Presenting the sort of cool, contemporary style that comes with a hefty price tag, the Bulgari is surprisingly tranquil considering its position just steps away from the designer stores of Milan's Quad d’Oro. Built in an ultra-modernized 18th-century palazzo, the bedrooms are decked out in soothing shades of black, white, and tan with marble bathrooms; the suites all have canopy beds; and the lavish penthouse Bulgari Suite is Indonesian in style, with teak floors and views over the hotel's tranquil gardens. The zen-like spa is a true thing of beauty, with emerald walls and twinkling gold tiles, and there's a choice of designer bar serving up expensive cocktails or a formal restaurant with an open kitchen where chefs prepare sophisticated Italian dishes. In summer, a tapas menu is served in the gardens to dressy locals and wannabe stylistas perching elegantly on low-slung bamboo recliners and clutching their champagne flutes.