Europe, Hotels and resorts

Italy is a country synonymous with the word luxury. Its cities are glamourous, cultural hot-spots and its countryside is lush and vibrant. This is all made perfect by glorious by a wonderful Mediterranean climate, making Italy one of the most desirable travel destinations on Earth. Whether you choose to book into a five star hotel or take advantage of the many beautiful holiday villas in Italy, it’s certain to be an unforgettable trip. Here’s our guide to luxury Italian holidays.

Amalfi Coast

This scenic beauty is the perfect place to rent a villa to relax in as it offers resort towns and small fishing villages along its coastal stretch. Enjoy Positano, a picturesque town with a glorious beach and envious mountain stretch which provide breathtaking views. Hire a car and drive amongst the lemon groves or sample some fine Limoncello Liqueur which is exclusive to the coast. Amalfi is a town that’s bursting with life and provides much to see and do, including an impressive cathedral which is an architectural delight.

I personally recommend staying in Solerno which benefits from being less of a tourist destination as it is wonderfully traditional. Solerno has stunning beaches and magnificent scenery. There’s also much to see and do within the city, so you’ll be able to explore and get a real sense of the past of this historic city.

Sardinia

Situated off the west coast of Italy, Sardinia is a unique island. It offers a perfect blend of natural wonders with its white sand beaches and crystal clear seas with a strong cultural heritage. Visit Costa Smeralda to enjoy the glorious coastline which stretches on for 55km and is regularly sited as one of the world’s best beaches.  For a true spectacle, head for La Maddalena national park which is situated on the north of the island. This cluster of islands offer unspoilt beauty with its spectacular views. Take a day trip to explore nearby Capri, long the playground to the rich and famous. To explore Sardinian history visit the island’s capital, Cagliari.

The resorts at Porto Cervo and Porto Raphael offer the glamourous side of the island. Spend time relaxing at the marina and enjoying the finer side of life. At the heart of Porto Cervo, you’ll fine Cervo Hotel which I thoroughly recommend. This rustic hotel offers everything you would expect from a 5* hotel, including a gym, pool, tennis club and its own beauty salon. Prices start from £1056 per person per week.

Milan

Milan and luxury go hand in hand. The city is possibly best known as being a shopaholics’ paradise so a trip to its Fashion Quadrilatero is a must. Along these six streets is a homage to haute couture, with Gucci, Versace, Cartier, Prada and Armani all present and correct. Once your credit cards can take no more, explore some of the cultural sites Milan has to offer. The Duomo Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece which provides a peaceful and inspiring visit. Milan offers the chance to see Michelangelo’s last sculpture and Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at Santa Maria delle Grazie church.

For sheer opulence, I recommend staying at the Grand Hotel El De Milan. Dating back to 1863, this is one of the oldest hotels in Milan and was once home to the composer Verdi. It manages to mix contemporary style with an elegant and refined retro atmosphere. Located at the heart of the city, room prices start at £455 per night.