Four Seasons Hotel Milano , Milan, Italy
Looking at the cloistered courtyard, it’s hard to believe you’re at the heart of such a buzzing city; but stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Milan and you’re literally steps from Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Armani et al.
And the fact that the hotel can even arrange for them to stay open late for you says everything about this 15th-century former convent near La Scala: it’s discreet, restrained, elegant and tasteful, with a design aesthetic that is at once vibrant and playful, classic and elegant.
Beautifully restored, with many original features intact, the décor epitomises good taste – stylish and bespoke, spacious and relaxing.
Choose between a plush designer room in rich tones of purple or a traditional light-filled suite; treat yourself to a treatment in the sublime 800 sqm urban spa, a new do in the Rossano Ferretti Hair Salon; indulging at the two restaurants, La Veranda and Il Teatro, or the Jungle Chocolate Room, for a perfect square (or 10!) of bliss. Lovely.