Andrew Harper recommends seven new luxury hotels, four in Northwestern Spain and three in the Caribbean.
Amanera, the 29th Aman resort, is set atop a cliff in a remote part of the Dominican Republic in keeping with the company's preference for pristine locations.
Andrew Harper reviews his travels from this month's issue, from a driving journey through Galicia to the beaches of the Caribbean and Dominican Republic.
Each year, we have the pleasure of singling out a number of particularly memorable hotels and resorts. Here are the properties that Andrew Harper selected in the Caribbean.
The word 'Caribbean' conveys a promise of white sand, azure waters, cooling cocktails and spicy island cooking.
The best courses in the Dominican Republic are at Puntacana and Cap Cana, and Casa de Campo, about 50 miles west on the southern coast.
Last year, the Travel Office opened a "Special Occasions Desk" dedicated to arranging events such as family reunions, honeymoons and milestone birthday parties.
Although the hotels in the Dominican Republic do not number among the Caribbean's finest, there are nonetheless some luxurious places to stay.
Golf is treated as just another amenity on most Caribbean islands. It's something to do between the last scuba dive and the first rum punch; it's seldom the primary focus of a vacation.
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.
Madison Hotel, Memphis. Decorated in a modified art deco style, the rooms here are unfortunately cold and impersonal, despite the multi-thread bedding and fluffy duvets. The public rooms and restaurant also left us cold.
Kanha National Park, a remote 750-square-mile tract of forest in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, was the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." Most visitors can expect to see a tiger if they stay for two or three nights.
Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana is reviewed in this month's Hideaway Report.
The December Hideaway Report Online is now available on the private member site.
Teeth of the Dog, Copyright Casa de Campo Golf in the Dominican Republic has received a fair amount of attention lately.