Five spots that should be on your destination hotlist.
EAT YOUR WAY AROUND ITALY
Food, fashion, architecture and culture? Italy has it all. For one of the country’s best-kept secrets and arguably ultimate foodie destination, head to Bologna, where you can gorge on artisan pastas of every variety, marvel at the medieval towers and Roman ruins that adorn the city and immerse yourself in culture at the MAMbo modern art museum. Just a short ride away, your fashion fix awaits at Fidenza Village, with the best of Italian and global luxury brands set within beautiful scenery inspired by the region’s rich cultural heritage, including theatrical stage sets from a selection of Verdi’s operas.
SOAK UP THE SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS
For a city with soul, there’s nothing quite like the Big Easy. French, American and African ancestry come together in this true melting pot of a destination, with its vibrant nightlife and its incredible food, art and – of course – music. Make like a local and try the barbecue shrimp and grits, and for your sweet fix, try sugar-dusted beignets. Then head to some of the city’s best bars on Frenchmen Street for a spot of funk, soul and blues.
TAKE A PUNT THROUGH OXFORD
Whether it’s punting down the river or wandering through cobbled streets, there’s something for everyone in the world-famous university city of Oxford. Picnic al fresco in the city’s beautiful parks, or why not venture further afield into the breathtaking countryside of the Cotswolds? You can also visit Bicester Village, less than 15 minutes away , for the world’s finest brands and delicious cuisine, including from farmshop restaurant & cafe by Soho House & Co. Pack light – you’re certain to leave heavily laden with goodies.
STAY CHIC IN THE CITY OF MADRID
Fancy a city break? Make Madrid next on your travel list. Summer is festival season, when the city comes alive with music and markets, not to mention rooftop bars. At night, the streets are packed with locals and tourists enjoying tapas and cocktails while dancing to live music: it’s the perfect destination to let your hair down. The next day, jump on the Shopping Express® and head to Las Rozas Village, a short hop away, for a spot of shopping and relaxation.
RELAX ON THE SANDS OF COMPORTA
Hailed as the new Ibiza, Comporta’s relaxed charm and ‘undiscovered’ beaches appeal to those looking for some time out to relax and recharge. Think eco-chic hotels, horse riding through sand dunes, and a spot of fishing in the local villages. Not surprisingly, fresh fish is the cuisine of choice, and goes well with the delicious local wines. Pack a good book or two, switch off your phone and reset: your mind and body will thank you.
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