Portofino, Italy

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This tiny fish­ing har­bour on Lig­uria’s Ital­ian riviera is al­most laugh­ably ro­man­tic. A favourite with the jet set (ev­ery­one from El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton to Gwyneth Pal­trow and Chris Martin has hol­i­dayed here), its tiny har­bour has pretty lit­tle houses painted in pas­tel colours. It’s also close to stun­ning Paraggi bay, with its emer­ald wa­ter.

Where to stay: The Ex­cel­sior Palace Ho­tel Ra­pallo is the only five-star lux­ury ho­tel on the Portofino Coast, and of­fers a beach club with ter­races on the sea, in­di­vid­ual ca­banas and a panoramic swim­ming pool. Rooms from Dh677 a night. See www.ex­cel­sior­palace.it.

Get­ting there: Fly­ing time is 6 hours 30 min­utes. Flights from Dubai to Genoa, the near­est air­port for Portofino, start from Dh3,010. See www.ebook­ers.com.

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