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Go further weekends

Six short breaks to surprising destinations that will live long in your memory

45 Ogle architecture in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi is an architecturally striking city in either Europe or Asia, depending on who you ask. Persian domes, Byzantine arches, Soviet towers and futuristic bridges rub shoulders with cliff-clinging 19th-century wooden townhouses. Recently this urban hodgepodge has seen a blossoming of design-led bars, boutiques and accommodation, the most notable of which is Stamba (from £200;stambahotel.com;). Fashioned in Brutalist style from a former publishing house, this 150-room hotel arguably has the world's most impressive lobby: above the five-storey atrium soars a glass-bottomed, rooftop pool. An onsite gallery and chocolatier add to its appeal. For the best views of the city's eclectic buildings, Stamba can arrange a helicopter tour or cable car up to the hilltop 4th-century Narikala Fortress. The five-hour flight to Tbilisi is longer than those to most European cities, but with the favourable Georgian lari exchange rate, your money will go further too.

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In the February issue… find short-break inspiration for the year ahead from our 52 Best Weekends Away list; taste your way around the boundlessly charming city of Porto; get the chills at a spooky carnival in the Swiss Alps; swap the Great British seaside holiday for its chic French equivalent on the Île de Ré; discover where Lonely Planet's London-based staff like to spend their time off in the capital; and much more