The English writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge began his 1797 poem Kubla Khan, 'In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, A stately pleasure-dome decree'. Coleridge's poem is based on the life of Kublai Khan, the 13th-century Mongol emperor and founder of the Yuan dynasty. The grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai is reputed to have built a domed palace in the Yuan province of Xanadu with enormous gardens. In the modern luxury travel industry a new stately pleasure dome, AKA a five- or six-star hotel, seems to open every week. Some are more hype than reality but there are a few that successfully combine luxury and culture to provide a dream escape. In this Ultratravel edition of Style magazine we visit the English city of Bath, a favourite of Coleridge's, to have a spa treatment and glorious tea at the Royal Crescent. In Amsterdam where, in the 15th-century, the Dutch first imported hand-painted porcelain from Yuan dynasty China, there are the Dylan and the Lloyd, intriguing properties that offer inspirational luxury. Elsewhere we visit hotels that treat children like royalty and places with awe-inspiring views. And we swish by the high-roller hotels of Macau where, at the Wynn, powered by Xanadu-like fire and water 'A mighty fountain momently was forced/Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst/Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail.' Coleridge's poem ends with the lines 'he on honey dew hath fed/And drunk the milk of paradise'. Now that sounds like the kind of dream escape any decent pleasure dome should provide.