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Hideaway of the Year

This property had it all: just 30 stylish rooms, dramatic 12th-century architecture, two great restaurants and a tranquil location surrounded by the vineyards of Ribera del Duero.
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Favorite hotels from 2016

UNITED STATES & CANADA

In 2016, I was fortunate to discover a sensational new resort in Miami and a unique boutique hotel in San Francisco, as well as fine inns of a more traditional variety in both Vermont and British Columbia. VIEW THE WINNERS

ASIA

Myanmar was arguably the country of the year, even though political change has not been as rapid as once seemed likely. I also spent time in Hong Kong and had an inspiring fortnight in Japan. VIEW THE WINNERS

EUROPE

Travel in Europe remains a perennial pleasure. This year I found time for trips to Brittany, Burgundy and Bordeaux, plus memorable two-week driving itineraries in Galicia and Switzerland. VIEW THE WINNERS

Special Recognition Awards

Hotel Highlights

From Switzerland to St. Kitts, Hawaii to Hong Kong, the hotels I visited this year featured amenities that ranked among the best in several categories, including Best Bar, Best Spa, Best Beach and more. VIEW THE WINNERS

People of Note

Ultimately, it is the staff who make the crucial difference, as each individual has a part to play in the creation of true hospitality. Here are some of the people whose professionalism I most admired. VIEW THE WINNERS

Disappointments of the Year

Although I am often told that I have the “best job in the world,” inevitably there are times when the properties I visit disappoint and my carefully constructed plans go awry. Here are a few examples. VIEW THE WINNERS

Indelible Memories

Travel can provide experiences that are so powerful they are transformative; you feel that life will never quite be the same again. At the end of each year, I reflect on such moments of revelation. VIEW THE WINNERS

Where to go in 2017

Which will be the country of 2017? The newly opened Cuba or Laos, the last secret of Southeast Asia? Or maybe, given the state of the world, we will prefer the safety of places like New Zealand. Mr. Harper considers the various options. Discover 15 hot destinations
Photo Credits: Hideaway of the Year: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, Pool: © Marcus Ebener, United States & Canada: Hotel Wailea - © Linny Morris, Asia: Andaz Tokyo - © Nacasa & Partners Inc., Europe: Hotel Villa Honegg - © Timo Schwach, Caribbean: Amanera - Courtesy of Aman - © Simon Lewis, South America: Mashpi Lodge - Photo by Andrew Harper, Oceania: Kahurangi National Park near Edenhouse - © Gavin Conroy, Hotel Experiences: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel: Copper Bar - © APGS, People of Note: Photo by Andrew Harper, Best Restaurants: Lena Brava - © Galdones Photo, Gastronomic Highlights: Hutong - Photo by Andrew Harper, Wine & Spirit Highlights: Photo by Andrew Harper, Best Activities: Pikaia Lodge, Best Shopping: © Shackleton Thomas, Galleries & Museums: Courtesy of SFMOMA - © Iwan Baan, Disappointments of the Year: Photo by Andrew Harper, Indelible Memories: Photo by Andrew Harper, Where to Go in 2017: © sarah_winter/iStock/Thinkstock

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