Hideaways of the Year

Jul 30, 2001


What leading publications say about The Hideaway Report:

Forbes The New York Times... "Finding and reporting on small hideaways is the occupation of Andrew Harper, whose Hideaway Report is an excellent guide to peaceful and unspoiled places."

Nation's Business. . . "Harper reviews places as varied as castles in Scotland and resorts in the Fiji Islands. Subscribers include professionals, celebrities, members of Congress and business executives. . ."

Mirabella. . . "The Getaway Guru: Andrew Harper gives the best damn travel advice in the world."

Journal of Commerce. . . "Of all the magazines, books, newsletters and special reports on top deluxe hotels, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report is considered one of the most reliable." "The Hideaway Report lives up admirably to what it professes to be: a connoisseur's guide to peaceful and unspoiled places. Each issue contains frank assessments of resorts, hotels and inns that have been personally visited by the anonymous Andrew Harper."

Fortune... "A large number of the most senior executives have still another dream fulfilled by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, a guide to mostly undiscovered luxury retreats. . .

Dallas Morning News. . . "Andrew Harper focuses his observations on pleasure resorts with a refreshingly critical eye - he pays his own way and travels incognito."

Vogue. . . "The Hideaway Report is an insider's guide to exclusive resorts. . "

Each year at this time, we single out some of the world's most captivating hideaway hotels and resorts for special recognition. To be initially considered for our annual awards competition, nominees must be relatively intimate in size and be located in truly peaceful and aesthetically pleasing surroundings.. Moreover, previous recipients are ineligible to repeat as award winners for a three year period. Distinctive country house hotels and resorts compatible with these basic qualifications are then judged for their all round comfort, non-commercial character and passionate commitment to personal service. Also taken into consideration: the recent firsthand guest experiences of Hideaway Report readers.

Properties are not evaluated solely by means of a quantified checklist. During incognito inspections, of course, we note the general decor, design, cleanliness and upkeep of lodgings and public lounges; staffs are judged on esprit de corps, attentiveness, friendliness, thoroughness and efficiency; food on ingredients, inspiration and presentation; grounds on overall appearance and maintenance, and so on.

Ultimately, however, we rely on the `Q factor' - the intangible summary impression that instinctively separates the good from the truly enchanting. Some of our award winners are grander than others, but each exudes an inviting sense of warmth and charm conducive to a relaxing stay.

On behalf of all of us at Harper Associates, we wish you and your family a very joyous Christmas season and the promise of a whole new year of wonderful hideaway discoveries.

Richard Harper Andrew Harper Associate Publisher Editor & Publisher

Blanket Bay Near Queenstown, New Zealand

Owned by the former president and CEO of Levi Strauss, this stunning new backcountry sanctuary nestles along the serene north-end shores of Lake Wakatipu amid a majestic backdrop of snowcapped peaks, a scenic 45 minute drive from Queenstown. Architecturally reminiscent of some heroic Rocky Mountain lodge, the stone and timber masterpiece is distinguished by lofty beamed ceilings, huge rock fireplaces and acres of towering picture windows. A fabulous Great Room dominates the main structure which also houses a game room, fitness spa, deep-seated woodsy bar lounge and sophisticated meal venues ranging from a formal dining room and wine cellar to an expansive sunset facing terrace. Service is exceptional throughout.

Handsome lakeview rooms and lodge/chalet suites comprise the 11 luxurious accommodations, the latter units augmented by stone fireplaces, extraspacious baths (steam showers/soaking tubs) and breathtaking private patios. Guests may also relax around an enticing outdoor pool, or indulge in a wealth of area activities, including leisurely boat cruises, jet boat rides, bush walks and guided flyfishing (also heli-fishing) trips to wild, relatively undiscovered rivers. In addition, excursions can be arranged to the ruggedly beautiful fjords and famed Milford Sound. Full details on Blanket Bay will appear in our exclusive new guide to New Zealand published in next month's issue of Hideaway Report

Hideaway Report Hotel Review Procedures

Hotel and resort recommendations made by this newsletter are arrived at on a completely independent basis. We accept no advertising and are therefore totally free of pressure from advertisers. To further maintain our freedom of judgment and objectivity, we pay full rate for all meals, lodgings, transportation and related travel expenses and receive no complimentary fees or other subtle forms of remuneration from the hotels/resorts reviewed within our pages. We also make it a point to travel incognito, booking rooms as typical guests and not under our pseudonyms of Andrew Harper, Richard Harper, lain Harper, nor The Hideaway Report or Harper Associates, Inc.