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Escape Hot List: Rum, Santorini and a very special hotel

Whose side are you on?

If you and your travelling companion always argue about where to stay — they want a stylish hotel room, while you’re all about colour — quibble no more! Hotels.com has just created the world’s only half minimalist, half maximalist hotel room, called the So Extra So Chic suite. One side, designed by fashionista Kaitlyn Ham, is all calming, soothing, cream and beige decor, while the other, designed by stylist Johnny Wujek (he’s worked with Katy Perry), can only be described as… special. We’re talking loud wallpaper, clashing prints and lamps shaped like monkeys. Available from September 30 for £250pn at London’s Curtain Hotel. hotels.com

Flee the hordes on a Greek isle

Now the peak season months of July and August have passed, it’s the perfect time to head to Santorini. Stay at the recently refurbed Katikies Santorini, set right into the cliffs in Oia. With each room overlooking the caldera, you’ve pretty much got your own private sunset spot anyway but heading into the pretty town afterwards will be much easier without having to push past the hordes… Rooms from £319pn, katikies.com

A very rum do

Like rum? Like the Caribbean? Combine both with the new Chasing Food & Rum package at the Cap Maison resort in St Lucia. This includes a tasting menu with paired wine and rum, a trip to a rum distillery and an authentic Creole cooking class. Elegant Resorts offers a seven-night stay, including the rum package, return flights and private transfers, from £2,765pp. elegantresorts.co.uk