India: The Oberoi Rajvilas
The view of the undulating Rajasthan countryside is pretty spectacular from the fit-for-a-sultan villas at The Oberoi RajVilas in Jaipur, especially in December when the weather is at its best. The most romantic way to admire the Land of Kings is on the back of an elephant that you can hail from this heavenly hotel. It’ll be slow progress but worth the wait when you arrive at the magnificent Naila Fort for a gourmet picnic. Seven nights on a B&B basis, incl. flights, transfers, excursions and elephant ride, from £1799pp, greavesindia.co.uk.
New York: The Peninsula
New York in December needs no introduction, but just in case you've never seen Home Alone 2, Serendipity, or Miracle on 34th Street… then here are the highlights: ice skating in Central Park, horse carriage rides in the snow, Christmas shopping at Macy's, the huge tree at the Rockefeller Centre Plaza, and the pretty lights everywhere. Stay at the Peninsula New York on Fifth Avenue, where old-world elegance meets modern city chic in heavenly style. This is an arrive-in-a-limo and walk-up-the-red-carpet kind of place, where the staff know your name from the off and treat you like a VIP. Everything in this hotel is on a grand scale, from the flower-filled hallways to the sweeping city views. The Peninsula New York – rooms from $795 per night (approx £507), on a room-only basis, newyork.peninsula.com.