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CONTENTS

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On the cover Photo provided by Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

12 14 Great American Golf Resorts Where to stay and play across the United States

54 From the Travel Office: Basecamp Bangkok with Side Trips in Every Direction

22 Sand, Sun & Fun in Cabo San Lucas During any season, there is something for everyone in this recreational paradise.

60 From the Travel Office: European Holiday Markets

Harper’s Top 10 Culinary Destinations From New Orleans to Bangkok,

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Mr. Harper and area Harper Alliance partners fill us in on these foodies’ favorites. 44 Our Favorite Italy The Andrew Harper Travel Office and Harper travelers share their favorite destinations, activities and must-see lists throughout the country.

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Ireland

Anguilla

Italy

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Australia 6 (S) Lizard

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Gasthof Post;

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Czech Republic Mandarian Oriental Prague;

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Prague

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Lower Slaughter Manor; Cotswolds Hotel Tresanton; Cornwall

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 Esperanza, An Auberge Resort; Cabo San Lucas  One&Only Palmilla; San Jose del Cabo  Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort; San Jose del Cabo

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Hotel Le Bristol Paris; Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V; Paris 5

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Château Les Crayeres; Reims

French Polynesia 5 (S) Le Taha’a

Island Resort & Spa; Motu Tautau

Grand Hotel Europe; St. Petersburg

Scotland 72

 The Howard; Edinburgh, Scotland

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St. Vincent; St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Little Torch Key Georgia

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Sea Island; Sea Island Illinois

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Waldorf Astoria; Chicago

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Taj Boston; Boston

3 (S) Blantyre; Lenox Montana

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Greenough New York

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The Plaza; New York Glenmere Mansion; New York

8 (S) The Swag; Waynesville South Carolina

Inn at Palmetto Bluff; Bluffton

Wisconsin

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Canoe Bay; Chetek

Travel Partners 43  Asia Transpacific Journeys;

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 Lifestyle Villas; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Milliken Creek Inn & Spa; Napa

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Pelican Hill; Newport Beach

Florida

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Russia

North Carolina

8  Orient Express Peru; Peru

France 41

Costalegre

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Costa Rica

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Massachusetts

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China

 Hotel Punta Islita; Guanacaste

 Palazzo Seneca; Umbria

Mexico

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Hotel Eden Rome; Rome Villa Spalletti Trivelli; Rome

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 Banyan Tree Lijiang & Banyan Tree Ringha; Yunnan Province

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Canada

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Il Salviatino; Florence

Masseria San Domenico; Puglia

2 (S) Amankora; Bhutan

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California

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Lydmar Hotel; Stockholm

Turkey

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Lower Slaughter Manor cotswolds, england – Consider this 17th-century manor your home in the Cotswolds, an historic ribbon of English countryside and quaint villages that deservedly earned an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation. It’s no secret that Lower Slaughter is regarded as the prettiest village in the Cotswolds, and this quintessentially English manor is the idyllic starting point from which to explore the nearby market towns.  Once a convent, the manor, in its latest incarnation, is a travel destination that perfectly marries period elegance with contemporary chic. Privately owned, the manor offers 19 bedrooms and suites, each unique in its name and décor, with beautiful antiques, rich fabrics and thoughtful appointments, such as fresh fruit and extravagantly plush robes and slippers. The heady scent of rose and lavender is sure to lure guests out to the five acres of meticulously landscaped English gardens that flank the manor. The hotel’s interior spaces are equally inviting, with views of the River Eye and gardens, and a cozy lounge that features an original stone fireplace dating back to 1658. Sixteen 58, the manor’s restaurant, serves as the perfect backdrop for high tea or a romantic evening for two. Flawless in its delivery of a fine-dining experience, it is a popular first choice among locals for special celebrations. As majestic as the countryside that surrounds it, Lower Slaughter Manor is most memorable for the warm, attentive care shown to each guest, resulting in the many repeat visits. Recommended since 1993.

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Special Offer: Suite Savings Confirm a spacious Suite or Garden Suite and receive up to a 40 percent savings based on the time of year. A cream tea and Pimms or Winter Pimms will be included, upon your arrival, along with a full Cotswold breakfast, daily newspaper and VAT. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 29, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with other promotions and blackout dates may apply.

Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a Cotswold Cream Tea for two per room; and early check-in/late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include taxes, daily full breakfast served at the restaurant and Wi-Fi.


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Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, France – Do you dream of having a pied-à-terre with sweeping views of Paris? That dream is now possible, thanks to the new Penthouse Suite at the 244-room Four Seasons Hotel George V. Designed to feel more like a luxury apartment than a hotel suite, this pied-à-terre is the work of Pierre Yves Rochon, the interior architect behind some of the world’s grandest palaces. “I gave Mr. Rochon complete creative freedom to design a place where the boundaries between the inside and the outside are blurred,” explains Christopher Norton, regional vice president and general manager. The apartment’s pièce de résistance is quite possibly its main balcony. Like the bow of a ship, it provides an unobstructed view of the City of Light. Straight ahead is the American Cathedral, on the right, the Eiffel Tower, and to the left, the Madeleine, the Opèra and the Panthéon. The tree-lined balcony is the perfect setting for a continental breakfast or romantic dinner.  An equally inviting interior awaits beyond the wrought-iron door. A remote control instantly changes the lighting from midday sunshine to evening twilight. The living room, with its mini bar and treasure trove of a bookcase, is an idyllic spot for lounging. The bedroom is outfitted with walls of golden silk, with a sliding door separating it from the marble bathroom, its walkin shower and grand, jetted bath. Indeed, a stay at George V’s new penthouse affords the right to say you have lived in Paris.

Special Offer: Arrive In Luxury Enjoy arrival transfers in our exclusive Hermèsinspired Rolls Royce when staying in our new Penthouse Suite — a combined experience like no other. The value of the transfer is 750 EUR. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; an 85 EUR spa treatment credit per room; V.I.P. amenities and status; access to preferential low season promotions; and complimentary Wi-Fi. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include room tax.

Recommended since 2000; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #8, Top 20 City Hotels; 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, #4, Top 20 City Hotels. andrew harper travel office (800) 375-4685 reservations@andrewharper.com

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Gasthof Post LECH AM ARLBERG, austria– Experience summer in Europe’s most beautiful village. From the end of June to the beginning of October, enjoy many diverse programs and nature’s beauty. Hike or climb. Enjoy cheese spaetzle on our own “Alpe Formarin.” And have breakfast in flowering meadows. The 48-room Gasthof Post includes Ebra Park, a lovingly landscaped garden and tea house. ••   Family-Owned for 75 years ••   Relais & Châteaux hotel ••   Post Beauty & Spa Wellness Oasis Recommended since 1988.

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A JOURNEY LIKE NO OTHER Orient-Express is a collection of iconic hotels and sophisticated travel adventures. Set off on a journey around Peru’s greatest sights from Hotel Monasterio in Cuzco, just one of our exceptional destinations worldwide.

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Hotel Tresanton

Special Offer: Enjoy More Maundays-Fifth Night Complimentary Confirm a five-night stay and pay for only four nights, exclusive of tax and service fees. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 18, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combin-

CORNWALL, ENGLAND – Let your spirit set sail in the nautical Hotel Tresanton. Originally created as a private boating retreat, this Cornwall property now features 30 exquisite guestrooms and suites, each with magnificent sea views and artistic décor. The hues of green and blue that adorn the hotel conjure its idyllic seaside location along St. Mawes and Falmouth Harbour. From Easter through the end of September, guests can book sailing excursions on the magnificent Pinuccia. Originally built in 1938, this impressive 48-foot classic racing yacht has been restored to impeccable standards. Guests who want to remain ashore can enjoy a picturesque stroll through the Lamorran Gardens or visit nearby St. Mawes Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. Rec-

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ommended since 1980.

Cap Juluca ANGUILLA – White sand, turquoise water and expansive views are just part of the romantic appeal of the captivating Cap Juluca on the island of Anguilla. Set on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the resort showcases a variety of world-class activities for ocean lovers, including scuba diving, waterskiing, snorkeling and private boat excursions. On land, guests can indulge in in-room spa treatments, take fitness classes on the beach, or relax poolside as the service-minded staff delivers icy bottled water and fresh sorbet. The resort’s 70 guest rooms and suites are spread throughout 14 separate villas, all with ocean views and direct beach access. Four onsite restaurants range from Pimm’s, specializing in high-end European cuisine, to Maundays, a beachfront juice, smoothie and coffee bar. Recommended since 1998; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #7, Top 20 Beach Resorts; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #5, Top 20 Beach Resorts; 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, #9, Top 20 Beach Resorts.

Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a 100 USD resort credit per room; and an organized tour to a Anguillan landmark, such as Kavanaugh Caves, Sydney’s Antique Museum in George Hill or Heritage Collection at East Point Pond.

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a complimentary glass of Champagne per person; and in-room fresh flowers. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include room tax, daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi, porter/valet service and parking.

Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, morning coffee, afternoon tea, Monday cocktail reception, Wi-Fi, watersports and fitness center access.

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Lydmar Hotel stockholm, sweden – At this second generation boutique hotel, we keep it simple and straightforward with a relaxed and informal environment. We believe in a hotel experience liberated from formalities and conservative stiffness. Calmness and simplicity is promoted rather than an abundance of impressions. It is neither the rigid, minimalist look, nor the exaggerated grandness which guests are used to in a five-star context. It is an ease and freshness in combination with a contemporary classic look. We believe that personality is more important than formal uniforms. The staff will express a more personal style and possess local knowledge about what’s happening in the town, which will suit those who want to “live” during their stay and are used to top service and relaxed elegance. Welcome to the Lydmar. Recommended since 2010; 2011 Grand Award Winner.

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Special Offer: A Toast to You Confirm a stay and receive one glass of Champagne per person upon arrival, along with a late checkout subject to availability. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability.

Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; late checkout, when available; and for stays of three nights or longer, complimentary entrance to the Modern Museum of Art. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include taxes, daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi, non-alcoholic minibar and movies on demand.


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News & Updates Hermès-inspired, hand-built Rolls Royce Phantom Four Seasons Hotel George V paris, France – Custom made to the hotel’s specifications by the famous English luxury car designer, in collaboration with the legendary French fashion house, Hermès, this one-of-a-kind vehicle offers a unique experience exclusively for guests of the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Five drivers have been appointed by the hotel and specially trained by Rolls Royce to drive the car. Available for airport pick ups, day trips or evening outings, with rates for a two-hour trip, of 700 EUR.

Moser Crystal Suites at Mandarin Oriental Prague Mandarin Oriental Prague Czech Republic – Experience the distinctive sparkle and ageless beauty of Bohemian crystal. Our Moser Suites are dedicated to showcasing the finest in Bohemian crystal manufactured by Moser, the Czech Republic’s premier luxury crystal maker. Located in the Baroque wing, each of the two unique Moser Suites exudes an elegant atmosphere thanks to 17th-century vaulted ceilings, tall windows and antique parquet floors.

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GOLF RESORTS

If golf is your game, here’s where to stay and play across the United States.

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f there’s anyone who can appreciate the benefits of a top-notch destination resort, it’s golfers. After a long day on the links, they can stroll back to the hotel and swap stories about the day’s round at the lobby bar, slip into the spa for a massage or soothing soak in the whirlpool, relax over a nice steak dinner and bottle of wine, and then do it all over again the next day. For anyone who thinks that sounds like the ideal vacation, here are some notable hotels combining championship golf and championship accommodations.

The Phoenician Scottsdale, Arizona

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rom the moment you step into The Phoenician’s lobby and gaze at the scenic Sonoran Desert laid out before you, it’s clear that the setting is king here. The sprawling retreat sits on 250 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain and includes nine pools, 11 tennis courts, eight restaurants, a full-service spa, a top-notch art collection and even a cactus garden. Over on

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the greens, you’ll find some of the most beautiful holes in all of the Southwest. Most Popular Golf Hole One of Director of Golf Kevin Betts’ top picks is hole No.8 on the Desert Course. “It features views directly south, from the city skyline to the Tempe Butte.” Favorite Post-Golf Activity Lunch or happy hour at Relish Burger Bistro, located atop the clubhouse. It’s home to the largest tequila collection in the state, including The Phoenician’s own private label. What’s New Glow parties at the pool complex, family yoga, stargazing.

The Grand Del Mar

San Diego, California

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aving opened in 2007, the Grand Del Mar is one of the newer properties in the bunch, but it has the look

and feel of a classic Mediterranean estate. Its five-star accommodations feature luxurious touches like marble bathrooms with huge soaking tubs and pillow-top beds with goose-down pillows. Your stay here can include horseback riding lessons at the equestrian center, deluxe treatments at the spa or 18 holes on the Tom Fazio-designed Grand Golf Club, which Golf Director Shawn Cox says “captures the essence of Southern California’s coastal beauty.” Most Scenic Golf Hole “Hole No.4,” according to Cox. “Its second shot gives the impression of an infinity pool with canyons dropping off behind and around the hole.” Coolest Gift Shop Golf Item Belts from 59 engraved with the hotel’s star signet logo,

including pink ones

for female golfers. Seasonal Must The resort’s second annual “Summer series takes place every Sunday from July 14 through Sept. 1.

Concerts at the Grand”


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The Broadmoor Colorado Springs, Colorado

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really cannot think of anything negative to say about the Broadmoor,” a delighted Andrew Harper traveler says of their stay at this 95-year-old resort. “It truly was one of my best vacations.” Built on the site of a former dairy farm in the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain, the Broadmoor was once revered as a place to go to get relief from various bronchial afflictions. Visitors today still make a point to get out and enjoy the fresh mountain air, be it flyfishing on the Platte River, rock-climbing in the Garden of the Gods or playing a round on one of the Broadmoor’s three golf courses. Best Course Feature

“We are fortunate to have an absolutely majestic setting that serves as a nature preserve in many ways,” says Head Golf Pro Mark Kelbel. “All kinds of birds, deer, foxes and coyotes live here, and occasional bear sightings are possible.” What’s New A restaurant called PLAY with a game and six lanes of bowling. Try one of the adult milkshakes. room

Fun Fact Noted writer Joan Didion used to skate at the Broadmoor as a child.

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The Phoenician Scottsdale, Arizona

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Aiken, South Carolina

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iken may be a renowned horse town (some of the top thoroughbreds in the world train there), but it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Augusta National, site of the prestigious Masters golf tournament, as well as several other notable courses. That makes it equally appealing to golf lovers, as well. When not out swinging the clubs, discerning Aiken visitors stay at this delightful inn dating back to 1897. Fun Fact The nearby Aiken Golf Course was the first course in the country to have ladies’ tees.

Favorite Post-Golf Activity A deep-tissue massage at the hotel spa. “Deep pressure is used to relieve tired and sore muscles,” says General Manager Tina McCarthy. Best Gift Shop Golf Items Willcox signature piqué cotton golf

plus Dermalogica Daily Defense SPF 15, to avoid getting burned out on the course. shirt,

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Fisher Island Club

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his 216-acre resort is located within the exclusive residential community of Fisher Island, which is reachable only by private yacht or auto-ferry. Guests navigate the property on personal golf carts, zipping from the secluded beach to the world-class tennis center to the ninehole Links at Fisher Island, which is the handiwork of P.B. Dye, the youngest son of renowned course designer Pete Dye. Most Popular Golf Hole “The seventh hole,” says Director of Golf Jim Curran. “It offers beautiful views of downtown Miami and Miami Beach.” Favorite Post-Golf Activity Cocktails in one of the airy seaside pavilions at the green overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Noteworthy Feature On property is the historic 1920s-era Vanderbilt Mansion, the former estate of William K. Vanderbilt, which has been newly restored to its former glory.


The Resort at Pelican Hill Newport Coast, California

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Coast, California

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uests of this 332-room retreat often rave about its over-thetop amenities and stunning Palladian architecture, with details like the travertine flooring and Italian-limestone fireplaces. They’ll also compliment the staff, who they’ll note as wonderfully attentive yet not overly stuffy. And there’s no way they’re not going to mention the spectacular Pelican Hill Golf Club, whose 36 holes were designed by Tom Fazio to take full advantage of the waterfront setting. Most Scenic Golf Hole

“The best is hole No.13 on the Ocean South Course, with its 180-degree panoramic view from three directions,” says VP of Golf Steve Friedlander. “Lots of photos are taken here, and when the surf is up, the sound of the waves roaring is incredible.” Noteworthy Feature Pelican Hill was voted one of the country’s greenest golf resorts. Its waterquality management system allows

them to

recycle more than 50 million

gallons of water

a year.

tournament nicknamed the “War at the Shore.”

What’s New

Most Challenging Golf Hole

The Fazio Unlimited Golf Package, which is available throughout 2013 and includes select bungalow or villa accommodations, unlimited golf, complimentary forecaddie, and more.

Almost any hole on the Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course, which Golf Digest once named America’s toughest resort

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

course.

Cool Perk Guests of The Sanctuary can cruise around in one of the hotel’s MercedesBenz convertibles.

Noteworthy Feature The resort sits on one of the

top 10

beaches in the country according to Dr.

Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach.”

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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his oceanfront resort just 30 minutes outside of Charleston is situated in the heart of the laid-back deep South, but it is ideally suited to an active crowd, who enjoys activities like kayaking, fishing, birding and biking. Guests also can take advantage of the hotel’s award-winning tennis center, six pools and five championship golf courses, including the Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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The Boulders Carefree, Arizona

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t this esteemed Waldorf Astoria property just outside Scottsdale, guests retreat to adobe casitas and villas that meld into the desert landscape. Each features a private balcony or patio perfect for enjoying the unspoiled views. When you’re done relaxing, you can choose from a number of activities, including swimming, tennis, rock-climbing, horseback riding, and, of course, golf, on either of the two Jay Moorish courses, each dotted with ancient saguaros and postcardworthy rock formations. Most Scenic Golf Hole Hole No.5 on the South Course. It was literally carved from the desert and is characterized by a dramatic rock outcropping that shelters the green. From there, you have unmatched vistas of the resort and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

Best Gift Shop Golf Item New organic soaps designed exclusively for the hotel, shaped to resemble the resort’s namesake boulders. Noteworthy Feature Guests can stargaze with a professional astronomer on regular moonlight hikes.

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Most Scenic Golf Hole On the Plantation Course, Dustin Irwin, sales and marketing manager of Kapalua Golf, narrowed it down to hole No.17. “It’s the highest point on the course, and it feels like you’re on top of the world,” he says. On the Bay Course, Irwin’s vote was for hole No.5, where you’ll spy “turtles in the bay, whales jumping, and Moloka’i.”

Kapalua, Hawaii

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elcome to paradise. The tropical island of Maui is home to this wellappointed Ritz-Carlton, providing guests with an authentic Hawaiian experience, not just through the hotel’s design and features, but with activities like lei-making classes and interpretive walking tours. Loosely translated,

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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the name Kapalua means “arms embracing the sea,” and visitors can easily appreciate the resort’s breathtaking setting on either of the two 18-hole golf courses on the 23,000-acre property.

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Favorite Post-Golf Activity For the gentlemen, watching sports on the flat-screen TV as you soak in the grotto on the men’s side of the spa. Noteworthy Feature The

Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassa-

program, which offers everything from whalewatching excursions to cooking classes.

dors of the Environment


The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Inn at Palmetto Bluff

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n Andrew Harper guestsummed up their stay here this way: “The Lodge is a beautiful, elegantly casual hotel that was perfect for a long, relaxing weekend. The staff also had a laid-back graciousness about them, and was very attentive to our requests. And, of course, you can’t beat the location.” That location includes proximity to the celebrated Torrey Pines Golf Course, home of the annual Farmers Insurance Open PGA Tour event, where guests of the hotel can get preferred tee times. What’s New The North course at Torrey Pines will be undergoing a $7 million redesign led by longtime pro Phil Mickelson. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2015. Favorite Post-Golf Activity Dan Fullen, general manager of The Lodge at Torrey Pines, suggests making reservations for the weekly Artisan Table, a four-course wine and food pairing served family style on the terrace of the hotel’s signature restaurant, A.R. Valentien.

Best Gift Shop Golf Item Pictures and postcards of playing Torrey Pines.

Tiger Woods

Bluffton, South Carolina

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club

Chatham, Massachusetts

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he Wampanoag Indians were the first to enjoy the secluded Cape Cod inlet overlooking Pleasant Bay that now houses the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, made up of charming guestrooms and clapboard cottages. Modern guests love lounging poolside, attending clambakes, renting sailboats and playing rounds of 18 at the nearby Cape Cod National Golf Club, a championship course serving as a qualifying site for the U.S. Amateur Championship later this year. Most Popular Golf Hole “All of them,” insists Mark Novota, the resort’s managing partner. “The breezy, well-groomed course takes full advantage of the Cape’s unique topography and natural beauty.”

f this timeless Auberge Resor t along the banks of the May River, an Andrew Harper guest exclaimed, “The Inn at Palmetto Bluff was essentially a perfect vacation venue,” singling out the hotel’s “superb” service, “haute cuisine,” “wonderful” kayak and boat tours, and the “nicest lap pool I have ever seen.” Others are quick to add to that list of achievements the inviting May River Golf Course, a meandering 18-hole Jack Nicklaus course where caddies are mandatory. Explains Head Pro Greg Wrobel: “We encourage players to walk the course so they can best appreciate the beautiful landscape.” Most Scenic Golf Hole Wrobel gravitates to No.14. “Based on the time and tides, the scenery changes, and dolphins can even be seen frolicking

in the waters.” Favorite Post-Golf Activity A spa treatment called the 20th Hole, which includes a deep-tissue massage, private steam, and Vichy treatment in the green. What’s New The furnishings and electronics were recently upgraded in all of the cottages. The rooms now feature iPads, allowing guests to request bell services, order room service and schedule spa treatments and tee times.

Favorite Post-Golf Activity Cocktails at LiBAYtion, the resort’s alfresco waterfront bar, or at Thoreau’s, an intimate tavern. Seasonal Must

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in July and August, guests can head to the Garden Terrace and listen to live music out under the stars as part of the annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff

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The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club

The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club

The American Club Resort Kohler, Wisconsin

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ooking for a romantic getaway, where one of you can be out playing golf on one of three topranked courses while the other enjoys a day of pampering at a world-class spa? Look no further than The Lodge at Sea Island, part of the vast Sea Island resort complex that has been drawing generations of visitors to Georgia’s idyllic Golden Isles since 1928. Rooms at the Lodge offer views of the Atlantic and the surrounding fairways and greens of the Sea Island Golf Club.

Veal: “Its entire length is bordered by the Atlantic and Lowcountry marsh. From here one can see the green as it stretches south toward Jekyll Island and north toward the St. Simons Island causeway.”

Most Scenic Golf Hole

Cool Perk

Hole no.14 on the links-style Seaside Course. Says Director of golf Brannen

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Favorite Post-Golf Activity A game of pool or poker in the

10,000-

square-foot men’s locker room.

A bagpiper serenades guests

each day.

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at sunset

n the quaint village of Kohler, an hour north of Milwaukee, you’ll come across this charming Tudorstyle property, the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond resort. The amenities include gorgeous rooms decked out with the finest Kohler bathroom fixtures, a spa and salon, upscale boutiques, gourmet dining rooms, and even a 500-acre wilderness preserve. But the golf is what people are really writing home about, given that all four of the resort’s courses are ranked in Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses. Most Scenic Golf Hole

Hole No.5 on the River Course at Blackwolf Run, says Jim Richerson, group director and general manager of Kohler Golf. “The tee sits 40 feet above the


Area Alliance Partners Arizona

Hawaii

Hotels

Hotels

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Carefree The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island; Sea Island Four Seasons at Troon North; Scottsdale The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites; Scottsdale Royal Palms Resort and Spa; Phoenix Sanctuary Camelback Resort & Spa; Paradise Valley

Travel Partners Wide World of Golf

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hotels Wequassett Resort and Golf Club; Chatham

Colorado

Hotels The Broadmoor; Colorado Springs

Halekulani; Honolulu Kahala Hotel & Resort; Honolulu Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows; Kohala Coast

Simpson House Inn; Santa Barbara The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn; Palm Springs

Travel Partners

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua; Maui

Beautiful Places

St. Regis Princeville Resort; Princevile

Four Seasons Residence Club Avira

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Southern California

Hotels Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows; Beverly Hills Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore; Santa Barbara The Grand Del Mar; San Diego

LaCure Villas Pelican Hill Wide World of Golf

South Carolina

Hotels Charleston Place; Charleston 21 The Inn at Palmetto Bluff;

Bluffton

Planters Inn; Charleston The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort; Kiawah Island Wentworth Mansion; Charleston The Willcox Hotel; Aiken

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Hotel Bel-Air; Beverly Hills

The Excursionist

Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach; Sunny Isles Beach

Island Hotel Newport Beach; Newport Beach

Wide World of Golf

The Betsy - South Beach; South Beach

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort; Fisher Island

The Lodge at Torrey Pines; La Jolla

King & Grove Tides; South Beach

3 (S) Canoe Bay; Chetek

Montage Laguna Beach; Laguna Beach

Travel Partners

Mandarin Oriental, Miami; Miami

The Peninsula Beverly Hills; Beverly Hills

Florida

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort; Miami

Georgia The Lodge and The Cloister; Sea Island The Stephen Williams House; Savannah

fairway with a dramatic view of the She-

Wisconsin

Hotels The American Club; Kohler

Wide World of Golf

Rancho Valencia; Rancho Santa Fe IFC  The Resort at Pelican Hill;

Newport Beach

San Ysidro Ranch; Montecito

Jigger Ale is shipped to the resort

boygan River and the natural Wisconsin landscape.”

directly from Scotland and is not served anywhere else in the country.

Favorite Post-Golf Activity

Fun Fact

Having a cigar and a pint of Jigger Ale on the deck overlooking the 18th green at either Blackwolf Run or Whistling Straits.

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You CAN ALMOST HEAR YOUR CLUBS SCRATCHING AT THE CLOSET door. Play on three

championship courses – Retreat, Plantation and Seaside, home of the PGA TOUR’s McGladrey Classic. Train at the Sea Island Golf Learning Center – where ten PGA professionals live or train, with three of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Teachers. You’ll remember the experience for the rest of your life.

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Harper Subscriber Benefits: Restaurant Breakfast daily for two $100 gift card 4:00 late check out Upgrade upon arrival, if available

Experience more at seaisland.com. For reservations call the Andrew Harper Travel Office at 800-375-4685.

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Perhaps we have a different way of interpreting Mark Twain’s quote that “golf is a good walk spoiled.” At Palmetto Bluff we do our best to spoil you. From a complimentary golf cart, a bottle of wine and local treats to an upgrade at check-in, Andrew Harper members will experience the ultimate in Lowcountry hospitality and in world-class golf at our Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

Stay the night or stay forever. Uncover more at palmettobluffresort.com. I N N AT PA L M E T T O B L U F F R E S E R VAT I O N S 866.706.6565 | R E A L E S TAT E I N Q U I R I E S 800.501.7405 2013 AAA Five Diamond Award • #1 Top Resort in the South 2012 Condé Nast Traveler • #7 Hotel for Food Lovers 2013 Bon Appétit


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What makes Cabo special for me is the amazing beauty of the desert meeting the sea under wonderful blue skies with almost perfect year-long climatic conditions which create wonderful sights and sounds.

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Cabo has something for everyone. Esperanza General Manager Marc Rodriguez

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Not only is the beach perfect for soaking in the rays, but the marine life encountered is phenomenal, from spinner dolphins to humpback whales; the local waters around Los Cabos are the ideal habitat.” Laura Quintana with Cuvee Escapes

You may find yourself in a skiff suddenly surrounded by a pod of hundreds of bottlenose dolphins swimming and leaping through the air. It’s one of those moments in life you’ll never forget.”

Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Un-Cruise Adventures

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Cabo is filled with adventure, fantasy and plenty of sun! It has a unique combination of desert terrain, mountains and beautiful beaches. Whether you prefer a leisurely vacation lounging on the beach, or an exciting one filled with zip-lining over the desert, and ATV rides you will be sure to have the time of your life. There truly is a Cabo for everyone.” the Andrew Harper Travel Office

The numerous activities cater to the many varied tastes of visitors from young to old, from the cultural to the adventurous, from the shopper to the gourmet.” Esperanza General Manager Marc Rodriguez

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The Sea of Cortés is still a hidden gem and not on most people’s travel radar. But it should be for adventure travelers. It’s remote and incredibly scenic. You’ll find great opportunities for hiking on the islands and enjoying water sports.”

Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Un-Cruise Adventures

What makes Cabo special for me is the amazing beauty of the desert meeting the sea under wonderful blue skies with almost perfect year-long climatic conditions which create wonderful sights and sounds. [There are] miles and miles of beaches, some deserted, some busy, and miles and miles of countryside with varied flora and fauna depending on the time of year. Esperanza General Manager Marc Rodriguez andrew harper travel office (800) 375-4685 reservations@andrewharper.com

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Cabo is a very special destination that has created many wonderful memories for many people hence the reason they return to the destination every year and treat this wonderful location as home. Guests can simply lie by the pool, enjoy the beaches, or the more active guests can enjoy golf, fishing, tennis, many watersports and a varied selection of special activities. It’s truly a world-class destination with easy access from the USA. What more can you ask for?”

Area Alliance Partners Hotels

Esperanza, an Auberge Resort

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Raquel Felix, Director of Sales, One&Only Palmilla

One&Only Palmilla Posada La Poza, Todos Santos

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P r o m ot i o n

Lifestyle Villas Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – Your Lifestyle experience begins long before you

arrive. Your personal specialist will work with you to create a customized itinerary. Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport, and available for your entire stay if you wish. Meanwhile, your concierge is waiting at the villa to greet you with freshly made Margaritas, and to fulfill any request. Recommended since 2008. • 25 Vacation Rentals

• More Than 40 Field Staff

• One- to Two-Bedroom Condos

• Access to Discounted Greens Fees

• Three- to Six-Bedroom Homes

• Wedding- and Event-Planning Available

• Beachfront, Ocean and Golf Views • Standardized Villa Amenities Throughout

Special Offer: Every Fourth Night Free Confirm any villa for a minimum of four nights and receive every fourth night complimentary. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Oct. 10, 2013, for travel through Oct. 15, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotion.

• Special Privileges in Luxury Resorts • Ongoing Specials and Promotions

Andrew Harper Benefits: a complimentary breakfast preparation the first morning of stay (cost of groceries not included).

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Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Cabo san lucas, mexico – This intimate, beachfront escape is perched on the bluffs overlooking the azure Sea of Cortez at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Casually elegant ocean-view and beachfront accommodations offer the ultimate in relaxed luxury. Award-winning dining venues offer a variety of unique culinary experiences with their fresh farm-to-table local and international fare. And the world-renowned spa is celebrated for its coastal desert environment

and hand-crafted botanical treatments. Recommended since 2002; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #4, Top 20 International Hideaways; #4, Top 20 Beach Resorts; 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, #18, Top 20 Spa Resorts.

••   Private Beach ••   Authentic Mexican Experience ••   Award-Winning Dining & Spa Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a welcome amenity per room and for stays of three nights or longer, two 50 USD spa certificates per room. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily full breakfast served at Cocina del Mar, non-alcoholic minibar, spa and fitness center access, daily yoga class, Wi-Fi and parking.

Special Offer: Complimentary Night, Transfers and Spa Experiences Confirm a three-night stay for two and receive a fourth night complimentary, private round-trip airport transfers, and a spa tapas experience, which includes a head and shoulder massage, a foot reflexology massage and a mini manicure/pedicure followed by a trio of tapas and spa beverage, frozen treat and assortment of fruit. The package price starts at $2,525 USD. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 1 and Oct. 15, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Price excludes tax, service fees and gratuities.

One&Only Palmilla San jose del cabo, mexico – This oasis on the tip of the Baja Peninsula features azure waters and mountainous desert, with the Pacific Ocean merging with the Sea of Cortez. Observe grey whales surfacing on the horizon. The gracious style of Old Mexico — with its red-tiled roofs and white-washed walls — is nestled amid swaying palms. Recommended since 1983; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #13, Top 20 Beach Resorts; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #16, Top 20 Family Resorts; 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, #20, Top 20 Beach Resorts.

••   Swimmable Beach ••   Ocean Views from all Guest Rooms ••   24-Hour Butler Service

Special Offer: Complimentary Night, Resort Credits & More Confirm three nights and receive the fourth night complimentary plus a $100 USD resort credit; two $50 USD spa certificates to redeem for any 80-minute ESPA Signature Experience Service (valid for one certificate per spa treatment); daily complimentary fresh fruit and welcome tequila amenity; complimentary in-room espresso and tea service; and 25 percent off each additional night when staying five or more nights. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 14, 2013, for travel through Dec. 18, 2013, based on availability. Certificates are not transferable and expire at the end of stay. Offer is not combinable with any other offers.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast for two; a welcome Margarita with chips and guacamole per person; and a 2 p.m. late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include a welcome tequila amenity, 24-hour shared butler service, pressing of one garment per person, fresh fruit and cocktail snacks of choice delivered daily, pillow selection, aromatherapy turndown, beach tote, sun care, Wi-Fi, kids’ club and fitness center access including specialized classes.


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Un-Cruise Adventures MEXICO, CABO AND SEA OF CORTÉS – Discover a place ferocious with life, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés — a rich archipelago of coastal mangroves and red-rock cliffs — on a seven-night, island-hopping, all-inclusive yacht adventure. Snorkel with playful sea lions or gentle whale sharks. Search for humpbacks, gray whales and dolphins by the hundreds. Hike to a lost mission, along red-rock cliffs, and among the world’s tallest cactus — the giant Cardón. Kayak, paddleboard, snorkel and explore by skiff in a sea of blue hues. Uncover history in a centuries-old mission town. Sailing roundtrip from San José del Cabo aboard the 64-guest Safari Voyager, your Luxury Adventure includes handcrafted meals; fine wines, premium spirits and microbrews; transfers between airport/yacht; yoga and a complimentary massage; port fees/taxes; guided exploration and all equipment. Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.

Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort

Other destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, Columbia and Snake River.

san jose del cabo, mexico – Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort brings unprecedented luxury and hospitality to Los Cabos, offering unparalleled service, exquisite accommodations and unswerving attention to detail. At this Five-Diamond property, guests indulge in treatments at the newly-renovated Spa at Las Ventanas and relax in luxe beach cabanas by the Sea of Cortez before dining at world-class restaurants. To further enhance the spectacular surroundings, new beach-front villas will debut in mid-December 2013, resulting in absolute paradise. Recommended since 1997. Special Offer: Complimentary Night Stay three consecutive nights and receive the fourth night complimentary. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 18, 2013, based on availability. Rates may vary by arrival date and be limited to specific room types. Blackout dates may apply and offer is not combinable with any other promotions. © Un-Cruise Adventures

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a 100 USD spa credit per room; and 3 p.m. late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include in-room tequila and beverage set-up upon arrival, fresh fruit, full butler service, Wi-Fi and spa and fitness center access.

Special Offer: Baja Travel Credit Guests receive a $200 perperson travel credit on a seven-night Mexico’s Sea of Cortés reservations aboard the 60-guest Safari Voyager. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Aug. 31, 2013 for travel between Dec. 2013 and June 2014, based on availability. Reference code 200-BAJA.

Andrew Harper Benefits: a large format coffee table book filled with images from your trip.

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Shrimp pad Thai

Mr. Harper’s Top 10

CULINARY DESTINATIONS

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he 10 cities highlighted here attract visitors not just for their sites, scenery and experiences, but also for their cuisine. Each puts its own distinct stamp on its culinary offerings, whether that stems from local ingredients, creative chefs,

traditional foods or local interpretations of international dishes. Here, Mr. Harper—along with Harper Alliance partners—provides insight into why each city is a top culinary delights.

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We asked Harper Alliance partners to name three dishes that are synonymous with their city or that they recommend a visitor try.

Mr. Harper: The fundamental balance of sweet-sour-salty-hot that is at the heart of every Thai dish makes for food that is always distinctive, from a simple dish of pad Thai to startlingly complex curries. And Bangkok is a city where the street food, in the dazzlingly colorful markets, is often utterly delicious. I have eaten memorably well at little stalls, surrounded by 1,000 pink orChinese character for “shi” – food, to eat, to feed

chids and kaleidoscopic piles of vegetables.

“When it comes to food, Thailand is a unique destination,” says executive chef Mike Peter Wehrle of The Peninsula Bangkok. “The country is rich in natural resources, so ingredients are very fresh. There are special kinds of fruit that you cannot find anywhere else in the world.” Jason M. Friedman, general manager of The Siam Hotel Bangkok, says Bangkok’s culinary scene has changed over the past five years. In part, he says, the public has become more food-savvy. In addition, “young Thai chefs who spent years working for big chains are now using their knowledge to start restaurants on their own, while Thais who have been living overseas have returned, bringing food knowledge and passion with them,” Friedman says. Similarly, Wehrle says, “Many chefs at top restaurants learned new techniques while studying and working overseas. They learned to pair local spices and flavors with traditional cooking methods,” he says. “Chefs in Bangkok are daring to explore new flavors and matching Western techniques with traditional recipes.” Harper Alliance Partners:

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market near Bangkok

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Hong Kong

Bangkok Jason M. Friedman, general manager, The Siam Pad Krapao

Mr. Harper: Despite all the exciting developments on the Chinese mainland, I have still eaten the most delicious Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong, whether dim sum in a small teahouse or in one of the sumptuous dining rooms of the grand hotels. Some of the best places can be garish and brightly lit, but you can always sense the real passion

Stir-fried meat (beef, chicken, pork or shrimp) or vegetables with basil over rice

that the Cantonese have for their food.

“Perhaps the most famous Pad Thai restaurant in Bangkok is located in the old town and has been operating since 1966,” Friedman says.

“Hong Kong locals are born as food lovers,” says Chief Concierge Echo Zhu at The Peninsula Hong Kong. This innate passion is evident in the dedication to high quality cuisine throughout Hong Kong, she says. In the past decade, Hong Kong’s culinary experience has evolved to reflect more global influences. “The influence of ‘West meets East’ has had an impact on Hong Kong’s culinary scene,” she says. “Through mass communication, people are well-informed on what is new and what is hot in town. They are open to all kinds of cuisines.” Despite the flexibility, variety and creativity of cuisine in the city, Zhu notes that Hong Kong’s culinary traditions “are well-maintained.” Indeed, dim sum remains synonymous with Hong Kong, she says: “This is something that Hong Kong will never let others surpass.”

Harper Alliance Partners:

Tom Yam

A classic Thai soup Pad Thai at Thip Samai

Mike Peter Wehrle, executive chef, The Peninsula Bangkok Som Tam Pad Thai Mango with sticky rice

Hong Kong Echo Zhu, chief concierge, The Peninsula Hong Kong Dim Sum Peking Duck Double boiled soup

“Good for health,” Zhu notes.

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London Stefano Trovo, chef concierge, The Halkin Meat Fruit

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Mr. Harper: Thirty years ago, London was a culinary Kalahari among the great European cit-

A mandarin, chicken liver and foie gras parfait with grilled bread at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

ies. Now, arguably, it has more great restaurants

Dover sole

this demographic transformation. Also the influx

and other fish and gaming dishes at Wilton’s Black Angus fillet

with miso eggplant roasted salsify and charred onions,

among other British menu items at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social Frank Laino, executive head concierge, The Stafford London by Kempinski Tipsy cake dessert

at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal The finest native oysters

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New Orleans Tara Minamoto, customer experience manager, Windsor Court

and more creative chefs than anywhere else,

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Mr. Harper: Home to one of the world’s truly distinctive cuisines, New Orleans has a vibrant and ever-changing food scene. This is where I come to eat superlative seafood. Are there better oysters

Paris included. London is perhaps the world’s

anywhere?

most cosmopolitan city and its food now reflects

Harper Alliance Partners: “What fashion is to New York, food is to New Orleans,” says Tara Minamoto, customer experience manager at the Windsor Court. “You can eat at a 100-yearold dining institution that wouldn’t fathom ever changing its menu and then enjoy a meal at the latest restaurant opened by one of New Orleans’ up-and-coming chefs.” According to Minamoto, “the culinary scene in New Orleans has evolved from the still-present Creole craze of the ‘80s with big-name chefs such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, to a new crop of chefs making a name for themselves, and new twists on traditional cuisine, with chefs taking cues from multinational cuisines.” New Orleans’ culinary culture also has helped the city recover from catastrophes, such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. “Some of New Orleans’ most wellknown restaurants were the first to open their doors following Hurricane Katrina,” Minamoto says. “There are now more than 1,300 restaurants in New Orleans. I think that’s due in part to Katrina, mostly because after the storm we saw a surge of entrepreneurs with a mission to make the city bigger and better. New Orleans has always taken its food seriously, and that’s never going to change.”

of chefs from Australia, India and South Africa has had an enormous and lasting impact. Harper Alliance Partners: The diversity of cuisine makes London a top culinary destination, say Stefano Trovo, chef concierge at the Halkin, and Frank Laino, executive head concierge at The Stafford London by Kempinski. “London has the best from each nation’s cuisine like few other capitals can offer,” says Trovo, who notes that the capital city also attracts “top chefs using seasonal British products.” Laino says that London’s cuisine is “vibrant, fun and fast-moving, and has an ability to assimilate and adapt influences from different cuisines.” In particular, ethnic cuisine — most notably Indian and Japanese—“has evolved and become much more sophisticated and is hugely popular,” he adds. As a result, “people from all over the world come to London to try the different restaurants,” Trovo says, adding that such “food lover pioneers have dramatically changed the evolution in quality of the food in London.”

Anything with fresh Louisiana Seafood

Oysters on the half shell

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New York City Ernesto Floro, director of sales and marketing, The Mark A great steak

at Peter Luger Pork buns

at Momofuku Black truffle pizza

at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges

Paris Eric Frechon, chef, Hotel Le Bristol Neon sign in a restaurant window, New York City

Foie gras Poularde de Bresse

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Mr. Harper: The whole world came to New York and, as a result, you can find virtually any kind of cuisine. Literally. In New York there is always a new restaurant to try. The city is remarkable both for its diversity and incessant innovation. And the food and wine stores are the best in the country.

“The world looks at New York for new ideas and trends— whether that means fashion, arts or cuisine,” says Ernesto Floro, director of sales and marketing at The Mark. “So, anything new in the culinary world will definitely be found in New York.” John Mark Hopkins, chef concierge at The Lowell, also cites New York’s culinary variety. “You can get anything from Afghan to Vietnamese here. Tarte flambée? Boerwors? Tacos de chapulín? no problem.” Hopkins attributes this, in part, to the city’s history. “In many parts of the country, newcomers tried to quickly assimilate, but new New Yorkers tend to embrace what’s already here and hold onto their own traditions at the same time.” Floro and Hopkins say the farm-to-table movement has been one of the city’s biggest trends in the past decade. And, Floro says, “New York has seen a move to more approachable comfort food, and more relaxed but still elegant surroundings.” The city also has seen “a growing group of talented chefs who open very small restaurants and insist that customers eat what’s set before them and play by the chefs’ rules,” Hopkins says, “and people line up to do this.” Harper Alliance Partners:

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Millefeuille à la vanille Bourbon

Mr. Harper: Personally, I still come to Paris for traditional French cuisine. If I want culinary innovation, then I generally look elsewhere. For me, Paris is about classic dishes in a time-honored bistro. This may be a travel cliché, but it is still a deeply satisfying one. Of course, the Parisians themselves don’t think this way at all. But being a visitor has its privileges.

Food in France is such an integral part of the country’s culture that UNESCO declared French cuisine as a “World Intangible Heritage” in 2010, says Eric Frechon, Michelin three-star chef at Le Bristol Paris. Frechon says that this, as well as Paris having the second-most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, are two reasons why Paris is consistently a top culinary destination. Along with its historic contributions, Parisian cuisine continues to evolve and be innovative, he says. “The culinary scene in Paris has totally changed over the past 10 years: fine dining is more refined, more uncluttered,” he says. Also, fusion cuisine has become popular, and Parisian cuisine “has tended to be healthier,” he notes. Multicultural influences have also affected the kitchens of Paris, according to Frechon. “The influence of Asian cuisine has had an important impact on Paris’ culinary scene,” he says. “Cuisines from around the world have only added to Paris’ gastronomic richness.”

Harper Alliance Partners:

Coquilles Saint-Jacques, Hotel Le Bristol

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Rome Armando Manni, owner, Casa MANNI Spaghetti alla Carbonara Spaghetti a Cacio e Pepe Baby lamb Fulvio Pierangelini, chef, Hotel de Russie

Fresh ingredients offered daily from the countryside around Rome, such as artichokes, puntarelle, chicory salad and all types of spontaneous salads

San Francisco Adam Mali executive chef, Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Wood-roasted Dungeness crab

Any dish using local albacore or halibut Wood-fired pizza with nettles Antonio Barrios, chief concierge, St. Regis San Francisco

Any dish that uses fresh and loal crab Dim sum in Chinatown

The city’s famous

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Mr. Harper: Italian food is the most consoling and satisfying of the world’s cuisines. Sometimes its simplicity is the chief attraction. The ingredients are so wonderful; all you need is pasta, rosemary and olive oil and you have a gastronomic triumph. But the pleasure of dining in Rome is always greatly enhanced by joyful enthusiasm of the staff. Nowhere else do you receive such a warm welcome and such instinctive hospitality.

Rome has been evolving as a culinary center for thousands of years, says Chef Fulvio Pierangelini of the Hotel de Russie in Rome. “The far-sighted Romans tried to assimilate the best of every culture they came into contact with. The same happened with the cuisine,” he says. The resulting culinary influences range from Magna Graecia and Etruscans to Swiss Vatican guards and Jewish populations. Armando Manni, owner of Casa MANNI Roma, says these long culinary traditions are why the Eternal City “is like a ‘mecca’ for every food lover. It is not only in Michelin-starred restaurants that you can expect great food, even the local trattorias have secret jewels. It is a great adventure to uncover them.” Adds Pierangelini, “Young cooks trained by good chefs have opened simple, but very interesting restaurants.” Manni says greater availability of quality and organic ingredients also has had positive effects: “When great tradition and great recipes blend with better ingredients, the outcome is definitely more spectacular.”

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San Francisco

Mr. Harper: The home of the American food revolution—thank you Alice Waters—this city possesses some of the most creative chefs in

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the world, not least because of influences from

at Quay Restaurant

across the Pacific. Add the close proximity of

Serge Dansereau’s

Napa and Sonoma—culinary hot spots in their

breakfast

at the Bather’s Pavilion at Balmoral Beach Our very own signature Tiffin afternoon tea

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own right—and you have foodie heaven.

“San Francisco is a top culinary destination in part because of its rich environmental and cultural surroundings,” says Antonio Barrios, chief concierge at The St. Regi San Francisco. “The farm-to-table culture runs deep with farmers’ markets on every corner, and restaurants featuring rotating menus of fresh seasonal fare.” Adam Mali, executive chef

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of Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, says, “San Francisco’s culinary scene has become more adventurous and focused on creatively using local ingredients.” This, Mali explains, has been influenced by “knowing where your food comes from and respecting the ingredients.” Barrios adds, “San Francisco is a city that fosters innovation, whether that be in technology or the culinary world. The city’s culinary scene has exploded with young, new chefs who are innovative, creative and constantly pushing the boundaries to find new ways to challenge the public’s palate,” he says. “We’re lucky to have such a variety of fresh and local ingredients in our backyard and chefs who create new dishes and unique experiences suited to indulge all tastes.”

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Mr. Harper: Thanks to its proximity to Asia, Sydney serves the world’s finest fusion cuisine. The Australians now take real national pride in their culinary sophistication and their chefs have conquered the world. Certainly the fish, produce and local wines are all superb. And then there is the incomparable backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

“Sydney is a melting pot of multicultural influences, welltraveled chefs with modern and old school influences and, of course, our fantastic local produce,” says Anthony Craven, executive chef at The Langham, Sydney. “Chefs in Australia are proud to use amazing local ingredients and take pride in sourcing ingredients from boutique suppliers.” Chris Stebbing, who oversees the team of concierge and butlers as guest manager at Park Hyatt Sydney, agrees. “In Sydney we are so spoilt for choice, and the quality of choice is fantastic. This then brings a healthy competition amongst restaurants to be ever-changing for their patrons’ dining experience,” he says. Adds Stebbing: “Now, it’s not necessarily about the fine dining experience, and this is evident with more casual dining restaurants opening, giving patrons a chance to share and interact with food amongst their table, with the emphasis on quality and affordability.” Other ingredients for Sydney’s culinary success, Craven says, include “a passion from the people of Sydney about quality ingredients and unique food experiences, and an ever growing wine appreciation by Sydneysiders.”

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Gerald Hatherly of Abercrombie & Kent Tonkatsu; a deep-fried,

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Mr. Harper: The chefs of Tokyo have dazzled

breaded meat (beef or pork) that is crispy and dipped in a piquant sauce, at Tonki in Shimo Meguro

the food world with their creativity and have

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even though every corner store now sells sushi,

at Manten Curry in Kanda Jimbocho Gindara saikyo-yaki; a

method of slow grilling black cod, that is sweet, tender and flaky, with an almost buttery taste, says Hatherly, who recommends Ginka in Azabu Juban

garnered more Michelin stars than those of any other city on Earth. I find the exquisite aesthetics of Japanese food to be endlessly appealing. And there is still nowhere like Tokyo. Somehow, there invariably seems to be a qualitative difference in the fish: there is sushi and then there is Japanese sushi.

the world, and today the city has a wide variety of international restaurants,” says Hatherly, who notes that 17 percent of Tokyo’s restaurants are non-Japanese. “As information makes the world a smaller place, this will only continue.” The economy also has affected Tokyo’s cuisine. “There is a grass-roots movement in more traditional food, more economical meals and a turning away in some quarters from ultra-expensive dishes. The Japanese penchant for ‘fresh’ is more popular with the rise of ‘green’ philosophies,” he says. Globalization also has influenced Tokyo’s culinary scene.

Harper Alliance Partners: “Japanese have long had an obsession with food which, coupled with the country’s long period of isolation, has resulted in a national cuisine that is innovative and distinctively its own,” says Gerald Hatherly of Abercrombie & Kent. With Japan’s rise to international importance in the late 20th century, “the Japanese embraced cuisines from around

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Château Les Crayères Reims, France – In the heart of the Champagne region sits Les Crayeres, a grand chateau of 20 guestrooms, nestled quietly within abundant parkland adorned with century-old trees. Built in 1904 as the Polignac’s family home in Reims, this year marks the property’s 30th anniversary as a hotel. Awardwinning Grand Chef Philippe Mille oversees renowned gourmet Le Parc restaurant and the more casual Le Jardin Brasserie. Guests can indulge in the hotel’s selection of more than 200 varieties of Champagne. Recommended since 1984

• Only 90 Minutes From Paris • Outdoor Activities and Arranged Tours • Member of Relais & Chateaux

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast; a welcome glass of Champagne per person; and an arranged tour at Champagne Pommery. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include room tax, Wi-Fi, tennis and parking.

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Special Offer: Prestige Stay Confirm a stay in a Princess or Duchess room and receive a glass of Champagne, petits fours and chocolate on arrival; continental breakfast; one tasting dinner (with a bottle of Champagne Prestige, half bottle of Bordeaux wine and coffees); and a tour of Champagne Prommery. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. Price is 1090 EUR for two persons. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.


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Asia Transpacific Journeys SOUTHEAST ASIA – Rich with tradition, captivating arts, tranquil countryside, superb cuisine and the kindest people, Southeast Asia is a joy to explore. Cambodia captivates with its world-renowned ruins of Angkor and sophisticated hotels. Thailand’s gentle Buddhist culture permeates its vibrant cities and pristine beaches. Vietnam seamlessly melds tradition with innovation. With over 25 years of experience, Asia Transpacific Journeys is the choice for discerning individuals seeking a definitive trip to Asia. Together with Andrew Harper, put their encyclopedic knowledge of Asia to use in planning your perfect Journey Beyond the Ordinary™. • Absorb the Beauty of the Region • Enjoy Historic, Sophisticated Hotels • Travel with an Expert Guide

The Resort at Paws Up Greenough, Montana – Join us Sept. 26-29 for another decadent Montana Master Chefs celebration. Explore exquisite tastes from expert chefs, including expertly paired wines; enjoy spectacular scenery and elegant, private accommodations; fly-fish the legendary Blackfoot River; and explore our 37,000 acres on horseback – all in a luxury wilderness setting. After a day of fine food, wine and wilderness, your luxury home or tent awaits. Recommended since 2007. ••   Gourmet Food and Wine ••   Luxury Homes and Tents ••   Wilderness Adventures Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a 150 USD activity credit per room (excludes spa services); and early check-in/late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include all meals, snacks, round-trip Missoula airport transfers and Wi-Fi.

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Villa Spalletti Trivelli rome, italy – In its own private garden, this exquisitely picturesque boutique hotel housed in a century-old former residence in the heart of Rome. Situated on one of the city’s original seven hills, the villa is just minutes from the Trevi Fountain, the Via del Corso shopping district and the Piazza del Quirinale.  Renovated between 2004 and 2006, the villa is characterized by its elegant balance between old-world tradition and contemporary comforts. The hotel’s public areas are filled with antiques from the Spalletti Trivelli family’s personal collection. Each overlooking verdant gardens, the 12 deluxe rooms are uniquely and elegantly adorned, boasting handmade linen sheets, large marble bathrooms, and original paintings and furnishings. Guests wanting a tranquil respite from the city’s chaos will favor the hotel’s Wellness Center. Guests also can unwind in the villa’s classical Italian garden, where dining al fresco offers a relaxing end to a day in the Eternal City.  In addition to owning this luxurious hotel, the Spalletti Trivelli family also has a long history of wine-making. The wine is produced at the family’s farm and vineyard, Pomario, which is located on a small hill near Perugia on the Tuscan border. Visiting oenophiles will indulge in the two family wines – Sariano, made from the Sangiovese variety, and Arale, made from the Trebbiano and Malvasia varieties. Recommended since 2011.

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Andrew Harper Benefits: an upgrade, when available at time of booking; a bottle of wine from the Spalletti Trivelli vineyards per room; and a well-being path and aromatic massage for two per room. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include room tax, service, daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, minibar, courtesy bar in the Sala degli Arazzi, Wi-Fi, spa access and daily newspaper.


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Le Bristol Paris Paris, France – Idyllically situated along the Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, near the Champs-Elysées, sits the pristine Le Bristol Paris. With 188 sumptuous guest rooms – 92 of which are suites – this five-star hotel is the first French accommodation to be granted the “Palace Hotel” classification, which signifies it as the only patrimonial European palace hotel in Paris. Housed in one of the city’s most beautiful and historic mansions, Le Bristol is the pinnacle of French luxury and refinement. In this Palace Hotel, attention is paid to every detail, clearly evident in the refined décor and spacious Signature Suites. Owned by a family of art collectors, here all of the art, mirrors and furniture are authentic – no reproductions allowed. For the ultimate in opulence, choose to stay in the Imperial Suite, which boasts 3,475 square feet, overlooks the hotel’s French-style garden and nicely accommodates up to 8 guests. Driven by a dedication to gastronomy, Le Bristol is now the only Parisian Palace Hotel crowned with four Michelin stars – three for Epicure, the hotel’s crown jewel of culinary delights, and one for 114 Faubourg, the brasserie de luxe. Responsible for all of the hotel’s restaurants and bars, Chef Eric Frechon presides over all cuisine, from the tapas served at the city’s hottest new night spot, Le Bar du Bristol, to delectable cheeseburgers at 114 Faubourg, to haute gastronomy at Epicure. At Le Bristol, cuisine reigns supreme. Relaxation is at its most indulgent as well, with decadent gardens and a rooftop pool that overlooks the city. A haven of tranquility and well-being, the ultimate day of pampering can be found at the hotel’s exclusive Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie. Looking out over an interior garden, the spa features eight treatment rooms, a fitness center and a hair salon. Recommended since 1988; 2012 Readers’ Choice Award, #17, Top 20 City Hotels.

Special Offer: Midnight in Paris Come to the City of Lights and have a memorable stay at Le Bristol Paris by experiencing the fine and creative cuisine of our three Michelin three-star Chef, Eric Frechon. Package includes: American breakfast for two; a glass of Champagne upon arrival; and a lunch or dinner for two at our fine-dining restaurant, Epicure (excludes beverages). The package rate for the Superior Room starts at 1,380 EUR, and for the Deluxe Room, 1,475 EUR, both inclusive of taxes and service fees. also includes: Standard rate inclusions. (Andrew Harper benefits listed below are not included with this offer.) dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 28, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: an upgrade, when available at time of booking; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant; a bottle of wine per room; for stays of three nights or longer, a 140 EUR spa credit per room; and for stays of three nights or longer in a suite or higher room category, a one-way airport transfer. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include room tax, daily newspaper, and access to the fitness center and swimming pool.

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Grand Hotel Europe St. Petersburg, Russia – Ideally located on the picturesque Nevsky Prospect, the city’s famous main street, this 19th-century landmark boasts 275 guest rooms and is a luxurious mix of historic ambiance and modern facilities. Traveling foodies will delight in the hotel’s six restaurants and bars, which cover a variety of worldly flavors, from haute cuisine at art nouveau L’Europe to spicy Szechwan at Chopsticks, and luscious Italian at Rossi’s. Those with the most discerning palates will be thrilled with the hotel’s center stage – Caviar Bar, and its extensive caviar and ice-cold vodka selections. A true representation of Russian gastronomy, the restaurant’s acclaimed signature dish is the Egg in Egg, a decadent blend of truffle-flavored scrambled hen’s eggs topped with Ossetra caviar and elegantly served in a sea salt-rimmed shot glass.

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Recommended since 1999.

South Pacific Experience pristine palm-lined beaches, world-class diving and exotic cuisine on your choice of specially crafted itineraries through the warm waters of Fiji, Australia and Southeast Asia. From the “Sugar City” of Lautoka, Fiji, sail toward the Solomon Islands and beyond to the wilds of Papua New Guinea. Bask in amazing ports along the Australian coastline. Or choose to venture with us from the waters above the Great Barrier Reef to the dream island of Bali, Indonesia, disembarking in the perfectly manicured city of Singapore. And on every itinerary, enjoy days at sea, relaxing at the hands of the attentive crew aboard The Gauguin, always working their magic touch into every cocktail, massage and smile. Cairns, Australia-Singapore (14 nights) • • • • • •

Cairns, Australia At Sea Thursday Island Australia At Sea (two days) Darwin, Australia At Sea (two days)

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Komodo Islands, Indonesia, Benoa, Bali, Indonesia At Sea Semarang, Indonesia At Sea (two days) Singapore

Special Offer: Two-Night Dining Experience This two-night package includes daily buffet breakfast in L’Europe; a 2,000 RUB food and beverage credit per room, per stay; and a box of homemade chocolates. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between March 20 and Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions. Additional nights will be offered on a bed-and-breakfast basis.

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant; a Russian welcome amenity per room; complimentary Wi-Fi; and for stays of two nights or longer, a 2,550 RUB food and beverage credit per room (excluding room service and minibar purchases).

Andrew Harper Benefits: a 100 USD shipboard credit per person.

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Seabourn WORLDWIDE – Discover the beauty, history and culture of Thailand and Vietnam with this 14-day cruise aboard the intimate Seabourn Legend. Depart from Singapore, then call on ports in Bangkok, Ko Kood, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Halong Bay before ending in Hong Kong. On board, dine in The Restaurant or Veranda Café, unwind in the Sky Bar, and enjoy the pool, spa, marina, library, casino and boutique. On shore, explore the sights with a private excursion and English-speaking guide. Experience small-ship cruising “unlike any other form of travel.” ••   Four Suite Types ••   Guest Capacity of 208 ••   Departures on Nov. 25, 2013, and Jan. 6 or Feb. 17, 2014 Andrew Harper Benefits: a 250 USD shipboard credit per suite on select departures.

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Uniquely

Italy The Andrew Harper Travel office, along with Harper Travelers, share their favorite destinations.

H

ow to pin down the magic of Italy? Is it the heady romance immortalized by Anita Ekberg wading into the Trevi Fountain in “La Dolce Vita?” Is it the inimitable delight of its food, so fresh that to not indulge in multiple servings of carbonara and gelato seems criminal? Is it the charm of the people, carefree and flirtatious enough to hold a lengthy conversation with you in Italian, not caring that you barely understand a word? Or is it that there is just so much in Italy: so much history, so much art, so much food, so many gasp-inducing views? Year after year, Italy rises to the top as the favorite travel destination of Andrew Harper members. We asked Andrew Harper travel consultant Joe Colucci, a most devoted and experienced Italophile, why he thinks Italy is, over and over, the place where so many clients want to be. “I think Italy feels like a second home to many people; subscribers feel very comfortable and welcomed back,” says Colucci. “It may not be the most ‘service-

oriented’ of places, but unlike some other countries that show disdain for American tourists, Italy welcomes them every time. And it has an abundance of everything most Harper subscribers are looking for: art, history, style, attitude, tradition and great food and wine. And so much of the culture changes as you travel north to south, east to west and to the islands. You could never tire of Italy.” To obtain the Harper Traveler’s favorite destinations in Italy, we plied Colucci and other Andrew Harper travel consultants and clients for answers. As everyone who loves Italy knows, the dolce vita is a lot less sweet when stuck in a crowd, so we queried our sources on the atypical experiences and places they recommend in these regions—travel highlights that have let them savor the pleasures of Italy beyond the fray. Divided by region, these are their little travel secrets to help Italy feel even more like home. Andiamo!

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rue, it may be crowded and pricey, but that doesn’t make the city of water any less irresistible. With bottle-green canals flowing amid ancient buildings, it’s like Casanova and Canaletto are still among us, skirting through the city’s narrow alleyways or praying fervently in the Santa Maria della de Salute. These are the uncommon Venetian adventures that Andrew Harper’s Colucci and Laura Newman of travel partner Absolute Italy recommend. P R I V A T E D I N N E R A T H o t el

“Indulge in an unforgettable private dinner in one of the elaborately decorated salons in the Ca’ Sagredo. Dine under a baroque masterpiece in the intimate Sala del Tiepolo, or surrounded by Venetian splendor in the grand Sala della Musica.” –Joe Colucci

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SAVOR ST. MARK’S IN THE QUIET: “With

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the crowds at St. Mark’s Basilica entirely. Our travel partner can arrange for a private, after-hours visit, allowing you to experience the ancient church’s golden byzantine mosaics in peace. The mysterious, incense-tinged atmosphere positively vibrates with history in quiet moments like this.” –Joe Colucci PHOTOGRAPH BY SARAH MOORE

DRINK A BELLINI AT HARRY’S BAR:

Harry’s Bar Venice carries just as much historical grandeur as its Parisian counterpart. The former watering hole of Hemingway, Capote and Callas, among many others, Harry’s Bar Venice “is one of those classic places that may have many visitors,” says Newman of Absolute Italy, “but if one really wants to feel like part of the traditional days of grand European touring, one should stop in for a bellini, the peach puree and Prosecco cocktail invented there in the ‘30s.” –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy EXPLORE VENICE’S SECRET GARDENS:

If you see a hint of wisteria climbing over a medieval wall, chances are that behind it blooms one of Venice’s many splendid

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private gardens. A guided tour of these verdant retreats is one of the best ways to escape the summer heat and crowds. Amble amid green hedgerows, lavender and rosebuds to savor Venice at its most romantic and refreshing. –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy “Venice is even more romantic in the winter, when Piazza San Marco floods and you have to find higher ground to avoid getting wet. The next thing you know, you are in a café having café corretto—espresso with a shot of grappa—at 10 a.m. In winter, the mist at night envelops the city so that it is perfect to get lost in.” –Joe Colucci

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stay in rural Tuscany with all of its related pleasures— walks among the olive groves, sipping local wines in the garden, the toll of church bells from a nearby village—is one of our clients’ favorite ways to escape. While enjoying a Tuscan idyll, these are the noteworthy experiences Andrew Harper travel consultants, and travelers are talking about. THE GREAT UNVEILING: “Andrew Harper

clients traveling to Tuscany in September and October should make sure to see the yearly unveiling of the intricate mosaic floor of the Duomo of Siena. For most of the year, visitors can’t even sneak a peek at the 56 mosaic panels representing the sibyls, scenes from the Old Testament, allegories and virtues that lie beneath their feet: they are usually covered to prevent damage. The floor dates from the 14th through 16th centuries and is one of the most ornate of its kind in Italy—so don’t miss the majestic mosaic unveiled.” –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy TORRE DEL LAGO AND THE PUCCINI

“In Torre del Lago, Puccini converted an old watchtower into a villa

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Siena – Duomo mosaic floor panel

overlooking a lake, and from there he wrote his celebrated operas. If you want to hear ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘Tosca’ in their land of origin, come to Torre del Lago’s yearly Puccini Festival, an operalover’s wonderland in an outdoor theater on Lake Massaciuccoli.” –Joe Colucci EXPLORE SMALLER TOWNS LIKE

“Pienza is one of the first towns built with the Renaissance concept of an ‘ideal town.’ Many other towns in the region were

PIENZA AND MONTALCINO:

fashioned after Pienza. The first time I visited the city I remember looking over the valley and all the sesame seed plants were in bloom. It was a field of yellow shag carpeting. I also recommend visiting the abbey of Sant’Antimo located outside of the town of Montalcino. As we left, the monks started to chant, and right at that moment the wind blew, and the scent was so remarkably fragrant!” –Joe Colucci

Architectural detail of Montalcino Fortress, Tuscany, Italy

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MARBLE CAVES OF CARRARA: Come take a peak into the raw material of great art. Michelangelo and other Italian sculptors obtained the marble for their masterpieces from the quarries of Carrara. Take a tour deep into the caverns of these majestic mines with an expert guide who likely grew up amid the marble—and whose grandparents probably did, too. Hardhat required. –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy HORSEBACK RIDING IN MAREMMA:

“Wow, it is the Wild West of Tuscany! Horseback riding through Maremma, the gorgeous coastal area in southwest Tuscany, was amazing and surreal. We traveled along paths that cut through Mediterranean maquis, the wistful scrubland of the region, went through rivers that run through the plains, and past old

farm houses and ancient ruins. Unforgettable.” –Andrew Harper traveler

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shor t drive southeast of Naples, the Amalfi Coast has all of the sun-kissed, seaside charms of southern Italy. Picturesque villages toppling over rocky cliffs, enveloped in so many hues of blue you can’t discern the sea from the sky—this is one of the Harper members’ most beloved getaways. These are the highlights. HIKE THE PATH OF THE GODS: “The ‘Path of the Gods’ is exactly what its name implies—heavenly. The path runs between the towns of Positano and Bo-

merano. You end up in the hills looking down on one of the world’s most famous and beautiful coastlines. With a name like that, how could you not be tempted to see if it were true?” –Joe Colucci TAKE IN THE FAMOUS VIEW FROM THE

This is a view to thrill and transform you. French author André Gide said that Ravello was “closer to the sky than the seashore.” It inspired the composer Wagner in the writing of “Parsifal,” and legend has it that the devil, while tempting him with the wondrousness of the world, brought Jesus to see the view here. One Andrew Harper client says that the best place to witness Ravello’s famed view is the Hotel Caruso: “Set high up, there is an out-ofthis-world pool with a view to match.” –anonymous Andrew Harper client

HOTEL CARUSO IN RAVELLO:

Area Alliance Partners Hotel Borgo San Felice, Castelnuovo Berardenga

Venice

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Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

Ca’Sagredo Hotel, Venice

TrufflePig Villa Il Sogno

Hotel Savoy, Florence

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Il Pellicano, Porto Ercole

Hotels Hotel Caruso, Ravello

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Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

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L’Andana, Castiglione della Pescala

Le Sirenuse, Positano Palazzo Avino (formerly Palazzo Sasso), Ravello

La Chiusa, Montefollonico

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Locanda Dell’Amorosa, Sinalunga

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St. Regis Florence, Florence

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Villa Bordoni, Greve in Chianti

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Villa San Michele, near Florence

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Borgo Santo Pietro, Chiusdino

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PRIVATE BOAT TOURS: “Get a taste of the life of the locals with a private boat excursion along the undiscovered part of the Levanto Coastline, away from the crowds of tourists in the main drags of Positano and Sorrento. See the secret parts of the Levanto Coastline (less well-known, but no less evocative) made up of enchanting villas, medieval watchtowers, Moorish castles and natural bridges of rock. Pass the picturesque town of Atrani and then stop for a swim near the Marmorata waterfall.” –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy

Hotel Eden

Taj Boston

Rome, italy – Set amid the bustle of Rome, just minutes from the Spanish Steps, Hotel Eden offers a haven of elegant tranquility to visitors of the Eternal City. Founded in 1889, the Eden has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment, leaving the 121 guest rooms and suites pristinely adorned in classic furnishings, sumptuous fabrics and decadent charm. “This was one of the nicest rooms we’ve ever had in Europe,” said a recent Andrew Harper visitor. ••   Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden ••   Wellness Corner ••   In-room massage services

boston, Massachusetts – Boston’s landmark hotel at the corner of Arlington and Newbury streets is the place to be every Sunday through Nov. 10. Taj Boston, established in 1927, announces its much-celebrated Champagne Sunday Brunch Buffet on The Roof. Enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape and the city’s famed Public Garden as you dine on made-to-order omelets, chilled seafood, Mediterranean charcuterie, Indian cuisine, a dessert fantasy buffet and much more. Taj Boston features 228 guestrooms, plus 44 suites, many of which offer wood-burning fireplaces seasonally. ••   Formal Afternoon Teas ••   Walking Distance to Historic Sites ••   Adjacent to Famed Public Garden

Recommended since 1995.

Handmade mozzarella cheese

“Visit a mozzarella cheese making workshop where an expert will teach you about the process of cheese making, then proceed to the tasting room for a sampling of the various types of freshly made cheeses, accompanied by fresh breads. Then off you go to a winery, where the resident expert will accompany you on a tour of the vineyard followed by a tasting of their red and white wines paired with bruschetta and other delectables. Divine.” –Laura Newman, Absolute Italy

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Special Offer: Special Summer Promotion Confirm three consecutive nights in any room category and pay only for two. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between July 15 and Aug. 31, 2013, based on availability and is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant; two complimentary drinks per room at the hotel’s panoramic bar, La Terrazza; and late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily newspaper and access to gym and steam bath.

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Recommended since 2005 Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in (not valid from an Executive Suite or higher room category); daily continental breakfast for two served at The Café (excluding gratuity); an 85 USD food and beverage credit per room for use at The Café, The Bar or in-room dining (excludes tax and gratuity); and early check-in/late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include Jaguar XJ transfers (subject to availability), daily newspaper (upon request), overnight shoe shine, business center and fitness center access.


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Palazzo Seneca UMBRIA, ITALY – Visiting “a house in an Umbrian palace” is how owners Vincenzo and Federico Bianconi like to describe a stay at Palazzo Seneca in Norcia, the heart of Umbria. This charming 16th-century former private residence has been restored to its original splendor and transformed into a 24-room hotel with a spa and restaurant. Tucked among Norcia’s charming, narrow streets, the palatial hotel’s interior courtyard, library and drawing room are handsomely outfitted with fine art and antiques. Despite its historic glory, all guest rooms are equipped with modern amenities, such as complimentary WiFi, flatscreen TVs and DVD players. The spa features Turkish baths, a sauna, a hydro-massage bath and a robust offering of treatments and services. The fitness center includes an exercise room; tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; and an indoor pool. The adventurous have plenty of diversions from which to choose, as Palazzo Seneca can arrange cooking classes, wine tastings, mountain biking,  horseback riding,  fishing,  canoeing, kayaking,  rafting,  skiing and truffle hunting. Yes, truffle hunting. Known as the gastronomical capital of Umbria, Norcia’s lush landscapes and low mountains provide fertile grounds for producing the highest quality truffles, olive oil, wines, meats, cheeses and breads. The hotel’s restaurant, Vespasia, takes advantage of these resources to create the finest in regional cuisine. Dine al fresco or within the restaurant’s elegant interior. Recommended since 2012. 2010

Special Offer: Two-Night Cooking Package Package includes a two-night stay in a double room, daily breakfast, two three-course à la carte dinners, one cooking lesson and one food-tasting per person. Package rates start at 638 EUR, double occupancy. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: The best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a gastronomy amenity; complimentary Wi-Fi; and for stays of three nights or longer, a 25 EUR restaurant credit per person. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include taxes, daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, spa access and parking (approx. 350 meters from the hotel).

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Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina Dolomites, italy – Nestled at the base of the breathtaking Dolomites mountain range – a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site since 2009 – Rosa Alpina is a stunning complement to the natural beauty around it. The hotel’s 51 guest rooms and suites are adorned in an elegant mix of organic, rustic antiques and local elements, creating a unique mountain style. Gourmands will enjoy an exquisite meal at the hotel’s intimate Restaurant St. Hubertus, awarded two Michelin stars every year since 2007. For pampering and relaxation, spend a day at the spa, indulging in a full range of treatments, followed by a dip in the indoor pool and Finnish sauna. During your stay, enjoy the outdoor surroundings with an assortment of activities such as mountain-climbing, mountain-biking and outdoor yoga in the most breathtaking of settings. Recommended since 2005; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #20, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts.

Masseria San Domenico

Special Offer: Stars of Alta Badia Gourmet Package This package is designed for those fond of the combination of an active holiday with gourmet dining and includes a three-night stay in a Deluxe Double Room; a bottle of local wine upon arrival; daily breakfast; one light dinner for two at Wine Bar & Grill on day of arrival; an aperitif in the kitchen with our chefs, followed by a five-course dinner at our two-star Michelin St. Hubertus restaurant; one five-course gourmet tasting menu at the local gastronomic restaurant, La Siriola; free shuttle to external restaurants; a 20 percent savings on green fees at the Golf Course of Alta Badia; complimentary use of bikes and hiking sticks; and all tax and service charges. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 22 and Sept. 12, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any

PUGLIA, ITALY– Set in Brindisi in the Puglia region along Italy’s Adriatic coast, Masseria San Domenico stands amid acres of vibrant orchards and olive groves. Originally built as a watchtower by the Knights of Malta in the 15th century, the property has been meticulously restored, and it opened its doors as a charming, boutique-style resort in 1996. Guests can play a round on the challenging 18-hole golf course, cool off in the stunning seawater pool, or visit the spa for a Thalassotherapy treatment, which draws upon the healing powers of seawater. A nearby beach is reserved exclusively for hotel guests and includes an elegant restaurant, bar and lounge. Five additional on-site dining and cocktail venues offer unique atmospheres for high-end dining or casual outdoor relaxation. Recommended since 2007. Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a welcome basket of fruit with spa products per room; a welcome cocktail per person at the bar; and for stays of two nights or longer, a dinner for two per room (excluding beverages).

other promotions. Package price starting at 820 EUR per person. Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a welcome bottle of local wine per room; a special apéritif in the kitchen with Chef Norbert Niederkofler; a wine-tasting (upon reservation) per room; and for stays of three nights or longer, a farewell amenity per room. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include taxes, service, daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi and spa access. For winter stays, rates also include shuttle service to ski-lift station.

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Travcoa worldwide– Glide through the canals of Venice in a gondola. Savor tastings and lunches at wineries in the Valpolicella and Chianti regions. Spend an evening at the home of a local family. Tour Rome in a vintage Fiat 500. Visit the Ferrari and Lamborghini production facilities. And take advantage of Travcoa’s exclusive DineAround Program to dine with whomever and wherever you please - it’s all included in your journey. ••   Departs Sept. 13, 2013 ••   14 Days, from $15,290 ••   Led by Travcoa Travel Director Amber Medkiff Special Offer: “Italy’s Heart & Soul” 14-day Escorted Journey. Enjoy a complimentary one-night, pre-journey stay at the Villa & Palazzo Aminta in Stresa, Italy (Lake Maggiore) when reserving your September “Italy’s Heart & Soul” Escorted Journey. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Aug. 30, 2013, for the Sept. 13, 2013 departure, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: automatic enrollment in the 7 Continents Club.

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many times you return. If you’ve already done the classic VeniceFlorence-Tuscany-Rome itinerary, consider a sublimely romantic exploration of some of Italy’s most beautiful coastlines. Start in Rome, heading off the beaten track with a guide. Take in the stupendous scenery of the Amalfi Coast and spend some time on the jewel-like isle of Capri. End with a relaxing stay along Sardinia’s glamorous Costa Smeralda, touring the elegant port towns and the enigmatic megalithic remains in the interior.

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Sanphet Prasat Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

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ravelers exploring Southeast Asia are hard-pressed to avoid Bangkok, Thailand, the region’s most important transportation hub. Fortunately, this city happens to be one of Asia’s most exciting and intriguing places, with an array of exquisite hotels which rank among the best in the world. An ideal itinerary would include three or four nights in Bangkok, exploring its grand temples, colorful markets, sybaritic spas and extraordinarily rich culinary heritage. But as Mr. Harper writes, one of the city’s greatest pleasures is simply “watching the endlessly fascinating life” on the Chao Phraya River, where “stately rice barges make their way down to the Gulf of Thailand alongside purple rafts of water hyacinth, while brightly painted ‘long tail’ water taxis forge upstream in a welter of spray.” From Bangkok, whether you head north, south, east or west, a wealth of cultural treasures and stupendous landscapes await exploration. Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai make perfect bases for touring Thailand’s green and picturesque hill

country. Exceptional white-sand beaches in tranquil Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi tempt travelers south, and to the east, the awe-inspiring temples of Cambodia retain their mysterious allure. But perhaps none of these places has captured travelers’ imaginations lately like Burma (Myanmar), an astoundingly beautiful country which has finally started to address human rights concerns and take some tentative steps toward democracy.

An Ideal Three Days in Bangkok Day

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After having arrived the evening before, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and meet your guide. Begin your explorations by boat, gliding past glittering skyscrapers, monumental wats, venerable mansions and traditional wooden houses, until you reach the Royal Grand Palace. This minicity comprises formal gardens, ornate halls and elaborate temples, including Wat Phra Kaew, the famed Temple of the

Emerald Buddha. Nearby, the immense Wat Pho contains an enormous golden statue of the Reclining Buddha, as well as Thailand’s most famous massage school. After lunch, climb the Golden Mount for some excellent views of Bangkok, and meander through the Monk’s Bowl Village, where craftsmen beat out metal alms bowls in a traditional Khmer technique. The lightweight, lacquered bowls make ideal souvenirs. Late this afternoon, return to your hotel, where you might indulge in a relaxing spa treatment. Day

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Spend today touring the opposite side of the river, beginning with the spectacular Royal Barge Museum. Here it’s easy to understand why Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East. Majestic Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, rises about a mile downriver, its towering spires encrusted with colorful ceramics. Board a private long-tail boat and embark on a tour of Bangkok’s khlongs, or canals, which flow throughout the city.

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Consider starting today with a Thai cooking lesson in a traditional wooden house on the river. Learn how to prepare dishes such as grilled pumpkin with curry sauce, northeastern-style herbed soup with chicken or black sticky rice with taro in scented coconut syrup, and dine on your creations for lunch. In the afternoon, head inland to the exquisite house of Jim Thompson, who almost singlehandedly revived the Thai silk industry. The six teak wood houses he assembled and converted into a modern home stand on Khlong Saen. Some of Bangkok’s most upscale and interesting shops are nearby in the Siam Square neighborhood.

North: Thailand’s Hill Country Day

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Transfer to the airport and fly north to Chiang Rai, the capital of a region still inhabited by traditional hill tribes. Mr. Harper recommends staying a bit farther north, close to the Mekong River and the ancient Lanna city of Chiang Saen. Spend the rest of the day settling in and enjoying the amenities of your resort. Day

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Visit an elephant training camp, a remarkable and moving experience and a real highlight of any visit to northern Thailand. Observe how mahouts (trainers) can communicate commands to the elephants, and even learn to drive and bathe elephants yourself. You can also embark on an elephant trek through the surrounding forests, bamboo groves and floodplains.

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang in Chiang Saen

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Spend today continuing to explore the area, perhaps taking a long-tail boat ride on the Mekong River to a peaceful island in Laos, or visiting some of the villages of the local hill tribes, many members of which still dress in colorful hand-woven attire. Day

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Transfer four hours through the green hill country to the city of Chiang Mai, home to some particularly enchanting resorts. After this long drive, take the rest of the afternoon to relax. (Enjoying a Thai massage would be an ideal way to unwind.) Day

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Take a day to explore old Chiang Mai, a walled city of about 150,000 renowned for its artisans. Silver jewelry and intricate woodcarvings are local specialties. Day

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Make a day trip to the mountainside Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of Thailand’s most dramatic temples, and Phuping Palace, the royal family’s summer residence. Return to your resort in the afternoon for some additional relaxation among the landscaped grounds and rice paddies. Day

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One of Thailand’s most impressive temples can be found just to the south in Lamphun, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the country. In addition to its temples and museums, the town is known for its high-quality hand-woven cottons and silks. Day

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Banyan tree roots over Ta Phrom temple, Angkor, Cambodia

Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Sunrise over temples of Bagan in Myanmar

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East: Evocative Cambodia Day

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To add to the glorious three days in Bangkok (above), fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap, Cambodia, the city closest to the dramatic temple of Angkor Wat and home to several exceedingly pleasant hotels. Day

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Arise early for a tour of Angkor Wat at dawn, entering just before the crowds of tourists arrive. The sight of the rising sun illuminating its intricately carved towers is simply breathtaking. Refresh yourself with tea and sweet dumplings in a private lakeside tea house, such as the one at Amansara, before continuing on to the Bayon, located at the center of Angkor Thom. It’s hard to believe that this remarkable temple, famous for the huge stone faces adorning its towers, stood in the center of a city. Now, it’s surrounded only by jungle and crumbling defensive walls. Return to your hotel in the early afternoon to relax, nap and perhaps visit the fun, low-key market in Siem Reap. Day

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Today, start with a dawn visit of Ta Prohm, some of the most atmospheric ruins anywhere in the world. Here, giant tree roots and strangler figs have taken hold of many of the temple’s buildings, at once cracking the masonry and providing structural support. As before, an early visit avoids the crowds and provides ideal light for photography. Take the rest of the day to explore Lake Tonle Sap by private boat, passing by mangroves and picturesque “floating” villages.

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After a leisurely breakfast, make a day trip out of Siem Reap to relatively undiscovered Beng Mealea, a mostly unrestored temple with a true “Indiana Jones” sensibility. Half engulfed in the jungle, this temple offers a very different experience from well-tended Angkor Wat. Return to your hotel for some time to enjoy the spa and relax. Day

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Fly back to Bangkok, or extend your trip by flying north to Luang Prabang, Laos, a country Mr. Harper calls “the last secret of Southeast Asia.”

WEST: The Astonishing Beauty Of Burma Day

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Fly from Bangkok to Yangon, the former capital of Burma, and make your home in one of its grand colonial hotels. Day

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Explore Yangon. Marvel at the Shwedagon Pagoda, with its immense gilded tower rising hundreds of feet in the air, and shop for crafts and jewelry at the bustling Bogyoke Market. Day

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Fly from Yangon to Mandalay and board The Road To Mandalay, a luxury river cruiser operated by Orient-Express. Days

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Over the course of the river cruise, dig deep into Burma, visiting storied places such as Bagan, Mount Popa and Ava (the ancient capital of Mandalay). The Road To Mandalay affords access to many sites difficult to reach by other means. Day

“Refresh yourself with tea and sweet dumplings in a private lakeside tea house.” South: Blissfully Tranquil Beaches Day

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If traveling between November and March, fly from Bangkok to the island of Koh Samui, set in the Gulf of Thailand. Otherwise, fly to Krabi or the island of Phuket, where the March to October period offers the most pleasant weather. Days

As Mr. Harper wrote in the August 2009 Hideaway Report, “Southern Thailand offers an enchanting combination of powdery white sand, turquoise water, dramatic scenery, delicious local food, reliably sunny weather and delightful people who are instinctively polite and hospitable. It would be hard to conceive of a more idyllic place in which to relax at the end of a Southeast Asian tour.”

Area Alliance Partners Hotels

Cambodia Amansara,Siem Reap

Thailand Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Bangkok The Peninsula Bangkok, Bangkok

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Disembark and fly back to Yangon, staying one more evening or connecting to Bangkok.

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The Siam, Bangkok Rayavadee, Krabi Amanpuri, Phuket Trisara, Phuket

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EUROPE AT ITS MOST FESTIVE Holiday markets in Prague, Vienna and Dresden serve up the best of the season’s spirit.

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mbling through a European Christmas market while sipping a mug of piping-hot mulled wine is one of the great joys of the season. Typically taking over the main squares in front of the cathedrals, these beautiful and festive outdoor markets are replete with handmade ornaments, local crafts and indulgent holiday treats such as marzipan, lebkuchen (gingerbread) and germknödel (jam-filled dumplings topped with vanilla sauce). In addition to simple mulled wine, some markets also present feuerzangenbowle, a delicious and dramatic punch prepared by flambéing a rum-soaked sugar cone over a steaming pot of spiced wine. Nürnberg’s legendary Christkindlesmarkt is the largest (and most crowded), but the markets in Munich, Strasbourg, Cologne and numerous other cities are just as delightful. Germany is the heartland of these markets, and almost every town worth its Platz has at least a handful of decorated wooden huts selling savory sausages and irresistible handmade toys on the square. But it’s just as easy, and much more interesting, to experience the market traditions of charming cities in three different countries. The Andrew Harper Travel Office has put together what we think is an ideal Christmas market itinerary, allowing you and your family to make the most of Europe’s most festive season. Old town square in Prague at Christmas

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Statue of Saint Wenceslas, Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic

Christmas market in Dresden

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Fly into one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, Dresden. Like many former East German cities, Dresden languished under communism, with many key landmarks left to molder as bombed-out shells. After German reunification, Dresden embarked on a massive reconstruction program, rebuilding major palaces and churches and requiring new construction to conform to the 17th- and 18th-century architectural styles for which Dresden was famous. The results have been staggeringly successful, but this remarkable renaissance has largely escaped the notice of foreign tourists.

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Visit the old section of the Green Vault, a mind-boggling display of gems, ivory and precious metals worked into fabulously intricate jewelry, sculptures and objets d’art housed in an opulently restored palace. (Ask your travel consultant to reserve your tickets when you make your hotel booking.) Lunch in a vaulted beer hall, and see the celebrated baroque Frauenkirche, the interior of which resembles a giant pastel Fabergé egg. As the sun begins to set, head to the nearby Christmas market, festooned with garlands and twinkling lights.

Vienna’s Town Hall (Rathaus) with Christmas Market in front

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Tour the world-class Zwinger Museum, housed in another elegant palace; visit the new section of the Green Vault, or just wander the old quarter doing a little shopping. Lunch at the Christmas market, and perhaps take in a performance this evening at the famous Semper Opera. Alternatively, dine in style in one of Dresden’s two Michelin-starred restaurants. Day

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Prague is just a two-and-a-half-hour train ride away from Dresden, and it boasts its own festive Christmas market. The Old Town Square is transformed into a cheery holiday village, watched over by rows of colorful baroque buildings, the astronomical clock and the enigmatic spires of Týn Church. Days

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Use these days to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, taking time both with a local guide and on your own. In addition to seeing major sights such as Prague Castle and Wenceslas Square, we can arrange a tour of the magnificent artnouveau Municipal House and a private visit of the Strahov Monastery Library, which is usually off-limits to the public. Enjoy a performance at the Estates Theater, where Mozart premiered “Don Giovanni”, and dine on upscale rendi-

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Christmas market in Vienna

tions of 19th-century Czech recipes at La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoisie. Day

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Take the train from Prague directly to elegant Vienna. It’s worth splurging a little here and booking a suite, so that you can have your very own Christmas tree in your living room. Beneath the soaring gothic spires of the city hall, Vienna’s picturesque market rings with the sounds of the waltz and the laughter of ice skaters.

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There are few sights as romantic as this former imperial capital glittering with newly fallen snow. See the exquisite Belvedere Palace, home to several Klimt and Schiele masterpieces, the Kunst Haus Wien, a colorfully undulating museum housing the joyous watercolors of Hundertwasser, and the grand Kunsthistorisches Museum, notable for its wonderful collection of charming Bruegel paintings. The warren of lanes in the old quarter beckons with innumerable shops and gracious cafés. And don’t miss Schloss Schönbrunn, a sprawling palace rivaling Versailles, rising like a fairytale in the snow. Its Café Restaurant Residenz serves perhaps the best apple strudel in the world. Day

Viennese apple strudel

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Area Alliance Partners Hotels Vienna Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Prague Aria Hotel Augustine Hotel 72

Mandarin Oriental Prague

Dresden Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski

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meet the guides

meet the guides

ASIA TRANSPACIFIC JOURNEYS

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: What caliber of guides does Asia Transpacific Journeys utilize?

: We rely on guides with whom our experienced sales managers have been personally acquainted. In many of our top destinations, our guides have become treasured personal friends. This unique, long-term relationship allows for us to have deep trust that our guides are the best in the field and permits us to provide a wide variety of unusual, authentic experiences.

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: How will traveling with a guide enhance my trip? : We factor a daily personal guide

and driver into our trip costs. We believe that personalized access to a real insider is the key to making a trip to Asia seamless, deeply meaningful, worry-free and memorable. Our clients frequently give feedback that their guides made their trip—opening their eyes to the destination’s authentic culture, history and people. In addition, our guides always have access to the latest on-the-ground information. They can secure restaurant reservations at the newest hotspot, adjust touring to account for a sudden change in weather or take you to their favorite, truly off-the-beaten-path noodle shop for lunch.

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: What sort of education/training/ language skills do your guides have? : We provide service throughout

Asia and the Pacific, so our guides’ specific qualifications vary considerably. However, we ensure that our guides are always at the pinnacle of their industry. All of our guides speak English and have been proven in the field. We always custom-select guides for our clients based on the needs of their traveling party. Love history or art? We have guides that specialize in these areas. Travelling with kids? We have guides known for their excellent rapport with children.

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: Will I have one guide for my entire trip?

: Often a single guide will accompany our clients throughout their entire stay in a country. In other cases, we employ different guides in different areas of a country, to ensure our clients receive the most knowledgeable on-theground service in each location. Specialty guides are also available for a specific tour or service. For example, we can arrange for a history professor to tour the old town center with our clients, an art history expert to provide interpretation in a museum or a chef to lead clients on a culinary tour. We strive to provide the best guides in the industry, custom-picked for our clients’ itinerary and traveling party.

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Waldorf Astoria Chicago Chicago, Illinois

While the destinations of the following hotels and resorts range from cities to coastal and countryside, all have in common their exceptional spas, which serve as destinations in and of themselves. Hotel Punta Islita Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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The Plaza

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

new york, new york – The 282 rooms and suites at The Plaza in Manhattan reflect a modern aesthetic while maintaining the grandeur and tradition synonymous with the hotel’s reputation. Exceptional service is paramount at this property, and suite guests can enjoy round-the-clock butler service. A coveted location on the edge of Central Park makes it easy for visitors to experience the best of New York City. Dining at The Plaza offers a variety of elevated fare, from the elegance of The Palm Court to the contemporary Todd English Food Hall – and wine is on more than just the food menu. The hotel’s Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa uses grape seed and vine extracts to produce its skincare products and inspire treatments.

VIcTORIA, BRITISH COLuMBIA – Just steps from the Inner Harbour, this relaxing retreat is set among fabulous boutiques and dining spots. With just 64 well-appointed rooms, expect personalized service and decadent details, such as marble baths and nightly turndown service. Freshly redesigned and fully equipped, The Spa Magnolia offers seven private treatment rooms and a full menu of services. From pedicures to hydrotherapy, each treatment delivers a multi-sensorial experience. This is the first spa in Victoria to carry Intelligent Nutrients, U.S.D.A.-certified organic products created by renowned environmentalist and Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher. ••   Perfect Couples’ Getaway ••   Private Treatment Rooms ••   Convenient Downtown Location

Recommended since 2009.

Recommended since 2008.

Special Offer: Enjoy a Complimentary Third Night Stay longer with our compliments. When confirming a stay of two consecutive nights in a luxurious guest room or suite, receive an additional third night on us. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 1 and Sept. 20, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not applicable to Deluxe Double/Double, Royal Terrace Suite and Royal Plaza Suite. A minimum three-night stay is required and a maximum of nine consecutive nights is permitted. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; daily continental breakfast served at The Palm Court; a New York City-themed welcome amenity; and a 100 USD food and beverage credit per room. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include La Palestra fitness center access. When booking a suite, rates also include butler service.

Special Offer: Additional Amenities Confirm three or more nights and receive a cheese plate for two and a bottle of British Columbia wine delivered to your room. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Sept. 30, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a daily 25 CAD credit for use at Catalano Restaurant or Spa Magnolia; and complimentary valet parking. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant, Internet access and local calls.

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Recommended since 2011; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #19, Top 20 City Hotels

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Andrew Harper Benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an ugrade, when available at check-in (not valid from Deluxe Double or Gold Coast Suite); daily American breakfast for two served at Balsan restaurant or in room; a 50 USD spa credit per room; and complimentary overnight valet parking.

Standard rate inclusions: Rates include Wi-Fi and access to the Elysian Spa & Health Club.

Hotel Punta Islita Guanacaste, Costa Rica – Embedded in lush, tropical gardens, Hotel Punta Islita’s Casa Spa is the heart of pampered wellness and relaxation. From the moment you are greeted with a soothing cup of just-brewed herbal tea, you will feel the warm glow of its homelike ambiance. Casa Spa is a unique haven for holistic wellness. Beauty rituals, Costa Rican traditional healing arts and the ancient wisdom provided by a local herbalist are artfully combined to relieve modern stresses. Recommended since 1998. ••   Oceanfront ••   Adults-Only Infinity Edge Pool ••   Cultural Authenticity Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; a desert sampler per room; a complimentary green fee per room; a 50 USD spa credit per room; and a guided Islita Discovery Tour. Special Offer: Exclusive Spa Special Confirm a stay and receive 15 percent savings on any spa treatment. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between Aug. 1 and Dec. 19, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily American or traditional Costa Rican breakfast served at the main restaurant and a specialty welcome cocktail per person.

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Glenmere Mansion hudson valley, new york – In the Hudson Valley, just an hour’s drive from New York City, overlooking the Catskill mountains and Glenmere Lake, this famed country estateturned-hotel merges Gilded Age opulence with modern amenities. This 2012 Andrew Harper Grand Award-Winner has 18 rooms and suites; sprawling private gardens on 150 secluded acres; a 25 x 50-foot heated outdoor swimming pool; tennis, bocce and croquet courts; and two restaurants offering Hudson Valley cuisine. The new 8,000-square-foot spa recently opened to great acclaim. The Moroccan-inspired space includes a luxurious marbled bath house and hammam, a relaxation library lounge and nail salon. ••   Luxurious New Spa/Bath House ••   One Hour From New York City ••   Relais & Châteaux Recommended since 2011; 2012 Grand Award Winner. Andrew Harper Benefits: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at check-in; complimentary port wine for two at turndown; two tickets per room to a one- or two-hour tour at West Point Military Academy; and early check-in/late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: Rates include daily full breakfast served in The Supper Room; use of on-site facilities, Wi-Fi and parking.

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Complimentary Third Night: Experience the Cabernet Season in Napa Valley and enjoy easy access to the region’s best vineyards and restaurants. Stay two consecutive nights and receive a complimentary third night. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Feb. 25, 2014, for travel between Nov. 18, 2013 and Feb. 28, 2014, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Prague’s summer months pulse with energy. Confirm a stay for four consecutive nights and enjoy the fourth night with our compliments. This offer is valid on the Superior Room category or higher. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Sept. 11, 2013, for travel through Sept. 15, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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Experience the Atholl Restaurant’s delicious tasting menu with this luxurious package which includes one night’s accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, a welcome bottle of Champagne served in-room by the butler, and Head Chef William Poncelet’s six-course seasonal tasting menu. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. The tasting menu is only available with an advance booking and can only be taken by the whole table.

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Banyan Tree Lijiang & Banyan Tree Ringha Stay Longer Rewards Confirm a two-night minimum stay at either hotel, based on double occupancy, and receive a 200 RMB spa credit per guest to be used at Banyan Tree Spa; and a 20 percent savings at any food and beverage outlet to be used once during stay. For stays of three nights or longer, in addition to the above, receive complimentary afternoon tea service and a set threecourse lunch per person. And for stays of four nights or longer, in addition to all the above, receive a 60-minute massage and 30-minute relaxation session per person, inclusive of refreshments; round-trip airport transfers from Lijiang or Diqing airport; and a signature dinner for two. also includes: Andrew Harper benefits and any standard inclusions. dates: Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Dec. 29, 2013 for travel through Dec. 31, 2013, based on availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions.

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