It's relatively easy to create a nice hotel – spare but quality furnishings, comfy beds, better than chain restaurant dining – but elevating things to excellent takes talent and consistent hard work. For a hotel to be truly luxurious, every detail has to be accounted for day in and day out, and every minutely possible inconvenience is predicted and banished before it can even befoul a customer's experience.
We pulled together the 10 hotels around the globe that offer the most superlative service and lodgings. Paying for a suite is your problem.
Amangiri (Canyon Point, Utah)
Equal parts wilderness escape and mad supervillain's modernist lair, this exceedingly remote but chic paradise tucked in the valleys of southern Utah is the definition of getting away from it all – the closest brush of civilization is 10 miles away. But that doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do (and you certainly won't be roughing it). To the contrary, when you aren't melting into the spa for one of its deep menu of services, there's hiking trips through the nearby caves and mesas (and six big national parks within range – like, you know, the Grand Canyon), river and lake boating, fly fishing, scenic flight,s and more. Socializing, if you're up for it, takes place around the centrally located heated main pool. Otherwise wander off to look at the infinite sky. [From $1,100/night; amanresorts.com]
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