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Whether it’s a leisurely week or a stolen weekend, a city break provides just the right amount of unfettered city culture, sightseeing and exploration. Wander maze-like cobbled streets in search of ancient landmarks, take in the buzz of a megacity with a rooftop cocktail or after a day of exploring, return to a cosseted sanctuary for some much-needed pampering.

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Where to stay: Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

Hosting the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Thatcher and Morgan Freeman over the years, this Mediterranean gem just a few steps from UNESCO-protected Old Town is steeped in glamour and effortlessly blends the old with new. Visit the hotel’s Gallery of Fame or explore further on a sunset cruise around the Dubrovnik City Walls.

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2. Marrakech, Morocco

Where to stay: Royal Mansour Marrakech

A 7-tonne bronze entry gate slides open to reveal an oasis opulence, where an underground network of tunnels ensure that service is superb yet discreet. Embark on a cultural discovery with a guided city tour, a visit to the Majorelle & Menara Gardens by horse drawn carriage and a steamy hammam treatment.

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3. Boston, USA

Where to stay: Fairmont Copley Plaza

An iconic landmark since 1912, American history buffs will love the location at the heart of the city, close to the Freedom Trail and Beacon Hill. With sumptuous rooms adorned with sketches of Boston, opt for a suite on the private Gold Floor with exclusive lounge and dedicated staff for a real hotel-within-a-hotel experience.

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4. Rome

Where to stay: Hotel de Russie - A Rocco Forte Hotel

Just a short stroll from the Spanish Steps and Rome's most fashionable shopping streets, this enduringly glamorous hotel is the escape of choice for distinguished guests. Rub shoulders with film stars and models alike who are drawn by the beguiling terraced gardens, stylish rooms and fine Italian cuisine.

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5. New York, USA

Where to stay: The Surrey

Discreet service fuses with timeless understated glamour at this iconic Relais & Châteaux boutique on the Upper East side, close to a welter of world-class museums, Central Park and high-end fashion houses. Arrange for an entire thoughtfully curated wardrobe to be waiting for you upon arrival or book a private shopping experience.

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