Bordeaux is our new love affair and it ticks all the right boxes for a short-haul honeymoon: beautiful scenery, tons of history, decadent food, an almost Mediterranean climate... and some rather good wine.

THE TOP 100 HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

The Grand Hotel de Bordeaux - a 17th-century building in the middle of the prettiest part of town, facing the Grand Théâtre - is the place to stay.

It's the kind of hotel where someone opens the taxi door for you and coffee comes with a freshly baked madeleine.

It's top-to-toe marble and red carpets with Belle Époque furnishings, and a selection of bars and restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Pressoir d'Argent. Upstairs you'll find the decadent Bains de Léa Spa and outdoor Jacuzzi.

MORE CULTURAL WONDERS

WOW FACTOR: Take a bespoke tour of the vineyards to enjoy off-the-beaten-track cellars.

FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer, Spring

GO: Superior rooms cost from £383 per night, B&B (www.ghbordeaux.com). British Airways (www.ba.com) flies from £98 return.