Ever wondered how the other half-percent lives? These hotels spare no expense in delivering the most extraordinary hospitality experiences possible. The staff have royalty protocol down pat; their timing and execution surpass anticipation and reach near-telepathy. There’s real silver on the tables, antique statuary (or contemporary masterworks) in the passageways, and inevitably a certain air of dignity about the public spaces. You get what you pay for — and you pay for what you get.
Rome, Italy — It’s a converted palace once home to Napoleon III. You reach your opulent suite via an arcade lined with Doric columns and a grand staircase, complete with period marble busts. Needless it to say, it’s fit for an emperor.
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London, England — Luxury hospitality as we know it owes everything to this groundbreaking shrine to Edwardian excess. Renovated with archaeological reverence and precision, this London jewel simply brooks no competition.
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Paris, France — Leave it to Philippe Starck to install an in-house gallery and “junket room” in this Paris mainstay’s redesign. There’s more than enough crystal chandeliering on display to justify wearing shades indoors.
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Munich, Germany — Rooftop pool and garden with a view of the Alps? Don’t mind if we do! This hotel is a must for everything Munich: cuisine, the Opera, the Maximilianstrasse, and prints and etchings by the likes of Raphael (yes, that Raphael).
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Zürich, Switzerland — The signature suites in this turreted centenarian, loftily perched over central Zürich, will astound you and then some: hundreds of square meters, individually designed, and equipped with (in one case) a grand piano.
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New York, New York — Putting the “New” in New York, this bit of paradise on earth forms the foundation of the soon-to-be-iconic One57 residential skyscraper. This is where impeccable taste comes to practice its rarefied magic.
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Bali, Indonesia — The Bulgari team takes a victory lap with this south-coast marvel, a study in outlandish extravagance in villa-sized bites. The cliffside infinity pool might as well be the genre’s blueprint. Of course there’s a helicopter shuttle.
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming — Grand Tetons, meet Singapore. Now kiss! This resort is what happens when far-Western landscape and frontiersmanship collide with far-Eastern boutique minimalism. Then there’s the description-defying view.
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Baa Atoll, Maldives — The archetypical archipelago resort, if you will: intimate white-sand beaches, a serious contender for the world’s finest diving, and decadent service in all dining and spa capacities. No better spot to go full Crusoe.
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