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.
La Residence (Franschhoek, South Africa)
South Africa's version of Napa Valley, Franschhoek, or French town, is a tiny wine country retreat. The hotel itself is a collection of gorgeous, individually decorated suites (as well as separate villas) housed on a sprawling 30-acre estate that begs for long meandering strolls. Beyond spa treatments there's bike excursions, balloon rides, horseback riding, and more. But the idea is to eat, drink, and be merry Provence-style and the hotel will happily transport you (by horse and carriage if you prefer) to one of the many world-class options – such as The Tasting Room, a regular world top 50 pick and one of dozens of incredible options. [From $330/night; laresidence.co.za]