• Travel: gardens of eden
    Check into your room then step out into the fragrant florals of a formal garden or a lush tropical jungle... LYDIA BELL discovers the hotels that are as beautiful outside as they are on the inside

    Villa Cimbrone

    Ravello, Italy

    Located 1,500m above the deep- blue Bay of Salerno, Villa Cimbrone is one of the most romantic spots on earth. Its gardens hang terrace-style off a cliff, with avenues of umbrella pines, canopies of wisteria, rose gardens, pseudo-Roman sculptures and a temple. Inside, each vaulted suite is frescoed and filled with antiques.
    Insider tip: Book early at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Il Flauto di Pan for the best sunset views. From €320; villacimbrone.com

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    GRAND VISION
    The hotel’s frescoed ceilings are a work of art; Villa Cimbrone’s undulating hillside gardens (above)

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