Hotel Bellevue Syrene, Sorrento, Italy
Traditional meets playful in this grand hotel – Sorrento's most fashionable address, just seconds from the old town. Its magnificence is offset by a flamboyant, almost eccentric take on décor, and each room comes with a sea view.
But it's the terraces that form the heart of this beautiful hotel, each given over to pleasure seeking: seasonal gourmet wining and dining at La Pergola, Mimmo Jodice, Gli Archi and Villa Pompeiana; daily treats at the Club Lounge; or the Beauty Centre's top-to-toe treatments. And, in the absence of a beach, there's a perfectly placed private sundeck and pool terrace, both overlooking the glistening Gulf of Naples.