one of our clients wanted to propose to his wife and was looking for an exceptional and unusual setting. We privatized the entire château of Versailles for that special occasion! They took a tour with a lecturer and got the chance to visit areas and rooms not open to the public. He proposed to her in the middle of the Galerie des Glaces, and their special evening continued over dinner. The famous chef Alain Ducasse unveiled a French classical cuisine with dishes that would have been served to King Louis XIV. They came back to the hotel with stars in their eyes and promised

they would return to the Saint James Paris

Kent Street Kitchen Chef’s Table at The Langham Sydney

every year to celebrate their anniversary.”

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Hotel Saint Cecilia PHOTO © NICK SIMONITE

AUSTIN, TEXAS

HOTEL SAINT CECILIA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

LANGHAM SYDNEY Perched on the western edge of the desirable Rocks district overlooking Darling Harbour, The Langham, Sydney eschews Opera House views in favor of an

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exceedingly comfortable and quiet location along a cobbled street adjacent to cafés, galleries and the Sydney Observatory — yet it remains just a 15-minute walk from lively Circular Quay. A feeling of brightness is abundant here, with cheerful, airy interiors that combine ample white marble with splashes of gold and turquoise among the handcrafted furniture and original artwork. Even the airport shuttles are drawn within this airy aesthetic, each an old-fashioned London taxicab painted a soft, happy pink. All of this light is beautifully offset by the basement pool, a deeply blue affair capped by a mesmerizing mural of the night sky on its arched ceiling. But it’s the staff that raises hospitality to an art form at this gracious Down Under escape. Despite its 98 rooms, the exceptionally informed and communicative service is likely to convince you that you’re the only guest of importance.

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With a wink to the patron saint of musicians, eclectic Texas hotelier Liz Lambert’s edgy and elegant South Austin hideaway is studded with details that embody the upscale rock and roll ambience of 70s-era The Rolling Stones (more “Exile on Main St.” than “Some Girls”). This former Victorian mansion, once owned by a descendant of Davy Crockett, tells you everything about itself with one softly blazing neon sign, its red and purple lights beaming out the word “SOUL” above the wall of greenery that backstops one of the city’s most exclusive swimming pools. This vibe of the refined renegade sings from every facet of the five-suite, three-studio, six-bungalow property. Channeling her artistic muses — names such as Kerouac, Warhol, Burroughs and Hunter S. Thompson — Lambert brings a chic and rebellious creativity to the entire space, including the striking cerulean lobby which features a curated lending library of vintage records and outcast poetry in addition to thoroughly exclusive gifts available for purchase, such as a fragrance made of flowers from the hotel’s own garden.

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TOKYO, JAPAN

AMAN TOKYO Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo, Aman’s first urban property—and the city’s only top-tier boutique — emphasizes its serene and striking architecture to provide a welcome retreat from the city’s often frenzied pace. A discreet bamboo-lined passageway and 33-story elevator ride transport you from the hectic city streets to a world of refined and reverent calm among the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower, instantly realized in the hotel’s vast lobby. Natural sunlight, an ikebana flower display and Kyoto-style rock gardens add Zenlike tranquility to the subdued, slate-tiled space, where the 100-foot ceiling evokes the sense of being within a giant shoji lantern. Indeed, you’ll find very few curves throughout this sky-high sanctuary; everywhere, a clean precision permeates the design, from the 84 ryokaninspired rooms with sliding paper-paneled walls and square furo tubs to the two-story ritual spa and its basalt infinity pool, where distant views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed on clear days. A masterful balance of stone and wood, light and dark, traditional and contemporary, Aman Tokyo embodies the city’s paradoxical nature in perfect harmony.

Lounge at Aman Tokyo COURTESY OF AMAN

Boutique Hotels

YASUTOSHI ABE, CHIEF CONCIERGE

“For an exclusive and authentic experience while in Tokyo, Aman Tokyo offers the opportunity to learn the art of Iaido, one of Japan’s oldest martial arts that centers around cultivating mental and spiritual strength through katana sword techniques of the

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Mugairyu discipline. From learning samurai etiquette and six kata maneuvers to practicing the Mugairyu quick strike and tameshigiri slicing technique, it is an

unforgettable experience that draws on our traditions and heritage.” LONDON, ENGLAND

COVENT GARDEN HOTEL

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heatrical” and “Grande Dame” are the terms that legendary designer and hotelier Kit Kemp uses to describe her gracious theater district boutique, a traditional English luxury hotel updated with touches of whimsy in the form of the well-placed contemporary piece of furniture or colorful design object. The décor is delightfully curated, including wood-paneled walls repurposed from the historic League of Nations building off Trafalgar Square and rare 18th- and 19thcentury antiques, plus modern works by textile artist Christine Vanderhurd on display across the hotel’s 58 individually designed guestrooms. Whether enjoying classic cocktails from the brasserie’s zinc-topped bar or a private viewing in the 47-seat screening room, guests are ensured of discreet glamour within the fashionable hotel and its eponymous London neighborhood.

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Palais Amani FES, MOROCCO Within the ancient medina of Fes, Palais Amani welcomes visitors into an exquisitely restored palace adorned with intricate mosaics and stained glass. The 15-room boutique hotel features two restaurants: Eden, where patrons dine under citrus trees, and Eden Rooftop, with sweeping views of the city. Immersive amenities such as a traditional hammam and cooking classes allow guests an authentic experience of Moroccan culture.

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The Goring LONDON, ENGLAND Set in London’s exclusive Belgravia neighborhood, The Goring offers a distinctly English experience. The property has been owned by one family for more than a century and is the only hotel to which Her Majesty The Queen has ever awarded a Royal Warrant for Hospitality Services. Sixty-nine uniquely decorated rooms and suites feature only the finest furnishings, and a staff-to-guest ratio of 2-to-1 ensures impeccable and personalized service. Guests can indulge in traditional afternoon tea service at the Bar & Lounge and enjoy sumptuous British cuisine in The Dining Room, the on-site Michelin-star restaurant.

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B E N E F I TS : Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • $100 food and beverage credit per room for use at The Dining Room

VAT • Access to fitness facilities • Daily newspaper • Complimentary shoeshine • Wi-Fi

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Ecuador Andrew Harper’s Itinerary Inspiration:

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isiting only the Galápagos Islands and skipping the rest of Ecuador seems a shame, especially now that the mainland has several world-class properties. The following itinerary combines my favorite properties in the country into an enviable vacation incorporating vastly different natural environments, as well as some appealing urban attractions like museums, churches and art galleries in Quito.

Highlights • Hike through a cloud forest • Visit the former home of Ecuador’s most important modern painter • Stay in a former Incan palace • Explore the Galápagos Islands

Pikaia Lodge PHOTO BY MANUEL TAMA COURTESY OF PIKAIA LODGE

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DAY 1 : ARRIVE IN QUITO Most international flights arrive in Quito in the late evening. Transfer to your hotel — either the Casa Gangotena or the Hotel Plaza Grande — and turn in for the night.

DAY 2 : EXPLORE QUITO Spend a full day exploring Quito, which has a large and well-preserved colonial center. Ornate homes and shops line the narrow, sloping streets, which periodically open onto plazas fronted by grand municipal buildings and elaborately decorated churches. Start in the impressive Plaza Grande (also known as Plaza de la Independencia) and walk to the nearby 17th-century Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús. The interior is a riot of gold, with golden Moorish-style latticework encrusting the nave’s barrel vault and golden grapevine-clad columns framing niches with life-size statues of saints. Afterward, continue farther north into La Mariscal, a neighborhood with a wealth of upscale art galleries. You could also visit the Casa Museo Guayasamín, the former home of Ecuador’s most important modern painter, Oswaldo Guayasamín, and the adjacent Capilla de Hombre, a grand gallery housing many of his large-format works. Dine tonight at Zazu, Quito’s best restaurant, which serves beautifully presented versions of Ecuadorian dishes. Casa Gangotena PHOTO COURTESY OF CASA GANGOTENA

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DAY 3 : MASHPI LODGE After breakfast, meet your driver and transfer three and a half hours to Mashpi Lodge, a property set in a vast protected reserve of pristine cloud forest. This is part of the larger Chocó region, which ranks among the world’s biodiversity hot spots. After you have lunch and settle in, hike through the forest to a waterfall. On our first hike, our guide pointed out brown dwarf iguanas, red lady’s slipper flowers and a rare black umbrellabird, the latter resting on a branch not 50 feet away.

DAYS 4–5 : ACTIVITIES AT MASHPI LODGE

Hotel Plaza Grande

Alpaca gather outside Hacienda San Agustín de Callo.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF HACIENDA SAN AGUSTÍN DE CALLO

Spend two full days at the lodge (three is even better if you have time). A new cable car affords spectacular views over a series of valleys, and a well-priced spa is available for relaxing after your adventures. Try pedaling the unique “Sky Bike,” which follows a cable through the forest canopy; observe a multitude of jewel-toned hummingbirds at a designated feeding area; or visit a butterfly house and go on a night hike.

DAY 6 : RETURN TO QUITO After one more excursion and lunch, return to Quito. Relax at your hotel, or take a walk in the historic center before dinner.

DAY 7 : HACIENDA SAN AGUSTIN DE CALLO

Hacienda San Agustín de Callo PHOTO BY FRANCISCO CAIZAPANTA COURTESY OF HACIENDA SAN AGUSTÍN DE CALLO

This morning, transfer 90 minutes to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo, driving along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. The most remarkable phase of the hacienda’s history preceded the Spanish conquest: At that time, the site was occupied by an Incan palace constructed in the 15th century by one of two emperors in the waning days of the era of Incan dominance. The hacienda contains a dining room and chapel that are complete Incan structures, and several bedrooms have sections of Inca wall. In the afternoon, visit a nearby rose plantation. Overnight at the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo. Note that this property is not a luxury hotel but a private house, though one where you are treated as an honored guest.

DAY 8 : COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK Make an excursion into Cotopaxi National Park. An almost perfectly symmetrical 19,348-foot snow cone, Cotopaxi could well be the world’s most beautiful volcano. It stands in majestic and solitary splendor, surrounded by the tawny and windswept páramo (highlands). The hacienda can also arrange for excursions to Laguna Quilotoa, a magnificent crater lake, as well as the nearby markets run by the indigenous people.

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DAY 9 : GALAPAGOS ISLANDS After breakfast, transfer 90 minutes to Quito’s airport, and then fly out to the Galápagos Islands (there are now nonstop flights most days of the week). Meet a representative from one of my two recommended properties on Santa Cruz Island: either the overtly luxurious Pikaia Lodge or the more expeditionary (but still exceedingly comfortable) Galapagos Safari Camp.

DAYS 10–12 : EXPLORE THE GALAPAGOS Take a minimum of three full days to explore the Galápagos from your chosen base. Both properties include excursions to nearby islands on two separate days, giving you the chance to see a wide variety of animal species on both guided hikes and snorkeling outings. You also have the option, without having to get into a boat, to visit attractions on Santa Cruz Island, where you can see massive sinkholes surrounded by endemic scalesia forest and a ranch that is home to dozens of giant tortoises.

DAY 13 : QUITO Fly back to Quito, arriving in the mid-afternoon. Check into a day room at your chosen hotel, and if time and energy permit, do a little souvenir shopping at the Mercado Artesanal La Mariscal, an ideal place to bargain for inexpensive alpaca scarves and blankets. Have dinner at your hotel’s restaurant, and take a late flight out of Quito.

DAY 14 : ARRIVE HOME Sumaq Spa at Pikaia Lodge

Arrive back home this morning.

PHOTO BY MANUEL TAMA COURTESY OF PIKAIA LODGE

Galapagos Safari Camp PHOTO COURTESY OF GALAPAGOS SAFARI CAMP

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Travel Essentials

GalapAgos

When to go: Galápagos is a year-round destination. December through May are the warmest months and enjoy smoother waters that are best for snorkeling, but some rain is likely. The peak tourist seasons run from mid-June through early September and again from mid-December through mid-January. Currency: US dollar. Language: Spanish with English widely spoken in tourist areas. 1

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WILDLIFE OF THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS With an estimated 95 percent of its pre-human biodiversity remaining, no place on earth exemplifies the natural world quite like the Galápagos Islands. Charles Darwin’s 1835 visit to this volcanic archipelago, located 620 miles off the coast of Ecuador, would inspire his revolutionary theory of evolution by natural selection. Observing a set of similar-but-different species on each island, Darwin concluded that each had adapted to its unique environment over time. Today, the Galápagos remains a living laboratory for evolutionary science. Here are five of the fascinating species you might encounter on your own visit to the islands. 1. Galápagos tortoise: Perhaps more than any other species, the Galápagos tortoise symbolizes the Galápagos Islands. After all, the Spanish word for tortoise is galápago. With a lifespan of more than 100 years, the Galápagos tortoise is the longest-lived of all vertebrates (the oldest known specimen lived to be 152). The Galápagos tortoise is also the largest tortoise in the world, with some growing to more than five feet long and topping the scale at 550 pounds. 2. Blue-footed booby: One of several booby populations on the archipelago, the blue-footed booby is appropriately named. Booby comes from bobo, Spanish for stupid or silly, and their entertaining waddle and the high-stepping strut males do during courtship to emphasize the blueness of their feet are awkward at best. Away from land, these sea birds are much more graceful. Flying far out to sea in search of food, they fold their five-foot wingspan back and elegantly dive into the water from as high as 80 feet.

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3. Galápagos finch: Also called Darwin’s finches, the varied beak shapes and feeding habits of these 14 different species of finch were the biggest inspiration for Darwin’s thoughts on evolution. Found on separate islands, the finches have adapted to the unique conditions of the local food source: some have a seed-based diet, while others eat plants or insects. Other than their beaks, these small, sparrow-sized land birds are similar in appearance, with black, brown or olive feathers. 4. Galápagos penguin: The relatively small Galápagos penguin is the only penguin found at the equator and in a tropical environment. About 95 percent of the estimated population of 2,000 lives in the western islands — Fernandina and Isabella — where their food source of cold-water schooling fish, such as anchovies, sardines and mullet, are more abundant. The most northerly occurring penguin species, Galápagos penguins molt twice a year and cover their feet to guard against sunburn. 5. Marine iguana: The world’s only seagoing lizard can be spotted on the rocky shores of most of the islands. Although young marine iguanas are typically gray or black, adults range from red to green, becoming even more colorful during January’s mating season. These amphibious iguanas feed primarily on algae and are the only lizard able to dive 30 feet underwater. They are also known for their frequent sneezing — special glands, connected to their nostrils, clean their blood of extra salt ingested while feeding.

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Travel EsSentials

QUITO

Built atop an ancient Inca city on the side of the active Pichincha Volcano nearly two miles above sea level, encircled by the towering peaks of the central Andes, and mere minutes away from the equator’s zero latitude, Quito’s thrilling geography is unlike that of any other capital in the world. Quito also contains the New World’s best-preserved historic town center, with a number of elaborate churches, ornate mansions and grand municipal buildings displaying the architectural achievements of colonial Spain; many retain their original 16th-century splendor — a distinction which earned the city its designation among the world’s first World Heritage sites in 1972.

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Enhance your exploration of underrated Quito with these insider tips from Adriana Rivas of Harperrecommended hotel, Casa Gangotena. ON THE SUNNY SIDE

While the weather can be surprisingly mild — average highs routinely sit at 70°F year-round — don’t forget your sunscreen: between the latitude and the city’s elevation, Quito frequently records exceedingly high levels of solar radiation. SEEK OUT THE HIGH GROUND

With Quito’s unique geography, finding a vantage point to view the landscape is a must. The city offers numerous heights, such as El Panecillo, a large hill famous for its 135-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, and the imposing twin towers of the Basílica, but Rivas says the best option is to ride the TeléferiQo cable car. A 20-minute ascent takes you from central Quito to a lookout station high on the eastern slope of Pichincha Volcano.

EXPLORE LA FLORESTA AND LA MARISCAL

Whether you’re looking for an Ecuadorian artisan market or designer goods, in search of a gourmet restaurant or a night of salsa dancing, Quito’s lively La Mariscal district — and its central hub, Plaza Foch — is where you’ll find it. For a less tourist-focused outing, try the nearby neighborhood of La Floresta. The area has developed into a budding arts and culture district, with a number of charming art galleries, quaint cafés, bookstores and boutique theaters. “Cine Ocho y Medio located in La Floresta showcases documentaries and independent films that you don’t see anywhere else,” Rivas says.

DINE AT ZAZU

Ecuadorian cuisine is noted for hearty, savory pairings and exceptional seafood. For its finest expression, head to Zazu, which Andrew Harper singled out last year as the best restaurant in Quito. Chef David Picco’s stylish and acclaimed establishment offers five- and seven-course tasting menus, as well as extensive à la carte options. “I like everything at Zazu! But you should definitely try the pangora crab ceviche and the glazed yellowfin tuna,” Rivas says.

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WALK THE STREETS OF THE OLD CITY

Guests of Casa Gangotena need only walk out the door to find themselves in the heart of Quito’s historic Old City. The most impressive sights are the elaborate churches, reflecting a range of European styles: the neo-Gothic Basílica del Voto Nacional; the Italian Renaissance La Iglesia de El Sagrario; the Mudéjar Iglesia de Santo Domingo. But the local favorite is La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, where the ornately gilded baroque interior routinely leaves visitors with dropped jaws.

TOP Basílica del Voto Nacional LEFT La Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús

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STAND AT THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD Though modern GPS calculations place the true equator about 700 feet to the north, this monument to Ecuador’s namesake provides a memorable way to mark the atypical experience of straddling two hemispheres. Located 20 miles from central Quito near the town of Calacalí, the attractive 100foot stone tower is sited based on determinations made during a historic 1736 expedition to measure the shape and size of the earth. The surrounding complex, Ciudad Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World City), contains several family-friendly diversions such as tourist shops, restaurants, museums and performances, though the primary draw is the monument itself. BELOW Middle of the World Monument BOTTOM View of El Panecillo with Cotopaxi erupting in the background

TAKE AN AFTER-HOURS MUSEUM TOUR As the world’s first World Heritage site, Quito is undeniably rich in cultural history. The city’s many museums are filled with art and artifacts encompassing Ecuador’s pre-Columbian cultures, Spanish colonization, the influential “Quito School” of religious art and the region’s modern masters. Top picks include Museo de la Ciudad, which houses exhibits showing the evolution of Quito in a striking former hospital (considered Quito’s oldest building); La Capilla del Hombre, dedicated to the work of renowned 20th-century Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín; and Casa del Alabado. The latter features artfully displayed pre-Columbian artifacts within a restored colonial mansion, and on Thursday evenings guests of Casa Gangotena can enjoy a complimentary one-hour themed after-hours tour of the museum.

Galapagos Safari Camp SANTA CRUZ, ECUADOR Find yourself at the crossroads of exploration, science and adventure at this stylish, familyowned lodge. Inspired by the thrill of African safari camps, founders Michael and Stephanie Mesdag have introduced the concept to the tropics, with nine comfortable safari tents (plus a threebedroom family suite) and a glass-walled main lodge that offer panoramic views of the captivating islands. Reawaken your senses, reconnect with nature and renew your spirit in the far-off paradise of the Galápagos. RECOMMENDED SINCE 2011;

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Mention California wine regions and the iconic locations of Napa and Sonoma are sure to spring to mind. But as wonderful as they are, there is more to life than Napa and Sonoma, just as there is more to wine than the state’s hallmark Cabernets and Chardonnays. On a recent trip, I revisited two places that have always rewarded my curiosity and explorations, and which together make for an ideal combination of experiences.

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Reached by an easy drive north of San Francisco, the town of Healdsburg puts you in close proximity to two wine-growing regions: the well-known Russian River Valley and the lesser-known Dry Creek area. Drive west out of Healdsburg and take the turn for West Dry Creek Road to discover some of the most beautiful wine landscapes that I know of. Unlike the more carefully developed and sometimes grandiose wineries of Napa, you will find yourself among much smallerscale operations.

TOP & CENTER Vineyard and Pinot Noir grapes at Foursight Wines BOTTOM Wine barrels at Roederer Estate

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Of these, I would urge you to make time to visit Preston Farm and Winery. Started in 1973 by Lou and Susan Preston, this is an organic operation that, as the name states, is as much a working farm as a winery. I find it utterly charming, and I admire the Prestons for having done the unheard of: scale back their wine production from 25,000 cases a year to about 8,000, so that they can make wines the way they want to while tending to their other crops and livestock. I always enjoy their tasting room (where you’re likely to meet one of the Prestons) and look forward to lunch in their lovely picnic area, enjoying one of their wines with bread and olives produced on the farm. They make an excellent, robust Petit Syrah, as well as a notable Zinfandel and a Sauvignon Blanc that I love. The showplace wineries of Napa and Sonoma should certainly figure into any wine country visit, but I find Preston a refreshing chance to get back to simpler basics. Healdsburg also hosts one of the most interesting restaurants I have eaten at in quite some time. SingleThread Farms serves a superb 11-course meal that is both imaginative and beautiful, the aesthetics enhanced by the handcrafted tableware made in Japan exclusively for the restaurant — indeed, the whole experience feels like a Japanese kaiseki meal of the highest sophistication. An equally fine inn is attached to the restaurant. Alternatively, you might consider staying at Les Mars, also in Healdsburg, or the Farmhouse Inn, about a 20-minute drive away.

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Head west again from Healdsburg toward the coast and drive through the impressive stands of redwoods before arriving in the little town of Jenner. There, you might stop at River’s End restaurant for one of its superb seafood meals. Afterwards, conditions permitting, head up the coast a couple of hours until you reach the town of Elk. Just north of the town (which holds an excellent artists’ collective, should you have the time to investigate), make the turn off to Route 128 for yet another favorite drive of mine.

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Route 128 takes you to the Anderson Valley, another wine-growing area that I have long loved and which is just coming into the general consumer consciousness. On the way, you will drive through the towering redwoods of Navarro River Redwoods State Park. There are several places to turn off and savor the majesty of these magnificent forest monarchs. The Anderson Valley today is much as I remember the Napa of 30 years ago — scarcely developed and mostly agricultural, with a number of small, family-run wineries. Because of the favorable climatic conditions, wonderful iterations of Pinot Noir are bountiful here. To sample them, visit wineries such as Husch Vineyards, Phillips Hill Winery, Lichen Estate and Foursight Wines. I also suggest a visit to Roederer Estate, the American outpost of the French Champagne house Roederer, for what I consider one of the best sparkling wines made in the United States. OPPOSITE Farmhouse Inn restaurant TOP Zucchini plants flowering at SingleThread Farms BOTTOM Courtyard at The Madrones

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And then there is Toulouse Vineyards, for which I have a soft spot, as it was the first vineyard I visited in the Anderson Valley years ago. Yet I stand by my opinion that the Pinot Noir made here is terrific. Owner Vern Boltz has been on hand every time I’ve visited, and it’s always a pleasure to talk with him. On this occasion, we found a new tasting room but the same old welcome. And the wines are as good as ever — if not better. I am happy to recommend The Madrones as a fine place to stay nearby. In the same complex, Stone and Embers serves a destination-worthy pizza. Table 28, a short drive away in Boonville, is well worth checking out for its family-style dinners, but do check on the hours. And The Bewildered Pig is the appealing formal option in this otherwise laid-back valley. I wish Paso Robles was closer to the two places covered above — that would be a neat hat trick of wine destinations. But it does make for a great excursion from Los Angeles while putting you in convenient distance of Hearst Castle, which is well worth seeing. Paso Robles’s reputation for making great wines has only grown over the past few years, but it still offers opportunities to experience winemaking on a simple, personal scale. If you leave the main roads in favor of exploring the wonderfully hilly landscape, you’ll find among the delightful scenery one winery in particular that I highly recommend visiting. I have been a big fan of Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery since I first tasted his outstanding wines. On the rolling land where he has situated his distinctive establishment,

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you may feel that you’ve entered another time — everything seems very much tied to the land. At L’Aventure, Asseo makes just two wines, both of which are blends (and I am quite partial to blends). Optimus is fashioned in the style of a Rhone blend, with a majority of Syrah balanced by Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The Estate Cuvee gets most of its personality from Cabernet, with Syrah and Petite Verdot in strong supporting roles. Nearby, sample more first-class wines at Justin Winery, where you can not only have a superb meal at the restaurant but stay at the charming inn as well. Back in the town of Paso Robles, you will find Hotel Cheval a delightful place to stay. So, I’ve taken you off the well-worn trails through wine country to places that have given me great pleasure in visiting. I hope they will do the same for you. —Andrew Harper

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