The Perfect Getaway for Royal Wedding-phobes!

11 March 2011

With Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Big Day fast approaching, Grazia Towers is a-buzz with how to spend that glorious long weekend. Of course, come Friday 29th April, we’ll be glued to the telly - guest and, more importantly, dress watching - but what to do on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday? Take a well-deserved break, of course! Yup, a whole four days of work-free bliss is the perfect opportunity for a luxe city holiday so for those culture vultures among us, eager to escape the chaos and endless street parties, we’ve got just the thing...

Marrakech, Morocco
So how does sun, sand and souk-side shopping sound? Pretty darn good to us. From haggling in the medina of Marrakech to trekking through the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, Morocco has something for everyone. We recommend staying at Riad Farnatchi (www.riadfarnatchi.com), a luxury sanctuary amid the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, which boasts sweeping balconies, a gorgeous courtyard and pool [above]. While there, you must visit the beautiful Jardin Majorelle. This brightly coloured garden of rare and exotic plants, together with small art gallery, was once owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent so it goes without saying that it’s stunningly stylish. Couture your trip with Grazia Travel Club by clicking here.

Zurich, Switzerland
If you’re after a short break filled with cutting-edge art, bustling lakeside nightlife and super-hip clubs, Zurich is the place to be. With over 100 galleries in the city, the city is a modern art mecca. Hotel Helvetia (www.hotel-helvetia.ch) even has its own gallery spread through it’s 16 rooms. And after-hours, it’s time to don your glad rags and explore the super-cool nightlife. Clubs range from bistro-style hangouts to glass-walled discos overlooking the city’s skyline. Or chill out where the likes of Coco Chanel did in the past, and look out for live jazz, alternative cabaret or outdoor cinema nights. For more information, contact us here.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
For a super-luxe long weekend, that’s easy on the pocket, look no further than Dubrovnik. Pucic Palace (www.thepucicpalace.com) is a 5-star boutique hotel located right on Gundulic Square, one of only two hotels in the majestic old town hidden within Dubrovnik’s walled city. We love the Bulgari toiletries in the bathrooms! From there, you can head across the water to untouched Lokrum Island, to see the Benedictine Monastery hidden in the island’s natural forest, and sail back by sunset admiring the grand city walls. Let us arrange it for you right here.

Pah, Kate and Wills, who?

- Jessica Vince


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