With Europe and North Africa on the doorstep you don’t need to fly far to find another world. Re-invigorate yourself with a winter weekend of dog sledding in Svalbard or head south in spring and summer for rafting, walking, biking and even riding Lipizzaners in Slovenia. 

The ever-lovely Amalfi coast lures couples for romantic trips to the glamourous island of Capri, perhaps with proposals in mind, while Seville offers some welcome heat and hi-jinks during April’s fiesta season. For a break that combines the urban and the wild, Marrakech is perfect. Stay in a traditional Moroccan riad in the old medina while you explore the many treasures of the souk before heading out for a night or two in the foothills of Mount Toubkal.

See below for some of the most popular short-break destinations or contact our specialists and let us help you to arrange your next trip.

Best Hotels & Resorts for Short Breaks

Rosa Alpina

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Italy

With an enviable location in heart of the picturesque Dolomite village of San Cassiano, Rosa Alpina is the perfect luxury lodge.

Italy

On the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is steeped in history, surrounded by fabulous gardens with unparalleled views over the lake to Bellagio and the Grigne Mountains.

Portrait Firenze

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Italy

Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, close to the Uffizi, surrounded by fabulous restaurants tucked into charming side-streets, chic Portrait Firenze is right in the very heart of the city.

Cap Rocat

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Gardens of Cap Rocat, Mallorca Mallorca, Spain

Set in a cliffside haven in Palma Bay, Cap Rocat was dramatically transformed from fort to luxury hotel, retaining its architectural integrity, with drawbridge, bunkers and trenches.

Le Bristol Paris

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New garden of Le Bristol in Paris, France France

One of Paris' perpetual icons and top luxury hotels, Le Bristol rubs shoulders with Hermes and Lanvin in the heart of the arts and fashion district on rue Faubourg St Honoré.

Outdoor swimming pool with view of Hotel Crillon le Brave, France France

Situated in the foothills of Mont Ventoux, Hotel Crillon le Brave has character and charm in abundance, just a stone's throw from the greatest names in wine - Chateauneuf du Pape topping the list.

View from suite at Santiago Alfama, Lisbon Portugal

Recently transformed into one of Lisbon's finest boutique hotels, Santiago de Alfama is a striking and imposing 15th century building in the wonderfully time-worn district of Alfama.

Dar Zemora

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The pool and sunbeds at Dar Zemora Morocco

In a birdsong-filled garden in the highly desirable Palmeraie, is Dar Zemora. Just a short hop from the Medina, with only 6 rooms, this intimate property is a welcome haven.

Best Short Break Itineraries

A Long Weekend in Oman

5 Days
from £1,195
per person
The swimming pool of Chedi Oman Oman
Four nights under the sun, on the shores of the Arabian Sea, staying in great comfort at The Chedi Muscat, with time to explore the fascinating city and snorkel in the fish-rich waters.

Adventure in Svalbard

6 Days
from £3,994
per person
Svalbard dogs in Norway Norway
Nothing beats the unique thrill of racing past glaciers on a snow mobile or mushing with a team of dogs. This adventure explores the arctic landscapes of Svalbard, with imagination and in style.
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