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Dancing troope leader performs in Junkanoo, a traditional island cultural festival in Nassau.

Maison Joseph Drouhin Winery in Beaune, France

ON THE COVER Gravetye Manor in Sussex, England was once the home of famed landscape designer William Robinson.

15 Toasting, Tasting & Touring Four Andrew Harper travel advisors share their most memorable visits through European wine country, plus a sampling of some of the most unique worldwide winery experiences.

46 Caribbean Mosaic With recent additions of Harper-recommended resorts, the Harper Traveler talks with hotel staff about the appeal of each of these Bahaman islands.

26 Journey Through Medieval Europe Part II Travel highlights from the Middle Ages in The Czech Republic, Austria and Germany

54 Meet Our Partners: Nine Worlds Ásta Ólafsdóttir of Icelandic tour operator Nine Worlds speaks with the Harper Traveler about unique travel experiences in Iceland and Greenland.

36 Not-So-Humble Beginnings These nine Harper hotels and inns began as private homes and hot spots to the world’s famous—industry pioneers, authors, real estate magnates and even a dictator.

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Castello del Nero TUSCANY, ITALY – With sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside, this 12th-century castle leaves guests feeling like royalty. Sympathetically restored to uncover the structure’s original features, the 50 lavish guest rooms, including 18 suites, are individually and uniquely decorated, ensuring no two rooms are alike. In keeping with the region’s devout approach to food and wine, the hotel offers guests two restaurant options—exquisite Michelin-star La Torre and more casual La Taverna—as well as a chic bar and a fully stocked wine cellar. Guests with a penchant for relaxation will love the spa’s array of holistic treatments and bespoke services. Recommended since 2007; Readers’ Choice—2015.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort CHIANG RAI, THAILAND – A trip to Anantara is much like the local cuisine—an alluring balance of elements combined to engage all of the senses. Situated in Thailand’s northernmost province on the borders of Laos and Myanmar, it is known for its lush jungle landscape and unparalleled Elephant Camp, where guests walk alongside elephants in their natural habitat or learn to ride using the fundamental commands of the expert mahouts (elephant riders). Featuring 63 guest rooms and suites, the hotel is artfully nestled into the jungle, and offers guests local Thai specialties at Sala Mae Nam, Italian cuisine at Baan Dhalia and hands-on learning at Spice Spoons cooking school to discover the secrets of Thai gastronomy. Immersive cultural excursions and a pampering spa round out the unparalleled experiences. Recommended since 2005.

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BY HUNDREDS OF OAK “SURROUNDED BARRELS IMPRINTED WITH THE

CHATEAU’S COAT OF ARMS, WE TASTED SOME OF POMMARD’S FINE WINES.”

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he intimate Belmond Amaryllis barge, with its lovely antique Louis XVI furniture and trompe l’oeil wall murals, was our home for three nights on the peaceful and picturesque Le Canal de Bourgogne through France’s Burgundy region. We boarded in the town of St. Leger sur Dheune where we were treated to a gracious Champagne welcome. Our lovely and comfortable cabin with a marble bath and large, picture windows afforded ongoing views of life along the canal as we drifted past charming villages, farms and brilliant yellow fields in bloom.

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Our private chef provided remarkable gourmet meals, not surprisingly accompanied by wines from the region, served either in the formal dining room or on deck under the stars. The actual vineyards themselves, not the producer or wines, are given classifications by the French government. The classification as a grand cru is, of course, for the best of the best. Barely a notch below grand cru wines are the premier crus. And village wines can be quite lovely, value-conscious options. Our private guide escorted us to some of the most interesting places along our route, including a tasting and tour at the Chateau de Pommard Winery with its ancient vines and stunning, sometimes whimsical art features situated around the estate. While in the 18th-century cellars, surrounded by hundreds of oak barrels imprinted with the chateau’s coat of arms, we tasted some of Pommard’s fine wines. The outing concluded with a short visit to the delightful Appellation Chocolat shop. At our stop in Beaune we visited the amazing family-owned and operated Maison Joseph Drouhin Winery (which once housed the King of France’s wine collection) and enjoyed a tour of this honeycomb of cellars. One of the largest wine estates in the region, it has been in the hands of the Drouhin family for four generations. The family legacy of fine wine continues here with great enthusiasm.

LES SOURCES DE CAUDALIE BORDEAUX– MARTILLAC, FRANCE

Take in the charm of an historic Bordeaux winery at Les Sources de Caudalie, exploring the beautiful grounds of Château Smith Haut

Lafitte—including the 16th-century tower—through multiple themed and interactive tours. A horsedrawn carriage ride through the vineyards also is available. But the real gem is the Caudalie spa.

And one of the highlights of our trip—a peaceful ride in a hot-air balloon—afforded a unique perspective of the countryside and vineyards below. The magic continued when the pilot made a precision landing in a farmer’s field—to the surprise and delight of the farmer and his wife. After an excited phone call to their children, they joined us for a glass of Champagne, just as dusk turned to night.

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The Chateau de Pommard Winery

The French cosmetic line began here when a visiting pharmacist alerted owner Mathilde Thomas of the potential anti-aging properties of the grapevine. The result was one of the world’s first products containing

resveratrol. The discovery of an underground hot spring beneath the vineyard led to the development of the brand’s first vinothérapie spa, specializing in unique grapebased treatments.

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“THE MAGIC

CONTINUED WHEN THE PILOT MADE A PRECISION LANDING IN A FARMER’S FIELD— TO THE SURPRISE AND DELIGHT OF THE FARMER AND HIS WIFE.

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WHEN IN ROME with Joe Colucci

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eing a frequent traveler to Rome, a group of local friends decided to take me to a winery located in the Castelli Romani, which is the wine-producing area outside of the city. The area is mainly known for its white wine production but also producing some nice reds. A quick 35-minute drive to the town of Monteporzio Catone, located in the Castelli Romani region, led us to the Santa Benedetta Winery, one of the oldest in the area. Unlike the “grand” wineries of Tuscany or Piedmont, this one was very small, walled and unassuming. We were met by one of the owner’s sons. He gave us each a glass of their locally produced Frascati and began a brief tour of the vineyard. He described the area, grapes grown and type of wine they make. As they are a small operation, none of their wines are exported to the Unites States or elsewhere in Europe. After the vineyard tour we were escorted into a room full of antiques and old family photographs. Our first tasting was of their olive oil, which was quite lovely. I think the majority of people think that olive oil only comes from Tuscany, but there is excellent olive oil produced in the regions of Puglia, Sicily and here in the Castelli Romani.

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Vineyard at The Cider House in Balestrand, Norway

FARMHOUSE INN FORESTVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Beyond the excellent limited vintages of Lost and Found, the estate-owned winery, Farmhouse Inn supplies a team of dedicated wine concierges and an enviable list of Sonoma-area winery partners offering complimentary tastings and VIP benefits. Enhance

Our wine tasting began by sampling their white wines: “Gigi,” a white blend of a local Malvasia and Bellone grapes; their Frascati Superiore; and a standard Frascati. As they have a limited red wine selection, we tasted their “Tre Vecchie” reserve. We ended with some homemade grappa and a desert wine called Fragolino. As they do not have a restaurant, we ended up driving 25 minutes to the town of Genzano, also located in the Castelli Romani region. We had a wonderful lunch at the small osteria, Pietrino e Renata. What I liked about this winery was its “homey” feeling. I felt like I was visiting a friend and drinking their wines. No “attitude” as some of the more well-known and prestigious Tuscan wineries have, and no pressure to purchase wine—although I did buy a case mixed of wine and olive oil. My friend who has a restaurant in Rome ended up ordering it for their restaurant.

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hen one envisions a quaint family-run cider house located on the edge of a secluded country town, the first (or even second) thought is hardly “I must be in Norway.” However, lo and behold, that was exactly where I stood. Balestrand is a picturesque fjord town perched on the edge of Sognefjord, the largest open fjord in the world. As the hideaway so enticing that Kaiser

your typical winery visit with a personal tour of the California wine country led by a certified sommelier.

THE ALLISON INN NEWBERG, OREGON

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is renowned for its production of pinot noir, a theme enthusiastically evident at

The Allison Inn. Walk past the onsite pinot vineyard and enter a world dedicated to the temperamental grape. At JORY (named for the local soil) the varietal turns up in unlikely places: a pinot burger, chocolate pinot noir cake, the “pinotini” and pinot sodas are a few of the interesting creations. The influence extends

Wilhelm II simply could not cancel his yearly holiday to despite the Sarajevo Crisis, one can imagine the beauty and awe-inspiring views that this tiny haven is home to. After exploring the historic Kviknes Hotel, which is still run by the family who originally built it in 1877, I strolled past the humble homes and the stave-style St. Olaf’s Church to find myself facing an almost Swiss chalet–looking building, The Cider House. The owner cheerfully greeted us with her smiling granddaughter in hand as she pointed out the surrounding orchards before leading us indoors. She introduced us to a vibrant and quirky-haired young man whom we later learned was her son. As soon as he began talking about The Cider House, it became obvious how passionate and involved he was in the family business. We sampled a variety of delicious fruit wines, ciders and brandies made from familiar fruits such as apples and pears, as well as a few more novel samples crafted from cloudberries, a delicious local treat I had only just been introduced to.

to the spa, where you can indulge in a variety of “pinotherapy” treatments.

CAVAS WINE LODGE MENDOZA, ARGENTINA

From Argentina’s Cavas Wine Lodge, ride horseback through vineyards with incomparable views of the majestic Andes Mountains, stopping for a

delicious chefprepared picnic lunch before your personalized visit to one of the regions several prestigious wineries, such as Viña Cobos. The hotel spa’s wine therapy menu incorporates the latest scientific discoveries involving vine and grapeseed extracts into a selection of unique and restorative treatments.

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TO MY SURPRISE, HE THEN ASKED IF I KNEW WHAT THEIR SECRET INGREDIENT WAS. HAVING NO REAL IDEA, I GUESSED THAT IT WAS A LOCAL HERB OR FRUIT SPECIFIC TO THE REGION.

I WAS MOST CERTAINLY WRONG.”

View from the ferry of the Sognefjord in Norway.

THE LOUISE MARANANGA, AUSTRALIA

If you can pull yourself away from Appellation’s award-winning wine list, The Louise offers a host of exclusive experiences in Australia’s famed Barossa Valley wine region. Enjoy a oneon-one masterclass with a sommelier,

ent was. Having no real idea, I guessed that it was a local herb or fruit specific to the region. I was most certainly wrong. He informed me that every night before going to sleep, he would come down to the cellar and sing an old Norwegian lullaby to the ciders and wines. According to him, this is what in fact made them turn sweet rather than bitter or sour.

lunches and tastings in the home of a winemaker and tours of specialist wineries that are closed to the public. Experience the thrill of creating your own wine blend and having chefs prepare a special dish to pair it with at dinner. For a unique outing, tour the extensive archive of port and fortified

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wine at the nearby Seppeltsfield Estate, tasting samples from notable moments in history or your birth year.

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Of course, he then switched off the lights and sang a few verses to demonstrate. At the end of our visit, the owners hugged us as if bidding farewell to members of their own family. It was a truly unique and memorable experience and my solitary regret is that, due to Norwegian laws, I was not able to bring a bottle home as a souvenir.

Valley is dedicated to providing the authentic Napa Valley experience. Owned by vintners, the club-like estate has become something of a community hub, where you’re likely to be joined by local winemakers at dinner or during the daily wine tastings, and an annual symposium brings

in professional wine writers from across the world. The familiarity with the wine community allows for excellent sommelierled excursions, customized “wish-list” wine experiences and exclusive offers and events with area wineries.

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While the tasting was lovely, the most entertaining part of my experience was the “unique” cellar tour that our unconventional new friend led us on. As we descended down the stone stairs, he pointed out the barrels and elaborated on the process of distilling and fermenting each varietal. To my surprise, he then asked if I knew what their secret ingredi-


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The Allison Inn & Spa NEWBERG, OREGON – Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley just 45 minutes south of Portland, this 85-room hillside inn is ideally situated for exploring Oregon’s bountiful wine region. Special partnerships ensure guests enjoy exclusive access to local wineries, including those without formal tasting rooms. Meet local vintners and taste selected wines at the resort’s weekly Celebrity Wine Tender; pair one of the region’s acclaimed bottles of Pinot Noir with garden-to-table seasonal dishes at JORY Restaurant & Bar; and wander on the nearby footpath or relax in the Pinot-themed spa. Guest rooms feature vineyard or countryside views, providing a stunning backdrop to a memorable getaway. Recommended since 2011; Readers’ Choice—2013.

Contact Porthos President Hal Oates today at hal@porthos.com or (415) 454-2115, extension 1.

Andrew Harper subscribers receive: • $250 wine gift certificate following first purchase!* • Access to a dedicated wine concierge • Sourcing of rare wines, and discounts on select bottles • Complimentary cellar consultation • Insider access to tours and tastings at Napa’s boutique wineries • Free shipping on orders of six bottles or more • Shipping to your holiday destination so you can enjoy your favorite wines while on vacation • Weekly email notification about select wines *First purchase min. $1,000 to qualify. PROMO: AH25016

SPECIAL OFFER: Wine Country Spa Package Reward yourself with pampered relaxation during a wellness-inspired overnight stay. The Wine Country Spa package includes: One night accommodation in a Deluxe King or Queen room with fireplace and soaking tub; two 60-minute spa treatments from a choice of five select services (gratuity included); choice of a yoga or personal training fitness session for up to two people; and a welcome gift bag featuring Naturopathica skin care products. Rates start at just $725 per night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Jan. 3–March 31, 2016, 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 served at the restaurant or in room • Welcome bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir • Platter of local, homemade confections Standard Inclusions: Welcome snack basket • Access to spa and fitness facilities, including pool and whirlpool • Valet parking • Wi-Fi

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Coquillade Village GARGAS, FRANCE – Perched on a sun-soaked hillside in Gargas, five miles east of Roussillon in the heart of the Provençal countryside, the hotel’s 63 rooms are set within a charming hamlet that includes six stone farmhouses and the new Coquillade village. Surrounded by 90 acres of vineyards within the Luberon parklands, the hotel’s setting is steeped in history, with wine being produced at the site for nearly 700 years. The estate’s Aureto range includes Autan, Tramontane, rosé, white, red and special vintages Petit Miracle and Maestrale. Follow up a guided tour of the winery with a tasting workshop, and then pair a vintage from the Aureto vineyard with a modern or traditional take on locally sourced cuisine from one of the hotel’s three restaurants, including Le Gourmet with a menu inspired by seasonal produce. More than 8,000 square feet of on-site organic gardens produce vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Soak in the serenity of the surrounding protected national park from an armchair in the terraced Coquillade Bar, explore the enchanting countryside on a bike tour or book a treatment in the rejuvenating La Coquillade SPA. Recommended since 2011.

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Borgo Santo Pietro Spring Offers: Spring Fever, Romance and Easter Packages Choose from multiple offers to enjoy the perfect Tuscan spring. Spring Fever: Stay two or more nights and receive 20 percent savings on the nightly rate. Romance Package: Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting, a candle-lit dinner for two and complimentary spa treatments during your stay. Easter Package: Make the holiday unforgettable with a five-course Easter lunch, a spa treatment and a Spumante treasure hunt. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offers are valid on new reservations only, for travel from March 28–May 3, 2016, based on availability, except for the Easter Package which is valid from March 24–29, 2016. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Le Bristol Paris PARIS, FRANCE – “Excellent.” “Exceptional.” “The best hotel experience I have ever had!” These are just some of the superlatives Andrew Harper subscribers use to depict the legendary Le Bristol Paris. Since opening at the height of the Roaring Twenties, this 188-room palace hotel has had only two families at its helm, each with the same impeccable standards. Nowhere is their commitment to service more evident than in Epicure and the 114 Faubourg brasserie. Overseen by Chef Eric Frechon, who himself has earned the title Best Craftsman of France, the two restaurants share a total of four Michelin stars. Complemented by Le Bar du Bristol and Le Jardin Français, this is French gastronomy at its finest. For 90 years, Le Bristol has stayed true to the vision of its founder, Hippolyte Jammet, a consummate hotelier and perfectionist. Treatments at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie exemplify the hotel’s tradition of indulgence, while a dedicated children’s area affirms its commitment to families. Under the watchful eye of Didier Le Calvez, the hotel quietly completed a comprehensive six-year restoration in 2014 that secures the legendary status of this Parisian landmark hotel.

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night Book four consecutive nights in a Deluxe Junior Suite or lower room category and only pay for three. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Jan. 2–May 15, 2016, based on availability and excluding Jan. 24–28 and March 4–9, 2016. 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 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 oneway airport transfer

Recommended since 1988.

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Muhammad, prophet of Islam, is born

The Roman Empire falls, launching the medieval period

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1096 Pope Urban II’s speech at the Council of Clermont was the starting point of the First Crusade.

Odoacer deposes Romulus Augustulus on September 4th, 476.

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Travel highlights from the Middle Ages in The Czech Republic, Austria and Germany

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astles and cathedrals. Plague and punishment. War and worship. The Middle Ages were a time of worldwide transformation, beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire in 492 and spanning roughly the next thousand years. In Central Europe, the dominant political structure of the Middle Ages was the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), a development that arose from a complicated alliance between Frankish warlords and the Roman papacy as tensions escalated between Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire centered in Constantinople. Over its thousand-year existence, the HRE evolved into a vast confederation of duchies, kingdoms and free cities, each ruled by respective monarchs and governors who elected an emperor from their ranks. Though its role was always loosely defined, the HRE often vied with the Vatican as the chief Christian authority, until it’s dissolution in 1806 after suffering a defeat at the hands of Napoleon.

King John of England signs the Magna Carta

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Our modern perspective romanticizes the events of this critical time period although the reality of violent battles often led to territories changing leadership after each victory and defeat. Political turbulence resulted in influences that overlapped and intertwined, creating a regional identity that transcended the shifting boundaries. Today, with cobblestone streets and timber-lined homes, some of these medieval towns still seem to rise from the pages of a storybook. In other cities, modern architectural wonders now tower over what remains of the forts, churches and squares that were so vital to life a thousand years ago. World-class museums chronicle the period’s divisive history. Automated funiculars allow visitors to penetrate places originally built as protected fortresses. At night, visitors can rest their heads in castles once occupied by royalty. In our previous issue, we took you on a trip through medieval France, Spain and England. The journey now continues with an exploration of regions that today are part of the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany.

The Ottoman Empire captures Constantinople, leading to the end of the Eastern Roman Empire

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Day Trips from Prague Lucia Cudova, sales manager at Prague’s ARIA Hotel, recommends these easy day trips from the Czech capital: Cesky Krumlov and Holasovice: Cesky Krumlov is home to a 13th-century town and castle, while Holasovice still maintains a ground plan from the Middle Ages. Both towns are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Litomysl and Olomouc: Litomysl’s is home to a UNESCO-listed chateau complex, and Olomouc served as a vital trade stop when it was founded in the late 13th century. Brno and Lednice– Valtice: Brno is home to several medieval-style buildings, as well as Spilberk Castle and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. The Lednice–Valtice complex features one of Europe’s most celebrated and unique parks. Dresden: Many of Dresden’s medieval sites were destroyed during WWII but have been meticulously recreated. The city is easily accessible from Prague via car, train or bus.

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There are more than 2,000 castles, chateaus and fortresses, whether intact or in ruins, spread throughout the Czech Republic. The grandest by far is Prague Castle. At more than 750,000 square feet, it is the largest castle complex in the world. Built around A.D. 880 by Prince Borivoj of the Premyslid dynasty, today the castle continues to function as a governmental building. The masterpiece at the center of the castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, a Roman-Catholic religious site that serves as the Czech national church. The site was originally built in 930, but the striking gothic influence was added in the 14th century by the visionary architect Petr Parler. In walking distance of these landmarks, Harper Alliance property ARIA Hotel boasts its own UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel’s Vrtba Garden is Prague’s oldest baroque garden, a manicured masterpiece that is open to the public from April through October. ARIA Hotel is just steps from the smallest section of the city, known as the Jewish Quarter. This area was walled off as a Jewish ghetto in the 11th century

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and was the site of one of the deadliest pogroms in history on Easter Sunday of 1389. Although Prague officials attempted to transform the area into a Parisian-style hamlet after World War II, important medieval sites still remain. Be sure to visit the Old-New Synagogue, which was built in 1270 and maintains the longest continuous Jewish congregation in all of Europe, as well as a historic Jewish cemetery containing graves dating back to the year 1439. Some 45 miles east of Prague lies Kutna Hora, a former silver-mining town that once minted coins for use all over Europe. Today, the town is home to several interesting and impressive medieval sites, offering visitors a palpable feel for what life was like centuries ago. Start at Sedlec Bone Church, an unassuming building that houses 20-foot pyramids, as well as chandeliers and other décor, made from an unexpected material: the bones of 40,000 people killed in plagues and wars in the 14th and 15th centuries. The church is located in an ossuary rumored to contain soil brought over from Jerusalem. Consequently, the burial ground was a coveted final resting place from the 13th through 15th centuries.

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Trebic and Telc: Be sure to visit the old Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius’ Basilica in Trebic, as well as Telc’s 14th-century Gothic castle.


Don’t-Miss Sites in Kutna Hora Sedlec Bone Church: This small chapel houses 20foot pyramids, as well as chandeliers and other dÊcor, made from the bones of roughly 40,000 people. Sedlec Cemetery: A cemetery rumored to contain soil brought over from Jerusalem, this site was a coveted burial ground in the Middle Ages. Ruthardka Street: Walking down this quaint stretch of road transports you back to the medieval era. Italian Court: This 13th-century court was named for the financial specialists from Florence, Italy who were invited to Kutna Hora to assist with minting. Czech Museum of Silver: Open since 1996 and housed in an authentic Gothic building, this museum tells the story of Kutna Hora and the importance of the Czech silver mining industry.

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The storied Austrian city of Salzburg dates back to the year 15 B.C., but it first rose to prominence when the Monastery of St. Peter was founded here in roughly A.D. 700. The area became a vital religious center; the monks lived high up on the hill in a towering palace, which still looks down upon the city to this day. Hohensalzburg Fortress is the defining feature of this riverside city. This structural marvel dates back to 1077 and remains one of the largest fully preserved castle complexes in Europe. An audio tour offers a 30-minute introduction to the site, including stops at the archbishops’ former staterooms and a dungeon. Salzburg is within roughly an hour’s drive from several additional medieval sites of interest. While there, venture to the 12th-century Lerchen Castle in Radstadt; Kufstein Fortress, a historically contested strategic landmark; and the Augustinian monastery in Rattenberg, Austria’s smallest town. Next, drive three hours to Graz, the capital of Austria’s Styrian region. When the city was founded, the overbearing presence of Schlossburg Rock made it an ideal area for building fortifications. Atop the rock sits a magnificent clock tower that dates back to the 13th century. Late afternoon is a popular time for both tourists and locals to gather here to enjoy sweeping views of the setting sun retreating from the cityscape.

A walking tour is the best way to see the Old Town, a World Heritage site. Winding streets, narrow passageways, landscaped courtyards and other hidden treasures create a romantic atmosphere that incorporates both medieval and renaissance architectural styles. While you’re in the area, take the half-hour drive to Frohnleiten. This market town was established by the counts of Pfannberg around the year 1280 in order to protect the only bridge between Graz and Bruck, a town located across the Mur River. If you prefer to spend your time in the northeastern region of Austria, stay in Vienna. Harper Alliance property Hotel Bristol is an ideal hub for exploring nearby castles and historic sites.

Medieval Sightseeing from Vienna Liechtenstein Castle, built in 1130 as a tribute to the Prince of Liechtenstein, is just 20 minutes away. It takes half-anhour to reach Kreuzenstein Castle, a 12th-century fort that later became a royal residence. Burg Hardegg, a 90-minute drive away, looms over the AustrianCzech border and houses a collection of historic arms.

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Your drive through medieval history in Germany begins in Frankfurt. The tall, glass-enclosed buildings that pierce the city’s skyline distinguish this modern metropolis, but visitors willing to look a bit deeper will discover a rich medieval heritage. Almost 80 percent of the city was destroyed during World War II, but some medieval remains and rebuilt replicas offer a nod to the area’s deep history. “Near to the skyscrapers you can find cozy Apfelwein (apple wine) pubs, and at the heart of the bustling city center you can find historical sites again and again,” says Daniela Fette-Rakowski, sales and marketing director at Villa Kennedy. History buffs should look for the 95-meter-high tower that marks the Cathedral Dom, which dates back to the year 852. Ten emperors of the Holy Roman Empire were crowned here between 1562 and 1792, and from April through October, visitors actually can climb all the way to the top of the structure. Outside in the square, the picturesque, Bavarianstyle buildings recall the medieval era, but they are actually replicas, rebuilt after World War II. “A reconstruction/retro movement can currently be witnessed,” says Fette-Rakowski. “Some of the old buildings have already been rebuilt from photos from the 1980s.” Two hours southeast of Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe. Rothenburg was first built in 1142, and it was one of the most important city-states

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Rothenburg’s Don’t-Miss Activities Witness the daily night watchman evening tour. Walk the city walls. Take the Tower Trail to 22 of the city’s towers. See the city from above in a hot-air balloon.

of the era. More than 40 towers and gates still remain, a testament to the prominence of Rothenburg as a free imperial city. In Rothenburg, intact ancient walls surround a maze of meandering cobblestone streets. “Rothenburg is located at the crossing of the Romantic Road and the Castle Road, therefore it is an ideal location to stay several nights and make excursions into the surrounding area,” says Annemieke Boettger of the Rothenburg Tourism Office. Make sure to visit the Medieval Crime Museum, which tells the story of the (mostly) dark side of the period’s primitive judicial system. The building that houses the museum’s relics carries its own historical significance; it was built in the late 14th century as St. John’s Commandery. Next door, St. John’s Church showcases the intricately carved Holy Blood Altarpiece, a masterpiece made by gothic sculptor Tilmen Riemenschneider in the early 16th century. Continuing east, Regensburg, a Bavarian town on the shores of the Daube River and declared a World Heritage site in 2006, was a vital trading hub in the medieval era. This architectural mosaic melds gothic, Romanesque and Roman styles, tangibly reflecting the foreign influences that filtered into the area. Historic churches, monasteries, houses, narrow passageways, a town square and market are still intact. ABOVE: The Schmiedgasse, or Smithy Lane, in Rothenburg OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Rothenburg cityscape with St. James’s Church

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Recommended since 2006.

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Grand Hotel Stockholm STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874, the Grand Hôtel occupies an enviable spot on the Stockholm waterfront. The 278 spectacular rooms and suites blend elements of the hotel’s rich legacy with modern luxury, while the Michelin-star restaurants are some of the most sought-after dining destinations in the Nordic region. The true hallmark, however, is the impeccable service, providing a bespoke approach that caters to guests’ every whim.

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• Iconic Property • State-of-the-Art Spa • Views Over the Royal Palace and Old Town Recommended since 1984

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Tierra Patagonia & Tierra Chiloé TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK & CHILOÉ, CHILE – Experience two of Chile´s most dramatic and breathtaking destinations with Tierra Hotels. Here at the end of the world, our lodges are nestled into the landscapes of Patagonia´s Torres del Paine National Park and the island of Chiloé. With all-inclusive experiences, find inspiring expeditions, authentic dining and lodges that exude relaxation and comfort in their very design. A seamless adventure is waiting for you. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is an architectural marvel that blends seamlessly into the Patagonian pampa. Enjoy inspiring views of Torres del Paine National Park from every corner of the 40-room lodge, and explore the surrounding estancias and mountains with some of the best-trained guides around. Warm interiors inspired by the local culture, the sumptuous Uma Spa and a welcoming team are there to make you feel right at home. Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa is located on a largely unexplored island that has a rich and timeless culture. The rolling countryside and blue waters of the inland Pacific are the setting for the sustainable 12-room lodge, which comes with its own private vessel. Discover Chiloé by land and by sea and enjoy locally sourced produce that arrives daily, including succulent oysters, farm fresh eggs and the daily catch. Recommended since 2012 (Tierra Patagonia), 2015 (Tierra Chiloé); Grand Award—2013 (Tierra Patagonia).

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SPECIAL OFFER: 15 Percent Savings & More Book a minimum of seven nights across both Tierra Patagonia and Tierra Chiloé and receive a 15 percent discount on the total price of the reservation. Additionally, enjoy your choice of a complimentary night at the Grand Hyatt in Santiago or a $100 voucher for each adult guest toward treatments in one of the UMA spas. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 30, 2017, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $50 spa credit • Welcome bottle of wine (plus cheese plate at Tierra Patagonia) Standard Inclusions: TIERRA PATAGONIA: All meals and beverages (excluding premium wines and spirits) • Daily guided excursions • Access to spa facilities • Wi-Fi • For stays of three nights or longer, twice daily transfers to/from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Cerro Castillo as per published times • For stays of four nights or longer, transfers to and from El Calafate, Argentina TIERRA CHILOE: All meals and beverages (excluding premium wines and spirits) • Daily guided small-group excursions • Use of hotel facilities • Roundtrip Castro Airport transfers • Wi-Fi

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hese nine Harper hotels and resorts, spoken about here by Mr. Harper and hotel staff, began as private homes to the world’s famous— industry pioneers, authors, real estate magnates and yes, even a dictator.

Gravetye Manor was built in 1598, some 300 years before landscape designer William Robinson purchased it. LEFT: Robinson’s legacy of natural gardening is maintained today at Gravetye Manor. PHOTOS THIS PAGE COURTESY OF GRAVETYE MANOR

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CARL FISHER FAMOUSLY PROPOSED TO WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT II,

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort

FISHER ISLAND, FLORIDA

Located at the tip of Miami’s South Beach, Fisher Island was formerly a retreat for the Vanderbilt family. The lavish Mediterranean-style mansion is still an integral part of the resort. In the 1920s, William Kissam Vanderbilt II met Florida real estate magnate, Carl Fisher, a fan of Vanderbilt’s 250-foot yacht. Fisher famously proposed trading “my island for your yacht.” “Today, the mansion—with its grand ballroom, snooker parlor and Napoleon-vintage, walnut-paneled rooms—still serves as the center of island life,” says Bernard Lackner, CEO of Fisher Island Club. Several of the original surrounding cottages remain, such as the studio cottage for Vanderbilt’s painter-wife, Rosamund, and the lodging rooms for his yacht crewman. Vestiges of these structures have been restored and repurposed as luxury accommodations, including Vanderbilt’s personal airplane hangar, which is now the Spa Internazionale.

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FISHER ISLAND CLUB HOTEL & RESORT AND ROSAMUND WARBURTON VANDERBILT AND WILLIAM K. VANDERBILT II PHOTOS COURTESY OF FISHER ISLAND CLUB HOTEL & RESORT; WILLIAM ROBINSON AND GRAVETYE MANOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAVETYE MANOR; CASTLE HILL INN PHOTO © MICHELLE GARDELLA

“MY ISLAND FOR YOUR YACHT.”


Gravetye “IT FEELS

THAT VERY LITTLE HAS CHANGED

IN THE LAST 100 YEARS.”

Manor

WEST HOATHLY, SUSSEX, ENGLAND

This alluring manor house, built in 1598, is buried deep in the tranquil West Sussex countryside, some 33 miles south of London. For the great Irish landscape gardener William Robinson, Gravetye Manor became more than just a home; it was a place to plant his legacy. In 1884, Robinson purchased the already 300-year-old Elizabethan manor and the surrounding land to further establish his philosophy on the enduring beauty of natural gardening, made famous in his seminal books such as Wild Garden. During his years at Gravetye, Robinson commuted by steam train to London, and was often seen throwing bluebell bulbs from the carriage window in late autumn. For this detail, the train is today known as The Bluebell Railway. “There is a special connection between Gravetye and the Bluebell Railway,” says Celine Leslie, sales and marketing manager at Gravetye. “Sometimes when I’m out in the garden I can clearly hear the train, gently chugging away through the valley. On those days it feels that very little has changed in the last 100 years.” In the 50 years Robinson spent at Gravetye, he oversaw many traditions, including the welcoming of local school children to his home on his birthday. The children would dance on the long lawn that is now the manor’s croquet ground before being served a fine tea. Robinson died in 1935, but his majestic gardens have been scrupulously preserved.

Castle

Hill Inn NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND

Reposed on a bluff overlooking Narragansett Bay, Castle Hill Inn was originally built in 1874 as the summer home of the great Harvard marine biologist and naturalist, Alexander Agassiz, who relished the property’s private cove for safe storage of his boat collection. Today, with its evocative turret and striking panoramic views of the bay, the inn seems a fitting refuge for a man that devoted his life to the sea and the wonders within. As well as being a leading scientist, Agassiz also was a connoisseur of Asian art, and parts of his collection of Chinese and Japanese bronzes and porcelain still decorate the inn today. Over the years the inn has been a favorite of many notable guests, including novelist Thornton Wilder and actress Grace Kelly, who called the quiet enclave and sandy shoreline home while filming High Society in 1956. The solitude that Kelly sought—and that others seek out to this day—can be attributed in large part to the great hurricane of 1938, which cut off the peninsula from the mainland.

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“PATTERSON HIKED

The Willows

UP THE MOUNTAIN HOPING TO INTERVIEW

EINSTEIN

Historic Palm Springs Inn

AND CAME UPON HIM

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PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

TOP LEFT: Albert Einstein sunbathing at The Willows Palm Springs in 1932 ABOVE: The Rock Room at The Willows INSET: The Willows historic proprietor Samuel Untermyer BELOW: Contemporary and vintage photos of The Willows

In the stark shadows of a Palm Springs hillside footed with ancient desert willows, William Mead, a prominent figure in California banking and political circles, found a winter refuge. When the Meads decided to build a home there in 1924, they enlisted the help of revered architect, William J. Dodd, who designed the home to blend in with the desert topography. This can be seen throughout the hotel today, including in the “Rock Room” where a foundational boulder is at home in the walk-in shower. After Mead’s death in 1927, New York attorney Samuel Untermyer purchased the residence as a restful retreat. Untermyer, who is remembered for his staunch opposition of Adolf Hitler and for famously wearing an orchid boutonniere on his lapel, was friends with everyone from New York Mayor Jimmy Walker to Dr. Albert Einstein. “Einstein came multiple times in the early 1930s and he loved Palm Springs,” says Tracy Conrad, the current owner of the hotel. Perhaps the most unforgettable memory of Einstein at The Willows comes from famed columnist Cissy Patterson who hiked up the mountain hoping to interview the scientist and came upon him sunbathing in the nude. Einstein’s comfort and relaxation is testament to the nature of the place, not to mention the solace and tranquility that has beckoned people here since the beginning. Einstein’s bench, where he would sit gazing out at the desert landscape, remains in exactly the same spot, on a hillside above the property.

THE ROCK ROOM PHOTO AND CONTEMPORARY PHOTO OF THE WILLOWS COURTESY OF THE WILLOWS HISTORIC PALM SPRINGS INN; VINTAGE PHOTO OF THE WILLOWS COURTESY OF STEVE VAUGHT; URI JEREMIAS PHOTO © SIVAN ASKAYO; THE EFENDI HOTEL ROOM, LOBBY AND EXTERIOR PHOTOS © ASAF PINCHUK; RESTORATION PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE EFENDI HOTEL.

SUNBATHING IN THE NUDE.”


The E fendi Hotel OLD ACRE, ISRAEL

“THIS REFLECTS VERY MUCH WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO HERE,” SAYS JEREMIAS, WHO PROUDLY EMPLOYS BOTH JEWISH AND ARAB FAMILIES

TO PRESERVE THIS HAVEN OF HISTORY.

Housed within two Ottoman mansions, in the ancient city of Acre (or Akko, as it is known in modern Israel), The Efendi Hotel has been a labor of love for proprietor Uri Jeremias, one of the country’s best-known chefs, with the mansions’ reconstruction taking eight years. Built on top of Byzantine and Crusader structures, The Efendi Hotel has an extraordinary atmosphere of history and heritage. The ground floor, which currently serves as the hotel’s kitchen and dining room, is a relic of the early Ottoman era and was once the site of a church. Spaces such as the original Turkish bath have been restored and reactivated for modern-day guests who today can enjoy a traditional hammam. Through every layer, stories of the structure’s past proprietors whisper through the walls, their lives as merchants, businessmen and politicos each disparate yet inherently woven together. The layered and multicultural heritage extends to the staff. “This reflects very much what we are trying to do here,” says Jeremias, who proudly employs both Jewish and Arab families to preserve this haven of history. A legacy of music also prevails at Efendi thanks to Sodki Shukry and his son, Samir, a famous Israeli musician. While Sodki lived in the home, he welcomed students for Arabic music lessons and taught them to play a variety of instruments, from the violin to drums and the oud, a pear-shaped instrument similar to a mandolin. “He raised quite a generation of musicians,” says Jeremias.

TOP LEFT: Sea views from a balcony at The Efendi Hotel TOP RIGHT: Uri Jeremias, proprietor of The Efendi MIDDLE RIGHT: A mural uncovered during reconstruction LOWER RIGHT: Akko (Old Acre) seen from the hotel BOTTOM: An artisan works on restoring one of the

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Hôtel

Belles Rives

JUAN-LES-PINS, FRANCE

Much like a good book or a classic movie, the historic Hôtel Belles-Rives evokes the golden days of the French Riviera, taking people back to a bygone era filled with unforgettable characters and memorable scenes. Near Antibes, the grand stone villa overlooking the Mediterranean was where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in 1926 while writing his novel Tender is the Night. Here, as the lapis lazuli waters of the Mediterranean reached into the horizon and the Riviera sun sparkled on the surface of the sea, they danced and drank Champagne with friends such as Ernest Hemingway, Igor Stravinsky and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The Estène family, who has lovingly restored and maintained the property over the years, transformed the villa into the Hôtel Belles-Rives in 1929. Today, it is one of the more peaceful places to relax on this often hectic coastline.

TOP LEFT: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald TOP RIGHT: Tswalu Kalahari RIGHT: Terrasse La Passagere at

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LAZULI WATERS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN REACHED INTO THE HORIZON AND THE RIVIERA SUN SPARKLED ON THE SURFACE OF THE SEA,

THEY DANCED AND DRANK CHAMPAGNE WITH FRIENDS SUCH AS ERNEST HEMINGWAY AND IGOR STRAVINSKY.”

Tswalu Kalahari

TSWALU KALAHARI RESERVE, KURUMAN, SOUTH AFRICA

The largest private game reserve in South Africa (385 square miles), Tswalu is located at the edge of the Kalahari and is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species such as black-maned Kalahari lion, rhino and sable antelope. The reserve and its lodge are owned by Nicholas Oppenheimer, formerly the chairman of DeBeers diamond company as well as deputy chairman of the Anglo-American Corporation, the world’s largest producer of platinum. In the Tswana language, Tswalu means “new beginnings” and the reserve echoes that intention with its custodial host of conservation and restoration efforts. First started as a hunting reserve by English entrepreneur Stephen Boler, the Tswalu Game Reserve today is a portrait of renewal and nature on the mend. Since Oppenheimer’s arrival to the region, fences and manmade structures have been removed, grasses have been allowed to grow freely again, and new land has been added, all efforts that are rewarding themselves through the reemergence of many of the region’s threatened indigenous game, from the rare desert black rhino to Kalahari cheetahs. In every arena and direction, Tswalu is threaded with the Oppenheimer family’s commitment to conservation and its dedication to the future, both of which are sustaining the Kalahari’s natural tapestry for generations to come.

HÔTEL BELLES RIVES AND FITZGERALD FAMILY PHOTOS COURTESY OF HÔTEL BELLES RIVES; TSWALU KALAHARI PHOTO BY MICHAEL POLIZA, COURTESY OF TSWALU KALAHARI; GRAND HOTEL À VILLA FELTRINELLI PHOTOS COURTESY OF GRAND HOTEL À VILLA FELTRINELLI; ASHFORD CASTLE PHOTO COURTESY OF ASHFORD CASTLE

“HERE, AS THE LAPIS


Grand Hotel

à Villa Feltrinelli GARGNANO, LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Standing on the absurdly picturesque western shore of Lake Garda, the sumptuous neo-Gothic Villa Feltrinelli enjoys a certain notoriety as the residence of Italian dictator Beninto Mussolini from 1943–1945. Commissioned by the wealthy Feltrinelli family in 1892—their interests included the Credito Italiano bank and vast lumber holdings in Central Europe—it was intended as a retreat from the sultry heat of summers in Milan. Perhaps the most interesting family member was Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a hugely influential publisher who was responsible for smuggling the manuscript of Doctor Zhivago out of the Soviet Union, and the publication of The Leopard, the great novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. While the family enjoyed spending their days in the gardens, swimming in Lake Garda and playing tennis on the property, they also were subject to a demanding “Feltrinelli family code” respected by both adults and children that included incentives and fines. “The children were brought up with a very strict education and had to speak only German,” says General Manager Markus Odermatt. During the Second World War, Benito Mussolini occupied the villa for 600 days along with his wife, children and relatives. While there, he was held prisoner by the Germans and 30 SS officers, who lodged in the cellars beneath the property.

Ashford Castle CONG, COUNTY MAYO, IRELAND

Echoing across the ancient woodlands and widespread waters surrounding Ashford Castle are countless legends and family histories of western Ireland. Parts of the castle date back to 1228, when the de Burgo family claimed it as their stronghold, but it would be more than six centuries and numerous proprietors later that its most notable resident—Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness (of the brewery fame)—took up residence. Guinness and his son, Lord Ardilaun, expanded the estate to 26,000 acres, extended and rebuilt portions of the castle, and planted thousands of trees throughout the property’s undulating forests. It remained in the possession of the Guinness family until 1939, when it was sold and turned into a luxury hotel. Over the years, royals and celebrities from King George V and President Ronald Reagan to Oscar Wilde and Fred Astaire have passed through the halls. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara also stayed at the castle while filming The Quiet Man in nearby Connemara.

ABOVE, LEFT: Vintage photo of Grand Hotel à Villa Feltrinelli and the Grand Hotel à Villa Feltrinelli today ABOVE, RIGHT: Ashford Castle INSET: Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness

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Glenmere Mansion CHESTER, NEW YORK – Atop a gently rolling hill on lower Hudson Valley farmland less than an hour from Manhattan, this 18-room, Andrew Harper Grand Award–winning retreat blends Gilded Age craftsmanship with contemporary comfort. Built in 1911 for real estate heir Robert Goelet, the 150-acre estate’s history fills every corner. Works of the era’s noteworthy artisans are found in the traditional Italian gardens and courtyard murals, as well as the 18th-century dining-room chandelier and iron balustrades anchoring the Italianate villa. Top off the day with local fare in The Supper Room or Cortile, or raise a glass in Frogs End Tavern. Relax in the wood-paneled library or full-service spa. Surrounded by history, you’ll feel right at home. Recommended since 2011. SPECIAL OFFER: Three Nights for the Price of Two Book a midweek stay in January, February or March 2016 with a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday arrival and enjoy three nights for the price of two. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusion. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through March 31, 2016, based on availability and excluding Jan. 17–18, Feb. 14–15 and March 27, 2016. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Complimentary port wine for two at turndown • Two tickets per room for a one- or two-hour tour at West Point Military Academy Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at The Supper Room or Cortile • Access to fitness center and sporting facilities • Wi-Fi • Parking

PA R I S , F R A N C E

Prince de Galles SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Fourth Night Rediscover the City of Light this winter at Prince de Galles. Through April 30, 2016, stay four nights in any room or suite category and only pay for three. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through April 30, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Rosewood Tucker’s Point HAMILTON PARISH, BERMUDA – Poised idyllically on 240 undulating acres of Bermuda coastline, Tucker’s Point provides visitors with a quintessential Bermudian experience, where British colonial charm blends easily with tranquil island living. This glamorous yet comfortably casual resort is a quick 90-minute jaunt from most East Coast cities by air. The 69 well-appointed guest rooms and 19 sumptuous suites, all of which offer views of the surrounding cerulean Atlantic, are sure to impress even the most discerning travelers. “Tucker’s Point is a wonderful resort, with an attentive staff and beautiful surroundings,” says a recent Andrew Harper guest. A world-class golf course, land and water adventures, three bars, three restaurants and a state-of-the art spa boasting indulgent treatments provide fortuitous guests with everything they’ll need to thoroughly enjoy the island. Art and history buffs will appreciate the collection of murals at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, The Point, which were originally commissioned by Pan Am president Juan Trippe and once hung in New York’s Pan Am Sky Club. Recommended since 2010.

SPECIAL OFFER: Additional $100 Resort Credit Book a minimum stay of four nights through April 30, 2016, and receive an additional $100 resort credit, for a total of $200 when combined with your Andrew Harper benefit. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by March 31, 2016 for travel through April 30, 2016, 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 American breakfast served at The Point Restaurant & Terrace • $100 resort credit per room • Seasonal culinary welcome amenity Standard Inclusions: Access to private beach club • Shuttle transfers to resort facilities • Wi-Fi

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ON THE HEELS OF MR. HARPER’S RECENT VISIT, THE HARPER TRAVELER TALKS WITH OUR HOTEL PARTNERS ON THREE OF THE MOST SPECTACULAR ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS.

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ore than 700 picturesque, coral-based islands— most uninhabited and undisturbed—make up the Bahamas. And while the mere word Bahamas is synonymous with relaxation and escape, the tapestry of cultures, cuisines and geographies all surrounded by the unforgettable Caribbean Sea makes each island its own unforgettable destination. A quick flight from the mainland U.S. offers a full spectrum of experiences, from adventure to total serenity—all sharing the same sun-dappled turquoise halo.

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Spanish, British and West Indian traditions still inspire the rich culture of Paradise Island, lending disparate musical, culinary and linguistic energy to its distinctive, welcoming atmosphere. From this island, just over two bridges that span Nassau Harbor, the city of Nassau beckons with all the nightlife, dining and shopping one would expect from the Bahamas’ largest city. It’s this proximity to the city’s energy—and yet still a sense of escape—that makes Paradise Island an ideal introduction to the Caribbean. The island is perhaps best known for Atlantis, the sprawling resort on its western half, but other accommodation, restaurant and casino options abound, such as Mr. Harper’s long-recommended One&Only Ocean Club.

Colorful buildings are a common sight on bustling Paradise Island.

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DID YOU KNOW? Several locations at One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island were used as-is for scenes in the James Bond film Casino Royale.

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INFINITELY VARIED COLORS OF THE SEA ARE AMONG THE PERENNIAL PLEASURES OF THE BAHAMAS. Mr. Harper, from the September 2015 Hideaway Report

FRESH CREEK

On the largest of the archipelago of islands that together comprise Andros, Fresh Creek is surrounded by nearly 300,000 acres of mostly uninhabited natural splendor including reefs and protected tropical wetlands. Anglers and naturalists especially flock to the river, which opens its mouth eastward to the sea and nearby Nassau. Conch, lobster and especially record-size bonefish are popular catches along offshore flats in shallow water best navigated by experienced guides on nimble boats, according to the staff at Kamalame Cay, a private 96-acre island resort across the inlet from Andros. Thrilling deep-sea angling opportunities for incredible dorado, mackerel, tuna, grouper, mahi mahi and shark await further out at sea, just off the world’s third-largest coral reef. This abundance of sport fish and other flawless seafood translates into some of the freshest, South Asian–influenced food in the region. Nassau beach remains lively and beautiful.

DID YOU KNOW? The entire island of Fresh Creek intends to convert to solar power, which already powers its traffic lights.

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If time could be rewound, the history of the Bahamas would unfold here, on these two islands. Eleuthera is just a short plane ride from mainland Florida, with daily flights available, but it feels a world apart. British loyalists arrived in the 18th century, inspiring the blue-and-white New England architecture that now defines the entire region. The attitude is decidedly laid-back, as Mr. Harper elucidates in his recent report from the island. There are few distractions to steal one’s eyes from the incredible dual-toned waters, he says: the restless, deep topaz waves of the Atlantic, and across a slice of land sometimes less than a mile wide, the placid turquoise blanket of the Caribbean. Take both in simultaneously on a drive across “Glass Window Bridge,” a rocky ribbon only a car’s width across that joins Gregory Town and Lower Bogue, sometimes referred to as the narrowest place on Earth. Harbour Island’s pink-sand beaches are some of the most iconic in the world, but this same pink sand also extends across more than 35 miles of Eleuthera’s Atlantic coast as well. It’s truly a destination for escaping, as Mr. Harper notes, with not much on the agenda save for snorkeling, beach reading and perhaps a Jeep ride to the northern tip of Eleuthera for a quick water taxi ride over to Harbour Island. “Eleuthera offers the appeal of a somewhat under-the-radar island with a magnificent shoreline, peaceful beaches and crystal-clear water,” says Marcos Casillas, vice president of Enchantment Group, which owns and operates The Cove Resort on Eleuthera.

FRESH CREEK Kamalame Cay staff suggests a hike on the secluded Rainbow Blue Hole Trail, home to rare orchids and bromeliads. Cap the walk with a dip in a secluded, pristine freshwater swimming oasis beside the trail. PARADISE ISLAND For a quieter experience, staff of the One&Only Ocean Club recommend taking in the stunning view of its 12th-century Augustinian cloister, and taking a stroll through its Versailles-inspired sculpture garden. “This is definitely something that you don’t see anywhere else in the region,” says Rachel Palumbo, One&Only Ocean Club’s executive director of sales and marketing. ELEUTHRA & HARBOUR ISLAND Plan a sea-to-table experience. The Cove Resort’s staff leads a fourhour trip to dive for conch and snorkel through the clear blue waters; afterward, enjoy a beach luncheon, including conch ceviche made from the shellfish caught that day.

Kayaks on the pink-sand beaches of Harbour Island

DID YOU KNOW? Eleuthera claims to grow the sweetest pineapples in the world, an agricultural tradition that dates from the mid-18th century.

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Auberge de la Source SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Third Night Discover the charms of Auberge de la Source this winter and enjoy the Norman sea coast and countryside with an additional night. Through March 31, 2016, book two consecutive nights and receive a third night free. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through March 31, 2016, based on availability. Excludes bank holidays and Thursday arrivals. Offer is limited to a maximum of two guests per room and is not combinable with any other promotions. Restrictions may apply.

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Hotel Seven One Seven SPECIAL OFFER: P R O M OT I O N Remarkable Museum Tour Book two nights or more in any room category and receive complimentary tickets to Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) museum. Locals call this hidden gem—a complete church secreted away behind the façade of a 17thcentury canal house—one of the most fascinating museums in Amsterdam, and a revealing look at the city during the Reformation, when Catholics were forbidden to hold public service. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Tastes and Terrain of Umbria Immerse yourself in a true Umbrian experience with a package exploring the tastes and terrain of the region. The loaded three-night Gourmet National Park package includes a cooking class for two with staff from Vespasia; one full-day hike with a private guide in Monti Sibillini National Park, with transfers; one treatment per person at Palazzo Seneca SPA; one tapas-style dinner for two in Norcia at Enoteca Granaro del Monte; one three-course a la carte dinner for two at Vespasia; and one six-course gourmet tasting menu for two at Vespasia. Package rates start at 780 EUR per person. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked at least 10 days before arrival for travel through Dec. 28, 2016, based on availability, and excluding Jan. 10–Feb. 11, March 22–27, Aug. 13–16 and Dec. 23–26, 2016.

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Nine Worlds Black-sand beaches. Towering craggy peaks. Steaming geysers, hot springs and active volcanoes. Thundering waterfalls, majestic fjords and, yes, vast expanses of icy tundra. The small island nation of Iceland—its 39,769 square miles make it roughly equal in size to the state of Kentucky—hides a staggering wealth of natural beauty in some of its most elemental and powerful forms, as well as a welcoming population of around 330,000 who enjoy one of the world’s highest standards of living. Ásta Ólafsdóttir of the Icelandic customized tour operator Nine Worlds spoke to the Andrew Harper Traveler about the special appeal of this magical land, its Viking heritage, and how her company offers an unparalleled experience for the adventure-minded traveler.

Ásta Ólafsdóttir Sales & Marketing Manager

The Northern Lights over Reykjavik

The company’s name references Norse mythology. To what extent does that mythology factor into a trip to Iceland and the experiences you craft? The Vikings who settled in Iceland practiced the Norse religion and believed in the idea of the tree, Yggdrasill, as “earth.” The myth was that underneath Yggdrasill there were nine roots that led you to nine different worlds, hence the name Nine Worlds. When creating our itineraries we think a lot about giving our guests a taste of as many of these worlds as possible and to give their trip depth and the sense of the characteristics that are still alive within our heritage and sagas.

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What do you find most captivating about Iceland? Why travel there? Iceland is unlike any other destination, due to its small size and vastness of the countryside. Most things are within reach—endless waterfalls and geothermally active sights (volcanoes and other less-traveled areas), as well as the locals, who are happy and interested in meeting guests coming their way. Icelandic cuisine is something worth trying with its fresh ingredients, emphasis on farm-to-table and organically grown vegetables. For those seeking nightlife, Reykjavik is fun, alive and energetic.

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Can you give us an overview of the Nine Worlds experience? What’s the driving force behind the company? Aside from the love for our destination and the will to share it with our guests, it’s the joy of creating something unique for each trip. Working at Nine Worlds gives us the chance to use our “explorer” side; we are constantly finding and creating new experiences and off-the-beaten-track possibilities. When we say “tailor made,” we really mean “tailor made.” Of course many of our guests want to experience the “highlights” which also means the main tourist attractions, but for us a tour around the Golden Circle, for instance, is more than just driving the route on the map. We make sure there are unique twists and offthe-beaten-track stops that other operators do not know about. Our ambition is for guests to return home with something unique in

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the form of memories, experiences and true authenticity. To us, it is a privilege to serve clientele that are truly looking for something different and unique. Can you describe some of the unique accommodations and activities? Nine Worlds has access to private homes, villas and lodges within Reykjavik and in the countryside. You won’t be able to find most of them on the Internet, but we have exclusive access through personal relationships and networks. As for unique activities, there’s so much we can offer. Private venues inside secret caves, dormant volcanoes, and other hidden areas in the highlands and around Iceland are always a big hit. Private cooking classes with master chefs or lessons with local designers and artists are also cherished by those interested in that kind of experience. You offer bespoke, customized luxury tours — What are some examples of how this turns out? To what extent do you influence the itinerary? Since our guests come from all over the world, the differences in their requests vary a lot. We have had requests for bigger things like a surprise birthday party within an itinerary, a wedding on top of a glacier, private lunches and dinners out in nature and helicopter or yacht trips around Iceland. We normally say that we can assist with most things as long as they are legal and ethical. On our end, we do our best to make sure the itinerary is put together in the most effi-


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their own time (which doesn’t necessarily fit ours). It’s good to keep in mind that Greenland is an expensive destination due to this fact, and that the flight cost is also very high. ABOVE: Champagne served atop a mountain peak is one of many ways Nine Worlds combines bespoke luxury with Iceland’s natural splendour. RIGHT: Numerous springs, pools and lakes offer unique water-based activities. BELOW: Helicopter flights allow access to the most remote regions of Iceland.

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cient way in regards to time, driving distance and budget, and if there is special reason for why people want to travel to Iceland we of course work around that. For example, if the goal is to see the Northern Lights then we try to talk our guests into staying a few nights in the countryside to enhance their chances of seeing the lights. Another thing we do is get to know the guest as well as possible during the booking process, in order to pair them with a guide that fits their expectations, interests, age and more.

It’s easy to envision Iceland as cold and unforgiving, but that’s clearly not accurate. What are travelers most surprised by? What really “wows” the luxury traveler? I have been in this business for over 26 years and only once I have had a guest irritated due to weather! When traveling to Iceland one has to go by the thought “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” But we make sure our guests are well cared for during their trip and provide woolen blankets and rain gear in all our vehicles. The “wows” are the natural sights, the light and the colors. The vast space and privacy. The friendliness of the locals. I have to say that the food always wows as well—we do serve more than dried fish and rotten shark! Then I have to mention that our guests normally love their guides and drivers. We really make sure we handpick them all.

You also arrange tours to Greenland —what’s the draw? What do you offer there? Greenland is very different from Iceland—it’s like going 40 years back in time! It is a very unique destination and we can arrange many different types of activities there, from the basic glacier boat tours to the more complicated and adventurous hiking tours. Summer is great for hunting and fishing, while winter is the time for dogsledding. We recommend having a private guide for all tours in order to keep the itinerary functioning, as our neighbors in Greenland go by

What are distances like between communities and these wilderness settings? How “remote” are they? Is it easy to get around? Normal day tours are from 8-10 hours, where 2-4 hours are spent driving on the road. Normally the first stop is within 40 minutes to an hour. All tours can be done by helicopter as well and that gives an opportunity to enter completely remote areas, where you will see no other human being. We like combining travel where a helicopter takes you into the highlands and then you meet with a super truck that takes you back to your accommodations. This way you get to experience the land from both the air and the ground, which gives a great overall experience.

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Does Iceland have a distinct culinary tradition? What are some staples of Icelandic cuisine? Icelandic cuisine consists of various fish and shellfish, lamb, beef and dairy. We are becoming world famous for our skyr, a thick, low-fat yogurt. Organic vegetables are grown in geothermally heated greenhouses and we often take our guests to visit these greenhouses for tastings. We focus on farm-to-table cuisine and locally made produce for our clients. Organic restaurants are becoming more and more common, in addition to ones preparing traditional Icelandic cuisine in a modern way.

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What would you say represents the Icelandic spirit or character? The normal Icelander lives by the phrase “Everything will go well” on all occasions— meaning that even though things are not ready in time, things will still turn out well and everybody will have a happy experience. For example, a true Icelander is capable of preparing a venue in a short time by including all his friends and family to make it happen. Icelanders are also well-traveled and curious and love sharing their knowledge on blogs and social media. This goes both for local and foreign brands. You will see it in their homes, cars, mobile devices, fashion and local design. But when you ask a local if he or she originally comes from the Vikings, 99 percent would still say “YES” with pride!

ABOVE, LEFT: Horseback riding on an Icelandic beach CENTER: A field of glacial ice in Iceland’s highlands RIGHT: Geysir, from which the English word “geyser”

derives, erupts several times an hour. It was the first geyser known to modern Europeans.

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