June 2015 Hideaway Report

Andrew Harper journeys through the palaces, forts, bazaars and tiger reserves of Rajasthan, India, and stops off to explore Midtown Manhattan and Long Island.


India: A Journey Through Rajasthan

From a palace hotel in Jaipur to a safari camp in Jawai, Andrew Harper journeys through the cities of Rajasthan, seeking out new luxury hotels to recommend.

Jaipur Restaurants

Many of India's best restaurants are to be found within the country's foremost hotels. Jaipur, however, has an unusually varied dining scene.

Rajasthani Textiles: Scarves and Shawls

Andrew Harper points to notable shops in Jaipur and Jodhpur in which to purchase exquisite scarves and shawls made from the finest Rajasthani textiles.

Jewelry in Jaipur

Jaipur, India, is the gemstone capital of the world and provides many suitable stores and workshops to purchase diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

Polo: Sport of the Maharajas

India is generally considered to be the birthplace of modern polo, and today the capital of Indian polo is Jaipur. Read on for more on modern polo in India.

Notable Rajasthan Festivals

Andrew Harper's Rajasthan events: Pushkar Camel Fair, Jaipur Literature Festival, World Sacred Spirit Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival.

Tiger Reserves: Ranthambore and Sher Bagh Camp

Andrew Harper discusses the famed Ranthambore National Park tiger reserves and points to hotels near the park, like the Sher Bagh safari-style camp.

A Hit and a Miss in Midtown Manhattan

The Baccarat is a dazzling addition to the somber canyons of Midtown, while The Knickerbocker on Times Square proved a considerable disappointment.

Theater Memorabilia in New York

Andrew Harper points to two shops that offer an impressive collection of New York City theater and Broadway memorabilia and souvenirs.

Pre-Theater Dining in New York City

The Theater District does not rank among New York's top dining destinations, yet it is possible to have a perfectly satisfying meal near a Broadway show.

Favorite Post-Show Cocktails in New York

These two Midtown Manhattan venues serve commendable cocktails in charming surroundings for a post-theater drink.

All-Time Favorite Midtown Hotels

Andrew Harper picks his favorite hotels for those wishing to stay in Midtown Manhattan, ideal for visiting the MoMA, The Morgan Library and Carnegie Hall.

Tranquil Manhattan Retreats: Midtown Libraries

Two of the world’s loveliest libraries are a short walk away from most of the main Midtown attractions.

A Stylish Long Island Refuge: Topping Rose House

Topping Rose House proved a delightful getaway from the hubbub of Manhattan.

New & Noteworthy, June 2015

Andrew Harper shares notables luxury travel news, like the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian, the reopening of The Lanesborough and a new St. Regis in Venice.

Last Word: Reader Survey 2015

Andrew Harper points his readers to the 2015 Readers' Choice Survey. Readers who fill out the survey will be entered to win a trip for two to Aspen.

Letter From the Editor, June 2015

Andrew Harper introduces the June Hideaway Report: an itinerary through Rajasthan, India, and a visit to New York with stops in Manhattan and Bridgehampton.

Photos: 8 Newly Recommended Hotels, June 2015

After traveling through Rajasthan, India, and New York in the June Hideaway Report, EIC Andrew Harper discovers eight new hotels to add to the Collection.

Baccarat Hotel Video

A video of our suite at the Baccarat Hotel in Midtown Manhattan as reviewed in the June 2015 issue of the Hideaway Report.