Time Out Dubai tries out a European holiday from Dubai, visiting Palazzo Parigi Hotel in Milan and Les Airelles in Courcheval
There can’t be too many holidays on which you can indulge in three of your passions over four nights, in two hotels spanning two countries.
But for those who love to shop, spa and ski, we’ve found a getaway that will let you enjoy a little retail therapy, some pampering and a dash of Alpine action at one of the world’s most famous resorts.
Billed as the “ultimate winter package”, your trip will begin in the Italian fashion capital of Milan. Staying in a deluxe suite at the luxurious Palazzo Parigi Hotel, you’ll be just five minutes from the world-renowned quadrilatero dell moda, the epicentre of Milanese couture.
If you love fashion but face an eternal struggle to find a look that suits, a three-hour session with a personal shopper will take any such stress away. Thanks to VIP access to the top-end brands, you will leave looking resplendent in the latest designs from the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo and Valentino.
After transporting your new wardrobe back to base, let the bellboys take your bags back to the room while you head to the newly opened Grand Spa for an altogether different type of therapy involving a selection of massage treatments and beauty rituals.
The next day, a chauffeur will pick you up in a Mercedes E Class and whisk you over the border to Courchevel in France, popular with royalty and celebrities alike. We can’t promise you’ll bump into the Beckhams on the piste but what Les Airelles palace will assure you of is a five-star stay in a stunning venue with the slopes on your doorstep.
A welcome bottle of bubbly will help you settle in, while a lunch with drinks at the lofty Chalet de Pierre is a treat.
Continuing the therapeutic theme, a one-hour massage at the spa will ease the muscles you extended on the snow. They’ll even throw in a branded coat each so you can make the nosy neighbours jealous after you’re forced to bid adieu to this deluxe short break with a difference.
Dhs33,700 per person including airport transfers and four nights’ accommodation. Until March 31. Palazzo Parigi Hotel, Milan, and Les Airelles, Courchevel, France, www.palazzoparigi.com (+39 02 62 56 2222+39 02 62 56 2222 or +33 4 79 00 3838+33 4 79 00 3838).