The November 2015 Hideaway Report follows Andrew Harper's travels to South Pacific sanctuaries in Fiji, Vanuatu and Australia, as well as an invigorating trip to classic Sun Valley, Idaho. Mr. Harper adds three new properties to the Harper Collection this month: an idyllic two-acre Fijian private island resort, a pristine eco-lodge in Vanuatu and an understated seaside retreat in Sydney. It should also be noted that Sun Valley Lodge was recently recommended in the August 2015 Harper Collection update.
Striking hideaway stretched along two miles of beach on the south coast of Viti Levu, comprising 18 Balinese-style rooms and villa accommodations. Suites feature thatched roofs, sea views, hardwood floors, kitchenettes, roomy living areas, private terraces and baths with granite vanities, soaking tubs and separate rainfall showers; some include infinity-edge plunge pools and outdoor showers. Six oceanfront villas with direct beach access are ideal for families.
Family-owned eco-lodge on a 146-acre private island a 45-minute flight north of Port Vila. Thirteen 200-year-old Indonesian teakwood farmhouses offer private furnished patios with daybeds, lounge chairs and garden and sea views (no air-conditioning or in-room Wi-Fi). “Cobra” house in the recommended West Point Village features a vaulted thatched roof, canopy bed, leather armchairs and bath with a wood-floored shower connected to room by a short walkway.
Charming property dating from 1928 perched atop a crescent ridge on a hilly, beach-lined peninsula, a 50-minute drive or 20-minute seaplane flight north of downtown Sydney. All 11 guest accommodations feature sensational views of the bay and Whale Beach, ample terraces furnished with Adirondack-style loungers, and attractive interiors with hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows; baths include separate showers, hot tubs and heated limestone floors.