Cyclists riding through the vineyards in Loire Valley, France.
Altira Macau, Macau
Described by its founders as a "six star experience", the Altira Macau is one of the few hotels to have been awarded five stars by Forbes magazine for both its rooms and its spa. Forbes described the hotel's 16th-floor infinity pool - with its floor-to-ceiling windows and underwater music - as one of the best in the world. Fans of Japanese food can dine at Kira, where authentic ingredients are flown in several times a week, and guests slumber under bed sheets made from the finest Egyptian cotton and sip complimentary bottled water imported from Norway. (Presumably the carbon footprint isn't included as part of the overall cost.)
And the crowning touch? Guests enjoying the Gold treatment at the spa are dusted with the precious metal.