Helicopter tour around Mt. Aspiring in the South Island of New Zealand, near Wanaka. Took my breath away. The photo above is this week’s choice for “Travel Photo of the Week” and the winner of a one-year Andrew Harper Premier Online subscription. Congratulations, Allison! New Zealand’s two narrow islands contain breathtaking coastal and mountain scenery, which you captured beautifully in the [...]
The Peninsula House, a plantation-style guesthouse set on a lush hillside overlooking the coastline of the Samana Peninsula, is my favorite property in the Dominican Republic by a country mile. The six airy suites and striking public areas are distinguished by a museum-quality art collection, the life’s work of French proprietor Marie-Claude Thiebault and herAmerican [...]
One of the joys of our wine journey was the glorious California coastline. –A.H. From the May 2013 Hideaway Report.
India’s palace hotels are living links to the era of the maharajahs, the 200 years prior to independence when semi-autonomous princes ruled much of the country. The newly restored Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is now perhaps the most opulent palace hotel of all. -A.H.
Pictured below: suite 1007 of the Crosby Street Hotel. Owner Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels has mentioned that this suite is among her favorites.
The town of Paso Robles brings to mind the Healdsburg of 30 years ago, when I made my first visit to Sonoma. At the center of a charming tree- shaded square stands a handsome library donated by Andrew Carnegie. With the growing success of the wine business, the town is evolving into a place of [...]
Our travel photo contest is under way and we have enjoyed all the wonderful entries. The photo above is this week’s choice for the first “Travel Photo of the Week” and the winner of a one-year Andrew Harper Premier Online subscription. Congratulations Lynda on your beautiful photo! The hippo in the vibrant green grass and the [...]
Kenwood Inn & Spa sits midway between Sonoma and Santa Rosa. There, tucked away off state Route 12, the property provides a fine base for exploring southern Sonoma and the adjacent Carneros region. Wineries in this area produce impressive reds, notably the Pinot Noir from Saintsbury, Cabernets from St. Francis and Chateau St. Jean, [...]
Set around a rocky outcrop, Mateya Safari Lodge comprises just five huge air-conditioned suites. These are astonishingly opulent, with four-poster beds, deep armchairs, large fireplaces and artwork ranging from tribal sculptures to contemporary African landscape paintings. The marble baths feature soaking tubs positioned to allow a view of passing wildlife, and interconnecting indoor and [...]
At the Hotel Mirador in Acapulco, undisturbed by any other tourists, we sipped margaritas on the terrace and watched the famed cliff divers plunge into the Pacific. -A.H. From the February 2013 Hideaway Report.