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Take It Outside When visiting some of the world’s finest hotels, inns and resorts, reasons abound for never leaving the grounds, or the comforts of the guestrooms for that matter. Surrounded by beauty, wonder and activities that only Mother Nature can claim, the following properties may do outdoor barbecues as well as they do room service, provide hiking and fishing guides deserving of five stars right along with their restaurants, and whose natural surroundings relax and rejuvenate as well as does a visit to their spas. From Bali to Spain, New Zealand, Alaska, Montana and the Dolomites of Italy, the following pages offer all levels of adventure and opportunities for experiencing the great outdoors.

COMO Shambhala Estate Bali, Indonesia


Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa MALAGA, SPAIN – With lush, green mountains to the west and the sparkling Mediterranean to the east, this coastal Spain oasis enchants guests from arrival to departure. A 2010 Andrew Harper Grand Award Winner, Finca Cortesin houses 67 spacious suites, each decorated in distinct Spanish style. The surrounding natural environment lends itself to a variety of sports and activities; two pristine white-sand beaches are just minutes away, providing ideal conditions for waterskiing, diving, windsurfing and sailing. Back on the resort grounds, guests can make use of tennis and paddle ball courts or play a round of golf before descending into one of three swimming pools. Or, for ultimate relaxation, a grand spa offers an array of treatments, an indoor saltwater pool and the “snow cave.” A selection of onsite restaurants ranges from The Blue Bar, a casual tapas eatery, to Schilo, the epitome of fine dining, where one Andrew Harper member recalls as being “perhaps the most enjoyable meal of my 10-day trip to Spain.” Recommended since 2009; 2010 Grand Award Winner.

• Sweeping Mountain and Sea Views • Innovative Spa Treatments • Manicured Golf Course

• Outdoor and Indoor Pools • Five Sumptuous Dining Outlets • Mediterranean Design and Style

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a welcome drink and tapas per person; and in-suite fresh seasonal flowers upon arrival.

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Treetops Lodge & Estate ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND – Few places in the world truly embody the spirit of adventure more than award-winning Treetops Lodge & Estate. Set in more than 2,500 acres of private wilderness in New Zealand’s famed thermal region, Treetops is a carefully managed game and wildlife habitat for outdoor enthusiasts. The 12 guestrooms and ultra-luxurious villas located on the extensive grounds offer privacy and seclusion framed by virgin forest with views over lakes and wildlife. Recommended since 2003.

• Outdoor Adventure • Private Wilderness • Estate-Grown Produce Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; one picnic lunch for two per room; a Treetops book and bookmark; and a one-hour 4WD Estate Safari for two per room.

SPECIAL OFFER: Five-Star Children’s Package There’s fun for the entire family. Parents enjoy a one-hour massage and a complimentary round of golf at Kinloch Golf Course when confirming the Five-Star Children’s Package. also includes Harper member benefits; three nights in two interconnecting Villas; traditional Maori welcome; various family activities including junior cheftraining, teddy bear picnic, picnic lunch by helicopter, treasure hunt by GPS, Maori flax-weaving and poi-making, guided fly-fishing, horse-trekking, archery, hiking, mountain-biking and more; one round of golf for parents, once per stay, at Jack Nicklaus Kinloch Golf Course including cart and club; round-trip golf course transfers; two one-hour massages for parents, once per stay; round-trip Rotorua Airport transfers; daily breakfast; pre-dinner drinks and canapés; five-course gourmet dinner with house wine; complimentary parking and Internet. Package rates from $11,900 NZD plus tax for family of four. dates Offer is valid from Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012, on new bookings only with a minimum three-night stay required. (Additional nights may be added.) Maximum of two adults and two children under 12 years of age are allowed. All activities and equipment are included as per advertised program.

Tikchik Narrows Lodge DILLINGHAM, ALASKA – The wilderness of Bristol Bay is best enjoyed from the vantage point of this elegant, hospitable Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge. Seven exclusive and refined guest cabins with complimentary laundry service await with the beverage of your choice after a day of adventuring. And a fleet of airplanes and boats ensures all guests—novices and experts—their own private excursion, whether by water or land. Recommended since 1987.

• Elegance in the Wilderness • Exquisite Dining • Perfect for Families Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; a welcome bottle of wine per room; a nightly beverage per person from the bar; and a fly-casting lesson per person.


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Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina DOLOMITES, ITALY – Traditional spirit meets contemporary style at this historic mountain retreat in the breathtaking Dolomites. Family-owned for three generations, the hotel offers discrete and refined hospitality, quiet glamour and elegant interiors. Dining is a highlight and includes informal/ family options as well as Michelin-starred cuisine. A luxurious spa and outdoor activities for all ages await in this enchanting, timeless setting. Recommended since 2005; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #20, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts.

• In a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site • Two-Michelin-Star Restaurant • Historic Parish House Sets the Scene Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a bottle of wine per room; a special aperitif; a signed cookbook per room; a wine-tasting (upon reservation) per room; and a farewell amenity per room.

The Ranch at Rock Creek PHILIPSBURG, MONTANA – This upscale, exclusive guest ranch in the mountains of Montana offers the feel of the true West without sacrificing true comfort. Accommodations include lodge rooms, multi-bedroom guest houses, cabins and rustic, yet luxurious, “canvas cabins.” Activities such as fly-fishing, horseback riding, hiking and mountainbiking are balanced by amenities such as a full-service spa, cozy dining room, saloon and bar. Recommended since 2010; 2011 Grand Award Winner.

• Legendary Fly-Fishing • Variety of Luxurious Accommodations • Limitless Recreational Activities Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a premium bottle of wine per room, upon arrival; and signature departure gifts per room.

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OCTOBER 1 – 11 (13), 2012


The Amalfi Coast OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 15, 2012 Stay at two Andrew Harper Favorite 500 properties. Enjoy dinner with Contessa and Conte Federico in their elegant palace home.

BURMA Stay at the venerable Strand Palace Hotel in Yangon.

Tour a vineyard and an olive oil estate. Stroll through the Borghese Gardens and lunch with Princess Maria Carla Borghese in her home.

Visit exquisite Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset. Travel by private jet within Burma.

Participate in a cooking class at a prominent olive oil estate, hosted by the owner.

Experience the first Andrew Harper Regatta at Ye Le Bote.

View spectacular floor mosaics in the Imperial Roman Villa of Casale.

Gain access to Kachin State in unexplored northern Burma.

Hear guest speaker Fabio Licata, author, professor and judge, discuss the Sicily of today.

Cruise the Irrawaddy River aboard the luxurious Road to Mandalay.


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