The October Hideaway Report follows Andrew Harper's travels to Burgundy, France, where he recommends one new luxury hotel, La Borde. In addition, five new luxury hotels in Norway have been added to the Harper Collection as well as a new luxury beach resort in French Polynesia.
La Borde is an exquisite hideaway within a 16th-century estate amid 17 acres of fragrant gardens, tucked deep in the Burgundian countryside, less than an hour’s drive from Chablis, Auxerre and Vézelay. English-speaking owners Rik and Marieke Klomp have a true talent for hospitality, anticipating guests’ needs and fostering a house-party atmosphere.
The Thief is a luxurious waterfront hotel in the center of the Tjuvholmen neighborhood within walking distance of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Public areas are adorned with original contemporary artwork collected by the hotel’s owner, Petter Stordalen.
The historic 1896 Swiss chalet-style Solstrand hotel has been owned by the same family for four generations on the shore of Bjørnefjord, less than 20 miles from downtown Bergen. The 135 airy guest accommodations primarily employ oak, birch and soapstone and feature original art and private balconies or garden patios.
Hotel Union Øye is a tranquil manor house dating from 1891 in the small village of Øye by the Norangsfjord and Sunmmøre Alps. Each of the 27 individually decorated rooms and suites is named after the hotel’s past royal or dignitary guests including Kaiser Wilhelm II, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Karen Blixen.
Storfjord Hotel is a boutique 23-room hideaway set in Glomset on a hillside overlooking the fjord and Sunmmøre Alps. Accommodations are done in a rustic-chic décor with handcrafted log walls, dark wood and leather accents, classic Norwegian furnishings and four-poster beds.
Hotel Brosundet is an intimate 47-room waterfront property in a renovated 1904 warehouse, found along the historic old harbor in the city of Alesund. Designed by renowned architectural firm Snøhetta, the chic guest rooms and suites feature art nouveau interiors, white stained-oak furnishings, a neutral color palette, exposed wooden beams, glass paneling and baths with cream tiles and frosted glass.
Teti’aroa Private Island, French Polynesia
The Brando is an exceptionally glamorous resort on the private island of Tetiaroa once owned by Marlon Brando, a 20-minute flight from Papeete by private aircraft. Thirty-five luxury one-, two- or three-bedroom thatched beachfront villas feature private decks with plunge pools, separate sitting rooms, media centers, spacious dressing areas and baths with outdoor tubs.