After a soft opening in March, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles officially opened April 2 as one of the most luxurious properties in Los Angeles.

Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Perched on the upper floors of the 54-storey LA Live tower, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles has 123 rooms, 14 suites, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and a private rooftop pool and bar attached to the Club Lounge.

Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
Sainte-Luce, Madagascar
Offering "barefoot luxury in a remote location," the solar-powered Manafiafy Lodge offers a glimpse at the best of Madagascar's stunning wildlife. Many activities are offered without charge including day and night walks into the Littoral Rainforest to see lemurs, bird-watching trips into the mangroves and whale watching. There are six bungalows on the edge of the forest, only a few feet from the bay.

Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort
Qiandao Lake
The 250-room Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort is situated on the stunning banks of the Qiandao, bang in the middle of China's largest state forest park, around 1,000 square km. This tranquil location, however, belies a significant figure - it is Starwood's 1000th hotel.

Fairmont Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, US
The Fairmont Pittsburgh opens as Pittsburgh's first luxury hotel, and is one of the largest buildings ever to be accredited by the United States Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification scheme. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the city landscape and rivers courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows, a first for any hotel in the city, and the food options at two restaurants.

Renaissance Phuket
Phuket, Thailand
Located adjacent to the Sirinath Marine National Park, the Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa features an impressive 17-kilometer stretch of unspoiled sandy beach, 150 rooms and 50 bungalows. It also features a full-service spa, Quan, five restaurants and a fitness center.