It sounded like a hare-brained scheme - a gigantic palm-shaped man-made island in the middle of the Arabian Gulf.
Accor's latest Singapore offering lies at the heart of the burgeoning arts and cultural district.
This is a much loved, classic resort that has played host to everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio, Pierce Brosnan and Elizabeth Taylor.
To the left of the lobby you've got the white-sand beach and, to your right, the calm lagoon.
Sightseeing by longboat is the way to get around Inle Lake. Angie Kelly spends an over-water weekend in Myanmar.
If you're an aviation geek, this is the hotel room for you.
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This stunning hotel will see you in historical comfort exactly where you want to be in London - right in the thick of things.
This is Sydney's own answer to New York's famous Flatiron building.
Named after its famous headmistress, this hotel now offers a different type of class.
Like stepping into old world Bangkok, this tranquil hideaway makes the hustle and bustle outside melt away.
Want a truly fabulous, hassle-free weekend in Bangkok? Hit up the Oriental Residence, from where the best restaurants, bars and shopping are at your fingertips.