These luxury hotels are linked to momentous events in history, from the unearthing of Tutankhamun's tomb to the birth of the Arab Spring.
Authenticity, immersion and the feel-good factor constitute the new luxury. But the old values of seamless service are just as important.
With just four suites, New Zealand's newest lodge takes luxury to new heights.
Glittering, quirky, affordable, ultra-indulgent or within coo-ee of amazing wildlife - take your pick
A stylish rebrand of a much-loved modernist landmark.
The Oberoi Bali, still going strong and largely unaltered from the original, is regarded as a seminal resort in Balinese tourism.
South Africa's contrasts and diversity strike you from the moment you arrive.
It takes a strong will to leave the John Hardy Workshop without buying something beautiful.
The seat, the service, the food, the wine and that amazing lounge with its selection of top-class spirits add up to a superlative experience.
This stylish new offering is this year's most anticipated Bali hotel opening.
Kinloch was a tiny settlement with a few hundred baches (holiday shacks) until a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus opened in 2007.
Etihad's 777 business class seats are good, but when you switch over to the airline's Dreamliner the difference is noticeable.