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.