Go swimming, Italy
Sometimes it takes more than knockout design, superb service and mattresses fit for a maharajah: Mr & Mrs Smith like a somewhere to dip their toes once in a while. Nothing beats watching the sunset over cocktails on a pool terrace – we've even been known to go swimming occasionally. So, we've splashed our way around our collection to find hotels with pools: plunge, private or infinity-edged; set in gardens or amid ruins; with swim-up bars or clear glass walls – each one the perfect place to show off your swimwear. Come on in; the water's lovely…
Experience a regal stay with four nights at Borgo Egnazia, a modern-day castle on Puglia's sunswept seashore. Here, you'll find a collection of sumptuous white-on-cream villas arranged like a traditional village, a knock-out spa, delectable Pugliese cuisine and a traditional cookery school.
Worth getting out of bed for
– Explore nearby historic hilltop villages with Adriatic views
– Shuttle down to one of the hotel's two affiliated beach clubs
– Hit the links at the ocean-view San Domenico golf course