Grand Hotel Continental, Bucharest
Called Little Paris because of its 19th-century French buildings, Bucharest’s tumultuous communist past hasn’t erased the classical beauty of its art and architecture. The Old Town houses are still impeccable neoclassical and art nouveau structures of immense beauty, including Stavropoleos Church, Calea Victoriei’s Cantacuzino Palace and the Romanian Athenaeum – an opera house of breathtaking beauty whose gorgeous circular fresco depicts historical events.
History, however, isn’t the Romanian capital’s only attraction; its gardens – like the centrally located Cismigiu Gardens – are beautiful peace havens with artificial lakes, romantic bridges and floral arrangements. Romania also has a burgeoning coffee culture, and hip cafés spill out of buildings in Bucharest, particularly on Strada Lipscani.
Discover the city during a weekend at Grand Hotel Continental, housed in a 200-year-old neoclassical building. With its City Breakfast offer, you get up to 25 per cent off on deluxe rooms, access to Eden Spa, dinner discount at Concerto restaurant and a free ticket for a ballet performance or opera.
Call +40 372 010 301 or visit grand-hotel-continental-bucuresti.continentalhotels.ro/en.
Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi
For summer stories of derring-do, simply stay in the UAE. Yas Viceroy’s Splash or Speed package fast-tracks your entry into Ferrari World or Yas Waterworld with a stay in its swish rooms. After a whirl on the 240km/hour Formula Rossa roller coaster, or a freefall on the Liwa Loop ride, let the five-star hotel’s luxe ESPA spa calm your thumping heart. From Dh935 per night. Email email@example.com.
Grayshott Spa, Surrey, UK
Flying to London to catch Wimbledon action? Make a pit stop at Surrey with Grayshott spa’s two-day tennis break package. Breathe in the scents of fresh English gardens while mastering the backhand with a professional in the outdoor courts of this Victorian country house. The full-board package includes tai chi, Pilates and yoga classes, a massage and supervised walks in surrounding woodlands. From Dh2,908 per person. Visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.
Travel book of the week
A Chorus of Cockerels by Anna Nicholas
When work moves Anna to Majorca, she discovers the thriving culture and history of this Balearic playground of the rich. About Dh55, Amazon.
Style on the go
WHILE THE SUN SHINES Be the cool customer during hot and sultry holidays with Coola’s quartet of organic SPF 30 products. The reusable travel clutch packs a Face Cucumber Moisturiser, Pina Colada Spray (body sunscreen), Liplux Original lip balm and ER+ Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion. Dh250, Talise Spas
ACTION HERO Show friends and family a first-person view of your high-octane surfing, skiing or parasailing holidays with the waterproof GoPro Silver 4 Hero 12MP lens, fish-eye view mode and handy touchscreen. Harnessed to your body, this action camera records you seamlessly in the thick of things. Dh1,449, E-City
ALL THAT GLITTERS Cross your palms with this silver travel wallet from Aspinal of London for organisational magic. The sparkly saffiano leather piece opens into a spacious compartment for currency, tabbed sections for tickets and passport and a zipper pocket for coins. Dh950