Sonoma, CA (PRWEB) May 19, 2006
Andrew Harper, famed among affluent travelers for his incognito searches for the best accommodations worldwide, has added several BeautifulPlaces properties to his recently introduced Harpers Q Club Signature Villas and Yachts portfolio (http://www.andrewharpertravel.com).
His company, Andrew Harper Travel, bills itself as “the ultimate authority on luxury travel and hotels.” Harper has gained a reputation among travelers for his two-decade practice of visiting notable destinations worldwide incognito to see for himself if they live up to luxury standards. He lists only those properties that meet his criteria.
BeautifulPlaces is a wine-and-food-oriented lodging company that markets and manages the rental of Napa and Sonoma villas to travelers seeking memorable, unique wine country experiences. Founded in 2003, the company now has more than 40 homes in its collection, which is the largest of its kind in Northern California.
“We’re extremely gratified by Harper’s decision to include us in its collection of signature homes,” says Patrick Smith, BeautifulPlaces president and CEO. “We see it as recognition by an industry leader that we’ve reached the very high standards we set for ourselves three years ago.”
“Andrew Harper’s Q Club welcomes Beautiful Places to our Signature Villa collection,” says Jim Haupt, Executive Director of the club. “This is an exceptional grouping of concierge-style homes for the discriminating traveler. To qualify as a Signature Home, the rental must offer superior services and a professional staff to insure that guest stays are an extraordinary experience.”
Eos Airlines Chairman David Pottruck, a member of BeautifulPlaces’ advisory board, agrees that the partnership is a good one. “There’s a growing travel market of discriminating, affluent food-and-wine lifestyle enthusiasts,” he says, “and Harper’s inclusion of BeautifulPlaces homes in his new collection shows how aware he is of that trend. It’s a tribute to BeautifulPlaces’ concept and execution that its villas fit Harper’s luxury criteria so well.”
BeautifulPlaces (http://www.beautiful-places.com) is listed on the Harper web site under “Harper Villas” in the subsection titled “Signature Homes – California.”