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Stay: JK Place: The JK Hotel Group’s Capri outpost is a colourful and design-rich stopover with beach access and a restaurant boasting unparalleled ocean views.

Breakfast: Da Gemma: Enjoy your cappuccino and brioche on the beach and, if you just can’t get enough of the view, stay for a traditional Neapolitan lunch.

Lunch: La Fontelina: The island’s jet-set beach club has been serving simple but superlative food since 1949, in a cove facing the towering faraglioni rock formations.

Dinner: Da Tonino: Terrace tables overlook the farm from which the restaurant sources the ingredients for its modern interpretations of local dishes.

Drinks: Anema e Core: Late nights at this taverna, run by Guido Lembo, involve good company and the town’s liveliest music.

Buy: Da Constanzo: Custom-made sandals are a Capri tradition and Costanzo offers some timeless styles.
49 Via Roma, 80073

Culture: Villa Jovis: Tiberius ruled the Roman empire from here for years. Today the 2,000-year-old cliff-side ruins only hint at the vices that these walls have known.


Stay: Orloff Hotel Hydra: Housed in a whitewashed old townhouse that once belonged to a Russian count, this hotel has eight rooms overlooking a courtyard and is only a short walk from the island’s port.

Snack: Hydronetta: This café and cocktail bar is perched on the edge of a cliff. Climb down the stone steps and watch the sunset with a cool drink.
+30 2298 054 160

Dinner: Psaropoula: Tuck in to the catch of the day alongside traditional Greek dishes at this terrace restaurant overlooking the harbour.

Drinks: Amalour: Serving fruity cocktails, this Latin American-inspired bar is open until the early hours and plays Cuban and Latin tunes. Sachtouri Street, 18040

Buy: Rafalias: This family pharmacy has stayed true to its original recipes since 1890. Pick up some natural soap and perfume blended with rose, peppermint, sandalwood, laurel and lavender oil.

Visit: Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion: The island is home to many house-museums but none are as illustrious as that of former ship captain Lazaros Koundouriotis, with its rich collection of paintings and traditional pottery.

Swim: Agios Nikolaos: This hidden-away pebble beach is one of Hydra’s most remote spots; the best way to get here is to catch a taxi boat from the main harbour.


Stay: Taisenkaku: Opened in the early 20th century, this historic ryokan is a small affair valued for its traditional design and architectural features.
+81 (0)467 220 616

Breakfast: Cobakaba: Kamakura is known for its high-quality produce and this small shokudo serves wholesome Japanese dishes with fresh ingredients sourced from the nearby food market.

Dessert: The Market SE1: No one serves gelato quite like former Honda F1 team chef Yasuo Atarashi. Seasonal flavours include Okinawan brown sugar and banana, and honey with black sesame.

Drinks: The Bank: This bar, housed in a former bank building dating from 1927, was given a new lease of life by Tokyo interior designer Masamichi Katayama of Wonderwall.
+81 (0)467 405 090

Buy: Daily by Long Track Foods: Found inside the town’s bustling food market by the central station, this tiny shop sells everything from tasty pickles to kitchenware.

Buy: R Antiques: This shop, housed inside a century-old Japanese building by the Enoden railway, specialises in rare Japanese vintage furniture, tableware and pottery by the likes of Shoji Hamada.

Culture: Zuisenji Temple: Nestled in the forested hills, this beautifully landscaped and serene 14th-century temple is well worth a visit.

Punta del Este

Stay: Fasano: This hotel’s stunning architecture and amenities reflect hotelier Rogério Fasano’s high standards. Meanwhile, on-site restaurant Las Piedras serves fare with an Italian flourish alongside typical Uruguayan barbecue dishes.

Breakfast: Hotel L’Auberge: L’Auberge’s reputation goes beyond its elegant rooms. The real draw comes from the kitchen: the waffles are served with honey, cream, strawberries, chocolate and, of course, classic Uruguayan confection dulce de leche.

Lunch: La Huella: Located on the sands of José Ignacio, this restaurant is always busy and never disappoints. Among its many delights is the coal-roasted Atlantic croaker with fresh vegetables.

Drinks: Moby Dick: Punta’s official drink is wine but if you’re craving a good cocktail, whether it’s a Mojito or Caipirinha, this is the best destination on the city’s port.

Buy: Juan Cosas Viejas: This shop is a real treasure trove and offers a range of art, decorative accessories and antique furniture built with fine wood.
+598 9981 7073

Visit: Bodega Garzón: Spend the day buying wine and olive oil produced by the Bulgheroni family, who own the vineyard, which is about 70km from Punta.

Culture: Fundación Pablo Atchugarry: The foundation houses a sculpture garden spread over 30 hectares, where you’ll find grandiose pieces carved in Carrara marble by the Uruguayan artist who gave the park its name.

St Moritz

Stay: Hotel Kulm: Founder Johannes Badrutt made winter sports a popular pastime in the 19th century. This hotel is not only rich in history but also in beauty: it offers spectacular views of Lake St Moritz.

Breakfast: Konditorei Hanselmann: Known for its Engadiner Nusstorte (nut-filled tart) among other delicacies, this is the place to start your day, or stop and recharge with a mid-morning hot chocolate.

Lunch: Hotel Hauser: This restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons, which means there’s always something new to sample. We recommend a plate of Pizokel, the Swiss take on gnocchi.

Drinks: The Renaissance Bar: This bar at the legendary Badrutt’s Palace hotel (also known as Mario’s Bar) is the perfect place for a cocktail and intimate conversation.

Buy: Ebneter & Biel: The place for fine linen and outstanding embroidery.

Service: Skiservice Corvatsch: Whether you need new boots or your attire needs an elegant revamp, Corvatsch offers everything from rentals to repairs.

Culture: Galerie Tschudi Zuoz: Head over to quaint Zuoz, where Galerie Tschudi displays contemporary art by the likes of Dan Walsh and Andrea Büttner.

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