Nowhere does romance like Italy. Cosmopolitan cities, idyllic countryside, mouth-watering food, fine wines and the passion of the people - it's a country that indulges and seduces all the senses. An hour's drive from fashionable Milan, in the Italian lake district, the ivy-clad building of L'Albereta is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. The 57-room family-run hotel is the secret go-to for luxurious indulgence (both Sophia Loren and Elle Macpherson have checked in). Whether you want to be pampered in the holistic spa, dine on Michelin-starred food in the restaurant and discover the pleasures of Franciacorta wine (the local answer to champagne), or explore the lakes and villages of this beautiful region, L'Albereta has all the senses covered. Wow factor: The Honey Room has a retractable roof, so you can sleep under the stars. Flight time: Two hours. Go: Three nights in a De Luxe room from £720 ( British Airways (0844 493 0787; flies to Milan from £130 return.