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Hotel Villa Belvedere, Taormina, Sicily

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Villa Belvedere is a charming boutique hotel, located just a few minutes from Taormina’s lively town centre and world-famous Greco-Roman Theatre. Both are easily reached through the inspiring and panoramic Duca di Cesarò botanical gardens.

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Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Italy

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On the coastal side of Tuscany, not too far from Grosseto, there’s a small Island called Monte Argentario – almost an island, once it was but now it’s connected to the mainland by a train line and road, … Read more →

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Adler Spa Resort Thermae, Italy

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A spa hotel isn’t always my first choice when I go on holiday, mostly because I just love being outdoors too much and never spend enough time actually making the most of the facilities. However, the ADLER Spa … Read more →

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Hotel Excelsior, Venice Lido, Italy

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If you haven’t been to Venice, I’d forgive you for thinking it’s a gloriously romantic city, where the water sparkles against a picture-perfect backdrop. The truth is it’s expensive, busy and the water isn’t sparkling blue. In fact, … Read more →

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Villa Capanne, Umbria, Italy

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Sitting on the top of the Antognolla Valley, in Northern Umbria, Villa Capanne is a 600-year-old farmhouse, which has been carefully restored to retain its original charm. The property is nestled on the edge of the Antognolla EstateRead more →

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Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy

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If Portofino is the jewel of north-west Italy’s beautifully embellished coastline, then Belmond Hotel Splendido is its crown. One of the must-stops on the world luxury circuit, it has been the magnet for Europe’s beau monde for decades … Read more →

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Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

Eva Gizowska heads to Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat in the West Midlands for an autumnal spa break…

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Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat is set amongst seventy-four acres of vibrant, parkland greenery and woodland in the heart of … Read more →

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Masseria Torre Coccaro, Puglia

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The Puglia region of Southern Italy is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, its excellent cuisine, and its authentic white-walled Italian towns unsullied by mass tourism. But maybe its most intriguingly unique feature is the proliferation of ‘masseria’; historic … Read more →

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Villa San Martino, Puglia

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Puglia, the bottom heel of Italy’s famous ‘boot’ is home to many a hidden gem, and one of its most dreamily beautiful (though hopefully now slightly less hidden) is the Villa San Martino. Just a few kilometres from … Read more →

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Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata

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You may know Francis Ford Coppola as godfather (or more accurately director) of…well, ‘The Godfather’. The award-winning, pioneer film-maker is also, perhaps more surprisingly, a hotelier, and the Palazzo Margherita – hidden away behind a wooden door so … Read more →

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