Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

There are views, and then there is the view from the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo. It's not so much what you're looking at, although distant Mount Fuji emerging from the clouds is pretty impressive; it's because the rooms are on floors 30-36 of a skyscraper, so you can watch the skyline segue from sunrise to neon lights from every nook and cranny - the marble bathroom in the Presidential Suite is a favourite spot.


But this is a city to be explored, and we recommend the hotel's Taste Of Tokyo tours for a glimpse of traditional Japan. Tokyo is the most Michelin-starred city in the world, and that includes three of the hotel's restaurants. But do book ahead, whether you opt for sashimi prepared in front of you at Sushi Sora, or smoke, foam and miracle berries (a fruit that makes everything taste sweet) at the Tapas Molecular Bar.

Back in your room, the mood is comfortably Zen, with complimentary yoga mats and kimonos presented in lavish lacquer chests.

WOW FACTOR: The sauna has spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows and is best experienced before a two-hour Kiatsu massage. Sayonara to jetlag!

GO: A double room costs from £274 per night, B&B; British Airways ( return flights start at £582.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours