MEET ME IN…

Not ready for au­tumn? There is still plenty of sun to be had if you head south, whether for a lux­ury stay or a more ad­ven­tur­ous get­away

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Es­cape the au­tumn chill by head­ing east for an In­dian sum­mer

THE ELITE RE­SORT GRECOTEL CORFU

If you like cham­pagne with break­fast, you’ll fit right in with the glam­orous old-school vibe (all chan­de­liers and Vene­tianstyle fur­ni­ture) at this water­front re­sort. Set on a pri­vate penin­sula jut­ting into the Io­nian Sea, with three Blue Flag beaches, some rooms are in mul­ti­coloured water­front houses, while oth­ers in the main build­ing are sim­pler and brighter, with lots of white and wooden floors.

Book one of the luxe Dream Vil­las for your own pool and di­rect sea ac­cess, or one of the Palazzo Suites, with pri­vate pools and decks with steps lead­ing into the wa­ter. If you tire of the four restau­rants (of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from steak to seafood), drive 3km in ei­ther di­rec­tion to the busy re­sorts of Gou­viá or Das­sia for tra­di­tional tav­erna favourites. And for more stylish ac­tion, the el­e­gant Corfu town is just 12km away. Dou­bles from £195 B&B; cor­fuim­pe­rial.com. EasyJet (easyjet.com) has re­turn flights from Lon­don Gatwick and Lu­ton from £1OO

THE PARTY PAD

RIAD FARNATCHI

Tucked away in a quiet cob­bled lane, a stone’s throw from the buzzy me­d­ina (in Mar­rakech’s old walled city), Riad Farnatchi is the ul­ti­mate Moor­ish party pad. A con­verted trio of tra­di­tional houses, it is or­nate but homely, with a cov­ered court­yard, small, mo­saic-edged pool and nine beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated suites: think black-and­white zel­lige (hand­made clay) tiles, vi­brant hand-stitched rugs and cosy fire­places (Moroc­can nights are sur­pris­ingly chilly). Bed­rooms have crisp white linens, mar­ble sunken baths and walk-in power show­ers, and you even get your own fez hat and djellaba (tra­di­tional robe) to lounge around in on the roof ter­race. The tiny spa can take care of ev­ery­thing from man­i­cures to a full ham­mam ex­pe­ri­ence, and their restau­rant, Le Trou au Mur (‘hole in the wall’), just across the street, is the talk of the town. Dou­bles from £231 B&B, in­clud­ing air­port trans­fers (ri­ad­far­natchi.com). Bri­tish Air­ways (ba.com) has re­turn flights from Lon­don to Mar­rakech from £15O

THE VIP VIBE NOBU IBIZA BAY

Last time I was in Ibiza, I watched the sun­rise from the ter­race of a night­club. This time, I catch it dur­ing a yoga class on the roof of the five-star Nobu Ho­tel Ibiza Bay. Have I changed, or has Ibiza? A bit of both, I’d say. You could stay at this in­sanely

lux­u­ri­ous, 152-room Tala­manca Bay seafront

palace (co-owned by Robert De Niro and chef Nobu Mat­suhisa), and

seek out the is­land’s renowned he­do­nism – Ibiza Old Town is a short wa­ter-bus hop away. Or you could come for the world-class food from one of the ho­tel’s four restau­rants, from Nobu’s fa­mous black­ened cod to the best Mex­i­can I’ve ever eaten in Pey­otito. It ain’t cheap – we’re talk­ing mega-treat – but you do get strato­spheric lev­els of in­dul­gence and style. The daybeds round the planet’s

most In­sta­grammable sea-view pool come with

para­sol but­lers and cush­ion plumpers, while the el­e­gant rooms boast mar­ble bath­rooms and huge win­dows. Naomi Camp­bell is a fan and, well, if it’s good enough

for Naomi… Dou­bles from around

£425, room only (nobuhoteli­biz­abay.com).

Bri­tish Air­ways (ba.com) has re­turn flights from Lon­don Gatwick and Lon­don City to

Ibiza from £98

THE SPIR­I­TUAL ZONE THE XARA PALACE

By day, the an­cient walled

city of Md­ina, Malta’s former cap­i­tal, is buzzing

with tourists and horse­drawn car­riages clat­ter­ing along the cob­bled al­leys. But as the sun sets and the sight­seers leave, it re­gains its sta­tus as the ‘silent city’, and that’s when The Xara Palace comes into its own.

Part of the Re­lais & Châteaux group, this con­verted 17-room, 17th-cen­tury palazzo is just in­side the city walls and re­stored to its former

glory, with el­e­gant

Parisian-style fur­ni­ture and grand ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal fit­tings – there’s even a con­fes­sional box, should you feel re­morse af­ter the

lob­ster can­nel­loni and mas­ter­fully cooked lo­cal

rab­bit (a Mal­tese favourite) at the ho­tel’s de

Mon­dion restau­rant. Perched atop the city’s old bas­tion with sea and rooftop views, a ta­ble here is one of the best

on the is­land. Dou­bles from £121, B&B (re­lais­chateaux.com). Bri­tish Air­ways (ba.com) has re­turn flights from Lon­don Gatwick to Malta In­ter­na­tional

Air­port from £115

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