Winter closing in? Need to get some last-minute sunshine or escape to a spa? These luxury hideaways are ideal for late getaways.
Jumeirah Port Soller, Mallorca
One of the latest luxury hotels on Mallorca, the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa is built on a cliff overlooking the fishing village of Port Soller and is surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range.
Not only do you get amazing views of sea and mountains from the rooms and suites, but the infinity pool has to be one of the most idyllic places on the island.
With balmy temperatures almost all year round, the Balearics are a perfect holiday destination. Located on the north-western side of Mallorca and on what is widely regarded as one of the most picturesque parts of the coastline, the hotel offers a tranquil, luxury escape.
The Yeatman, Porto
With huge picture windows looking out across the estuary to the beautiful city of Porto and its magnificent spires and famous suspension bridge, the Yeatman is hard to beat.
Owned by the family behind Taylor’s port, the five-star Yeatman is located in Vila Nova de Gaia where traditional port warehouses line the hillside. An iconic Porto hotel, the Yeatman boasts panoramic views of the river, bridge and old town. Even the bathrooms here have great views.
If it’s not already, Porto should be on your travel radar. There are wide sweeping beaches a 15-minute cycle away and the city has a host of up and coming chefs and fantastic restaurants. Other activities on offer include – funnily enough – wine and port tastings, tours of the warehouse region and talks on the port-making process itself. Plus, the stunning Douro river valley is a perfect summer retreat…
Six Senses, The Duoro Valley, Portugal
Why not continue your Portuguese adventure and discover the utterly spellbinding Duoro River. Winter temperatures in the Duoro feel more like springtime and there are great deals to be had in shoulder season.
For those with a week or more, you can easily combine city and countryside and enjoy a few days in Porto and then head up to the picturesque Douro valley for tours, tastings and relaxation.
The hotel has secret pop-up dining experiences around the valleys and river and there is an extensive spa treatment list with a range of grape and wine-based therapies, a heated indoor pool with water jets, the heated outdoor pool and for the (slightly) more active there is a tennis court in the heart of the vineyards and yoga or pilates classes.
If travelling to the Duoro, do not miss Doc up river near Pinhao. This incredible waterside restaurant run by Rui Paula is Michelin standard and a real must-visit.
Castello Banfi, Tuscany
Originally built as a stone hamlet in the 1700s, Castello Banfi is an ancient Tuscan settlement. Just over two hours from the UK, Tuscany is a great weekend escape.
Part of the Il Borgo estate and sheltered by the protective fortress walls of Castello di Poggio alle Mura, the hamlet was once home to busy farmers who worked the land and established a tradition for wine-making.
Today, part of the hamlet has been transformed into a luxury hotel, with just nine rooms and five suites all boasting spectacular views over the 7,000 acres of vineyards and wineries that surround it. Guests can disappear to the spa for vinotherapy, relax by the pool, and dine beneath a vaulted ceiling, part of the barrel cellars of the castle. There is also the opportunity to explore the vineyards, enjoy wine tasting or take a cooking class.
Stays from £648 per room per night based on two sharing.
Bad Ragaz, Switzerland
If you had to paint the perfect view to wake up to every morning, you may well be picturing the mountain views of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz in Switzerland.
Nestled beneath the mountains, this alpine retreat is frequented by Roger Federer and a host of other celebrities who want to recharge, recuperate and relax. Just an hour’s drive from Zurich, the state-of-the-art wellbeing and medical health resort is built near a thermal source and uses natural warm spa waters from the Tamina gorge.
During the winter the town is picture-postcard perfect with snow-capped peaks in the distance, in the summer enjoy hikes and the stunning countryside. The hotel runs shuttles to the nearby slopes during the ski season so you can spa and ski to your heart’s content.
Chantal Borciani is travel editor at High50. She reports on destinations, dining, hotels and wellness, and specialises in over 50s travel trends. Twitter: @ChantalBorch