There are luxury resorts (Four Seasons, Aman and their ilk), and then there are the ultra-luxury ones. What's the difference?
The ultras are even more exclusive, pride themselves on highly individualized service and are seldom larger than 20 to 40 rooms. They're usually situated on acres of pristine land in remote locations. And more often than not, they're all-inclusive: meals, open bar, activities and other perks are free. And, of course, they're even more expensive than mere luxury resorts.
But if I've learned one thing in my almost 30 years of covering travel, you can either spend ten nights at $150 each in a totally generic and forgettable hotel or one night at an ultra and you'll be telling your friends and grandkids about it for as long as you have breath. Below, arguably the eight best among this rare breed.