What: Europe's only five-star hotel built on water.

Where: On Switzerland's stunning Lac de Neuchâtel against a breathtaking Alpine backdrop.

Why: Seeking solitude? Inspired by Polynesia's famed atoll outposts, 24 of the hotel's 40 pavilions are built directly on the lake. Each self-contained suite features comforts such as personal PCs and printers, DVD-CD Home Video Surround, a mini-bar, Jacuzzi and of course, your own private terrace - all for the modern-day recluse. A perfect spot to survey the beauty of sublime surroundings, its rural location makes it ideally placed to enjoy outdoor pursuits, such as golf, swimming and skiing.