1. Four Seasons, Lower Manhattan
Old meets new in downtown New York with South Street Seaport, Brooklyn Bridge and Battery Park all just a short walk away from the new skyscrapers of the World Trade Centre and the site of Four Seasons’-second Manhattan hotel. Its ground floor is home to Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s first Manhattan restaurant, and a 75ft pool takes up the entire third floor.
2. The Igloo, Tschuggen Grand Hotel, Arosa
Built from blocks of compressed snow, Tschuggen’s Igloo restaurant has space for just 20 diners. Wrap up warm and enjoy a three-course menu including a choice of traditional Swiss cheese fondues with-champagne and truffle. From £49 per person.
3. Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong
It once held the title of the highest hotel in the world, but these things tend to move on quickly. So while this Ritz Carlton may no longer be the highest, it is still one of the most opulent hotels in Asia. It is located across the bay in Kowloon on the top 16 floors of the tallest building in Hong Kong, with reception on the 103rd. At this height, the real thrill comes from waking up to the view. At the very top sits Ozone, which still claims to be the highest bar in the world. Join the bright young things hanging out there for a tipple, and peer over the edge if you dare.
4. White Desert, Antarctica
White Desert is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a refurbishment. This boutique camp, probably the most remote in the world, overlooks a spectacular 200ft-icefall. With genuine explorers as your guides, thrill-seekers can abseil into glacial crevasses, kite-ski, rock climb and trek through mazes of iridescent blue ice grottoes.