Looking for a really special break in 2018? Lulu Townsend, founder of Chic Retreats, has put in the planning legwork for you with her pick of the best small luxury hotels
ARGENTARIO GOLF RESORT & SPA, Tuscany
This designer hideaway boasts a spa with six treatment rooms, tennis courts, jogging trails and a private beach club nearby. Kids don’t miss out on the fun, either, as there are indoor and outdoor play areas, a kids’ pool, golf lessons and a children’s spa menu.
RIAD DE TARABEL, Marrakech
Think French antiques and light, stylish interiors. Owners Rose and Leonard have created a peaceful oasis in the heart of the medina with just 10 rooms. Enjoy breakfast where and when you like; we love the roof terrace with views across the Red City.
CANAL HOUSE, Amsterdam
This award-winning gem in the heart of Amsterdam is all about luxury and service; what you want and where and when you want it, nothing is impossible. Owners Peter and Jessica know everything there is to know about personal service having opened Cowley Manor 20 years ago.
LOCANDA DON SERAFINO, Sicily
With a two Michelin star restaurant under their belts, the La Rosa brothers decided to turn their hand to hotels. Their 10 room hotel is in Ibla, one of the oldest parts of the UNESCO-listed Sicilian town of Ragusa. Book one of the experience suites, carved from out of a cave.
JK PLACE FLORENCE, Tuscany
Florence’s original and best boutique hotel – I was lucky enough to be the first ever guest to stay at this luxurious home from home. You’re not just a room number here and the staff will make sure you have a bespoke experience during your stay. For details of all of these destinations, and to book, see chicretreats.com