If it's a sophisticated city break you're after, head to the Swedish capital, built on a series of islands linked by bridges. Housed in two interconnecting 19th-century buildings, Nobis Hotel, which opened its doors in December 2010, is Stockholm's first contemporary luxury hotel. Leading interior design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune took inspiration from Stockholm's wintry colours, furnishing the 201 rooms and suites in discreet tones for a cool ambience. The location is ideal for exploring by day and unwinding at night. The Old Town, National Museum and Royal Palace are steps away, as are endless shops, restaurants and cafés. A trip to the Stockholm Archipelago is a must. Sip cocktails at the hotel's Gold Bar, which lives up to its glamorous name with walls and ceilings covered in Gold mirrors. WOW FACTOR: Enjoy free use of an iPad during your stay. GO: Doubles from £220 (nobishotel.se). British Airways (british airways.com) flies to Stockholm from £62 one way.