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Park Lane opulence meets artistic excellence
For a London weekend mixing lavish glamour with a bit of high culture, the Dorchester Hotel’s Discover London package currently includes two tickets to the Royal Academy’s superb autumn exhibition, Treasures from Budapest. From £305 per night until 12 December. Call 020 7319 7147 or email

Up, up and away over the Alps
Enjoying Alpine scenery from the slopes is one thing; drifting above it in a hot air balloon is quite another. You can do that at Gstaad’s International Hot Air Balloon Festival in January (22-31), where a package with the Grand Hotel Park will see you whisked over the mountains in style. From 1,800 swiss francs for three;

Pampering amid beautiful Turkish surrounds
The beauty of Turkey’s Aegean coast combined with an award-winning spa makes for classy pampering escapism. The Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay’s Glorifying Journey package includes yoga, meditation and treatments over three days in a stunning setting. Glorifying Journey €500; rooms from €360 per night (two sharing).