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ADVENTURES IN CENTRAL AMERICA

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12 On Paths Less Traveled: Part II From islands to highlands, discover overlooked and unexpected destinations through tips and insight from staff at Harper-recommended hotels. The two-part series concludes this issue with a look at Scotland, Switzerland and the Seychelles. 22 A Local Perspective Enhance your next trip with expert suggestions for getting deeper into the culture of your destination, with a special focus on Sedona, East Asia and Newfoundland. 36 Adventure Central Replete with ancient ruins, pristine coral reefs and the wild landscapes of tropical rain forests, Southern Mexico and Central America deliver ceaseless opportunities for adventurous pursuits.

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40 From the Travel Office: Summer in Europe The Andrew Harper Travel Office advises how to get the most out of a summer trip to Europe, whether you’re considering a classic tour of the continent or its lesser-known delights. 65 Itinerary Inspiration: Hawaii Take on the Big Island or explore Maui, Molokai and Lanai on an intimate cruise with these itineraries to inspire your own tropical getaway.

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Hotels Botswana 5  Sanctuary Chief’s Camp; Moremi Game

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British Virgin Islands 8 Peter Island; Peter Island

Canada 29 Fogo Island Inn; Newfoundland

Costa Rica 39 Lapa Rios; Puerto Jiménez

Czech Republic 45 Aria Hotel; Prague 33 Augustine, A Luxury Collection Hotel;

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England 7  The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences;

London

Ireland

United States

51  Ballyfin Demesne; Ballyfin, Co. Laois

FLORIDA

52 Sheen Falls Lodge; Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Italy 48 Bulgari Hotel Milano; Milano

64 Fisher Island Club; Miami GEORGIA

63 Little St. Simons Island;

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52 Ca’ Sagredo Hotel; Venice 10 Grand Hotel Tremezzo; Lake Como

44 Grand Hotel À Villa Feltrinelli;

Lake Garda 50 Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina; Dolomites

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62 Hidden Pond; Kennebunkport

70 Hotel De Russie, A Rocco Forte Hotel;

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70 Hotel Savoy, A Rocco Forte Hotel; Florence 71 Relais Borgo Santo Pietro; Tuscany

Maldives 74 Como Cocoa Island; South Malé Atoll

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NORTH CAROLINA

8 The Swag; Waynesville

Destination Specialists Asia and the Pacific 30 Asia Transpacific Journeys

54 Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa; Hampshire

31  De L’Europe; Amsterdam

South Africa, Botswana & Namibia

60 The Lanesborough; London

Portugal

30 Wilderness Safaris

9  The Stafford London; London

68 Tivoli Palácio De Seteais; Sintra

Puerto Rico

Fiji 6 Wakaya Club & Spa; Wakaya Island

France

58 The St. Regis Bahia Beach,

Puerto Rico; Rio Grande

60 Belmond La Samanna; Baie Longue

59 Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal; Paris

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

20 La Réserve Ramatuelle; Saint-Tropez 61 Le Bristol Paris; Paris

53 Le Meurice; Paris

Germany 71  The Charles Hotel,

A Rocco Forte Hotel; Munich 72 Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski;

Dresden 49 Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat

& Cultural Hideaway; Bavaria

Greece 11 Elounda Mare Hotel; Crete 11 Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel; Crete

South America and Asia 29

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54 Chateau Le Cheneviere; Normandy

20 La Réserve Paris; Paris

Yachts & Cruises

63 Petit St. Vincent Resort;

Petit St. Vincent Private Island

Peruvian Amazon, Vietnam and Cambodia

South Pacific 57

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55 Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa; Casares

48 Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona; Barcelona 72 Mas De Torrent Hotel & Spa; Girona

Paul Gauguin Cruises; Tahiti, French Polynesia

Spain 68 Gran Hotel La Florida; Barcelona

Aqua Expeditions;

Worldwide 46

Silversea

30  Mercer Hotel Barcelona; Barcelona

Villas

Switzerland

Mexico

20 La Réserve Genève; Geneva

Thailand 32 Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai;

Chiang Mai 32 Four Seasons Tented Camp

Golden Triangle; Chiang Rai

62 Esperanza; Los Cabos

Tourism Partners Switzerland 21  Switzerland Tourism


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Wakaya Club & Spa WAKAYA ISLAND, FIJI – From the moment guests arrive via the resort’s private aircraft, privacy and service become the staff’s preeminent priorities — and with a staff-to-guest ratio of 12-to-1, the newly refreshed Wakaya Club & Spa ensures visitors are pampered in fine Fijian style. Set to re-open in mid-July after a renovation that oversaw additions such as a new swimming pool and enhanced rooms, the 2,200-acre private island property caters to a maximum of just 32 guests across its 10 state-of-the-art accommodations. These include enlarged traditional Fijian bures, newly added private homes and exquisite beach-front villas such as the recently revamped Vale’O, a 12,000-square-foot villa deemed one of the South Pacific’s finest. A harmony of activities are available on the island, including private gourmet picnics, beach barbecues, croquet, tennis and diving along a protected coral reef, and the renowned spa provides treatments designed to soothe the spirit and rejuvenate the soul. And with up to 85 percent of the food either grown or caught on the island, guests will experience fresh Fijian fare at its best. Whether it’s lunch at Baravi Lailai, dinner beneath the massive thatched dining room or nightcap cocktails in the comfort of your bure, the flavors and memories from the Wakaya Club & Spa endure for a lifetime. Recommended since 1991.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in (from Garden View to Ocean Front categories only) • Two 50-minute massages per room • Discover Scuba program for two Standard Inclusions: All meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) • Fully stocked minibar • Meet-and-greet service at Nadi International Airport • One scuba tank dive per person, per stay for certified divers • Guided archaeological hiking tours • Use of all sporting facilities and equipment, including golf, tennis, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fitness bure and croquet • Wi-Fi • Laundry service

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Peter Island PETER ISLAND, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Find paradise among the largest private island in the Virgin Isles. Once a refuge of pirates and buccaneers, this romantic and remote destination promises a bevy of new delights for visitors this year. Among them are amenity-laden 10th-anniversary packages for the beloved Falcon’s Nest Villa, as well as a range of new spa treatments — including some specifically tailored for men, as well as a detox and weight-loss package — plus the sophomore edition of the guest-favorite Annual Caribbean Food Festival. Elegant, exciting and ever relaxing, one of the world’s premier island getaways and an unforgettable Caribbean holiday await. Recommended since 1981; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015.

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The Swag WAYNESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – Located 5,000 feet above the cares of the world, this all-inclusive Smoky Mountain hideaway presents just 14 individually appointed, rustic-inspired lodgings, each furnished with special touches to make the most of your mountain getaway. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a private family retreat or simply to enjoy some time surrounded by nature, you’ll relish the distinctive resort’s breathtaking views, award-winning restaurant and warm hospitality. On-site diversions include an impressive library, sauna, scenic picnics and more, while the adjacent Great Smoky Mountains National Park tempts with its vast network of woodland paths. However you spend your days, discover unparalleled service, natural beauty and ample tranquility at The Swag. Recommended since 1993; Readers’ Choice–2013.

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The Stafford London LONDON, ENGLAND – Discover English ambiance at its most lavish. From its days as the home of Lord and Lady Lyttleton in the 18th century to its status today as one of England’s premier hotels, The Stafford London is a royal delight. Already just moments from Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, 2017 sees exciting improvements to The Stafford in the form of the launch of The Game Bird restaurant and a multimillion-dollar renovation of the Carriage House Suites. Newly opened The Game Bird offers relaxed, informal dining any time of the day. A place to eat, drink and socialize, the focus here is on modern British comfort cooking executed with style and panache, all wrapped in a seductive ambience that oozes cool sophistication. At the helm of it all is newly appointed executive chef James Durrant, bringing his 20 years of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants to a menu that is designed to highlight the best of British produce. The Carriage House, formerly a stables and now home to 13 gorgeous residential suites, has also seen the touch of transformation this year. The nationally recognized building was upgraded with a contemporary, heritage-inspired design, and a spacious new multi-level suite, The Gatehouse, is now available to book as a one-bedroom Junior Suite, a two-level suite or as the full three-story structure. The designers have outdone themselves, creating a space that at once reflects the aristocratic history of the stables while providing the comforts of home. Recommended since 1984; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • 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 Standard Inclusions: Wi-Fi

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo LAKE COMO, ITALY – Since opening its doors in 1910, the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo has cultivated a reputation as glittering as the illustrious waters over which it looks. Immersed within fantastic green gardens and with memorable views of Lake Como and the village of Bellagio, discover the grandeur of the Belle Époque at this authentic Art Nouveau palace. After settling into the sumptuous décor in one of the 76 luxe guest rooms or 14 wellappointed suites, experience the timeless joys of your surroundings through an unparalleled choice of attractions. Lounge lakeside on a private beach, cruise Lake Como on a svelte mahogany motorboat, or walk the beautiful grounds and the famed gardens of the adjacent Villa Carlotta. Visitors with a taste for fine dining will enjoy the inventive cuisine at La Terrazza, where traditional dishes are enlivened with a generous dose of creativity under the direction of chef Osvaldo Presazzi and the legendary Maestro Gualtiero Marchesi. A total of five dining venues, including the new L’Escale Trattoria and Wine Bar and a casual beachfront grill and snack bar, provide additional options to please your palate. The stylish T Spa is the ultimate in tranquility, boasting five treatment rooms, a spa suite and hammam. Guests looking for a little extra during their stay will enjoy the newest addition: Villa Sola Cabiati, an elegant 18thcentury landmark and the ideal setting for private dinners on special occasions and anything requiring Lake Como’s finest. Recommended since 2013; Grand Award–2014; Readers’ Choice–2015.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Italian Indulgences Book this member-exclusive package and enjoy three nights in lakeview accommodations of your choice, a three-course dinner for two at the new L’Escale Trattoria & Wine Bar (excludes beverages) and one 50-minute ESPA treatment per person at T Spa, winner of an Andrew Harper Reader’s Choice award. Nightly rates start at 760 EUR. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Oct. 26 for travel through Oct. 29, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary room service breakfast • Welcome bottle of Prosecco • For stays of two nights or longer, a one-hour boat tour on the hotel’s exclusive private boat Standard Inclusions: Daily buffet breakfast served at La Terrazza • Access to spa facilities • Valet parking • Wi-Fi


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elounda mare HOTEL and elounda peninsula ALL SUITE HOTEL CRETE, GREECE – Discover your own Grecian odyssey along the white sand beaches of Mirabello Bay. For those seeking the ultimate in private comfort with unrivaled views, look no further than elounda peninsula ALL SUITE HOTEL, an ultra-luxurious hotel secluded on a gorgeous peninsula. With most suites featuring private pools and gardens, you’ll find your stay an intimate affair, even at peak season. For days of beach-bound romance, just across the bay lies elounda mare HOTEL, the island’s only Relais & Châteaux property. Both hotels deliver an ambiance of sophisticated calm, with the serene setting providing ample ways to enjoy the attentive service and elegant surroundings. Stroll the Blue Flag-awarded private sandy beach or set sail in a private yacht to delight in the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Multiple award-winning restaurants, the intensely pampering Six Senses Spa, a nine-hole golf course and more ensure a holiday of blissful relaxation. An idyllic setting for your most unforgettable moments, the island of Crete is a dreamscape ready to delight all travelers. elounda mare HOTEL recommended since 1989; Readers’ Choice–2011.

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or this two-part series, we’re showcasing six under-the-radar destinations that

PART II

deserve your attention. In the first part of “On Paths Less Traveled,”

we covered the underrated appeal of Bermuda, Idaho and East Africa.

In this issue, conversations with staff from some of our favorite recommended area hotels reveal what draws visitors to Scotland, Switzerland and the Seychelles.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, with a view toward Edinburgh Castle and the clock tower of The Balmoral hotel

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SCOTLAND

As Mr. Harper observes, Scotland possesses an “indefinable magic” that lingers with you long after you’ve returned home, where your fond memories of the scenic splendor, welcoming people, the myths and legends of the land, the music of its street pipers and that famous Scottish creativity will forever call you back to this enchanting destination. If you find yourself wrapped up in such reveries, or if you’ve yet to experience your first Scottish adventure, now is the ideal time to book your visit.

Landscapes

In a country famed for its mountains, glens and lochs, the Scottish have an innate connection to the landscape. “Getting out to the islands is a great way to get in touch with the landscape, and for us, the Isle of Lismore is a best-kept secret,” says Shaun McKivragan, owner of The Airds Hotel in Argyll, along the country’s western coast. The remote nine-mile island is located in Loch Linnhe and accessed by a small passenger ferry from Port Appin. Sites around Lismore, which is Gaelic for “the great garden,” include several lochs and castle ruins, as well as the Lismore Lighthouse, built by the grandfather of author Robert Louis Stevenson. “With only 180 inhabitants, the island is very peaceful and can be explored by foot or bike without worrying about large volumes of traffic,” McKivragan says. And yet, you don’t have to dash off to Scotland’s remote regions to enjoy its natural areas. “For a local in Edinburgh, escaping to climb Arthur’s Seat is pure joy,” says Tamara Kobiolke with Edinburgh’s The Balmoral hotel. “Although not as big as our Munros in the Highlands, it’s the perfect ‘backyard’ for any city dweller who needs to feel more fresh air in their lungs. Take the dog for a walk, jog the three-mile loop around its base or simply take a picnic to a quiet, sunny spot. It’s a real haven literally at the base of the Royal Mile.” Further outdoor adventures can be had walking the beach-laden Fife Coastal Path — perhaps stopping in Anstruther for scampi and chips — or heading to Glencoe in the Highlands. “It really captures the essence of everything that is Scottish, from the imposing mountains and roaring waterfalls to mirrorlike lochs and heather-covered glens,” McKivragan says of Glencoe. “It is as impressive and awe-inspiring on a dark and misty winter’s day as it is on a glorious summer evening.”

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Lismore Lighthouse, near Oban in the Inner Hebrides

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Scottish Innovation

Compared to the size of its population, Scotland has had an outsized influence on the world, specifically in areas such as science, engineering, medicine, exploration, the arts (particularly writing) and beyond. While you can find evidence of Scottish innovation — the adhesive postage stamp, pneumatic tire and ATM, to name a few — anywhere in the world, experiencing this ingenuity in its natural setting only adds to the appreciation of the brilliant Scottish people. Scotland is perhaps most famously known for the invention of golf, created in the 15th century and now one of Scotland’s most popular exports. “Visitors will be exposed to golf wherever they go in this beautiful country, but nowhere more than St Andrews,” says Kobiolke. Known as “the home of golf,” St Andrews is a charming medieval town where you can play a round on one of seven public courses at St Andrews Links. One of these, the Old Course, is a par-72 course that has hosted The Open Championship more than any other course and is the oldest golf course in the world. Lucky for players everywhere, it remains a public course, open to anyone who wants to swing a club on hallowed grounds.

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And of course, Scotland has contributed much to the world of literature, including the works of Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, Alexander McCall Smith and Irvine Welsh. It’s not just the writers who call Scotland home either; the country is also the birthplace of one of modern literature’s most famous characters, Harry Potter. For fans of the series, Kobiolke suggests booking the JK Rowling Suite at The Balmoral, where “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” was completed in January 2007.

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Festivals and Events

Should you find yourself in Scotland in January, it’s considered a must to attend a traditional Burns supper, a celebration of the life and works of poet Robert Burns. At the event, you’ll tuck into a plate of haggis, a quintessential Scottish dish made with sheep offal that’s traditionally eaten after a reading of Burns’ poem “Address to a Haggis.” “Haggis is a Scottish must-try,” says Kobiolke. “It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. My preferred way is with the traditional ‘neeps and tatties’ (turnips and potatoes), mashed and with a creamy whisky sauce.” Those spending the holidays in Scotland would do well to join the thousands of revelers that gather for Hogmanay, or Scottish New Year’s Eve. “The Scots know how to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. The street party in Edinburgh is world famous,” says McKivragan. Dating back to the Vikings, the celebration includes pipes, drums, flaming torches and fireworks, plus, of course, a few renditions of the famous New Year’s Eve song “Auld Lang Syne.” “Sung around the world on the 31st of December, it was written by our bard Robert “Rabbie” Burns, who is still alive and well in the hearts of many around the globe,” says Kobiolke. She also recommends finding a cèilidh (a gathering for traditional dance and storytelling, pronounced “kay-lee”) on Hogmanay. “Take flat shoes and put on a brave face — [it’s] such great fun to be turned around the dance floor by a Scotsman in a kilt.”

Best Time to Go

Scotland is busiest during the summer, when the days are longer and warmer. To avoid the crowds, visit in spring, when everything comes into bloom, or early autumn, when the colors start to change. “The spring and autumn appeal with beautiful sunrises and sunsets that still stop me in my tracks,” Kobiolke says.

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Alpine Traditions and Activities

While the Swiss have embraced the diversity of their distinct linguistic and cultural regions, they also value that common connection they have in the Alps. “The Alps are an essential part of Switzerland,” says Hermann. “The mountains at the same time divide the country and unite it.” Today, Alpine traditions from yodeling to alphorn to folk music endure alongside more decidedly modern activities, meaning there is something for everyone to enjoy in these towering peaks. 2

In the autumn, many Alpine villages celebrate Almabtrieb. “Almabtrieb involves bringing cows down from the mountains and back to the villages,” says Malte1Budde with Park Hyatt Zurich. During the event, more than 350,000 cows, typically adorned with colorful flowers and ribbons, descend from a summer spent in the Alpine pastures, while villages along the routes hold festivals with music, dance, food and drink. In some ways, cheese perfectly illustrates the way that Switzerland retains its rich Alpine traditions while adding modern twists. “The perfection of cheesemaking is not just an art by itself; it also has a huge cultural aspect to it that varies from region to region,” says Dennis Grunden at The Alpina Gstaad. With that level of respect for the product, it’s no surprise then that Switzerland is home to more than 450 varieties of cheese.

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SWITZERLAND

Take one trip to Switzerland, and you’ll understand why this nation, situated in the heart of Europe, is consistently ranked as one of the world’s happiest places. With four national languages — German, French, Italian and Romansh — the small country packs a heavy cultural punch. Dominating the landscape, the ubiquitous Alps offer year-round experiences, from hiking and biking to skiing and other winter sports. But Switzerland is not just about the Alps: The country’s Italian-speaking region, Ticino, feels almost Mediterranean at times. “Visitors can stroll through charming Swiss-Italian villages on Lake Maggiore and Lake Lugano, walk among palm trees and enjoy beautiful gardens,” says Alex Hermann with Switzerland Tourism. If that’s not enough to make you happy, then try the chocolate — it’s believed that milk chocolate was invented by Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter in Vevey in 1875, and, per capita, the Swiss are the largest consumers of chocolate in the world.

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No visit to the Alps is complete without a journey on the Swiss railway. “It combines modern innovation — such as the brand-new Gotthard Base Tunnel, the longest railway tunnel in the world — with 150 years of tradition, including many major attractions that are 100 or more years old,” says Hermann. Try the Jungfrau railway, a narrow-gauge rack railway that runs to Europe’s highest rail station, or the Gornergrat train, established in 1898 and which runs from Zermatt to Gornergrat, where views of the Matterhorn await. And for cyclists with an interest in dramatic and unique rides, Grunden suggests the trendy activity known as fatbiking. “Fat bikes have extra-wide tires that allow you to ride in snow or other terrain that is usually not made for regular mountain bikes. It’s great fun,” he says.


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Switzerland’s shimmering lakes and Alpine peaks have attracted visitors for centuries, but the country is remarkably urban, boasting cosmopolitan cities that can rival any others in Europe. “Our beautiful cities are an important reason to visit Switzerland,” says Budde. “Try a stroll through the old part of Zurich, a coffee in the old town of Bern — close to the bear park, one of my favorite places in Switzerland — or the crowded yet still nice city of Lucerne, with its wooden bridge.” From late November through December, Christmas markets pop up across the cities, with decorated stalls set against the distinctively Swiss background and offering Swiss-made products, food and mulled wine. In Zurich’s Werdmühleplatz, the singing Christmas tree, made up of row upon row of choirs from the region singing Christmas carols, provides a festive and uniquely Swiss experience.

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Visitors to Switzerland are spoilt for choice year-round. Summer months provide ideal weather for hiking and swimming in Swiss lakes and rivers, and skiing is a major draw in the winter. However, by November many mountain railways and restaurants are closed. “September is a great time; the crowds are gone, the rates are lower, as it’s shoulder season, and the weather is usually beautiful,” says Hermann. “To ski, March is a great month, as the snow is usually still fantastic, but the days are longer and the temperatures warmer. Plus, many people are done with skiing for the season, so the slopes are not crowded.”

1. The wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne 2. Zürich 3. Jungfrau railway in the Bernese Oberland 4.

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THE SEYCHELLES

As Mr. Harper observes, the Seychelles “contains some of the most pristine and spectacular tropical islands on earth.” With white and coral sand beaches that have long mesmerized travelers, choosing which islands to visit can seem like an impossible task.

Located in the Indian Ocean 1,000 miles off the coast of Kenya, the Seychelles archipelago consists of 115 granite and coral islands. Steeped in history, rich in biodiversity and bursting with vibrant colors, “The Seychelles has to be the most romantic island chain in the world,” says James Currie with Wilderness Safaris, which operates the private island resort North Island. “It is totally feasible to have an entire beach to yourself.” The once largely uninhabited islands were first settled by the French in the 18th century, who later ceded them to Britain under the Treaty of Paris in 1814, and they gained independence in 1976. Today, its multicultural heritage is reflected in the island nation’s vibrant towns.

“Praslin has everything from the Vallée de Mai, a World Heritage site where the famous coco de mer (sea coconut) is found, to the renowned Anse Lazio, rated as one of the best beaches in the world,” says Currie. “Vallée de Mai was also once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.”

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For a laid-back experience with a natural atmosphere and beautiful beaches, try La Digue. “The dynamic and picturesque beaches and eroded boulders define La Digue, as does the age-old tradition of traveling by ox cart or bicycle,” Currie says. “Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (particularly copra, or dried coconut kernels) are still practiced here.” More adventurous travelers should visit Aldabra, one of the world’s largest raised coral atolls and another World Heritage site. The atoll consists of four large coral islands which enclose a shallow lagoon, plus about 40 smaller islands. Because of its remoteness, Aldabra remains largely untouched by humans. “Aldabra has to be one of the real bucket-list destinations in the world,” says Currie. “The diversity, the uniqueness and the incredible array of both flora and fauna on the atoll — where the world’s largest population of giant tortoises are found, numbering an estimated 150,000 individuals — are complemented by the vibrant marine life in its lagoon.”

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Nature conservation is a priority in the Seychelles, with the archipelago serving as home to a rich array of flora and fauna. Many of the islands are heavily invested in conservation, and as a result, ecotourism has flourished. Beyond exploring the pristine coral reefs, bird-watching is particularly popular on the islands, and the bird populations are a definite draw for both scientists and visiting travelers. “North Island has an ambitious endeavor called the Noah’s Ark Project, which aims to rehabilitate the island and save the island group’s precious wildlife,” says Currie. As a result of the program, bird species such as the Seychelles blue pigeon and breeding populations of wedge-tailed shearwaters and white-tailed tropicbirds have returned in significant numbers. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the conservation efforts. On Fregate Island, a 740-acre private island, guests may take a nature walk with a conservationist and learn about the Seychelles magpie-robin, which has been saved from extinction and is regarded as the island’s most precious bird species. “In 1965, there were only 14 specimens left on Fregate Island and none anywhere else in the world. Today, there are more than 200 individuals, and they continue to breed,” says Neele Anthonsen with Fregate Island Private, a recommended hideaway located on the island.

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“The Seychellois people are descended from a variety of races, cultures and religions from European, Asian and African origins, and this is reflected in the art, music and food of the region,” says Currie. For example, the Creole dance and music tradition found in the area has its roots in Malagasy (the people and language of Madagascar), African and European

music and dance. That vibrancy is evident in Seychellois cuisine, as well. “Europeans introduced cinnamon, tamarind, vanilla, cashew nuts and many other spices and vegetables to the islands, where they grew well,” says Anthonsen. “These ingredients are part of the seasoning of rice and curries that are typical to the Seychelles. Whilst European dishes use the bark of the cinnamon tree, the local cuisine utilizes the leaves.” The kitchens of the older homes in the Seychelles are often outside the houses themselves; a design meant to prevent the strong cooking smells from overwhelming the living spaces. And to find further evidence of the influence of European culture, you only have to look up to the steep roofs featured on some of these old houses, an architectural design influenced by the Seychelles’ British and French colonial heritage. The roofs and wide terraces are practical features designed for the climate — namely the rain and island breezes — that comes with life in the everinteresting tropics.

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“An ideal time for a visit is October through November,” Anthonsen says. “As the monsoon seasons are changing, the ocean is calm again, and visibility for diving is fine. The seabird colonies have left the islands, and the first female Hawksbill turtles come to shore. The weather is humid but neither too hot nor too wet.”

1. Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin 2. Aldabra giant tortoise 3. Granite rock formations on the island of La Digue 4. A Blue-spotted Grouper feeds among one of the Seychelle’s teeming reefs.

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Cultural Immersion Feature TITLE: A Local Perspective SUB: When you’re aiming to get up close and personal with local culture, look to guided excursions and community-based programs for enriching, immersive experiences. INTRO Beyond straightforward tourism, many of us crave authentic and exclusive experiences that allow us the opportunity to discover something unfamiliar on our journeys. Engaging with local history, customs and communities is a beautiful way to travel, but that kind of trip can also be difficult for a visitor to design by themselves. That’s why letting the locals lead the way can be an amazing experience when looking for a truly immersive journey to a new place. A guide can be instrumental in providing the necessary insider access and cultural insight that a traveler might struggle to find on their own, and community programs can give an authentic glimpse into the culture of an area, educating, enlightening and entertaining travelers all at the same time. For inspiration on getting more from your destination than a souvenir, we spoke to our partners in Arizona, East Asia and Newfoundland about how to best immerse yourself in the local culture using the resources you’ll find in many of the planet’s most intriguing destinations.

Beyond straightforward tourism, many of us crave authentic and exclusive experiences that allow us the opportunity to discover something unfamiliar on our journeys. Engaging with local history, customs and communities is a beautiful way to travel, but that kind of trip can also be difficult for a visitor to design by themselves. That’s why we find letting the locals lead the way to be the best bet when looking for a truly immersive journey to a new place. A guide can be instrumental in providing the necessary insider access and cultural insight that a traveler might struggle to find on their own, and community programs can give an authentic glimpse into the culture of an area, educating, enlightening and entertaining travelers all at the same time. For inspiration on getting more from your destination than a souvenir, we spoke to our partners in Arizona, East Asia and Newfoundland about how to best immerse yourself in the local culture using the resources you’ll find in many of the planet’s most intriguing destinations.

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Connect with the Culture “Colossal cliffs, spires and cathedral-like buttes catch fire in the late afternoon sun, burning a deep crimson against a flawless blue sky,” Mr. Harper says of Sedona, the rugged resort town in Northern Arizona’s Verde Valley. It’s easy to get lost in this visual splendor: The striking red-rock formations emerge from forested valleys, tempting travelers to stop and contemplate the engrossing views, perhaps gathering on the many overhanging balconies of the town between jaunts to art galleries and local shops. Outdoors enthusiasts from across the world head to

Sedona to hike and mountain bike through its distinctive canyons, and a trek into this otherworldly landscape via at least one of the hundred or so area trails surrounding the town is a must. But Sedona’s reputation for outdoor adventure provides only part of its robust identity. The rest is informed by the omnipresent reminders of its connection to the New Age movement and claims that significant “vortex” energy is found at various points in the area, as well as the fact that Sedona is the ancestral home of numerous Native American tribes. These

LEFT: Evening light falls on Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. ABOVE: Ancient cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument

include the Sinagua, a pre-Columbian people whose cliff dwellings and petroglyphs are still visible in the area today. Located in Sedona’s scenic Boynton Canyon, Enchantment Resort (along with its ancillary destination spa, Mii amo) bridges these traditions through adobeinspired architecture, spa treatments that draw on local traditions and a diverse program of experiences offered in collaboration with local indigenous groups, including the Hopi, Yavapai, Apache and Navajo. “Our Native American programming is a prized cultural experience,” says Felicia Filep, activities director at Enchantment Resort. “Attending activities that coincide with the solstices or equinoxes gives you the full picture of the local tribes that call Boynton Canyon home.” Guests can take part in presentations and activities led by indigenous performers and facilitators, including cultural events such as the talking circle ceremony, a medicine wheel walk or a Native American flute performance. Two of the most popular outings at Enchantment blend local history and flavor with Sedona’s outdoor appeal, designed to provide guests with a deeper appreciation and connection to the region’s rich culture. On the Native American Teachings Hike, led by a Mescalero Apache guide, guests learn about tribal history and traditions and take part in a sage cleansing ritual atop a mesa. The Cathedral Rock Vortex Experience is an excursion to one of Arizona’s most recognizable landmarks, which is also believed to be a center of spiritual energy. On this hike, guests learn about the significance of vortices in sacred sites and participate in a guided on-site meditation.

SEDONA SIGHTSEEING • JEROME: Head 30 miles east to Jerome, a former copper-mining town built a mile up into the side of a mountain. The art galleries, eateries and quaint small-town charm offer a change of pace from the resort feel of Sedona, and the terraced streets provide unobstructed views over the Coconino National Forest. azjerome.com • HIKING OUTFITTER: Gear up at one of Sedona’s excellent outfitters, such as The Hike House, where you can consult the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff for expert advice on your hiking plans. thehikehouse.com • VILLAGE RUINS: Several ruins of the Sinagua people are preserved in the Sedona area, including the cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Monument and the fascinating excavated pueblo ruins and accompanying museum at Tuzigoot National Monument. nps.gov/tuzi

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Fogo Island Inn’s roster of community hosts covers a range of personalities and professions in order to match guests with the most appropriate guide. Some of the characters you might run into include: • The Foley Brothers: Phil, Fergus and Norm Foley are charismatic, hospitable and indisputably Irish brothers. Whether being serenaded by Celtic tunes at “Phil’s Shed” (a sort of local pub), discussing Norm’s acting chops (check out the film Fogo) or learning specifics of the island’s history and topography with “Ferg” (who is a retired fisheries officer), expect a colorful tour of Fogo. • Mona Brown: As the resident naturalist and guide, Mona’s expertise in berry picking often sees her win top honors in the island’s annual Partridge Berry Harvest Festival. She also engages in a variety of traditional island activities such as jarring fruits and jams, making quilts and punt rowing. • Alfred “Alf” Coffin: A local grower and stoic fisherman, Alf maintains a passion for traditional methods in his work. Alf’s dedication has resulted in his becoming one of the inn’s biggest suppliers of fresh produce, and lucky guests might even catch one of his masterful harmonica performances.

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GET YOUR FEET WET

Community Programs A stay at Fogo Island Inn on the northeast coast of Newfoundland is inherently an immersive one, an attribute that becomes apparent even before you arrive. The succession of flights, drives and ferry crossings required to make the journey to the remote island has the effect of taking you further and farther from the cares of ordinary life, both psychologically and literally. “As we drove from the ferry to the inn, the wild landscape captured me as the more remote parts of Scotland and Ireland reliably do,” Mr. Harper says. “Here were shimmering bogs, ancient ribs of rock exposed to the elements, and an occasional village, its mostly white buildings crowded together like a flock of birds huddled at the edge of the sea.” At only nine miles wide and 16 miles long, the island’s 2,400 inhabitants — descendants of European cod fishermen that settled the region centuries ago — form a tight-knit community resiliently committed to preserving their identity as people of the sea. As the inn’s literature puts it, the geographical isolation and the challenges of life on the edge of the North Atlantic yield a “place of unique stories and traditions,” and engaging with those who make their home in this remote and rugged land can often have a profound effect on travelers. “Who you are as a person — you don’t discover that sitting in a room all by yourself,” says Zita Cobb, founder of Fogo Island Inn. “You discover that in relationship — in relationship to nature, in relationship to the other. [Fogo Island] is a place to reconnect with the most important things, and from that, yourself.” Following that advice, Mr. Harper suggests that the best way to begin a stay on Fogo is to partake in the inn’s orientation program. ANDREWHARPER.COM

TOP: Fogo Island residents Aubrey and Cedric Payne tend to boats in dry dock for the winter months. ABOVE: A friendly Fogo Island local tends to his property. RIGHT: Local boat

builder Frank Combden in his Fogo Island workshop

This includes a half-day tour of the island with a local such as Roy Dwyer, a teacher, writer and storyteller who escorted Mr. Harper on a previous trip and introduced him to the island’s remarkably hospitable “fishermen, craftspeople and everyday folk,” says Mr. Harper. According to Sandra Cull, the inn’s community hosting coordinator, residents that serve as community hosts don’t work off a script, so spending time with them allows guests of the inn an authentic island experience and a deeper sense of place. “As lifelong islanders, these community hosts share the island through their own individual lenses, so no two hosts offer an

outing remotely like the other,” Cull says. “But most-enjoyed are stories from the fishermen, who have seen abundance, mere survival and a demand to [either] diversify or abandon their home and relocate.” With a community host, guests have the opportunity to meet and talk to local captains and crews — even to try their hand at cod fishing, when in season — and enjoy a true glimpse into Fogo Island living. In addition, the inn offers a range of indoor and outdoor cultural, marine and artistic experiences that includes boating and hiking tours, winter snowshoeing and ice fishing, and foraging for berries and mushrooms.

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Escape the Crowds While the breathtaking experience of standing alone among ancient wonders, artistic masterpieces or in an evocative landscape is not always possible, seasoned travelers know the value of a respite away from the crowds, particularly when cultural experiences are the focus. “Whether or not you have a reserved entry, the world’s great art museums are far more enjoyable when you’re not fighting your way through tour groups to see the paintings,” Mr. Harper says. Securing a reputable guide is often the link needed to escape the tourist crowds and discover authentic and immersive travel experiences. “Working with a local guide or destination specialist allows you to prioritize your itinerary and quickly become acquainted with your destination,” says Andrew Harper Travel Advisor Joe Colucci. “An experienced guide knows how to avoid the crowds, and many can facilitate behind-the-scenes access

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to popular performances and exhibits. The Travel Office frequently arranges guided after-hours visits to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, for example, as well as private museum tours and meetings with emerging artists.” A destination specialist can also take you well off the beaten path and offer exclusive adventures unavailable to the average traveler, accessing remote destinations that are difficult to reach or that require special government permits. Preah Vihear Temple, a World Heritage site subject to periodic border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, is one such destination. The well-preserved Hindu temple is an exceptional example of 11th-century Khmer architecture, but due to poor road conditions and complex border crossing restrictions, “it simply cannot be done on your own,” says Eric Kareus, director of travel at ATJ (formerly Asia Transpacific Journeys). Few guides

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lage. The following day, Dr. Damian Evans, an archaeologist with the French Institute of Asian Studies, leads a small group of guests on a private tour of the ruins. “Touring with an expert archaeologist adds perspective on the wonder and technological advancement of the Khmer civilization,” Kareus says, noting that the journey is designed to recapture the thrill and mystery that famed French naturalist and explorer Henri Mouhot felt when he arrived at the temples of Angkor in 1860.

FOLLOW THE GUIDE • The Andrew Harper Travel Office recommends taking at least one half-day guided tour when visiting any major city for the first time. • Travel Advisor Juliet Hausser says she’s had some of her best travel experiences while working with a local guide. In Bhutan, she was invited into the home of the king’s personal chef for a traditional Bhutanese lunch. On the same trip, she also had a private meeting with a Tibetan high lama to learn about his experience fleeing Tibet. “I never would have had these experiences without a guide,” Juliet says. • Crowds may be impossible to avoid in more popular sites, yet an experienced guide can still prove invaluable. In the case of Angkor Wat, the best guides know which entrances and exits allow guests to explore past the 5:30 closing time, when all other travelers have left for the day. • Don’t forget to consult the climate information in The Harper Collection. In addition to weather averages, which tell you what to expect during a given month, Mr. Harper often offers advice about which months feature the best combination of pleasant temperatures and smaller crowds.

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are familiar with the site, Kareus says, but with ATJ “you can hop in a helicopter with an expert guide and explore this fascinating temple in brilliant seclusion.” A better-known temple complex like Angkor Wat benefits from greater accessibility, but Kareus says the large crowds can dampen the experience. In response, ATJ developed an alternative journey to explore the ruins of Banteay Chhmar, secluded on a hilltop roughly three hours northwest of Siem Reap. Guests stay overnight on the temple grounds in a luxury safari-style tent, with a local Cambodian dinner and a performance of traditional music provided by residents of the nearby vil-


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Fogo Island Inn FOGO ISLAND, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA – Situated dramatically along the rocky shores of Iceberg Alley, Fogo Island Inn is a stunning mélange that is both radically contemporary and resolutely traditional. Each of the 29 suites are painstakingly appointed in a “handmade modern” aesthetic using only natural materials, and feature thrilling views of the imposing ocean just beyond. The Dining Room features floor-to-ceiling windows, and other amenities include a lounge, library, contemporary art gallery and rooftop saunas and hot tubs. Guests looking to explore the surrounding “salty Narnia” will enjoy half-day Community Host outings, where they can indulge in the area’s wild heritage and landscape at the very edge of the earth. Recommended since 2014; Grand Award– 2015; Readers’ Choice–2015. SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Spring Wildlife Hike Book the Inn’s Walking & Hiking itinerary and receive a complimentary guided Spring Wildlife Hike for two. The Walking & Hiking itinerary allows guests to explore more than 14 accessible trails though ancient hills and abandoned communities like Lion’s Den, Wild Cove and Eastern Tickle, and time spent with the island’s Community Hosts will orient you to this still wild world. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by June 28 for travel from April 1–June 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • A welcome cocktail for two • A seasonal, land-based guided outing for two Standard Inclusions: All gratuities • All meals, including morning pastry and beverage tray • Half-day island orientation with a Community Host • Use of resort facilities • Bicycles • Wi-Fi

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Mercer Hotel Barcelona BARCELONA, SPAIN – Architecturally significant hotel within in the city’s Gothic Quarter, a destination rich in heritage and history. The ideal location affords access to nearby historic sites such as Barcelona Cathedral and the Picasso Museum. Discover thrilling takes on the local food and drink at the hotel’s esteemed dining venues, including Le Bouchon, Mercer Restaurant and Mercer Cocktail Bar. Recommended since 2014. ••   28 Thoughtfully Refurbished Guest Rooms ••   Cozy Library and Private Meeting/Event Space Available ••   Rooftop Terrace with Swimming Pool and Bar

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De L’Europe Amsterdam

Experience a unique entrée into the Amsterdam of yesterday and today when you arrive at De L’Europe. With its prime location along the Amstel River and in walking distance of the refined Museum Quarter, De L’Europe is synonymous with history.

Keukenhof - March 23 through May 21, 2017*

Come tip-toe through the world’s largest spring flower garden. Our concierge recommends reserving a halfday private limousine service that includes a visit to the Keukenhof and stops along the way to view the spectacular tulip plantations outside the fields for precious photo moments.

A few interesting facts to entice you to visit our exciting city: - Amsterdam has existed since the year 1250 and now has a population of almost 900,000 with the same number of bicycles! - The historic 17th-century Canal Ring with its network of 165 canals, 1,200 bridges and 2,500 houseboats is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. - The city has 75 museums, 3,100 bars and restaurants, 32 markets, eight windmills and 40 parks, which makes it one of the most cultural, vibrant and greenest cities King’s Day - April 27, 2017* in the world. Enjoy Amsterdam’s most celebrated festival from the popular vantage point of our terrace on the banks of For reservations contact the Andrew Harper Travel the Amstel River. Office at (800) 375-4685 or reservations@AndrewHarper.com

Andrew Harper benefits include: Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking up to Junior Suite, complimentary one-way airport transfer from Junior Suite and above, €85 equivalent food & beverage credit, daily American breakfast for two, early check-in/ late check-out subject to availability, Dutch Cultural welcome gift, and VIP status

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Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai & Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle CHIANG MAI AND CHIANG RAI, THAILAND – For the ultimate Thai escape, look to the beautiful and engaging offerings of the Four Seasons. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai boasts 99 lavish guest pavilions and residences, and incorporates the aesthetic style of the historic Lanna Kingdom’s unique blend of Burmese, Indian and Chinese cultures. In addition to the renowned restaurant and bar selections, the new Rim Tai Kitchen cooking academy encourages guests to try their hand at the local cuisine through an interactive, chef-led dining experience that includes a visit to a vibrant local market. Other amenities include a tranquil spa offering unique treatments that reflect the Thai culture, as well as tennis, yoga, a kids’ club and fitness center. For the ultimate glamping adventure, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is a must-visit. Located at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers, the compound overlooks three countries. The 15 spectacular, fully air-conditioned tents are reminiscent of 19th-century adventure expeditions, with handcrafted furniture, mosquito netting, hurricane lamps, hammered copper bathtubs and outdoor rain showers that help transport visitors back in time. The new Explorers Lodge is ideal for families and small groups, complete with two bedrooms and an outdoor plunge pool. Whether enjoying dinner at Nong Yao restaurant or on a picnic in the surrounding jungle, dining at Four Seasons Tented Camp is certain to be an unforgettable experience. A bar, wine cellar, pool and spa round out the amenities. Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai recommended since 1995. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle recommended since 2006; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Two Complimentary Nights Book a stay of three nights or longer at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle and enjoy two complimentary nights at your choice of Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong or Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits at Four Seasons Tented Camp, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Oct. 31, 2017, based on availability. Complimentary nights may be split between the other resorts and must be used immediately before or after the stay at Four Seasons Tented Camp. Only guests age 10 or above are permitted at Four Seasons Tented Camp. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: CHIANG MAI: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at Sala Mae Rim • $100 spa treatment credit once per stay • Early check-in and late checkout, when available TENTED CAMP: Best available non-restricted rates • $100 spa treatment credit, once during stay • Early check-in and late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: CHIANG MAI: Select fitness activities • Complimentary yoga session • Use of mountain bikes • Daily newspaper • Wi-Fi TENTED CAMP: All meals and beverages • Inroom minibar • Nightly wine and cheese tastings and complimentary sundowners • One 90-minute spa treatment per person • A half-day mahout training • Golden Triangle excursion • Round-trip airport transfers • Wi-Fi


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Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Discover one of Europe’s most intriguing and beautiful cities with a stay at Prague’s most enchanting hotel. Perfectly located between Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, sublime views extend across time with sightlines toward baroque domes and spires, ancient chapels and grandiose statues. Assembled from a set of seven buildings dating back to 1284, Augustine reflects the character and history of the city throughout its 101 rooms and suites. For added decadence, the magical Tower Suite — housed in the former astrological tower of a 13th-century monastery — comprises three floors connected by a spiral staircase and boasts panoramic views over Prague. A gorgeous courtyard restaurant offers an array of local Czech specialties, sourced from historical Augustinian journals and designed by celebrity chef Marek Fichtner. For a postdinner drink, head to Refectory Bar, the monastery’s barrel-vaulted hall featuring a carefully restored 19th-century baroque ceiling fresco. Relax among the grandeur with a session at Augustine Spa, or spend time in the tranquil Sundial garden and exquisite Arcades. Cloaked in history spanning a thousand years, Hotel Augustine is a model heritage hotel that isn’t only advantageous of its site, but one that also does its part in preserving the city’s most important stories. Recommended since 2009.

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night This summer, book any room or suite category for four nights and only pay for three. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Aug. 15 for travel from March 15–Aug. 31, 2017, based on availability and excluding April 13–15, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room • 4 p.m. late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Access to spa and fitness facilities • Wi-Fi

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MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA History and tradition weave through the sweeping landscapes of Mexico and Central America, creating a rich cultural tapestry unique in the world. From the cenotes (natural swimming holes) and ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula to the fishing communities that thrive around Lake Nicaragua to the unsurpassed diving experiences afforded by the Belize Barrier Reef, Central America continues to attract the most discerning adventurers of our day.

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rom the pastel-painted shops of Zihuatanejo to Jalisco’s agave fields, Mexico is colored with titillating scenes and adventurous locales. Located on the Pacific coast just half an hour north of Puerto Vallarta, Casa de Mita beckons travelers with its balance of leisure and activity. Situated along pristine Playa Careyeros, guests of the eight-bedroom hideaway busy themselves snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and paddle boarding. Zip-lining adventures are less than ten minutes away, as is a day of golf at the Greg Norman–designed Litibú Golf Course. From November to April, visitors can spend mornings whale-watching from a small fishing boat, with just a guide and a captain as company. More than 1,200 miles to the east, a different adventure awaits. Mexico’s Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean coastline, delights with caverns and cenotes, crystal waters and

the enigmatic remains of the ancient Mayan civilization. The lush beachfront Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa boasts a close proximity to some of Mexico’s most popular attractions, including Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum, all located within an hour of the hotel. The staff specializes in planning a number of interesting day trips, including an excursion to Chichén Itzá, the most visited Mayan archaeological site in all of Mexico. Travel to the ancient wonder may be arranged by choice of car, helicopter or private plane. Upon arrival, visitors connect with a private guide before exploring the famed El Castillo pyramid, also known as the Temple of Kukulcan. A day trip to Tulum features a guided tour of the town and ruins, and a snorkeling side trip takes you to nearby caves teethed with ancient stalagmites and stalactites.

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NICARAGUA W ith its picturesque volcanoes, gleaming lakes and lush islets, Nicaragua is a special sanctuary for explorers. Located a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, the calming Jicaro Island Ecolodge is an idyllic place to experience Nicaragua’s abundant natural beauty. Guests have no shortage of activities to pursue, from strolling through a cloud forest to zip-lining along the Mombacho Volcano to learning about birds such as the purple gallinule while on a kayaking excursion with a local guide. Start your days with a morning yoga session facing Lake Nicaragua and the stunning volcano; later, walk the plantain forests, or ride horseback through the coffee and citrus-fruit plantations. Take a boat tour of the lake, where guests can explore more than 100 islands in just three hours. Drinks and towels are packed on the tour for a refreshing sip-and-swim in the warm lake waters.

Lodge staff explain that fishing is an important factor in the livelihood of the Nicaraguan people, and the fishermen who cast lines and nets from their rustic wooden boats give visitors a nostalgic and personal view of life on the islands. Take an afternoon to experience the historical techniques of this artisanal fishing tradition through the hotel’s dedicated educational program. At the end of the day, the staff will happily prepare your fresh catch of tilapia or rainbow bass for a memorable meal beneath the stars.

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osta Rica’s immense biodiversity makes it one of the most popular destinations for birders and wildlife enthusiasts in all of Central America. Lapa Rios Ecolodge, located on the Osa Peninsula, is a sublime setting in which to witness this diversity firsthand. Howler monkeys and three-toed sloths are regularly seen on the grounds, as are green sea turtles and more than 300 species of birds. Situated on a 1,000-acre rainforest reserve, hotel guests are invited to partake in a number of adventurous pursuits and guided tours, such as flying over the renowned Corcovado National Park in a propeller plane. The Corcovado is home to a stunning array of the area’s biodiversity, including endangered species such as jaguars and scarlet macaws. It’s an experience not to be missed, and it is available to visitors in addition to jungle hikes, birding walks and the hotel’s local medicine tour. The latter takes guests through the rainforest on a guided educational tour that explains the medicinal uses of indigenous plants and seeds, and is a highlight for those interested in traditional Costa Rican health and wellness. Guests also have the option to rappel from four different waterfalls near the hotel. Roughly four hours to the north of Lapa Rios sits Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast. Visitors to this region are strongly encouraged to explore Manuel Antonio National Park. Softly swaying hanging bridges, soothing waterfalls and the sounds of birdsong amid thick layers of jungle bring the vibrant park to life, as do active populations of howler monkeys, spider monkeys and capuchins. Back at the hotel, learn traditional t e c h n i q u e s f o r m a k i n g wa r m , g o l d e n tortillas. Tours of the vibrant farmers’ market, snorkeling around the hidden Biesanz Beach and whitewater rafting through sprays of silver foam all satiate a thirst for Costa Rican adventure, as does a trip to Damas Island, where guests can navigate kayaks between the tangled roots of a magical mangrove forest

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or ocean-loving travelers, the coast of Belize beckons with picturesque cayes, barrier islands, white-sand beaches and small-scale resorts such as Cayo Espanto, a private four-acre islet 10 minutes from Ambergris Caye. The island’s turquoise waters and panoramic views play host to a number of adventurous activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing. Guests are able to fly-fish just steps away from their villas, and reef fish such as snapper and grouper are found nearby.

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“The waters are alive in Belize like nowhere else,” says Cayo Espanto General Manager David Benzaquen. This isn’t just hyperbole — the Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second-largest reef system in the world and provides an exceptional setting for scuba diving, which is offered to guests through the hotel’s own fleet of dive boats and on-call team of dive masters. Benzaquen suggests that passionate divers take a day trip to seek out the Great Blue

Hole, the famed underwater sinkhole at Lighthouse Reef. The exquisite coral formations and rainbow of marine life are worth the trip. Conclude a day of under- and over-water exploration by heading to a deserted island for a typical Belizean barbecue. For those who wish to indulge in a few more hours of fishing, resort staff can take your day’s catch and prepare it alongside fresh conch ceviche, grilled fish, lobster and more. P R O M OT I O N

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Lapa Rios Complimentary Fourth Night Take full advantage of the remote setting and extensive variety of activities available with an extra night at Lapa Rios, a model ecotourism project that has won worldwide awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to monkeys, macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco Lodge will be the trip of a lifetime. Through June 30, 2017, receive a complimentary fourth night when booking three nights or longer.

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The Classics: London, Paris and Rome

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ear after year, the majority of our members request summer bookings in London, Paris and Rome. The popularity of these time-honored destinations is well deserved: Each city has at one time held the reins of Western civilization, and the trappings they’ve accumulated as Europe’s cultural capitals are significant. But with popularity come the crowds, and the high season in Europe can quickly become unbearably busy if it isn’t planned for. Though centuries of hosting travelers have led to a supply of fine accommodations, be sure to book your stay as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Keep your cool during summer in Europe’s classic cities with these additional travel agent tips.

PARIS Eiffel Tower, Paris

From the Travel Office: Summer in Europe With summer on the horizon, the promise of warm weather and time away from school and work has us dreaming of our next adventures, and as ever, Europe reliably draws us with its inimitable blend of tradition and modernity. As exchange rates continue to trend favorably for American travelers between the U.S. dollar, the euro and the British pound, a trip to Europe now is even more appealing. To help you prepare for your summer abroad, our Travel Advisors weigh in with tips, suggested itineraries, new considerations and more to get the most out of your European holiday.

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When packing, be mindful about the possibility of a summer heat wave. Temperatures rarely rise above 75°F (24°C) in Paris, but when they do it can be really uncomfortable since you’re unlikely to find air conditioning outside of your hotel room. And, of course, you want to spend time at all the wonderful outdoor cafés, but the heat can make it much less fun, especially if you’re not mentally prepared. –VICTORIA WYKOFF, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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Think about what you want to see and do, and consider how crowds might affect your travel plans. Sunny weather is a rarity in London even during the summer, so when it’s nice out, you can expect outdoor attractions to fill up quickly. A little-known fact, though, is that in August the city is surprisingly empty since it’s the month that many locals leave for their own travels. While this means fewer crowds, you might find that more shops are closed as well. –ASHLEY SMITH, TRAVEL ADVISOR

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I like to combine the excitement of Rome with restful day trips outside of the city. This might include a quiet walking tour of a hilltop town, with a stop at a local wine cellar for a tasting, then I proceed to an olive-oil mill for another tour and tasting. Lunch can be enjoyed leisurely at one of the many local restaurants that your guide would happily recommend. In the late afternoon, your driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Rome after a relaxing, stress-free day. –JULIE GIEREK, TRAVEL ADVISOR


SUGGESTED SUMMER ITINERARIES

Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

10 Days in Rome & Beyond AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ETERNAL CITY

• Take a private tour of the Vatican • Learn pizza-making tips from a true pizzaiolo • View important works of ancient, Renaissance and Baroque art • Enjoy a gastronomic walking tour through Rome • Spend nights on the Mediterranean coast

A geothermal pool near Mývatn lake, Iceland

Try an Enchanting Adventure in Iceland As summer heats up, a country with such a straightforward name as Iceland invariably begins to sound appealing — and even more so with the prevalence of cheap flights and tales of its extraordinary landscapes. “Iceland was more amazing and gorgeous than I ever could have imagined,” says Travel Advisor Bridget Kapinus, recently returned from her first trip to the remote Scandinavian island. “The people are great, the food is great, and there is so much natural beauty.” Here, Bridget shares highlights from her trip and suggestions for making your own journey. Why is Iceland so popular right now? It’s relatively close by, very safe and has so much to see and do in a short time, including the waterfalls, glaciers and hot springs.

A lighthouse on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula

Hiking Hidden Ireland SEVEN-DAY GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF THE WEST

• Experience the Bronze Age archaeology of the Beara Peninsula • Hike the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks • Climb the steps to sacred Skellig Michael • Enjoy coastal hill walking on the Dingle Peninsula

What should you expect as a traveler? Summertime is busy. There are more visitors than there are locals, and roads near the main sights can be crowded. Because the hotels and guides may be nearly booked up by this time of year, we also suggest looking further ahead and getting a jump-start on your 2018 travel plans. What’s a local food item that you have to try? Cod. They have great fish here, but the cod is especially good, be it baked, fried or grilled.

What to pack: Layers, layers and more layers. Iceland is cold, but it’s the wind that gets you. So on a bad day you may need a lot of layers, but if the wind stops you can get warm really quickly. What to bring home: Icelandic wool. It’s expensive, but totally worth it. Warm, cozy and made to last! I suggest heading over to the Reykjavik Handknitting Association. You get great quality, and it is actually less expensive than the tourist shops. You can’t stop thinking about: The thermal baths in Mývatn. So warm and relaxing. I never wanted to get out! No wonder even the locals are always there. Unlike the Blue Lagoon, though, these baths were not crowded at all.

While there are currently no Harper-recommended hotels in Iceland, our travel partner Nine Worlds provides outstanding customized luxury tours of this magical land for Andrew Harper members. To experience Reykjavík and all the natural wonders of the Icelandic landscape, check out our seven-day Summer in Iceland itinerary on AndrewHarper.com.

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urope’s diversity of culture and geography is one of its greatest draws; you can pick just about anywhere on the map, and we’ll give you compelling reasons to visit. Here are a few less conventional summer destinations that have been on our minds of late.

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Tourism is still an emerging industry in Portugal, and the locals seem happy to remain under the radar. Since little thought goes toward accommodating tourists, the cities and sights retain a welcome sense of authenticity that busier destinations lack. Lisbon is a historic, world-class city of color and music that remains affordable for European standards, and the exceptional wines produced among the quintas of the Alentejo and the Douro Valley are rarely exported. The moderate coastal climate means the summer heat is seldom oppressive.

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Dotted with medieval villages, fairytale castles and lederhosen-clad locals, Germany’s southern reaches offer a lovely old world ambiance. Munich balances its signature taverns with haute cuisine, wonderful museums and charming parks, and plentiful attractions keep crowds small before the excesses of Oktoberfest. Summer months are cool in the rolling green foothills of the Bavarian Alps, and the countryside yields sensational views of Alpine scenery along with the extraordinary palaces of 19th-century King Ludwig II. If you plan to visit to his most famous castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein, arrange reserved entry to avoid long summer lines.

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The criminally underappreciated Baltic countries — Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia — make especially attractive summer destinations, as the extra-long daylight hours afford plenty of time to amble the extraordinary cities, whether it’s among the well-preserved medieval architecture in Tallinn or Riga’s extensive art nouveau district. Encounters with the region’s delightful folk traditions are not uncommon outside the cities, and places like unspoiled Muhu Island have the effect of returning you to the 16thcentury, but with superb accommodations and cuisine. Though summer cruise ships can crowd ports like Tallinn, they usually depart in the late afternoon, meaning the wonderful long evenings are relatively quiet.

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or a unique and glamorous experience that maximizes sightseeing and relaxation, a cruise may be just right for you. As lovely as it is to savor country drives through Provence, the Scottish Highlands or myriad other European locales, or to wind through the Alps taking in views from a rail car, time and logistics often prevent us from such diversions. Much is to be said, too, for the great ease of combining luxurious accommodations, excellent meals and well-crafted excursions on an all-inclusive cruise. And of course, there is the pure joy of arriving by sea in Portofino or Santorini, or navigating Norway’s fjords in the tradition of ancient seafarers. And your options are certainly not limited to the coast: Uniworld has long plied Europe’s inland waterways, and the rising popularity of river cruises has led to an increase of exceptionally outfitted ships, such as those from recommended operators Belmond, Crystal Cruises and AmaWaterways. Whatever combination of culture and climate appeals, from the sun-drenched Mediterranean to the tranquil beaches and rugged islands of the North Sea, the all-inclusive nature and variety of destinations of European cruises are hard to beat in value. For the best fares and cabin selection, we suggest booking your cruise at least eight to 10 months in advance, though our agents can often find availability on upcoming departures. Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office to discuss your options.

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SUGGESTED SUMMER ITINERARIES

The Italian Lakes FIVE DAYS ON LAKES MAGGIORE, COMO AND GARDA

• Take an Italian cooking class at Villa Arcadio • Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Garda • Relax by Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s 50-foot indoor infinity pool • Dine at one of Andrew Harper’s favorite local restaurants in Laglio • Visit the exquisite Borromean Islands by private water taxi

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LOMBARDY AND THE ITALIAN LAKES

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Aurlandsfjord, part of Sognefjord, and the town of Undredal, Norway

Lombardy’s energetic hub, Milan, is known as Italy’s worldly business and fashion capital. But beyond the major boutiques of this fast-paced metropolis sits a wealth of remarkable art and architecture, notably Milan Cathedral, La Scala opera house and Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” However, the magnificent glacial lakes — chiefly Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore — form the heart of the region’s appeal. Each features stunning displays of Mediterranean color amidst towering Alpine scenery, and the presence of shore-lining celebrity villas dates back to the classical era. June is the preferred month to arrive, as the waters begin to warm and the gardens are in full bloom. Lake Como is most popular with visitors, though Mr. Harper states that the appeal is such that it remains undiminished by tourism. The Emerald Isle is enjoying a boom after the economic downturn of recent years, and visitors will enjoy enhancements that include a new luxury train, the Belmond Grand Hibernian, and significant updates to some of the country’s most outstanding hotels. Bustling Dublin has climbed the ranks to join Europe’s finest cities, particularly for family travel, and expertly blends traditional charm with cosmopolitan convenience. Ireland’s postcard-perfect landscapes are justifiably regarded as some of the world’s most beautiful, especially on the rugged western coast. Summer tourists tend to congregate toward the southern end of the island along the excellent Ring of Kerry driving route; aim for early June or late September to avoid heavy crowds. Irish weather is consistently mild, though it’s wise to expect rain.

Norway And Scotland Cruise: Fjords & The Inner Hebrides EIGHT-DAY CRUISE WITH LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS

• Kayak the mirrorlike waters of Norway’s Sognefjord • Discover Viking longhouses, Stone Age megaliths, a Norwegian stave church and more • Get up close with puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Shetland ponies • Hike to the lighthouse at Head, and explore splendid gardens at Loch Ewe • Dive the historic wrecks of Scapa Flow

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LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Grand Hotel à Villa Feltrinelli Time stands still at this refined lakeside villa that embodies the romance, culture and charm of Northern Italy’s Lombardy region and beautiful Lake Garda. Recommended since 2003; Readers’ Choice–2014.

1892 Neo-Gothic Lakefront Villa • 20 Distinctive Suites Confer Timeless Luxury • Delicately Frescoed Ceilings and Antique Venetian Mirrors • Elegant and Imaginative Michelin Two-Star Restaurant • Fresh Produce from the Kitchen Garden • Private Wine Cellar with More Than 500 Italian Wines • Riva Motorboat and La Contessa for Excursions • Acqua di Parma Regeneration Lounge • Personalized Treatments Promote Health and Vitality • Stunningly Detailed Craftsmanship • Courteous and Attentive Staff • Access to Verona, Milan and Venice Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary car service to local restaurants • Farewell amenity Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • In-room minibar • Valet service • Laundry service • Wi-Fi • Parking

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Aria Hotel PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Let the sounds of Prague lull you to blissful sleep at Aria Hotel, now with exquisite Saffron beds in each of its 51 beautiful rooms and suites. Honoring the artistic legacy of “the Golden City,” the virtuoso hotel’s focus on music extends from the exceptional themed suites to the extensive music collection — curated by the hotel’s own musicology expert — and high-tech listening rooms, all available to delight the ears and minds of discerning visitors. A central left-bank location puts you just steps away from Prague’s most stunning attractions, including baroque Vrtba Garden, a World Heritage site with a private entrance accessible only to hotel guests. “The finest hotel I have ever stayed in,” says one Andrew Harper member. Recommended since 2006.

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Schloss Elmau Luxury Spa Retreat & Cultural Hideaway BAVARIA, GERMANY – At the base of the Wetterstein Mountains south of Munich lies Schloss Elmau, a remarkable Alpine retreat that stands as an iconic modern entrant in Bavaria’s long tradition of stunning castles and mountain lodges. The setting affords mesmerizing views of the Bavarian countryside and a multitude of activities to refresh mind and body. Experience a truly indelible summer holiday exploring the peaks, gorges and other natural wonders of the beautiful mountain landscape, with superb hiking, kayaking, swimming, fishing and much more. A variety of sporting activities, six pools, extensive spa facilities and multiple esteemed dining venues ensure time spent at the the hotel is as memorable as your surroundings. Recommended since 2013; Grand Award–2014 • 162 Rooms Echo the Grand Interiors with Elegant Modern Design and Breathtaking Views • Three Adult Spas, Plus Designated Family-Friendly Spas and Treatments • Visit Historic Castles That Inspired Classic Disney Films

• Prolific Culinary Program, Including Michelin-Starred Luce d’Oro • Full Calendar of Kid- and Teen-Only Activities • On-Site Concerts & Cultural Programming in the 100-Year-Old Concert Hall

SPECIAL OFFER: Additional Summer Benefits This summer, book a stay of three nights or longer and enjoy additional exclusive benefits, including complimentary use of state-of-the-art electric mountain bikes, twice-weekly guided hiking tours, and a horse-drawn carriage ride to Lake Ferchensee for an unforgettable picnic. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from May 1–Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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

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Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina DOLOMITES, ITALY – Look to this refined mountain lodge in the heart of the Dolomites for an Alpine adventure with Italian flare. Located in a charming village halfway between Venice and Innsbruck with a history spanning two world wars and changing national borders, the hotel’s elegant and understated glamour stands in stunning contrast to the rocky, rough-hewn peaks of its World Heritage-listed landscape. Enjoy the warmth of the summer sun from the chic outdoor terrace and lose yourself in the views of forested valleys and towering Alpine architecture. Take advantage of the exquisite surroundings with a number of exciting outdoor adventures, then retire to the hotel to indulge in the invigorating Roman-inspired spa, cozy library and multiple dining venues, including the Michelin two-star Restaurant St. Hubertus. Recommended since 2005; Readers’ Choice–2011.

• 51 Rooms and Suites Combine a Rustic Alpine Aesthetic with Modern Comfort • Private Mountain Chalets Available for Overnight Stays • Variety of Dining Options, from Casual to Michelin-Starred Cuisine

• Thrilling Hiking Tours with Expert Guides • On-Site Spa, Library and Climbing Wall • Connecting Rooms and Suites Ensure Space for Your Family

rosalpina.it Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Welcome bottle of local wine per room • Special apéritif in the kitchen with Chef Norbert Niederkofler • 30 EUR spa credit per person • For stays of three nights or longer, a farewell amenity

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Ballyfin Demesne BALLYFIN, CO. LAOIS, IRELAND – This grand country home and perennial member favorite was recently dubbed “Best Hotel in the World” by its loyal guests, and the honor is far from surprising. As one member stated after their stay, “For the rest of our lives, every meal, every room, every staff — truly, every travel experience — will be compared to Ballyfin. It is the most glorious place imaginable.” Even with these accolades, central Ireland’s most lavish late-Georgian mansion continues to make improvements, such as the addition of a new sauna and treatment rooms, enhanced gardens and the acquisition of Michelin-starred head chef, Sam Moody. These updates only strengthen the hotel’s legacy of superior Irish hospitality and refined elegance, reflected in every aspect of the distinguished 1820s manor. Upon your warm and welcoming arrival, you’ll find grand reception rooms displaying Irish art and antiques, inviting lounges and an opulent dining room — plus some surprises, like the rarebook library with a secret bookcase leading to the glass conservatory. Each of the 20 bedrooms is uniquely named and richly appointed, and features marble baths and views of the lavish grounds. Ballyfin has even added a selection of beautiful period costumes and accessories provided by the Chicago Lyric Opera, which guests can don for their own Downton Abbey-inspired evening. Within the 614 acres of woods, parkland, and manicured gardens, enjoy a wide range of traditional and modern experiences, including boating, shooting, archery, horse riding, falconry and more. At just over an hour’s drive from Dublin, Ballyfin combines history, romance and comfort like nowhere else. Recommended since 2012; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015, 2016.

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

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Ca’ Sagredo Hotel SPECIAL OFFER: 10th Anniversary Special Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Ca’ Sagredo’s opening with a special package that includes a one-hour photoshoot with a professional photographer. Guests will be invited to submit their favorite photo in a contest to win two complimentary nights at Ca’ Sagredo in 2018. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 20, 2017, based on availability. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

VENICE, ITALY Recommended since 2008.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full buffet breakfast served at the restaurant • A three-course lunch for two, once per stay (excluding beverages) • Early check-in and late checkout, when available • Welcome amenity

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Sheen Falls Lodge Third Night Savings Stay three consecutive nights or longer and save 50 percent on the best available rate for your third night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by May 1 for travel through Nov. 19, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Le Meurice PARIS, FRANCE – Located just steps from the Louvre, this Parisian palace hotel is favored for its central location, premier dining and Louis XVI style combined with contemporary twists. Feast your senses at Le Dalí Restaurant, offering Parisian brasserie dishes and Mediterranean cuisine with an interior honoring former guest Salvador Dali, or at the two Michelin-star Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse. Here, French fine dining is savored in a soft-lit, frescoed room with crystal chandeliers. Night caps at the elegant Bar 228 provide the perfect ending to your evening. Recommended since 1995.

• Soothing Treatments at Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice

• Many Suites Feature Panoramic Views of Parisian Landmarks

• Private Dining at Restaurant le Meurice Alain Ducasse Chef’s Table

• Exquisite Marble Baths in Each of the 160 Guest Rooms

• Daily Newspaper, 24-Hour Room Service & Concierge

• Louis XVI Décor Throughout the Hotel

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Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa HAMPSHIRE, ENGLAND Recommended since 1979.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night Book a minimum of three nights and enjoy your fourth night free. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Sept. 20 for travel through Sept. 30, 2017, based on availability. If booking a Treehouse Suite, offer is valid Sunday–Thursday only and is not available during school holidays. Other restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Standard Inclusions: VAT • Access to spa facilities • Wi-Fi • Parking

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Chateau le Cheneviere Complimentary Fourth Night Book three nights or longer and extend your stay in Normandy with a complimentary fourth night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by June 1 for travel through Dec. 10, 2017, based on availability and excluding June 4–6, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa CASARES, SPAIN – An Andalusian-style estate mastering the art of Mediterranean living in southern Spain. Each of the 67 suites exude class and comfort, while villas are available for large groups or families. Outside, flowering gardens flank three pools and ceaseless seaside views. A championship golf course is joined by tennis courts and a beach club for travelers of all ages, and the sunlit spa features a saltwater pool, saunas and Turkish baths. Gourmands will delight in the varied culinary venues, from Japanese fare at Kabuki Raw to tapas at The Blue Bar and Italian at Don Giovanni. Recommended since 2009.

indelible experiences for the whole family, from spectacular islands and coastal retreats to landmark properties in the world’s most beloved cities. Many feature family-centered packages and special offers designed with all ages in mind, including discounts on additional rooms, complimentary nights and a host of kid-friendly activities and amenities.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Guaranteed Suite Upgrade Enjoy a spring stay along Spain’s beautiful Costa del Sol. For a limited time, book a Junior Suite and receive an upgrade to an Executive Suite at the time of booking. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from April 1– June 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • One 50-minute massage for two per room • Complimentary wireless Internet Standard Inclusions: Daily breakfast served at El Jardín • Access and round-trip transfers to the exclusive Beach Club • Access to spa facilities • Welcome drink and authentic Spanish tapas on arrival • Seasonal fresh fruit in room • Valet parking

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Wilderness Safaris SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA & NAMIBIA – With landscapes and wildlife found nowhere else on earth, African safaris provide spectacularly memorable experiences to share with your family. On this premier two-week Southern Africa adventure, Wilderness Safaris takes you over 1,200 miles and across three nations for a variety of all-ages excursions that showcase the wonders and delights of the African continent.

Days 1–5: Cape Town From Cape Town, travel over towering Chapman’s Peak to whale-watch on the Cape. See thousands of seals and birds by boat or kayak to a penguin colony, then hunt for gemstones or visit Africa’s largest bird park. Spend a day at area wine estates and enjoy encounters with cheetahs, eagles, ostriches and more. Overnight at Cape Grace, nestled on a private quay in Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Days 5–8: Okavango Delta Fly north to the floodplains of Botswana, and spend four days at one of the earth’s few inland deltas. Explore this magnificent haven for wildlife from land, air and water for unforgettable game viewing. Spend nights at luxurious Vumbura Plains camp.

Days 8–11: Linyanti Concession Transfer to the lush woodland of the private game reserves in the Linyanti Concession. View herds of impala, blue wildebeest, giraffe and the world’s highest density of elephants. Big cat sightings are frequent, and night drives reveal fascinating nocturnal creatures. Lodge at Kings Pool, sitting above a lagoon.

Days 11–13: Livingstone You’ll end your trip amid the natural wonder of Victoria Falls. Experience fishing, rhino tracking, jet boats and thrilling helicopter flights, bungee jumping and white-water rafting, and explore the town of Livingstone. Enjoy accommodations overlooking the Zambezi River before preparing for your journey home.

Andrew Harper Benefit: A private dining or sundowner experience at the lodge

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Family Fun Stewards of Nature reveals the wonders of French Polynesia to children and families, through our partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society and their team of science educators. This experiential program inspires kids and teens (ages 7-17) to value and explore the local environment through hands-on activities with WCS naturalists on board and ashore. Available on summer and holiday sailings for a nominal fee, beginning in 2017.

ALL-INCLUSIVE FEATURES • Airfare from Los Angeles • All oceanview staterooms • Onboard beer, select wines and spirits • Prepaid gratuities

SPECIAL OFFER • Book any new 2018 sailing – receive a $300 per stateroom ship board credit • Book any new 2017 sailing – receive a $150 per stateroom ship board credit • Combinable with the Andrew Harper benefit of $200 per stateroom ship board credit • Valid April 1 – May 31, 2017 (some restrictions may apply)

For Reservations contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com

Third person sails free in select staterooms if under 18 years old!* *Pricing for the third guest in the same stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE; 18 years of age and older, $125 per night.


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The St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico RIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO – Situated on 483 acres of a former coconut plantation and native maritime forest and just 25 minutes from Old San Juan, this 139-room natural paradise features a championship golf course, full-service spa, a two-mile beach and three restaurants. The new Beach Club Restaurant is the favored destination for any resort guest looking for fresh, creative menu options and showcases the unique culinary talent of chef Jose Enrique. Recommended since 2011. • Incorporates Natural Beauty and Ecosystems into a Luxury Resort Experience • The First Five-Star, Five-Diamond Resort in Puerto Rico • Three Unique Restaurants, Including Jean-George’s Inspired Cuisine at FERN

• A Unique Robert Trent Jones Jr. Designed Championship Golf Course • St. Regis’ Legendary Butler and Concierge Service • Unforgettable Weddings and Social Event Experiences in Dramatic Venues

stregisbahiabeach.com SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night, Plus Spa Savings For a limited time, book a stay of four nights or longer and receive your fourth night free. Additionally, enjoy 50 percent savings on a couple’s treatment at ATABEY, the unique beachfront spa experience. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by April 30 for travel through June 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast for two served at Fern • $100 dining credit once during stay • Welcome amenity Standard Inclusions: Non-motorized watersports • Access to water park • Bicycles • Use of tennis courts and equipment • Access to driving range • Fitness center • Beach and pool services • Local calls • Wi-Fi


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Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal PARIS, FRANCE – Set within one of the most esteemed neighborhoods in Paris, the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal is a chic haven in the heart of the city. Nestled in a magnificent 18thcentury building, the hotel’s aesthetic is modern, elegant and supremely decadent. While every inch of this 68-room hotel has been lovingly designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, guests looking for a truly opulent experience should opt for one of the 11 spacious suites. The two penthouse collection suites are particularly alluring, each boasting panoramic views of the city beyond. Paris is a joy for families, and the hotel staff go the extra mile to make certain children feel welcome and accommodated. In-room amenities such as kid-centric snacks, a toy box and Le Petit Prince bathroom accessories are only the beginning for visiting children. Clefs d’Or concierge service ensures younger guests enjoy the most family-friendly outings and adventures Paris can offer. Other hotel amenities include the delicious Le Lulli restaurant, serving French cuisine in a winter garden environment, and the Carita Spa, boasting a full range of indulgent services and a Turkish bath. Recommended since 2014.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Bring the Family to Paris with Half-Price Connecting Rooms and Special Amenities Book guaranteed connecting rooms this summer and receive a 50 percent discount on the second room. Perfect for families due to its safe location and attentive service, Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal ensures children a fun and inspiring experience just as memorable as their parents’. Special in-room amenities enhance the stay for everyone, and the Clefs d’Or concierge is available to recommend the best Parisian destinations for the whole family to discover. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from July 15–Sept. 15, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast for two served at the restaurant or in room • A $50 food and beverage credit per room Standard Inclusions: Access to spa and fitness facilities • Wi-Fi

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SPECIAL OFFER: 50% Savings on a Second Room Create treasured memories with a family stay at The Lanesborough, made all the more rewarding with up to 50 percent savings on a second room for the children. also includes: Daily breakfast and a complimentary bottle of Champagne, as well as standard hotel inclusions. Children also receive a warm VIP welcome with gifts and special in-room surprises. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2017, based on availability. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with Andrew Harper benefits or any other promotions.

LONDON, ENGLAND Recommended since 1996.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • $100 credit per stay for use at the spa or toward food and beverage purchases • Early check-in and late checkout, when available • 50% off pre-registered rooms the night before arrival, up to and including Junior Suites (excluding June and July)

London, England Standard Inclusions: VAT • 24-hour butler service • Access to club and spa (adults only) • Daily fresh fruit • Complimentary phone calls to the U.S. and Europe • On-demand movies • Tea or coffee on arrival • Packing and unpacking service • Wi-Fi

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STAY FOUR. PAY THREE. Set beside St. Martin’s most exclusive beach, lapped by the Caribbean Sea, Belmond La Samanna is the ultimate luxury resort. Enjoy the soft, white sand and turquoise waters of Baie Longue and the luxury of our spacious, beautifully designed suites. Each offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and many boast private balconies and exceptionally large living areas. For reservations, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375 4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com ADDITIONAL ANDREW HARPER AMENITIES Automatic upgrade at time of booking Daily Breakfast for two One Lunch at Beach Bar for two, exclusive of alcohol Subject to availability. Taxes, resort fee, service charge and gratuity are not included. Other restrictions may apply.

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Le Bristol Paris PARIS, FRANCE – A glittering gem in the City of Lights, Le Bristol is idyllically situated along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. With 190 sumptuous rooms, including 100 suites, this five-star hotel is housed in one of the city’s most beautiful and historic mansions. Impeccably appointed with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture, original artwork and fine fabrics, Le Bristol is the pinnacle of French luxury and refinement. Boasting four Michelin stars, visiting gourmets will delight in the hotel’s decadent cuisine from three sumptuous options: Epicure, the fine dining epicenter; Le 114 Faubourg, the brasserie de luxe; and a terrace café. An indulgent spa, fitness center and rooftop pool round out the amenities. And while Le Bristol is surely a study in elegance and the “art de vivre,” here, children reign supreme. Every little guest is made to feel extraordinarly special from the moment they check-in, receiving a plush toy rabbit, Hippolyte (the hotel’s official mascot), along with a passport listing various activities to keep them entertained throughout their stay. Young visitors will also enjoy the famed treasure hunt, “Les Amis d’Hippolyte” Kids Club and madeto-order culinary treats. Recommended since 1988; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015, 2016.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Family Offer — 50% Savings on an Adjoining Room Discover the wonders of Paris and Le Bristol with the whole family. Book an adjoining room or suite for a minimum of two nights and receive 50 percent savings on the second room. A true adventure awaits children at Le Bristol with a VIP welcome, special in-room amenities and gifts, and an invitation to a delightful treasure hunt. Package rates start at 1,535 EUR. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 22, 2017, based on availability. Rates are based on two adults and up to two children age 12 or younger. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or benefits. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Guaranteed room upgrade, when available at time of booking • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant • Welcome bottle of wine per room • For stays of three nights or longer, a 140 EUR spa credit per room • For stays of three nights or longer in a suite, a one-way airport transfer

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Hidden Pond KENNEBUNKPORT, MAINE – Families are in for a treat at this cherished New England enclave. Within its 60 acres of pristine seaside forest, partake in guided hikes, watercolor lessons with the resort’s artist-in-residence, crafting classes, morning yoga, ice cream socials, nightly bonfires with s’mores and much more. Of the 36 lodgings, cottage accommodations provide the perfect amount of space for the whole clan, featuring screened porches with daybeds, fireplaces, kitchens and full baths for each bedroom. Gather flowers from the garden for your own display and harvest berries and vegetables at the organic farm prior to a meal at Earth restaurant. Delight in a sunny day with full access to beach service at The Tides Beach Club, or let it serve as the ideal setting for memorable stargazing. Recommended since 2012; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015.

COME HOME TO ESPERANZA Enjoy a complimentary third night on your vacation home rental*

SPECIAL OFFER: Family Travel Package Exclusive to Andrew Harper members, this three-night package includes accommodations in a two-bedroom cottage, daily à la carte breakfast, dinner for two at Earth on one evening with three hours of babysitting included, and a familyinspired welcome basket. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by May 1 for travel from May 5–June 30, 2017, based on availability and excluding May 26–29, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Redesigned and reimagined, discover the magic of Esperanza vacation home rentals. Designed for guests who are looking for a private retreat with all the comforts of home, enjoy 2, 3 or 4 bedroom accommodations with convenient access to all of the Esperanza resort amenities and Andrew Harper benefits. For reservations, please contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $100 dinner credit per room for use at Earth • Authentic Maine gift basket Standard Inclusions: Daily breakfast treat and coffee • Participation in resort activities • Bicycles • Shuttle service • Full access to amenities at sister property The Tides Beach Club • Wi-Fi • Parking

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Petit St. Vincent Resort PETIT ST. VINCENT PRIVATE ISLAND, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Secluded on 115 enchanting acres of lush Caribbean island, this exclusive getaway features just 22 delightful cottages and beach villas on its exquisite shores. Days on Petit St. Vincent are spent lounging blissfully in the sun on private beaches; when you’re ready for a pick-me-up, a meal or anything at all, simply raise one of the resort’s signature flags and your request will be quickly and discreetly fulfilled. A spa, tennis courts, private yachts and an array of other seafaring vessels, plus a diving center under the direction of Jean-Michel Cousteau, are available to complete the adventure. Discover the island paradise of your dreams at Petit St. Vincent.

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Recommended since 1980; Readers’ Choice–2015, 2016. SPECIAL OFFER: Spa Credit For a limited time, book a minimum stay of seven nights and enjoy a $50 credit for use at the spa. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by April 15 for travel through July 31, 2017, based on availability. Restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $50 credit for use at Beach Bar • Half pound of Neuhaus chocolates per room Standard Inclusions: All meals • Use of all resort facilities • Wi-Fi avail-

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Little St.Simons Island on Georgia’s coast reconnects you with family, friends and the wonders of the natural world, creating life-long memories. Accessible only by boat, this barrier island sanctuary is unlike any other. Unique experiences fill the days, from birding, beaches and biking to kayaking, hiking and fishing, all led by a team of experienced naturalists. To learn more about Little St. Simons Island, visit LittleSSI.com For reservations, contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com. 11,0 0 0 W I L D E R N E S S A C R E S

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Fisher Island Club MIAMI, FLORIDA – Once the private winter estate of the Vanderbilt family, Fisher Island’s distinctive and luxurious guest accommodations are an oasis of beauty, comfort and extraordinary style mixed with a touch of old-world charm. With an exceptionally friendly and obliging staff, the Mediterranean-inspired boutique hotel surrounds you in an atmosphere of serenity and seclusion on a private island that is only minutes from Miami Beach and Miami’s finest theaters, art galleries, museums, shopping and nightlife. World-class on-island amenities include a stunning beach club and marina, an acclaimed Pete Dye nine-hole golf course, a fullservice spa and six dining venues, highlighted by the elegant Porto Cervo for Italian fare and Garwood Lounge steak house. The resort’s 15 cottages, suites and villas, all with breathtaking views of the marina or elegant gardens, are ideally suited for families seeking a carefree and exclusive private island experience. Visiting children are especially fond of exploring the scenic island by bicycle, though every guest is sure to find satisfaction in the array of family-focused activities on offer, such as golf and tennis lessons, an aviary, extensive parks, a private beach, a basketball court and soccer field. Quarterly festivals further enhance a family stay with exciting rides, games and music. Recommended since 2010; Grand Award–2014.

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night Book three nights or longer and receive your fourth night free. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Nov. 18 for travel through Nov. 21, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily $75 breakfast credit • Complimentary golf for up to two guests once per stay (excludes club rentals) • Welcome glass of Champagne or mimosa per person Standard Inclusions: Ferry transportation • Golf cart rental • Wi-Fi

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or an exotic tropical getaway without the need for a passport, Hawaii commands an undiminishing appeal. A mesmerizing paradise of emerald valleys and golden beaches, thundering waterfalls and active volcanoes, the islands harbor everything from premier golf and spa experiences to thrilling adventure activities to delightful towns and cultural opportunities. The distinctive easygoing ambiance ensures you’ll feel welcome, whatever your intent. A rise in available airlines and routes servicing the islands are making it even easier to experience the Aloha State, and with more than half of Mr. Harper’s recommended hotels across the islands now offering exclusive benefits to members — from guaranteed upgrades to spa credits and sailing excursions — it’s an exceptional time to consider chasing the sun toward your Hawaiian hideaway of choice. Here are two itineraries to get you started.

Seven-Night Hawaiian Islands Cruise The UnCruise Adventures Hawaiian itinerary includes ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels — notably Molokai, which is forbidden to other cruise ships — so it allows guests to experience adventures they might not otherwise have access to: night snorkeling with giant manta rays, exploration of coral reefs and a sea turtle habitat, a feast and jam session with locals, cultural lessons and hiking amid historic places — including a trek in the Halawa Valley that Mr. Harper regards as one of the most spectacular hiking experiences he’s ever had.

DAY 1: EMBARKATION

Arrive on Molokai and enjoy a Champagne greeting with the captain and crew as you board the awaiting 36-passenger Safari Explorer. This evening, settle in and enjoy dinner aboard the yacht, before a presentation about the week to come. DAY 2: MOLOKAI

A warm aloha spirit in Molokai gives you a sense of Hawaii long ago. No stoplights, no high-rises, just a welcome slower pace. “Talk story” with locals and experience their land and traditions as few visitors ever do. You’ll hear legends and lore, then take in a cultural lesson about taro patches and poi making, or hike to a towering waterfall in Halawa’s cathedral valley, one of the island’s most historic places. At the Molokai Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening pa‘ina (feast), complete with a home-style Hawaiian jam session. DAY 3: LANAI

Gear up for a day of play on the 90,000-acre “Pineapple Isle.” Thousand-foot sea cliffs line the shore and ancient volcanic plugs sit both above and below the water’s surface as host to a wide diversity of marine life. Snorkel, paddleboard, kayak, explore by skiff or stretch your legs on a hike — whichever activities suit your fancy. Take a stroll to Sweetheart Rock, a sea stack jutting 80 feet above the crashing surf, and discover the legend of the princess Puu Pehe. Learn about the island’s plantation days with a visit to the quaint Lanai Culture and Heritage Center.

ABOVE: Kahiwa Falls on the coast of Molokai

DAY 4: OLOWALU / WEST MAUI

In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, it delivers a treat of snorkeling among coral gardens teeming with underwater life and a known sea turtle habitat. The Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, located between Lanai, Molokai and Maui, provides front-row seats as you cruise through these productive marine breeding grounds searching for dolphins, whales and other marine life. DAY 5: CAPTAIN’S CHOICE EXPLORATION

Leave it to your captain and crew to seek out and unveil the best that the islands have in store today. Dramatic volcanic backdrops, marine life sightings and chances for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding are all possible. DAY 6: HONOMALINO BAY

Fringed by coconut palms, the morning in Honomalino Bay offers snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colorful corals, sponges and tropical fish. Lava tubes, kayaking and skiff tours fill out your day of adventure in an area known to be favored by marine mammals. This evening you’ll anchor at an offshore location for a thrilling night snorkel with giant Pacific manta rays. DAY 7: KAILUA-KONA

For some of the island’s best snorkeling, skiff to Kealakekua Bay, known as the place Captain Cook was slain in 1779. At Kailua-Kona, stroll through town at your own pace and uncover the charm of this historic town. This evening, celebrate with the Captain’s Dinner and a photographic recap of your adventure.

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DAYS 5–6: HAMAKUA COAST & HAWI

Depart from Hilo and drive along the scenic Hamakua Coast. Along the way, stop at ‘Akaka Falls State Park to witness two of Hawaii’s most beautiful waterfalls. Or you can visit Hawaiian Vanilla Co. for a lunch featuring vanilla-based courses, a fascinating lecture and a tour of the plantation.

10 Days On Hawaii’s Big Island On this tour circling the island, take a road trip to see the most active volcano in the world; go whale-watching in season; play golf on gorgeous courses; visit delightful art galleries; and end your days with relaxing beachside cocktails at sunset. DAY 1: NORTH KONA

Check in to your hotel and relax into your surroundings while enjoying on-site activities, such as golf, the beach or a spa massage. In the evening, sip cocktails as the sun sets and enjoy a memorable beachfront dinner. DAY 2: SOUTH KONA

Take an early breakfast in your room before driving 45 minutes south for a tour at the Kona Coffee Living History Farm. Or take a helicopter tour around the Big Island. For lunch with a view, head to the Coffee Shack. In the afternoon, explore Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park or visit Kona Brewing Co. for a Kona beer. Have dinner among the koi ponds and lush gardens of Holuakoa Cafe in Holualoa or at Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill back in North Kona. DAYS 3–4: HILO & DAY TRIP

Leave your hotel and drive to Hilo via Saddle Road, passing between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea volcano, now dormant, reaches 13,796 feet above sea level, and rises over 32,000 feet from its base on the ocean floor, making it taller than Mount Everest. Mauna Loa is the world’s largest subaerial volcano and covers half the island. Spend your afternoon exploring the lush Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, and then have dinner at Hilo Bay Cafe. You will overnight in Hilo.

TOP: Eruption of Kilauea in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park TOP RIGHT: Sunrise on the coast of Lanai ABOVE: Kohala Coast, Hawaii (Big Island)

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The next day, make a day trip of your choice. If you feel like a road trip, drive along the coast to South Point, the southernmost point in the United States, to gaze out at the vast Pacific Ocean. Alternatively, make your way to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the fiery Kilauea volcano, the most active in the world.

Continue on your scenic road trip and stop at the Waipio Valley Lookout to admire the dramatic beauty of the Big Island. This valley is about one mile across and over five miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2,000 feet high. Complete your day of driving in Hawi, located on the northern tip of Hawaii Island. Use the next day to explore the quaint town of Hawi, home to delightful art galleries, restaurants and boutiques set in colorful plantation buildings. If time allows, drive to the Rare Hawaiian Honey Co. The basic product is an unusually creamy, mono-floral honey produced by bees kept in a 1,000-acre forest of kiawe, a variety of mesquite. Or make your way to the scenic Pololu Valley Lookout for panoramic views of Hawaii Island and the black sand beach below. DAY 7: WAIMEA & THE KOHALA COAST

Depart Hawi and continue your road trip along the North Kohala Coast to Waimea, known for its rolling green pastures, ranches and paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys). Have breakfast at Hawaiian Style Cafe for the banana macadamia nut pancakes and local Hawaiian comfort food. In the evening, take an early dinner at Merriman’s Waimea, Peter Merriman’s flagship restaurant, which for more than 25 years has championed Hawaii’s regional cuisine. Expect courses like hearty tomato soup, kalua pulled pork with house barbecue sauce, macadamia nut rice and stellar macadamia shortbread cookies. DAY 8–10: KOHALA COAST

Spend the rest of your time on the Big Island at your leisure. Your day may include waking up to take breakfast on your private lanai, a round at the 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course or pampering yourself with a spa treatment. Or simply lie on the beach, taking in the Hawaiian sun while sipping hand-crafted cocktails. For a day trip during December through May, you can enjoy a memorable whale-watching experience off the coast aboard a catamaran. On your last day, depart for your flight back home.


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Tivoli Palácio de Seteais SINTRA, PORTUGAL – Eighteenth-century splendor combines with modern luxury in this patrician palace overlooking the World Heritage-listed town of Sintra, 30 minutes west of Lisbon. Waltz through romantic ballrooms and lush gardens within the hotel’s dreamlike setting, embellished with stunning views toward the nearby Moorish Castle, colorful Pena Palace and the Sintra Mountains. Recommended since 1981. ••   30 Rooms Richly Decorated with Magnificent Paintings, Luxurious Carpets and Beautiful Frescos ••   Original Cuisine and Privileged Elegance at Seteais Restaurant ••   Discover Authentic Sintra Through a Variety of Local Experiences TIVOLI HOTELS & RESORTS © LIONEL BALTEIRO

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SPECIAL OFFER: $100 Dining Credit Confirm a stay of two nights or longer by April 30, 2017, and receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room for use at the restaurant, bar or toward minibar purchases. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by April 30 for travel through Dec. 28, 2017, based on availability and excluding June 15–17 and July 1–Sept. 30, 2017. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • VIP welcome amenities, including local pastries and port wine • For stays of three nights or longer, a complimentary bottle of wine during lunch or dinner for two once per stay Standard Inclusions: VAT • Service • Daily buffet breakfast served at Monserrate • Wi-Fi • Parking

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Gran Hotel La Florida Exclusive Early Booking Savings Book a spacious Family Room at least 45 days in advance of your stay and enjoy an Andrew Harper member-exclusive discount of 15 percent on the nightly rate. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by May 16 for travel through June 30, 2017, based on availability. Rates are based on a maximum of two adults and two children per room. Restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Hotel Eden ROME, ITALY – Set dramatically in the center of Italy’s Eternal City, the newly renovated Hotel Eden provides guests a tranquil respite from the vibrant surroundings. Sumptuously designed to blend a contemporary aesthetic with classic Roman charm, the hotel and each of its 98 reinvented guest rooms and suites are bright airy spaces with high ceilings and tall windows, laden with fine fabrics, beautiful artwork and state-of-the-art amenities. Visiting gourmands will thoroughly enjoy the hotel’s unique dining options. The jewel in Hotel Eden’s crown, La Terrazza offers an unforgettable menu of Mediterranean cuisine with touches of creative flair. An intimate Chef’s Table, panoramic views of Rome and stylish surroundings create an elegant culinary experience. Guests will also enjoy dining and imbibing at Il Giardino and La Libreria, with it’s much anticipated “secret bar.” Guests wanting to unwind during their stay can relax in the hotel’s newest addition — Eden Spa. An oasis of calm, the serene space is designed to be your personal sanctuary and offers an indulgent menu of services, four private suites and a blow dry bar. Recommended since 1995.

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SPECIAL OFFER: 20% Savings and More Enjoy “suite dreams” at Hotel Eden when booking three nights or longer in one of the hotel’s sumptuously redesigned suites. The package includes 20 percent savings on the nightly rate, an 85 EUR spa treatment credit once per stay, and a Champagne and “cicchetti” aperitif for two served in your suite. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2017, based on availability. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast served at Il Giardino Ristorante • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room, excluding room service and minibar purchases • Early check-in and late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Wi-Fi

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Hotel Savoy and Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte Hotels FLORENCE AND ROME, ITALY – Two of the continent’s favorite cities, two of Rocco Forte’s best hotels. The crown accommodations on Florence’s famed Piazza della Repubblica since 1893, Hotel Savoy sits in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Ponte Vecchio and the beloved artworks of the Uffizi, the Academia and the historic home of Dante Alighieri. Here, grand architecture is complemented by inspired design from Olga Polizzi, and most rooms feature exquisite views of the historic plaza and the Duomo. Indulge at the Tuscan-inspired Irene bistro, helmed by Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini, and discover the secrets of the city through the hotel’s partnership with connoisseurs of exclusive Florentine experiences. An hour’s trip south, find the elegant Hotel de Russie at the center of Italy’s most beloved city. The optimal base from which to explore Rome, Hotel de Russie is a destination in its own right. Thirty-three suites and 88 rooms feature Olga Polizzi designs that effortlessly blend the beauty of the historic structure with modern elements. Culinary delights await at Le Jardin de Russie, and signature cocktails are found at the landmark Stravinskij Bar. Luxuriate in the De Russie Spa, whose six treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art gym provide the best in personal care and training. With beautiful details, world-class amenities and a location near the Trevi Fountain and endless galleries and museums, it’s little wonder that this hotel has long been the choice of the world’s most illustrious travelers. Hotel de Russie recommended since

Andrew Harper Benefits: HOTEL SAVOY: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast served at Irene • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room • Late checkout, when available HOTEL DE RUSSIE: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at checkin • Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room • Late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Wi-Fi

2001. Hotel Savoy recommended since 2006.

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The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel MUNICH, GERMANY Recommended since 2007.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in-room • 85 EUR food and beverage credit per room • Early check-in and late checkout, when available Standard Inclusions: Access to spa facilities • Wi-Fi

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Relais Borgo Santo Pietro Uncovering the Mystery of the Knights Templar This immersive two-night package investigates the legendary history surrounding Borgo Santo Pietro. The itinerary follows the trail of the mysterious Knights Templar and begins with a guided tour of the spectacular ruined Abbey of San Galgano and nearby Chapel of Montesiepi to witness the remarkable “Sword in the Stone.” The journey then continues to Siena. Known as the “City of the Templars,” Siena was once an important stopover for medieval pilgrims walking the Via Francigena pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, who were protected along the way by the swords of the Templars. The package includes: • Two nights in the room of your choice • A six-hour guided tour of the abbey and chapel with private transfers • Entrance to historic sites within Siena • A gift of local Tuscan products • A traditional Tuscan lunch in a medieval-era trattoria (excludes alcoholic beverages) • 90-minute wine-tasting session with the sommelier in the hotel’s wine cellar

PHOTO BY ANDREA JONES. COURTESY OF BORGO SANTO PIETRO.

 ackage rates start at 2160 EUR, based on double occupancy. P Extend your stay with 10 percent savings on additional nights. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from May 4–Oct. 31, 2017, based on availability. A minimum stay of two nights is required. Package is pre-paid and nonrefundable. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. PHOTO BY STEFANO SCATA. COURTESY OF BORGO SANTO PIETRO.

PHOTO BY ANDREA JONES. COURTESY OF BORGO SANTO PIETRO.

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Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski DRESDEN, GERMANY – Remarkable 18th-century property located in central Dresden near the Semper Opera House, with 182 rooms and 32 suites overlooking the historic courtyard and nearby theater district. With four dining venues plus a spacious spa, guests will find relaxation, gustation and endless exploration all at their fingertips. Recommended since 1997.

••   Spa with Gym, Sauna, Solarium and Heated Indoor Pool ••   10+ Meeting and Event Rooms ••   Award-Winning Cocktails at Karl May Bar & More Than 100 Varieties of Whiskey

SPECIAL OFFER: Semper Opera Package Combine your stay with a performance at one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world. The Semper Opera Package includes two nights of accommodations, premium tickets for a show at the opera, a four-course dinner and wine pairing at Restaurant Intermezzo and a voucher for Opera cocktails at Karl May Bar. Package rates start at 599 EUR per person. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 29, 2017. Offer is subject to availability of opera tickets in the applicable ticket category and may be canceled if tickets are not available. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Guaranteed room upgrade, when available at time of booking • Daily buffet breakfast for two • One afternoon coffee service for two with traditional cakes Standard Inclusions: Daily newspaper • Shoeshine service • Porterage • Wi-Fi

Mas de Torrent Hotel & Spa GIRONA, SPAIN Recommended since 2000.

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Girona, Spain Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Welcome basket of chocolate and seasonal fruits • A bottle of cava in-room on arrival

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Standard Inclusions: Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or continental breakfast served in room; In-room minibar • Access to spa facilities • Use of bicycles • Valet parking • Wi-Fi

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COMO Cocoa Island MALDIVES Recommended since 2008. SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Nights and More Stay longer and save more during your stay at COMO Cocoa Island with complimentary nights. Through Dec. 25, 2017, stay four nights for the price of three, seven nights for the price of five or 14 nights for the price of 10. Additionally, guests completing their travel by Sept. 30, 2017, will enjoy complimentary half board as well as a 50 percent discount on speedboat transfers. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 25, 2017, based on availability. For Half Board and Half-Price Transfers, travel must be completed by Sept. 30, 2017, and a four-night minimum stay is required. Half Board offer does not apply to complimentary nights; otherwise, these offers may be combined.

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