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U&I Travel's Top 8 City Break Destinations

September 27, 2019

Here at U&I Travel, we love to keep you updated with the best travel experiences to suit your needs. With Winter approaching, we understand that city breaks may be more suitable for you and your loved ones or friends. The Summer holidays are over, and it may be easier for you to escape for a long weekend rather than a week or two! 


With that in mind, we've put together our top 8 City Break destinations for you to explore.


If you want to book ANY of the below trips, or want to see what other holidays we have in store at U&I Travel, then please get in touch on our website. You'll be assigned with your very own Unique Travel Manager at zero cost, and you can leave all of the work to us!


So, let's get straight to it (in no particular order!).




Whether you wish to travel with your partner or a group of friends, Paris is ALWAYS a good idea! The French capital carries an air of romance which is fully deserved and still authentic. You will find history and culture throughout every street in Paris, so if you've never been before, you can be certain that your trip will be filled with new, must-see experiences. 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Saint James Paris

Hotel Le Petit Paris

Hotel Madmoiselle 

The Hoxton 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Eiffel Tower

Arc de Triomphe



Parc des Buttes-Chaumont 


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Experimental Cocktail Club (Bar)

Le Papillon (Restaurant)

Harry's New York Bar (Bar)

Nanaumi (Restaurant)

Le Bar Du Plaza Athenee (Bar)

Le Vent 'Armor (Restaurant) 




In our opinion, NYC is definitely up there with the top city breaks out there. Note that there is a LOT to do and see in New York, so we recommend a good 4 days at least if you want to make the most of it. 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

W New York Times Square 

Grand Hyatt New York

The Standard, High Line New York

Lotte New York Palace

Embassy Suites by Hilton New York 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Statue of Liberty

Brooklyn Bridge

Rockefeller Building

Empire State Building

Central Park 

Hudson River

Fifth Avenue


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Frank (Restaurant)

Crompton Ale House (Bar)

Takahachi (Restaurant)

St. Cloud Rooftop (Bar)

Jacob's Pickles (Restaurant)

The Loopy Doopy Rooftop (Bar) 

Eileen's Special Cheesecake (Restaurant)

Bleecker Street Pizza (Restaurant)

Aquagrill (Restaurant)




Barcelona is somewhere where you can find a magnificent combination of city break and beach holiday. The streets of this Spanish city, officially part of Catalonia, are filled with tapas bars, cafes, and eye-catching buildings bearing the influence of the visionary architect Antoni Gaudi. This is definitely one of our faves for a couple's getaway! 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

W Barcelona

Olivia Balmes Hotel

Hotel Barcelona 1882

Yurrban Passage Hotel & Spa

Two Hotel Barcelona By Axel 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Roman Catholic Church Sagrada Familia

Gothic Quarter

The Marina 

Barcelona Football Club 


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Teoric Taverna Gastronomica (Restaurant)

Old Fashioned Gin & Tonic Bar (Bar)

Pizzeria Da Nanni (Restaurant)

Rubi Bar (Bar)

Lascar 74 (Restaurant)




Well, if there's one city that are 100% familiar with and sure about, it's our hometown, London! Whether you want to bring the family for a fun-filled weekend, come on your own to explore the many sights and landmarks, or spend a romantic weekend in one of our top recommended luxury spa hotels, you can be sure that London will fulfil your every need. Make sure you head to the West End for a show, too! 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 


45 Park Lane

The Bloomsbury 

Shangri-La, At The Shard

The May Fair, A Raddison Collection Hotel 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

London Eye

Madame Tussauds

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben

London Dungeons 

Royal Albert Hall 


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Sexy Fish (Restaurant) 

Andrew Edmunds (Bar)

Mammounia Lounge (Restaurant)

The Connaught Bar (Bar) 

Bao (Restaurant) 

The Alchemist (Bar)

Hawksmoor (Restaurant) 

Xu (Restaurant) 




A flight from the UK can be as short as 45 minutes, so there’s no excuse not to hop on a plane and spend a long weekend in Amsterdam. The lively city is famous for it's nightlife, but it also has an extremely friendly and laid back atmosphere, too. 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center

The Toren

XO Hotels Park West

The Student Hotel Amsterdam City 

Ambassade Hotel 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Luxury Canal Tour

Van Gogh Museum

Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Walking Tour

Amsterdam Heineken Experience

Red Light District

Glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf

Tour to Zaanse Schans, Edam Volendam and Marken 


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Cafe Sonneveld (Restaurant)

Icebar (Bar)

San Tommaso (Restaurant)

De Royal Chophouse (Retaurant)

Restaurant Kukeleku (Restaurant)

Red Light District (Lots of bars!)


6. Dublin


Dublin is a fantastic choice for a city break, and there is a lot to see during your visit. From the nightlife to galleries and shops, you'll certainly have a jam-packed weekend away. Of course, if you're a fan of Guinness, then Dublin is a necessity!


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

The Alex

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin 

Temple Bar Hotel 

North Star Hotel 

Maldron Hotel Pearse Street 


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Merrion Square

Guiness Storehouse

The Irish Emigration Museum 

The DART train to explore the coastline

St Patrick's Cathedral 

Francis Street 

St Stephen's Green


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Darkey Kelly's (Bar & Restaurant)

NoLIta (Bar)

The Vintage Kitchen (Restaurant)

Lemon and Duke (Bar)

Mulberry Garden (Restaurant)

The Beer Market (Bar)

Beanhive (Restaurant)


7. Beirut


In our opinion, Beirut is definitely one of the hidden treasures of the world. Did you know that during certain months of the year, you can drive up to the mountains of Lebanon and ski, and come back down to Beirut City Centre and sunbathe on the beach. Beirut is one of the only places in the world where you can find a luxury five star hotel situated next to an abandoned building that has been destroyed from the war; it's definitely a city which we couldn't recommend more. 


U&I Hotel Recommendations 


Kempinski Summerland Hotel

Le Vendome 

The Smallville Hotel

Le Gray


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Jeita Grotto


Beiteddine Palace

Downtown Beirut

Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Mhanna Sur Mer (Restaurant)

Babel (Restaurant)

Music Hall (Bar/Club)

Pacifico (Restaurant/Bar)

The Sporting Hall (Beach Club)

Mitsu-Ya (Restaurant)

Cafe Centreville (Restaurant)


8. Marrakech - in partnership with My Marrakech 


Marrakech in Morocco is a place for adventure and exploration, as well as a bit of luxury, too. With our partnership with My Marrakech Concierge, you can be certain that you will be looked after and treated like a VIP from start to finish. "My Marrakech offers stunning holiday villas situated across Marrakech, where you can experience an intimate ‘home away from home’ experience.You can relax and unwind with peace of mind, knowing your villa comes with top of the range security and daily housekeeping services. Our chefs will cater to your every request. We are able to schedule meals around individuals or groups and will accommodate all dietary requirements."


U&I Hotel Recommendations 

Riad les Orangers d'Alilia Marrakech

Riad Bayti

Dar Nour El Houda

Villa Makassar

Riad Bellamane & Spa


U&I Activity Recommendations 

Ouzoud Waterfalls Tour

Desert Safari (3 day trip)

Quad Bike Experience - Desert & Palmeraie

Atlas Mountains Day Trip
Marrakech Monuments & Souks Tour

Private walking tour 


U&I Restaurant/Bar Recommendations 

Le Trou au Mur (Restaurant)

La Cantine Des gazelles (Restaurant)

Libzar (Restaurant)

L'assiette du Boucher (Restaurant)

Chez Yassine (Restaurant)


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