July 25, 2014
When the world beckons, honest travel advice from a trailblazer is worth its weight in gold.
That’s why those with an appetite for adventure and luxury travel turn to Andrew Harper, pen name of the editor-in-chief of the Hideaway Report, a private monthly publication for sophisticated travelers.
Harper, a seasoned and discerning mystery shopper, reviews the destinations he visits in this newsletter. He reveals how well — or how poorly — hotels, restaurants and cruises meet his high standards.
You can bet changes were made at a guest ranch lauded in many popular travel publications after Harper wrote in his newsletter, “The staff seemed strangely passive, almost sleepy. No one was actively rude, but no one was conspicuously helpful, either. On the basis of our stay, some retraining is in order. And the chef needs to invent another salad.”
The Hideaway Report covers the globe, as do its readers. “It’s a given that affluent people in places like New York go to London as often as Los Angeles,” Harper says. “On vacation, they want to go somewhere more exotic, glamorous and unusual. They want an adventure, and that’s why they’ll head to Burma, Chile and Southern Africa.”
Here’s why those three locations are hot spots for luxury travel: