Built atop the vestiges of the old French Club with its marble lobby and sweeping lawn, this mid-range, Japanese-run tower hotel is a great base for exploring the tree-lined avenues, boutiques and cafes of the former French Concession.

The townhouse of the aristrocratic Samode family; this is a sanctuary hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Shanghai's latest five-star hotel soars over the north Bund affording extraordinary views of the Huangpu River and futuristic Pudong skyline.

As you pull up outside Hotel de La Paix in their vintage Mercedes, you know you've arrived somewhere very special, very secretive, and certainly very cool.

The Ritz-Carlton once held the title of the highest hotel in the world.

Velaa Private Island is a Maldives hotel offering an astonishingly good restaurant, private pools, white sand beaches, and a range of activities, including tennis, golf and watersports.

Some of the most spacious (and pricey) rooms in Tokyo can be found at The Peninsula, a 24-storey rose-tinted tower inspired by a Japanese lantern.

Navutu Dreams brings the beach to Siem Reap.

Listen to the lapping South China Sea beneath your private villa as wild macaques jaunt among the encroaching mangroves.

A sleekly designed boutique hotel housed in a network of old Japanese buildings in the heart of Obuse, in Nagano Prefecture.