Marbella is always Costa Del Fabulous

April Showers?

If you’re headed to Europe in the early spring, you may be wondering where to go so you can catch a little bit of sun and al fresco dining. The season has not really begun on the Côte d’Azur, they are just opening the shutters and beginning to get the sun loungers out. The smart set in London who are not keen to drag themselves onto a long-haul flight or go to Dubai, have these little gems tucked up their carry-on sleeve.

Magical Morocco 21 – 25C

Magic carpet ride to Royal Mansour
Royal Mansour Marrakech

A seriously impressive magic carpet ride would have you landing at your very own palace fantasy. Look no further than the Royal Mansour in Marrakech, it’s a magical Medina that truly highlights the beauty, elegance and grace of traditional Moroccan hospitality. Hidden in a labyrinth of gardens, fountains, ornamental pools and cascades of blossoms you will find your very own Riad. This is a luxury hotel heaven on a different scale. From your own roof terrace, you can take in this exotic and delicious assault on the senses. If you choose to venture from home the vibrant colours, sounds and fragrances of the souk, the rugged grandeur of the Atlas Mountains are all awaiting you. Laetitia Trouillet can curate your shopping but don’t forget to pick up your suede loafers in every colour at Atika and stroll Yves St Laurent’s garden at Jardin Majorelle.

Costa del Fabulous 21 – 25C

Contrary to popular perceptions Marbella is not all white high heels, fake tans, and the only way is Essex, much the same as Ibiza is not all about clubbing. Carefully curated and pointed in the right direction, you can have a sublime and quietly romantic time at the right places. The exquisite Puente Romano is a sporting estate designed as an Andalusian village, right on the beach between Marbella and Puerto Banus. While it is a stunning retreat, it’s also guaranteed glamour. If you need art, pop to the Picasso Museum, if you want to do some beach club people watching, pull up poolside for drinks at the Puro Beach Club. If you need to seriously chill out, the resort is home to the fantastic Six Senses Spa.

Epic Italian Romance – 20C

If you’re an oenophile and lover of all things Italian, then retreat to the Castel Monastero in Tuscany because it’s just oozing in operatic scale romance. Imagine an 11thCentury medieval village that has been exquisitely restored into a luxurious and elegant home right in a vineyard.  Take a hot air balloon ride over Chianti or drive into Siena in a vintage open top car. Splash about in the pool at the spa or sit in the sun and sip on the finest wine. Tuscan cooking at its finest will have your taste buds soaring. You can, of course, do a wine tasting or learn how to replicate the fabulous cuisine by learning with the chef in the kitchen. The rooms and suites are inviting you in with the finest linens, plump pillows, and rural silence.

Marbella is always Costa Del Fabulous
Marbella

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.Saint Augustine of Hippo

Magic carpet ride to Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
Jardin Majorelle Marrakech
Under the Tuscan sun at Castel Monastero
Castel Monastero Tuscany

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