A room overlooking the harbour at the InterContinental Hong Kong has seats to the world's largest permanent light

-and-sound show - a dazzling display of Hong Kong's skyline with flashing neon-lit skyscrapers, laser beams and searchlights.

Designed to capture views of one of the world's most-visited man-made wonders, the Taj Mahal, the Moorish and Mughal-inspired Oberoi Amarvilas is an opulent shrine to luxury.

Since 1568, the rich and famous have been drawn to Italy's Villa d'Este to feast their eyes on Lake Como's ethereal beauty. The hotel's 152 rooms and suites are decorated with period furniture, oil paintings, Como silk and linen sheets.

Sheraton Iguazu Resort and Spa, Argentina. Surrounded by rainforest, the 180room, three-floor resort in the heart of World Heritage-listed Iguazu National Park is within walking distance of Iguazu Falls.

Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa is an exclusive oasis in the Dubai Conservation Reserve. The 42 luxurious suites, each with private temperature-controlled pools, offer awe-inspiring sand dune views.

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