Posted by: Ray | September 5, 2010

Luxury Travel Top Picks - Our Top Picks

From chic city boltholes for a culture-packed weekend to dreamy villas in jaw-dropping surroundings, the world is peppered with perfect places for getaways with bags of style.

Chillout – La Residencia, Mallorca
La Residencia is a golden-hued finca nestling in the wooded hillsides of a tiny village on the eastern coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca. This is one of our very favourite places to unwind. La Residencia will woo you with its sedate pace. Enjoy candlelit dinner al fresco with a view of the sun setting behind the mountains, the perfect end to a day of tennis on the pro courts, discovering the unspoilt countryside, spa treats and pilates classes.

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Emerald haven – St Regis, Bali
Set amid lush scented gardens, just steps from a pristine white beach, this is the ideal escape for those who want some time to themselves. With freshwater lagoons and snorkel heaven seas, this is a place to while away your days in close contact with nature. The resort offers many villas set in private gardens for the perfect Honeymoon.

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City chic – Hotel de Russie, Rome
If for you Italy conjures up art, haute couture and mouthwatering cuisine, then you’ll be headed to Rome, where all three collide in spectacular fashion. Dine at the aptly named Boccondivino (Divine Mouthful), take in the Spanish Steps, brought to the silver screen by Federico Fellini in La Dolce Vita. Stop by the Via Condotti for designer shopping and then relax in heavenly surroundings at one of Rome’s uberluxe Hotel de Russie.

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Exotic escape – Les Deux Tours, Marrakech
Set just outside of the hustle and bustle of Marrakech in expansive gardens studded with pools and fountains, this palatial house is a careful study of tradition and comfort. All rooms and suites have some authentic Moroccan features – mosaics, berber rugs, carved wood ceilings – and the restaurant is Michelin-starred. If you can leave the calm oasis of the gardens, then the souks of Marrakech are a short drive away, or head up into the glorious Atlas Mountains.

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