Oberoi Udaivilas, India
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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]