The sleek Sofitel Singapore City Centre is a city sanctuary that straddles bustling Chinatown and the Central Business District, set right in the heart of the historic Tanjong Pagar enclave.

Outrigger Konotta, set in the unspoiled Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, offers luxurious accommodation, superb restaurants and friendly staff in verdant surroundings.

An intimate – and rare – network of 10 historic wooden machiya townhouses on a quiet Kyoto lane exquisitely renovated into minimal double-level guestrooms, with private gardens, mid-century furniture, abstract artworks and a contemporary Japanese design touch throughout.

Shanghai's Peace Hotel, the epicentre of the city's Thirties hedonism, retains the swinging elegance of that era, but a sensitive £50m facelift has created a luxury hotel for the modern era: a calm and comfortable refuge from the lively Bund below.