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CONTENTS

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ON THE COVER Maasai women relax while wearing traditional ornaments in Tanzania.

October | November | December 2015

18 Journey Through Medieval Europe Part I Visit the walled villages, castles and former kingdoms of nobility on this tour through Spain, France and England.

28 Meet Our Travelers: Thomas Oxman Homer’s classic epics came to life for this Harper subscriber during a recent journey to Greece. 30 In Good Taste The chefs at these 10 worldwide restaurants dish about their personal favorite menu selections, how they cook at home, and their restaurants’ recipes for success.

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42 Timeless Traditions Andrew Harper destination specialists discuss five of the world’s most diverse and intriguing cultures. 52 Meet Our Partners: Costa Rica Expeditions CEO Michael Kaye gives a behind-the-scenes look at Costa Rica’s top destination specialist.

56 Holiday Highlights Harper Staff’s Special Holiday Memories

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Park Hyatt Zurich; Zurich

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The Wakaya Club & Spa; Wakaya Island

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Le Bristol Paris; Paris

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The Peninsula Paris; Paris

Indonesia 55

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Paul Gauguin TAHITI, FIJI AND THE SOUTH PACIFIC – Welcome to the easygoing culture and unique spirit of French Polynesia. Specifically designed to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti, Fiji and the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin gracefully blends fivestar service and heartfelt hospitality into the natural beauty of the South Seas. Discover the remarkable charms of island life during land excursions and discussions with the staff of local Tahitians, all while enjoying the bountiful shipboard comforts— including three gourmet dining venues, a rejuvenating spa and spacious suites and staterooms for only 332 guests. In December 2015 and March 2016, travelers also may join the sophisticated m/v Tere Moana during its final “Bon Voyage” season through the Caribbean, enjoying special reduced fares on the intimate 88-guest vessel. Readers’ Choice—2015. ••   Small, Intimate Ports of Call ••   Access to Private Islet and Private Beach in Bora Bora ••   All-Inclusive Rates, Plus Airfare from L.A. for All M/S Paul Gauguin Sailings Andrew Harper Benefits: $100 shipboard credit per person Standard Inclusions: All meals and beverages • Onboard gratuities • 24-hour room service • Access to private beach in Bora Bora • Access to private islet Motu Mahana

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Le Bristol Paris, Oetker Collection

LONDON, ENGLAND – This revered Regency-era landmark has been refurbished and reopened under the oeuvre of the Oetker Collection as its first masterpiece hotel in the U.K. Sister hotel to Le Bristol Paris, the Lanesborough’s enviable location in Knightsbridge and panoramic views of Hyde Park complement its elegant interiors and 93 refined rooms and suites, in which all guests enjoy 24-hour butler service. The magnificent Céleste restaurant draws on the considerable talents (and three Michelin stars) of Chef Eric Frechon and his esteemed protege Florian Favario. Under the restaurant’s domed glass roof, the master chefs combine French prestige with British inspiration for one of London’s greatest gastronomic pleasures. Bolstering the exquisite cuisine are the Garden Room with London’s most renowned cigar humidor, and the stately Library Bar, featuring a prized collection of 18th-century cognacs. Recommended since 1996.

PARIS, FRANCE – For 90 years, Le Bristol Paris has enchanted guests with an unmatched welcome into the French art de vivre, exemplified through 188 harmonious rooms and suites, a spa nominated for best in France, a constellation of Michelin-star cuisine and, above all, a passionate and devoted staff. As one Andrew Harper subscriber put it, “We were so well-treated that there is no real question of staying anywhere else. Not only well set up to receive families with a stunning pool and a kids’ club, the staff truly goes out of its way to make them feel welcome. In spite of the stars and royalty staying there at the same time, we never once felt any less important. It was a perfect few days and the above-and-beyond service was obvious.”

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Recommended since 1988; Readers’ Choice–2013, 2014, 2015.

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 Oct. 25, 2015–May 15, 2016, based on availability; excludes Nov. 30–Dec. 11, 2015, Dec. 24, 2015–Jan. 2, 2016, Jan. 24–28 and March 4–9, 2016. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: 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 Standard Inclusions: Access to fitness center • Daily newspaper

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Surrounded by vineyards, Madrona Manor is located in the quintessential wine country town of Healdsburg, California. The perfect destination for wine country garden weddings and special events – Guests enjoy the exceptional combination of a grand estate setting, Michelin-star cuisine and warm gracious service. The dramatic mansion and lush gardens are carefully interwoven to provide a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, comfortably accommodating smaller intimate groups as well as large parties up to 200 guests. Event coordination is included not only the day of your event, but for the entire planning process.


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There’s never been a better time to experience the majestic wilderness of the last frontier with The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™. Crystal Serenity® provides the best and most indulgent way to visit this glacial wonderland, its wildlife-filled fjords, and rich history. In 2016 choose from seven Alaska voyages and spend the day discovering the culture of rugged frontier towns, feel the rush of dog-sledding, or explore the glaciers by helicopter—the possibilities are endless. And for those seeking a more intimate exotic adventure, be one of the first to set sail on Crystal Esprit®, the world’s newest, all-inclusive luxury super-yacht that caters to just 62 discerning travelers for each journey. We look forward to welcoming you aboard. For full details on itineraries, fares, and information, please visit crystalcruises.com. For Reservations contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com Book by December 30, 2015 for the best available Book Now fares.

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Unlimited Sports, Plus Room Upgrade The beautiful Meadowood golf course has reopened for play after an extensive renovation. Celebrate the sporting life with complimentary unlimited golf, croquet and tennis—including green fees, court fees and equipment rentals—when you book a mid-week (Sunday–Thursday) stay through March 31, 2016.

Included in the offer are your Andrew Harper benefits: $50 breakfast credit, $100 spa treatment credit, welcome amenity of local artisan chocolates and as an added bonus an upgrade at time of booking! We are thrilled to announce our 14,000-square-foot, all-suite Meadowood Spa is anticipated to open this fall. The new Meadowood Spa will have eight treatment suites (six singles; two couples’), each offering leafy, forested views and a spacious, private environment for treatments and complete relaxation. Offer is valid on new mid-week reservations only, for travel by March 31, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. For reservations please contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or email reservations @ andrewharper.com.

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Ocean House Collection WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND – Any local would agree that the cooler months in the ocean state are some of the most spectacular; crowds have dwindled and the beaches offer miles of serene landscapes. Located on Rhode Island’s shoreline, the Ocean House Collection presents two uniquely beautiful hotels, each steeped in history and offering perfect off-season getaways. As the crown jewel of Watch Hill, Ocean House provides a luxurious getaway for even the most discerning traveler. With a host of events, complimentary resort activities and four distinctive dining options, there is always something to do no matter the season. Let the food forager and sommelier craft an experience based on your tastes and interests in the brand new Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, a 3,000-square-foot space featuring a Gaggenau-outfitted demonstration kitchen and two library wine cellars with an award-winning collection. Down the coast, sister property Weekapaug Inn offers her guests a departure from the everyday in an atmosphere of low-key luxury. The resident naturalist employs the Inn’s unique location to inspire a number of complimentary daily activities and excursions. The chef uses locally sourced ingredients prepared with the flavorful recipes of New England’s immigrant traditions to inspire the Inn’s cuisine. Recommended since 2011 (Ocean House) and 2014 (Weekapaug Inn); (Ocean House) Readers’ Choice—2013, 2014, 2015; (Weekapaug Inn) Grand Award—2015.

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ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES – Paradise is found on this eco-friendly island hideway in the Grenadines. True to its roots as a remote haven for discerning sailors since the 1960s, the discreetly constructed resort preserves the pristine landscape, notably eschewing electronics for an immersive island experience where you can focus on what matters: the lush beauty of the tropical setting; the host of indelible moments and the companions you share them with. Just 22 stone villas and cottages share the 115-acre landscape with wild forests, secluded coves and deserted beaches. The island’s Cousteau Dive Center lends expert guides for unparalleled scuba and snorkeling excursions; an open-air hillside spa, two restaurants, beach bar and more provide decadent comfort, or opt for in-room massages and beachside picnics for uninterrupted privacy.

CHESTER, NEW YORK – Located on a hilltop in the lower Hudson Valley, one hour outside of Manhattan—but worlds away from the daily grind—an Italian villa awaits. The historic mansion boasts 18 elegant rooms, overlooking secluded meadows and the incomparable Glenmere Gardens. “This property was absolutely beautiful and inviting,” mused one delighted Andrew Harper subscriber. Toast a day spent golfing, hiking and sightseeing with a vintage in the Supper Room, accompanied by fresh, seasonal fare from the farm-to-table menu. Experience total rejuvenation with the Moroccan Purification Ritual treatment in the spa, or unwind with a book and a dram at the atmospheric Frogs End Tavern. From the intuitive service to the thoughtful amenities and décor, Glenmere Mansion impresses with both glamour and gracious hospitality. Recommended since 2011.

Recommended since 1980; Readers’ Choice–2015.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Night For a limited time, book a three-night minimum stay with a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday arrival and enjoy the third night free. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Oct. 31 for travel from Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2015, based on availability and excluding Nov. 22–28, 2015. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. offer. 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 restaurant • Access to fitness center and sporting facilities • Wi-Fi • Parking

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The Peninsula Paris PARIS, FRANCE – Discover the dream of Paris with Peninsula. The iconic brand’s bold first entry into Europe, this classic Hausmannian palace elevates the standard of luxury, design and comfort in the City of Light. Built in 1908, the hotel has reopened after a meticulous six-year restoration conducted by the finest artisans of France. The result is a library of French heritage craft inviting you to marvel at every detail—from the intricate building facade with cascading stone flowers to a bevy of charming interior elements, including fine marble, rich wood panelling and gold leaf finishes. Alternating as a high-class residence, glamorous hotel and governmental headquarters, these historic furnishings have witnessed storied tales of counts, queens, composers and consuls around every enticing corner. And beyond the crystal-draped lobby, an advantageous location in the heart of the 16th arrondisement puts you steps away from the world’s most famous monuments and museums. Today, the hotel seeks to make new history and cement its revived status as an icon of Parisian style and glamour. The 200 spacious rooms and suites provide the ultimate in 21st-century convenience, balancing state-of-the-art technology with classic craftsmanship, a modern aesthetic and signature Peninsula flourishes. Of the six restaurants and bars, the rooftop L’Oiseau Blanc dazzles with panoramic views of the city, whose streets you can explore in true Peninsula style in a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom or a customized Mini Cooper. Your experiences are ever enhanced by the distinctly white-clad Pages, who embody the Peninsula tradition of impeccable service and attention. The hotel’s fine offerings are further bolstered by the Peninsula Academy, a collection of bespoke programs and excursions for all members of the family. Wherever your dream of Paris leads, take the Peninsula standard with you. Recommended since 2014.

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Third Night Book a minimum stay of three consecutive nights and enjoy the third night with our compliments. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel from Nov. 15, 2015– March 15, 2016, based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily American breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • 85 EUR voucher per room for use at Le Lobby or LiLi restaurants or the Peninsula Spa • Seasonal amenity Also includes PenClub Benefits: “Peninsula Time” flexible check-in and checkout • Upgraded welcome amenities • Complimentary 30-minute extension on any 50-minute body or facial treatment • Unlimited Wi-Fi Standard Inclusions: Non-alcoholic minibar • VoIP calls • Daily shoe shine • Wi-Fi

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Medieval Pursuits

Travel highlights from the Middle Ages in England, France and Spain

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he sight of castles and cathedrals, even in ruins, easily conjures fanciful histories of gallant knights in gleaming armor, lords and ladies holding court and monks laboring on beautifully illuminated manuscripts. If you know your history, those images may be augmented with some of the harsher reality of the times. Yet gazing upon these towering achievements, representing the foundation of our own modern history, never fails to impress. After the fall of the Roman Empire and ensuing the Dark Ages, rapidly shifting paradigms across Europe encouraged the rise of both a feudal nobility as well as the Christian church. Ushering in the medieval era, this consolidation of wealth and power led to an age of monumental building and gave many cities and countries their familiar shapes and character. We’ve compiled itineraries showcasing some of the most interesting, authentic and well-preserved medieval sites across the continent. In this first installment, we take a look at the stalwarts of Western Europe: England, France and Spain. Follow us through time as we tour architecture, landscapes and villages fit for a history buff—but never far from accommodations fit for a king.

The medieval town of Carcassonne, France at sunset

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In the Middle Ages, southern France historically maintained a distinct language and relative independence from the northern kingdom. It was here that the troubadours of Aquitaine first sang of courtly love, and where the popular concept of chivalry was first developed. The picturesque medieval settings, then as well as now, are a fitting complement to those romantic ideals. Begin at the citadel of Carcassonne in southwestern Languedoc-Roussillon, where the Aude River divides the city into two sections. La Cite, the upper town, is a medieval wonderland and designated World Heritage Site. Entering this charming area is like taking a step back in time, as the town is complete with more than 50 towers, stone walls, a moat and drawbridge, and a cathedral. Though a crucial stronghold during centuries of warfare—Romans, Visigoths, Spanish Moors and French nobles all took refuge here—the city fell into disrepair as the French border expanded, culminating with government orders to demolish the medieval fortifications in 1849. However, under the guidance of Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, one of the pioneers of modern conservation science, it was successfully restored to its medieval glory. Today, Carcassonne’s storybook setting continues to impress, with appearances in films and literature and as the inspiration behind the popular board game of the same name. Your next stop is the coastal city of Montpellier. Now the fast-growing capital of Languedoc-Roussillon, the city was originally settled in the 10th century as a refuge from pirates, and later became a major port for the spice trade with the Middle East. Stroll its medieval streets, such as Rue du Bras de Fer, and make your way to the Tour de la Babotte and the Tours des Pins to view the remains of 12th-century fortifications. Montpellier also is home to the Faculte de Medecine, a medical college established in 1289 that continues to be one of the preeminent institutions in the country, and the world’s oldest medical school still in operation. In the city’s Jewish quarter, visit the medieval mikve, a sacred ceremonial bathhouse, that dates back to the 13th century and one of the bestpreserved mikves in all of Europe.

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End your French sojourn in Èze, which sits high above the Côte d’Azur between Nice and the Italian border. “Èze is a very special place, a medieval walking village with an exceptional view 400 meters above sea level overlooking the whole French Riviera,” says Robin Oodunt, general manager of Château Eza. As you approach this cliffside town, its terracotta roofs seem to rise out of the earth, and the magnificent vistas and tranquil setting have made Èze a popular spot for honeymooners as well as notable personalities ranging from Friedrich Nietzsche to Walt Disney and the Prince of Sweden. Èze’s medieval castle was torn down in 1706, but its ruins remain. The surrounding village features restored medieval buildings that now house artisan shops and perfumeries. French author George Sand wrote of this paradise, “The ruins of Èze, planted on a coneshaped rock, with a picturesque village perched on a sugar loaf, stop the glance inevitably. This is the most beautiful point of view of the road, the most complete, the best composed.”

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England

Onward to England, where your itinerary circles the country and explores the Saxon, Viking and Norman heritage that characterized the English medieval era. Start your British journey in the northeastern city of York, where the immense stone gatehouses of the medieval walls immediately greet its visitors. Once a capital of Roman Britain that saw Constantine the Great proclaimed emperor within its walls, and later the Viking city Jórvik after the region was wrest from the Anglo-Saxons, York’s medieval history is extensive and visible. The most dominant structures are the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and the remains of York Castle. Now largely reduced to the single hilltop tower of the old keep, the castle grounds were enlarged and strengthened during the medieval era and used extensively by English kings, particularly during the wars with Scotland. Walking through York presents many more delightful medieval sights, such as the Shambles, a stretch of precariously constructed timber-framed shops that originally served as an open-air meat market, along with a series of narrow and unmistakably medieval footpaths known locally as Snickelways. York also offers several museums that provide hands-on experiences of the city’s rich history, such as the JORVIK Viking Centre which reconstructs portions of the older Viking settlement along with other medieval exhibits and festivals. From York, a two-hour drive west takes you to the city of Chester and the border with Wales. Originally established as a Roman fort, Chester is notable for having the most complete set of city walls in all of Britain, fortified to protect the city from attacks by the Welsh and Vikings. The centerpiece of the town is Chester Cathedral. Legend says that this exact spot was once home to a Druid temple and then a Roman temple before the cathedral was built in the seventh century. The unique décor includes a variety of different styles, from Norman arches to Gothic columns to 14th-century woodcarvings and stained glass. “People have been visiting the Cathedral for almost a thousand years,” says Liz Parry, marketing manager at The Chester Grosvenor

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hotel. “The ‘Cathedral Heights’ tour provides a view of one city, two countries and five counties from the top of the cathedral tower.” Walk along the unique Rows, medieval-styled buildings rebuilt during the Victorian era containing charming shops and apartments, and make your way to The Cross, a junction at the center of the city marked by a sandstone cross dating from 1476. During most summer days, a town crier still makes a midday proclamation from here at noon. The southwest corner of the city holds Chester Castle, a Norman fortification which retains many of its medieval elements, including the striking Agricola Tower which has seen kings and nobles imprisoned in its crypt. Steps from the city walls is the Chester Racecourse, which held its first recorded race in 1539 and is the oldest horse-racing course in England still in use. As time allows, take some time to explore Wales, then continue the journey south to the Cotswolds, a 100-mile stretch of hills that runs from Stratford-upon-Avon in the north to Bath in the south. Containing roughly 200 villages, towns and hamlets, the Cotswolds gained prominence when the wool trade with the continent boomed in the medieval era, and the area has retained its wealth ever since. “One of the special things I like about the Cotswolds is that all of the fantastic little quaint villages are close together, so you are able to explore two or three in a day without too much driving,” says Stuart Hodges, general manager of Lower Slaughter Manor near Cheltenham. Delightful villages like Northleach and Burford feature stone cottages and “wool churches,” built with the vast profits of the wool merchants.

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Throughout the idyllic landscape are numerous castles, abbeys and manor houses with medieval origins, such as Sudely Castle near the town of Winchcombe. This stately residence was once home to Queen Catherine Parr, sixth wife of Henry VIII, and visitors and staff still report seeing her ghost strolling among the gardens. Yet history isn’t felt solely at major landmarks; the sense of a bygone era is palpable down nearly every winding country lane. “The medieval is everyday in the Cotswolds. You’ll cross medieval bridges, view ancient high streets and walk past the tombs of wool merchants in almost every major settlement,” says Katie Simmonds, sales and marketing manager at Barnsley House hotel, located near Cirencester.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBERLEY CASTLE.

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMBERLEY CASTLE.

LEFT: The half-timbered Rows and The Cross in central

Chester. The Cross marks the historic center of the old Roman city. CENTER: Amberley Castle in Arundel, West Sussex RIGHT: Amberley Castle interior

From here, more fanciful travelers may wish to take a short trip southwest to Glastonbury, a notable site in the mythology of King Arthur, before continuing east to the county of Sussex to end your British itinerary. Once a kingdom of its own, Sussex is known for the decisive Battle of Hastings, fought here in 1066 between Anglo-Saxons and the invading Normans led by William the Conqueror, and the outcome of which set the course for the rest of British and European history; today it is one of the least altered of all the surviving medieval battlefields. West Sussex is also home to the impressive Arundel Castle. Built by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, in the late 11th century, this structure has been the family home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their heirs for nearly a thousand years, making it one of the oldest continually inhabited country homes in England. The Harperrecommended 12th-century Amberley Castle makes for ideal accommodations to explore this historic area before ending your itinerary or heading north to London.

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Spain

Spain is unique in European medieval history in that it was in varying degrees an Islamic territory known as Al-Andalus for more than 700 years, after Umayyad Muslims crossed into Gibraltar from North Africa in 711 and quickly overtook the reigning Visigothic kingdom. Despite the conditions of the Reconquista—a state of nearly constant war as Christian rulers fought to retake their lands—for a time AlAndalus blossomed as a locus of great cultural and scientific advancement. The heartland of the former caliphate, modern-day Andalusia in southern Spain, is a rewarding setting for exploring this fascinating historical period. Begin in Córdoba, the one-time capital of Al-Andalus that surpassed Constantinople as Europe’s largest city and leading cultural center during the 10th century, owing to its great library as well as remarkable religious tolerance. In the center of the city stands the Great Mosque of Córdoba, which was converted into a Christian cathedral in 1236. Intended to rival the great buildings across the Islamic empire, the mosque-cathedral retains much of its original architecture and adornment alongside newer additions, such as the 16th-century cathedral nave. The area surrounding the mosque, the historic center of the city, has collectively been designated a World Heritage Site and contains numerous medieval structures of note, including the impressively restored Calahorra Tower and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos. Once a palace for the caliphs, the Alcázar was rebuilt by Christians in 1328 and later housed Spanish monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella—who granted the explorer Christopher Columbus an audience within to hear his lofty plans for an expedition—as well as the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. Before moving on from Córdoba, be sure to visit the historic Jewish quarter, where the famed Talmudic scholar Maimonides was born in 1135. The neighborhood’s narrow passageways and cobblestone streets remain intact, as does the Synagogue of Córdoba, which was originally built in 1315. On the

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outskirts of the city lie the partially excavated ruins of the Medina Azahar, a stunning palace-city built toward the end of the caliphate that once teemed with exotic treasures and magnificent gardens. Continue southeast to Granada, last bastion of Muslim rule in Spain and site of the renowned Alhambra. The hilltop fortress was first built in 889 and later expanded into the exquisite palace complex of Spain’s last emirs and sultans, before the city fell and concluded the Reconquista in 1492. Designed with the theme of “paradise on earth,” lavish architectural detailings, gardens and palaces synthesize the styles developed during the eight centuries Muslim rule and constitute the country’s most significant display of Andalusian Islamic architecture. Despite damage, alterations and new constructions after the Christian conquest, there remains ample opportunity to marvel at passageways carved from bushes and shrubbery, exquisite pools and landscaping, intricately carved fountains, and sweeping, awe-inspiring views. Across a ravine from the complex is the Generalife, a masterfully preserved garden villa once connected to the Alhambra by a covered walkway, and considered the most accurate presentation of a medieval Islamic garden in Spain. Opt to stay a few nights in the surrounding countryside at Barceló La Bobadilla; constructed in the style of a Moorish village, the hotel offers an authentic setting for indulging in Andalusian luxury. Your next stop, Málaga, is located along the Mediterranean coast an hour southwest of Granada. Archaeological records place the founding of the city around 770 B.C., making it one of the world’s oldest continuously in-

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to prosper. Now the capital of modern-day Andalusia and the fourth-largest city in Spain, Seville holds a wealth of exciting historical sights, museums and festivals; yet two buildings from the late Middle Ages persist as some of the city’s most appealing attractions. The first of these is the Alcázar of Seville, a beautiful palace begun in the 14th century and completed over the next 500 years. Initially the site of a Muslim palace, the bulk of the current structure was built after the Christian conquest of 1248 and is a striking example of the Mudéjar style, a unique combination of European and Muslim architectural elements stemming from centuries of shared culture. Today, it is Europe’s oldest royal residence still in use, and the exotic appearance of the numerous courtyards and extensive gardens has made it a desirable location for films and television; most recently, fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones may recognize

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the palace as the setting for one of the show’s fictional cities. Across the street lies the grand Hotel Alfonso XIII, which offers atmospheric accommodation representative of Seville’s deep aesthetic history. Nearby is the Cathedral of Seville, which began construction in 1402 and currently holds the titles of largest Gothic building and largest cathedral in the world. Built on the site of a former mosque, the only structure that was retained is La Giralda. Once a minaret and now the cathedral’s bell tower, La Giralda displays a remarkable fusion of Muslim and Renaissance architecture. Those who make the climb to the top of the tower can enjoy spectacular panoramas of the city, as well as a fitting space to reflect upon the end of your journey and the unique circumstances and varied cultures that comprised medieval Andalusia. Continue the tour of medieval Europe in an upcoming issue, when we explore the romantic cities and fairytale landscapes of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic.

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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

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A Greek Odyssey Thomas Oxman Retired physician | Hanover, New Hampshire NEVER TRAVELS WITHOUT: iPad, iPod, camera TYPICALLY TRAVELS WITH: My wife TRIPS TAKEN ANNUALLY: Seven or eight TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY: Plan well ahead of time; enjoy and don’t worry once a trip starts. NEXT DESTINATION: Cincinnati, Ohio, and possibly South America and Sri Lanka Enamored with Classical myths and legends, our subscriber shares what it was like to experience their settings firsthand during a trip through Greece.

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and romantically lit up for cocktails and dinner. We could see the changing of the guards at the unknown soldier’s tomb from our room.

What was the inspiration for your recent trip to Greece?

My wife is a docent at a college museum. This year the museum had an exhibit called “Poseidon and the Sea.” After learning about this exhibit and giving tours, she fell in love with Greece and we had to go.

Did you encounter any “mythic moments” of your own, or any lingering relics of an ancient world? Having always viewed the Iliad and the Odyssey as more or less myths, going to the Peloponnese and actually seeing the palace of Agamemnon and his father’s tomb and hearing other possible causes for a real Trojan War, made the reality of the Iliad suddenly come to life. Also seeing the ancient town of Akrotiri on Santorini revealed not one, but probably three ancient civilizations, the last of which disappeared 4,000 years ago, right before a volcanic eruption. The ceramics, wall paintings and indoor plumbing(!) left behind and covered by the volcanic eruption are truly amazing.

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How did the destination compare to the myths and artifacts that sparked the journey? [They were] even more impressive because we saw the beauty of the country around the artifacts, and the guides made the myths and artifacts come to life. This trip that began with the god of the sea, Poseidon, ended with him as well. The Parthenon was a temple to Athena, goddess of wisdom, who defeated Poseidon in a contest. The statues on the east pediment of the roof display the story.

Were there any standout experiences regarding your accommodations? [Amanzo’e] is a modern version of the Parthenon that made us feel like gods. The rooms are palatial in size, each with a plunge pool and a view. At the end of the off season we hardly saw anybody. But if we looked at all lost or in need, someone suddenly and magically appeared and asked if they could assist us. The staff wanted us to feel like “part of the Aman family forever.” [The Hotel Grande Bretagne] is a grand dame of a hotel with a terrific location. The rooftop restaurant at the hotel allowed us to see the Acropolis each morning at breakfast

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Did you have any exceptional dining experiences? Every single meal was exceptional! The Greek version of a Mediterranean diet including fresh fish, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese was something we loved every day, often with a great Santorini wine. Perhaps the most exceptional dining experience was the private meal prepared at the Tsitouras Collection for just the two of us at the rooftop infinity pool.

What item or experience was worth every penny? The accommodations, and the drivers supplied by Amanzo’e (to and from Athens, to Mycenae, Nafplio and Epidaurus).

In a region with many remarkable sights, what was the highlight for you? Mycenae and Epidaurus with our guide, Theo. [He] brought to life the miraculous find of Mycenae where the myths of Homer’s Iliad meet the historical reality of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War.


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“We saw the beauty of the country  around the artifacts, and the guides  made the myths and artifacts come to life.” How did bustling Athens compare to the other ancient spots you visited? Our final stop, Athens was exciting and vibrant. After the prehistoric civilizations of the Peloponnese and Santorini, the Acropolis almost seemed like modern history. A Segway tour around the Acropolis and the streets of the Plaka neighborhood was an exhilarating introduction to the city. The next day we hiked up to the Parthenon and went to the superb new Acropolis Museum and the National Archeological Museum (primarily to see the artifacts from Mycenae).

What was your impression of Greece in light of the economic turbulence that’s been surrounding the country? Particularly outside of Athens, it was noticeable how many stores and businesses had closed. If you talked to people working at the hotels, you could hear stories about retirement being postponed if not eliminated. There were protests in the park outside of Parliament and our hotel in Athens, but they were more festive than frightening. Overall, the people seemed to be carrying on with their lives and certainly friendly to us and happy to have visitors. TOP: Amanzo’e CENTER, LEFT: Ancient painted pottery

on display at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens PHOTO COURTESY OF HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE.

CENTER, RIGHT: The Mask of Agamemnon, a funeral mask discovered in Mycenae dating from 1500 BC BOTTOM: The coastline of Santorini

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Rome’s Il Pagliaccio is renowned for it’s inventive and colorful cuisine, such as this prawn dish with strawberries. COURTESY OF AROMICREATIVI

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From locally sourced produce in Napa Valley to modern Italian dishes in Brazil, our selections in global cuisine will ignite your appetite for both food and travel.

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s much as architecture, accommodations and natural beauty make a destination desirable, its food can be just as alluring—if not more so. What better way to get to know a region and its people than by discovering the unique flavors, textures and aromas it serves in one of its dishes? In the hopes of inspiring both the wanderer and gourmand within you, we trek the globe in search of creative cuisine, innovative menus and forward-thinking chefs for this mouth-watering roundup of Harperfavorite restaurants.

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Blue Water Café VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

“Chef Frank Pabst is known for his skill with seafood,” says Mr. Harper, which is exactly what you’d hope to hear regarding a restaurant specializing in fruits de mer. Located in the old warehouse district of Yaletown and home to one of Vancouver’s most beautiful patios, Pabst describes Blue Water Café’s menu as “an intriguing mix of Western European and Eastern Asian cuisines with a West Coast focus.” Here, diners enjoy expansive sushi and caviar menus, as well as the award-winning wine list.

Chef’s Picks: Frank Pabst ON THE MENU

“Choosing a favorite dish would be like choosing between my twin daughters. We do have crowd-pleasers on our menu, though. These would be our various seafood towers, sablefish, halibut, Dungeness crab and our braised short ribs.” AT HOME

“During summer and winter, we cook a lot on the barbecue. We cook whole chickens, homemade pizzas, prawns, salmon, steaks and halibut.”

Blue Water Café’s Seafood Tower COURTESY OF BLUE WATER CAFÉ

Chef Frank Pabst COURTESY OF BLUE WATER CAFÉ

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The Tasting Room dining room COURTESY OF THE TASTING ROOM

The Tasting Room LE QUARTIER FRANCAIS HOTEL FRANSCHHOEK, SOUTH AFRICA

Idyllically situated amid lush greenery and bountiful flowers, Le Quartier Francais is stunning, vibrant and sophisticated—just like the food served at its award-winning restaurant, The Tasting Room. Describing her cuisine as contemporary and exciting, Chef Margot Janse says, “We celebrate South Africa through ingredients, stories and people, and we believe that fine dining does not need to be intimidating.”

Chef’s Picks: Margot Janse ON THE MENU

“I love our octopus, which we serve thinly sliced with radish and a dried nori sheet made of west coast sea lettuce and sorrel. A warm cucumber and horseradish consommé is poured over it and makes the nori sheet collapse over the whole dish. For me, it resembles life at the bottom of the sea.”

Chef Margot Janse COURTESY OF THE TASTING ROOM

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“It’s never the same thing—it can be roast chicken, or fabulous cheese and crackers. I also love fragrant spicy foods like Indonesian and Thai food.”

Milanese Veal at Fasano COURTESY OF FASANO

Fasano

HOTEL FASANO • SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

Believing that a dining experience is reflective of a restaurant’s ambiance—a harmonic mix of food, service and architecture—restaurateur Rogério Fasano has created a sumptuous atmosphere that’s perfectly in balance. With a menu celebrating the traditions and creativity of contemporary Italian cuisine, Fasano’s dishes do exactly what he believes they should do. “Food is always about sharing with others,” he says. “That’s the meaning of it.”

Chef’s Picks: Rogério Fasano ON THE MENU

“The Milanese veal. As the famous Italian critic, Luigi Veronelli, once said: ‘The best Milanese veal in my life I ate 10,000 miles away from Milano.’ This amazing dish is my Nonna’s recipe.” AT HOME

“Spaghetti al pomodoro basilico. My son loves it—as do the dogs!”

Chef Rogério Fasano COURTESY OF FASANO

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Il Pagliaccio ROME, ITALY

Foie gras dolce with raspberry and chocolate COURTESY OF AROMICREATIVI

Home to one of Rome’s most innovative chefs, “this stylish place offers an eclectic menu of Italian classics and fusion food,” says Mr. Harper. An intimate space with only 11 tables, Chef Anthony Genovese describes the restaurant’s cuisine as “refined, unique and unmistakable. A mix between classical and modern.” Il Pagliaccio, meaning “the clown,” combines colors, ingredients, spices, emotions, movement and places to create a delicious carnival of flavors.

Chef’s Picks: Anthony Genovese ON THE MENU

“Every dish is an emotion, that’s why I create them. [But] the ziti pasta with rockfish and artichokes is a very autobiographical dish.” AT HOME

“Our favorite dishes are often the ones we tasted when we were children. So if I have time to cook for myself at home, I like to recover those flavors.”

Chef Anthony Genovese COURTESY OF AROMICREATIVI

The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges THE MARK HOTEL NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

In keeping with the high standards and easy elegance of famed chef Jean- Georges Vongerichten’s other restaurants, The Mark offers guests a world-class menu featuring innovative European classics with a hint of global flair. Whether you’re in the mood for a simple meal or a more eclectic plate, each dish is crafted with unmatched technique and an unwavering attention to detail. Diners “feel like they can have dinner here every night of the week,” says Executive Chef Pierre Schutz.

Dining room at The Mark COURTESY OF THE MARK

Chef’s Picks: Pierre Schutz ON THE MENU

“My favorite dishes are those during truffle season. I also love a simple piece of Maine halibut just caught and sent overnight. You can’t beat that freshness.” AT HOME

“Simple foods like a great roasted chicken or a nice piece of fish on the bone make me happy.”

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Chef Pierre Schutz COURTESY OF THE MARK


Chargrilled John Dory with slow roasted tomatoes, potato galette and curry oil COURTESY OF THE POTTING SHED

The Potting Shed

DORSET SQUARE HOTEL • LONDON, ENGLAND

Located on the site of Lord Thomas’ original cricket grounds—a theme found throughout both the restaurant and hotel—The Potting Shed is as airy and inviting as its food is delicious. The restaurant “has a relaxed brasserie atmosphere and is a very calming space in which guests are instantly put at ease,” says Chef Robin Read. “The food is seasonal, so we are constantly refreshing the menus, always keeping a very British style throughout.”

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“The ham croquettes with piccalilli slaw, celeriac and cardamom relish. It’s a really smart dish based on a very traditional English dish, but it’s been put together with more vibrancy and texture.”

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Chef Robin Read COURTESY OF THE POTTING SHED

AT HOME

“Something that I can cook with my son. Our go-to dish is a risotto with poached chicken and rosemary, some seasonal vegetables such as peas, sweet corn or tender stem broccoli.”

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Azul Condesa MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Though Mexico’s capital city hosts a bevy of superb restaurants, “One of my favorites is Azul Condesa,” says Mr. Harper. “Helmed by Ricardo Muños Zurita, who has exhaustively researched local food traditions, some now call him the ‘anthropologist’ of Mexican cuisine.” By collaborating with local indigenous farmers and helping them preserve their crops and products, Azul Condesa’s food is “classic Mexican cooking covering a period of time that extends into the past for more than 700 years,” says Zurita.

Chef’s Picks: Ricardo Zurita ON THE MENU

“The black mole, because it has an ancestral historical connotation; its flavor is enigmatic and intriguing, though succulent.” Fruit mole

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COURTESY OF AZUL CONDESA

“Fruit of all kinds, especially bananas, and a ham sandwich with good bread and no mayonnaise.”

Chef Zurita’s take on pear salad COURTESY OF AZUL CONDESA

Chef Ricardo Zurita COURTESY OF AZUL CONDESA

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The Table MUMBAI, INDIA

About The Table, Mr. Harper says, “Indian? No. Delicious? Yes.” Located in the trendy SoBo district and a relative newcomer to the Mumbai food scene, The Table has quickly earned its place as a favorite. Here, Chef Alex Sanchez, with extensive experience at highly regarded establishments such as La Folie and The French Laundry, combines the best local ingredients to create dishes that are elegant and delicious in a space that’s both timeless and tranquil.

Chef’s Picks: Alex Sanchez FAVORITE THING ON THE MENU

“Our boneless chicken wings with a ginger glaze are a guest favorite. I think it perfectly conveys our style of cooking.” FAVORITE THING TO COOK AT HOME

“A perfect roast chicken is not only one of my favorite foods on earth, but also one that is relatively simple to make. I love a nice roast chicken with a simple salad of bitter greens in a Dijon vinaigrette.”

Cheese course with pruned apples COURTESY OF THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD

The Restaurant at Meadowood MEADOWOOD RESORT NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Serving up inspired modern American cuisine composed of locally sourced foods from the Napa Valley, Meadowood is reflective of its surroundings—relaxed yet elegant. “Our restaurant is very singular in its story, including our approach to food and service,” says Chef Christopher Kostow. “The people, culture and attention to detail create a unique and personal experience for our guests.” Here, guests can expect a highly curated, bespoke experience and an immense wine cellar boasting upwards of 1,200 bottles.

Chef Christopher Kostow COURTESY OF THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWWOOD

Chef’s Picks: Christopher Kostow ON THE MENU

“A favorite dish was a cheese course centered around Sierra beauty apples. The apples were dried for a three-month period in which they became pruned with a fuller flavor. We stored the apple leaves in a salt solution for a few weeks to add a subtle brine, and then wrapped them around a fresh goat cheese. These components were then served with a dense porridge bread made with fermented koji rice.” AT HOME

“We cook simple and healthy at home —usually fresh fish and vegetables.”

Chef Alex Sanchez COURTESY OF THE TABLE

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Lucy

BARDESSONO HOTEL NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Re-opened in 2012, Lucy delivers exquisite New American–style dishes from a menu that’s divided into three distinct sections: garden, ocean and range. By sourcing the freshest and best ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, fishmongers and foragers, as well as an expansive onsite garden, the menu will please even the most discerning gourmand. “When you have amazing products year round to work with, and a great team to help create innovative dishes and serve them in an incredible setting, it creates the best recipe ever,” says Chef Victor Scargle.

Chef’s Picks: Victor Scargle ON THE MENU

“Year round it would be our liberty duck breast in its seasonal preparation. The balance of flavors is awesome.” AT HOME

“Usually something simple. [In the] summertime we’ll lightly grill some zephyr squash and corn with a steak or lamb shoulder. In winter, it’s short ribs, turnips, kale. Hearty comfort food.”

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Wakaya Club & Spa WAKAYA ISLAND, FIJI – With multiple Andrew Harper’s Readers’ Choice Awards, it’s no mystery why Andrew Harper subscribers return to the crystalline lagoons and pristine beaches of the Wakaya Club again and again. From the moment you arrive via private aircraft, you are completely immersed in the peace and tranquility of your island sanctuary. Only 10 spacious bures and a maximum of 28 guests across the 2,200-acre island ensure an exclusive experience. Sophisticated local cuisine served in one-of-a-kind venues—from beneath a 60-foot thatched cathedral ceiling to your own secluded beach—renders every a meal a distinct pleasure. Beyond the exotic setting and easy island living, the three-hour signature Breeze Retreat spa service typifies the warm and unobtrusive service of this paradise perfected. Recommended since 1991; Readers’ Choice–2013. SPECIAL OFFER: Ultimate Escape Package With Complimentary Seventh Night Confirm the Ultimate Escape Package for a minimum of six nights and receive a complimentary seventh night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions, plus one 50-minute spa treatment per person. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2015, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Two 50-minute massages per room • Discover Scuba program for two

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Saxon Collection JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA AND VAALWATER, SOUTH AFRICA – Let the Saxon Collection take you on a journey of discovery as you explore the beauty and wonder of Africa. Each of the exclusive destinations in this remarkable collection epitomizes unique characteristics that sets it apart from any other experience in the world. Start your journey with a stay at the multiple award-winning Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, set on 10 acres in the lush suburb of Sandhurst, Johannesburg. Originally the private residence of Douw Steyn, one of South Africa’s leading captains of commerce, the elegant hotel offers 24 lavish rooms and suites, accompanied by additional villas, a stylish spa and locally sourced cuisine at Qunu Grill. From city to bushveld, prepare for the experience of a lifetime as you journey by road or air to Shambala Private Game Reserve. Home to magnificent game, including the Big Five, Shambala is situated on nearly 25,000 acres in the Limpopo Province, a mere three-hour drive north of Johannesburg, or only 55 minutes by helicopter. An idyllic bush retreat with just eight thatched chalets, Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve combines the best experiences of a private safari lodge with the charm of a camp, ensuring a unique and unforgettable stay. We also are honored to share with you the Nelson Mandela Centre for Reconciliation, which is open for the first time to bookings for small groups and families visiting Shambala. Built as a personal retreat for Nelson Mandela, it is more than a home—it is a place that represents the ideology of reconciliation and the philosophy of hope. Recommended since 2004 (Saxon) and 2012 (Zulu); Readers’ Choice—2014 (Zulu).

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offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Zulu Camp— Best available non-restricted rates • Welcome gift of Shambala fleece jacket and cap • Saxon Hotel—Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • One Rasul Chamber treatment for two per stay • Complimentary fully stocked minibar Standard Inclusions: Zulu Camp—All meals, non-alcoholic beverages, South African wines and local spirits • Two game drives per stay • One boat cruise per stay • Wi-Fi • Saxon Hotel—VAT • Daily full English breakfast served at Qunu Grill or in room • Non-alcoholic minibar • Sparkling wine on arrival • Wi-Fi • Valet parking • When booking a Presidential Suite, rates also include round-trip airport transfers, VIP guest handling on arrival with French Champagne and in-suite check-in


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Blanket Bay This stunning lakeside retreat is 45 minutes from Queenstown in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone-and-timber building, consistently rated as the country’s premiere lodge. Recommended since 2001; Readers’ Choice—2014.

• Sublime Lake Wakatipu Location • Unsurpassed Lake and Mountain Views • Helipad On Site • Private Jetty • World-Renowned Hikes • Numerous Adventure Activities • 20-Meter Heated Pool • Fitness Center and Spa Therapies • Internationally Acclaimed Cuisine • Consistently Rated as One of New Zealand’s Premier Lodges Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • One lunch for two per room • Special amenity at evening turndown Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant • Nightly dinner and pre-dinner cocktails • Use of sports equipment and facilities • Wi-Fi

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TOP: Dravidian women in the market MIDDLE, LEFT TO RIGHT: Maasai man; Himba woman; Maasai woman with traditional ornaments; Khmer woman next to stone carving of ancient dancer BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Dravidian man at temple door; Khmer woman processing sugarcane

hen investigating a destination, consulting a travel guidebook offers useful insight into local sights and attractions. Yet an understanding of the local people— their culture, history and traditions —can truly bring a destination to life. The exploration of intriguing cultures, whether visiting existing civilizations or learning of those that have all but faded into history, can provide a much richer travel experience. Here, five of Andrew Harper’s recommended destination specialists and tour operators share their insight into what they consider to be some of the most fascinating and culturally diverse populations across the globe. | 43

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The Maasai Kenya

The Maasai, who have lived in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania for thousands of years, are as integral to the culture of East Africa as are the arid land and unrivaled wildlife. In Kenya, the majority of Maasai live in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, named for the Maasai people as well as the Mara River that runs through the reserve. Known as tall and fierce warriors, the Maasai are a proud people working to preserve their traditional pastoral lifestyle despite influences from the outside world and impacts from natural disasters, such as droughts. “Although the Maasai are very aware of the outside world—and today even use mobile phones to do their banking—most still prefer the simplicity of their traditional lifestyle,” says Geoffrey Kent, Abercrombie & Kent founder, chairman and CEO. This traditional lifestyle is evident in a Maasai village, also called a boma or kraal. The boma is encircled by a fence made of acacia thorns, designed to prevent lions from attacking the Maasai’s wealth: their cattle, sheep and goats. This livestock is the source of most of their food, such as milk, meat and animal blood. Kent notes that asking the Maasai, who live under a communal landmanagement system, how many cows they have is considered impolite, much like asking an American how much money they make. Indeed, the Maasai consider cattle—along

with children—as the most important aspect of their culture, as evidenced by a Maasai prayer (translated to English): “May the Creator give us cattle and children.” A typical village has only four to eight related families, with an average of seven children each. Individual huts, which the women build of sticks, mud, grass and cow dung, reflect the Maasai’s semi-nomadic lifestyle, as the structures are quickly built and require little maintenance. Maasai women also create colorful, intricate beadwork items, which along with paint they use to ornament their body. (Increasingly, the beadwork also serves as a source of income for the Maasai.) Journeys to a local village allow visitors to witness the day-to-day activities of the Maasai and learn about their history and traditions directly from Maasai elders. The young men live separately from the rest of the community, and visitors can observe their warrior training, which includes building a fire, throwing a spear and carving the wooden staff they carry. Historically, Maasai men have hunted and killed lions as a traditional rite of passage to manhood. However, as the population of lions has dramatically declined, this practice has increasingly been called into question. Perhaps the most visible sign of the Maasai are their shukas, red blankets or sheets they wear wrapped around their body. Traditionally made from animal skin, today shukas are primarily made from cotton. They can be worn in a number of ways, such as tied over each shoulder with a third draped over the top. “ Th e re d - c l o a ke d , s p e a r- c a rr y i n g Samburu and Maasai are a handsome and dignified presence in the Kenyan highlands,” adds Mr. Harper, “and their way of life remains a vital connection to an immemorial Africa.” Global travel company Abercrombie & Kent, which was established in East Africa in 1962, has arranged journeys, safaris and adventure tours in Kenya for more than 50 years. The company established the Masai Mara Environmental Learning Centre as a place for the local community to deepen their commitment to conservation and developing sustainable ways to use their natural resources.

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“The red-cloaked, spearcarrying Samburu and Maasai are a handsome and dignified presence in the Kenyan highlands.”

The Haida

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada Off the north coast of British Columbia lies Haida Gwaii, formerly called Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago so rich in biodiversity that it is sometimes referred to as the “Canadian Galapagos.” Although the islands are a quick two-hour flight from Vancouver, Haida Gwaii offers a serene and remote contrast to the region’s bustling urban areas. For thousands of years these islands have been the main territory of the Haida, a First Nation culture of skilled seafarers, hunters and traders. After the Europeans discovered the islands in 1774, the Haida began a lucrative relationship trading primarily in sea otter pelts, leading to an increase in the Haida’s wealth. The Haida also were known as skilled craftsmen, particularly in carving wooden items such as canoes and totem and mortuary poles. These towering poles, carved from giant red cedar, display family crests as well as the local animal life, and weave story and art together to commemorate the Haida’s relationship to the land and sea. As sea otters disappeared from the islands and the fur trade dried up in the late 1800s, missionaries moved into Haida Gwaii and discouraged the Haida from carving the poles, whose meaning and symbolism they misunderstood. Along with a drastic decrease in population from around 25,000 to less than 600 due to diseases such as small pox, this led to an almost century-long hiatus in Haida pole-carving. Like the sea otters, the Haida language also became greatly endangered, with only a few dozen people estimated to speak Haida today. While efforts to ensure younger Haidas learn their ancestral language exist, the Haidas’ use of their distinctive artwork as a means of storytelling and documenting their history, particularly their connection to nature, has endured. Indeed, today the Haida have a renewed identity, expressed greatly through their art, including masks, cedar bent boxes, gold and silver jewellery, prints, button blankets and robes. “Of all the artisan groups I have met, I have never known one whose artwork was more at one with the natural world,” says Stacy Sindlinger, director of artisan development with Lindblad Expeditions. “This is evident from the materials they use to create their art, to the ritual of thanking each living thing for their bounty—such as thanking the trees for their wood to build a loom, or sheep for their wool to spin into yarn—to glorifying and celebrating the magnificent animals

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that surround them as focal points of every totem pole, dance apron, print or silver cuff bracelet.” Although the Haidas’ modern artwork ranges from paintings to jewellery, their richly detailed totem poles remain one of the most recognizable forms of Haida art and a glimpse into the history, spirit and culture of this people. The art form has resurged and today the islands include many active carvers. Pole-raising ceremonies occur every summer to mark the tradition. Visitors to Haida Gwaii can tour carving studios, learn from local Haida carvers and see current projects. Ironically, the Haida do not have a word for “art.” Yet, as Sindlinger notes, that does not stop visitors from being moved by the Haida’s artistic expression of their extraordinary respect for nature and the people’s simple, yet powerful, collective wisdom handed down through the centuries. Lindblad Expeditions, pioneers in small-ship expedition travel who recently partnered with National Geographic, offer multiple tour and expedition itineraries that explore Haida Gwaii and the Haida culture.

in part because of their engineering prowess, which they demonstrated through a n e l a b o r a t e hy d r a u l i c and irrigation system that included canals and large reservoirs, as well as an extensive road network. The Khmer empire dissolved in the 15th century for reasons that continue to be debated, although wars with Siamese and Thai kingdoms and the devastating effects of d ro u g h t a n d f l o o d s a re prominent explanations. After losing their one-time d o m i n a n c e, t h e K h m e r continued in decline until the mid-1800s, when the country was placed as a French protectorate. It was during this time that French naturalist Alexandre-Henri Mo u h o t p u b l i s h e d h i s drawings of the Khmer ruins

The Khmer Cambodia

Cambodia’s natural beauty and unrivalled temple architecture have made this Southeast Asia country a popular destination for travelers. However, it’s the hospitable inhabitants that many visitors enjoy most. “Cambodia is one of our favorite places to visit, not only for the amazing history and monuments, but for the chance to interact with the local Khmer people,” says Kara Werth, director of operations with TCS World Travel. “The residents travelers meet are open and friendly.” The Khmers are the predominant ethnic group in Cambodia as well as one of the oldest in Southeast Asia. The Khmer empire ruled from 802 A.D. until 1431 A.D., covering an area that encompassed much of modern-day Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and southern Vietnam. During this time, the Khmer amassed incredible wealth and power,

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of Angkor, hidden in the overgrown jungle, and ushered in the rediscovery of the capital of the former Khmer empire by the Western world. Although Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953, the country descended into civil war just 20 years later. From 1975 to 1979, the Khmer suffered under the genocidal regime of Khmer Rouge, which banned Cambodia’s traditional arts. An estimated two million Cambodians died during this time,

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including 90 percent of Khmer artists, who were targeted for execution. “Most of the Khmer suffered personal loss under Pol Pot’s regime, but they are determined not to let that period in history define them,” Werth says. Indeed, although it has not been easy, Cambodia and the Khmer people have worked to restore their culture, including expressing their history and their hope for the future through art. The result is a mix of historic and modern Khmer arts, crafts and architecture. “The Khmer have great artisans and have found a way to preserve their cultural traditions and translate them to goods, including silk, stone and wood carvings, lacquering, painting and more, all of which are in high demand,” Werth says. At the same time, historic Khmer art and architecture continue to offer a glimpse into the culture’s intriguing past. Nothing


The Dravidian South India

While many travelers to India first head to the northern part of the country to see the Taj Mahal, the forts of Rajasthan and other iconic sites, one’s impression of India is not complete without a visit to the Dravidian cultures of the south. The term Dravidian generally has been applied to people who speak the Dravidian languages of Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Brahui and Tulu. “The Dravidian cultures that make up South India differ from those in the north dramatically,” says Jennifer Raines, marketing and public relations coordinator with Asia Transpacific Journeys. “Travelers are often pleasantly surprised by the

relaxed, welcoming attitude they encounter in the south.” Debate regarding the origins of the Dravidian people continues to this day, with some maintaining that the Dravidians, who were peaceful farmers, were pushed from northern India to the south by invading Aryans. Over the years, the indigenous Dravidian culture became overlaid with a veneer of Portuguese, Dutch, French and English colonialism, as southern India was the heart of the lucrative trade in spices and tea. Modern- day Dravidians remain predominately based in Hindu tradition, and have a distinctive culture and style apart from the Islamic- and Mughal-influenced north. This is reflected in unique architecture and traditions that have been passed down for centuries, present in everything from food to ancient arts, music and dance. One of these traditions is Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system practiced by many that is

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exemplifies this more than the Khmer’s dozens of temple complexes, most notably the iconic Angkor Wat, which Mr. Harper calls “otherworldly.” Built in the 12th century, this grand temple—which features an intricate, detailed style of sculpture and stone carving known as Khmer sculpture—is featured on the Cambodian flag. Yet, Cambodia’s bridge between its past and present is most palpable in the Khmer people, who have steadfastly rebuilt their culture by drawing on both historic and contemporary influences. “Most of our guests go for the history and Angkor Wat,” Werth says, “but the warmth and kindness of the people make for a memorable visit.” TCS World Travel offers private-jet journeys to Cambodia, including Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh. TCS supports schools in the Siem Reap and Tonle Sap, Cambodia, area, such as TCS staff volunteering at local schools.

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and welcoming,” Raines says. “It’s hard not to fall in love with South India.” Asia Transpacific Journeys has been crafting private custom journeys and small-group trips to Asia and the Pacific based on their insightful cultural interpretation and first-hand regional expertise since 1987.

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based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance among the mind, body and spirit. Its principles apply to traditional cuisine, which balances the six flavors of sweet, salty, sour, savory, pungent, astringent and bitter. “South Indian cuisine— fiery, herbal and much less rich than in the north—is a revelation for many travelers,” Raines notes. Dravidian cultural traditions also are tangible in the vibrant festivals of southern India. “Festivals are a smorgasbord of boisterous traditional music and dance, colorful costumes, caparisoned elephants, booming firecrackers, feasts for thousands and ecstatic religious devotion,” Raines says. Travelers may join the locals of the small town of Wadakkancherry, Kerala, in celebrating the annual Uthralikavu Pooram each winter. This high-spirited, colorful celebration lasts for eight days and takes place at Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Kali. ABOVE: Parade featuring traditional Dravidian dress CENTER: Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, India is

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Processions of elephants are fitted with goldplated headgear and their riders, carrying silken parasols, sway in rhythm as traditional musicians serenade the crowds. The festival culminates with the reuniting of three sister goddesses, represented by icons atop elephants from Wadakkancherry and two nearby villages. Even the traditional dress of the locals is colorful, with women almost exclusively in saris, and men frequently in wrapped sarongs. “Dravidian culture is infectiously fascinating

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One of the most iconic images of Africa is the Himba, who live primarily in the Kunene region (formerly Kaokoland) of northwestern Namibia. In particular, it is the image of Himba women and the red-hued otjize—a paste made of butter, fat, Commiphora perfume and red ochre—they apply daily to their skin and hair that gives the Himba their distinctive appearance. With a population of 12,000, the Himba make up less than 1 percent of Namibia’s population. They live in the most geographically remote and physically inaccessible part of the region, which has allowed traditional Himba society to remain largely intact for generations. Himba culture continues to center on herds of cattle and goats and, as pastoralists, they lead migratory lifestyles, following the sparse grazing of northwest ern Namibia. “The traditional Himba culture in Namibia is an epitome of timeless Africa,” says Rockie Katsande, culture manager for Wilderness Safaris. As such, the Himba, who are among the world’s last semi-nomadic people, greatly shape a traveler’s experiences in this southwest African country. Travelers can stay at Serra Cafema Camp, for example, which sits on land leased from the 300,000-hectare Marienfluss Conservancy, owned primarily by the Himba people. Visitors get a sense of the harsh landscape in which the Himba live—a desert that on average gets less than 100 millimeters of rainfall a year. From there, visit one of the Himba village sites where domed huts encircle stock enclosures filled with animals. A fire, called the okuruwo, is continually kept lit in the heart of the village, representing ancestors who are thought to protect the villagers. Tradition dictates much of daily life and a complex system of patriarchal leadership and


matriarchal inheritance ensures a balanced heritage, Katsande says. Women do much of the manual labor, such as cooking, collecting firewood and milking the cows, while men tend to the livestock. “This is a very authentic encounter for visitors, as they are able to catch a glimpse of the Himba’s daily life and challenges,” Katsande says. Interacting with the Himba also allows travelers to develop a first-hand picture of the Himba’s elaborate and culturally meaningful hairstyles. For the Himba, hairstyles reflect a person’s age and place in society. For example, before they reach puberty, girls have only two hair braids. Once they reach puberty, girls wear many braids covering their face to indicate they are not yet ready to marry. When they are ready to marry, the elaborate braids are worn pulled back, exposing the girl’s face. The braids are also coated with otjize, adding to the striking visual. Boys and single men wear a single braid from the back of the crown of their head; after they marry, men keep their hair covered by a turban. Although the Himba welcome visitors to interact with them and observe their way of life, outside development, droughts and wars do threaten their existence. Working with international activists, the Himba were recently able to block a proposed hydroelectric dam on the Kunene River that would have flooded generations of their ancestral lands and posed a significant threat to their lifestyle. To d a y, m a n y o f t h e younger generation are educated in the Namibian national system, causing concern that they will abandon Himba customs and traditions. However, some Himba see this as an opportunity to reinforce ARTUSH/ISTOCK EDITORIAL/THINKSTOCK their culture and gain more control over tourism JANVDB95/ISTOCK EDITORIAL/THINKSTOCK on their lands, ensuring that the Himba way of life endures. Indeed, as Mr. Harper notes, “The TOP: Himba girl with souvenirs for sale in a traditional village CENTER: Himba women dancing in their village Himba remain a colorful and strikingly near Opuwo, Namibia traditional tribal people.” Wi l d e r n e s s S a f a r i s , a c o n s e r v a t i o n organization and ecotourism company dedicated to responsible tourism, operates throughout Southern Africa, including Namibia. The company works to ensure the protection of Africa’s wildlife heritage and shares the benefits of tourism with local communities.

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Day 1 Set off from Saigon into the verdant

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countryside and settle into your suite as we float past mesmerizing riverside life.

Buddhist temple. Back on board, try a Vietnamese cooking class or Indochine history lecture.

Day 2 Cruise by skiff to meet river reed mat makers and visit the home of Marguerite Duras’ legendary lover. Taste tropical fruits as we sail towards the monkey bridge.

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Cambodia greets us with talented weavers on the Mekong’s renowned “Silk

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Islands.” Continue to Preah Prosop, a remote hamlet seemingly untouched by time.

Day 5 Cruise into Phnom Penh to visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & National Museum among this city’s Art Deco architectural heritage.


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Costa Rica Expeditions From its bespoke full-service tours and accommodations offered throughout the year, to custom itineraries arranged especially for Andrew Harper and other partners, Costa Rica Expeditions (CRE) has dedicated the last 30 years to earning a reputation as the top destination specialist in the country, garnering accolades from Condé Nast, National Geographic and more. Founder and CEO Michael Kaye gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how they achieve success, hints at a changing dynamic for tour guides, and shines light on the intriguing Costa Rican concept of “pura vida.”

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What do you personally find most captivating about Costa Rica?

The good will of its people. The national park system [for example] is the envy of the developing world because, out of good will, Costa Ricans do not despoil the parks. There is a critical mass of good will that causes the people to feel good. And when people feel good they naturally do the right thing, which in turn promotes good will. It makes for a wonderful place to live and visit.

What sets Costa Rica Expeditions apart from other travel specialists in the area? Where we really standout in my view is by providing our guests with what the vast majority of them tell us were the most important things they didn’t take into account when planning their vacations: one, peace of mind, and two, to be treated like individuals. We learn as much as possible about [our guests], and pass on what we learn to the guides, drivers and hotel personnel who will be in contact with them along the way. What is their principal trip goal? To celebrate a special occasion? To recover from a loss? To see a particular animal or take part in a favorite activity? What delighted or irritated them on previous vaca-

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tions? What noteworthy experiences did they have during their time with us? Decades of carefully observing and listening to travelers have taught us to start with what travelers say they want and then help them understand what they should want, [and] allows us to orchestrate personalized experiences that will become lifetime memories.

Knowledgeable and engaging guides are routinely said to bolster the success of a trip. How do you select your guides? We continually remind our guides, drivers and hotel personnel to talent-spot for new guides. Identifying, recruiting, training and marketing guides who will help us delight clients and differentiate Costa Rica Expeditions is one of our principle focuses. Most of our guide training uses an apprenticeship model in which less experienced guides work with actual guests under the supervision of experienced training guides. The training guides sign off on a guide’s readiness to move up from airport transfers, to half- and full-day transfers to multi-day guiding with couples to guiding entire vacations for increasingly difficult and demanding guests and groups of guests. What might be most interesting is a change in the guiding paradigm that is being developed by a few of the most advanced tour operators. Until recently, guides were seen as the star of the show. The best guides were charismatic, often flamboyant entertainers. To a great extent this is still the case. So much so that in places like New York many of the guides are either aspiring or failed actors. Starting around 10 years ago, a few of us from various places in the world—at first independently and then working together— came to the tentative conclusion that we could provide more enriching experiences if we made the guests the stars, and the guides the directors who facilitate the guests starring in their own show.

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A resplendent quetzal, one of the many colorful bird species found in Costa Rica OPPOSITE PAGE, TOP: Dinner in the rainforest at Monteverde Lodge CENTER: Waterfall near Monteverde Lodge FAR RIGHT: CRE guests on a whitewater rafting trip ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF COSTA RICA EXPEDITIONS.

Deep destination and specialty knowledge is still extremely important but now we look at it as a given. What we focus on is sensitivity and creativity. Top guides in our view are brilliant at setting the scene. They have range. They can be spellbinding when called for, but they know when to fade into the background and let their guests shine and discover for themselves. As we work to hone and polish these techniques, we find more and more that at the end of the trip when guests say that their guide was a star, what they really mean, often without quite realizing it, is that the guide helped them become stars.

CRE is often touted for its investment in safe traveler experiences. How is this done, and why is it important? The Costa Rican government is not capable of effectively regulating activities such as zip-lines, marine transportation and light aviation. This means that many zip-line operations operate with dangerously deteriorated


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equipment and inadequately trained personnel; some boats carry passengers on the ocean without marine radios and running lights; and domestic airlines—both regularly scheduled and charter—do not always keep adequate maintenance and pilot flight time records. To ensure that our guests participate in activities that comply with acceptable safety standards, we have invested in our own inspection capability. We do not use operations that we have not inspected. We do follow-up inspections on the operations that we are using and stop using them if they are not up to standards. In the case of the airlines, an air transportation safety consulting company from the U.S. did complete safety surveys of three charter and two regularly scheduled airlines. On their advice, we stopped using one of the charter and one of the regularly scheduled airlines.

CRE currently owns and manages two lodges. What sparked the idea to manage your own accommodations, and is there anything on the horizon for further expansion? We built Tortuga Lodge in 1986 because we did not have suitable accommodations for visiting Tortuguero National Park, one of the premier natural history destinations in the world. By 1991, through a lot of trial-and-error, and thanks to the generous mentoring of Hans Van der Velen, the brilliant hotelier who

What sums up the concept of pura vida (pure life) for you? The phrase “pura vida” represents what makes Costa Rica so captivating. The origins of pura vida are not all together clear. The phrase started to gain currency some time in the late 1950s. At some point someone must have said “pura vida” when she meant to express “wonderful” or “fantastic.” In a country whose defining characteristic is good will, it just followed that the phrase resonated so much so that now whenever Costa Ricans of any age or class want to express joy or even just affirmation they invariably say, “pura vida.”

created the Hotel Bougainvillea, we succeeded in creating what we felt at the time was the ideal lodging experience for our guests. It seems pretty rudimentary now, but at that time, with the exception of the Bougainvillea, it was not available any place else. To leverage our hard-earned knowledge, we decided to build Monteverde Lodge. By the mid 90s, we found that the quality of personalized hotel experiences in Costa Rica had greatly improved and we had enough availability in acceptable hotels to take care of our needs. This being the case, for the moment we have no plans to do more hotels. At present, slightly over 70 percent of the bed nights that we operate are in hotels we do not manage, many of them world-class.

Another way to understand how the phrase “pura vida” expresses the essence of what makes Costa Rica so captivating is Costa Rica’s national bird. It is fair to say that Costa Rica is overflowing with beautiful birds. The Resplendent Quetzal, Scarlett and Great Green Macaws, 54 species of hummingbirds, each more beautiful than the other. When a Sun Bittern spreads it tail, it takes your breath away. Yet for its national bird, Costa Rica has chosen one of the ugliest birds in the whole country—the Robin Red-breast’s mousy cousin, the Clay-Colored Robin. Why? Because it has a beautiful song. Now that’s “pura vida.”

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COMO Shambhala Estate by COMO BALI, INDONESIA – A spiritual enclave of jungle, river and sun-rich clearings north of Ubud, this lavish residential health retreat combines holistic wellness with state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional villa accommodations. Specialists in yoga, Pilates and tai chi provide inspiration, working in harmony with activity guides for mountain-biking, hiking, climbing, whitewater rafting and outdoor circuit training. Asian therapies and healthful cuisine form part of the dynamic packages created according to personal requirements. Most significantly, the Estate is a place of beauty where silence still reigns, and where guests find energy to make informed life changes that will last beyond their stay. Recommended since 2007. ••   Award-Winning Wellness Retreat ••   Within the Balinese Jungle ••   COMO Shambhala Cuisine Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • $75 resort credit per room • For stays of four nights or longer, a one-way airport transfer (excluding stays in August and Dec. 20–31, 2015) Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast and choice of lunch or dinner • One wellness activity • Daily scheduled activities

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Nights and Credits Indulge in one of our comprehensive lifestyle and curative Wellness Programs and receive the following resort credits and complimentary nights: Book a three-night program and receive a resort credit of $75 per room • Book a five-night program and receive a resort credit of $100 per room and an additional complimentary night • Book a 12-night program and receive a resort credit of $300 per room and two additional complimentary nights. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 19, 2015, based on availability. Resort credit may be used toward spa treatments, food and beverages and COMO Shambhala Boutique products (except for consignment items). Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Point Yamu by COMO PHUKET, THAILAND – Take in the 360-degree views across the Andaman Sea and the limestone karsts of Phang Nga Bay from the tip of secluded Cape Yamu. The interiors of all 106 rooms, suites and pool villas—many of the suites with large pools—have been created by Italian designer Paola Navone in a serene, contemporary palette of aquamarines and Thai motifs. Dining includes the poolside La Sirena serving Mediterranean-influenced food and healthy COMO Shambhala cuisine, and Nahmyaa, with interiors featuring a dramatic fish mosaic and menus inspired by Southern Thai and Phuket-Peranakan street food. Well-being is the focus at this sophisticated resort, with a full range of holistic treatments as well as yoga, a gym and steam rooms. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • One lunch for two per stay, excluding alcoholic beverages • Welcome amenity Standard Inclusions: Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Daily fresh fruit • Select daily activities • Wi-Fi

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Whether you’re gathering the whole family or looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet, the holiday season is ripe for making memories—so why not be somewhere truly memorable? Here, the Andrew Harper staff shares a few top picks for unforgettable holiday travel. Look to the following pages for more great ideas for your festive escape with our Andrew Harper Alliance partners.

“The Christmas markets in Germany are lovely, especially Munich! Vienna is spectacular for New Year’s Eve with the Silvesterball [formerly the Kaiserball]—stay at the Sacher or Hotel Bristol, before heading to Salzburg. London and the Cotswolds are also magnificent. Any major city in Europe will be decorated beautifully!”

“As long as you are planning in advance, a cruise is an excellent way to spend your holidays! Most cruise lines will plan special trips with extraordinary experiences. Think Christmas on a private beach, or a river cruise to visit the Christmas markets in eastern or central Europe. New Year’s is flush with possibilities from fireworks displays and opulent holiday parties. Family travel is perfectly handled, and it’s an amazing way to connect with your loved ones that may be scattered across the country. The best part about this travel is the old adage that you unpack once and easily slip into the best parts of the world!”

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PAULA MACEJAK Munich Christmas market

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“A few years back I visited the Berkshires in Massachusetts the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It is a beautiful snowy destination and the holiday spirit was still alive in the quaint towns.” GEORGIA BETH RIDENHOUR

“A lot of resorts in popular warmweather and skiing destinations are hopelessly sold out for the holidays, but sometimes gorgeous villas are still available. A villa can be such fun for a family or some friends traveling together, because it gives you so much more private space without necessarily sacrificing service (and you can have it festooned with Christmas decorations, if you like).” SANDI FERREIRA Fairway View in Jackson Hole, Wyoming FAIRWAY VIEW/THE CLEAR CREEK GROUP

Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts PHOTO COURTESY OF BLANTYRE.

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Amanyara PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS – A secluded beachside resort on Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Amanyara draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for “peace” and yara, meaning “place” in the language of the Arawak Amerindians. The property enjoys a contemporary layout and design, with 40 timber-shingled Guest Pavilions, several Aman Residences, an Aman Spa, Beach Club, Nature Discovery Centre and a restaurant serving Asian and Mediterranean fare. Memorable sea views are enhanced by easy access to the pristine reefs of the neighboring Northwest Point Marine National Park, acclaimed for some of the world’s best wall and reef diving. Like an undiscovered temple tucked into the remote setting, Amanyara radiates tranquility and renewal across the beautiful and unspoiled shoreline. Recommended since 2005.

offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • One lunch for two per room, excluding beverages • Sunset cocktail per person with canapés once during stay Standard Inclusions: Private round-trip airport transfers • Minibar (excluding spirits) • Telephone calls • Non-motorized water sports • Daily snorkel trips • Regular yoga classes • Access to fitness center • Tennis • Wi-Fi

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Peter Island Resort & Spa BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS – Rediscover the “new” Peter Island, where privacy is not a luxury but a way of life. With newly renovated Ocean View rooms, a new welcome center and dive shop, five sugary sand beaches and a world-class Ayurvedicinspired spa, this 1,800-acre private island oasis—with only 52 rooms and three exquisite villas—awaits your arrival. Exuding a casual, welcoming informality, this luxury island resort is synonymous with relaxation, romance and tranquillity. With unparalleled service, weddings, honeymoons or special getaways will truly be a “once in a lifetime” experience. Recommended since 1981; Readers’ Choice–2014, 2015.

SPECIAL OFFER: 2016 Early Bird Special, Plus Resort Credit Book your 2016 Peter Island getaway early and enjoy even more subscriberexclusive perks. Stay seven nights or longer in a Beachfront Junior Suite and receive one complimentary night, a bottle of Champagne and a $250 resort credit. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Nov. 30, 2015, for travel from Jan. 4–Dec. 19, 2016, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Mention the Andrew Harper Early Bird Special at time of booking. offer. Andrew Harper Benefits: Preferred rates • Room upgrade, when available at check-in • Daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room • Private Champagne picnic lunch for two at White Bay or Honeymoon Beach • A bottle of wine per room Standard Inclusions: Personal concierge • Welcome amenity • Non-alcoholic minibar • Afternoon tea • Non-motorized water sports • Snorkeling equipment • Mountain-biking • Twice-weekly group yoga classes • Tennis • Access to fitness center • Transportation to remote beaches on Peter Island • Wi-Fi


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Secret Bay PORTSMOUTH, DOMINICA – Find your center overlooking the Caribbean at this exotic, eco-minded getaway. Unwind in one of six private villas and bungalows, each brimming with exceptional amenities and stylish personal touches. Relax amid the natural splendor of the island, or fill your days with one-of-a-kind adventure: hike to the roaring Middleham Falls; explore over 600 species of plants and flowers within the botanical gardens; and experience the unique sensations of a hot sulphur bath. Located near nine active volcanoes, Dominica’s volcanic energy is represented in its abundant natural spa offerings. Feel the healing energy of natural essences of volcanic mud, oils and spice-studded exfoliants. The nourishing treatments are sure to melt your stress and cares away. Grand Award—2015. • Stay Active with Canyoning, Hiking, Nature Trails and Yoga

• Whale Watching, Forest Pools and Enchanting Indian River Excursions

• Visit Secret Beach for Snorkeling

• Explore Otherworldy Sea Caves

• Enjoy Your Own Fully Stocked Pantry

secretbay.dm Andrew Harper Benefits: Best available non-restricted rates • Room upgrade when available at check-in • Organic breakfast basket • Welcome bottle of sparkling wine • An Indian River tour per room Standard Inclusions: A welcome dinner on the night of arrival • Personalized cooking service for up to two meals per day • Personal electronics for use during the stay • Full use of resort facilities and equipment • Wi-Fi • For stays of five nights or longer, round-trip transfers from the airport

SPECIAL OFFER: Fall Fantasy Package Discover off-the-beaten-path luxury at Andrew Harper’s 2015 Grand Award-winner. This subscriber-exclusive package includes a $100 food and beverage credit along with a 10 percent discount on the nightly rate across a minimum of five tailor-made days, filled with your choice of endless adventures and limitless pampering in the undiscovered Caribbean. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Nov. 30 for travel from Oct. 1–Dec. 20, 2015, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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scent of gingerbread wafts through the air. It’s a winter wonderland, filled with snowy mountain peaks and wilderness adventures that the whole family can enjoy. Come stay in a warm and inviting home nestled among frosted pine trees at The Resort at Paws Up. This is a Christmas you’ll never forget. FOR RESERVATIONS Contact the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or Reservations@AndrewHarper.com. Andrew Harper benefits include: best available nonrestricted rates; room upgrade, when available at check-in; $300 activity credit per reservation and early check-in and late checkout, when available.

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SUITE DREAMS EXCLUSIVE OFFER Book a one-bedroom suite at Belmond La Samanna and as an Andrew Harper subscriber you will enjoy an exclusive 30 percent discount on the nightly rate. Offer includes Andrew Harper benefits*, standard hotel inclusions, access to hotel facilities and unlimited use of non-motorized water sports.

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*Andrew Harper Benefits - Best available non-restricted rates; Room upgrade, when available at check-in; Daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant; One lunch for two per room, excluding beverages; Welcome fruit basket; For stays of five nights or longer, a wine and cheese tasting for two per room Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 15, 2015, for travel from April 24–Dec. 18, 2015, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Botswana: Wildlife in Abundance September 22–October 4, 2016

Journey to Southern Africa on Andrew Harper’s signature experience and discover what the diverse people, history, wildlife and landscapes have to offer. YO U R G U I D E | P E N E L O P E G R I M B E E K Penelope Grimbeek was raised in Simon’s Town in South Africa and educated in Cape Town, and is fluent in English and Spanish. Penelope has lived in England, Namibia and the diplomatic community of Madrid, Spain. Penelope is an exceptional guide and has published a number of historical articles. Her interests include the history of South Africa, its cultures and people, as well as contemporary politics and current affairs. DAY 1: DAYS 2-3: DAY 3:

Johannesburg

Kalahari Desert

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• Walks and interactions with elephants through varied activities

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Elephant Back Safari and Interaction

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Zambezi River, Zambia

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Formerly a private mansion, this was where Nelson Mandela wrote his autobiography. It’s now a gracious boutique property centered on a stunning lobby framed by two sweeping staircases.

THE SAXON BOUTIQUE HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

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JACK’S CAMP KALAHARI DESERT, BOTSWANA

SANCTUARY CHIEF’S CAMP OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

ABU CAMP OKAVANGO DELTA, BOTSWANA

Treehouse lodge overlooking a majestic 90-degree bend in the Zambezi, eight miles upstream from Victoria Falls.

Unique, extremely well-run camp at the edge of the Kalahari’s Makgadikgadi salt pans, an hour by air southeast of Maun.

Sophisticated camp amid a shady grove of trees overlooking an immense lagoon on the northwest tip of Chief’s Island.

Distinctive camp known as the preeminent place to ride African elephants, set on a 450,000-acre private concession in the heart of the Okavango Delta.

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We have an itinerary for you, wherever you want to go. We have an itinerary for you, wherever you want to go.

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Europe at Its Most Festive

National Parks Revealed

Tour holiday markets in Dresden, Europe at Its Festive Prague andMost Vienna Tour holiday markets in Dresden, Prague and Vienna

Monuments & Mountains: National Parks Revealed Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Monuments & Mountains: Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Grand Teton

Long Weekend in New York City

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Long Weekend New York City Midtown in Manhattan

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KRABI, THAILAND

All current Special Travel Offers, including the ones found in this magazine and many more, are always available at AndrewHarper.com.

Unless otherwise noted, all special offers also include Andrew Harper benefits: a host of special amenities such as gourmet lunches and dinners, cocktails, wine-tastings and chocolates, gallery tickets, spa credits and airport transfers— and that favorite of favorites, room upgrades.

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Rayavadee Exclusive Upgrade at Time of Booking, Plus Spa Credit Through March 31, 2016, Andrew Harper subscribers booking a minimum stay of five nights will receive a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Pavilion to a Terrace Pavilion at time of booking, as well as a 2,500 THB spa credit for use toward any treatment (excluding spa packages and the salon). also includes Andrew Harper benefits, as well as standard inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 20, 2015, for travel through March 31, 2016, based on availability and excluding Dec. 21, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.


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Private Wine Procurement & Consultation Dedicated to seizing the finest, boutiqueproduction wines in Napa and Sonoma, Porthos is your insider connection to undiscovered treasures and highly rated collector favorites from the world’s most renowned vintners. Specializing in highly personalized service, Porthos founder, Hal Oates and his team provide honest, unbiased reviews and ratings for discerning Andrew Harper wine lovers.

• $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.

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