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.
Mardan Palace (Antalya, Turkey)
Overlooking the shores of the Mediterranean with the Taurus mountains to its rear, the Mardan Palace is a breathtaking Vegas-style wonderland, the fantastical billion-dollar dream come true of its Azerbaijani oligarch founder. Beyond the opulently appointed Ottoman-themed rooms and white glove service, the marquee detail is the five-acre swimming pool – the largest on the Med – with a 90,000 gallon aquarium sunk right in the middle and a stunning Da Vinci bridge arcing overhead. [From $430/night; mardanpalace.com]
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