October 2016

In this issue, Andrew Harper shares luxury travel recommendations from a recent trip to Burgundy, France. Over the course of the month, we will also be releasing Andrew Harper's trip report from St. Barths complete with a new restaurant review, best shops and more.


Burgundy Hideaways

I never tire of driving along the back roads of France, and I find the sculpted landscapes of Burgundy especially appealing.

Revisiting Seductive St. Barths

Each Caribbean island has its own distinctive personality, but the one that delights almost everyone is St. Barths.

Cruising the Waterways of Burgundy

One of my favorite ways to explore the backcountry of France is along the country's extensive network of canals.

Belmond’s Fleet

The Hirondelle is one of the five barges on Belmond's current roster, which offers cruises in three contrasting regions.

Video: A Cruise in Burgundy, France

Watch Mr. Harper's video from his stay aboard the Hirondelle as he explores the backcountry of France along the country's extensive network of canals.

Video: A Stay at La Borde in Burgundy, France

Watch Mr. Harper's video from La Borde, a rural estate with just five suites, four of which are Junior Suites, tucked deep in the pastoral heart of Burgundy.

Châteaux Visits in Burgundy

Fortifications dot the strategic Burgundian landscape, ranging from well-defended manor houses to romantic castles bristling with mosaic-roofed towers.

Contemporary Art in Burgundy

Burgundy has much to recommend it, but its contemporary art scene is hardly world-renowned.

Tasting Grands Crus

The grand cru wines of Burgundy are among the most coveted and expensive wines in the world.

The Spirit of Burgundy

Our first evening on the barge, I asked for a digestif of marc de Bourgogne. I was shocked they had none on the barge because so few people ever requested it.

Burgundy Restaurant Discoveries

As one might expect, the Cote d'Or has no shortage of excellent restaurants complete with superlative wine lists.

Visiting the Fabled Vineyards of Burgundy

Burgundy has been a place in which to experience the world's most elevated wines and cuisine, and for present-day epicureans, its status remains unchallenged.

Bookshelf: 'Shadows in the Vineyard'

In this true crime story, Maximillian Potter relates the attempt to extort 1 million euro from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti by poisoning its best vineyards.

7 New Recommended Hotels, October 2016

Seven new luxury hotels have been added to the Harper Collection this month, including properties in Burgundy, Norway and French Polynesia.

Three Shops for Beach-Goers

Andrew Harper reviews three shops in St. Barths for beach-goers including local boutique Ligne St. Barth, swimwear shop MC2 Saint Barth and Poupette St Barth.

New and Noteworthy, October 2016

Mr. Harper shares notable luxury travel news in this monthly piece, like a new Six Senses in Fiji and private jet safaris from &Beyond.

Letter From the Editor, October 2016

In this month's issue, Mr. Harper details his trip aboard the Hirondelle, cruising along Burgundy’s idyllic canals. Three St. Barths resorts are also reviewed.