Planning a short break? SL’s travel guru Jeannette Arnold has rounded up the destinations that should be top of your travel wish-list. From our very own Bath to the high-end glamour of Paris, here’s the list to bookmark for the best short-haul getaways, whether you’re blowing the budget or looking for some luxe for less.
The Gainsborough, Bath
With its grand, honey-stone Georgian architecture, well-preserved Roman bathhouses, burgeoning independent food scene and distinctive continental vibe, Bath ticks all the boxes for the perfect short break. If you’re contemplating a visit, head to newly opened The Gainsborough, where you can experience the famed natural thermal water in its very own spa and stay in clean-lined, artfully-decorated rooms sure to please discerning travellers.
Rooms from £285
Astoria7 Hotel, San Sebastian
San Sebastian – a beachside city in Northern Spain – is a foodie mecca. If you’re always dining out and looking for the latest gastro opening, this is the ideal destination for you. With Michelin-starred restaurants in abundance (book ahead) you can tuck into some of the world’s best tapas (known locally as pintxos) and sample Spanish wines galore. Make the Astoria7 your base after all that eating, once a cinema, it now has rooms devoted to a different film star.
Rooms from €79
Fans of the ME Hotel in London (home to the chic Radio Rooftop Bar) will be equally taken with the ME, Milan, a fusion of traditional and contemporary Italian design. Check in to any of its 132 rooms (we favour the impressive Suite ME with private terrace overlooking the Piazza della Repubblica) and you’ll be perfectly placed for both sightseeing and relaxing.
Rooms from €350