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Despite our recent April Fool’s fun, David Cameron won’t be assisting with subsidised dirty weekends and you can’t really gatecrash Wills and Kate’s honeymoon, but you can still plan your own. For inspiration, look no further that our latest bunch of heavenly hideaways, from Newport in Rhode Island to Italy’s golden, glam Riviera di Levante

We paid our first visit to Rhode Island in the States this month, picking two harbourside hotels in Newport for the Smith collection: Forty 1° North (left), a clapboard cosmopolitan retreat with its own marina, and Vanderbilt Grace, a blue-blooded beauty in the Historic Hill neighbourhood. In New York, we uncovered a refined relative, Smyth Tribeca, a boutique bachelor pad straight out of Mad Men.

In the UK, we found the unusually monikered Langford Fivehead (below), a historic house on a stately Somerset estate, with an expert cook and an oenophile for owners.

Italy revealed Villa Rosmarino, a hilltop terracotta hideaway run by some super-stylish art fans on the Portofino Peninsula, and Borgo della Marmotta, a fabulous farmhouse in Umbria.

In Malaysia, we discovered Clove Hall, a renovated Edwardian plantation home in Penang‘s Unesco-listed Georgetown, and in Bali, Luna2 Private Hotel caught our eyes with its Pop Art touches and decadent design. Melbourne’s Mansion Hotel & Spa also made the cut, an 1870s Italiante manor that used to be a Jesuit seminary.

Next month, we’ll be back with new finds in Portugal, Miami and Mozambique. Watch this space…

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