How We Find
One-of-a-Kind Hideaways

For 40 years, we have traveled the globe anonymously to discover exceptional hideaways and experiences for our members. How do we do it?
First, we cultivate a list of potential hideaway recommendations around the world, in both classic and emerging destinations.
search iconExtensive Research
member iconMember Tips
airplane iconIndustry Expertise
Second, we narrow the list to the top 150 hideaways to visit over the next 12 months.
money iconPay Our Own Way
undercover iconTravel Incognito
stay iconStay at Least Two Nights Per Hotel
no compensation iconNever Receive Compensation for
Third, we rate our hideaways on the following criteria:
earth iconDistinctive Character
service iconPersonal Service
wine iconExceptional Comfort
key iconUnique Experience
atmosphere iconTranquil Atmosphere
Group of Hotels

90-100 Rating System

Each hideaway we visit — the ones that meet our standards and those that fall below — are reviewed in a series of in-depth reports on each trip.
On average only 1 out of 3 hideaways visited earn our recommendation.