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Italy: Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast

Perched on a hilltop amongst orange and lemon groves, this family-run five-star - with its warm hospitality, exquisite food and views out to sea – is charm personified, says Olivia McLearon

Restaurant review: Timberyard, Edinburgh

Housed in a 19th-century warehouse, this family-run eatery – with its unusual ingredients, clever cooking and imaginative drinks menu – makes for a memorable night out, says Carine Seitz

USA: The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York

Scavenger hunts, indoor mini golf, tennis clinics, wakesurfing… you name it, this lakeside resort offers it, not to mention a stunning location and spacious rooms. Little surprise it’s been welcoming guests for over a century, says Sunshine Flint

Italy: Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia

This Italian number continues to attract a well-heeled crowd thanks to its glamorous heritage, impeccable service and tantalising cuisine. Kate Chambers is seduced

Spa review: Fletcher’s Cottage Spa, East Lothian, Scotland

A bath in a hut in the midst of a Scottish estate may not be everyone’s cup of herbal tea. But, says Carine Seitz, it’s just one of myriad reasons why this spa is the ultimate pampering hotspot

Greece: Canaves Oia, Santorini

Set in one of Greece’s most romantic locations, this grown-up retreat delivers a discreet, finely-tuned luxury service to starry-eyed couples, says Bryony Coleman – not to mention sunsets that will make you swoon

France: Domaine de Manville, Provence

With its honey-stoned walls, beguiling blue pool and scented gardens, this super stylish hotel ticks all the right boxes for Kate Chambers. Not to mention the very French spa and sunny breakfast conservatory

Spa review: Herb House Spa, Limewood, New Forest

Whether you’re into lavender, lymphatic drainage and lying horizontal or are more interested in grabbing the kettlebells and kicking ass, this haven of a spa is impressive by any standards, says Kate Chambers

Restaurant review: Dalloway Terrace, London

Elle Blakeman satisfies her literary side at this hidden English garden in the heart of Bloomsbury

Spain: Finca Cortesin, Andalucia

With a superb spa, Michelin-starred restaurant and world-class golf course, this Andalucian getaway is a glamarous getaway – even if you’re not a golf fan. Laury Smith is already planning her next visit

Greece: Kensho Boutique Hotel & Suites, Mykonos

Tucked into a hillside away from the island’s jetset crowds, this newly-built haven is the perfect spot for a serene, sophisticated and sunshine-filled break. Bryony Coleman checks in

New York: Viceroy

Despite its Midtown location, this tall, dark and very handsome boutique hotel oozes sleek Downtown style. Anisha Patel falls head over heels

South Africa: Fancourt, George, Western Cape

It may boast Africa’s leading golf course, but with four pools, as many restaurants, an acclaimed spa and exemplary accommodation, this relaxed resort isn’t all about teeing off. Ianthe Butt checks in

South Africa: Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town

Majestic mountains at the rear and the glittering ocean on its doorstep make this boutique hotel the perfect place to get back to nature. Ianthe Butt is enchanted

Greece: Elounda Bay Palace, Crete

This high-flying resort ticks all the dreamy Greek island retreat boxes with lush green gardens, a glittering spa and jaw-dropping sea views. Anisha Patel gets swept away

Italy: Castello Del Nero, Tuscany

Whether it’s relaxing at the only ESPA spa in Tuscany, truffle-hunting with a local guide or learning to cook Italian, this boutique retreat in the Chianti countryside has something for even the most discerning guest, says Olivia McLearon

10 quiet places in New York

As her book on peaceful spots in the Big Apple is published, writer and artist Siobhan Wall shares her tips on where to find ten of the most tranquil places to walk, eat and visit in this lively city

Ireland: Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

Remote, romantic and ripe for inspiration, it’s little wonder this country house hotel is a popular spot for literary folk. But, as Angelina Villa-Clarke discovers, all that charm means it’s easy for writers to get distracted

Around the world in Shakespeare’s plays

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this April, Sarah Drumm rounds up the best destinations to honour the Bard’s works and bring his plays to life

UK: Old Town Hall House, Norfolk

This boutique guest house on the north Norfolk coast comes with an abundance of style and comfort – and with a top chef and his wife running the show, the breakfasts are out of this world. Harriet Cooper is impressed

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