Blow the budget in Italy & France

The only problem with the hotel Parco dei Principi, Amalfi is that since it’s perched on a cliff overhanging the Med, there will only be other toffs to show off to, and they don’t really care because they’ve got more moolah than you do. But for cool contemporary architecture and all the corny Dean Martin music you can stand it’ll do at €200 a night. hotelparcoprincipi.com.

For a few more peasants and poor middle class types to jangle your jewellery at then the aptly named Le Manoir in the South of France is the place. Think beach, secluded woods, a stone mansion and oodles of French infidelity and you’ve got the picture...

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