La Prora, Sicily
Nab a ground-floor room and you can transition from your bed to the expansive grounds in mere moments. But where to begin? You could start with a quick game on the boules pitch or examine the limestone kilns sunken into the property’s ancient brick wall – if the views of the sea and Mount Etna don’t send you into an hours-long daydream, that is. Taormina proper is just a 20-minute stroll away but when your temporary home is this beautiful, it’s no shame to take every meal on the shaded terrace, by the heated pool.