InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort (Son Tra Peninsula, Vietnam) – Some chain hotels are better than others. The most luxurious of big brand offerings include the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, a temple-inspired creation that blends into its dramatic setting.
Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro) – Hilton's newest property opened last year in Rio. With high glamor and show-stopping contemporary design, it has some of the city's most stylish rooms.
Four Seasons Firenze (Florence, Italy) – This unabashedly opulent property consists of not one but two Renaissance palazzi. It's home to Florence's largest private garden -- 11 acres of manicured lawns, woodland and flower gardens.
Peninsula Paris (Paris) – Built on the former site of the Hotel Majestic, the 19th-century building has been painstakingly restored to its former splendor.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – The Mandarin is consistently regarded as one of the world's best hotels. It has a whopping 10 new restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred Pierre and one-Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill.
St. Regis Princeville Resort (Kauai, Hawaii) – The St. Regis's 169 rooms and suites have expansive terraces that make the most of the spectacular backdrops of Hanalei Bay and Makana Mountain.
JW Marriott Venice (Venice, Italy) – On a private island, the newly opened JW Marriott Venice offers reasonable rates without skimping on quality, service and amenities.
Park Hyatt New York (New York) – The Hyatt's 210 guest rooms are the largest in the city -- averaging 530 square feet. The three-story Spa Nalai (pictured) is arguably the best spa in the city.
Ritz-Carlton Tokyo (Tokyo) – Ritz-Carlton's most luxurious hotel includes a Michelin-starred restaurant, a 22,000-square-foot spa and a wedding chapel.
Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai (Dubai) – Sheraton has 525 branded hotels around the planet. Its glitziest is the 54-story Grand Hotel Dubai.