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Room with a Winter View: Nira Montana, Italy

Waking up to views of towering Mont Blanc is a pretty magnificent way to start the day. With thick blankets of powder snow against rugged mountains and deep forests, it’s a scene you won’t be able to help falling in love with. But it has beauty and convenience, for the hotel is in an ideal spot for winter sport junkies who can’t wait to take to the slopes (a shuttle ride away) but who also need to luxuriate in comfort after the day’s exertions. Wannabe ski junkies can get up to speed quickly too – ski and snowboard lessons with a trained instructor are available. Nira Montana in La Thuile, Italy. niramontana.com

Room with a Winter View: Chalet Dorian, France

Here’s an idea of what lies under all that snow in Megève. At this private chalet, which has enough room for 12, you can lap up sprawling views over town and across at the mountains over three floors. Although the interiors encourage snuggling up inside by the fire with the curtains drawn, tall windows and wide sliding doors beckon you to admire the landscape wherever you are in the chalet until you’ve been successfully lured outside. But in or out, you’ll be treated like a king – concierge services by Le Collectionist means you can call in housekeeping, a nanny or even a chef at your whim. Chalet Dorian in Megève, France. lecollectionist.com

More in Morocco: Mazagan Beach Resort

Go on. Go against the grain and take yourself beyond Marrakesh when you’re musing about Morocco. For those who want to go beyond the Red City (so-called because of Marrakesh’s sunburnt-hued walls), Casablanca is a great shout. It’s ideal for culture vultures who thrive on exploring new cities but who insist on doing so in style and luxury. Meet your hotel match in the form of the grand Mazagan Beach Resort which boasts an array of upscale bars and restaurants to suit any mood and appetite. Modern rooms come with a touch of Moroccan-fare so you always feel culturally immersed without foregoing a bit of luxury. (Mazagan Beach Resort, 24000, Casablanca, Morocco. Double rooms cost from £143 on a bed and breakfast basis and from £232 for full board. T: +212 5 2338 8000. mazaganbeachresort.com)

The Hoxton, Amsterdam

HOXTON HOPPING The team who brought Hoxton to Holborn has now brought its east London cool to Amsterdam. Well, why not? Sitting canal-side in what was once home to a former Mayor of Amsterdam is The Hoxton hotel’s first offering outside of London. Featuring a dose of the traditional in its dark woods, original ceiling beams, muted palettes and vintage-style bathrooms, the hotel offers style and comfort for those who enjoy city living without breaking the bank. There’s a restaurant too – Lotti’s, run in partnership Soho House Group, which offers Italian dishes with a sprinkling of Dutch influences. (The Hoxton in Herengracht, Amsterdam. thehoxton.com)

Velassaru, The Maldives

DIVE INTO THE MALDIVES If you can’t get enough of the water and would jump at the chance to spend all of your waking hours in it, you will find yourself right at home in this Water Suite at Velassaru. Being surrounded by glistening blue Indian Ocean waters should be enough temptation, but should you not want to jump off the deck, you can satisfy yourself with a paddle in the private infinity pool, or bask in the oversized bathtub, both of which have stunning views into those very waters anyway. It’s a win-win-win situation. (Velassaru in Male in the Maldives. velassaru.com)

Naantali Spa, Finland

LET’S TAKE IT OUTSIDE If only all outdoor pools could provide such bliss and sense of wellbeing all-year round, through sunshine or snow. Down at Naantali Spa, along Finland’s south-west coast, is a traditional spa with a vast, open-air pool that is kept at 30-degrees, boasting stunning views of the natural Finnish woodlandscape. Built in a former monastery town, the spa maintains a sense of serenity and shouldn’t have any problem easing away all your stresses thanks to one Roman bath, five saunas and some 100-odd treatment options. (Naantali Spa in Naantali, Finland. naantalispa.fi)

W South Beach, Florida

THE ARTFUL LODGER It’s hard to tire of sun, sea and sand but when you do fancy a change of scenery, Miami Beach lets you do so in a flash. Even the buzzy, beachfront W South Beach hotel offers more than just spectacular ocean views, dramatic swimming pools and a stylish place to rest your head, there’s a treasure trove of much-coveted American artwork on display inside the building too, including those by Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel and George Condo. (W South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida. wsouthbeach.com)

The Clocktower at The New York EDITION

TIME TO DINE Granted, it’s far to travel for the food alone but when in New York, it’s reassuring to know there’s somewhere you can head to when you’re missing the comfort of British food. The Clocktower, Jason’s Atherton’s first US restaurant, graces The New York EDITION hotel with a menu of hearty dishes and a 300-bottle wine list. Overlooking Madison Square Park, the restaurant is a handsome fusion of oak and mahogany interiors with gold leaf-framed black and white photographs and flashes of rose, electric blue and lime green seating to define each of the dining rooms. (The Clocktower at The New York EDITION in Manhattan, New York City. theclocktowernyc.com)

The Nam Hai, Vietnam

EXPLORE IN STYLE Want to play explorer but can’t bear to be without your creature comforts? The Nam Ha’s thoughtful Explore in Style experience takes you into the heart of Vietnam’s history and culture during the day, leaving you to enjoy the luxuries of your private villa hotel and its white-sand beachfront location overlooking the South China Sea by night. The tour includes an excursion to the ancient city of Hue where you can marvel at its grand temples and tombs, along with a trip to the bustling town of Hoi An where you can snap up some precious local wares and a three-course dinner at the hotel’s Beach Restaurant. (Three-night Explore in Style package from £464 per night at The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam. ghmhotels.com)

Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort, Morocco

SIMPLY SPA-TACULAR Not content with offering an authentic-as-it-comes hammam complete with multiple steam rooms and a marble table for top-to-toe exfoliation, the spa at Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort has introduced a new range of super-facials using products from luxury spa brand Carita to help guests prolong their sunkissed Moroccan glow. There are a dizzying number of treatment rooms (19!) so excuses are well, inexcusable, and if you’re lucky, you might find yourself in one of the double suites with a private Jacuzzi, facing stunning views out onto the beach and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. (Mazagan Beach and Golf Resort in Casablanca, Morocco. mazaganbeachresort.com)