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.
Four Seasons Bora Bora (Leeward Islands, French Polynesia)
It's inevitable that at least one Four Seasons property would make this short list of luxury, but the company's standout Bora Bora location is surely one of the most jaw-droppingly amazing locales in the world. Beyond the perfection of the Polynesian surroundings, your choice of accommodations are a string of manicured teak over-water, thatched bungalows that look rustic from the outside but which are as fully tricked out as any urban hotel we've seen (there are also beach side villas with more rooms and a pool – if perching above gently lapping turquoise water isn't your thing). The rest is what you'd expect: a full-service spa, excellent dining, access to a cornucopia of tropical activities, and world-class personal service. [From $1,267/night; fourseasons.com]
Credit: Moeava de Rosemont / Four Seasons