Four Seasons Bora Bora (Leeward Islands, French Polynesia)
Credit: Moeava de Rosemont / Four Seasons

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;]