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.
Oberoi Udaivilas, India
The concept of luxury takes on a new dimension once you leave the New World and head to more exotic climes. Situated along the banks of Lake Pichola, Oberoi Udaivilas is grandness embodied – a sort of moated palace with high walls, towering domes, endless greenery and fountains, and all the other trappings that ordinarily exist in fantasy and Disney films. Suites have private pools and the on-site spa is full-service – including private yoga sessions, as you'd expect in the land where it was conceived – and amenities including everything from 24-hour personal butler service to camel or elephant rides (on request). [From $785/night; oberoihotels.com]
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