City break gems from Asia to South America
Fiery heat and a passionate tango? Or delicate snowfalls over Medieval turrets? Whatever you're looking for in a city break, we've got just the ticket. Armed with top tips for an unmissable adventure, we've narrowed down our favourite cities to five, with stop-offs at exclusive luxury hotels to make your stay utterly unforgettable.
Known for its beautiful buildings and beer, the Czech capital is as welcoming as it is historic. With sights like Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and the ancient Astronomical Clock to tick off your list, it's no wonder that Prague is one of the most visited cities in the world. See it from all the best angles at The BoHo Prague Hotel, with full-length windows that give glimpses of the Gothic architecture beyond. Whether you're making the most of the balmy summers or witnessing the winter wonderland of a white Christmas, this year-round destination will give you a tingle ¬– even without the mulled mead.
From high ceilings to high rises – the second hotel on our world tour features a skyline-skimming infinity pool. Towering above Bangkok's colourful streets is 137 Pillars Suites, an impeccably furnished boutique hotel with round-the-clock service and your own private butler. The hotel even offers a free shuttle to and from the Emquartier District, in their own London cab, Louie. Or you can hop on the Skytrain for excursions to The Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun, and a vibrant array of floating Thai markets.
Fall into step with tantalising tangoes and sizzling asados in Buenos Aires. Discover a melting-pot of culture and architecture from Art Deco skyscrapers like the Edificio Kavanagh to the Renaissance-styled Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. Experience cutting-edge urban luxury in trendy Palermo, at the 1828 Smart Hotel. This state-of-the-art getaway will see you sipping sophisticated cocktails by the illuminated outdoor pool, or choosing from a menu of massages in the spa and sauna. All before a night out exploring Buenos Aires' hippest restaurants, bars and live performance venues.
Back in Europe, things take a theatrical turn at the Hôtel les Ottomans, Istanbul. This lovingly restored coastal mansion has all the hallmarks of ultra-chic design. Gold paintwork, velvet walls, spiral stairs and a vaulted wine cellar – ornate, decadent splendour at its finest. Set in the romantic and cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Arnavutköy, you're perfectly placed for exploring the Ottoman dynasty architecture – as well as some of the best seafood restaurants in the city.
Hopping across the pond brings us to our final destination – the sparkling sands of Miami. While there's more to this city than 1940s architecture and relaxing beaches, they're a great place to start. And South Florida's subtropical climate means that whatever time of year you visit, you'll receive a warm welcome – if not a scorching one. The Plymouth South Beach hotel has all the sun and shade you need – a pool and parasols on the one hand, and a private beach with palm trees on the other. Add to this a sushi restaurant boasting a Blue Ribbon accolade, and you've got a recipe for Gatsby-esque glamour in this Art Deco city.