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Big Short Breaks

If you've only got a few nights to spare, you want to be sure that everything works seamlessly and every little detail is

taken care of - from the moment you touch down until the minute you depart. We'll ensure that happens.

Think of us as your own luxury travel concierge, but at prices the same or better than going direct - without the risk or the hassle. 

 

Whether you're after beach, culture, spa, mountains, surfing, epicurean delights, yoga, Aurora Borealis hunting, wildlife or wilderness,

we can sort everything for you. Working within your dates, budget and ingredients, we'll present you with some carefully thought through proposals, and fine tune your preferred option until you're 100% happy.

We feature a few ideas below, but suggest that the fastest and easiest way of getting your trip organised and booked is to give us

a call on 0203 019 3722 and chat through what you're looking for. We'll do the rest.  

With direct flights from UK to Tivat in Montenegro (2 hours 40 minutes) from late Spring to Autumn, there is now easy access to this extraordinary corner of the world. Stay in the sumptuous 5* Regent Porto Montenegro for the weekend and spend your time exploring the ancient walled town of Kotor (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and strolling the top-end branded boutiques dotted around the super-yacht marina. Special Offer: 3 nights for price of 2. Or dial up the luxury, the style and the price by choosing Aman Sveti Stefan instead.

 

If you wish to visit the larger but equally magical Old Town of Dubrovnik, across the border in Croatia, it's a 90 minute trip by car. Alternatively, for something even more scenic - bearing in mind the awesome mountain landscape that plunges straight to the water's edge - we can organise boat transfers to both Kotor and Dubrovnik if you prefer. 

Join the smart Athenians before everyone else discovers this place. Set on the exclusive Vouliagmeni peninsula, The Margi is walking distance to two of the Athenian Riviera’s most beautiful sandy beaches and beach clubs, whilst Athens and the Acropolis are only half an hour away. Luxury accommodation, elegant styling, chic and glamorous courtyard swimming pool, excellent poolside dining, stylish cabanas, and a wonderful little spa. Fabulous from Spring to Autumn and only 3.5 hours away. Have a look around The Margi Athenian Riviera

The Margi features in our hand-picked selection of the Best Boutique Beach Hotels in Europe

Stockholm offers an abundance of fabulous things to see and do. It's packed with art galleries, museums, water-ways, cobbled streets, designer boutiques, lively bars and exceptional restaurants. You can explore on foot, bikes or boats - or a combination of all three! In fact, with so much to see and do, you might like to take advantage of one of our expert guides. For those that want to see the islands beyond the city, we could organise a rib or sail boat tour around the archipelago. Stay at the seductively stylish Ett Hem, a bijou 12 bedroom 'home from home' in Stockholm’s upmarket Lärkstaden neighbourhood or chic and cheap Hotel J on the waterfront, 15 minutes by ferry to central Stockholm. Don't just think of Stockholm as a May to September destination; it's also great for a pre-Christmas getaway. See our ideas for the Best Boutique Hideaways in Sweden

For adventure travellers seeking an exceptional experience, The Ice Hotel and Treehotel combination should definitely feature on your Bucket List. The Northern Lights has to be one of nature's most incredible light spectacles and the extraordinary accommodation on this magical 5 night itinerary just adds to the show. We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Consider our suggested 5 Night Winter Adventure in Swedish Lapland

The boutique hotel that Menorca has been crying out for, Torralbenc is a charming hideaway in a beautifully converted and modernised former 19th century finca in the south west of the island, within easy striking distance of some of the island’s finest beaches. And, if you've only got time for a long weekend, it's good to know that it's just over 2 hours flying time from London to Menorca and this chic bolthole is only 15 minutes from the airport and the same distance from the harbour scene in Mahon. 4 nights from around £425 per person, including flights and transfers. Torralbenc features in our selection of Brilliant Balearic Boltholes

 

Marrakech for winter sunshine and exotic culture

Fabulous winter destination for sunshine and it's so wildly different from anything in northern Europe that it's extraordinary it's only 3.5 hours away. Stay at a riad in the world famous Medina (perhaps at Villa des Orangers), to explore the souks, or just outside the pink city walls in the Palmeraie (you can't beat Palais Namaskar) to relax by the pool or, if you want lots of facilities (including tennis and golf) The Royal Palm is superb. Head up in to the Atlas Mountains (maybe Kasbah Tamadot) for serene peace and sensational landscape - just an hour away. 

 

We know all the best options in and outside Marrakech and will gladly advise the perfect choice for you. 3 nights from around £650 per person sharing, including flights and transfers. Why not take a look at our hand-picked selection of the Best Hotels, Resorts & Boutique Hideaways in Morocco 

It's an easy 2 hour 30 minute flight to Lisbon in sunny southern Portugal. Stay in town at one of our recommended boutique hideaways or, if you want to combine lounging by the pool, spa and yoga, and exploring the local beaches, stay just outside at Palácio Estoril on the Portugese Riviera between Lisbon and Cascais or, for pine forests and truly awesome near-deserted beaches, head an hour south to the aptly named Sublime Comporta for a sophisticated beach retreat. Both have easy access to central Lisbon. For more ideas, see our suggestions for the Best Places to Stay in Portugal

Grace Santorini is a gorgeous boutique hotel (just 21 rooms and suites) located high on the island’s famous caldera - perfectly positioned to enjoy Santorini’s famously spectacular sunsets. Grace Santorini is an incredibly romantic place to stay. Exuding an air of tranquillity, with white-washed walls, stunning infinity pool and luxury accommodation (all rooms have large terraces with private plunge pools), this magical hideaway is an excellent choice for a big short break with your other half from late April to late October. 

4 nights from around £1,070 per person sharing a Deluxe Room, including breakfast and private airport transfers. It's a 4 hour flight from London, followed by a 15 minute transfer. 

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Often referred to as The Venice of the North, St Petersburg is around 3 and a half hours flying time from London and a wonderful choice of destination for art lovers. Probably at its best in April/May or September/October - although many swear by its virtues in the depth of its freezing winters. Whenever you choose to visit, we highly recommend taking advantage of one of our highly professional guides (very handy for skipping the queues too!) so you can learn about and get access to all the key highlights of this extraordinary city. One of our favourite places to stay here is the elegant and superbly located Hotel Astoria St Petersburg

If you have the time, why not let us organise combining your stay in Russia with a night or two in Moscow?

Just south of Bordeaux, Les Sources de Caudalie takes the pleasures derived from grapes to a whole new level. Set amongst the world renowned vineyards of Château Smith Haute Lafite and with easy access to the vineyards of the Graves, as well as those in the Médoc, Sauternes, Pomerol, and Saint-Emilion, this fabulously elegant and utterly luxurious boutique hideaway also happens to be one of the world's leading destination spas, and is famous for pioneering Vinothérapie. Essentially, this little known gem is all about indulgence, further evidenced by the fact that its signature restaurant - La Grande Vigne - has two Michelin stars. So, this place is perfect for gastronomes too!

It's a quick flight to Bordeaux from London (1 hour 40 minutes) followed by an easy 20 minute transfer. Discover the delights of Les Sources de Caudalie

The gorgeous Monastero Santa Rosa is perched high up on Europe's most romantic coastline, and its wonderful spa can keep you in heavenly bliss for days on end. There are just 20 crisp, elegant rooms and suites.  We recommend booking one with its own private terrace - all the better for enjoying the far reaching panoramic views. The Amalfi Coast is best enjoyed outside the peak summer season and makes a fabulous late Spring or early Autumn getaway when the temperatures aren't too extreme and the heaving throngs of tourists have gone home - enabling you to enjoy the pleasures of Ravello and Positano, if you feel so inclined. Another great option here is the sublime Palazzo Avino, with its own private beach club. For more inspiration, see our suggestions for the Best Boutique Hotels & Resorts in Italy

Geologically the world's newest country, Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and geothermal baths and, for those lucky enough to see them, the magical Northern Lights. Iceland is a popular destination for a winter short break as it's the best time to see the Aurora Borealis. Spend daylight hours exploring Reykjavik (there are lots of great restaurants and bars) and bathing in the thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, or stay in the countryside.

 

It's just over 3 hours flying time from the UK, so pack your warmest kit and get ready to experience (fingers crossed!) one of nature's most awe inspiring events. 3 nights from around £1,400 per person, including flights and transfers. Stay somewhere like Hotel Ion for winter Aurora Borealis spotting (best from October to March) or unique summer adventures.

Originating as a superlative Japanese restaurant, Nobu is now an international hotel portfolio and the 'white island' is the latest to be blessed with Nobu’s acclaimed cuisine and refined style. Indeed, guests at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay can choose from four restaurants, including a signature Nobu restaurant. There's direct beach access, two fresh water swimming pools, a fabulous Six Senses spa, gym, yoga pavilion, and a concierge to arrange excursions on land and sea.  It's just under 2.5 hours flying time from London, followed by an easy 15 minute transfer from the airport.  3 nights from around £700 per person sharing on B&B basis, including flights and transfers. Take a look around Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay Nobu features in our selection of Brilliant Balearic Boltholes

Le Mas Candille is a wonderful boutique hideaway on the edge of the gorgeous and typically Provençal medieval village of Mougins. Set in 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and olive groves, this lovely little hotel has a spa, hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, 2 restaurants (one with a Michelin star) - all with panoramic and far reaching views of the Mougins valley. Cannes, the capital of the Cote D'Azur, is just 5 miles away - making Le Mas Candille an excellent choice if you want to experience the buzz of the French Riviera in a relaxed,

stylish and quietly sophisticated manner.

It's just a 2 hour flight from London, followed by an easy 30 minute transfer. 4 nights from around £775 per person sharing on B&B basis, including flights and transfers. Please see Le Mas Candille

On the water's edge and set amidst pine, orange and lemon trees, Villa Dubrovnik is a boutique hideaway, with contemporary styling, superb service and top class accommodation, plus spectacular views of Dubrovnik Old Town and Lokrum island. We think this is the top place to stay in Dubrovnik, and love the complimentary boat transfer by a classic Riva to the Old Town.

4 nights from around £700 per person (low season) sharing a Deluxe Room on a bed and breakfast basis, including flights and private airport transfers. It's a 2 hour 40 minute flight from London, followed by a 40 minute transfer. Find out more about Villa Dubrovnik

Check out our hand-picked collection of the Best Hotels & Boutique Hideaways in Croatia

We recommend a selection of outstanding hotels in Venice, but none finer than Hotel Cipriani, one of Venice's most celebrated hotels with panoramic views across the lagoon to Piazza San Marco. Thanks to its location on Giudecca island (but still just a quick boat ride to the heart of Venice) Hotel Cipriani has an unusual amount of space, including manicured gardens, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, the Casanova Spa, and three fabulous restaurants. 

3 nights from around £1,500 per person, including breakfast and private airport transfers. It's only a 2 hour flight to Venice from London, followed by a 30 minute private water taxi directly to the hotel from the airport dock. See Hotel Cipriani Venice

Four Seasons have just opened their first mountain destination in Europe. Facing Mont Blanc and conveniently located just 40 miles from Geneva, Megève is a sophisticated and elegant boutique ski resort, offering more than 130 groomed Alpine runs and powdery off-piste terrain. As Megève’s first hotel to offer direct access to the Mont d’Arbois slopes, the 55 room Four Seasons Hotel Megève is nestled into the base of Mont d’Arbois’ soaring mountainside, creating a luxurious haven for skiers directly on the Alpine range. But don't just come here for the skiing - the number of exceptional and Michelin-starred restaurants in the village is extraordinary.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Megève is open for the winter ski season from mid December to mid April. It then closes until the start of the summer season which runs from 1 June to 30 September. Under an hour from Geneva. 

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