ME Milan Il Duca, Milan, Italy

Milan is one of our favourite cities; it mixes a fashion sensibility, high Italian style and an urban attitude. Its old-meets-new feel is very different to the more traditional cities of Rome or even the industrial Turin in the north. So it’s fitting that the ME group should have chosen it as the site for their latest property. For the task, they enlisted the world famous architect Aldo Rossi who worked a chic, minimalist, yet comfortable design throughout the hotel. This ethos is followed through by their Aura team who controls everything from the fragrance in the hotel, to helping us organise a personal shopping experience in the city. The rooftop terrace (a signature of MEs across the world) of the hotel’s Radio bar is the perfect place for a cocktail overlooking the commercial area of the city, with its cluster of skyscrapers jutting into the sky like pieces of modern art set against the rest of the city’s typical Italian, low-rise architecture. If you’re a fan of steak, then you’re definitely in the right place. Their palatial STK restaurant serves the finest cuts in a buzzy, booth-filled dining room. It’s no wonder that it has quickly become the place for the Milanese glitterati to be seen.