Globe trotting: four fabulous getaways

    5 December 2015

    Cranshaws Castle, Scotland

    This Grade A-listed tower in the Lammermuir Hills of Berwickshire dates back to 1350 and was once part of the Earldom of Dunbar and March. It’s available for private hire with butler and clay-pigeon shooting among the many services on offer. Sleeps eight.


    The Modern Times Hotel, Switzerland

    Charlie Chaplin spent his last 25 years in Vevey, a small town in the heart of the Swiss Riviera. A statue of him stands on the lakeside, the Chaplin’s World museum is due to open in his last home, and this new hotel takes its name from his last Little Tramp movie.


    Palazzo Versace, Dubai

    ‘The most luxurious hotel in the Middle East’ has every room designed by Donatella Versace, with ceilings detailed in gold. Q’s Bar, the hotel’s lounge and supper club, was created by music legend Quincy Jones.


    Hamilton Island, Australia

    You can hang out on a traditional Aussie ‘swag’, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and spend the night on this pontoon after having a romantic meal in the underwater cabin. The island, covering just two square miles, is part of the Whitsunday archipelago off Queensland.