Travellers looking for some relaxation and romance this year may be interested in visiting one of the hotels featured in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2009 Hot List – a run-down of the world’s most exciting new accommodation establishments.
Italy is known for being one of the world’s most romantic destinations and is home to the Borgo Santo Pietro, an eight-bedroom luxury retreat south-east of Siena.
The property boasts facilities including tennis courts, a pool, a gourmet restaurant and a spa within its 12-acre grounds.
Also located in the Tuscany region of Italy is Castiglion del Bosco in the Val d’Orcia, an exclusive resort that for the next few years will be opening up its luxury suites to visitors.
Travellers planning to head further afield may be tempted to sample the splendour on offer at establishments such as Atlantis The Palm in Dubai and the Southern Ocean Lodge in Australia, both of which featured in the 2009 Hot List.
Conde Nast Traveller also published a list recently of what it considers to be the world’s best beaches, which included Bondi Beach in Sydney and Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro.