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.
Jade Mountain (Soufriere, St. Lucia)
The sister site to the renowned 600-acre Anse Chastenet resort on Saint Lucia, Jade Mountain is a treetop paradise overlooking the Caribbean Sea and the Piton Mountains (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Completely designed by the architect-owner, Jade Mountain has 24 suites with their own mini infinity pool (and five jacuzzi suites) that open directly to the ocean. The private dining club is headed by a James Beard Award-winning chef, and guests are able to take in dining, bar, beach, and spa amenities at the main resort (there's also a private full-service spa reserved for JM guests). Easily one of the most stunning stays in the world. Bonus: guests must be 15 or older. [From $1,025/night; jademountain.com]