Towering over the ever-rising cityscape of Kowloon opposite Hong Kong Island, this could easily be Asia's hippest hideout, winning a raft of international 'Best New Hotel' accolades. Ultra up-to-date rooms and suites boast bath-side LCD TVs and rainforest showers; everything from the lighting to the window blinds is operated by a bedside control panel. Head for retail therapy via the hotel entrance to designer shopping centre Elements, or step outside to feel the throb of the buzzing city streets. This is an Eastern escape that aches with contemporary urban style. Wow factor: Make a splash in one of the world's highest swimming pools. The W's rooftop is a gateway to jaw-dropping views over the hig-rise of Kowloon and Hong Kong harbour. Go: Doubles from £170 (whotels.com/hongkong). British Airways (british airways.co.uk) flies from £685 return.