Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Six 17th- and 18th-century townhouses have been combined to create this grand canalside venture in the exclusive Herengracht area of the city. Ninety-three sumptuously decked-out rooms and suites look out over either the canal or the manicured private garden - the King Grand Loft is the choice for newlyweds.

Amsterdam's big attractions - including Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum - are a short walk away, but why not go traditional on one of the hotel's bikes?


Later, retire to the Waldorf's Guerlain spa and indoor pool (a rarity in this city) and its two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Librije Zusje Amsterdam. And be sure to check out the Vault Bar - it still has the steel door from when it was one, and this part of the Waldorf was a bank.

WOW FACTOR: The gorgeous period interiors, from rococo-style decorations to a magnificent Louis XIV-style staircase.

GO: A double room costs from £395 per night; www.waldorfastoria.hilton.com.

FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour, 15 minutes