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From the Cote d’Azur to the American Southwest’s desert canyons, the world abounds with posh luxury hotels. We take a look at a few of the hotels appearing on Luxury Travel Magazine’s list of the 10 most expensive hotels so you can explore the world in style.

Luxury travel may begin with booking luscious first class airfare, but finding indulgent, pampering hotels is just as important. Luckily, there are plenty of gorgeous resorts around the globe to satisfy your exacting demands. This year, Polynesian delights and French Riviera gems are just a few of the hotels topping Luxury Travel Magazine’s most expensive hotels list, and we recommend you try a few of them out. Last week, we profiled the list’s No. 2 hotel, Cala di Volpe, but it’s worth taking a look at some of the other hotels that made the Top 10.

Two U.S. hotels are featured on this year’s list with Canyon Point, Utah’s Amangiri hotel leading the pack. Known for its incredible location tucked among the canyon cliffs, Amangiri’s $1,899-a-night fee includes a spacious suite, breathtaking desert views and access to adventures like hot-air balloon rides and fossil hunting. Maui’s beautiful Montage Kapalua Bay hotel is No. 5 on the list.

Those of you booking first class tickets to the Mediterranean have a wide variety of high-end options from Luxury Travel Magazine’s list. The Cote d’Azur is home to two properties: Cap Estel and La Reserve. With its stunning peninsula location, Cap Estel is just 10 minutes from Monaco, making it easy for guests to enjoy an elegant night at the tables.

 The magnificent hotel is acclaimed for its panoramic views, attentive service and dozens of chic amenities. 

If you prefer the Italian Mediterranean, Sardinian hotels are well-represented on the list, taking three of the 10 spots. In addition to the previously featured Cala di Volpe, Hotel Pitrizza and Villa del Parco at Forte Village Resort are Nos. 6 and 9 on the list, respectively. Guests of the Hotel Pitrizza can sunbathe on the property’s private beach, cool off in a seawater pool carved into the natural rock or head into town for a night of socializing, dancing and glamor. Best of all, some of the hotel’s spacious rooms, villas and private suites feature spectacular views of the renowned Costa Smeralda. 

Easter Island’s Explora Rapa Nui hotel provides an ambrosial Polynesian experience, ranking No. 3 on the World’s Most Expensive Hotel list at $1,733 a night. Guests here can disconnect from the rat race of everyday life, immersing themselves in the quiet of an island paradise. 

Other hotels on the list include Chile’s Explora Atacama and Venice’s Aman Canal Grande, so even if you’re flying with first class tickets to South America or inland European cities, there are many elite choices.