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.

This grand sky piercing hotel has a terrific city centre location, attached to the enormous Kerry Centre shopping mall, around the corner from Jing An park.

Ideally situated at the heart of Sandakan's waterfront, this is undoubtedly the city's finest hotel.

The ibis Styles is a bright, brash, colourful hotel right in the heart of Bangkok's world famous backpacker quarter.