If it’s total luxury you’re after, the Mandarin Oriental, Milan (housed in four 18th-century buildings in the Quadrilatero della Moda fashion area) may be the right place for you. Within the hotel, the sleek, contemporary décor has an Asian flair, and the 104 guest rooms are outfitted with custom-made Italian furnishings, desks and marble bathrooms. The truly amazing top-of-the-line suites, decked out with designer furniture, are larger than some apartments. To complete the pampering, don’t miss the lovely Spa at Mandarin Oriental; it includes an indoor pool and 24-hour gym, along with all manner of relaxing treatments.
The Quadrilatero della Moda area is Milan’s shopping central, filled with luxurious high-end designer shops.
1. Teatro alla Scala: For world-class opera in sumptuous surroundings
2. Pinacoteca di Brera: For an amazing collection of Renaissance art
3. DMagazine Outlet: For fabulous fashion at discount prices
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Book in advance (and save your pennies) to try lunch or dinner at two Michelin star Seta, which features creative Italian cuisine. For a real treat, opt for the tasting menu with wine pairings.