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July | August | September 2012

Mr. Harper’s

TOP 10

MOUNTAINS OR BEACHES— WHY CHOOSE?

UNMISTAKABLY AMSTERDAM

CHILE: LAND OF 1,000 LANDSCAPES

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Casa MANNI

ROME, ITALY

“When we arrived at Casa MANNI, Armando was there to meet us and show us around the apartment. It was beautiful, modern and an incredible location. It felt like we were living in Rome, even though we were only there five days. We felt quite at home and loved looking out the windows seeing those beautiful red tile roofs and the top of the Column of Marcus Aurelius from the shower—as advertised.” —An Andrew Harper Member

SPECIAL OFFER: Complimentary Airport Transfer Stay four nights or longer and receive a complimentary limousine transfer from the Rome airport to Casa MANNI. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only of four-night or longer stays, with no expiration date, based on availability.

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates (on stays of four nights or longer); a special selection of fine spirits; a bottle of Nature by Monsupello sparkling wine; MANNI Extra Virgin Olive Oil; jars of homemade jam and honey; a “Casa MANNI Black Book” (personalized moleskin Rome guide); a copy of the book “101 Things to Buy Before You Die;” and use of iPad with integrated GPS. Standard rate inclusions: daily breakfast selections, selected snacks and Wi-Fi.

Recommended since 2011; 2012 Grand Award Winner.

Casa Gangotena QUITO, ECUADOR – In a newly restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the heart of Quito’s colonial quarter, Casa Gangotena harbors 31 rooms, eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technology and quintessential comfort. The fine restaurant celebrates Ecuadorian cuisine from the Andes and the coast. Recommended since 2011. ••   Historic Heritage Mansion ••   In the Heart of Colonial Quito ••   Fine Ecuadorian Gastronomy Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a cooking class with the hotel chef; an escorted visit to San Francisco vegetable and fruit market; and an Ecuadorian chocolate-tasting with the chef. Standard rate inclusions: daily full breakfast served at the restaurant, afternoon Quiteño coffee and Wi-Fi.

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Waterfalls on Mount Waialeale Kauai

A Samburu guide rests above the Ewaso Nyiro River in Kenya Photo taken by Mr. Harper during a recent visit.

TOP RIGHT PHOTO © RIJKSMUSEUM/MYRA MAY

11 | F  rom the Travel Office A sample 13-day itinerary for Portugal 16 | M  ountains or Beaches—Why Choose? Few places on earth combine the spirit of sand and sea with the captivating scenery and layers of nature-rich wonders of the mountains. Few, but not none. 24 | F  rom the Travel Office A sample 10-day itinerary for Panama 26 | C  hile: Land of 1,000 Landscapes A visit to this year-round favorite requires strategic packing. Who says swimsuits and ski boots don't go together?

34 | M  r. Harper’s Top 10 Favorite Peoples & Cultures As you may imagine, I am often asked to identify my favorite destinations in the world. Generally I protest that it would be quite impossible: places possess individual charm and comparisons are not only invidious but pointless. But of course I do have favorites. 44 | U  niquely Amsterdam Locals sing the praises of this city on the water, from its unmistakable architecture and art, to its canals and easygoing nature.

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special offers Partners listed below are participating

GERMANY

in this issue of the Andrew Harper

5 The Charles Hotel; Munich

41 Miraflores Park, An Orient-Express Hotel; Lima

Traveler magazine showcasing their

GREECE

PORTUGAL

Harper member benefits and more.

S5 Elounda Mare; Crete

Those noted in red are including short-

INDONESIA

10 Lapa Palace; Lisbon 10 Romaneira; Douro Valley

term SPECIAL OFFERS in addition to

41 COMO Shambhala Estate; Bali

SOUTH AFRICA

their Harper member benefits.

IRELAND

54 Mateya Safari Lodge;

6 Ballyfin; Co. Laois 52 Sheen Falls Lodge; Co. Kerry

54 Singita Sweni Lodge;

Hotels

ISRAEL

ANTIGUA

S9 Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort; St. John’s S9 Hermitage Bay; St. Mary’s AUSTRALIA

39 The Louise; Barossa Valley BELGIUM

52 Hotel Amigo; Brussels CANADA

14 King Pacific Lodge, a Rosewood Resort; North Vancouver, British Columbia 19 Nimmo Bay; Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia CHILE

29 Awasi; San Pedro de Atacama 32 explora Atacama—Hotel de Larache; San Pedro de Atacama

32 explora Patagonia—Hotel Salto Chico; Torres del Paine National Park

32 explora Rapa Nui—Posada de Mike Rapa; Easter Island 31 The Singular Patagonia; Puerto Bories 33 Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa; Torres del Paine CZECH REPUBLIC

6 Rocco Forte Augustine Hotel; Prague ECUADOR

2 Casa MANNI; Rome S2 Grand Hotel Timeo, An Orient-Express Hotel; Taormina S2 Hotel Splendido, An Orient-Express Hotel; Portofino 36 Il Salviatino; Florence S4 Castello di Vicarello; Tuscany 53 Grand Hotel et de Milan; Milan S2 Hotel Caruso, An Orient-Express Hotel; Ravello S2 Hotel Cipriani, An Orient-Express Hotel; Venice 36 Hotel Eden; Rome 53 Park Hyatt Milan; Milan S2 Villa San Michele, An Orient-Express Hotel; Florence MALDIVES

S4 Cocoa Island By COMO; South Malé Atoll MALTA

Wakaya Island

49 Le Couvent des Minimes; Provence 53 Château-Hotel André Ziltener; Burgundy

S6 Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa; Tahaa S6 The St. Regis Resort Bora Bora;

54 Tswalu Kalahari; Tswalu Kalahari Reserve ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

S10 P  etit St. Vincent; Petit St. Vincent Private Island SWITZERLAND

52 Beau-Rivage Palace; Lausanne TURKEY

53 Sumahan on the Water; Istanbul UNITED STATES california

13 Meadowood Napa Valley; St. Helena 54 Milliken Creek Inn & Spa; Napa illinois

23 Four Seasons Hotel Chicago; Chicago montana

22 Triple Creek Ranch; Darby new mexico

58 The Inn of the Five Graces; Santa Fe new york

22 Lake Placid Lodge; Lake Placid

Travel Partners 41 Asia Transpacific Journeys;

S7 Las Alamandas; Costalegre S8 Esperanza, An Auberge Resort;

39 Eastern & Oriental Express; Thailand

PERU

43 Hotel Monasterio, An Orient-Express Hotel; Cusco

43 Hotel Rio Sagrado,

FRENCH POLYNESIA

Kruger National Park

MEXICO

Amsterdam; Amsterdam

FRANCE

Madikwe Game Reserve

53 Xara Palace; Mdina

47 Hotel De l’Europe; Amsterdam 49 InterContinental Amstel

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Bora Bora

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Cabo San Lucas

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An Orient-Express Hotel; Urubamba 43 Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, An Orient-Express Hotel; Machu Picchu

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The Resort at Pelican Hill; Newport Beach hawaii

21 Cuvée Escapes Villas; North Kona Coast MEXICO

S8 Cuvée Escapes Villas; Cabo San Lucas


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The Charles

Hotels AUSTRALIA

The Louise; Barossa Valley CANADA

Nimmo Bay; Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, British Columbia CHILE

Awasi; San Pedro de Atacama The Singular Patagonia; Puerto Bories Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa; Torres del Paine ECUADOR

Hacienda San Agustin de Callo; Cotopaxi GERMANY

Wald & Schlosshotel Friedrichsruhe; Baden-Württemberg PANAMA

Villa Camilla Boutique Hotel; Pedasi PERU

Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; Urubamba SOUTH AFRICA

Londolozi Private Game Reserve; Sabi Sand Reserve TURKS & CAICOS

The Veranda Resort & Residences; Providenciales UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Rocco Forte Hotel Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi UNITED STATES new york

Glenmere Mansion; Chester virginia

The Goodstone Inn; Middleburg

Coming in the Oct./Nov./Dec. issue of the

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A day in the life of hotel concierges in some of the most visited U.S. cities. Highlights from Mr. Harper’s recent visit to the Emerald Isle Worldwide Architectural Inspiration South Pacific Islands & Beaches SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT

Learn-How Vacations: From cooking classes to surfing and language immersion

MUNICH, GERMANY – This Rocco Forte property sits in the city center within a five-minute walk from the main train station, next to the peaceful Old Botanical Garden, near the museums and superb shopping found in historic Old Town. The hotel features a nontraditional, contemporary and sophisticated design with 160 rooms, including 28 suites, and original art by 19th-century painter Franz Lenbach in public spaces. Its exclusive, intimate spa and top-notch fitness and conference facilities suit both leisure and business travelers alike. Additional amenities include the largest indoor pool in Munich. The staff is warm and knowledgeable. Pick up a chefpacked basket brimming with cheeses, pretzels, sausages and more and picnic with a stein of traditional Bavarian beer at one of the city’s 110 beer gardens. Recommended since 2007. SPECIAL OFFER: 200 Years of Beer Garden Tradition Discover the Bavarian tradition and visit one of the 110 beer gardens. Andrew Harper members may use their 85 EUR food and beverage credit toward the purchase of the 45 EUR chef-prepared picnic basket full of delicacies to take along on their beer garden visit. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is based on availability.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available nonrestricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant; an €85 EUR food and beverage credit per room; and early check-in and late checkout, if available. Standard rate inclusions: taxes and service, spa access, daily newspaper and local telephone calls.

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Ballyfin CO. LAOIS, IRELAND – In central Ireland, at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this famed country house-turned-hotel blends traditional Irish formality with relaxed, easy-going hospitality. With just 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms and lavish yet cozy public spaces, privacy and tranquility are the order of the day. Dining options range from lush banquets to intimate wine cellar dinners, all under the careful eye of the acclaimed executive chef. There are 600 acres of private parkland, a 28-acre lake, gym, indoor pool and two beauty treatment rooms. Activities include fishing, croquet, garden tours, falconry and plenty of opportunities for relaxation amid the most exclusive, unique and serene of settings. Recommended since 2012.

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – At the meeting point of ancient and contemporary Jerusalem, the 233-room King David, with its stately pink quartz exterior, offers incomparable views of the minarets and domes of the walled Old City. Perfectly located for experiencing Jerusalem’s history and unique diversity, the hotel, with its bygone romantic era-inspired décor, also is renowned for its private gardens that enclose tennis courts, tree-shaded pools, a children’s playground and serene corners ideal for relaxing. With four dining options, a relaxing spa and exceptional attention to detail and service, a few days are required to simply enjoy all King David has to offer its guests after they’ve spent days exploring the area’s rich culture and historical greatness.

SPECIAL OFFER: Pony and Trap Experience When reserving a three-night or longer stay, receive a complimentary, private tour of the property grounds in a pony and trap. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; and a beautiful keepsake book on Ballyfin’s restoration. dates Offer is valid for new reservations only, for stays through Dec.31, 2012, based on availability and any applicable blackout dates.

Andrew Harper members receive: an upgrade, when available at time of booking; a private tour of the kitchen; and a private tour of the house. Standard rate inclusions: tax and gratuity; select on-site activities; all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, drinks during the pre-dinner reception; in-room minibar (soft drinks and snacks); laundry and pressing service; and Wi-Fi.

Recommended since 1984. Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a welcome bottle of wine per room; and for stays of three nights or longer, a dinner for two per room (excluding beverages).

Standard rate inclusions: daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant.

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Rocco Forte Augustine Hotel

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – Conveniently located in the picturesque heart of Prague, the Augustine Hotel Prague is near the majestic Prague Castle, the famous Charles Bridge and many more attractions. The 101-room property, including 16 suites, was created from seven historical buildings, including the 13th-century Augustinian St. Thomas Monastery. Several practicing friars still live in a separate part of the monastery. All of the elegantly designed guest rooms afford stunning views over the courtyards, the monastery chapel or the Prague Castle. The hotel’s spa features a hammam offering special treatments, a sauna, steam room and fitness center. All of this, combined with the restaurant and two bars, has catapulted the hotel to the top of many prestigious award lists. Recommended since 2009. SPECIAL OFFER: Unforgettable Family Affair Book one room and receive an interconnecting or adjacent room for children under 16 years complimentary. also includes Daily breakfast for the whole family; children under three years receive complimentary food and beverages, and children under 12 years receive a 50 percent reduction on all menus; free local phone calls; children’s robe and slippers; complimentary kids’ guide to Prague and games; welcome kids’ amenities; and an iPod docking station and DVD player to use during stay. (Standard Harper member benefits listed below are not included with this offer.) dates Offer is valid on new bookings only, based on availability and restricted to a limited number of rooms. Offer is not valid for group bookings and is not combinable with other promotions.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; an €85 EUR food and beverage credit per room; and early check-in/late checkout, when available.


from the travel office

A LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Dear Andrew Harper Member,

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f you’re feeling inspired by the insights of Mr. Harper, who for decades has traveled the world incognito, you may want to take the next step and turn his advice into a personalized vacation. With the assistance of the Andrew Harper Travel Office, we turn that advice into reality. Mr. Harper first visits and recommends all of the hotels and other Alliance partners represented in this and every Andrew Harper Traveler magazine. The featured promotions and special offers, along with the added insight, provide exceptional and valuable member benefits.

Matakauri Lodge Queenstown South Island, New Zealand

• Hotel, inn, villa, yacht and cruise reservations • Booking of any hotel room category, both domestically and internationally • Airline reservations (may include nominal ticketing fees)

We would like to thank you for the best two-week vacation we’ve ever had. We are very fortunate to have been able to travel extensively during our 37-year relationship, and we have had many wonderful adventures. But this New Zealand experience stands alone.

• Ground transportation reservations including private drivers, rail tickets, car rentals and airport transfers

Thank you so much for this over-the-top vacation!

And like the quarterly issues of this magazine, available both online and in print, the services of the Andrew Harper Travel Office are complimentary to members and include:

—Andrew Harper Members Dee Mosbacher, M.D., Ph.D. & Nanette Gartrell, M.D.

• Concierge services such as restaurant reservations, spa appointments, private expert guides, tee times and more, as part of your trip

Also, booking with us can help ensure your receipt of member benefits offered by Harper Alliance properties and partners. We are here to make travel planning easy and rewarding. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sandi Ferreira,

Director of Travel Services, Andrew Harper, LLC (630) 734-4610 | SFerreira@AndrewHarper.com

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INTRODUCING

Andrew Harper’s

Paris

Designed for the sophisticated traveler, Andrew Harper’s Paris offers an informed and idiosyncratic selection of more than 350 of Andrew Harper’s favorite hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions. Maps and photographs help to make the app as practical as it is inspiring.

DOWNLOAD THE APP FOR FREE FROM THE ITUNES® STORE

Visit AndrewHarper.com/Paris for more information.


TOURING A discerning selection of major attractions, as well as the small gems of Paris.

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HOTELS Fourteen favorite Parisian properties, from grand palace addresses to intimate Left Bank alternatives.

INSIDER TIPS & HIGHLIGHTS

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DINING The best restaurants in Paris, from grand haute cuisine dining rooms to casual neighborhood bistros.

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Lapa Palace

Romaneira

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Located in Lisbon’s elegant Embassy district, Olissippo Lapa Palace is the best of both worlds: a relaxed, resort atmosphere within a thriving, historic city. The property is just a five-minute walk from the Tagus River and 15 minutes from the heart of downtown. Frescoed artwork, vaulted ceilings and intricate fountains are just a few of the details that contribute to the ever-present sense of grandeur in this former 19thcentury palace. Each of the 109 oversized guest rooms and suites is appointed in classical Portuguese style. Take in views of the picturesque surroundings from balconies and terraces off of every room. Indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and fully equipped gym encourage well-being, while on-site restaurants offer dining options ranging from casual to formal. Recommended since 1994. Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or continental breakfast served in room; VIP in-room welcome amenities, including fresh flowers, a half bottle of port wine and mini custard tarts; a $100 USD food and beverage credit per room; 4 p.m. late checkout, when available; and for stays of four nights or longer, round-trip airport transfers. Standard rate inclusions: taxes, spa access and parking.

DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL – This 2009 Grand Award winner has long been one of Portugal’s great wine estates. In 2007 it began welcoming guests high above the Douro River in this 2,000-year-old viticulture region classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. All 15 rooms and four apartments are individually decorated with an intriguing mix of fine antiques and contemporary furnishings. The accommodations, free of televisions and telephones, ensure a relaxing stay. Activities include mountain-biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and swimming in indoor and outdoor pools. Sample wines after touring the vineyard and visiting the port storehouse. The hotel’s outstanding cuisine features original and traditional Portuguese dishes. Meals are served in unexpected locations around the estate and accompanied by a superb selection of Romaneira wines. Recommended since 2008. SPECIAL OFFER: Benefit Highlight During your stay receive a special aperitif and port wine-tasting in our vineyard. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, made through 2012, based on availability.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a wine-tasting in the vineyard; and access to the chocolaterie. Standard rate inclusions: access to swimming pools, fitness room, billiards and hammam.

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A SAMPLE ITINERARY

Be Amazed by Portugal

LEFT PHOTO © IMAGESOFPORTUGAL.COM/JOSE MANUEL

One of Europe’s least-known countries, Portugal never fails to surprise and delight the intrepid travelers who venture there. The striking landscapes, ornate, traditional architecture, sun-drenched coastlines and exquisite wines of this country—just one-third the size of Italy—make Portugal one of Europe’s most delightful destinations.

DAY 1

DAYS 2 & 3

Arrive in Lisbon and settle into your hotel. In the afternoon, wander the evocative and labyrinthine Alfama district (Lisbon’s oldest) and ascend to the Castle of St. George for panoramic views of the city.

Explore hilly Lisbon. Visit the iconic Belém Tower, the unique National Coach Museum and the elaborate St. Jerónimos Monastery. The surprisingly white streets of the Bairro Alto are lined with an array of

National Coach Museum Lisbon

shops, lively sidewalk cafés and convivial bars.

DAY 4 Make a day trip to seaside Sintra to tour its dramatic palaces and imposing Moorish fortress. It’s worth the 30-minute journey; in 1809, Lord Byron wrote to a friend, “I must just observe that the village of Cintra… is the most beautiful in the world.”

DAY 5 Depart Lisbon and make the short drive to Obidos, a picturesque white hill town overflowing with bougainvillea. If not traveling in the high season, also visit Nazaré, Portugal’s most famous (and famously overrun) fishing village. This traditional town on the coast is undeniably lovely, but it can be overly crowded in summer.

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Vitality Pool Vidago Palace

Continue north to the historic university town of Coimbra, which Andrew Harper describes as “gracious, cultivated and hospitable.”

In the 700-year-old university, the astonishingly ornate baroque library merits special attention, Mr. Harper notes.

DAY 6

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DAY 10

Take a full day to meander the winding alleys of the old town of Coimbra. In the 700-year-old university, the astonishingly ornate baroque library merits special attention, Mr. Harper notes.

Explore the scenic grandeur of the Douro Valley region, where “the river winds languidly between steep hills planted with vineyards and dotted with handsome quintas (wine estates) and villages framed by cypress trees,” writes Mr. Harper. Take a leisurely river cruise, and visit some of the world-class wineries.

Make a day trip to remote Bragança, Portugal’s best-preserved medieval town. Inside the city walls, tour the citadel and ancient Upper Town. If time and energy permit, advance into the nearby Parque Natural de Montesinho, one of the wildest regions in Europe. A host of rare birds and mammals inhabit this ruggedly beautiful landscape, dotted with a number of tiny villages where life carries on much as it did a century ago.

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DAY 9 After a leisurely morning, make the short drive north to Vidago, and take a well-earned afternoon of leisure to enjoy the grounds and facilities of your palace resort, including perhaps the best spa in Portugal, according to Mr. Harper.

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DAY 11 From Vidago, it’s a short drive to Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital. Stroll through the atmospheric medieval core, with its weathered

noble townhouses, craft shops and 10th-century castle. Drive on to neighboring Braga, Portugal’s religious capital and its most conservative city, known for its profusion of churches, fountains and gardens. End the day in Porto.

Porto, the historic center of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the ornate stock exchange, visit some Port wine lodges and do some final shopping.

DAY 12

Depart from Porto’s airport and connect to your flight home. H

Enjoy a full day in

DAY 13

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Bid farewell to Coimbra and drive north to the lovely provincial capital of Viseu. In addition to its fine cathedral and notable museum focusing on the works of Vasco Fernandes, Viseu is known for its excellent selection of local handicrafts. After lunch, continue on to the Douro Valley, home to many of Portugal’s best vineyards and wineries.

D. João V Library Coimbra University


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Meadowood Napa Valley ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA

“This was my second trip there and I look forward to going again, hopefully soon. The service is that perfect blend between focused, attentive and friendly; they definitely have it down with a good balance between being visible when you need them and invisible when you don’t. The bed was one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on! I had a great trip planned and wonderful things in store but I did leave Meadowood regretting that I could not have stayed longer.” —An Andrew Harper Member

SPECIAL OFFER: Extend Your Living Space When you confirm a four-bedroom Hillside or Hillside Terrace Lodge, receive a complimentary connecting living room for late-night games or simply another place for gathering. Valued from $427 to $607 per night. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 26 and Nov. 15, 2012. Blackout dates may apply.

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a daily $50 USD breakfast credit per room; a bottle of Napa Valley wine upon arrival; and one $100 USD spa treatment credit per room. Standard rate inclusions: daily wine reception, Wi-Fi, fitness center access, parking, shoe shine and daily newspaper.

Recommended since 1988; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #1, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #2, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts.

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King Pacific Lodge, A Rosewood Resort

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a $50 CAD merchandise credit per person; and a copy of the “Great Bear Rainforest” book per room.

PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Voted the No. 1 Resort

Standard rate inclusions: all meals and beverages, guided outdoor activities, use of all lodge facilities, meet-and-greet service in Vancouver and round-trip flights between Vancouver and the lodge.

in Canada for the past four years by Condé Nast Traveler, this floating luxury resort provides guests with an opportunity to experience the remote Canadian wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest from the comfort of this family-friendly, five-star eco-lodge.

» Ocean Fishing » Kayaking » Hiking » White-Sand Beaches » Coastal Mountains

» Whale- and Wildlife-Viewing Tours » Helicopter Fly-Fishing and Hiking » Kermode “Spirit” Bear-Viewing » Award-Winning Service » Gourmet Dining

Recommended since 2002.

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Catalonia

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his historically rich province of Spain packs an incredible diversity of landscapes into a small area. Its capital, Barcelona, ranks among the greatest cities in Europe. Just 90 minutes to the north, the rugged Pyrenees form a formidable barrier between Spain and France. And to Barcelona’s northeast, the beaches of Costa Brava have the surreal rocky outcrops and spires which inspired Salvador Dalí. Start your journey in Barcelona, which contains “some of the best-preserved medieval structures in Europe, as well as a treasure trove of imaginative contemporary buildings,” according to Andrew Harper. The whimsical constructions of Antoni Gaudí have to be seen to be believed—some of them appear to have been grown rather than built. Barcelona’s restaurants also never fail to impress. Cadaqués (Mr. Harper recommends no fewer than 12 in the Harper Collection, ranging from chic contemporary tapas bars to grand establishments serving Catalan classics.) Oenophiles shouldn’t miss a day trip into the Penedès wine region just to the southwest of the city, where Spain’s famed Cava is produced, among other excellent wines. From Barcelona, it’s an easy drive to the Pyrenees. Mr. Harper describes the scene: “After passing through the Cadi Tunnel, you are confronted by a line of jagged 10,000-foot peaks rising directly from an alpine valley. The Sègre

River winds its way through a picture-postcard landscape of forested slopes and flower-strewn meadows down to the dignified old town of La Seu d’Urgell.” From this base, take guided hikes to unspoiled villages perched high in the Pyrenees; kayak in tranquil lakes and streams; head out for a spin on a mountain bike; or take in the entire landscape from a hotair balloon. Quirky Andorra lies just to the north. Three hours from La Seu d’Urgell, the Costa Brava makes for a relaxing end to your Spanish journey. Although the name translates as “wild coast,” many of the area’s beaches have been overdeveloped. Fortunately, Mr. Harper recommends two properties in the unspoiled countryside immediately inland, both of which have access to the area’s most untrammeled and picturesque beaches. After a few days meandering along the coast, exploring beautiful towns such as Cadaqués and Girona, return to Barcelona and take your flight home.

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t would take months, even years, to explore all of New Zealand’s wonders and, too often, travelers seem determined to rush around the entire country, stringing together a series of one-night stays in an effort to see everything. But because the country is so compact, it’s possible to have a wonderfully varied itinerary—including everything from glaciers to vineyards to sunny beaches—by staying in just two or three key locations.

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Consider Christchurch. The city’s “cultural precinct” contains notable institutions such as the Canterbury Museum and the striking modernist Christchurch Art Gallery. In the countryside just outside of town, rolling vineyards, olive groves and manicured gardens provide a magnificent setting from which to explore the surrounding region. In nearby Akaroa, set on the rim of an extinct volcano, it’s easy to spend a full day relaxing on the beaches. But be sure to make time to kayak into sea caves and swim with Hector’s dolphins, one of the world’s smallest and rarest species. A helicopter to the Banks Peninsula affords access to even more isolated and pristine beaches backdropped by rugged cliffs. Christchurch Art Gallery

A two-hour drive northwest of Christchurch brings you to dramatic Arthur’s Pass, where the summit of Mount Murchison rises to 7,875 feet. In this sensationally scenic national park, you can kayak on crystal-clear alpine lakes, fish for trout in unspoiled rivers, ride horses along high-country trails and, of course, hike through the mountains, trekking through virgin forests and imposing valleys. Those in need of a little post-hike pampering can indulge in a spa treatment underneath a veritable amphitheater of snow-capped peaks.

Waimakariri River Arthur’s Pass

Nimmo Bay

NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – Sink into the rhythms of nature in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Pristine wilderness surrounds this intimate, family-owned-and-operated resort built in complete harmony with its surroundings—evidenced by the 5,000-foot waterfall that supplies the resort not only with all its green power but also its pure drinking water. Explore by land, water or helicopter, with activities including bear-watching, fishing, hiking, glacier and forest tours, heli-hiking, helifishing, whale-watching and kayaking. You’ll stay in one of only nine spacious yet cozy private cabins, feast on fresh coastal cuisine prepared by world-class chefs and truly get away from it all without giving up any of the comforts of a fine resort. Recommended since 1997. Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates and a $120 CAD credit toward a massage or gift shop item(s). Standard rate inclusions: all meals, beverages, Wi-Fi, use of resort facilities and guided activities with gear.

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hen visiting the islands of Hawaii, it can be extremely tempting to stay at your resort, savoring the tropical gardens, inviting pools, sybaritic spas, top-notch restaurants and exquisite beaches. For those willing to depart these luxurious confines for a time, Hawaii offers an embarrassment of scenic riches. In addition to its famed beaches, the island of Kauai boasts the immense Mount Waialeale, a 5,200-foot mountain sacred to the Hawaiians. This shield volcano is best viewed by helicopter, an unforgettable way to see otherwise inaccessible parts of Kauai. The incredible views of narrow cliffs, misty canyons and silvery waterfalls crashing into verdant jungle make this flight well worth the price. Come back to earth and enjoy some hiking in the otherworldly landscapes of Kauai. Waimea Canyon, known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” dazzles with its red lava-rock walls clad with vibrantly green tropical foliage, broken by occasional waterfalls. Spelunking fans shouldn’t miss the landmark Maniniholo Dry Cave at Ha’ena, set at the base of a towering cliff. Nearby, the beautiful Waikapalae and Waikanaloa wet caves have equally impressive rock formations. And history buffs will want to allow time to explore the island’s enigmatic archaeological sites, including a centuries-old fishpond of mysterious origin and the many sacred pre-Christian ruins along the Wailua River.

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waterfalls—cocktail in hand—is the most civilized option, allowing you to take in the beauty of the scenery at a much more reasonable pace than by plane. It will become clear why the directors of “Jurassic Park” and “King Kong” chose to film here. Just below the sea’s surface, an array of colorful fish, corals and other marine life can easily be observed while snorkeling. Kayaking along the Hanalei River provides a relaxing means to explore the lovely Hanalei Valley, or for an even more traditional experience, explore Hanalei Bay by guided sailing canoe.

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Cuvée Escapes Villas NORTH KONA COAST, HAWAII – On the North Kona Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island sits the renowned Four Seasons Hualalai Ke’olu Golf Course—and perched above the second fairway is this divinely welcoming custom-designed estate. The magnificent, island-inspired 6,300-square-foot home offers five suitestyle bedrooms (one located in an intimate guest house), each featuring a separate outdoor garden shower. A unique cornerless door system allows guests to capture spectacular 180-degree island and Pacific Ocean views throughout the home. The gourmet, restaurant-style kitchen features the highest quality appliances and finishes. Outdoor and indoor dining spaces plus a temperature-controlled wine cave round out the culinary highlights. Outside, a huge infinity pool and spa are

the central features, along with two water terraces for the ultimate sunset views. A custom-designed stone fire pit provides a focal point for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. You’ll have access to all the five-star features and amenities of the celebrated Four Seasons Hualalai Resort—from the worldrenowned indoor/outdoor spa, sports club, legendary golf course and numerous pools, to the secluded beach, kids’ program and extensive dining options. Simply hop into one of the residence’s personal golf carts for easy access to all the resort has to offer. Additionally, a personal on-site concierge is available for your villa stay. Even more paradise awaits if you can pull yourself away from the estate’s world-class features. Explore the Big Island via ATV, boat, kayak, horseback or, for the most

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breathtaking perspective, a helicopter tour over towering cliffs, verdant valleys and the world’s most active volcano. Deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and diving will get you up close and personal with the abundant ocean life. And what Hawaii adventure would be complete without an authentic luau experience? Allow your personal concierge to arrange a custom luau on the grounds of the estate for a night to truly remember. It’s the perfect exclusive getaway in one of the most celebrated settings in the world. For the ultimate taste of Hawaii, and a multi-island experience, Cuvée also offers a private villa on the island of Lana’i. www.cuveeescapes.com

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Lake Placid Lodge

DARBY, MONTANA – When describing western Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, one Andrew Harper member recalls, “There is something magical about this place, and all guests seem to sense that, and appreciate it.” Twenty-three guest cabins dot the expansive property, which also features tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Throughout the year, this four-time Readers’ Choice Awardwinner hosts a variety of unique events. Klicks for Chicks, a women-only, 62-mile horse ride through Big Sky Country, raises awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease. During the Steelhead Fishing Celebration, guests experience a two-day, guided fly-fishing adventure on the Salmon River. For artistic types, a series of workshops lets guests work alongside local masters of watercolors, oils, pastels and sculpture, against the backdrop of the beautiful Montana Rockies. Recommended since 1989. 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #5, Top 20 U.S. Hideaways; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #3, Top 20 U.S. Hideaways; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #3, Top 20 U.S. Hideaways; #11, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts. Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a welcome bottle of house wine per room; and a seasonal welcome amenity. Standard rate inclusions: all meals, house wines and spirits and all on-ranch activities.

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK – Settle into the magical calm of the Adirondacks at this quintessential lakefront camp. Step back into the quiet, graceful charm of an era gone by. Originally built in 1882 as a private family camp, Lake Placid Lodge was opened in 1946 as a hotel, and “over the years…became an American institution,” says Mr. Harper. The main lodge and adjacent building house 13 spacious rooms and suites. Additionally, 17 individual and luxuriously appointed cabins closely flanking the shoreline boast walls of windows displaying the lake’s massive reach from virtually any spot. All accommodations feature stone fireplaces, and are individually decorated with furnishings and artwork by local artisans, including “twigstyle” pieces typical of the region. Two restaurants, one with new American cuisine in a more formal space, and another for more casual fare, serve up more of the breathtaking scenery and impeccable service. “The staff is very friendly, servicedriven and responsive to all your needs,” shares one Harper member. And from another: “Service, food and setting were absolutely amazing…one of the most memorable holidays… perfect on all levels!” Onsite activities include hiking, kayaking and boating. Nearby activities are plentiful, both in warmer and winter months alike. Recommended since 2002; 2011 Grand Award Winner; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #13, Top 20 U.S. Hideaways; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #13, Top 20 Food & Wine Resorts. Andrew Harper members receive: an upgrade, when available at time of booking; a welcome fruit and wine amenity; one lunch for two (excludes alcohol and gratuity); and a private boat tour of Lake Placid in summer/fall or Olympic Passport in winter/spring per person. Standard rate inclusions: daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi, turn-down service, use of on-property amenities and access to an off-site fitness facility.

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Four Seasons Chicago CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The exceptional Four Seasons Chicago recently completed

an impressive renovation, enhancing public areas with museum-quality paintings and sculptures. Kids and adults alike appreciate the warm service, along with stunning lake and skyline views.

» Modern American Cuisine at Allium Restaurant » Multimillion-Dollar Interior Renovation » More Than 100 Pieces of Modern Art » Ideal Access to Gold Coast Shopping and Dining

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Recommended since 1989; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #4, Top 20 City Hotels; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #2, Top 20 City Hotels.

SPECIAL OFFER: Experience More Stay between May 1 and Sept. 9, 2012 for two nights or longer in a Lakeview King or higher room category and receive a one-time $100 USD credit toward food and beverage or the spa. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, booked by Sept. 7, 2012 for travel by Sept. 9, 2012, based on availability and applicable blackout dates. Offer is not applicable to stays in the Cityview King rooms.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available at time of booking; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a $25 USD spa credit per room; and a 4 p.m. late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: internet access, daily newspaper, overnight shoe shine and fitness center access.

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from the travel office

Casco Viejo Panama City

A SAMPLE ITINERARY

10 Days in Panama

In the November 2011 Hideaway Report, Mr. Harper described his discoveries in Panama, a country “blessed with incredible geographic diversity: lowland tropical rainforests, dense cloud forests near the border with Costa Rica, and mangrove swamps along stretches of both the Pacific and the Caribbean coastlines.” Now that a number of sophisticated hotels have opened their doors, the time has never been better to explore the world’s most famous isthmus.

DAY 1 Arrive in Panama City, most likely in the evening. Check into your hotel and relax after the day’s travel.

out a detailed walking tour of Casco Viejo in the Hideaway Report.) In the afternoon, take some time to enjoy the amenities of your resort.

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Explore Casco Viejo, set in a neat grid pattern that invites casual strolling. The area dates to 1673, when it was built on a strategically defensible peninsula shortly after pirates ravaged the original city, now known as Panama Viejo. (Mr. Harper lays

Take a day to visit one of the engineering wonders of the world, the Panama Canal, a short drive outside the city center. Also delve into the nearby Soberanía National Park, a pristine tropical rainforest noted for its remarkably diverse species.

Classic Panama hats © Andrew Harper

DAY 4 From Panama City, it’s a 50-minute flight to David and an hour’s drive on to Boquete, “a delightful small town 4,000 feet above sea level in the cool highlands of Chiriquí Province,” according to Mr. Harper. After settling into your hotel, tour one of the local coffee farms. The high-quality beans produced in this region are some of the most expensive in the world.

DAY 5 Spend the day hiking in the cloud forests around Barú Volcano,

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home to hundreds of species of birds including the resplendent quetzal. Alternatively, go kayaking or mountain-biking, or have a soak in one of the natural hot springs.

DAY 6 Return by air to Panama City, and take a charter flight to Pedasí on the Azuero Peninsula. Otherwise it’s a four-hour drive to this region of rolling hills and golden-sand beaches, “renowned as a major source of Panamanian folklore, as well as for its exuberant carnival celebrations,” Mr. Harper notes.

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DAY 7 Spend the day relaxing on the beach, or perhaps enjoying some fishing,

mountain-biking or horseback riding.

DAY 8 Make a day trip to the Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge, an island reserve surrounded by an impressive coral reef ideal for snorkeling. The nearby Isla Canas, reached through a series of mangrove-lined canals, is famous for the sea turtles nesting on its wide beaches.

DAY 9 After a late breakfast, return to Panama City. Do any last-minute souvenir shopping in the afternoon, or just relax at your hotel.

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Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower

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Polar opposites Magellanic penguin in Patagonia; glacier trekking in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park; flamingo in the Atacama desert; sandboarding on the dunes of Death Valley, Atacama

“Yet one of the least known facts about northern Patagonia is the presence of blue whales, which are observable from boats that navigate the fjords.” There aren’t many destinations where you can go skiing after breakfast and surfing before dinner. But that diversity is a major part of the appeal of a trip to Chile, which boasts a range of topographies unlike most others, from verdant forests to arid deserts, and just about everything in between.

hotel, and Javier Echecopar, Abercrombie & Kent’s regional sales director for South America—who paint a portrait of a dream destination few countries can top. Okay, let’s get right to it. What makes Chile so special?

“Chile has so many different types of climates, that you can Cristóbal: “Chile is one of the most developed countries in be in the middle of a snowy landscape in the morning and Latin America. There’s great infrastructure in most of its main floating on a lake in the afternoon,” notes Matías de Cristóbal, tourist destinations, it has good airports, an excellent local airgeneral director of Awasi, a hotel in the striking Atacama line with excellent connections, it is very safe and the locals region of northern Chile. “It is such a long country,” says are very friendly. Also because it has such different types of Cristóbal, in reference to the fact the country landscapes and climates, it is a great place to visit measures approximately 2,700 miles from north year round.” to south, but less than 100 miles from west to READ MORE Sahli: “It is a very stable country, politically and ABOUT east, “that it has many different types of landeconomically. It is also an amazing place with scapes and climates.” beautiful landscapes, a pristine environment and in the To showcase this and the many other charms of wild flora and fauna. One of the attractions for March 2012 Hideaway Report this South American gem, we consulted with Crisvisitors is the little population the region has.” at tóbal, as well as two other locals—Nicolás Sahli, AndrewHarper.com Echecopar: “Chile is blessed with dramatic managing partner of the Singular Patagonia scenery. The Andes Mountains, with their varied

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forms and colors, provide a constant backdrop from the northernmost tip to the very end of the world. The mountains serve as the backbone of a country that’s riddled with contrasting landscapes, from one of the most beautiful deserts in northern Chile to some of the most remote and pristine locations on the continent, in between the fjords, granite walls, rivers, lakes and glaciers of Patagonia. And unlike other places on earth, these landscapes remain mostly untouched, providing a unique sense of discovery and exploration.” Where would you send someone for the ultimate Chilean experience? Cristóbal: “I would recommend both Atacama and Chiloé Island,

and its neighboring archipelago. Atacama is in the north and Chiloé in the south. Both have very different landscapes, climates and cultures, which is shown in their local festivities, customs and food.” Sahli: “Definitely Patagonia and Atacama.” Echecopar: “Three days in the Atacama Desert would be

memorable. The combination of wildlife, multicolored desert lagoons and the spectacular scenery provided by the mountains is enough for a month.” You each mentioned Atacama. What can you tell us about the area? Cristóbal: “Atacama is the driest desert on earth and is located

only two hours by plane from the capital of Chile, Santiago.”

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE – Wrap yourself in the natural charm of the Atacama Desert and this historical oasis town. As the only Relais & Chateaux member in the region, the environmentally friendly Awasi and its eight private adobe, stone and wood cottages provide anything but the typical hotel experience. Each cottage features a private patio and thatched-roof outdoor area with solarium and shower. Your personal concierge will customize your all-inclusive experiences, including excursions with your private guide and 4x4 vehicle. Awasi’s dedication to the local people, culture and environment continues in its restaurant, where a max of 16 guests per sitting will dine on the marvelously prepared local flavors. Recommended since 2012. SPECIAL OFFER: Summer Family Promotion Enjoy our unique family programs combining adventure and education with special discounts for children. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. When sharing a Rectangular Suite with two adults, children up to 10 years stay free, and children between 11 and 18 years pay only 30 percent of the all-inclusive program rate. When children occupy a room adjacent to their parents’, the first child pays regular rate, the second child up to 18 years pays 30 percent of the all-inclusive program rate, and the third child up to 18 years stays free. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2012, based on availability. Lunch on the date of check-in is not included. One half-day excursion is included on day of check-in and checkout. A maximum of one additional bed in a Rectangular Suite is allowed, and a maximum of three children are allowed in rooms adjacent to parents’ rooms.

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Experience it for yourself Hot springs in Atacama; pisco sour

Chile’s other immensely popular region, located farther south, is Patagonia. What does it have to offer?

couple of hours. That’s something very few world capitals can offer. The El Morado National Park is my favorite hike in the Andes.”

Sahli: “The weather in Patagonia is

unpredictable, as you can easily experience four seasons in one day. But that’s part of the experience. It includes fjords, mountains, emerald lakes and Torres del Paine National Park.”

What about for visitors who prefer a more relaxed approach for taking it all in?

Echecopar: “The northern part of

Patagonia remains one of the truly unexplored destinations in South America. Fjords, granite mountains, rushing rivers and glaciers have jealously guarded this beautiful area from mankind. It has some of the best fly-fishing in the world, in beautiful blue rivers that quickly descend from the Andes into the sea. The rivers are also a premier location for rafting and kayaking in some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere. The mountains, glaciers and forests provide exceptional trekking adventures. Yet one of the least known facts about northern Patagonia is the presence of blue whales, which are observable from boats that navigate the fjords.”

Cristóbal: “If they love culture and

It sounds like there’s a lot of opportunity for outdoor adventure throughout Chile.

Sahli: “In Torres del Paine National

local archaeology, I highly recommend a walk around Talabre and Catarpe, two small towns in the Atacama area full of history. Specifically, they might want to check out Pukará de Quitor, a national monument that speaks about the Spaniards’ arrival and discovery of the area hundreds of years ago. The nearby Tambo de Catarpe ruins show the Incas’ influence on the Atacama Desert and all of its people. The Termas de Puritama hot springs are another great option for enjoying a relaxing afternoon, as is taking in the sunset in the Salar de Atacama, observing the flamingos that are reflected on the lagoon.” Park, you can explore a very rich and pristine array of flora and fauna. The main animals are guanaco, ñandu, puma and different kinds of birds.”

Echecopar: “Chile is well-known as a

playground for outdoor activities. The diversity of outdoor experiences, from horseback riding in the beautiful deserts to kayaking pristine rivers in Patagonia, is something unique to the country.”

“Make sure you know how to ask for a

pisco sour”

Can you fill us in on some of the most popular outdoor activities? Cristóbal: “You can ski in one of the ski resorts located less that

an hour from Santiago. If your physical condition is adequate, I would recommend hiking up one of the volcanoes or descending, with a bike, down the road from a small town called Talabre, while taking in the sights of the vast Atacama salt flat. In the salt flat, one can enjoy majestic views of the geological formations that have been built up over thousands of years. Another great option would be sandboarding on the dunes of Death Valley.” Sahli: “Patagonia offers a wide range of expeditions, including

Echecopar: “I’m a big fan of relaxing

in the wine country. The combination of copious amounts of wine and the rolling hills of the vineyards makes me unwind completely.”

Can you tell us about a favorite spot that visitors won’t read about in all the guidebooks? Echecopar: “One of the most amazing landscapes in Chile

is near the city of Copiapó. To reach this area, called Laguna Santa Rosa and Salar de Maricunga, you must drive for five hours through dirt roads and then overnight in a tent or a small cabin. Rugged as it may seem, the area provides ever-changing scenery and some of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen, in almost complete isolation. It is truly one of the hidden gems of Chile.”

kayaking, sailing through the fjords, trekking, horseback riding, bird watching, etc.”

When it comes to food, what are some of your favorite restaurants in Chile?

Echecopar: “I love how close the mountains are from Santiago.

Cristóbal: “I would recommend La Casona, in San Pedro

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Sahli: “Two that I like are Afrigonia and

Mesita Larga, in Puerto Natales.” Echecopar: “One of my favorites is

Tiramisu, in Santiago. Besides the great pizzas, the atmosphere is fantastic, with all the locals mingling and having fun. It’s the only restaurant in Chile that has a waitlist every single day of the year. Sometimes you don’t need a Michelin-starred restaurant, just a good Italian-style pizza and bottle of Chilean wine.”

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explora Atacama Hotel de Larache ATACAMA

explora Rapa Nui Posada de Mike Rapu EASTER ISLAND

explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Can you suggest a good place for visitors to pick up some souvenirs? Cristóbal: “In San Pedro de Atacama,

there is the local handicraft market. Look for aguayos [traditional textiles known for bright colors and patterns], locally made dolls and ceramics.”

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Sahli: “Puerto Natales. There are some

artisans there and many souvenir shops. In Santiago there is a foundation called Artesanias Chile that gathers the work of artisans from all over the country who exhibit and sell their art there.”

Echecopar: “Santiago offers several

shops that work directly with local artisans. One of my favorites is Pura, which has a great combination of stylish taste and locally made items.” Any final tips for travelers before they go? Cristóbal: “Given the varied climate,

pack clothes for both winter and summer. And make sure you know how to ask for a pisco sour [the national drink of Chile].” Sahli: “Most people visit Chile between

October and March, which is summer in the southern hemisphere, but every season has its own charm.” Echecopar: “Chile is a very travel-

friendly country. While it has local cuisine and cultures, the food is mostly based on fresh local produce and hardly ever is spiced up. The people are kind and will spontaneously try to help make your trip easier by lending a hand if you look in need.” H

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The Singular Patagonia PUERTO BORIES, CHILE – Opened in 2011 on nearly 100 acres of breathtaking land deep within Southern Chile, this 100-year-old landmark building assumes new form as a 57-room luxury resort offering an authentic Patagonian experience. Explore, relax in the eco-spa, and indulge in the local flavors of the restaurant, all the while connecting fully to nature. Recommended since 2012. ••   Private Expedition Team ••   No Minimum Stay ••   Authentic Patagonia Experience Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a 30-minute spa treatment per person for up to two people; and a private artisanal beer- and olive oil-tasting. Standard rate inclusions: all meals and beverages, selection of daily expeditions and use of spa facilities, and for stays of three nights or longer, transfers to/from Punta Arenas or El Calafate airports. ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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SPECIAL OFFER: explora Passport With the explora Passport receive an eight percent discount when combining three programs, and a five percent discount when combining two programs. When choosing a combination of explora products within the same trip, explora will extend a preferential rate throughout your stay. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, is currently ongoing with no expiration date; combinations must be done within the same trip in a period no longer than 30 days starting at the check-in date of the first destination. Offer is valid on individual reservations only and based on availability.

At all three properties, Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; and a 50 percent savings on massage services. At explora Atacama Hotel de Larache, Andrew Harper members receive: a private wine-tasting per room. At explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico, Andrew Harper members receive: a private pisco sour session with hotel barman per room. At explora Rapa Nui Posada de Mike Rapu, Andrew Harper members receive: a Kari Kari folkloric dance show per room.

explora Atacama Hotel de Larache SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA, CHILE

explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK, CHILE

explora Rapa Nui Posada de Mike Rapu RAPA NUI, CHILE

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Standard rate inclusions at all three properties: taxes, all meals and beverages. Standard rate inclusions at explora Atacama Hotel de Larache: daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment, and round-trip Calama airport transfers. Standard rate inclusions at explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico: daily explorations in Torres del Paine National Park with bilingual guides and round-trip Punta Arenas airport transfers. Standard rate inclusions at explora Rapa Nui Posada de Mike Rapu: daily explorations on Easter Island with bilingual guides and round-trip Mataveri airport transfers.


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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa TORRES DEL PAINE, CHILE – Discover the faraway world of Chilean Patagonia

in the new design hotel from the Tierra Atacama and Ski Portillo family. Relish in the authentic Patagonian experience in this exclusive setting on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park.

» Authentic Patagonia » Spectacular Views » Torres del Paine Location » Unique Architecture and Design » All-Inclusive Recommended since 2012.

» Daily Guided Excursions » World-Class Uma Spa » Chilean Gastronomy and Organic Wines » Warm, Friendly Service » Experience of a Lifetime

SPECIAL OFFER: Be One of the First To Discover Tierra Patagonia We invite you to discover the brand new Tierra Patagonia where luxury and adventure unite. With a three-night, all-inclusive stay, receive a complimentary fourth night—allowing you another day to explore this extraordinary area. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; four-night stay in a Superior Room ($2,100 per person). dates Offer is valid on new reservations only for travel between Sept. 1 and Oct. 30, 2012, based on availability. This package is not combinable with other promotions. Daily transfers to El Calafate, Argentina are available for an additional charge.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a $50 USD spa credit per adult; and a premium bottle of wine per room. Standard rate inclusions: taxes; all meals, house wines, liquors and non-alcoholic beverages; daily excursions and spa access; and for stays of three nights or longer, daily transfers to/from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Cerro Castillo at established times. Once daily transfers to/from El Calafate, Argentina are available for an additional cost.

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TOP 10

FAVORITE PEOPLES & CULTURES

While in no particular order, the following pages pay tribute to the 10 personal favorite destinations, and particularly the people in them, that have left a lasting and warm impression on Mr. Harper, summoning him to return again and again.

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Pre-Columbian Peru One of my all-time favorite archaeological sites is the Coricancha in Cusco. The name means “golden temple” in the indigenous Andean language, Quechua. Before the Spanish Conquest it was the Temple of the Sun, the epicenter of the Inca empire, served by around 4,000 priests. At the summer solstice, a solid gold sun disc reflected light onto a throne where only the Inca emperor was entitled to sit. Most of the temple’s gold went to ransom the captive Atahualpa, and the massive baroque Convent of Santo Domingo was built on top of the ruins. The Coricancha appeared to have been obliterated. But much of it was still there; the Spanish had merely slathered white plaster

on top of the surviving Inca masonry. Today, following years of restoration, the outlines of the temple are clearly visible once more. This has always struck me as a metaphor for Peru as a whole, where 45 percent of the population still claims descent from the indigenous, pre-Columbian population. True, in big cities like Lima and Arequipa, European and mestizo faces predominate. But take the train from Cusco to Puno on Lake Titicaca and along the way you will see Quechua ladies in their scarlet polleras (skirts) and llicllas (capes) made from hand-woven llama and alpaca wool. The ancient world of the Andes is still very much alive.

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The Samburu of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District

Traditional tribal life is controversial in Africa and Nairobi’s so-called Wabenzi, prosperous citizens named for their German limousine of choice, express embarrassment and indignation that Kenya still contains people who walk around with spears. The scarlet-cloaked Maasai and Samburu, they think, bring their country into disrepute and make it seem backward in the eyes of the world. Things are generally more complicated than they seem. On my last trip to East Africa, I sat watching the sun go down atop a rocky outcrop, overlooking the homeland of the Samburu tribal people. My companion, who spoke perfect English, was dressed in traditional robes, with a beaded headband and

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beaded armlets. He carried a short sword and his spear lay in the grass behind us. (As the outcrop was the home of a large male leopard, this was quite reassuring.) We were drinking gin and tonic. During the week, he said, he wore a business suit and worked in an office in Nairobi. On the weekend, however, he came home to see his parents at their manyatta and promptly changed back into traditional clothing. “It’s just so much more comfortable,” he explained. Before too long, the Wabenzi will probably have their way and African tribal life will become extinct. Personally, I will be sad when the old ways are gone forever. The cultural inheritance of humanity will have been diminished.

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Hotel Eden

Il Salviatino FLORENCE, ITALY – Set in the hills overlooking Florence, Il Salviatino merges the charm of a 15th-century villa with modern amenities and elegant cuisine. Sprawling private gardens surround the 45 rooms and suites of this 2011 Andrew Harper Grand Award winner. One Andrew Harper member recalls his stay as, “the finest hotel experience I have had anywhere.” Spa Il Salviatino, the newest addition to the property, opened earlier this year. The cozy quarters offer an array of treatments and massages infused with local ingredients, including exfoliating red wine and grape seed, moisturizing olive oil and the stimulating spice of Tuscan wood. Recommended since 2010; 2011 Grand

ROME, ITALY – Nestled in the middle of Rome, this is one of the Eternal City’s oldest and most exclusive hotels, located literally steps away from famed attractions such as Via Veneto, the Spanish Steps and Via Condotti’s haute couture shopping. The elegant comfort begins in the foyer which resembles a cozy, private living room with its welcoming fireplace. The decadence continues at the wellknown rooftop garden restaurant, La Terrazza dell’Eden, in the fitness center and throughout the 121 handsomely appointed rooms. As one Andrew Harper member raves, “[It was] one of the nicest rooms we’ve ever had in Europe!” Recommended since 1995. SPECIAL OFFER: Third Night Free Pay for two nights and receive the third night free. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new bookings only, for travel from July 15 to Aug. 31, 2012, based on availability and not combinable with other promotions.

Award Winner; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #15, Top 20 International Hideaways. SPECIAL OFFER: Relax in Florence with Two Spa Days When you book two nights for two guests, receive a two-hour spa treatment per person one day and a one-hour spa treatment per person on the other day, daily breakfast and one three-course dinner at Il Salviatino restaurant (drinks not included). Package priced from 1,260 EUR. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Dec. 28, 2012, based on availability, and not combinable with other promotions.

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; VIP welcome amenities per room; a 30-minute spa treatment per room; a 4 p.m. late checkout, when available; and a farewell amenity per room. Standard rate inclusions: service charge, daily American à la carte breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, fitness center access, city center shuttle service, Wi-Fi and parking.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant; a complimentary drink per person at the hotel’s panoramic bar, La Terrazza; and late checkout, when available. Standard rate inclusions: daily newspaper and access to the fitness center.

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Rome— Capital of Style Numerous European cities have conspicuously stylish inhabitants. Although I am sure that the Parisians think theirs is self-evidently the capital of style, Rome is my personal candidate for the honor. This preference dates from a warm May evening, when I decided to kill time by taking a circuitous route to an appointment at Rosati, a well-known café on the Piazza del Popolo. As I was staying at the Hassler Hotel, I descended the Spanish Steps, wandered down the Via Condotti to the Corso and then strolled along the city’s great central artery to the piazza. Along the way, I became increasingly enraptured by the beauty of its citizens, both male and female. Not only were the people exceptionally good-looking, they were dressed with a carefully studied flamboyance that would have been impossible for a northern European. And perhaps herein lies a crucial difference: the Romans live in a city that is consistently warm and sunny, whereas the Parisians exist for much of the year beneath a roof of scudding gray clouds.


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Botswana— An African Success Story

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The Sherpas of Nepal

Although the Sherpas live in the foothills on the southern flank of Mount Everest, they are actually people of Tibetan origin. Over the centuries they carved out a niche for themselves as mountain guides, escorting traders across the high Himalayan passes. Their celebrated exploits with mountaineering expeditions came in the 20th century and culminated in Tenzin Norgay’s 1953 ascent of Everest with New Zealander, Edmund Hillary.

“This time last week I was on the summit of Everest,” Ang Nima remarked, almost as an aside. Clearly, for him, this was a perfectly normal weekly commute.”

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Botswana is a southern African country about the size of Texas, much of which is covered by the semi-arid grassland of the Kalahari. In the delightful novels of Alexander McCall Smith (of which “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” is the best-known), Botswana is portrayed as a kind of earthly paradise. It is prosperous and peaceful and its contented inhabitants consistently marvel at their great good fortune. In fact, it does bear a passing resemblance to the idyllic land of McCall Smith’s imagination. Botswana has the world’s largest diamond mine and only two million people, so there is money to go around, and the standards of education and health care are extremely high. Other African countries have natural assets—Nigeria, for example, has oil—but generally the profits get siphoned off by a kleptocratic elite. Not in Botswana, where large posters everywhere proclaim zero-tolerance for corruption and draconian penalties for offenders.

Today, Sherpa leaders, or sirdars, are in charge of most organized treks in the Himalayas and it has been my good fortune to spend time in the company of several outstanding individuals. All the clichés about the Sherpas turn out to be true: they are tough, generous, brave, uncomplaining and good-humored. It would be hard to think of a more endearing and admirable combination of virtues. Even though mountaineering and tourism have brought a degree of prosperity, theirs is still a hard life. A distressing number of young Sherpa men lose their lives on the great peaks every year, and even more succumb to diseases such as tuberculosis. But like their cousins, the Tibetans, the Sherpas are seldom seen without the light of a smile in their eyes. I remember chatting with Ang Nima, the sirdar of a trek in the Annapurna foothills. We were sitting in a grassy meadow at 6,000 feet, gazing up at a gigantic snow-covered massif. “This time last week I was on the summit of Everest,” Ang Nima remarked, almost as an aside. Clearly, for him, this was a perfectly normal weekly commute.

I think that Botswana is my favorite African country: it is safe; there is little tribal friction; and unlike neighboring South Africa, there is no racial animosity. And its diamond wealth enables the government to take a civilized and planned approach to tourism. As a result, the great game areas, of which the most famous is the Okavango Delta, are unspoiled and teem with millions of animals. It is easy to become gloomy when contemplating the future in many parts of Africa, but Botswana provides solid reason for hope.

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Thailand— Monks and Modernity

In most respects Bangkok is a thoroughly modern place. Glass and steel towers dominate the skyline and the klongs, the old canals that once gave the city the sobriquet “the Venice of the East” have mostly been constrained by concrete, or covered over and forgotten. But if you get up early, even in the heart of the metropolis, you will still see files of Buddhist monks in orange robes taking their begging bowls in search of breakfast. It is a charming scene that has remained unchanged for centuries. In other Buddhist countries such as Sri Lanka and Japan, the religion has been largely institutionalized, but in Thailand, monks are still inseparable from everyday life. And all young Thai men are expected to spend some time in a monastery, usually during the annual Rains Retreat in July, August and September. Some people claim that this enduring Buddhist influence has made the Thais unusually generous and tolerant. Personally, I just find it delightful that a modern, developed society is so manifestly at ease with its ancient cultural traditions.

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Japan—Total Immersion

Nowadays there are commercial jet aircraft that can, theoretically, fly you nonstop to any other point on the globe in 20 hours or thereabouts. In my lifetime, the world had changed out of all recognition, not least because the human population has more than doubled. Personally I regret that so much of the world’s cultural diversity has been lost. The country that seems to buck this trend most effectively is Japan. Japan has jet planes and bullet trains and more electronic gadgets per capita than virtually anywhere else, but, for Westerners, it remains the world’s most resolutely foreign country. I love landing at Narita to find

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a man in white gloves polishing the already spotless chrome rail beside the steps up to Immigration. Immediately, I know I am in an utterly unfamiliar place where the customary rules may no longer apply. On one occasion, I remember taking a local train in the mountains northwest of Kyoto. My guide left me standing on the platform with my suitcase and briefly disappeared. When he returned, I asked him what he’d been doing. He replied that he had been to tell the engine driver that he was responsible for the safety of a foreign visitor and that he should therefore drive his train with particular care and attention.

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Eastern & Oriental Express THAILAND – Travel from Bangkok to Singapore— through Thailand, past the River Kwai, and onward to Malaysia—in the epitome of style and elegance of a bygone era. Experience the contrasting diversity of Asian metropolitan life, from lively streetscapes to a lush garden island…a thrilling mix of vibrant activity and tropical repose.

Day 1 After boarding the gleaming Eastern & Oriental Express, depart Bangkok and settle into your private cabin or sip a drink in the Observation Car as the train leaves the city. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and entertainment in the Bar Car before retiring for the evening.

Day 2 Catch early morning views on the way to the River Kwai Bridge station. Experience a picturesque river cruise, followed by exploration of the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre before rejoining the train.

Day 3 Disembark for the crossing to Penang and a guided tour of colonial Georgetown, then back to the train for a relaxing evening.

Day 4 Linger over breakfast before arriving in exotic Singapore. Andrew Harper members receive: a 25 percent companion fare savings based on double occupancy. Standard rate inclusions: table d’hote meals.

The Louise BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA – In the heart of Australia’s legendary Barossa wine country, The Louise is the perfect starting point for a culinary adventure paired with exciting wines. With a total of only 15 suites, the region’s premier first-class vineyard retreat is focused around the restaurant, Appellation, regarded as one of Australia’s finest dining destinations.

Day 1 Experience breakfast with the kangaroos, then a half-day tour of exquisite area wineries before returning to a five-course wine-paired chef’s tasting menu at Appellation.

Day 2 Get the VIP treatment, exclusive tours and memorable tastings with several of the region’s most exemplary winemakers.

Day 3 Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride, tour the local farmers’ market with an Appellation chef, or explore the surroundings, including several notable cellars, by bike. Recommended since 2011. f Andrew Harper members receive: the best available nonrestricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; a welcome bottle of premium Barossa wine per suite; and the personal attention of our chef, both in person and with the creation of a memorable menu, customized to your food preferences*. *Produce is subject to seasonal availability in accordance with our local food philosophy, and dining costs are not included. Standard rate inclusions: gourmet continental breakfast, welcome port, cookies, fresh fruit and Wi-Fi. ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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Bali—Perfect Good Manners

Despite extensive tourist development in the south of the island, the center of Bali, especially around the Ayung River Gorge and the bohemian town of Ubud, remains an idyllic part of the world. Amandari, Four Seasons Sayan, and Como Shambhala Estate are all resorts of the highest quality, located in settings of startling natural beauty. But every time I return to Bali I reflect once again that it is the Balinese themselves who make the experience so special. Balinese culture is a wonderfully exotic hybrid of Hinduism, Buddhism and animism. And at its heart lie elaborate rituals and ceremonies, intricately choreographed and performed with scrupulous fidelity to ancient traditions. This culture requires the Balinese to control their emotions, to be generous and hospitable and, above all, to be exquisitely gracious and polite. As a result, the service in Balinese resorts is the best in the world. Even elsewhere in Asia, there isn’t any serious competition.

“This culture requires the Balinese to control their emotions, to be generous and hospitable and, above all, to be exquisitely gracious and polite.”

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Australia— The Affability of Oz

As you may imagine, I am often asked to identify my favorite destinations in the world. Generally I protest that it would be quite impossible: places possess individual charm and comparisons are not only invidious but pointless. But of course I do have favorites and one of them is Sydney, Australia. Travel writers invariably insist that it is all about the harbor, that miraculous 11-mile-long inlet which allows you to swim off a white-sand beach, or sail an ocean-going yacht, right in the middle of a city of five million people. And they are correct, up to a point. Sydney Harbour is the most beautiful in the world and on a sunny day I can think of few places I would rather be than Rose Bay, with a generous plate of seafood and a glass of crisp white wine. But another factor that makes Sydney so delightful is the character of the Australians themselves, in particular that quality of easy-going affability that responds to any mishap with the healing phrase “no worries.” Of course they’re not all perfect: There are unpleasant taxi drivers in every major city! But Australians often seem so comfortable in their own skins, so content with their fortunate lot in life, that they lend a deep sense of well-being to their visitors.

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COMO Shambhala Estate BALI, INDONESIA – This unique retreat combines holistic wellness with state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional suite and villa accommodations. The estate is in a spiritual enclave of jungle, rivers and sundrenched clearings just north of Ubud. Asian therapies and healthful cuisine are customized according to personal requirements. Privacy and silence reign; guests are reenergized; couples reconnect to nature, themselves and each other. Recommended since 2007. ••   Dedicated Wellness Program ••   Personal Assistant ••   Spiritual Enclave Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; an $80 USD credit toward the Active Living Collection per room; and a private cooking lesson for two per room (with a minimum three-night stay). Standard rate inclusions: all meals and beverages (excluding non-prescribed beverages); wellness consultation; one, two and three massages included respectively for three, five and seven nights; personal assistant; spa access and return airport transfers.

Asia Transpacific Journeys ASIA AND THE PACIFIC – Savor the vibrant cultures, cuisines and customs of Asia and the Pacific with privately guided journeys by regional experts who give in-depth interpretation. Superb boutique hotels feature traditional local style. Enjoy tailor-made itineraries with friends and family or join small group excursions. ••   Exceptional Experiences ••   Iconic Sights ••   Hidden Gems ••   Private Guide and Driver ••   Comprehensive Support ••   Expertise in Asia Travel ••   Customized Travel Planning ••   Firsthand Regional Knowledge

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Once upon a time, for a country intent on developing a tourist industry, the Fijians had a serious image problem. Before their archipelago became known as Fiji, it was marked on European maps as the “Cannibal Isles.” Indeed, explorers and travelers went to considerable lengths to steer well clear of the place and its legendarily ferocious inhabitants. Quite what happened to the Fijian collective psyche is unclear, but a conversion took place of positively Pauline completeness. Today, there are no friendlier, more hospitable people on earth than the Fijians. They do have a few family problems— the native Melanesians don’t always get along too well with their fellow countrymen of Indian origin—but for American visitors the smiles begin at the airport and continue indefinitely, undimmed. Which in today’s troubled world comes as a very pleasant and welcome surprise. H

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The locals lead the way This city on the water offers a uniquely European experience unlike any other.

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msterdam is a unique city. It has everything that a

‘big city’ has to offer, yet it has a very intimate feel. The beautiful scenes of the canals and the canal houses give the idea of a small city,” says Eef Sparla, head concierge at Hotel de l’Europe. Robbert van Rijsbergen, sales executive with Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam, agrees, and adds: “I would say that Amsterdam is special due to its architecture and being built on water, as well as its very rich collection of art.” Van Rijsbergen notes that Amsterdam is a very accessible city: “With only 800,000 residents, you can basically walk or bike anywhere fairly easily.” While some people may think of Amsterdam as just its infamous Red Light District and “coffeeshops,” Amsterdam is a vibrant city with an incredibly rich history and an extraordinary architectural heritage, say Andrew Harper Travel Office consultants. Its canal-laced, pedestrianfriendly old center is ideal for aimless strolls and exploring. Both Sparla and van Rijsbergen are quick to note that most Amsterdam residents speak English, have a laid-back attitude and are very welcoming to travelers. Here, Sparla, van Rijsbergen and Wiebe van Eijsden of Hotel Seven One Seven, along with consultants from the Andrew Harper Travel Office and Abercrombie & Kent Europe, give their suggestions for the best ways to see, experience—and even taste—Amsterdam.


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must-see attractions Heineken Experience Take a tour of this historic brewery, where the world-famous pilsner was brewed until the 1980s.

Museums Amsterdam’s various museums (see below) house incredible collections. Van Rijsbergen recommends the Rijksmuseum: “This is our national museum with all the Dutch masterpieces,” he says.

Rijksmuseum

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Anne Frank’s House

According to van Eijsden, everyone should enjoy a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals, which are included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The Andrew Harper Travel Office adds, “A canal cruise provides a relaxing and scenic introduction to one of the loveliest cities in Europe.”

A visit to the attic where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis is moving and unforgettable.

The Royal Palace The palace, situated in Dam Square in the historical center of Amsterdam, was originally built to be the town hall.

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Hotel De l’Europe

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

“In Amsterdam, De l’Europe was very nice, staff very gracious, location super, and we were upgraded to a suite!” —An Andrew Harper Member SPECIAL OFFER: Stay Three Nights/Pay for Two Book by July 26, 2012 and receive the third night complimentary. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel before Dec. 29, 2012, based on availability. This offer excludes travel between Sept. 7 and 10, 2012, and is not combinable with other promotions.

Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a €60 EUR food and beverage credit per room; and one afternoon tea for two at the Promenade lounge bar per room. Standard rate inclusions: room tax and service charge, Wi-Fi, one hour of telephone calls per day and one piece of pressing per room.

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ways to experience Amsterdam like a local

Rent a bike. “Act like the city is yours,” says Sparla, “and ring your bell a lot.”

Spend the day at Vondelpark. The city’s largest park, with 120 acres, was opened in 1865 and is named after Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel.

Stroll through the Jordaan neighborhood. This area may not have many canals, but its low-key atmosphere, compact houses, charming restaurants and bars, and quirky shops make it popular with the locals.

“Act like the city is yours,” says Sparla,

“and ring your bell a lot.”

Explore the Albert Cuyp Street Market. Van Rijsbergen and van Eijsden both recommend this market, which originally opened in 1905. Today, more than 250 stands offer fruits and vegetables, fish, flowers, clothes, jewelry and more.

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surprising things about Amsterdam

» Amsterdam has almost as many bikes as people.

Tour the canals. Spend a day on the canals in a sloep (open boat) with a bottle of wine.

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There are 1,281 bridges in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam was one of the world’s greatest trading powers in the 17th century.

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Amsterdam has 165 canals—more than Venice.

The Royal Palace on the

Dam Square was built on 13,659 wooden poles.


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InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Le Couvent des Minimes

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – Centrally located on the Amstel River and within walking distance of many attractions, this hotel has been celebrated as the grandest in the Netherlands since opening in 1867. The grace and elegance of a European estate extends throughout 55 executive rooms and 24 suites, all with state-of-theart amenities and spacious marble bathrooms. The Michelin-starred Restaurant La Rive offers French-Mediterranean culinary delights and an extensive wine list. The Amstel Bar & Brasserie excels in intimate, informal al fresco dining. And stunning river views accent the afternoon tea served daily in the Amstel Lounge. Relax and recharge in the fully equipped health club, book one of three authentic canal boats, or branch out with a full-day excursion to Floriade 2012, a spectacular once-ina-decade flower show. Recommended since 1982. Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a VIP welcome amenity and bottle of wine; fruit platter; 4 p.m. late checkout, when available; and for stays of three nights or longer, a ticket to the Hermitage Museum per person. Standard rate inclusions: room tax, Wi-Fi and use of Health and Fitness Club including pool, gym and sauna.

PROVENCE, FRANCE – Nestled on the hillside and drenched in Provençal sunshine, the Minimes convent was first home to nuns before being converted into an upscale hotel. Protected from the Mistral wind by the Volx Rock, this building, dating back to 1613, is a successful fusion of medieval architecture and contemporary design. Period facades, terraced gardens with hundreds of botanical species, and contemporary interior décor are combined in a perfect alchemy. The rooms, decorated with great attention to detail, incorporate subtle Mediterranean influences, as does the Couvent des Minimes Spa by L’Occitane, a temple to wellness and a promise of “renewed well-being.” Recommended since 2008. SPECIAL OFFER: The Time Stops in Provence…With an Additional Complimentary Night Extend your stay and receive an additional complimentary night when reserving a two- or three-night stay. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for a Restanque Room, Junior Suite or Suite, for travel between Aug. 15 and Oct. 31, 2012, based on availability. Reservations must be confirmed 72 hours before arrival date. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions, and restrictions may apply.

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available at time of booking; daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a welcome L’Occitane amenity per room; a daily relaxation experience for two at the spa; and for stays of three nights or longer, a luncheon for two at Bancaou Restaurant (excludes beverages, taxes and gratuities). Standard rate inclusions: taxes. ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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Johannes Vermeer The Kitchen Maid, 1660

museums

you shouldn’t miss Amsterdam Museum Features fascinating displays showing how the city developed.

Stedelijk Museum A must for contemporary art buffs.

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Scheepvaartmuseum Rijksmuseum

The Dutch national museum focuses on art from the country’s Golden Age. The collection of beautifully silent Vermeer paintings and darkly dramatic Rembrandts is unparalleled.

Although it is often crowded, the Van Gogh Museum has an incredible collection of the renowned artist’s paintings, say Travel Office consultants.

7 Beerenburg “A Dutch sailor drink, usually consumed when it is cold outside,” says Gallagher.

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Our Lord in the Attic—Because Amsterdam was a resolutely Protestant city, Catholics couldn’t worship in the open. A wealthy Catholic merchant converted the top three floors of a canal house into this impressively large, secret church.

Hermitage Amsterdam Contains a rich collection of Russian art and masterpieces of Van Gogh, according to van Rijsbergen.

Science Center NEMO “This self-explore museum is great for children, as you can do all kinds of activities yourself and explore how everyday things work,” says Andrew Gallagher of Abercrombie & Kent Europe.

local foods you must try

Bitterballen Small fried meatballs

Poffertjes Very small pancakes

Indonesian Rijsttafel A meal composed of numerous small Indonesian side dishes

Jenever Dutch gin

Creamy Mustard Soup “Always warms the spirit on a rainy day,” says the Andrew Harper Travel Office.

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Katten Kabinet “Cat Cabinet”—Boasts a fun collection of art showing the world through cats’ eyes.

Schuttersgalerij This free gallery has a number of well-executed monumental paintings of the historic Civic Guards displayed in a two-story, light-filled alleyway.

TOP LEFT PHOTO © RIJKSMUSEUM

Stroopwafels Two waffle cookies with syrup in between them

Ons’ Lieve heer op Solder

Jewish Historical Museum—Sparla recommends this museum, with collections that illuminate Dutch Jewish life. Within the museum, you’ll find the Jewish Historical Children’s Museum, which is dedicated to Jewish life from a child’s perspective.

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Van Gogh Museum

National Maritime Museum—Explore the ways in which the Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea.

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perfect places to see tulips and other flowers Keukenhof Gardens

Aalsmeer Flower Auction About 20 million flowers are sold each day at this immense flower auction.

Lisse’s Flower Fields Sparla says the flowers in Lisse are best experienced via bike.

Floriade The world’s largest horticultural show takes place only once a decade, and will be held this year between April 5 and October 7 in North Holland.

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“In season, the Keukenhof Gardens are home to thousands of colorful tulips—it’s an incredible spectacle,” notes the Andrew Harper Travel Office consultants. Van Eijsden says that April through September is the ideal time to visit.

The Floating Flower Market (on Singel Canal) This is the only floating flower market in the world and a wonderful place to see the country’s abundant floral varieties, according to Travel Office consultants.

Alkmaar cheese market

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Delft

Zaanse Schans

Located between The Hague and Rotterdam, this city is famous for its blue-and-white pottery (“Delftware”).

This neighborhood is known for its historic windmills.

Alkmaar This town is known for its traditional cheese market, which takes on Fridays throughout the summer.

Haarlem Located on the banks of the Spaarne River, this city resembles a mini-Amsterdam.

Den Haag/Scheveningen Den Haag (The Hague) is the seat of the Dutch government and home to many famous museums. Scheveningen, a district within The Hague, lies along a long sandy beach.

Volendam This town is a traditional heritage fishing village. H ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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special travel offers Additional

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Take advantage of these limited-time special promotions offered by our Harper Alliance partners exclusively for Andrew Harper members. In most cases, special offers also include Harper member benefits: a host of special amenities such as gourmet lunches and dinners, cocktails, winetastings and chocolates, complimentary gallery tickets, massages and airport transfers—and that favorite of favorites, complimentary upgrades. All current Special Travel Offers, including the ones found in this magazine, those shared in member emails, and many more, are always available at AndrewHarper.com The Andrew Harper Travel Office 1.800.375.4685 Reservations@AndrewHarper.com

Beau-Rivage Palace “Prestigious, completely refurbished Old World palace-hotel.” —AH

Discovery Package Spend two

Tintin Collector Experience

nights in Junior Suite, Superior or Deluxe Room with lake and Alps views and receive a glass of Champagne; daily full breakfast; wine-tasting; dining credit of CHF 80 per person for Café Beau-Rivage, Miyako Lausanne or I’Accademia. Package rates are from CHF 1,040 to CHF 2,460 based on room category. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2012, based on availability. Local taxes of CHF 3.40 per person, per night are not included.

This one-night offer starts at 293 EUR and includes a spacious room for two; daily buffet breakfast; tickets to Hergé Museum; special Tintin gifts; a Tintin itinerary to enjoy while in Brussels and more. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rare inclusions. The daily rate includes VAT and service charge (excludes 9.28 EUR per room city tax). dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for stays through Dec. 31, 2012, based on availability.

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Sheen Falls “A lavish manor house [66 rooms] set on 300 acres, this is one of Ireland’s most stylish country hotels. Rooms and suites are spacious and decorated with marble baths. Its fine-dining restaurant, La Cascade, features a menu of dishes made almost entirely with the bounty of Ireland’s fields and seas.” —AH

Ring of Kerry Private Tour When you confirm a three-night stay in a Deluxe Room, receive a chauffeur-driven tour around the Ring of Kerry in a Mercedes sedan, daily full Irish breakfast, one dinner in La Cascade, and a one-hour spa treatment per person. Package from 1825 EUR. also includes Harper member benefits: a bottle of wine on arrival and a tour of Kenmare in the hotel’s 1936 vintage Buick. Standard rate inclusions: complimentary parking and access to the health & fitness club’s facilities. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 10 and Oct. 31, 2012, based on availability. The Ring of Kerry tour must be confirmed at time of booking and is based on a seven-hour tour (additional cost for extended time). This offer is not combinable with other promotions.

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Hotel Amigo “Restyled 173-room historic hotel steps from the medieval Grand Place.” —AH

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Park Hyatt Milan

Grand Hotel et de Milan

“Elegant 106-room hotel in a 19th-century palazzo next to the Galleria.” —AH

“Landmark hotel in fashion district near the Brera District and La Scala.” —AH

Milan’s Summer Surprises

Enchanting Lake Como

A complimentary bottle of Italian Prosecco will await your arrival. When reserving Spa, Diplomatic, Presidential or Imperial suites, receive a VIP fruit basket, Champagne and delights, inroom flowers, pressing service on arrival, open minibar and personalized concierge services. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between July 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012, based on availability.

Not far from Milan, this lovely little town is located on the shores of the world famous lake. An excursion to Como will be included with your two-night stay in a Deluxe Room. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. First-class return ticket to Como for each person (or private car on request at additional cost); souvenir book of Como. Ten Percent VAT is not included in the rate. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, based on availability, and excluding Sept. 7–9 and 16–25, 2012.

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B U R G U N D Y, F R A N C E

Château Hôtel André Ziltener “18th-century mansion-hotel tucked behind lofty walls in a vineyard.” —AH

Grand Cru Offer Stay four nights in apartments Romanée Conti or les Amoureuses and receive daily breakfast for two; a snack in Bar a Vin, two glasses of Grand Cru; a wine-tasting in the private cellar; a visit to the adjoining wine museum; use of bicycles for excursions to surrounding vineyards; and a departure gift. Package prices are from 1,450 EUR. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, with no expiration date, based on availability, and excluding Saturdays.

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Xara Palace “Elegant and atmospheric family-run boutique hotel in a carefully restored late 17th-century palace, incorporating the medieval bastions of the historic walled city of Mdina, in the center of the island. The 17 rooms and suites are individually decorated with antiques and art, and offer king beds and marble baths.” —AH

Early Bird Offer–Stay Five Pay Four Enjoy five nights for the price of four in a Deluxe Room for two when reserved by Sept. 28, 2012. You will receive daily continental breakfast; a glass of Prosecco and canapés on arrival; high tea in the Atrium; and a three-course lunch for two at Trattoria AD1530 including drinks. also includes Harper member benefits: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available on check-in; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room; a welcome bottle of Prosecco; and a two-hour private Malta tour with executive chauffeur and luxury car per room. Standard rate inclusions: taxes and Wi-Fi. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between Oct. 1 and Dec. 22, 2012. Offer is not combinable with other promotions. Approximate cost of package is 1,320 EUR.

Sumahan on the Water “Attractive 24-room hotel occupying a former raki distillery at the water’s edge on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus. Individually decorated rooms, most with fireplaces, provide water views. Waterfront terrace restaurant serves Turkish and international cuisine.” —AH

Benefit Highlight Sumahan on the Water will welcome an Andrew Harper member with a 15-minute massage upon arrival. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through 2012, based on availability.

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Mateya Safari Lodge “Exclusive, strikingly designed enclave offering majestic views from a rocky outcrop in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, three hours northwest of Johannesburg. The elegant lodge incorporates indigenous materials and comprises a glass-walled dining room, bar/lounge, library and wine cellar, and contains an impressive collection of African art. Five luxurious, air-conditioned thatched suites have sundecks with infinity pools, salas overlooking a water hole or the plains, fireplaces, original African art and mahogany furniture.” —AH

Tswalu Kalahari “Distinctive game reserve in a 220,000-acre conservation area owned by the Oppenheimer family in the southern Kalahari. Species include the rare desert black rhino, sable and roan antelope, plus Kalahari lion, cheetah and aardvark and pangolin. Eight recently renovated legaes (suites) feature stone fireplaces, opulent baths with large outdoor showers and private verandas. Tswalu also operates Tarkuni, a separate five-bedroom private villa.” —AH

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Seven-Night Malaria-Free Safari Combine three nights at Mateya Safari Lodge followed by four nights at Tswalu Kalahari and receive complimentary flights from Madikwe (Mateya) to Tswalu and from Tswalu to Cape Town or Johannesburg, along with a private vehicle and guide at Tswalu. also includes Mateya Safari Lodge Harper member benefits: preferred rates, a head and neck massage for two and private dinner in the wine cellar. Mateya Safari Lodge standard rate inclusions: all meals, local beverages and house wines, game drives, bush walks, reserve gate entrances fee, levies, and airstrip ground transfers. Tswalu Kalahari Harper member benefits: preferred rates, one spa treatment per person, a private dinner with wine- pairing/tasting and a private discussion with Tswalu’s conservation department. Tswalu Kalahari standard rate inclusions: all meals, local beverages and select wines, game drives, walking and horse safaris, laundry and babysitting services. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between Sept. 1, 2012 and April 1, 2013, based on availability. A minimum of four guests must be included in the reservation. Children under 12 stay free when sharing with parents at Tswalu, and save 50 percent on the cost of scheduled Tswalu flights. Children over nine are welcomed at Mateya at the Harper Alliance rate. Offer may not be combined with other promotions. Offer excludes Fedair flight from Johannesburg to Madikwe (Mateya).

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Singita Sweni Lodge “Sweni comprises six suites and is designed to appeal those who prefer slightly more traditional surroundings. The color scheme here is predominantly green and khaki, while the interior design makes extensive use of pots, baskets, leather, dark wood and a range of African artifacts.” —AH

Enjoy One Night on Us When confirming four nights, only pay for three nights and enjoy a $50 spa voucher per person. also includes Harper member benefits: preferred rates; a $25 USD spa treatment credit per person and a cooking class per person. Standard rate inclusions: all meals and drinks; Wi-Fi; two safaris per day; return transfers from the airstrip to the lodges; laundry and valet services; walking safaris; mountain-biking. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 1 and Dec. 15, 2012, based on availability. This offer does not include telephone calls, boutique purchases, French Champagne, round-trip airport transfers and health spa facilities and services.

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Milliken Creek Inn & Spa “Wine country inn set along a wooded stretch of the Napa River.” —AH

Winter Escape With Third Night Free Experience cabernet season in Napa and enjoy easy access to the region’s best vineyards and restaurants. Stay two consecutive nights and receive a complimentary third night. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between Nov. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, based on availability and with certain conditions and restrictions. Offer is not combinable with other promotions or discounts.


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private wine procurement and consultation

Porthos Porthos provides wine acquisition services and recommendations personalized to Andrew Harper members. The Porthos team of oenophiles samples more than 5,000 wines annually in their pursuit to offer Andrew Harper wine collectors the finest undiscovered vintages and cellar-worthy varietals from Napa and around the world. Andrew Harper members receive exclusive first pick of the world’s most sought-after wines as well as insider access to undiscovered new releases; a complimentary subscription to the Andrew Harper Wine Concierge weekly wine-only email newsletter; and personal guided tours and tastings throughout Napa Valley. for more information

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PRIVATE SALES

We are pleased to announce the launch of Andrew Harper Private Sales, a new online marketplace that allows members to purchase hotel packages directly. Thanks to the outstanding reputation of Andrew Harper members, these limitedtime offers feature extraordinary discounts that are not available to the public. Private Sales are distinct from auctions in that they do not involve bidding and

often feature deeper discounts. Private Sale packages are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. These can be accessed through AndrewHarper.com. Types of packages you might find on our Private Sales include: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

Rocco Forte Augustine Hotel BUY IT NOW

PACKAGE DETAILS • Five nights in a Classic Suite (double occupancy) • Spa and fitness center access • Room tax (14%)

From Mr. Harper

“Atmospheric hotel incorporating a 13th-century monastery in the Malá Strana district, near Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. The 101 individually decorated rooms and suites combine contemporary styling with features inspired by early 20thcentury Czech cubism.”

LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA

The Lodge at Torrey Pines BUY IT NOW

PACKAGE DETAILS • Two nights in a Palisade Suite (double occupancy) • Taxes (12.5%)

From Mr. Harper

“Charming resort hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, adjacent to the famed Torrey Pines Golf Course and a 2,000acre seaside nature reserve. The rambling sandstone lodge embodies an appealing and distinctive early 1900s California architectural style.”


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The Inn of the Five Graces SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – This favorite, well-appointed oasis just steps from the

Plaza embodies a fusion of Tibetan and East Indian styles.

» Exotic, Intimate Atmosphere » Three Rooms, 20 Suites » Three-Story Luminaria House » Outstanding Personalized Service » Historic Downtown Retreat » Intricate Tile Mosaics

» Ayurvedic Spa Treatments » Full Gourmet Breakfast » Richly Colored Textiles, Carpets » Peaceful Courtyards » Fitness and Meeting Center

Recommended since 2005.

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Castello di Vicarello Tuscany, Italy

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Hotel Caruso

Grand Hotel Timeo

Hotel Cipriani VENICE, ITALY

Villa San Michele FLORENCE, ITALY

Grand Hotel Timeo TAORMINA, ITALY

Hotel Splendido PORTOFINO, ITALY

Hotel Caruso RAVELLO, ITALY

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The outstanding service and locations of these Orient-Express properties provide the ultimate dream-wedding destinations. Hotel Cipriani is “an island oasis,” raves one Andrew Harper member. Its Olympic-sized pool, stunning gardens and orchards are five minutes from St. Mark’s Square. The 95-room-and-suite property was a 2008 Readers’ Choice Award-winner. Villa San Michele was formerly a 15th-century monastery. Today, the 46-room-and-suite hotel claims breathtaking hilltop views, the original Michelangelo-designed façade, a pool and the famed La Loggia Restaurant. Grand Hotel Timeo was a heritage building located below the Greek Theatre. Along with amazing views of Mount Etna and the sea, this 70room-and-suite destination features a six-acre park and swimming pool. Hotel Splendido provides “flawless service, breathtaking views and total attention to every detail,” praises one Andrew Harper member. The historic monastery with its 85 rooms and suites was a Readers’ Choice winner in 2009 and 2010. Hotel Caruso is an 11th-century palace on the Amalfi Coast with a stunning infinity pool, terraced gardens and exceptional dining. The 50-room-andsuite property was a Readers’ Choice winner in 2008 and 2009.


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Villa San Michele

At all five properties, Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a €50 EUR wine credit at the restaurant per room; and a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit platter per room. At Hotel Cipriani, Andrew Harper members receive: a €50 EUR spa credit per room; and a €150 EUR discount when renting the hotel’s boat for a private tour. At Villa San Michele, Andrew Harper members receive: a €50 EUR discount on the hotel’s cooking class “A Morning with the Chef” and two tickets per room to a museum or exhibition recommended by the head concierge. At Grand Hotel Timeo, Andrew Harper members receive: a €50 EUR spa credit per room. At Hotel Splendido, Andrew Harper members receive: a choice of lunch or dinner at the restaurant per person per day; a €50 EUR spa credit per room; and a €150 EUR discount when renting the hotel’s speedboat for a private tour. At Hotel Caruso, Andrew Harper members receive: a one-hour private tour of the hotel’s landscaped gardens, led by the head gardener. Standard rate inclusions at all five properties: daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi, daily newspaper and fitness center access. Standard rate inclusions at Hotel Cipriani: shuttle service to St. Mark’s Square by private boat. Standard rate inclusions at Villa San Michele: shuttle service to the city center and parking. Standard rate inclusions at Grand Hotel Timeo: a mini-cruise along the coast and shuttle service to sister property Villa Sant’Andrea in Taormina Mare. Standard rate inclusions at Hotel Splendido: shuttle service to Portofino and valet parking. Standard rate inclusions at Hotel Caruso: daily mini-cruise along the Amalfi Coast and scheduled shuttle service to Amalfi and Positano.

Hotel Cipriani recommended since 1984. Hotel Cipriani

Villa San Michele recommended since 1984; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #15, Top 20 International Hideaways. Grand Hotel Timeo recommended since 2001. Hotel Splendido recommended since 1986; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #1, Top 20 International Hideaways; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #10, Top 20 International Hideaways. Hotel Caruso recommended since 2007; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #13, Top International Hideaways; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #17, Top International Hideaways.

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Castello di Vicarello TUSCANY, ITALY – Among rolling Tuscan hillsides near Siena, this 900-year-old stone castle has become an exclusive, remote retreat with five charming suites (including one villa) and two double rooms; home-cooked meals and tailor-made cooking classes; spa; daily yoga classes; two swimming pools; and much more. Recommended since 2007.

• Luxury Castle Retreat • Independently Owned • Produces Award-Winning Wines Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; early check-in/late checkout, when available; and a departure gift per room. Standard rate inclusions: taxes, daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant or in room and Wi-Fi.

Cocoa Island By COMO SOUTH MALE ATOLL, MALDIVES – Our whitesand beaches and clear, turquoise waters offer some of the world’s best diving. Ufaa restaurant boasts a world-class international menu as well as healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine. The COMO Shambhala Retreat offers a range of Asian-inspired holistic treatments. The finest luxury is the true, deep sense of lasting peace which you’ll take with you. Recommended since 2008; 2009 Grand Award Winner.

SPECIAL OFFER: Honeymoon Offer For honeymooners staying five or more nights, additional complimentary benefits will be offered based on the room type reserved. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. When reserving a Dhoni Suite or Dhoni Loft Suite for five nights or more, receive a bottle of Champagne and a fruit platter on arrival, and honeymoon souvenir. When reserving a Loft Villa, One-Bedroom Villa or Two-Bedroom COMO Villa for five nights or more, receive these benefits along with a candlelit beach dinner for two (excludes beverages), and a choice of either a private yoga class for two or a snorkeling trip. Rates are from $675 per night plus tax and service. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only for travel by Dec. 20, 2012, based on availability. Guests must send a copy of their marriage certificate (dated within a three-month period) to Cocoa Island at time of booking.

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• Yoga • Over-Water Accommodations • COMO Shambhala Retreat Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a welcome bottle of wine per room; a $100 USD spa credit per couple; and one private yoga class per room. Standard rate inclusions: daily full American breakfast served at the restaurant or in room, Wi-Fi, use of nonmotorized watersports equipment and use of snorkeling equipment.


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Elounda Mare CRETE, GREECE – Located on the Greek island of Crete, this sophisticated resort is a favorite amongst European royal families, politicians and those simply seeking value, privacy and escape. In addition to 40 rooms and suites in the main house, the hotel also boasts 40 private bungalows, each with its own pool. Three restaurants and bars are spread throughout the property, including the Toque d’Or award-winning Old Mill restaurant, which uses local ingredients in its gourmet cuisine, served in an exquisite garden setting. Guests can spend their days sunning on the beach, scuba diving, soaking in the outdoor saltwater pool or playing tennis. Guests of Elounda Mare also have full access to nearby sister property Porto Elounda and all of its facilities, including an award-winning Six Senses Spa and a nine-hole golf course. Recommended since 1989. • Toque d’Or Award-Winning Restaurant • Private Pool Bungalows • Exclusive, Secluded Location

• Access to Nearby Sister Resort Facilities • Dedicated Wedding Planners • Wedding and Anniversary Packages

Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a Thermal Suite session including Six Senses ginger tea per person (must be taken within the first 48 hours of arrival); and for stays of five nights or longer, a €40 EUR food and beverage credit per room. Standard rate inclusions: taxes and daily full breakfast served at the restaurant or in room (room service carries an additional charge).

SPECIAL OFFER: Stay Four Nights and Enjoy a Candlelit Dinner When you stay four nights at the guaranteed best available rate, a candlelit dinner for two in one of the resort’s gastronomic restaurants will be included. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; glass of Champagne upon arrival; welcome gift; Wi-Fi in the room; access to gym, steam bath and sauna. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 4 and Sept. 30, 2012, based on availability, and not combinable with any other promotions.

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Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa TAHAA, FRENCH POLY­NESIA – With 57 suites and villas, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa promises Polynesian authenticity and pure hedonism. Traditional weddings are performed on the beach or on a small sand bank in the middle of a pristine lagoon. Romance has been meticulously crafted to offer the magic of the Tahitian islands at every turn. Recommended since 2005.

• Secluded Islet Location • Polynesian Weddings • Romantic Dining Options Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a welcome drink per person; a 30-minute Monoi Maeva massage per person; and a departure amenity per room. Standard rate inclusions: daily buffet breakfast for two served at the restaurant, boat shuttle to Tahaa Island, fitness center access, kayaking, snorkelling, tennis and table tennis.

SPECIAL OFFER: Le Taha’a 10th Anniversary Offer Receive a 50 percent savings on accommodations, along with a three-course Milky Way dinner for two, in honor of our 10th anniversary. also includes Bottle of wine with the Milky Way dinner. Stays in a Royal Villa include Milky Way dinner for four guests. (Harper member benefits do not apply.) dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between Sept. 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, based on availability. Reservation must be booked by Dec. 15, 2012. A seven-night minimum stay is required. Offer is not valid for stays in a Taha’a Overwater Suite. Offer is not combinable with any other promotion and is not valid for groups. Quote booking code ANNIV10 when requesting reservations. Compulsory dinner charges apply for stays on Dec. 24 & 31, 2012.

The St. Regis Bora Bora BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA – Reaching out across 44 acres of lush landscaping edged by white sands and a crystalline lagoon, the resort represents the epitome of carefree elegance. Spa Miri Miri is located on its own private island, and the resort’s exquisite villas are the most luxurious in the South Pacific, with mystical views of Mount Otemanu. Recommended since 2007. SPECIAL OFFER: Tahitian Black Pearl Wedding Offer Wedding couple will enjoy four nights in a Superior Overwater Villa, along with personalized assistance from the resort’s wedding planner— who can arrange all the details for the civil and blessing ceremonies, photography, dinner reception and more—creating the most memorable occasion. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; couple’s spa treatment; meeting with wedding coordinator, and assistance on wedding day; his & her spa grooming session; beach set-up for wedding ceremony; bride’s and groom’s flowers; one bottle of Champagne; wedding cake; four hours of photography; Canoe Breakfast on the following morning and an authentic Tahitian black pearl for the bride (valued at $1,200 USD), and more. Four-night package rates from 695,320 XPF (approx. $7,585 USD). dates Offer is available to the first 25 weddings booked at the resort, beginning June 1, with a minimum of 300,000 XPF (approx. $3,273 USD) spent toward ceremony and reception. Additional wedding amenities are available. Room upgrades available for additional cost. Taxes and gratuities are not included. Blackout dates may apply.

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• Largest Overwater Accommodations • Three Restaurants; 24-Hour Room Service • Multiple Pools and Beaches Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; daily buffet breakfast served at the restaurant; a 20 percent spa discount; and a 50 percent discount off round-trip airport transfers for two. Standard rate inclusions: butler service, use of non-motorized watersports and access to the fitness center, spa and business center.


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The Wakaya Club & Spa WAKAYA ISLAND, FIJI – Welcome to the serenity of Fiji and a private island resort unlike any other. Stay in one of only 10 free-standing waterfront cottage suites and enjoy superb cuisine, a pristine spa and whatever level of relaxation or activity you prefer. Recommended since 1991; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #19, Top 20 International Hideaways; 2011 Readers’ Choice Award, #16, Top 20 Beach Resorts.

• All-Inclusive Private Island • Anything. Anywhere. Anytime • Seamless, Unobtrusive Service Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; two 50-minute massages per room; and a two-hour fishing excursion per room. Standard rate inclusions: all meals, beverages, minibar, airport meet and greet, early check-in/late checkout, Wi-Fi, laundry, two scuba tank dives per person per day (except Sunday), and use of facilities and equipment.

SPECIAL OFFER: Romance Package Receive added benefits when confirming a four-night romantic getaway, honeymoon or wedding with package rates beginning at $9,680 per couple. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; private beach picnics within a three-mile radius with a privacy guarantee; one three-hour couple’s retreat at Breeze Spa which includes two hours of customized spa treatments and a post-treatment meal; one Special Occasion alfresco dinner; Air Wakaya transfer. dates Offer is valid for travel until Dec. 15, 2012, based on availability. Quote booking code AH-R100 when confirming reservation. Taxes are additional.

Las Alamandas COSTALEGRE, MEXICO – This oceanfront oasis, set along Mexico’s famed Costalegre coast of the Pacific, is managed as an elegant, private estate offering exquisite standards of service and hospitality. This romantic beachfront resort, with its seven exclusive villas, four private beaches and lush tropical gardens, offers the epitome of privacy and luxury. Recommended since 1998; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #10, Top 20 Beach Resorts; #19, Top 20 International Hideaways. SPECIAL OFFER: Honeymoon Bliss Las Alamandas is the place for couples seeking the ultimate honeymoon. Our six-night package provides plenty of time for relaxation, romance and renewal. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions; six nights in luxurious accommodations; three daily meals and non-alcoholic beverages served in the Oasis Restaurant or in room; private gourmet beach picnic; romantic candlelit dinner with sparkling wine; a one-hour horseback ride; one-hour dual oceanfront massage; daily complimentary sunset margaritas; use of all facilities: gym, tennis courts, beach volleyball, half court basketball, croquet, lawn chess, and mountain bikes. Package starts from $3,665 USD for a Garden Suite, not including tax and service fee. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel between June 1 and Nov. 30, 2012, based on availability (excludes Thanksgiving week). Meals do not include premium wines and mini bar, and a room service charge may apply. Offer is not combinable with other promotions and does not apply to groups. Reservation must be confirmed a minimum of five days in advance of stay.

• Only Seven Villas • 1,500-Acre Ecological Reserve • Romantic Picnics, Gourmet Menus Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; daily continental breakfast served at the restaurant; a bottle of house wine per room; and for stays of three nights or longer, a $100 USD resort credit per couple. Standard rate inclusions: Wi-Fi (in lobby), a welcome beverage per person and fruit platter.

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Cuvée Escapes Villas CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO – Choose from three breathtaking private, gated beach villas—two carved into the dramatic, serene Sea of Cortez coast with access to One&Only Palmilla, the other tucked into Cabo’s bustling beachfront center with access to Hacienda Beach Club. Each offers the ultimate romantic getaway with their stunning views, four or five suite-style bedrooms, spacious indoor/outdoor living spaces, and private infinity pools and spas. All members of your party will feel like celebrities. • Exclusive, Private Villas • Prestigious Locations • Fine Furnishings and Amenities Andrew Harper members receive: a welcome amenity and custom floral arrangement.

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Esperanza, An Auberge Resort CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO – Escape to an oceanfront hideaway at the tip of Baja’s beautiful coast, where sun, sea, sky and earth join as one to form a tropical oasis like no other. Allow us to pamper you as you celebrate your love. Recommended since 2002; 2010 Readers’ Choice Award, #4, Top 20 International Hideaways; #4, Top 20 Beach Resorts.

SPECIAL OFFER: Luna de Miel Honeymoon Special Reserve three nights and the fourth night is our treat along with a multitude of additional benefits to make your stay exceptional. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. Also receive a complimentary upgrade at time of booking subject to availability; private round-trip airport transfers ($300 value); one bottle of our private label sparkling wine along with delicious chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival; daily breakfast at Cocina del Mar restaurant; one dinner for two at Cocina del Mar; and one 120-minute couple’s spa treatment. Rates are from $2,395, per room. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, for travel through Oct. 14, 2012, based on availability and any applicable blackout dates and restrictions. A minimum of four consecutive nights is required. Rate does not include tax, service fee or gratuities. Beverages are not included with dinner at Cocina del Mar; airport transfers are based on one vehicle each way.

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• Private Seaside Retreat • Magnificent Ocean Views • Award-Winning Spa Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; and for stays of three nights or longer, two $50 USD spa certificates per villa. Standard rate inclusions: daily full breakfast served at Cocina del Mar, non-alcoholic beverages in minibar, spa and fitness center access, daily yoga class, Wi-Fi and parking.


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Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA – A catamaran whisks you to this 300-acre, privately owned island retreat with eight rooms and 32 suites. Snorkel and boat off two pristine beaches or take a spa day. Expect privacy, comfort and exemplary amenities with a relaxed, residential atmosphere. Recommended since 2001; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #20, Top 20 Beach Resort; 2012 Grand Award Winner.

• Fully Inclusive • Grand Award 2012 • AAA Five-Diamond Award Andrew Harper members receive: the best available non-restricted rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a welcome seasonal plate of snacks with wine per room; and a $100 USD spa treatment credit per room. Standard rate inclusions: all meals and beverages, access to all facilities, sports equipment and Wi-Fi.

Hermitage Bay ST. MARY’S, ANTIGUA – The chaos of modern life melts away at Antigua’s Hermitage Bay. Verdant hills, sparkling blue seas and endless skies envelop the property’s 25 guest suites. The serene setting and a welcoming staff encourage relaxation and restoration of mind, body and spirit. Recommended since 2008; 2009 Grand Award Winner.

• Grand Award-Winner • All-Inclusive • Island-Inspired Amenities Andrew Harper members receive: preferred rates; an upgrade, when available upon check-in; a picnic for two on a secluded beach per suite; and a 30-minute massage per person. Standard rate inclusions: all meals, snacks and beverages, Champagne during winter season or Prosecco during summer season, VIP meet-andgreet, airport transfers, watersports, yoga, Pilates, weekly cooking course/demonstration with chef and more.

ANDREW HARPER TRAVEL OFFICE (800) 375-4685 RESERVATIONS@ANDREWHARPER.COM

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Petit St. Vincent PETIT ST. VINCENT PRIVATE ISLAND, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Romance blooms at Petit St. Vincent, a secluded island hideaway in the southern Grenadines. Upscale amenities and unobtrusive service combine with the quintessential Caribbean atmosphere to create the ultimate in barefoot elegance. With 22 one- and two-bedroom luxury cottages sitting on 115 acres and ringed by almost two miles of white-sand beach, this lush Caribbean haven offers the perfect balance of privacy, service and amenities for the discerning visitors who value unobtrusive pampering and enjoy seclusion. After enjoying some beachside relaxation, visit the hillside spa, which showcases tree-house therapy rooms. Here, Caribbean and Balinese treatments draw upon the healing effects of local herbs, spices and plants. Practice yoga in the serene pavilion or enjoy more adventure through a variety of land and water sports. The beach bar and restaurant provides the perfect spot to soak up the spectacular sunsets and socialize, while enjoying freshly caught seafood and tropical cocktails. Recommended since 1980; 2009 Readers’ Choice Award, #13, Top 20 Beach Resort.

• Private Island Resort • Readers’ Choice Award-Winner • Newly Renovated Guest Cottages

• Wedding and Honeymoon Packages • On-Site Activities and Off-Site Excursions • Staff-to-Guest Ratio of Three to One

Andrew Harper members receive: an upgrade, when available at time of booking; a welcome fruit and cheese plate per room; and a half-pound of Neuhaus chocolates per room. Standard rate inclusions: all meals, non-alcoholic beverages and use of all facilities and nonmotorized watersports.

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SPECIAL OFFER: Drinks Are On Us Enjoy a $50 credit toward drinks at the Beach Bar. also includes Harper member benefits and any standard rate inclusions. dates Offer is valid on new reservations only, on stays through Aug. 31, 2013. Offer is not combinable with other promotions.


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The next special supplement to the Oct./Nov./Dec. issue of the Andrew Harper Traveler magazine

LEARN-HOW

VACATIONS

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Jul/Aug/Sept 2012 Traveler