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Soco House

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SoCo House, Saint Lucia

SoCo House, Saint Lucia

Known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, the island of Saint Lucia has so much to offer. You can choose to just lie back and listen to the sea gently lapping the shore, or head out and enjoy the abundance of rewarding ways to experience this tropical paradise up close and personal. From trekking through the rainforest to speeding over it on a zip-line, or enjoying the experience of making your own chocolate, from bean to bar, or even heading out onto the water for breath taking views of this beautiful island on a tour of its coastline.

The SoCo House is the newest hotel on the island with a sophisticated, adults-only, all-inclusive offering. This boutique hotel is perfectly positioned – on a peninsula in the historic Rodney Bay – for access to Saint Lucia’s beautiful beaches, leading tourist attractions and excursions, as well as its famous nightlife.

There’s à la carte dining, with menus offering a fusion of international and creole flavours, all served al-fresco style. And a choice of three bars with world-class mixologists available to serve a wide selection of signature cocktails, liqueurs and premium drinks.

• A seven-night stay at The SoCo House, Saint Lucia, starts from around £1,657 per person. This price is based on two adults sharing a deluxe room on an all-inclusive basis and return economy flights from London Gatwick. Visit Thesocohotel.com or Ba.com to make a booking

The Langham, Boston

The Langham, Boston

The Langham, Boston, has undergone an extensive two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation and it’s now back open and grander than ever! It is housed in a historic landmark building in the heart of Boston’s financial district that was originally opened in 1922 as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, with the subway just a five-minute walk away.

The refurbished New England chic-inspired interior has a luxurious lobby, decorated in jewel tones, with a cosy fireplace and comfy seating, so it’s perfect for people watching. The guest rooms and suites have been remodelled with new marble-clad bathrooms and some of the comfiest beds in town.

Reinforcing The Langham’s love for the arts, the hotel boasts a carefully curated art collection, comprising of more than 60 specially commissioned pieces, as well as subtle nods to the building’s grand banking history.

• Rooms cost from around £435 a night. Visit Langhamhotels.com/Boston to book.

3HB Faro, Portugal

3HB Faro, Portugal

How about a long weekend in Faro staying at the new urban chic 3HB hotel? Just a 15-minute drive from Faro airport, the hotel is perfectly placed in the middle of the downtown area, but it’s so peaceful you won’t believe you are in the city centre.

The 3HB has two amazing places to dine – a gourmet rooftop restaurant and a more relaxed, street-level Italian eatery.

Rooms are modern and spacious, and our favourite part of the hotel is the rooftop infinity pool with stunning views overlooking the city and the Ria Formosa nature park.

• A standard room with breakfast included costs from around £150 per night based on two sharing. Visit [3hb.com to book](http://3hb.com to book).

Oceanside Newquay, Cornwall

Oceanside Newquay, Cornwall

What could be better than staying just a stone’s throw from the popular surfing destination of Fistral beach in Newquay? There are plenty of places on the beach to book surf lessons or you can simply sit back on the sand and enjoy watching the action.

The Oceanside hotel is in prime position. Turn right out of the front door and, within seconds, you’ll be on Fistral beach, an extensive mile of nature’s playground with its soft sand, Atlantic waves and the epic Cribbar break – Newquay’s own big wave. Turn left and you’re just a few minutes away from the quaint working harbour, the Huer’s Hut, adventurous Towan beach and Newquay’s hip surf stores, buzzing bars and restaurants.

The locals and visitors love to hang out at the hotel and soak up the eclectic, nautical vibe, watching the waves roll in from the comfort of the al-fresco seating area. With its beach-chic décor, light and bright colour palette and fresh, airy spaces, it’s everything you want from a coastal hotel. It’s the ideal place to stay for laid-back surfers, tired urbanites, families and lovers of nature. We suggest trying to book one of the rooms with a balcony so you can admire the sea view in the morning while sitting outside sipping a coffee!

• A one-night stay at Oceanside costs from £120 per night including breakfast. To book visit Oceansidehotel.co.uk.

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