The Amalfi Coast is an enchanting combination of great beauty and spellbinding drama: coastal mountains plunge into the sea creating a thrilling backdrop to the pastel-hued villages carved into the hillsides. Through this beguiling landscape ebb and flow spectacular corniche roads. We think this is the ultimate road-trip location so why not fly into Naples, collect your vintage Italian soft-top and wind your way through Italy’s most scenic stretch of coastline…

 

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Where to stay

It has to be one of Italy’s most iconic hotels, Le Sirenuse. This charming hotel overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean is a true oasis of tranquility offering spectacular views of the Bay of Positano. The hotel’s 58 rooms and suites retain the personal touches of a private residence and ooze understated elegance.

What to do

Take in the sights of Salerno, Ravello, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano and Sorrento

The spectacular Duomo di Sant’Andrea is a cultural treat

Ditch the car for a while and take the popular walk along the Valle dei Mulini

Enjoy a boat trip to the stunning marine cave Grotta dello Smeraldo

Find the perfect photo opportunity at the Vallone di Furore – one of the region’s most impressive gorges.

We Love

Sampling crisp, fruity whites and vibrant reds at Cantine Marisa Cuomo winery. Tucked into the cliffs of Fuore, the 25 acres of lush, terraced vineyards enjoy spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

A 4-night stay late April in Le Sirenuse costs from £1,772pp redsavannah.com

 

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The Luxury City Break

Victor Hugo famously wrote “Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.” There is certainly no denying that no one does style quite like the Parisians. For chic, understated luxury where else could we suggest?

Where to stay

Tucked away on Avenue Gabriel, La Réserve is a fabulous, beyond luxurious 19th-century mansion. A stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, with captivating views of the Grand Palais and Eiffel Tower, La Réserve is becoming the place to be and be seen in the City of Light.

What to do

Treasure hunt in graceful Place Vendôme. Lose yourself in boutiques like Chanel, Van Cleef and Arpel, Cartier and Tiffany & Co

Check out the art galleries of Saint Germain

Eat at La Table D’Eugene in the 18th arrondissement.

The challenge is what to choose from the flawless menu of contemporary French food

Immerse yourself in Paris’s golden triangle of shoes on the Left Bank. On Rue de Grenelle you’ll find the likes of Michel Perry, Giuseppi Zanotti, Sergio Rossi, Prada, YSL, and Christian Louboutin

Want something different? Naïla de Monbrison, a tiny gallery near the National Assembly, showcases striking contemporary artists’ jewellery.

We love

Cocktails at Sherry Butt. Hidden behind a discreet façade on a Marais side street, this stylish cocktail bar will delight.

We recommend a ‘Belle en Bulle’ (pisco, pear syrup, lemon and Champagne).

Rooms at La Reserve start from £960 per night.

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The Romantic Gesture

It will come as no surprise that we have chosen The Maldives as the ultimate romantic destination. Known for perfect white beaches, sparkling turquoise lagoons and exquisite coral reefs, the 26 stunning atolls that make up The Maldives spread across the Indian Ocean like a charm. Each island is only ever home to one resort, ensuring seclusion, relaxation and the perfect mood for romance.

Where to stay

Cocoa Island by Como is situated on the tiny island of Makunufushi, part of the South Malé atoll and is conveniently located 40 minutes from Malé by speedboat. The 33 stunning overwater villas each have a private terrace bedecking the turquoise expanse of the Indian Ocean.

What to do

Well apart from enjoying each other’s company try:

Relaxing at the COMO Shambhala spa which offers holistic wellness and Asian-inspired therapies as well as world class yoga facilities

Enjoying Southeast Asian and Mediterranean dishes at Ufaa restaurant

Private dining in a selection of romantic locations around the island

Taking advantage of the diving to explore the vibrant marine life.

We love

The private catamaran trips and experiencing completely secluded snorkeling spots accessible only by boat.

Villas at Cocoa island by Como start from $810 per night.

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The Shopping Trip

You would be forgiven for thinking we would plump for New York, but who wants to be predictable! And there is nothing quite like the bustle of the Kasbah and the thrill of a good barter to release the shopping endorphins.

Where to stay

La Sultana Marrakech is the smallest five-star deluxe hotel in Marrakesh. Situated in the heart of the cultural Médina, it provides an oasis of calm, whilst still being within walking distance of all the main attractions. The hotel comprises of five separate riads, cleverly blended to house the luxury bedrooms and suites, as well as the sumptuous award-winning spa.

What to do

Visit the famous Saadian Tombs, the Royal Palaces and the Bahia Palace

Explore the main square of Jemaa el-Fnaa surrounded by its endless labyrinth of souks for a frenetic shopping experience!

An urban safari is worth trying too.

We love

Sundowners on La Sultana’s rooftop terrace. Set high above the Souks, nothing beats watching the sun set on The Red City with a Cactus Mojito in hand.

Seven nights in Marrakech start from £1,230 per person redsavannah.com

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With its rugged and dramatic landscape, it can be easy to forget you are in the UK when you visit Ayrshire. Situated in the west of Scotland on the Firth of Clyde, its untamed landscape has inspired many a poet, not least of all Scotland’s most famous Bard, Robert Burns. The stunning scenery and wealth of history make it a perfect place to unwind, away from the pressures of modern living.

Where to stay

Glenapp Castle, resplendent with fairy-tale turrets and glowing sandstone crenellations, sits proudly in its landscape at the end of a long, undulating road. The castle’s regal suites, complete with fourposter beds, cosy fires and awe-inspiring views, are the perfect place to enjoy some down time.

What to do

Burns country has an abundance of castles and historic houses to explore – don’t miss impressive Culzean Castle, Blairquhan Castle and the ruin of Dunure Castle

Explore the Scottish Maritime Museum

Indulge in a round of golf at one of Scotland’s most prestigious clubs, take your pick from Turnberry, Royal Troon or Prestwick

Walk the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The route runs from Glenapp to Largs and offers breath-taking views of Ailsa Craig and the Isles of Arran.

 

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