&Beyond Benguerra Island, Mozambique

Thatched cabanas, pristine reefs and miles of white-as-snow sand: islands don't get much better than this. Just off the coast of Mozambique, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, you will find this little piece of paradise set on a deep turquoise lagoon. Access to this unspoilt marine conservation area is via helicopter only, so this is by no means a budget winter sun destination (each suite has its very own butler) but, boy is it worth it. Whether you're idea of a great holiday is relaxing in a hammock ‒ cocktail in hand ‒ or diving, swimming and snorkelling, this recently renovated resort won't disappoint. Trust us.


The Hoxton, Amsterdam

Seventeenth-century buildings, cobbles and an achingly cool culture scene: Amsterdam is the perfect city break (whatever the weather). And, thanks to trendy London hotel group ‒ The Hoxton ‒ we now have another reason to visit. Lining the Hernegracht and Singe canals in the heart of the city, five waterfront houses have been transformed into a stylish boutique hotel that blends the old (monumental ceilings and fireplaces) with the new (mid-century furniture and rainforest showers). Downstairs you'll find a sleek lobby-cum-workplace and Lotti's: a lovely little Italian restaurant, which incorporates delicious Dutch influences. Our favourite thing? The breakfast bag left outside your door each morning filled with fresh fruit, yoghurt and granola. Yum.


Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire

If you close your eyes and imagine your dream country escape, what would it look like? Ours would look a lot like Soho Farmhouse. Set in a 100-acre valley in the beautiful Cotswold estate of Great Tew, this rural playground is made up of 40 luxury cabins, a honey-coloured farmhouse and a picture-perfect cottage. That's not all. Fancy a romantic row on the boating lake? What about a film with the kids in the Electric Barn cinema or some 'me' time at the Cowshed Spa? Then, of course, there's the pièce de résistance: the winter ice rink. You'll also find a farm shop, deli and kitchen garden on site. So, dreams do come…