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A lack of time doesn’t need to mean lack of enjoyment. Sometimes, a stolen weekend away can provide just the right amount of unfettered culture and discovery to re-engage and re-kindle. Whether living like a local, or soaking in some of the world’s most iconic sights, a city break means exploring new surroundings and changing your daily pace – which often proves to be the most rewarding break of all. So, dig out that travel bag and get ready for a long-weekend you’ll never forget…

Iceland / 1. Reykjavik

Why Reykjavik: Majestic, mysterious and just a short flight from the UK, Iceland offers adventure, relaxation, other-worldly views and everything in between. Alluring a distinct atmosphere, Reykjavik provides a trendy base for access to all the best attractions.

What to do: There’s nothing more exciting than pursuing the Northern Lights in Iceland; visit from September through to March for the best chance to see them. That’s not all though, experience whale watching, snowmobiling, the Golden Circle and of course, the Blue Lagoon.

Where to stay: Hotel Borg, Reykjavik’s oldest hotel, lies in the heart of the city close to the main shopping street. Despite several refurbishments, the hotel has managed to maintain its quaint Art Deco styling.

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United Arab Emirates / 2. Dubai

Why Dubai: A kaleidoscope of sights and a soaring skyline, Dubai doesn’t do things by halves. Home to exclusive beaches, numerous must-see attractions and expanse deserts offering a welcome escape from busy city life, Dubai is a city break with a difference.

What to do: Take a trip up The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, shop at the Dubai Mall, try Arabic food in some of the most incredible restaurants in the UAE, or take an abra along the Dubai Creek to Deira and explore traditional markets and souks haggling for spices, gold, textiles and more.

Where to stay: Designed with the same level of craftsmanship  and precision as a Bvgalri piece of jewellery, Bvlgari Resort Dubai, is set on the exclusive Jumeirah Bay offering tranquility to Dubai’s bustling metropolis. 

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Turkey / 3. Istanbul

Why Istanbul: There has never been a better time to visit bustling Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city and a favoured location for Bond film directors. Full of fascinating diversity you’ll find arts and culture, a striking skyline, extravagant temples, traditional spas and an array of gourmet delights; this Middle Eastern Metropolis is sure to delight.

What to do: Explore the UNESCO-listed streets of the city or take a boat tour down the Bosphorus to take in some of Istanbul’s main attractions such as the Rumeli Ruins, the Maiden’s Tower and the many mosques. Sip Turkish tea or take some time out at a spa and indulge in an authentic Turkish bath experience. 

Where to stay: Located on the banks of the Bosphorus, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul reflects an authentic Ottoman Palace but with a resort ambiance right in the city. For certain room types, there is also the benefit of a ‘Timeless check-in & check-out service’. 

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Croatia / 4. Dubrovnik

Why Dubrovnik: Renowned for its medieval ramparts, the waterfront city of Dubrovnik will not disappoint. Bursting with historical sites, attractive beaches and a thriving nightlife scene, there’s plenty to pack in to your trip.

What to do: Explore the iconic city walls, enjoy panoramic views of the Dubrovnik Riviera by cable car, or savour freshly caught seafood whilst taking in incredible sunsets. Art lovers should visit during the annual Summer Festival when the piazzas are filled with open-air music, theatre and dance performances.  

Where to stay: Following its extensive six-month renovation, Hotel Bellevue provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle, yet is still within easy access for exploring the Old Town.

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USA / 5. New York

Why New York: New York needs little introduction – a big city with an even bigger personality. With an impressive skyline, unbeatable shopping and an abundance of different attractions and neighbourhoods to explore, there’s no wonder it’s said that the city never sleeps.

What to do: If it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want to tick off some of the main attractions – The Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and Times Square to name a few. Art connoisseurs will love exclusive early access to the MOMA and a private tour with an engaging expert which Carrier can arrange.

Where to stay: It doesn’t get much closer to the action than The Peninsula New York, located in the heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping and cultural district on Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. 

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Morocco / 6. Marrakech

Why Marrakech: With guaranteed year round sunshine, any time is a good time to visit this city of contrasts. Iconic attractions and bespoke riads of the old town are coveted by distinct orange-red clay walls while up-and-coming neighbours offer a contemporary mix.

What to do: Take a stroll around the old Fortified city, experience an assault of the senses at the bustling souks or indulge in a traditional hammam spa treatment. Fulfil fashion dreams and allow Carrier to arrange a private tour of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum.

Where to stay: A blissful sanctuary just ten-minutes’ drive away from all major attractions, Four Seasons Resort Marrakech caters for sun seekers, spa aficionados, history buffs and gourmands.

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Portugal / 7. Funchal

Why Funchal: Pretty and historic, yet often overlooked as a city break destination, Funchal is undeniably more laid-back than your average capital city. Small in size and easily explored on foot, its full of sprawling mountain scenes and stylish restaurants with no shortage of things to see.

What to do: A nature lovers paradise, visit the glorious gardens in which the city is known for or take to the ocean in search of marine life. Architectural buffs will love strolling around the old town teeming with historic buildings which date back as far as the Middle Ages. 

Where to stay: An oasis of traditional charm, Belmond Reid's Palace is a landmark hotel renowned for its exceptional service and colourful history. Don't miss the exquisite Afternoon Tea; it's famed for good reason. 

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USA / 8. Las Vegas

Why Las Vegas: Flamboyant and maybe not your first thought for a city break, Las Vegas is a vibrant playground in the heart of the desert where the odds are stacked in your favour. Strolling down the strip is like taking a world tour and with thrills and experiences at every turn, there’s nowhere in the world quite like Vegas.

What to do: Take a Maverick helicopter tour to see the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes up close and personal. Or, if you prefer your feet to stay firmly on the ground then Vegas is also famous for its exclusive residency shows with amazing headlining acts. 

Where to stay: The iconic bronze curved Wynn Las Vegas provides a sophisticated hideaway on the glitzy strip. It's also home to the renowned aquatic fantasy production, Le Rêve- The Dream. 

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Italy / 9. Venice

Why Venice: There’s few places as unique as Venice; narrow streets, tranquil canals and a city jam-packed with culture and exquisite architecture, this Italian gem draws people in year round and with good reason.

What to do: Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square and a gondola ride across some of the most iconic waterways in Europe, there’s plenty to see and do. Or, you’d be forgiven for lingering over a drink and watching the world go by at the side of a canal.

Where to stay: Feeling more like a private palazzo than a hotel and exuding an air of rare exclusivity, Aman Venice overlooks the Grand Canal and is drenched in 16th Century grandeur. 

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Mallorca / 10. Palma

Why Palma: Enjoying a pleasant Mediterranean climate year round, this charming Spanish city is full of cosmopolitan character and historical splendour. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and thriving streets and squares this is a great all-rounder destination.

What to do: Explore the Old Town on foot taking in the beautiful sights stopping for melt in the mouth seafood at Palma harbour. If you’re in the city for a celebration, intersperse city life with a trip aboard a private yacht where Carrier can organise on board experiences such as a Paella cooking or flamenco show. 

Where to stay: A former Mallorcan mansion dating back to the 19th century, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is perfectly located in the heart of the historic, cultural and business centre of the city. 

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