Top 5 Short Breaks


Think French chateaux antiques, surrounded by space, light and stylish interiors. Owners Rose and Leonard have created a peaceful oasis in the heart of the Marrakech medina with just 10 rooms, and a new spa on the horizon. Breakfast where and when you like, we love the roof terrace with views across the Red City. It’s so easy to fly to Marrakech now so there’s no excuse not to go and with a mild climate, all year round it’s the ideal city to visit for a short break.


The original, and still the best boutique hotel in Florence. GM Claudio has been here right from the beginning and Founder, Lulu, was lucky enough to be the first ever guest to stay at this luxurious home from home. You’re not just a room number at this boutique hotel and the staff will make sure you have a bespoke experience during your stay. The location is fantastic with the best of Florence right on your doorstep. BA fly direct to Florence from Stansted making it even easier to book a short break in Tuscany’s capital.


So much more than a golf hotel this designer hideaway ticks all of the boxes for every age. There’s a modern spa with 6 treatment rooms, tennis courts, jogging trails and a private beach club nearby. Kids don’t miss out on the fun here either as there are indoor and outdoor play areas, a kids pool, golf lessons and a children’s spa menu. This luxury hotel is an ideal escape for all the family.

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 of this boutique hotel in Amsterdam, Peter and Jessica know everything there is about personal service and luxury having opened award-winning country house hotel and fellow Chic Retreat, Cowley Manor, 20 years ago. 

The Wheatsheaf Inn, UK

The Wheatsheaf Inn is our Founder Lulu’s favourite small boutique hotel in the Cotswolds and she has stayed in almost half of the rooms! This award-winning Chic Retreat in the Cotswolds is a modern take on the traditional coaching inn. The young, good-looking team of staff is some of the most friendly and helpful we’ve come across. Real ales, a local, seasonal menu and 14 great bedrooms make The Wheatsheaf Inn the perfect place to stay in the Cotswolds. Dogs and children are welcome. This boutique hotel is a great choice if you want to visit the spa town of Cheltenham or attend the Cheltenham races.

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.