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Exclusive Q&A with Andrew Harper

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A few weeks ago, I revealed a little about the famously incognito hotel reviewer Andrew Harper, publisher of the exclusive Hideaway Report. This week, I’m sharing the results of a short interview on his favorite subject—hotels, of course.

Q: Do you have a favorite hotel?
A: “For general excellence over several decades it is hard to beat The Oriental in Bangkok. Also, a place that changed the travel world and which is consistently superb is Singita, the famous safari lodge in South Africa. And the Amanresorts group inspires constant admiration for its innovation and exquisite aesthetics.”

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Who is Andrew Harper Anyway?

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You’ve probably seen him before. He’s the tall, quiet man traveling alone. He won’t talk to you first, but he’ll be polite if you approach him. He’s trying to blend in after all, and so far “Andrew Harper” has done an excellent job of it. In his 30 years of traveling incognito with the mission of reporting the world’s finest hotels, resorts and restaurants in his members-only newsletter Hideaway Report, no one has ever guessed his identity.

“There have been times that hoteliers have taken me on one side, pointed out an individual dining alone and confidently identified him as Andrew Harper!” He writes in an email (so I can’t, unfortunately, report on his voice).

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